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More on Altidore

Just when you think you've nailed down a juicy item along comes more information.

Remember this morning when I told you a German club had been told it would have to pay at least $7 million for Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore? Now I am hearing that MLS turned down $8 million from Reading in January and is looking for something in the neighborhood of $10 million. The Reading-Altidore connection is not new, but the dollar figures are.

Stay tuned.....

By Steve Goff  |  May 13, 2008; 2:01 PM ET
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Whoa... $10m. Too much. But good for MLS for being ambitious. This way they either keep a young star like him in the league or get a bunch of money for him and thereby prove that we're creating great players.

Posted by: David | May 13, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

After this past weekend, Jozy's probably glad they turned Reading down also.

Still, it's a little eye-opening.

Posted by: Section 130 | May 13, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

After this past weekend, Jozy's probably glad they turned Reading down also.

Still, it's a little eye-opening.

Posted by: Section 130 | May 13, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

After this past weekend, Jozy's probably glad they turned Reading down also.

Still, it's a little eye-opening.

Posted by: Section 130 | May 13, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

MLS should really lighten up and let Jozy go.

Posted by: Phillip | May 13, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

sec 130: with a striker, Reading doesn't go down. the one thing they couldn't do was score...

Posted by: northzax | May 13, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Now I am hearing that MLS turned down $8 million from Reading in January and is looking for something in the neighborhood of $10 million.
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If Reading was holding the $8 million in January in Euros, isn't that worth about $10 million by now?

Any truth to the rumor that Emilio asked for the DP deal to be strucured in Brazilian reals?

DC United, the dollar, "downward pressure". . . .

Posted by: Mysterian | May 13, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Well I can say that I'm glad he didn't end up going to Reading. The MLS looks better if he gets sold to a bigger club anyway. They're smart for not biting on the first offer(s).

Posted by: el diablo | May 13, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Well Reading won't be offering that anymore. I think it's smart for MLS, especially if they're pricing for England. I think the league let some guys go cheaply in past years. £5m for Altidore? Why not - Spurs paid £16.5m for Darren Bent! Have to adjust for the insane fees that English clubs will pay.

Posted by: Kev | May 13, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

After this past weekend, Jozy's probably glad they turned Reading down also.

Posted by: Section 130 | May 13, 2008 2:16 PM

If Jozy is as good as people hope - he could have kept Reading up. They desperately needed more attacking options.

Posted by: Kev | May 13, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

That is plain stupid. MLS pulled the same crap with Shalrie Joseph...basically asking the moon in order to ensure no club buys him and he stays in MLS. That will work - for now - until he gets to the end of his contract and either leaves on a free transfer.

Don't we have this discussion every summer? Deja vu.

They played the game with Eddie Johnson, then finally let him go overseas and what? He was a ghost on the field and did nothing.

Will the same happen to Jozy? Maybe not, he seems more consistent that E.J. ever was, but the longer they wait, the more it hurts Jozy. By any calculation, $10 million is ludicrous. It is more than Arsenal paid for Theo Walcott in 2006 - and he was a known quantity in english football AND was the most expensive 16yr old in english football history.

What next? $2 million for Dema? $4 million for Albright? How about ME for $1.5 mil?

Posted by: Erick | May 13, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

With the Olympics in August I can't see Jozy going anywhere until after the MLS season. Who's going to pay 10 mil for him when he'll be gone upwards of a month? A grat showing in the Olympics will make him all the more sought after, unless he pulls an Eddie Johnson GAM disappearing act....

Posted by: glove | May 13, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Playing half his home games on turf at Giants Stadium is not good for the next great American hope at forward. The Bundesliga is a good league for Altidore to start -- he doesn't want to go to the Prem and languish on the bench (like Eddie Johnson or Bennie Feilhaber). His representatives should pick his team carefully though, being too ambitious as to his team may preclude regular first team football -- Jozy needs to play. With Bundeliga teams supposedly keen for Michael Bradley, perhaps a US connection could be brewing. Two things impacting Jozy's transfer fee: (1) with the MLS schedule (throught the summer) and Olympics commitement looming, Jozy would be a spent force (or an injury risk) who would be unavailable when European teams kick off in September; and (2) if you watch the Red Bulls this year we see some "Billy Big Boots" from Jozy with his pouting over lack of service, occasional lax running, and seeming surliness to teammates.

