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Amaechi Igwe at Greuther Fuerth?

Posted on 06 April 2010 by ASN Staff

Amaechi Igwe ©Julie Harper/ASN

Former New England Revolution SuperDraft pick Amaechi Igwe is reportedly on trial at 2. Bundesliga side Greuther Fuerth. German Web site said the 21-year old defender had joined Fuerth after an unsuccessful trial with Danish club Aalborg, the same club that employs U.S. players Chris Rolfe and Marcus Tracy. The German site did not provide a source of the news.

Igwe is a native of Belmont, Calif., and has represented the U.S. youth national teams at both the U17 and U20 levels. He was on the roster for the 2007 U20 World Cup team where he played in just one game. He was waived by the Revs in February after playing sparingly in his rookie season.

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Rob Valentino on trial with Norwegian second division side Lov-Ham

Posted on 01 February 2010 by ASN Staff

Chicago native Rob Valentino, a former Generation Adidas player most recently with the Colorado Rapids, is on trial with Norwegian Adeccoligaen (second division) side Lov-Ham, according to reports from Norway. The 24-year old “has a week to prove” himself, and would be added as a free transfer, the report quotes Lov-Ham coach Arne Sandsto.

Valentino who was selected in the first round of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft by the New England Revolution. He made his Revs debut in a 2008 U.S. Open Cup third round match against the Richmond Kickers of the USL second division (it didn’t go particularly well as the Revs lost 3-0). He was traded to Colorado Rapids in exchange for Nico Colaluca last May. Rapids technical director Paul Bravo had great things to say about Valentino at the time of the trade. But he has yet to play a minute in MLS.

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Ricardo Clark gets Eintracht Frankfurt trial

Posted on 19 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Ricardo Clark

U.S. Men’s National Team defensive midfielder Ricardo Clark begins a trial with German Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt today, German media are reporting. The soon-to-be 27-year old was most recently with Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo and is out of a contract. He was said to be headed to a club in the U.K. Eintracht are in a solid position in the Bundesliga, currently 7th, and well-placed to make a run at European spots.

8:30AM: are reporting Clark stands a mere medical test away from signing with Eintracht through the end of their season.

10:55AM: German reports now say Clark has agreed terms with Eintracht until the end of the season.

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Holden's Bolton trial underway

Posted on 13 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Holden at MLS All Star practice ©Julie Harper

Stuart Holden has followed Owen Coyle from Burnley to Bolton Wanderers. The 24-year old Houston Dynamo and U.S. national team midfielder arrived in the U.K. shortly after new year’s for a trial with Burnley. “He trained with the Clarets ahead of their FA Cup game against MK Dons but chose not to stay with the Turf Moor club after it became clear that Coyle would be moving to the Reebok,” The Bolton News reported Jan. 13.

Holden’s first day of practice with Trotters was in all likelihood Jan. 10, judging by reports out of the U.K. and the U.S.

The news will obviously not sit well with Clarets fans, who remain without a head coach. Coyle is reportedly in pursuit of some of his former players and is apparently close to a loan deal for Manchester City’s Slovakian winger Vladimir Weiss.

Holden is still out of a contract and could be signed on a free transfer. As the holder of a U.K. passport he would not even have to deal with visa issues but could begin playing for his new club right away.

The 24-year old has been subject of transfer rumors for some time. In November, reports linked him to Scottish Premier League clubs Rangers and Aberdeen, among others. The Bolton News piece also mentioned Blackburn Rovers as a possible bidder.

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Josh Tudela at Steaua Bucharest

Posted on 12 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Josh Tudela

LA Galaxy defensive midfielder Josh Tudela arrived in Romania today, Jan. 12, for a trial with Steaua Bucharest, according to local reportsreportedly close to signing Tudela’s teammate Mike Magee, though there are indications that story may have been reported in error by the Romanian press. Interestingly enough, the LA Galaxy Web site no longer lists Tudela as a member of the squad (it does list Magee).

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Jeff Cunningham at Auxerre

Posted on 10 December 2009 by ASN Staff

Not to worry, FCD fans...

