Let us not forget it's Chanukah, yo. Like any proper showcase, we've saved the juiciest morsel for last. Fair warning, though, it is conditional.
Remember how Teal Bunbury had a Bolton visit at least temporarily nixed because of his Olympic camp call-up? Well, he wasn't the only one in Florida last week with scuttled plans. Philly Union man Freddy Adu was all set to visit La Liga side/longtime admirers Rayo Vallecano.
Our man Freddinho then rescheduled for January, but U.S. Under-23 boss Caleb Porter is now plotting another pow-wow at that time (UPDATE: Got my brain mixed around, perhaps too much stuffing... January camp in Los Angeles, may be a February camp in Europe). In other words, he may have been double-scuttled, not that he'd complain as to why.
Unconnected birdies in and out of Spain told me that this was what they would call an "impresión" in these parts - not overtly a trial, but something where the staff is open to being struck by a crush. You'll notice I did not tag this under transfers.
Will it finally happen? The people around it aren't sure yet, but it's worth pointing out that Freddy always seems to find his way to rather breath-taking cities, be it a visit or something longer. Perhaps now Madrid, Sion, Salt Lake City, Monaco, Thessaloniki, D.C., Rize, Ingolstadt, Lisbon... kid's got travel taste.
- Greg Seltzer