Monday, September 2, 2013

Another situation to watch today... (updated)

Though it was not the case during summer, I've learned Augsburg are now shopping Michael Parkhurst around and that he has sparked some interest. Check back to this post periodically because I have released the hounds onto the where froms and the likelihood he moves before the transfer window closes at midnight CET (6 pm ET).

UPDATE: Just to let you all know, Parkhurst has one decent-ish option that might go best as a short loan and one possible suitor everyone would freak out over that is probably handcuffed until January. Sorry to keep such a high level of mystery, but that's how it has to be for the moment. Stay tuned...

UPDATE UPDATE
: I've been informed Parkhurst will be staying at Augsburg for now. A full MLSS report needs to be typed up, so I will just drive-by you the essentials of what's been going down. A late Brøndby loan possibility fell through in the end, while 1860 Munich wanted him bad but could not afford it (in one manner or another). The consolation prize for the defensive handyman is that Lazio have interest - but they will soon have a discussion about him being a winter target as they are buried under deadline orders to make some sales while there's still time.

And in case you have not noticed a summer theme in Lazio's interest in Jozy Altidore, Terrence Boyd and now Parkhurst, yes, they are definitely interested in landing an American for whatever reason. I don't know if that means marketing or just simple rivalry games with Roma. Who knows? Questa è l'Italia. Either way, Parkhurst has to somehow get some games and cross fingers that his Serie A admirer comes back around.






- Greg Seltzer

15 comments:

WilkersonMclaser said...

Thank the maker. Parkhurst obviously has the ability to play at a high level, even if he isn't a marauding wingback. I'd prefer he didn't go back to Scandanavia, but playing time is a must if he hopes to go to Brazil. Hoping he lands something decent.

Jayboy said...

They signed him on a free and seem to have no interest in playing him. You'd have to think they'd let him go for peanuts. It's not like his value will increase by not playing. And he would probably take any situation other than the one he's in right now. I hope he escapes!

WilkersonMclaser said...

Freak out? Um ... I'm going to go with, I dunno, Monaco for that one. And the short term loan option is, er, Twente. Anyone else?

Jolazo said...

Is AZ the freak out team? Parkhurst plays pretty similar to Dirk Marcellis, and Marcellis kinda looks like a caveman version of Parkhurst.

jon said...

Doesn't the Bundesliga window close earlier? 1800 CET?
So if he isn't gone now...
Or can Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga teams still arrange loans?

Freegle said...

4-Letter reporting Parkhurst called in for qualifiers. He hasn't played a match since the Gold Cup Final. Klinsmann is really adhering to his "must be playing for his club team." policy.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ jon: The national windows apply to arrivals, not departures.

@ Freegle: The position is in a selection crisis at the moment.

Freegle said...

That "selection crisis" is self inflicted.

Greg Seltzer said...

How did Klinsmann make Chandler struggle badly for form at FCN, Evans get injured and Cherundolo need another knee procedure?

John said...

@Freegle Parkhurst came in as a sub against Bosnia late in the game. And JK called him up because he's been with the team for 2 years and knows what he's capable of.

dikranovich said...

I tell ya what, you wanna see Fabian Johnson at left mid, move graham zusi to right back and problem solved.

John said...

@dikranovich: Fab at LM is gonna happen anyways even if Zusi doesn't start. I think Cameron will get the start at RB.

Freegle said...

Chandler played 90 minutes vs the European Champs 2 weeks ago. I understand that he has not been at his peak performance so far this season. But Parkhurst's last league appearance was in FEBRUARY! He has only about 130 minutes of league football since December 9th. He played fine in the gold cup against the minnows and I don't think he will make or break these qualifiers. I just think we have better/more talented (and more "in form") options. They say form is temporary, talent permanent. Parkhurst currently is not a better option in either category yet here he is.

And the selection crisis is self inflicted because when we had the opportunity to bring in potentially capable RB to learn the system (apparently the only thing keeping him out at this time) and give us some depth, we brought Tony Beltran to the Gold Cup (no offense to him but he is not and will not be international caliber) and then flew a midfielder half way around the world to play RB in a European friendly.

John said...

@Freegle: The selection crisis is NOT self inflicted.

dikranovich said...

selection crisis??? maybe right back is the strongest position on the team. no, not maybe, definitely. we are talking brad evans here. too funny!!!

I wonder who is the fifth right back for England.. probably stevie g.