Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jan 24, 2017

It's Day 24 of 2017.

Great news: Clint Dempsey medically cleared to begin preseason training with Seattle Sounders!!


Three signings for Minnesota United today:
  • Starting with 25 year old Finnish defensive midfielder Rasmus Schuller from Hacken in Sweden. He has 14 caps for his national team.
  • Also signed MLS journeyman defender (can play all 4 spots across the backline) Jermaine Taylor from Portland Timbers. He has 84 international caps for Jamaica.
  • And finally they re-signed 28 year old Venezuelan attacking midfielder Bernardo Anor who was with Minnesota in NASL last season on a loan deal from Sporting Kansas City.
  • This puts the team at 21 players officially, and 2016 NASL rostered player Ismaila Jome is expected to be announced at any time taking them to 22.
  • That leaves 6 spots still open: They only have 1 goalkeeper (who is injured,) so they will need 2 more of those, leaving only 3 places available. Meaning ALL THREE need to be impact players.

And here we have the full MNUFC training camp roster:
  • G: Alec Ferrell, Marco Carducci (trialist), Sammy Ndjock (preseason invitee), Charlie Lyon (trialist)
  • D: Francisco Calvo, Tiago Calvano (preseason invitee), Justin Davis, Vadim Demidov, Thomas de Villardi, Joe Greenspan, Ismaila Jome, Brent Kallman, Lance Laing (preseason invitee), Jermaine Taylor, Kevin Venegas, Andrew Tinari (trialist)
  • M: Bernardo Anor, Raul Gonzalez (trialist), Ibson, Miguel Ibarra, Duke LaCroix (trialist), Collin Martin, Mohammed Saeid, Rasmus Schüller, Eugene Starikov (trialist), Tanner Thompson, Johan Venegas, Collen Warner
  • F: Abu Danladi, David Goldsmith (trialist), Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Christian Ramirez

6 names of interest on that roster: 3 NASL Minn United 2016 players, Sammy Ndjock, Tiago Calvano and Lance Laing. Plus 3 others:
  • Marco Carducci - 20 yr old keeper from Vancouver Whitecaps brought in by coach Rovde.
  • Duke LaCroix - 23 yr old from Indy Eleven who killed MN last year and was one of the leagues best.
  • Eugene (aka Yevgeni) Starikov - 28 yr old Russian Ukrainian-American who at one time was given a shot in a USMNT training camp. At Chornomorets in Ukraine last year.

First Loons preseason game is a week from today - Tue Jan 31 v New England Revolution.


Some fascinating players in training camps around MLS:
  • Oguchi Onyewu is in preseason camp with Philadelphia Union.
  • Gale Agbossomounde is in preseason camp with Seattle Sounders.
  • And Freddy Adu is in preseason camp with Portland Timbers.


Tyrone Mears has been shipped from Seattle to Atlanta. No details have come to light yet. But that is a solid starting right fullback.


What does Jack Black think about the guitar playing of Tom Morrello?
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A deeper dive on the CONCACAF Champions League changes that were announced yesterday - what does it really mean? By Brian Straus of Sports Illustrated.


American Terrence Boyd has left Liepzeig on a transfer deal to Darmstadt.
  • And don't forget that Torsten Frings is the coach!


American Gedion Zelalem has signed a new contract with Arsenal and then loaned to VVV Venlo in Netherlands 2nd division.

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Anonymous MJ said...

Eugene Starikov is from UKR, yes?

5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are a stack of usable journeymen goalkpeepers riding pine on other MLS rosters. I'm surprised MUFC hasn't called one in.

Freddy Adu, still only 27 years old.


10:16 AM  

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