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The latest edition of “Where in the World is Johann Smith?”
   July 11, 2011 (6:43 PM) by Howie Michaels     Email This Post Email This Post

In case you’ve lost track of the former U-20 winger’s journeys, the Connecticut native has played in or trailed in England, Canada, Croatia, Sweden, Romania, and the 3rd Liga of Germany. In March, he trialed with Wacker Burghausen, even playing some leftback with the 3rd Liga club. Last month, he scored a goal in a 16-0 friendly victory while on a tryout with Kickers Offenbach, also of the 3rd Liga.

It appears that the 3rd Liga was a bridge too far for Smith at this point, so he’s trying his luck with 1. FC Magdeburg of Regionalliga Nord (German 4th division). FCM was one of the stronger clubs back in the days of East German soccer, winning three DDR-Oberliga titles in a four-season span from 1972-1975 and seven FDGB-Pokal titles (East German Cup). They won the now-defunct UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1974, a run that involved wins over Sporting CP in the semifinals and AC Milan in the final. They also appeared in four different UEFA Cups (Europa League) in the 1980s. Alas, reunification has not been kind.

The official release from FCM inaccurately claims that Smith played in the USA (unless you count road matches with Toronto FC) and forgets his time in Sweden.

All these trials in Europa lead me to believe that there just isn’t interest in Smith from MLS right now. That’s surprisingly given how many teams struggle with wide play (and multiple teams have tried to install the 4-3-3 this year), but I don’t know that Smith has ever been the same post-knee injury.

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2 Responses to “The latest edition of “Where in the World is Johann Smith?””

  1. Ufficio says:

    Is it really that surprising that a guy who can’t hack it in the 3rd Liga doesn’t have any interest from MLS teams?

  2. Howie says:

    I could see Smith having more interest from MLS teams since he’s a domestic player who could be had on the cheap. Anywhere in Europe you have international limits, language barriers, etc.

    To be honest, though, based on his time in Toronto he would probably want to aim lower. Maybe Montreal. Maybe NASL.

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