Archive for July, 2010

Americans Moving: Bornstein, Zizzo

Starting to percolate, that summer transfer season.

Zizzo had it going on in 2007...

• ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle reports that Sal Zizzo–who was let go by Hamburg a few weeks ago–is headed to MLS. Zizzo, who is recovering from ACL reconstruction surgery will be available through a weighted lottery with Carlisle reporting that D.C. United and Kansas City have the best shot at claiming the midfielder.

Univision is reporting that Jonathan Bornstein will join Mexican Club Tigres for the 2011 once he completes the 2010 campaign with his current club, Chivas USA.

• In other news, Ale Bedoya is nursing a foot injury and was forced to sit out his club Orebro’s last game.

Is He Worth It?

Jean Marc Bosman started it all

Joe Cole signed a four-year contract with Liverpool today. It’s been rumored that he will be making about 90k pounds per week. The transfer, however, was free. He’s 28 years old and in the last 18 months has been injury-prone. Often thought of as the most creative English midfielder in the past 8 years, his stock has dropped considerably since the ’06 World Cup in Germany. So the question is, “Is he worth it?” and what makes a player worth “it” these days?

In the US, free agency in baseball, basketball, football, etc. (the soccer equivalent is called a Bosman), is the main form of players moving from club to club. Often they do trades, but the majority of the time the club from which the player leaves does not get reimbursed.

In the soccer world, free agency is much rarer. A player is either signed to an extension, offered a new contract, or sold to another club within 18 months to a year remaining on their contract.

When a player is sold, for say 20 million pounds, the club receives that money. The player (actually his agent) then negotiates his own personal wages. This information is public, but rarely the focal point of the news surrounding the transfer.

Will Joe Cole and other potential signings keep this Nando in red?

So is Joe Cole worth it?
In this case yes, very much so. This is a very similar situation to United signing Michael Owen last year. The big difference is Liverpool expect a lot more out of Cole then Ferguson did from Owen.

Cole is going on the downside of his career, but his skill cannot be denied. A rising star with West Ham, he transferred to Chelsea as they began their recent dominance in the league. He was one of the stars that brought the first of three recent titles to the London club. He also cemented himself into the England side providing a creative spark that had been missing since Gascoigne left.

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Entourage: USMNT Episode

Johnny Drama, Vince and E get interviewed by ESPNU’s Britton Lynn–who sounds like she is auditioning for the Hills–just before the ESPY’s.

Half the interview about the vuvuzelas….aw shucks.

Ronaldinho Buddies Up With Fiddy

Ronaldinho may shortly be In Da Club with Donovan and the Galaxy, but the Milan star is off on vacation now practicing his freestyle moves off the pitch.

Last night, DJ ‘Dinho took the stage with 50 Cent at a concert in Rio.

Maybe he is trying to ward off that Nike commercial curse or something.

Michael Bradley Back at Bo’Munchen

Michael Bradley was back at the Borussia Mönchengladbach training grounds Monday. Here’s an interview conducted by the club (translated via Google from German) that Bradley issued after training today.

Junior in May 2009 versus Turkey (courtesy, Matt Mathai)

No talk of the silly Blackpool rumors (unfortunately) or other player movement discussion.

Michael, welcome back in the Borussia-Park. Are you a little sad that the holiday is over already?

Michael Bradley: Of course I have enjoyed some time off and mentally and physically recharge.I was with my family and my girlfriend in my home. The first time we were in New Jersey, then in California. This has done really well. But who knows me knows that I always have a mind on football and I’m glad it starts again.

Too much you ought not to have lost in three weeks so …

Michael Bradley: That’s right. I have naturally regenerated predominantly, but nevertheless I have kept fit, so I should be back relatively quickly at 100 percent.

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Your MLS Stars To Battle The Devil

MLS announced its first 11 selections last week for the July 28th showdown against Manchester United Red Devils at Reliant Stadium.

David Ferreira, busting out for Dallas this year...Now the full squad has been distinguished.

To add to the starters below are the following–and the Commissioner pick of Brian Ching leaked on Sunday are:

Reserves:

GK: Nick Rimando

DEF: Jonathan Bornstein, Kevin Alston, Heath Pearce, Wilman Conde

MID: Shalrie Joseph, Jeff Larentowicz, Sebastien Le Toux, David Ferreira, Brad Davis

FW/STR: Juan Pablo Angel, Jamie Moreno*, Brian Ching*

* Commish’s picks.

Last week’s eleven:

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