Archive for the ‘Transfers’ Category

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OMG JK! Onyewu Staying At Standard Liege. (Yeah Right, Pierre)

December 16, 2008

Despite all the “near done” rumors about Gooch’s move to France, Pierre Francois has THIS to say (in delicious broken/translated english):

“The director general director of Standard Liege, Pierre François said, about the situation of Oguchi Onyewu, considered a target of Marseille: “His contract expires in June next year and it will be difficult to extend, however the player will not leave in January. We know that we will be losing money, but right now the technical issue we want more than economic “

Yea right. Talk about an unsettled Oguchi. He’s been dreaming of moving on from Belgium ever since he tasted Newcastle (however bitter that might’ve been) and it would be criminal if he had to wait until summer. Or would it? Liege is enjoying a terrific run in the Uefa Cup and it’s only half a season…right? Plus since he’d be leaving on a free transfer he could sign wherever he wanted.

I still think that Gooch will move in January. Francois can say all he wants about money not being important, but at the end of the day, the difference between 4 million and zero is…well..4 million. And that’s a lot of dollar bills.

You think Francois is just playing the game to see if he can squeeze some more money out of potential offers? Or do you think he’s got the balls to deny Gooch his transfer request?

Chime in.

-psc

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Nous Voulons Onyewu!

December 16, 2008

Despite rumors that Paris St Germain was also in hot pursuit of The Gooch, it appears that Marseille has all but closed the deal. Sports Illustrated tells us:

Oguchi Onyewu’s move from Standard Liege to Olympique de Marseille could be just a matter of formalities.

According to French soccer news Web site Mercato365.com, the towering central defender has already agreed to a deal lasting 3½ years.

Now all that remains is for the two clubs to reach an agreement on the price, which is expected to be around $4 million.

I know that I would rather see Onyewu in the EPL, but I also would be sad to see him end up at a struggling club like Wigan or Blackburn (he just isn’t gonna end up at a strong English club right now).  In Ligue 1, Onyewu will go to a solid club that gets to play in Europe and I expect him to be a first team regular.  If he isn’t, it’ll be a nightmare.  This is a good move for him, as he’s familiar with the French league after spending time at Metz earlier in his career.

what do you think about Gooch seemingly locked in at Marseille? Happy? Think it’ll be a good fit?

–psc

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The Gooch Rockin’ The Mic

December 4, 2008

Onyewu showed up in today’s UEFA Cup match and scored the first goal of the game for Standard Liege.  Looks like the little American has some fire in him and wants to be taken seriously in this transfer window.  Hey, Marseille might have to pay 7 million to secure the big man. Jokes aside, a great showing from Gooch as Liege romped to a 3-0 victory over Sampdoria. You can check out the hightlights over at Yanks Abroad Highlights and see Gooch’s goal in clip number one.

My Thoughts: This is awesome for Onyewu and continued strong showings through December will up his value going into the transfer window.  Who knows, a few more goals and clean sheets and an EPL team might come calling.  Arsenal, you hear that? Replace Gallassssss…… har har.

You think Gooch’s stock has increased enough to garner some Premier League attention?

–psc

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Moves Being Made For Onyewu

December 2, 2008

Rumors Abound! It’s only December 2nd, but we can already smell the January transfer window and our first whiff comes courtesy of Oguchi Onyewu.  Seems like Marseille and Borussia Moenchengladbach are battling it out for the America centre back.  Goal.com tells us:

“The offer from Marseille is reportedly around $6.5 million U.S. with the added bonus of Argentine defender Renato Ceville heading to Liege.

While the offer from Marseille may be the to much for Liege to pass up with Onyewu slated to be out of contract at seasons end, another suitor has arisen. According to Belgiumsoccer.be, Borussia Monchengladbach is now offering Liege close to $4 million U.S. for Onyewu.”

