Monday, January 19, 2015

The Case of Inspector Kljouseau

I will keep this relatively brief, lest I fall into a manhole in trench coat. The recently confirmed list of MLS suitors for Sacha Kljestan from (I believe, and forgive me If I am wrong somewhere) Ives Galarcep, Jeff Carlisle and Steven Goff was LA, Seattle, NYRB and Philly Union. I will now see those gentleman (as all four currently remain in the race) and raise them interested parties Chicago, two other MLS sides I will not discuss yet, longtime admirers Gent, an Eredivisie club (working on a confident hunch) and at least one other team from Europe. And while all this is going on, Anderlecht have asked the American to stay at least until the end of the season. It turns out manager Besnik Hasi - who put Kljestan up for sale for the second time last month - remembered that his squad will be light four African Cup of Nations participants for a while as they chase three crowns. Oof.

There will be a full MLSS report before long that contains as many ways to express the concept of "at least" as one could think of - reason being that I still may be underestimating the crowd by yet another a couple of teams. Stay tuned...






- Greg Seltzer

12 comments:

Tom said...

After all that time you'd think they'd have treated him a little better?

dikranovich said...

Tom, Americans being treated a little less than fairly on European club teams, has been a complaint from many people for a long time. Sometimes the complaint is steeped in American bias, sometimes it's based on facts.

It is a real issue, at least if you perseve it to be.

dikranovich said...

In basketball there is one league that is vastly superior to all other leagues. With soccer, there is no such league.

I guss I wonder if we can glean from basketball, some going on about player migration, and soccer.

Brasil and Argentina have been sending players to Europe for many years now. Has the return on investment been positive for th brasilians and argentine national teams during this time?

This past summer, Germany was a team, made up of guys who were familiar with each other, probably right down to the shaving cream that their teammates used. Brasil was a collection of individuals, Plucked From all the top teams the world over. And they end up getting plucked, and gutted.

dikranovich said...

We have not harped on what South Korea was doing on the club scene back in the late 90s and early 2000s. It really is pretty remarkable and telling.

And I think all this time, the narrative has been hiddink was the sole reason. This part about South Korean club dominance has been completely overlooked, and over shadowed.

And qatar did host the Asian cup in jan. 2011. Oh my gosh, for one whole month the European leagues will have to shut down, I mean, it could even be two and a half month. Heavens to Betsy!!!

Greg Seltzer said...

Stop clogging every post with off-topic rambling, please.

brian said...

DIK are you suggestion an all MLS USMNT squad for 2018? what would that look like?

dikranovich said...

No I'm not Brian, I've named six core players for 2018 so far. Five of them currently reside on European teams.

Matt said...

Greg: using international player signings as a proxy for the health of the league and it's profile internationally, how big of a deal is the signing of Sebastian Giovinco?

A 27-year-old Italian NT and Juventus player seems like a big deal to me. Is it?

dikranovich said...

Matt, of course it is a big deal, but it would be a bigger deal if he was coming for the start of the season.

Dany Tzvi said...

giovinco cant get a game at juventus, bradley couldnt get a game at roma. juventus are better than roma, but not that much. giovinco is better than bradley, but not that much.

dikranovich said...

Dude, come on... Roma have won three serie a titles, in their history. The last one was 2001. Juve have ten times as many scudettos, and have won as many in the last three years as Roma have in their entire history.

You care to revise your opinion before it makes its way to the ferguson?

Dany Tzvi said...

yeah and princeton and yale have the most college football championships
im not talking about how many scudettos each team has in their 100 year history, im talking about the teams right now. right now, juve are a better team than roma, but not 10x better. giovinco is a good player, but its not a "turning point" as some people are saying. dude warms the bench hard.