Posted by: PM | May 13, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Strikers wouldn't have helped Reading unless they also addressed the center of their midfield, and their back 4.


I have no reason to believe that Jozy, who indeed is full of potential, but would need to settle in, would have fared better down the stretch than Doyle, Kitson, and Lita. Down the road, sure.

Posted by: JkR | May 13, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Were gonna break out the hats and hooters
When Josie comes home
Were gonna rev up the motor scooters
When Josie comes home to stay
Were gonna park in the street
Sleep on the beach and make it
Throw down the jam till the girls say when
Lay down the law and break it
When Josie comes home

Posted by: Joe Doc | May 13, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Who's going to pay 10 mil for him when he'll be gone upwards of a month? A grat showing in the Olympics will make him all the more sought after, unless he pulls an Eddie Johnson GAM disappearing act....

Posted by: glove | May 13, 2008 2:32 PM

This is the reason why teams may want to pay 10 million for him now. If they wait for after the Olympics and his price skyrockets, then they make it that much harder to buy him.

Posted by: el diablo | May 13, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Lita was on loan until the last week, as you'll recall. remember, we're talking about a difference of 4 goals over 20 games...

Posted by: northzax | May 13, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Goff!!!!!!!!!!! They just said your name on World Soccer Daily

Posted by: Matt | May 13, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Under the current MLS structure, what portion of that transfer fee would accrue to RBNY?

Posted by: Matt | May 13, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

RE: Jozy
If MLS waits until the end of the season to accept a bid, then Jozy will have to wait until the January transfer to move. It's better for him to go during the summer transfer window, even if he won't get to his new club for a month. Better for us too.

RE: Steely Dan.
Dude. I posted that during the Olympic qualifying tournament (or was it the U20 World Cup?). I'm suing you for infringing on my copyright infringement.

Re: Off topic
When is Lindsay Applebaum going to announce the winner of the caption contest? It is too late to enter "Where the hell are the streamers?"

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 13, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

With the Olympics in August I can't see Jozy going anywhere until after the MLS season. Who's going to pay 10 mil for him when he'll be gone upwards of a month? A grat showing in the Olympics will make him all the more sought after, unless he pulls an Eddie Johnson GAM disappearing act....
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Um, European clubs don't start playing until late August/early July. It won't matter if Altidore goes to the Olympics.

Posted by: Oh Susanna | May 13, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Whoops, I meant to say that Euro clubs don't start playing until early SEPTEMBER, not July

Posted by: Oh Susanna | May 13, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Walcott cost initially 5 million pounds, with additional amounts based on performance, etc. I believe Arsenal will ultimately pay around 9 million pounds. Altidore's got the potential to be great. A 10 million US price is not ridiculous based on his potential and performance so far. But he needs to go to a place where he can settle in, play first-team ball, and be guided by patient coaches. I tend to prefer the Eredivisie for preparation, then Bundesliga or EPL. But I don't see a Dutch team paying 10 million dollars.

Posted by: highbury | May 13, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Lita was on loan until the last week, as you'll recall. remember, we're talking about a difference of 4 goals over 20 games...

Posted by: northzax | May 13, 2008 2:42 PM

My comment stands. An 18 year old unproven striker was not going to help Reading stay up.

Posted by: JkR | May 13, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

RE: Steely Dan.
Dude. I posted that during the Olympic qualifying tournament (or was it the U20 World Cup?). I'm suing you for infringing on my copyright infringement.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 13, 2008 2:46 PM
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Sorry, my bad.

"Josie and the Pussycats
Long tails and ears for hats
Guitars and Marshall stacks
Hot, sweet, super-cool
Don't you know
These kitties rule?
Hurry, hurry"

Posted by: Joe Doc | May 13, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Whoops, I meant to say that Euro clubs don't start playing until early SEPTEMBER, not July

Posted by: Oh Susanna | May 13, 2008 2:54 PM

Depends. Early round CL/UEFA Cup qualifying can be going on in July/August.