FC Dallas striker Jeff Cunningham will join French Ligue Un club AJ Auxerre for a training spell next week. While not officially a trial, the deal will keep the 33-year old with the team until the start of its winter break on Dec. 23, according to a French media report. The story quotes Auxerre’s coach saying he has no need for Cunningham as the club has enough forwards in its ranks.

Enough forwards or not, the club will be adding another to its practice squad next month–and he’s another U.S. national at that: Eighteen year old Zack Foxhoven (links to profile page), a Littleton, Colo., native currently in the services of the Colorado Rush will join “l’AJA” as part of a partnership deal set up by former AS Monaco president (and current member U.S. Soccer Federation member) Jérôme de Bontin.

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Gordon Kljestan at Koblenz

Posted on 22 January 2009 by ASN Staff

Gordon Kljestan, the older (and less famous) brother of Chivas USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan is currently on trial at German 2. Bundesliga club TuS Koblenz, according to a (German language) blurb on Kljestan spent part of last season with the New York Red Bulls, signing with the club on June 25. He played the previous winter season with the New Jersey Ironmen of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Both Kljestans played their college ball at Seton Hall University, though Gordon played his freshman year at Cal. State-Fullerton.

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Kamani Hill at Erzgebirge Aue

Posted on 22 January 2009 by ASN Staff

That’s not some strange typo, but the name of an actual club in Germany’s 3. Bundesliga (Aue being a city in Saxony), where Kamani Hill is on trial starting today. The 23-year old Hill, who is still under contract at VfL Wolfsburg, was sought out to strengthen the club’s attack, according to a story by Germany’s kicker publication . Aue currently sits 13th in the league. Hill does not have any appearances for Wolfsburg’s first team this year.

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Kljestan at Celtic

Posted on 16 January 2009 by ASN Staff

Sacha Kljestan ©ASN

We told you to expect this. Chivas USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan will train with Scottish champions Celtic Football Club starting Saturday, the Los Angeles-based Major League Soccer club announced Thursday.

Kljestan departed the U.S. Men’s National Team’s camp last night to join Celtic at its Lennoxtown training center near Glasgow. After training with Gordon Strachan’s squad for a week, Kljestan is scheduled to return to Southern California on Jan. 22, ahead of the United States’ Jan. 24 international friendly versus Sweden at The Home Depot Center.

Update, Jan. 25: Kljestan is waiting to see if $2.9 million offer from Celtic is accepted by MLS, according to the New York Times. Celtic, for its part says it will have a decision shortly, according to the Evening Times.

Reports of a Kljestan move to Europe began to surface last summer, with Strachan’s team only one of a series of clubs said to be lining up bids for the 23-year old.

ASN’s take: Kljestan is one of the most talented midfield players the U.S. has ever produced. We expect Strachan to like what he sees. Figure Kljestan to have an offer (if not a contract) in hand when he returns to L.A. for the USMNT friendly.

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Chad Marshall at Mainz (updated update to update)

Posted on 26 December 2008 by ASN Staff

The Columbus Crew’s Chad Marshall is training with German second division side FSV Mainz 05, the club reported on its Web site. The 24-year old was due to start tonight’s exhibition match with Darmstadt but is only training with the team through Thursday, the site reports.

Update, Dec. 9:
A German press report says the team will decide by Thursday if it is to offer Marshall a contract. Marshall was closely watched during last night’s game with Darmstadt, the report adds.

Update, Dec. 10:
Marshall was in “good form” today (Wednesday), according to a German press report. Mainz coach Joerg Andersen will take another look at Marshall in training Thursday. On Saturday, he will fly back to the U.S. to wait for a decision, the story adds.

Update Dec. 17: In a German-language interview with a local paper, Mainz manager Christian Heidel said Marshall made a good impression and “flew back [to the U.S.] with a good feeling [about the trial],” implying Marshall has an offer in hand.

Update Dec. 26: The Columbus Crew announced Marshall had resigned with the club. See story.

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