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Friday, July 27, 2007

Some promising signs from Stateside...

In brief, a few bits of news that have warmed TDH's proverbial cockles in the past couple of days:
Sal Zizzo, who showed fantastic skills in the Under-20 World Cup, will play for Hannover 96 of the Bundesliga in the fall.

The MLS teams won two and drew two in the first round of the new North American Superliga.

DJ Countess is Tigre's new goalkeeper for its first season in the Primera Liga de Argentina in 27 years.

Carlos Bocanegra is Fulham's captain this season.
Plus one item that didn't really surprise TDH:
Freddy Adu couldn't settle terms with Benfica, even though MLS had agreed to sell him for $2 million.
TDH bets that the $2 million is a lot less than MLS thought they'd receive a few years ago. Suck it up. Even Wayne Rooney was overhyped. The key is for Freddy to turn into a solid player, eventually in Europe, so he can play his best in 2010. MLS hasn't hurt him so far, especially as his body has matured, but soon it'll be time to move.

And finally, one item that puzzled TDH:
Eddie Johnson turned down a chance to sign with Derby County.
What are you waiting for, Eddie? Are you afraid you'll come down with a case of Donovan's Disease, also known as Palermo Syndrome, if you move to Europe?


Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

Never a truer word spoken about Whine Hroney. He looked awesome because he was so much better than a 16/17 year old had any right to be, but he hasn't improved in the interceding years. Sir needs to pick a position for him and build him there.

Anyhoo, on Adu, I've been hearing many rumblings that he's nowhere near the age he's reported as, and is infact early-twenties. thoughts?

Finally, on Eddie Johnson, I've not seen the guy much, if at all, but he might be right to avoid Derby, who are going down this season. I'd wait till a secure mid-table side comes in for him. Blackburn?

9:30 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Oh, I don't know about Johnson. If you're good enough, another Prem team will poach you when your squad goes down. And if you're not, wouldn't you rather play every day in the Championship instead of riding the pine in the Prem? I suppose maybe your wallet wouldn't. (I'm talking to you, Winston Bogarde....)

As for Adu, yeah, there are lots of rumors, but apparently his age is authentic. How many twenty-somethings do you know who have a growth spurt, like he did? He's gained 2-3 inches in the past few years. Anyway, he's going to Benfica after all. Good place for a guy who's still not huge physically.

3:55 AM  

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