Posted by: Colm | May 13, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh Joe Doc, that sweet, sweet Dan! Heck yes, brother!

Posted by: Matte | May 13, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

If I were a manager I'd be loathe to plunk down those dollars on Jozy. He's shown some promise, but not enough to warrant that kind of commitment. And he hasn't exactly lit up MLS. Solid yes, but not incandescent.

But just cause I wouldn't do it, doesn't mean somebody won't. I'm certainly no EPL manager. If one club will offer 8 it's not much of a stretch to think somebody else will go to 10.

Posted by: Matte | May 13, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

sec 130: with a striker, Reading doesn't go down. the one thing they couldn't do was score...

Posted by: northzax | May 13, 2008 2:22 PM

Actually, that wasn't Reading's problem. Their defense was horrible, clearly not Premiership caliber. Second most goals allowed behind only Derby (who I think my Sunday league team could give a good run). And that's with Hahnemann playing great on many occasions.

Posted by: G-Dub | May 13, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

If the $8M offer from Reading is correct, Altidore either has (1) no "sell on demand" clause (similar to EJ's where MLS must sell him upon a foreign club meeting a minimum price) and his agent should be flogged, or (b) a "sell on demand" clause much, much higher than $8M.

Posted by: Mickey | May 13, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Highbury,

Agreed. Eredivisie is best for development. But I disagree on the transfer fee. Wolcott had already played first team football at Southampton before goingt to Arsenal. In other words, Wenger knew what he was buying.

Aside from the U20 action last summer, no one overseas can really judge Jozy. They certainly won't go off of his performance in MLS.

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The argument others make that Jozy should go to a "big" club is off the mark...it does not good to ride the pine at an elite club. Only playing time will help him develop...remember Jovan Kirovski's Great Benches of Europe tour. Many players, with more skills and pedigree than Jozy have been undone by extended spells on the bench. He needs to PLAY and for people that will teach him, not necessarily clubs that are primarily concerned with Champion's League and domestic titles.

Posted by: EricK | May 13, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I would like to point out the fact the Jozy clearly outplayed Alexander Pato during last summer's U-20 World Cup, yet Pato signed a very lucrative offer with AC Milan, and he at that point had not proven himself. Why should it be any different with Altidore. I'll tell you something, once he scored that header against Mexico earlier this year, I knew he was the real deal. For once, I agree with MLS, they should try, and should expect to receive a large transfer for Jozy.

Posted by: DC United Fan | May 13, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Someone mentioned Shalrie but isn't that exactly right? They didn't let him go cheap and he re-signed. Doesn't that improve the quality of play in MLS? Isn't them trying to keep their best players unless they get a wow offer the idea? Let's face it Jozy is walking at some point, and I am sure those of you who feel he will be a better USMNT player are eager for it to happen. However, MLS as an entity needs to prove that it will keep it's quality up unless it gets a staggering offer.

Also let us not be fooled here. The price tag probably got some input from Jozy's people. What needed 10 mill to go to a small club in danger of being relegated may be only 6 to go to Barcelona. Also... Reading's problems were a lot broader than needed 1 forward. Granted they couldn't score, but their defense in front of Marcus was pretty subpar at times.

Posted by: Drew | May 13, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

$10 mil??! yo, pass the pipe..

Posted by: mizage | May 13, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

So why is $10M ridiculous? Is it because he plays in MLS or because he's American? Yes Jozy is an unproven talent, but you can't argue that he has some serious, SERIOUS upside. As he is, he's rated for far more if he comes from anywhere else in the world. People are making $10M seem unreasonable, but I think he's worth every penny of it, if not much more.

The kid's got size, speed and awesome skill for his age, and guess what...he's only going to get better. Factor a weak buck in that equation and I still think $10M is not enough.

Yes he'll be coming from MLS, but so did McBride and Deuce and they have put some very meaningful goals in the back of the net in the PL. Was Tim Howard rated fairly? I don't understand why people here think that Jozy is not worth that amount, when less players are making far more (or rated far higher) just because they come from a certain part of the world.

