Jemal Johnson will not be playing in Europa League this upcoming season. After appearing in 14 games for Lokomotiv Sofia and clinching a Europa League spot in 2010-11, Johnson has decided to return to England and signed with League Two side Southend United. Southend United’s website also has some quotes up from Johnson.
The UK’s News & Star has a nice story and quotes from Carlisle United’s manager Greg Abbott on Frank Simek.
Do we have a new candidate for First Great American Left Back? It looks like Celtic’s Charlie Mulgrew is considering switching from Scotland to the US for his international career. Mulgrew was born in Glasgow, but could play for the US via his grandparents. But it also looks like he would prefer to play for Scotland, but is at least considering the US. (Update – Upon further review, I don’t think he would qualify via his grandparents as mentioned by people in the comments)
Greg Garza will not be at Estoril-merica next season as he is a free agent and no longer connected to Traffic Sports or Estoril. I am not a huge fan of Traffic Sports, so I like this move by Garza.
Brian Sciaretta has a good preview on a few younger guys in Europe that we should keep an eye on for this upcoming season. I swear Sciaretta knows the family tree of everyone in Germany.
With that said, Sciaretta has an interview up with Tyrone McCargo, a German-American left winger that will play with Nurnberg’s U-19 team this year.
And sticking with youth in Germany, it looks like Wolfsburg could be interested in Bobby Wood. A lot of people are expecting big things out of Wood this season after appearing in five games with 1860 Munich’s senior team last season and playing well with the US U-20 team.
Finally, I am bored at work today, so I started this discussion up. Come join us in the comments and give us your thoughts.