Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday, Monday, Monday!

So yeah, Mondays can be tough because no one seems to want to answer their phone. But... Terrence Boyd is on his way for a medical at Red Bull Leipzig (still trying to learn the length of his contract), Borussia Dortmund II has signed Joseph Gyau away from Hoffenheim (ditto) and I can now confirm that Greek champs Olymiacos are chasing Sacha Kljestan. Fun, fun, fun!

There will be MLSS reports for all.

- Greg Seltzer


heythisisrobbie said...

re: Gyau. What the hell? Did Hoffenheim give up on him? Did he blow Dortmund's socks off during a trial? Does he now have a Boydlike career trajectory in the best case scenario?

It seems like such a strange move.

Corey said...

The track record of 22-year old or older regulars (>20 games) for BVB II from 2008/09 through 2011/12 isn't great. None are still with the club. Only one played in the Bundesliga in 2013/14 (Marvin Bakalorz, 3 sub appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt before moving to the 2.Liga). Only one other played in a first division in Europe (Yasin Oztekin for Kayseri Erciyesspor in Turkey). 14 are in lower leagues around Europe and one is out of soccer.

I know there's some upward mobility there and playing in the 3.Liga is better than the regional leagues at Hoffenheim, but this seems like a lateral move at best.

Greg Seltzer said...

That is what I am trying to learn, Robbie. That is also the one where no one is answering phones. :)

Matt said...

My response for both Boyd and Gyau: come to MLS. Soon.

Greg Seltzer said...

Heh. Why is that?

Matt said...

A) Because I would love to see them. And B) Because Gyau's trajectory is starting to feel like the kind of arc that we've seen before (like Tony Taylor or Kamani Hill) where he bounces around the periphery but never really breaks through.

Kamani has been a joy to watch at Colorado this year, and I have no doubt Gyau would tear it up as well. Plus, a lot of first time minutes for him could leave to a better move to a European league (a la what just happened with Uri Rossell).

Boyd I just selfishly want to watch in MLS. And I can't get my head around why this move he's considering makes sense.

Greg Seltzer said...

For a guy born in Germany to sign with a 2BL side ready to spend in order to reach the Bundesliga? Makes all kinds of sense from that standpoint. :)

heythisisrobbie said...

I know you're on the case, Greg! Thanks!

Gyau was a guy that I penciled into this roster 4 years ago. I was as blown away watching him as the defenders he would run by.

The talent is there, but something is holding him back. Politics? Attitude? No idea, but it definitely isn't because he isn't good enough.

Brian B said...

Is this even a step up for Boyd, Greg? I was really hoping to see if he could hang with the big boys this season with the likes of a lower level team in the Bundesliga.