Ex-Bolton and U.S. U-20 striker Johann Smith has reappeared. Having only made six league appearances since his release by Toronto FC in June 2009 (five with Rijeka in Croatia and one with Sweden’s Kalmar), the 23 year-old Connecticut native is now on trial with Astra Ploieşti in Romania. An article translated by our old friend Google:
American trialist Johann Smith continues to Giurgiu and will soon take a decision regarding the keeping of the Astra (Ploiesti or SUA) or waived of its services.
After earning promotion in 2008-09, Astra Ploieşti narrowly avoided relegation in its first season in Liga I. So far this year, they’re ninth in the 18-club league, although remarkably they’re just three points clear of the relegation zone, which includes teams 15th and below (currently, clubs 15th-17th are all tied at 18 points). It’s a relatively top-heavy league— Politehnica Timişoara is actually unbeaten (8-0-10) but only in 2nd place— and Astra Ploieşti has had some trouble scoring (just 19 goals in 18 matches) so Smith may have a chance to contribute. If nothing else, he can join with Jemal Johnson (Lokomotiv Sofia, Bulgaria), Freddy Adu (Rizespor, Turkey), and Jozy Altidore (Buraspor, Turkey) in the American quest to conquer former Ottoman Empire territories.