Monday, January 7, 2013

A thing to make you go "Hmmm" (and one that makjes you go "Urgh")

I will have a Conor O'Brien goodie update in full MLSS report form before long, but I wanted to stop by real quick and drop a couple of learned nuggets that may disappoint.

First off: Due to the league's non-EU minimum salary, it's not so surprising that his Eredivisie suitor has dropped out. I'm not 100% sure which club it was just yet, but I can confirm it was one of the better teams. I can also tell you O'Brien tried to see if he'd be eligible for an Irish passport like his parents, but it was a no-go that might well have helped him complete this nice Dutch move.

Secondly, and a little more curious, is that fact that O'Brien did not receive any sort of contact about the January USMNT camp. Perhaps Klinsi realized he was in the middle of a career crossroads and just let him be for now. Or perhaps it's just a very stacked position where guys like O'Brien and Daz McCarty are victim to a numbers game. This answer, I do not know - but it begs a question.




- Greg Seltzer

12 comments:

dikranovich said...

american fans are not used to having so many options, same thing probably goes for the coaching staff. it could be argued that perry kitchen is further up the charts than both DAX and obrien.

Greg Seltzer said...

I don't believe they would be on the same depth chart. Kitchen would be at the #6, while the other two are probably considered as #8 players. O'Brien could conceivably be a #10 option, as well.

M Vann said...

Damn you!! I saw the Exports piece. We want names! You can't just tease us with "Bundesliga" club. Seriously, good work as always. I like that interest in Conor is heating up. Whatever destination he chooses, I think he'll be in a much better situation. Watch him land at Augsburg like Parkhurst.

Mike said...

Here's to hoping that he goes to Germany and gets some playing time. Then I can maybe watch some of his games.

Any thoughts on Omar, Zusi, Sapong, and Agudelo rumors on transferring?

dikranovich said...

greg, what do you think is a bigger leap, going from a 6 to an 8, or going from an 8 to a 10?

Greg Seltzer said...

I suppose that would depend on the player. But I don't see it as "a leap" - they are just different positions with different attributes required.

dikranovich said...

you make a fair point greg, we are looking at this from different points of view though. i mean, you dont think johnson should be a left back and coach klinsmann and i do. and in a 4-4-2, you might not really have room for a 6, 8, and a 10, it might just be a 6 and an 10, or an 8 and a 10, or even a 6 and an 8, like in a diamond 4-4-2.

my answer to myself would be that #6 and #8 are closer than #8 is to #10

Alex Larsen said...
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Alex Larsen said...

It's a good thing we have dik around to answer his own questions.

Jay said...

Well, it's not like he accepts answers from anyone else.

Kurt said...

"Raises a question," not "begs a question."

Greg Seltzer said...

I'm aware of its status as a fallacy, but I do not agree with every rule. Besides, poetic license trumps such bothers in my book. :)