Friday, August 21, 2009

Ornoch update

Such is the state of affairs for Canadian national team supporters that closely following the trial of a fringe national teamer with a mid-range Eredivisie side is the most fun I've had here in weeks.

As I reported here earlier this week, midfielder Andrzej Ornoch of Esbjerg fB was on trial with Heracles Almelo of the Dutch first tier. That trial ended with today's training session.

The word out of Holland is that a decision won't be made until next week, but early returns are positive:
Canadees Ornoch mag waarschijnlijk nog even blijven

ALMELO - Heracles Almelo neemt pas volgende week een besluit over Andrzej Ornoch, die deze week drie dagen op proef was in het Polman Stadion. De middenvelder (die vrijdag 24 jaar werd) maakte de afgelopen dagen een positieve indruk op de trainingen. Hij is fysiek sterk, kan achter de spitsen spelen en heeft een goede uitstraling.
The headline is a bit tricky to translate; I suppose Canadian Ornoch can probably stay for now is a decent attempt. The rest:
Heracles Almelo won't make a decision until next week about Andrzej Ornoch, who spent three days this week trialling at Polman Stadion. The midfielder (who turns 24 on Friday) made a positive impression these last three days in training. He is physically strong, can play behind the strikers, and makes a good impression.
The report from the club site is equally positive, and suggests that Ornoch is one possibility to fill the #10 role with the club, which has been notably unfilled for some time.

In other fringe Canadians abroad news, Tossaint Ricketts (who?!) is currently in the top 10 in scoring in Finland's top league. Who knew?

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