For most Europeans, the January transfer window is all tease and no touch. Very few moves of true import happen in January, and that is especially true in a World Cup year, where players would rather see if the tournament can up their stock. However, for American soccer stars, the January transfer window, which occurs during the MLS off-season, is their best chance to find a new home. With several moves simmering away or coming to fruition, this is a good chance to recap the current state of play.
Ricardo Clark Signs With Bundesliga Team Eintracht Frankfurt. For a tough tackling player like Clark, this is a great move. The Bundesliga probably suits Clark’s talents more than Premier League and it will give him a greater chance to grow as a player. Interestingly, Clark has been offered and accepted a contract through the end of the season with an option held by Frankfurt to extend it by three years. For Clark to accept this contract represents a real leap of faith on his part, and he will need to prove to Frankfurt that he is worth keeping. You gotta like that type of bottle!
Stuart Holden is not Going to Bolton, So He May be Off to Portugal. Stuart Holden’s trial at Bolton was probably doomed the moment the team fired Gary Megson and hired Owen Coyle as their new manager. Coyle was always unlikely to start chopping heads and hiring new talent in his first week as manager knowing that his main mission is to inspire a demoralized team. Given that, it came as little surprise that Bolton did not opt to pick up Holden, who is now seriously looking at playing for Sporting Braga in Portugal. Let’s hope that Holden does find time on the pitch wherever he goes, because the US could need him this summer if Clint Dempsey is not fully fit. That being said….
Dempsey to avoid Surgery. Fulham released a statement today saying that, “Early indications are positive in that no operation is required. At this stage it is thought that the injury will not prevent him playing prior to the end of the season.” Although another detail or two would be nice (what is the injury, how long is the rehab?!?!?!), this should take a worry line or two away from Bob Bradley’s forehead. Hopefully we can see Dempsey out on the pitch continuing his terrific run of form sometime soon.