Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Bedoya deets (updated)

While we wait for my MLSS report to be published, I'll just give you all the lowdown on Alejandro Bedoya's Rangers deal (work permit pending). It is a three-year contract to join when his Örebro deal expires this winter. I've asked, and both his agent and the club are feeling confident he can win a UK Home Office rubber stamp on appeal.

And in case you are wondering, no, he will not play at FK Sarajevo tonight due to an ankle knock.

UPDATE: 'Tis up.



- Greg Seltzer

24 comments:

Darius said...

I don't like this move at all for Bedoya. Scotland is terrible playing-wise and development-wise.

Matt said...

Greg? Thoughts on the move? On the one hand it seems likely he will play, and get Champions League experience. On the other, it seems like a pretty brutal league physically, which might not suit Bedoya that well...

Alex Larsen said...

Anything new concerning Freddy Adu?

Grant said...

Agreed. Anything on Freddy, Spector, or Bradley?

Matt said...

If you find a clip of this you are a miracle worker: Zak Whitbread scored in Norwich's preseason opener.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Matt:

I don't think physical play is any problem for Bedoya. It's a good move for him, even if maybe not the best one possible.


@ Alex & Grant:

Freddy - I'm on it, but not spilling yet.

Spector - Nothing to report just yet.

Bradley - Really nothing new to report, all the Napoli stories are mere rehashes of the same interest they've had since I reported it eons ago.



@ Matt: Shazam!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDwgVgzeEZs&feature=related

SPA2TACU5 said...
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SPA2TACU5 said...

'Gers are not in the CL yet. They're seeded in the third qualifying round where they'll meet Malmo.

I would say: great move from Örebro to Rangers.

Development-wise not the best, but who cares? It's a huge step up.

strago said...

More pressure and a higher chance to get injured. He'll have to fight for his place week in and week out. If all goes well, he'll be on his way in ~1-2 years.

Grant said...

Mr. Seltzer you are a master! Thanks for all your hard work. Love it.

SPA2TACU5 said...

@ strago The problem with Rangers is: the only way out is to a smaller club. Same thing with moving to a Russian side.

Matt said...

Miracle worker! We could not survive without you.

Greg Seltzer said...

Don't be silly, Matt. You all would clearly "survive" without me... it would just be unbearable. :D

You'd be relegated to trying really hard to believe Bild, Tuttosport and The Mail all the time - which, if I recall correctly, is the fourth circle of hell.

Matt said...

@ Greg: Totally off topic. Did you go to college in the US and, if so, did you play soccer? Just curious...

Greg Seltzer said...

I went to U. of Missouri (did not finish btw). I played JV soccer both years and had one of those only pick the biggest/fastest type coaches, then basically turned my attention to playing ice hockey. I played rec league or pick-up 1-2-3 times a week year-round for about 15 years straight. I didn't return to playing soccer until I joined a team in Birmingham that my Soccer365 editor was on. I moved up a division two seasons in a row and now I play with a regular group here at an indoor sporthall, plus pick-up at the park whenever I have time.

I'd love to join a proper club, but just don't have the time. I did have one trial with an amateur Hoofdklasse club in like the sixth division or something 3-4 years ago. I did pretty well in training, but was quite crap with my end product in the one friendly I played. Sadly, they are the one Dutch team that plays 4-4-2 and I'm just not a striker, which was what they wanted. (shrug)

Matt said...

@Greg: As far as I can tell, and I do read a lot, you are one of the few reporters that--crazy as this sounds--actually CALLS people and does primary reporting.

I'm not sure that living in the fourth circle of hell technically qualifies as surviving. But I'll leave that philosophical discussion for another day and just count my blessings...

Matt said...

Thanks for the background, Greg. Have wondered about that for awhile. I got cut from the JV team at West Point and that's pretty much where my soccer career ended (minus rec league stuff).

My sense having played somewhat high level club soccer in California and then, briefly, at West Point, was that tactics are not something well taught in the US in the development system.

That was back in '95, so I am sure things have changed, but I like the tactical analysis I read on this site, and I hope that the youth in the US are getting exposed to real tactical discussions at a much earlier age than I did.

C. Goldkamp said...

Too bad Mizzou doesn't have a mens team anymore, it would be great if they did. I saw you said you didn't finish there, but were you studying at the Journalism school Greg?

Greg Seltzer said...

Ran out of money, had to go to work.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Matt:

1 - Chasing a story is my rush, it's my soccer game wing raid now. I love it.

2 - Yeah, I am a far better player now than when I had young legs. It's not even close and it's all because I understand thinking the game. With my high school team, it was super strict foosball 4-4-2 and I didn't learn anything. The coach identified the biggest/fastest the first day and ignored everyone else, didn't teach or try to grow players in any way.

3 - Thanks for that compliment, it's a damn good one. Appreciated.

Matt said...

@Greg: I seriously, no joke, learned more about tactics from Football Manager than any coach I ever had. And that's a real problem, because I stopped playing AYSO at age 6 and went into the club system. Which, in theory, meant I should have been taught a better understanding of the game.

My coaches weren't any better than yours, either. We have a national obsession with height and someone's speed in the 40-yard dash.

over there said...

Orebro looked awful against an unfit Sarajevo team without Bedoya. They'll miss his production for sure.

Grant said...

I forgot to ask if you had heard anything about Guzan too? Kinda been under the radar. Could be important for the USMNT in the future though. Doubt his future is at AV.

Jay said...

re: El Guzano -- AV just picked up Shay Given. No way they're putting him in to "challenge". Guzan needs some greener pastures.