For those thinking that MLS is holding him back to keep him here, that makes no sense to me whatsoever. The kids going to leave, be it on a free or for a transfer. Jeez!!

Posted by: Kosh | May 13, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

So why is $10M ridiculous? Is it because he plays in MLS or because he's American
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both. A player from a lesser known country and league will never fetch the same $$ as one from a place rich in talent and history. now if that player proves himself at a more respected league, then the price goes up (like bradley at heerenveen).

Posted by: reason | May 13, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Actually, that wasn't Reading's problem. Their defense was horrible, clearly not Premiership caliber.

Posted by: G-Dub | May 13, 2008 3:20 PM

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/reading/article3792687.ece

April 22, 2008
Leroy Lita is recalled to lighten goalscoring burden at Reading

"Few observers of the game would describe Steve Coppell as a manager prone to panic, but, yesterday, there appeared to be more than a hint of desperation in his decision to recall Leroy Lita to Reading."

"They have not won or scored in their past four matches and Coppell has run out of fruitful combinations up front.

Doyle has been particularly afflicted. The Ireland striker contributed 13 goals in the Barclays Premier League last season, but has not scored since the 3-1 home win over Liverpool on December 8 and was an unused substitute in the 2-0 defeat away to Arsenal last Saturday.

Reading have failed to create many worthwhile chances, either. In their past two matches, including a 2-0 defeat at home to Fulham, their relegation rivals, they have had only two shots on target - against Arsenal.

Hence the call for Lita, who may have a point to prove and could revitalise a jaded attack."

Posted by: Kev | May 13, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

A player from a lesser known country and league will never fetch the same $$ as one from a place rich in talent and history. now if that player proves himself at a more respected league, then the price goes up (like bradley at heerenveen).

Posted by: reason | May 13, 2008 3:53 PM

A player is worth what a club is willing to pay for him. If Reading were going to pay $8 million, he would have been worth that.

Posted by: Kev | May 13, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

But Reading didn't stay up despite adding Lita who has scored goals for Reading and England U-20's, despite experience in Reading's system an the EPL.

My position is that Jozy was NOT a better option to throw in there cold than Lita, Kitson or Doyle, all of whom had experience at Reading and in the EPL. Long term, sure.

Posted by: JkR | May 13, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

@reason

I agree with the letter of your simplistic linear line of thought. If you would notice I did not say that Jozy should fetch the "SAME" as...(insert whoever you have in mind here). What I am questioning is why Jozy is not worth $10M. League or geography aside, talent does not lie. He proved his capabilities and promise at an international tournament with his peers on a team that pound-for-pound did not have the depth and level of talent that, say (this is only an example) Pato did. So why is 10 million DOLLARS too much for such a talent?

Posted by: Kosh | May 13, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

My position is that Jozy was NOT a better option to throw in there cold than Lita, Kitson or Doyle, all of whom had experience at Reading and in the EPL. Long term, sure.

Posted by: JkR | May 13, 2008 4:06 PM

Reading didn't score a goal between March 29th and May 10th. In that time, they dropped from 14th to 18th - then down. Lita and Coppell hated each other so much that Lita went out on loan during the second half of the season. They could have used ME in attack, let alone Jozy! :-)

Posted by: Kev | May 13, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Last word on it:

Drogba took a year to settle into the EPL. Torres and Van Nistlerooy the only strikers who hit Heathrow airport and started scoring. Jozy is not in that class.

I'd love for him to develop into that, but Reading didn't need a striker to develop in the spring of 2008.

Posted by: JkR | May 13, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

If Reading had Jozy in January, they wouldn't have been sent down

Posted by: Fisch Fry | May 13, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

"Drogba took a year to settle into the EPL. Torres and Van Nistlerooy the only strikers who hit Heathrow airport and started scoring. Jozy is not in that class."

Well there's the problem. If you want a new striker to start scoring immediately, fly him into an airport far, far away from the home stadium. Reading is close to Heathrow, so you're right, Jozy would not have saved them.
:-)

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 13, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I believe that J. Altidore worths more as $10 millon; he meets all wath a soccer coach need; no body will pay $8 millon to have a guy seat in the bench.

