Monday, January 21, 2013

Goodson clarifies Orduspor rejection

There have been some stories coming out of Turkey that Clarence Goodson turned down Orduspor this weekend because he (and/or his wife) was concerned about being devout Christians in a Muslim country. Not so, says the defender.

Upon his return to Denmark, he told reporters that the loan suitors were not especially good hosts during his visit. They didn't even take the guy to see Ordu or the team facilities after meeting him in Istanbul, and he also was not too impressed that the club were publicly boasting of a done deal when it clearly wasn't.

Now, I just need to figure out if he's staying at Brøndby until his contract expires at year's end or hoping for a better visit elsewhere.

Also potentially making plans to move out of Denmark is free agent midfielder Conor O'Brien, who I'm told is flying back over to Europe to decide this week between three final suitors. Just to recap, two of his offers are from Belgium and a team higher up the Superliga food chain than former employers SønderjyskE, while the third could be another Danish side or it could have come out of Germany.



- Greg Seltzer

23 comments:

Matt said...

If it were to happen, do you think a move to Stoke would suit Shea?

Greg Seltzer said...

He's got all the tools, but has to raise his consistency lvel and speed of thought in play. Really, I'd love to see him in a more tactical league first - but I often say that.

dikranovich said...

this potential goodson move to orduspor not happening is to bad. the coach of this team has been good for americans in the past and he is an argentine defender and he would teach goodson some good technique and impart some toughness into his game.

personally, if im visiting turkey, im pretty happy to stay in istanbul. a turkish bath, backgammon, and a visit to the grand bazaar is all you really need.

my guess, and im sorry to say it, but my NOVA homeboy probably did feel a little uncomfortable hearing the call to prayer throughout the day. its alright though, because some people just need to live within their comfort zone.

Greg Seltzer said...

O_O

Jay said...

O_O

Phil McCracken said...

I love Istanbul, it's a great city and I always felt safe during my visit there.

However, Ordu is a decent trek from Istanbul. If I were in Goodson's shoes, I'd want to see the city myself before committing to the club.

dikranovich said...

phil, welcome to the role of officer smitty. in case you forgot, he was the smooth, cool black officer.

on thing everyone should notice, is that aunt esther, she always takes lamonts side.

ordu is a little city on the black sea and is the hazelnut capital of the world. climate, better than denmark, check. food, hands down, check. bad ass coach, likes americans, check.

Jay said...

I think it's absolutely insulting of you to assign religious intolerance to a man you've never met and whose personal life you can only glimpse at via an episode of House Hunters. Call me old fashioned.

dikranovich said...

aunt esther, please!!!!

Jay said...

I'm not playing that game with you, dik. Please address the issue. Are you actually saying, in public, and based on absolutely zero evidence, that Clarence Goodson is intolerant of other religions?

Misael Garcia said...

Anyway we can ban this guy from the site?

heythisisrobbie said...

Lol, I might be the only one that enjoys Dik's posts on here.

I don't think his opinion on this is too outlandish, to be honest.

heythisisrobbie said...

There is a big difference between intolerance and not feeling comfortable.

Dik was talking about the latter.

Greg Seltzer said...

Yes, but he faithfully eludes reality to make his own. Goodson flat out said why he turned away, which makes perfect sense to me. I don't see why he should not be believed.

Jon said...

So Shea was at FCD training today? So what's up with the trial at Stoke? Wasn't it just confirmed by Stoke's coach he would be in England this week?

Is Brek taking the red eye or is something else going on, like FCD blocking the trial at the last minute?

Greg Seltzer said...

I don't believe anyone has revealed when he's due to come over. Maybe he was having a warm-up.

Matt said...

Greg: do you hear anything about Adu heading back overseas? Dudes done in Philly.

Greg Seltzer said...

Stay tuned...

dikranovich said...

matt, im glad to see you are in character already. you will make a fabulous rallo.

if adu does not mind meeting his suitor in a city different from where he will be playing, he could go to turkey.

in fact the argentine defender who coaches odorspor is the same guy who coached adu in greece, the place where he probably had his most success in europe.

dikranovich said...

robbie, the voice of reason. as im sure you know, the ancients put on productions with both mens and womens parts being played only by men.

yes, you have won the role of ms donna, she is cool, even keeled, and can handle herself.

heythisisrobbie said...

LOL. Thanks, Dik..

In all seriousness it sounded like he was uncomfortable with Odor and Turkey. I would blame that on culture. But religion directly affects culture, so some conclusions could be drawn.

I'm not having a go at Clarence. Rather, I'm proud of him for being mentally tough enough to know what he wants.

Greg Seltzer said...

You can draw conclusions for days from any event, but that does not make them accurate. What the guy wanted was to see the club he was considering to play for and the city it resides in - hardly an odd desire in the situation.

Jay said...

Uncomfortable is an understatement. I read it as "uncomfortable that my not-yet-bosses presumed I was their employee" and "uncomfortable that they wouldn't actually show me my office or introduce me to my coworkers". "Uncomfortable with Muslims" is a fucking reach among reaches.