Posts Tagged ‘La Liga’

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Landon Donovan Is Ready

October 27, 2008

As the MLS season closes, Landon Donovan is wasting no time clarifying his desire to try his hand at European soccer. ESPN has a piece today about Landon’s potential future abroad, and here’s the important stuff:

”Competitively I have that itch and I want to go and I will make that very clear to people.”

Donovan said he would approach MLS officials this week to request a move and added that he had told Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena of his wish to join a European club.

”I think the League is aware of my situation and I’ve had brief talks with Bruce about it and let him know, but it’s still early.

”There can be a lot of fluctuation between now and January 1. Teams that are in trouble might be playing great by then and vice versa. Injuries happen and we’ll see where we’re at.”

My Thoughts: Kudos to Donovan for finally sacking up taking on the big leagues.  Hopefully he can land at a strong club and doesn’t end up at West Brom, or Newcastle (yuck).  Even worse, I hope Fulham doesn’t try and buy him.  Our American stars need to diversify their European destinations.  I would be intrigued to see Donovan in La Liga as I think his game is well suited to Spain, but I also wouldn’t be upset if he did indeed end up at Bayern Munich.  We’ll see if Klinsmann is still high on Landon in a month or two.

In all, any move to a more competitive league will only help our USMNT as well.  This is a chance for Landon to truly take his game to the next level.  Whether you love him or hate him, the truth is that Donovan is the best USMNT player of the last 8 years.  If he can elevate his game even more, then he could become an even better threat at the National level.  Granted, I’m going to remain cynical, because there’s also a strong chance that Landon just ends up as a bench player in a Euro league, and we already have plenty of those.  I’d rather be pessmistic and then pleasantly surprised, as opposed to expect the world and then be disappointed.

Where do you think he’ll end up? Germany? England? Spain?

–psc

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Dreams of Jozy: Dashed?

September 12, 2008

Although it seemed so certain on Monday that Jozy would feature, there are rumblings that the strikers at Villarreal are mystically healing.  VillarrealUSA reports:

“Rossi and Angel were pulled out of practice on Wednesday, both experiencing some discomfort (the bad news).  The good news is that they are both expected to be ready to go on Sunday against Deportivo La Coruna…”

and also:

“The strikeforce has recovered a bit leading up to this weekend’s clash with Deportivo.  Guille Franco looks to have recovered from his knee inflamation, and could be ready to go on Sunday”

And just like that, Jozy slides further down the depth chart.  Oh well, we can still hope that the manager will reward him with SOME first team minutes after his hat trick last week.  But as these reports seep out, that hope seems more and more desperate.

So close, yet so far.

–psc

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Gooch: THE RACE IS ON (Apparently)

August 28, 2008
I will leap into your league and crush.

I will leap into your league and crush.

less than 24 hours after a formidable showing against Liverpool, reports out of Belgium say the Liege phone is ringing off the hook.  Apparently, and soccer365 talks about this too, clubs in France, Spain, and England are inquiring about the availability of Oguchi “The Boss” Onyewu.

The interest is strong, and teams are now asking about the price.  According to Lyle Yorks, the most negotiations have occured with a club in La Liga (I would guess Espanyol, which had been linked earlier with a move for Gooch).  Says Lyle Yorks:

We’ve been talking with a La Liga club for 10 days… It’s a big club. I can say that. After last night’s game, we had discussions with a Premier League club and one of the top teams in France.

So we shall see. Will Gooch be going anywhere this window?  Can you guess what Premiership team is after him?

–psc

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Jozy On Loan?

August 28, 2008
Moustache = Goals

Moustache = Goals

Some Jozy news is popping up today around the net, the first being a rumor from Spanish paper Marca that the young American is set for a loan move to Spanish side Valladolid.  It seems Jozy took part in a team dinner where he bid farewell to his Villareal teammates in preparation for the loan (sounds a little fishy to me).  If it’s true, you’ve gotta think that the reason he’d be loaned out would be to get significant first team minutes, so a loan could be positive if it results in PT.

Another conflicting report from NBCsports has the news that Jozy is set to make his debut for Villareal this weekend against Osasuna.  Apparently due to a bit of an injury crisis in the Submarine’s attack (Pires and Rossi are reportedly both out, as well as Nihat Kahveci), Jozy has moved up in the depth chart and is considered an option for the squad.

My Thoughts: Doesn’t matter where Jozy ends up, as long as he gets a chance to hit the pitch.  Sure, a dream partnership of Rossi/Altidore will give any USMNT fan some excitement, but perhaps it’s a little unrealistic at this stage.  Altidore just needs to develop and adjust to the La Liga game, and if that means donning the Valladolid shirt, so be it.

What do you think of the rumors? Bogus? Will we see Jozy on Sunday?

–psc