Leeds United has decided on Mike Grella’s fate for the rest of this season, sending him out on loan to Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League for the rest of the 2010-11 season. Grella scored three goals in 11 appearances with Carlisle United, his last loan deal, but only has two appearances with Leeds this season.
Motherwell currently sit in sixth place of the 12-team Scottish Premier League with 25 points out of 20 games played.
Arch Bell caught up with Ryan Guy to discuss his decision to leave St. Patrick’s Athletic in Ireland. He is hoping that a MLS team is looking for a wide midfielder.
Jonah Freedman talked to Lee Nguyen about his decision to obtain a Vietnamese passport. The passport would allow his team to count him as a domestic player and enable the club to seek more foreign talent. Plus, as we have discussed before, it would allow him to switch to the Vietnamese national team over the USMNT if Vietnam comes calling.
And finally, here is the latest installment of US Soccer’s “Inside the Lines”.
As we reported earlier today, US U-20 midfielder Josh Gatt is headed to Norway to play for Molde FK after a deal between Molde and his former club, SC Rheindorf Altach, became official. Greg Seltzer gets a couple quotes from one of Molde’s sports director right here.
Seltzer also talks to Stuart Holden about Bolton’s current season over at MLSsoccer.com.
As for stories on a couple players in camp, Brian Sciaretta (Yanks Abroad) has one on Sean Franklin and Jack Bell (New York Times) has one on Teal Bunbury.
The US U-20 team ended its January camp with a 3-1 victory over Miami FC. Gale Agbossoumonde, Kelyn Rowe and Omar Salgado supplied the goals for the U-20 team.
The latest FIFA World Rankings came out today, but there are hardly any changes since December since there were hardly any games over the last month. The US are still sitting in 18th while their next opponent, Chile, are in 15th.
Matthew over at The Shin Guardian has some fun interviews with Eric Lichaj and Herculez Gomez. Lichaj seems like a “lunch pail” type of guy (very Bob Bradley-like).
Sky Sports has learned that Jonathan Spector is now open to a possible transfer away from West Ham United. His contract with West Ham is up after this season and it doesn’t look like West Ham is interested in extending his contract.
As for the latest in the Mike Grella playing time “saga”, Leeds manager Simon Grayson claims that Grella is in the team’s long term plans, but is currently their fifth choice in the striker pecking order. And it looks like Leeds is looking for another possible loan deal for Grella for the time being.
And finally, we have Lee Nguyen news in back-to-back days after not talking about him for many months. It appears that he is applying for Vietnamese citizenship in order to be eligible to play with the Vietnamese national team. Nguyen has made three appearances with the USMNT team (two at the 2007 Copa America and one in a friendly against China in 2007). So if he does make the switch, we might be done talking about him on the site (we try to focus only on American players eligible for the USMNT).
Starting in England, Wycombe Wanderers manager Gary Waddock says Jon-Paul Pittman is not fully ready to return to first-team action. Sounds like Wycombe’s reserve match on February 8 against Crawley Town is the new target date for his return to the field for some actual game action.
Mike Grella has returned from his loan spell at Carlisle United and is now playing with Leeds United’s reserve squad. Grella scored a goal in Leeds’ 3-0 victory over Scunthorpe United’s reserve team on Tuesday.
Forward-turned-defender Sebastian Harris is at the end of his loan deal to Stafford Rangers and should be returning to Northampton Town, although it sounds like he could be going out on loan again, but to another English Conference North team Nuneaton Town.
It seems like a million years ago since Clarence Goodson signed with Brøndby IF, but he finally trained with the team for the first time this week. Here is a quick recap of that with some comments made by his new coach Henrik Jensen.
And it seems like a trillion years ago since we last talked about Lee Nguyen. The Vietnamese V-League starts up soon and here is a little story on Nguyen’s current team Binh Duong.