Dear god, please don’t let Gooch go to BMG.  Seriously, If Gladbach gets relegated, the last thing any American wants is two USMNT starters playing for a Bundesliga 2 team.  Marseille would be a great place for Gooch to land and I think he would do very well in the French League.  6.5 million is a pretty hefty number for Onyewu and I don’t think Standard Liege will see a larger bid than that, so I’d be surprised if Gooch didn’t land at Marseille (That is, if the rumor is TRUE).

Another American with some buzz is Kenny Cooper, but more on that LATER.

–psc

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Michael Denmarkhurst

December 1, 2008

Word out of the Washington Post is that Michael Parkhurst has reached a tentative agreement with a Danish club and will be moving in January. Goff writes:

The buzz around MLS circles is that Michael Parkhurst, the Revolution’s standout defender who is out of contract this winter, has reached agreement with a Danish club. Barring last-minute complications, a formal announcement is expected soon.

Looks like more information should be available later today and probably tomorrow as well.  Parkhurst leaves on a free transfer, as his contract is up with MLS.  I’m not too excited about him being in Denmark, I much would’ve preferred the Netherlands.  But we’ll see, maybe he’ll join up with Feilhaber and Jeremiah and AGF Aarhus will become the new Fulham. Wah wah wahhhhh.

What do you think?

–psc

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Landy Dandy Loaned To Bayern

November 20, 2008

Well there you have it.  Just as Donovan completed his 10 day training stint in Germany, Bayern has reported that he will join them on loan from January to March. Klinsmann had some positive things to say about Landon’s impression, as posted on the Bayern website (forgive the translation):

“Klinsmann has reported that Donovan in the last days of training a lasting impression did. That is what he also in talks with some experienced players. “He is an incredibly fast player who constantly one-against-one situations examined. He is a completely different Stürmertyp than those who are here as “the Bayern coach is convinced.”

I couldn’t agree more! Landon is such a different Sturmertyp!  Don’t you think so? All kidding aside, this is good news for Landon (obviously) but it also is another big test.  Bayern has stated that the loan will have an option to buy, so Donovan will need to work hard in the spring to make an impact with the German giants.  It will not be pretty if Donovan has to come back with his head low after not winning a contract.

Another article out of England has some more details:

“Donovan has spent a week and a half training at Bayern and scored both goals when the first team, minus players away on international duty, beat the club’s B team 2-1 in a practice match on Wednesday. His performances and attitude in training have impressed Klinsmann, who said he needed a fourth striker in his squad to help cover for any injuries that might hit Luca Toni, Miroslav Klose or Lukas Podolski.”

Fourth striker makes me a little nervous, but it just means that Landon will need to take every chance he gets for Bayern if he wants to stay in Europe. It is exciting though, Donovan is finally gonna need to put his money where his mouth is, and I’m pumped to see that.

What do you all think? Happy? A little nervous? Spit it out!

–psc

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More Video of Landon

November 19, 2008

Another Bayern Munich training video has hit the German internets!  Head over to THIS link to watch the video and this time, the camera man pays some extra attention to Landon (how nice of him).

Not too much goes down in this video.  After 10 minutes of warming up, they go into a small scrimmage and Landon buzzes around blah blah.  Landon scores a tap in and mostly works to keep possession (it seems that they’re playing with a “two touch” rule).

I’m curious to see what happens in the next few weeks after the MLS Cup.  I’m sure Landon will be speaking more and more candidly about his wish to go abroad, and I expect to see at least a few words from Klinsmann and Bayern as well. From the other side, what will the LA Galaxy be saying?  They’ve already stated their intent to keep Landon with the Galaxy, but will they hold their stance as Landon becomes more and more vocal?

SO MANY QUESTIONS!!! Ah well, time will tell.  In the meantime, we have the WCQ against Guatemala coming up tonight, and I will be live blogging that game as it happens!  Hopefully we’ll have a chance to see Kenny Cooper working up top with Jozy Altidore, because every USMNT fan sees lots of potential in that pairing.

Check back later today!

–psc