DAVID SMITH - Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Work permit approved for Donovan
Everton announced on Tuesday[/b] that Landon Donovan's work permit was officially granted for his ten-week stay with the club beginning in January. Considering Donovan's lengthy resume with the US National team, this formality was expected to be a piece of cake and never in any real doubt.
Everton coach David Moyes has stated in interviews that he hopes to have the LA Galaxy captain with the team from the beginning of January, leaving the burning question of when Donovan will make his competitive debut in England.
While Everton's first game in the new year is a January 2nd date with League One minnows Carlisle in the FA Cup third round, internet service providers can breathe easy that a bandwidth catastrophe will likely be avoided as Everton's Premier League showdown with Arsenal one week later provides a more likely first appearance for Donovan (and almost certain television coverage).
Holden's roving rumors
United States midfielder Stuart Holden has been highly expected to make a European move during the January transfer window, with English Premier League club Blackburn Rovers being the rumored club on the verge of securing the Houston Dynamo player's services.
The Scottish born American burst on to the international scene in the 2009 Gold Cup last summer, and has cemented his spot in Bob Bradley's roster. With international teammate Landon Donavan securing a loan move to Everton, the Clemson product was highly expected to follow suit with "Big Sam" Allardyce's team widely considered the supposed front-runners.
Blackburn have remained predictably tight-lipped about any rumored deal in response to our inquiries, issuing a textbook denial which is part and parcel for the transfer season, and rarely to be taken at face value.
"We're not aware of this move at Blackburn," Rovers spokesperson Paul Agnew told Yanks Abroad. "It's just a rumor."
As we feel this is hardly the end of this matter and with Holden expected to resolve his future in the coming days, YA will continue to follow the story as it all unfolds.
White release from Aarhus confirmed
Danish Superliga club AGF Aarhus finally confirmed the official release[/b] of winger Jeremiah White from his contract, which was previously set to run until the summer of 2010.
"Jeremiah was a crucial piece in the rebuilding of our team," AGF sporting director Brian Steen Nielsen stated on the team's website. "He is a fine player who still could have played an important role on the team, but because of fiscal conditions we jointly reached that the best solution for both parties was to terminate the cooperation."
"Jeremiah has set a good impression, not just at AGF but throughout the SAS Ligaen. He is a player that the public as well as the team will miss."
White was a popular figure amongst fans at the club, helping the traditional Danish powerhouse win promotion back into Denmark's top flight after joining midway through the 2006-07 season and holding a regular starting role for the next two seasons.
While a move to Major League Soccer has automatically been purported as the most likely scenario, a continuance of his career in Europe should not be counted out for the speedy winger, particularly with the haze of the impending negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement still clouding the nearly three months until the beginning of the season.
Bedoya, Tracy get their turn
And finally, the 30-man roster for the January National Team training camp in Carson, California was released yesterday. Not surprisingly, two Scandinavian-based yanks who have carved out starting spots with their respective teams have deservedly earned their first look with the Stars & Stripes.
Alejandro Bedoya of Örebro SK in the Swedish Allsvenskan will have his first chance to work with Nats' veteran midfielders Benny Feilhaber, Sacha Kljestan and Kyle Beckerman after posting up an impressive 2009 season with the team.
Aalborg forward Marcus Tracy worked his way into a starting role for the Danish Superliga team in the final weeks before their winter break, and has been rewarded with a place in the roster alongside fellow debutants Chris Pontius and Justin Braun, as well as World Cup hopefuls Jeff Cunningham, Conor Case and Robbie Findley.
The team will gather on January 4 in at the Home Depot Center in Carson, and the camp will culminate with a friendly game on the 23rd against fellow South Africa 2010 qualifiers Honduras.