Total 90 is back after a lengthy absence! The column had been relegated to the sidelines for many months due to poor form—wait, I'm confusing myself with DaMarcus Beasley again. No, it was a combination of laziness and the desire to work on other projects that led to the long layoff, but with the recent crop of juicy transfer news, a return was in order.
First, we travel to Spain...or is it Greece? Or England? Young American striker Jozy Altidore was rumored to be heading to Greek club Olympiakos on another loan away from Villarreal, but missed that left turn in Albuquerque and ended up at Hull City instead. His agent is in England right now wrapping up the deal, and Altidore is expected to join his new club sometime this week.
A loan away from Villarreal is all well and good, as long as Jozy finds some playing time. He spent the second half of last season on loan with Xerez, where he made a grand total of zero appearances. US fans will be hoping that his performances at the Confederations Cup translate to some appearances in the EPL with a club that really struggled to score goals last season.
Kenny Cooper is finally on his way out of MLS and the depressingly awful situation that has been the current FC Dallas season. Cooper was snapped up by TSV 1860 Munich, in the 2. Bundesliga. While it's a far cry from Manchester United—whose reserves Cooper trained with as a youngster—it's still a move out of the US, which was long overdue for the 24-year-old.
FC Dallas has been struggling mightily this season, and Cooper had experienced a dip in form thanks to the fact that he has less than a handful of quality teammates around him. This loss of form had pretty much extinguished any big transfer rumors, which in the winter had Cooper moving to any number of bigger clubs in top leagues for more money.
Still, the move to Munich will give Cooper the chance to test himself against some pretty physical top-flight German clubs in the Deutscher Pokal. It will also make it easier for him to attract interest from a bigger club.
Kudos to Cooper for finally landing a move to Europe. His large frame and considerable strength should serve him well overseas.
Another US striker may be on the move to Europe, but he definitely lacks the name recognition of Altidore or Cooper. Cody Arnoux, a 21 year-old striker from the Carolina Dynamo of the Premier Development League—that's the fourth tier of US football—has been offered a one-year contract by Everton. If he accepts, he'll play with their reserves.
Not only would that be the biggest leap in quality in the history of football, a year with the reserves vastly outweighs a year in the PDL. Believe me, I used to go to PDL matches every week.
This is somewhat old news, but Charlie Davies moved this summer from Hammarby IF of the Swedish Allsvenskan to Sochaux of the French Ligue 1. Sochaux were no doubt impressed by Davies' performances in the Confederations Cup and snapped up the speedy American striker.
Now if only he can learn to pass to the open man on a breakaway instead of trying to take on multiple defenders by himself...
In a bit of tragic news for New York Red Bulls fans, Juan Carlos Osorio is still in charge. Not only that, but New York brass has said that he'll stay there until the end of the season. 2-15-4 and counting! Oh yeah, New York blew it in the CONCACAF Champions League as well despite being up 3-2 on aggregate with two away goals early in the second leg.
These little town blues, are melting away. I'll make a brand new start of it—in Old New York.
Man, Old Blue Eyes was way off.
In even sadder news, American fans won't be able to watch the upcoming deathmat...World Cup Qualifier between the US and Mexico in English because ESPN hasn't got the broadcasting rights.
Now, ESPN normally does a great job of broadcasting football, so it's a real surprise to see that they've gone to pieces on this one*.
*Note: That was dripping with sarcasm. It doesn't translate too well to the printed word.
So, if you want to watch this match, you'll have to tune into Telemundo or try and find a stream online. ESPN missed out on some huge ratings with this one. Maybe they're counting on the next US-El Salvador match to draw loads of viewers?
Keep your eyes peeled for a Creature vs. Creature on US/Mexico very early next week. It'll be myself against Eric Gomez.
Sources: ESPNsoccernet, Yanks Abroad, MLSNet