Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Bit and Bob

I have a quick update on the Bob Bradley saga from Egypt's perspective. Frankly, I'd much rather see him take that job than the one at Santos Laguna. Maybe it's just me.



- Greg Seltzer

13 comments:

Matt said...

@Greg: Did MLS post your Brek Shea report yet? Curious to see what you heard. As mentioned earlier, Rob Stone was claiming Shea's agent as a source during the USMNT game and said to expect movement in the winter window.

Seems like this year may be Dallas' chance to go all the way before the team gets carved up...

Greg Seltzer said...

It's coming... sometimes they take longer than I'd hoped. Just gotta make sure I have everything down right.

Will Parchman said...

I'd be incredibly surprised if Shea didn't move before the 2012 MLS season. Like, incredibly. You have to see him in person to realize how much he's outpaced most of his MLS competition.

Matt said...

Does he have the same "problem" Dempsey has? Or is he pretty clearly a left winger / midfielder at this point?

Greg Seltzer said...

I'm not so sure. I actually would still like to see him in the #9 spot, as well. Maybe that's just me.

Matt said...

With any luck we'll see Shea ply his trade in Holland, and then he, too, can get edumacated on the nuances of the 4-3-3.

Greg Seltzer said...

You will get no argument from me on that.

Matt said...

Which is actually in interesting thought: I wonder if there's any correlation between a national team's stated style of play and the regions in which its players, actually play. Put another way: could JK and CR's directives that the USMNT play the 4-3-3 lead to more players playing Holland?

Greg Seltzer said...

It's conceivable, but I would not consider it inevitable. It may or may not turn out that way. We shall see.

Greg Seltzer said...

There are so many variables into whether a transfer deal gets done or not. So, so many.

Matt said...

I totally agree. These are businesses we are talking about, after all, and especially based on AZ's coaches statements last week, the relationship between clubs and national team programs is tenuous even at the best of times. The primary unknown to me is whether someone like JK (or Hiddink, or Capello) can have any sway with getting clubs to take a look at national team players.

It seems a stretch to me.

Greg Seltzer said...

Quite a stretch, yes. The only real way it could have that effect is if the technical staff advised they choose an Erdivisie offer over another -or- if the individual player decides it would be best from the NY similarity.

As I said... conceivable, but not necessarily likely.

Will Parchman said...

Re: Shea's positioning. Clint Dempsey he is not. He's got a pretty loose leash in Dallas but he still keeps to his left side for the most part. He'll roam at times, but its mostly to make up for lapses, not necessarily because he's most comfortable there. If Klinsmann sticks him at LM in a proper match with a real starting XI around him, I'd imagine Shea wouldn't stray too much. Which is a good thing in my mind. His spacial awareness puts Clint's to shame.