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A few random things for Monday
   April 2, 2012 (4:08 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

First off, congrats to Bryan Gerzicich and Kiryat Shmona for winning the Israeli Premier League title today with a 0-0 draw to Hapoel Tel Aviv.  With the win, they earned a spot in next year’s Champions League qualifiers.   This was also Kiryat Shmona’s first time winning the Israeli Premier League, and as the article mentions, only the second time in more than two decades that someone outside Israel’s “Big Four” (Maccabi Haifa, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Beitar Jerusalem) won the title.

Conor O’Brien and SønderjyskE also played today in some Danish Superliga action.  O’Brien got the start and played 86 minutes in a 3-1 victory over AGF Aarhus.

Tab Ramos has called in 24 players for April’s U-20 camp, which will be held in Portland.  The bigger names include Luis Gil, Will Packwood and Juan Pablo Ocegueda.

One U-20 player not called into the camp, likely since he is just returning from injury, is goalkeeper Cody Cropper.  Cropper played in only his second game back from injury this past weekend with Ipswich Town’s U-18 team.

The US U-17 team is also playing this month in the 40th Mondial Minimes Tournament in France.  You can check out the roster for that here.

Finally, Jordan Seabrook was bouncing around Finland on various trials over the last couple months, but it looks like he has found a home with Enköpings SK in Sweden’s third tier.

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5 Responses to “A few random things for Monday”

  1. Steve Trittschuh says:

    A truly impressive feat by Gerzicich and his club. I definitely think he will probably move on to a bigger club next season. Can’t wait to see who it is and how he does. Definitely an exciting player and one to be on the lookout for.

  2. Howie says:

    I think forgot to post this a few weeks ago— BBC World Service World Football (my soccer/football podcast) did a piece on Kiryat Shmona back in February.

    The segment on Kiryat Shmona starts at 7:00.

  3. Trent Hill says:

    Gerzicich needs to walk a fine line here, as does his current club. If they sell their players–at inflated prices–they have the opportunity to use that money to buy better/undervalued players and continue their winning ways. However, it could end quite disastrously. If they let the “big four” pick away at their best players, Kiryat Shmona could sink back to mediocrity.

    Gerzicich, meanwhile, needs to be mindful of the fact that right now he’s a guaranteed starter at the defending champions and Champion’s League qualifiers team in Israel. If he leaves, he may not be guaranteed a starting position, may not be competing in Europe, etc. I actually think sticking with Kiryat is the right call right now, so long as the owner/manager is committed to continuing to improve the team. Getting on the European stage is important and could lead to Gerzicich playing for even bigger European clubs.

  4. Trent Hill says:

    Oh, and a massive congratulations to Gerzicich.

  5. Steve Trittschuh says:

    Interesting point Trent Hill. I saw on Yanks Abroad that their coach might leave, however, as he had a falling out with the owner. This could obviously change the whole dynamic of the team. I tend to think at 28 Gerzicich goes for the offer with the highest paycheck, wherever that may be. It seems the German and Belgian leagues have been known to sign players from Israel, so I was thinking that might be a possibility for him.

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