Thursday, January 12, 2006
MetroStars midfielder Michael Bradley and Indiana University star Lee Nguyen are reportedly close to sealing moves to Heerenveen and PSV Eindhoven, respectively.
According to Big Apple Soccer, the MetroStars are deep in discussions with Heerenveen, who originally got a close up look at Bradley during a training visit last January.
Belgian holders Anderlecht had the teen pro in for a trial in December, but appear set to lose out to a club flush with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar money.
Metros general manager Mo Johnston admitted that he would not interfere if the youngster was leaning towards a European move.
Bradley started 30 games for the New Jersey crew last season, notching a goal and four assists.
Meanwhile, Dutch daily De Telegraaf reported Thursday that Nguyen, who is still training with the club despite it being past the time allotted for his second trial, is not much more than a medical away from linking up with the Eredivisie champs.
If signed by the Farmers, he will likely begin with Young PSV holding aspirations of teaming up with US wing ace DaMarcus Beasley in Guus Hiddink's senior side.
Nguyen, who made two World Youth Championships appearances for the US Under-20's last summer, was named the Big-10 and National Freshman of the Year after pacing the Hoosiers with 12 assists.
Executives from both teams declined to comment to YA this week, as is common with Eredivisie transfer policies.