Lee Nguyen decided to sign a 18-month contract with an undisclosed fee for V-League 2009 runner-up Becamex Binh Duong yesterday. His monthly salary will stand at US$ 10,000, making him the best-paid player in V-League alongside Hai Phong’s Leandro. Since the register window was closed, Lee will make his debut for Binh Duong in the second phase of V-League which will start in June.
Binh Duong’s decision to approach Lee Nguyen was considered a reasonable one as the club is currently suffering lack of depth and creativity in the midfield. Moreover, Binh Duong needs new addition to its squad to gear up to challenges in V-League, AFC Cup and National Cup
Interesting that he is the highest-paid player in the V-League. Not that $10K/month is a huge salary for professional soccer (it would not even be big in Major League Soccer), but apparently he is fairly well-regarded if they are compensating him as such. Of course, having experience in the Eredivisie is probably a rare quality in the V-League.
The V-League runs January-August, so I’m not sure exactly how the different sessions (which the next one starting in June) works.
Who doesn’t love these “23 tickets/spots/rosters”? A few more people chime in with their thoughts, including Grant Wahl (I don’t see how Sacha Kljestan makes it) and Yanks Abroad. And for shiggles (sh*ts and giggles), here is Yanks Abroad’s 23 tickets from right after the 2006 World Cup, which is alright, but also comical (Bobby Convey and Cory Gibbs as near locks?).
Vietnam Football has a brief update on some rumors regarding Lee Nguyen, who as Matt noted was released from Hoang Anh Gia Lai after an apparent fallout with the coaching staff last month. Since then the former PSV midfielder with three US caps has been looking for a new club. VietFootball reports:
he has not come back to the States as expected and the truth is he is currently staying in Sai Gon, considering his future. Despite being a jobless player, Lee Nguyen still attracts a lot of attention from the press and fans. On Mar 3, he was seen training with Ho Chi Minh City FC, a first division club (this was true, not rumor). His sudden appearance brought a lot of supporters to the stadium that is quite strange in Sai Gon nowadays. That’s what Lee Nguyen is doing now: training with some football clubs or sometimes his fitness coach to retain his form. In short, he is still remaining in Vietnam and waiting for offers.
Lee’s father, who is working like his son’s agent in Vietnam at the moment, has recently stated that if any Vietnamese club wants Lee, they must offer a monthly salary not less than US$10,000 and 10 billion VND (US$ 530,000) of signing fee (RUMOR!). Rumor also says The Vissai Ninh Binh and Ha Noi T&T from northern part of Vietnam are interested despite his high demand.
However, I think Lee would only sign for another Vietnamese club if it is ‘ambitious’, ‘professional’, ‘financially strong’ and better playing in continental competitions. There are not many clubs like that in Vietnam. Nevertheless Binh Duong emerges as biggest candidate for his signature (RUMOR!). The club is based in Thu Dau Mot, right next to Lee’s homeland and V-League 2009 runner-up, which is playing in AFC Cup, is always regarded as one of the best in Vietnam. Moreover, Binh Duong is missing one slot of foreigner after the sudden death of Argentine striker Molina. It’s gonna be perfect for both sides if a deal goes ahead. Yet Lee’s income demand is still main obstacle.
The referenced death of the Argentine striker was apparently due to an overdose last week.
Right now I would say I find Nguyen’s wanderings to be fascinating to follow if nothing else. There is a relative lack of coverage (especially in English) of the V-League, but as always we will keep you posted. Hopefully Nguyen can find a club there or perhaps strike a deal with MLS after all.
Right before the National Cup game between Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) and GDT Long An, HAGL board has come to a decision to terminate the contract of American-Vietnamese star Lee Nguyen. The reason is believed to be the contradiction between Lee Nguyen and HAGL’s new head coach Kiatisuk Senamuang.
According to his dad, he will be returning to the US while looking for a new club.
This Is American Soccer had a good look into Nguyen’s decision to head back to Vietnam over playing the MLS last month, so check that out as well.