Friday, July 20, 2012

Canadians on the move

The silly season of the summer transfer window is coming to a close, and it seems every day we have a new story of another Canadian international on the move. I've spent a half-dozen days off the grid, and a few more busy with a family wedding, so I've missed a lot of this player traffic. I went through Canada's 22-man squad for its recent matches against USA, Cuba, and Honduras, and found that nearly half of the team is with a different employer than at the time of those matches.


Lars Hirschfeld: remains with Valerenga (Norway)
After some turbulence earlier in his career, including a stint in Romania which should have served as a cautionary tale for some of his Canadian teammates, Hirschfeld has found stability as the #1 for the mid-table Norwegian side.

Milan Borjan: returns to Sivasspor (Turkey) from loan period with Vaslui (Romania)
Milan was one of the rare Canucks who enjoyed success in Romania, going on a late-season run after signing a loan deal in winter. His earlier time with Sivasspor was not positive so hopefully a further deal is in the cards.

Kenny Stamatopoulos: remains with AIK (Sweden)
The Canadian third-stringer stays on as second-stringer with the Swedish club.


Mike Klukowski: signs with APOEL (Cyprus), last season with Manisaspor (Turkey)
Klukowski's Turkish adventures soured pretty quickly. Joining APOEL is a positive move: the Cypriot team had a dream run in the Champions League last season and will be taking part this year in Europa League.

Kevin McKenna: remains with 1. FC Koeln (Germany)
Despite rumours of a TFC move, Canada's captain for now remains with Koeln, who were relegated from the 1.Bundesliga in May. He would likely enjoy more playing time with a smaller 2.Bundesliga side; a move before the beginning of the season should not be ruled out.

David Edgar: remains with Burnley (England)
Edgar has found a home, and his level, with the Championship side.

Andre Hainault: remains with Houston Dynamo
Dejan Jakovic: remains with DC United
Ashtone Morgan: remains with Toronto FC
Ante Jazic: remains with Chivas USA
The MLS defensive crew is a beacon of stability.


Nik Ledgerwood: signs with Hammarby (Sweden), last season with SV Wehen Wiesbaden (Germany)
Ledgerwood was one of the few Canadians to perform above expectations in this June's matches, which is why I was surprised to see him take what looks like a backwards step from the German 3rd tier to the Swedish 2nd.

Julian de Guzman: traded to FC Dallas from Toronto FC
This probably deserves a post of its own, but the good news from a Canadian perspective is that he should be featuring in the starting lineup in each match, as opposed to languishing on Toronto's bench with a coach that hasn't a clue how to use his talents.

Samuel Piette: signs with Fortuna Dusseldorf (Germany)
Although this signing was rumoured earlier, Piette was not yet with the German club when he was a surprise inclusion to the Canada squad. Fortuna Dusseldorf play in the 2.Bundesliga, but Piette will begin with the U23 squad who compete in the German 4th tier.

Issey Nakajima-Farran: signs with AEK Larnaca (Cyprus), last season with Brisbane Roar (Australia)
Nakajima-Farran's role with Australian champions Brisbane diminished as the season wore on. A move to Larnaca should be viewed as positive.

Atiba Hutchinson: remains with PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Canada's best central midfielder remains for now as PSV's first choice right back.

Pedro Pacheco: remains with CD Santa Clara (Portugal)
Perennial bench filler keeps his job in the Portuguese 2nd division.


Iain Hume: no longer training with Preston North End (England)
Iain Hume is one of a group of players that has been told they will play no part this season with the relegated side. One hopes he will find a gig before the beginning of the season.

Tosaint Ricketts: signs with Dynamo Dresden (Germany), move disputed by Timisoara (Romania)
After spending much of last year not being paid by Timisoara, Ricketts impressed on trial with Dresden and signed a deal. The Romanian side are protesting that he is still under contract.

Olivier Occean: signs with Eintracht Frankfurt, last season with Greuther Furth (Germany)
After a dream season with Furth ended in promotion, Occean moves to a bigger promoted side in Frankfurt where he is teammates, for the time being, with fellow Canadian target man Rob Friend.

Simeon Jackson: remains with Norwich (England)
We hope Jackson will have a larger role to play this EPL season.

Dwayne De Rosario: remains with DC United
After the 2011 MLS season saw him play with 3 different teams, De Rosario is enjoying a solid campaign in the USA capital.


Anonymous said...

De Guzman started Wednesday's road loss in SJ but was on the bench until about the 50th minute mark when FC Dallas were leading the hapless Timbers 3-0 (5-0 final at home). He looks to have been brought as a possible long term replacement for the veteran player/coach Hernandez but I just don't see him being able to negotiate a new deal involving a DP tag and big wage that he has until season's end. Like all our NT guys, I hope he does well at his new club.


J said...

I think JDG understands the situation. I doubt he is under the illusion that he is worth DP money anywhere in MLS. Unless he can sign on in Europe (2.Bundesliga, perhaps) I expect him to be with Dallas or another MLS side next season at around $300k, which would be fair compensation.

Anonymous said...

Really? Around $300k? Sorry, not seeing that. He'd have to be an integral/MVP calibre part of a FC Dallas playoff run.


J said...

Maybe he doesn't get that in Dallas but he easily could in Europe, so he'd have to get similar money to stay in MLS.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully he will finish off his career somewhere in Europe.