Thursday, July 3, 2014

Well, that didn't take long, did it? (updated)

Yes, I am the biggest buzzkill since Britta Perry (Community season 6!!), but that is my function. You may have seen Italian rag reports that AS Roma and Inter Milan were already calling up after USMNT revelation DeAndre Yedlin. Due to the fact he lacks an EU passport, these suggestions are almost surely silly on the face of it. I can confirm the Inter link is bunk, and am pretty dang sure the same can be said with Roma, but await 100% on the fact-o-meter for that one.

Sorry for spoiling more imagination fun. But fear not, I am sure somebody is checking into him and I will make it up by trying to dig them out into daylight.

UPDATE: Just got word. No interest or contact from Roma. Caveat lector and all.




- Greg Seltzer

36 comments:

Greg Seltzer said...

Dude... stay on topic. I already told you and told you and told you. There is no need to threads for the sole reason of jabbing at me (or anyone else) by repeating the same thing for the 41st time.

justinwkoehn said...

I only see one comment, so it looks like you are talking to yourself.

What countries would preclude Yedlin for playing for lack of an EU Passport (i.e. which leagues are easier for Americans to get in)?

Tom said...

Hope something good happens for him

Tom said...

justinwkoehn, it appears that the scandinavian countries are pretty easy to get into, bureaucracy-wise.

dikranovich said...

so you want me to talk about none news? greg, that is nonsense, don't you think? put my first post back up

Greg Seltzer said...

There is an update to the post: the flag is 100% up on Roma talk.

Dave Powell said...

He has Latvian heritage and can get a passport once he applies.

BTM said...

Are there work permit issues, or are the clubs up against their non-EU limits? I guess I'm wondering how the situation is different from Bradley's.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Dave Powell:

I will be flat honest: I do not know how long it should take for a Latvian passport, how easy it would be or even if he is trying for one. As such, as of now, I have to treat him like a guy without one. Italians clubs sure are. :)

@ BTM:

Well a non-EU passport *is* the work permit issue. And yeah, most clubs are at the limit or already shopping toward it.

I do not catch the meaning of your Bradley question. Could you clarify?

justinwkoehn said...

I'm guessing he's asking how Bradley was able to play for Roma...which he started for a Dutch club, and then went to a German one before going to Italy, so his point of entry was Holland.

Greg Seltzer said...

Still do not follow. Point of entry does not matter. Bradley had to take up one of their non-EU slots.

BTM said...

Bradley (as far as I know) doesn't have an EU passport and was able to work in Italy. I trust your reporting on the clubs in question, but I wondering why the lack of EU passport precludes possibility of Yedlin having Serie A interest.

Greg Seltzer said...

Ah, gotcha. No, it does not preclude interest in Yedlin, but it certainly reduces the likelihood.

But I guess the main difference is Roma knew Bradley was basically ready to step into the line-up upon arrival. Not sure if any team would have that feeling about Yedlin yet.

Tony M said...

My unfounded speculation: Hamburg. Dolo is a fan, apparently. And I've been saying since last summer he is the best US right back process since him.

That said, I think he should stay put in Seattle another year

Corey said...

Any word on the Andelecht interest?

http://www.dhnet.be/sports/football/division1/anderlecht/yedlin-a-ete-propose-a-anderlecht-53b4680c3570c0e743493a16

Greg Seltzer said...

Working on it, Corey. Cannot confirm or flag as of yet.

justinwkoehn said...

I'll bet anyone here $100 that Green plays vs MLS all-stars next month if he's still on Bayern's payroll. Any takers?

Matt said...

Favorite comment of the day (from Greg): I don't know the nuances of the Latvian passport process.

Dammnit, man, get it straight! We need you to be the expert. If you don't know the subtle intricacies of the Latvian passport process, what good are you to us?!?

Also, where are my words of comfort you promised yesterday?

Greg Seltzer said...

As it turns out, my overall Cup USMNT ratings will be up first thing tomorrow at MLSS.

In a little while, I will share plenty of other post-mortum bits and bobs here. I will also have a shot in the dark stab at a 23 for 2018 soon enough.

Matt said...

