Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Yorkshire-putting (updated)

I can confirm that Robbie Rogers has been approved for a UK work permit, and thus is now a Leeds United player. Report in the works for MLSS.

UPDATE
: Just happened onto an interview he did last week.







- Greg Seltzer

16 comments:

C. Goldkamp said...

Good news on Rogers, hopefully he can come into his own there.

Has anyone heard any news on the Le Teux to Bolton transfer? If so, seems like mls players are getting more and more respect.

Greg Seltzer said...

I have not, but then he is not one I'd generally be watching and tracking. I have now released the hounds, though.

rob said...

Greg - I'm dying to know....Is the Postcards from Europe feature going to drop today about the 5 Transfers that "almost/never" happened??

Thanks

Greg Seltzer said...

Actually, no. I'm sorry, but it was switched with what was to come next week. Instead, today's Postcard will discuss potential freebies for MLS clubs over this winter window and summer's.

These things happen sometimes, editors re-arrange stuff.

Jay Eychaner said...

In the transcript of Wynalda's rant / lecture at NSCAA he suggests that Inter wanted DMB back in '02. Whaaaaaat?

rob said...

No worries...thanks Greg

Jay - I heard about this rant elsewhere. Do you know where I can find it?

Greg Seltzer said...

I have not had a chance to look at that yet, but I'm unaware of Inter actually making some sort of move for Bease. They may well have had some interest, I don't know.

But in 2002, he was all set to join Ajax until Fulham backed out of a deal to sign Victor Sikora. Ronald Koeman then changed his mind, called off the DMB deal and signed Sikora. It was an error in judgment.

jon said...

Jay, on top of what Greg responded with...why do you find it surprising that Inter would have been interested in DMB?

Jay Eychaner said...

It's not that I'm surprised that Inter would be interested in Bease -- it's the story of MLS kibboshing the move.

Transcript of the presentation went up yesterday, in three parts:

http://www.nationalsoccerwire.com/news/458/15572

rob said...

It's interesting to think what could/would have happened had Beasley gone to Ajax. Wouldn't that have put him and O'Brien playing on the same side?

Making me even more anxious to see that Postcard from Europe : )

I can only imagine what some of our Yank's careers may have looked like had those chosen a different path at some point even if they were just rumors like Donovan to Portsmouth or Dempsey to Feyenoord...

rob said...

Thanks Jay....*grabs popcorn*

Greg Seltzer said...

I just read it over... I was aware of Lazio's interest, was not aware they made an offer.

As for Dempsey to F-word, rob, that happened. The idiot Cockroaches refused to pay $1 million for him. Same as they did with Howard. Same as they did with Bocanegra. Idiots.

rob said...

Dang, I didn't realize Howard and Boca were targets there as well. So they pass on three Nats mainstays and the one Yank they do settle on is Corey Gibbs. That sure worked out for them haha

Greg Seltzer said...

The only problem Cory had was staying fit. He was quite good for them his active half-season there.

merwin said...

I think anything Wynalda says about MLS and other players possible transfers should be taken with the biggest grain of salt possible. Personally I think he is a nutter.

Regarding Rogers: considering his recent form I find this move perplexing. Barely a solid MLS player who has difficulty hitting a good cross on a regular basis.

Le Teux to Bolton? Interesting.

RE Gibbs: Gibbs had an excellent year with Chicago last season. Can still play even if he is currently held together by duct tape and twine.

Matt said...

That is some fascinating reading. Thanks for posting, Jay. Eric definitely does not want for a point of view. I do like the player's perspective on how to use money as a tool to drive short-term results. Seems sort of mercenary, personally, but I've never been payed to play any sport for a living (sigh)...