Monday, June 9, 2014

Aufstieg.

Word out of Germany is that a few teams are sniffing around Philadelphia Union central midfielder/centerback Amobi Okugo.

He has previously spent time training in Germany in 2011 and 2012 with SC Freiburg, who fell from fifth in 2012-13 to 14th in 2013-14. At the moment it's nothing official, but Okugo is in his fifth year in Philadelphia and is in the midst of one of the most difficult seasons of his burgeoning career.

This isn't the first time that Okugo has gotten interest from overseas and it probably won't be the last, unless he re-signs with the Union on a new long term deal in the near future.

4 comments:

WilkersonMclaser said...

Following Amobi on Twitter or even in his postgame comments, it's pretty clear that he's not thrilled with the way things are going for him in Philly (He and JackMac were often on the same page there). I'd be shocked if he stuck around, especially if he has legitimate interest in a solid European league.

Scott Kessler said...

The team has slowly pushed him toward the forefront and has finally given him recognition with the captain's armband when Carroll isn't on the field. I think he's very loyal to club and country. It would take a nice deal to have him leave. At least that's my understanding.

jon said...

Regardless of exactly how accurate the MLSPU salary numbers are, he is on very good money for MLS (145k base/228k guaranteed), so if it was all about money and comfort then it would take a good offer. But if he's feeling that he'll never get his chance with the national team while anchoring a bad Philly team, then who knows.
And does loyalty to your club (and country? huh?) really matter when considering a move abroad?
Anyway, Liviu Bird has a nice little article on him on SI's PlanetFutbol from about a month ago.

Scott Kessler said...

The club and country comment was a force of habit.