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Altidore Gets Work Permit: Ready To Help Hull

August 19, 2009


Its official!

American striker Jozy Altidore has finally received his UK work permit and will be able to join Premiership side Hull, which opens the season this weekend against Bolton.

Red Bulls Hold First Training Session In LA In Advance Of MLS Cup

November 22, 2008
New York and Columbus to meet on Sunday at The Home Depot Center

SECAUCUS, NJ (Friday, November 21, 2008) – The New York Red Bulls trained for the first time since arriving in California Friday in preparation of their first MLS CUP Finals appearance.

The team trained for an hour and half beginning at 11:00 AM PST and met with the media following the session. The full team trained under the direction of head coach Juan Carlos Osorio on a beautiful 80 degree day.

The team will train again on Saturday before taking on Supporters Shield Winners, the Columbus Crew, on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 3:30 pm EST at The Home Depot Center with the winner taking home the MLS Cup for the first time in franchise history.

The Red Bulls were the only MLS team to have a winning record vs. Columbus this season, with New York holding a 2-1-0 season series advantage. The Red Bulls defeated the Crew at Giants Stadium, 2-0, on April 5, and 3-1 on Oct. 18, but dropped a 3-1 decision at Crew Stadium on Sept. 18.

The Red Bulls will hold their official viewing party at Nevada Smiths, located on 3rd Avenue between 11th and 12th Steets in New York City. The viewing party for New York’s Western Conference Championship win over Real Salt Lake, brought out a packed establishment, with the MLS Cup viewing party expected to draw an even larger crowd of Red Bulls supporters.

Game Information: Western Conference Champion New York Red Bulls (10-11-9, 39 pts) vs Eastern Conference Champion Columbus Crew (17-7-6, 57 pts)
Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET at The Home Depot Center
Television: ABC, TeleFutura (JP Dellacamera, John Harkes)
Radio: WADO 1280 AM (Ernesto Motta, Robert Sierra)

Predictions?

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Agorsor: A Natural Replacement For Altidore At New York?

July 20, 2008


Hot young Maryland prospect Chris Agorsor proved again last week why he could be one of the most exciting young prospects in US Soccer, helping his team win the Development Academy U-17/18 championship at the Home Depot Center in southern California. Jaime Cardenas of the LA Times has a great writeup on the tournament here.

So now Agorsor faces the same decision many young Americans have; play in college for awhile, go to MLS, or try your luck in Europe. Reportedly, the 5’9″ forward has a firm offer from the University of Virgina and a number of European teams have show interest in him including NAC Breda, Tottenham Hotspur, Queens Park Rangers. He would be an instant starter at UVA but in Europe he would likely start out with the reserve team. The NY/NJ Red Bulls have also reportedly expressed interest in him where he could be a natural replacement for Jozy Altidore, who was sold to Spanish side Villarreal for $10 million.

From what I’ve seen over the years, I think Agorsor should start out with the Red Bulls where his chances at advancement would be much greater. He could do well at UVA but he would not be challenged at a level to accelerate his advancement. On a European reserve side, he could languish for years and never get his shot with the first team. Look at the fate of Donovan, Twellman, and others – seldom has an American teenage prospect risen from the ranks of a European reserve team to play first team soccer for the same club.

For a player like Agorsor, the “Clint Dempsey method” of earning your professional spurs in MLS, then going abroad will serve him better in the long run, provided MLS makes him a serious offer. After selling Altidore to Villarreal (not to mention losing Claudio Reyna to retirement), the league owes the Red Bulls an allocation like Agorsor. One more thing MLS should bear in mind is to offer him a real professional contract which reflects his true value and potential. If they offer him a low-wage developmental contract, its either bon voyage and off to Europe or hello Charlottesville.

Monaco Bid For Bradley Now €8.5 Million

July 7, 2008


It looks like Heerenveen is driving a hard bargain before it parts with leading goal scorer Michael Bradley. France’s Le Figaro is reporting that AS Monaco’s bid is now up to €8.5 million after being previously reported at €6 million. Over the weekend, The Mirror (UK) reported that Middelsbrough had bid circa €5 Million while Germany’s Bild had Bayer Leverkusen’s offer at €4.5 million. It remains to be seen whether another club is able or willing to match Monaco’s offer for the 20-year-old American. Either way, if this turns out to be true, he could be the most expensive American player ever which (at today’s exchange rates) would price his transfer at $13.7 million. This would surpass the previous record of $10 million Spanish side Villareal paid for the New York Red Bulls’ Jozy Altidore only one month ago.