Excellent. I see that MLSSoccer already has someone opining on 2018 as their top story. I think this is all part of the Kubler-Ross stages of grief.

No one is quite at acceptance just yet...

Tony M said...

"I think this is all part of the Kubler-Ross stages of grief."

Naaaw. We moved on into reincarnation.

Mattia Rossi said...

DiMarizo just said that Sabatini and Preziosi met to talk about Yedlin.

He's a better source than you on Italy, has more experience with Sabatini and Preziosi; in particular the movements and targets of Sabatini.

Like with Bradley, if your source is the player, club or family (?) it's likely you won't know anything until Roma/Genoa officially contact Seattle, if they do.

The fact DiMarzio was so specific leads me to believe a meeting did take place, whether anything comes from it is another story.

Tony M said...

dikranovich, you are either deeply stupid or you think your nonsense is funny. I was actually right about JK from top to bottom - his roster selection and his tendency to put in unnatural positions cost us big time. But I'm not going to argue that. Instead, you called me a liar, which I can assure you would not do to my face.

I can't search this site or Soccer by Ives, but I can search bigsoccer under my name there "Tony in Quakeland". On the thread, WC Roster Leaks... Edu on the roster?, on May 11, you will find me responding to someone about Yedlin being on the roster: "He should be. And if he is on the 23, it will be at Evans expense. Call it ironic"

Hard to be more right than that. Go back to September 6 and find me saying about Yedlin on the US Costa Rica thread like Yedlin a lot and I thin he has a bettr chance to punch a ticket to Bazil than a lot of guys

So, shove it, dude.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ dikranovich:

Cut the shit.

Matt said...

Seriously. Go troll somewhere else, little fella.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Mattia:

You are free to believe as you wish, but I never mentioned Genoa. And if something takes place after my post, well, times marches on. Like, ya know, when Toronto FC swoops in after I report there are no offers, as publicly confirmed by all involved.

I have made myself look foolish exactly one time in a decade, Italy or otherwise, and it was solely from clumsy time frame wording in one NSC post. None of my MLSS reports have been factually inaccurate to date and let us not forget I (and I alone) had Roma in for Bradley 14 months before the transfer happened with many saying I was making it all up for over a year. So, I feel no need to compete with other journalists or their sources, regardless of where they come from.

But any way you wish to slice it, I can cook Italian food better than either of you. :)

Greg Seltzer said...

@ dikranovich:

I am again about two seconds from deleting every single word you utter on this blog.

- You are not the arbiter of who gets to think what about the national team. Period. End of story. Not even sure how you imagined this was a thing.

- You do not call someone a prick and then whine how they called you little fella.

- Do not bring your bullshit politics into this space. Ever. EVER.

Do we understand each other or not?

dikranovich said...

Hey tsar Gregor, I didn't call Matt a prick, I called tony m one. And it still stands, as far as I'm concerned.

dikranovich said...

You guys and your reading comprehension. Clearly a lot of the hate comes from a lack of understanding and comprehending. The dubious comprehension committee will be meeting first Thursday of every month

Greg Seltzer said...

Enough. Last warning.

Tony M said...

Called a prick for proving you wrong, dikanovich? Good, I can live with that.

dikranovich said...

Only in your mind tony m, where the only way you were going to be proven wrong is if the USA won this World Cup. Otherwise, you want to pull out the see I told you so. One day he complains about cheerleaders on the bench, the next he is quick to suggest he was the first one calling for yeldin.

Hey, USA just lost the World Cup, let me go tell everyone how smart I am. F'ing d-bag

Greg Seltzer said...

What part of enough is eluding you?

Unknown said...

The one problem I with this site is all the self absorbed and whiney girls who are constantly in a "look at me; I'm special" mode. That includes both "dik" and Greg. God! Your posing constantly grates on the nerves. Just the facts, ma'am as Sgt Friday would say. None of you are as smart as your mum told you.

Greg Seltzer said...

... he said, whining about a blog that has overtly been here for my opinions for six years.

One can only wonder why you are here amongst the agitant dullards.


Tony M said...

Astonishing. Don't worry Greg, I will no longer feed the troll.