Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Canadian strikers get new jobs

The silly season of end-year signings and transfers is fully upon us, and it seems that the top three strikers on Canada's striking depth chart have landed on their feet.

Rob Friend to Hertha Berlin

Rob Friend had a bit of a tough season in the 1. Bundesliga, dealing with some injuries while it became apparent that his Moenchengladbach side were betting their future on the younger Argentinian striker Raul Bobadilla. Friend has signed on for a relegated Hertha Berlin side, who will surely have aims of making their stay in the 2. Bundesliga a short one.

My spin: Being the undisputed #1 for the biggest club in the biggest city in Germany isn't all bad.

Simeon Jackson to Norwich

League Two side Gillingham had been making noise about hanging on to Simeon Jackson, but he was always going to be on the move. Though the signing has not yet been made official, it is reported that he will be moving to Championship side Norwich.

My spin: At first glance, a jump up a few tiers is a good one, but Norwich is a side with Premiership aspirations, and Jackson will have plenty of competition. England has for years been a developmental graveyard for Canadian players (see Edgar, David), so I'll reserve my judgment until we see whether Jackson is given a chance to play.

Ali Gerba to Montreal Impact

Since being released by Toronto FC in the preseason, Ali G has likely been pondering his future. Rumour has it he was always close to a deal with Montreal, while hoping for better offers to come in from Europe. Clearly those were not in the offing, as he has put pen to paper on a deal with Montreal. It is likely that his contract will run until the end of the 2011 season, at which time a decision would have to be made about a possible MLS future. Panamanian Roberto Brown has been released to make room for the Gerbage Man.

My spin: His national team form has always been better than his club pedigree, and I see no reason why he can't continue to be an important part of Canada's attack should he start popping in the goals in the NASL.

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