And help is already on the way!Shout out for Jesse Marsch who got he job done (barely).
Interesting for sure...Interesting selection in The Guardian of the best American/Canadian XI (plus manager) among players currently in Europe:
I think it’s a great move. Celta are a good team, capable of going toe-to-toe with the big boys on any given Saturday but not a huge squad. It depends how they want to play, but they have Fran Beltran as a box-to-box and Renato Tapia at the 6 (though they can move him back to CB too). Regardless, LDLT should get plenty of minutes. If he can get into the lineup, passing to Iago Aspas will definitely improve his goal contribution stats.Luca de la Torre headed to Celta Vigo.
He was a regular starter for Heracles this last season, but they were relegated from the Eredivsie. I don’t know what Celta’s midfield options look like, but this is a nice step up for de la Torre. If he can bed in quickly, he’ll really make a case for Qatar.
I'll get around to this eventually...Time for a 2022-23 Yanks Abroad thread? TB, you surely have the honors...
The world will never know that Julian Green has already scored for Greuther Fürth in the 2. Bundesliga, whose season bizarrely started last weekend. (They are taking an eleven week break this winter! Promotion/relegation playoffs don't end until June 6.) Green had zero league goals in the top flight last year.I'll get around to this eventually...
I was just coming to post this—Americans all over the place! Richards won’t be the starter at Palace, with Guehi and Andersen in front of him, and I’d assume he’d be after Tomkins on the depth chart at CB. Would he be a better choice than Martin Kelley at this point (obviously with much more upside)?I'll get around to this eventually...
In the meantime, it looks like Chris Richards is close to a move to Crystal Palace.
GGG doesn't seem to rate him, but I wonder if coming off the bench in the Bundesliga will help his cause. I imagine he will be a late game sub at Union, the same role he would potentially have for the USMNT. If he's coming off the bench and scoring in Germany, perhaps he sneaks in as the #3 striker (I'm assuming the US brings 3 strikers now that the 26 player squad has been confirmed).I’ll also add this prediction: after playing at Union, Pefok will become the USA’s #1 or #2 choice at the 9. I can’t wait to see him playing for Urs Fischer. I know I keep saying this, but what that guy gets out of a team of no-names is amazing. I, and pretty much every Union fan I’ve ever talked to, would be happy if Fischer never left, and are terrified he’s going to get a big team sniffing around any day.
I’m of the understanding that Pefok was brought in to replace Taiwo Awoniyi, who was Union’s top scorer last season, until he bolted to Forest (he’s always wanted to play in the PL, and now with his experience for the Nigerian National team, he can get a visa). So I’m expecting to see a lot of Pefok at Union. It’s not a rich team, which makes their achievements all the more impressive. I mean, according to Transfermarkt, their entire team is worth a sliver more than ManU paid for Harry Maguire. Here’s their top values (noting that Leite and Baumgartl are both on loan from other clubs, and Baumgartl is unlikely to play much as he recovers from testicular cancer):GGG doesn't seem to rate him, but I wonder if coming off the bench in the Bundesliga will help his cause. I imagine he will be a late game sub at Union, the same role he would potentially have for the USMNT. If he's coming off the bench and scoring in Germany, perhaps he sneaks in as the #3 striker (I'm assuming the US brings 3 strikers now that the 26 player squad has been confirmed).
With regards to Richards, Bayern and Palace need to agree to terms. It would be interesting to see Richards play in a back 4 as he's spent most of professional career in a back three. I imagine he would be in the rotation but not a starter. Breaking in as a starter will be tough with Guehi, who has captained the English youth national team in the past, and Anderson, who Palace paid quite a bit for. Given what I imagine will be a tight fixture list, the need to rotate the squad, and whatever injuries happen. I'm guessing he will play more when Palace plan to have the ball more. I'm all for Americans going to places where they can play a little but have to fight for their place and more playing time.
That probably gets him on the plane, assuming he gets enough of those goals in the right time frame.If Pefok is the #1 guy at Union (likely), and can pick up how Fischer wants to play, he’s going to score 12-15 goals this season in the Bundesliga. Which would seem to force Berhalter’s hand somewhat, right?
I’ll expand on this a little, with the note that I’ve really been watching the sport seriously for less than 10 years and never played it after the age of 8 or 9. So my knowledge is constrained, and judging by your other posts, you clearly have a better grasp on talent and strategy than I do.I think I’m making an ASSumption about Pefok’s role at Union. I pencilled him in as a bench player because he doesn’t seem to fit their system, more as a “late game sub when a goal is needed” kind of guy. What @candylandriots points out about Union’s roster certainly points against what I imagined his role would be. This isn’t a club who spends money on a lottery ticket or to say “we got the leading goal scorer from his domestic league.”
Also, I can’t claim to have seen Pefok play aside from in the Champions League and for the USMNT, so I might have a bad read on how he’d fit into the way Union Berlin play. They do usually play with two strikers which helps, but my impression is that they require more mobility than Pefok offers. Like I said, I could be wrong.
I forgot about the game tonight. After seeing this clip, I only started watching at the beginning of the second half.Pefok with a beautiful goal. Side note: I hate how Europeans refuse to call him Pefok.