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Friday morning news and links
   July 1, 2011 (10:49 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

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.

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10 Responses to “Friday morning news and links”

  1. Ufficio says:

    Is it possible that Mulgrew is suffering from the same confusion that Bradley Johnson was? A lot of European countries will give you citizenship if one of your grandparents was a citizen, but the United States has no such policy.

  2. Ian says:

    Good point Ufficio. It makes me wonder, does a player have to be a citizen to play for a national team or does he just have to qualify under FIFA’s guidelines?

  3. Ufficio says:

    The exact requirement is “permanent nationality that is not dependent on residence in a certain country”, which for all intents and purposes means citizenship.

  4. Connor Walsh says:

    brian sciaretta who i’d trust over anyone when it comes to yanks abroad said that he and his parents registered with the US consuate by the time they were 18. so he is eligible.

  5. Kyle says:

    That google translate page on bobby wood is pretty much impossible to understand. I just love how google completely forgets about sentence structure. Anyways was just looking around and saw there were 4 german-americans on hertha berlin. anthony brooks has been mentioned a few times here, is there any info out there on terrence boyd, alfredo morales, or jerome kiesewetter?

  6. Matt says:

    There are a couple things on Morales and Boyd if you find their name/category to the left.

    As for off the top of my head. Boyd was part of the U-20 camp in France back in March/April that Tab Ramos headed. I believe Boyd is 19 or 20, but will be too old for the next U-20 cycle, but they are at least getting him involved in the US program and could be a forward option for the Olympic pool (speaking of which, the Olympic team forward pool is quietly becoming nice….not great, but much better than you expect).

    As for Morales, he is a 21-year-old centerback (I believe CB) who saw action in three games with Hertha’s senior team last year and made a handful of gameday roster appearances with the senior team as well so he could see more action this upcoming season.

    And Wood came off the bench for 20-30 minutes in a preseason friendly for 1860 Munich yesterday and did well. I was reading something where someone who follows the team expects him to be in the fight for the #3 or #4 on the depth chart for Munich’s senior team at forward and I know Sciaretta thinks him and Josh Gatt will be the next of the young European guys to get capped by the USMNT during this cycle.

  7. Ufficio says:

    @Connor I’m aware that Brian tweeted the following: “As I said, if Charlie and his parent registered by 18th birthday with US consulate, he would qualify.” First of all, the word “if” seems to be key in that sentence. Second, I’m not sure he’s it’s just as simple as registering at the consulate. The are residency requirements that both his parent and grandparent would have to had satisfied – at least five years living in the US for his parent and at least ten years for the grandparent.

    The mostly likely explanation seems to me that Mulgrew was just spouting off – trying to play the USSF off the Scottish fed – without having much idea of what he was talking about.

  8. Matt says:

    “The mostly likely explanation seems to me that Mulgrew was just spouting off – trying to play the USSF off the Scottish fed – without having much idea of what he was talking about.”

    Whether he is eligible or not, that is how I took the comments anyways.

    But dammit, he is a possible left back option!

  9. Howie says:

    Yeah, the hereditary aspects of US citizenship are rather strict when compared to some European nations. We’ve seen this before with Bradley Johnson (formerly of Leeds, now with Norwich CIty) and David Hoilett (Blackburn).

  10. Steve Trittschuh says:

    How come nobody talks about Andrew Wooten?? He scored tons of goals last season in the German reserve league.

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