Posted by: OrlandoGator | May 13, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

@Kosh,

true, talent doesn't lie. but the world is a prejudiced place, and if the powers that be don't rate how american players are developed then it can have a negative effect on market value. A Pato will probably always fetch more because of where he comes from. People are in awe of the brazilian pipeline..even if the players don't always pan out.

Posted by: reason | May 13, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Hasn't Goff repeatedly made clear what he thinks of anonymous Web sites, and of repeating stuff from such sites on this blog?

Posted by: tri-village | May 13, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Nowak assembles a squad, a bit more than a "B" side but less than an "A" side, for some matches in France:

http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewArticle.jsp_6356995.html

Interestingly, Josh Gros is part of the entourage.

Posted by: tri-village | May 13, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

This price tag is ridiculous for an essentially unproven talent. The best move for him would be to go to Holland and play in an attacking league where possession and ball skills are paramount. Like Michael Bradley his value will increase markedly and only then can he move on to one of the big leagues. A number of Dutch teams would welcome a forward with his raw ability. If he goes anywhere else at this stage we won't hear of him again.

Posted by: Orange14 | May 13, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

MLSRumors use the tried and true method of tossing as much *stuff* at the wall as possible, as eventually, something will stick and actually happen.

Damn that's an ugly, unnavigable website.

Posted by: AlecW81 | May 13, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Drogba took a year to settle into the EPL. Torres and Van Nistlerooy the only strikers who hit Heathrow airport and started scoring. Jozy is not in that class.
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Drogba and Van Horseface are 30+ years old. Torres is 24.

Altidore is 18 and he is already showing the signs of a world class striker.

Posted by: Ameobi | May 13, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

"Signs" of a world class striker does not equal immediate goals.

It is unreasonable to expect an 18 year old American striker to have an immediate goal scoring impact on the EPL.

But it would be great. Just unlikely...

Posted by: JkR | May 13, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

FIRE THE COACH!!!!!!!!

Posted by: SE | May 13, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

FIRE THE COACH!!!!!!!!

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Only if Ginkgo biloba doesn't clear things up.

Posted by: spike_2.0 | May 13, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

While Jozy may have outperformed Pato in the World U20 Cup in Canada last year, Euro scouts already considered Pato somewhat of a proven player.

He had already scored goals at the senior level for Brazil's Inter (Porto Alegre) both in their league and in the World Club Cup in Japan in Dec 2006.

Posted by: garbaggio | May 13, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Some people on here need to learn how to do currency conversions.

$10 million U.S. is chump change in the premier league when teams are getting paid in british pounds.

Posted by: scott47a | May 13, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Some people on here need to learn how to do currency conversions.

$10 million U.S. is chump change in the premier league when teams are getting paid in british pounds.

Posted by: scott47a | May 13, 2008 7:07 PM

___________________________________________


You can thank my fantastic leadership for that.

Posted by: George W. Bush | May 13, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone in their right mind pay $10 million for Jozy? I thought that one of the criteria for England is that the player have National Team abundant experience. He does not with the senior team.

If they had a bonified offer in Jan then they should have taken it.

Posted by: RLS | May 13, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Jozy should go to a club that is not likely relagated next year if he chooses to overseas. I don't mind MLS demanding $10 mil for him. They should do so more for every transfer rather than selling them for under a million. That I think is disgrace. Look at Perkins. He certainly worth more than that but agents and marketing gurus couldn't handle.

Posted by: Do you know? | May 13, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Off topic: So if the Rangers have 100k fans with them where would the opposing fans sit? Does the stadium can hold that many people for EUFA cup final?

Posted by: td | May 13, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

$10M will buy a lot of streamers.

Posted by: Stream of Conciousness | May 13, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

The Olympics are 16 days and nobody cares about them - this is why it's foolish for the US to take guys fighting for spots in their European teams away from preseason. We've all seen countless times how guys who were away from the club during preseason never make it into the coach's plans. I'll sacrifice Jozy and Bradley leading us to Olympic glory if it would mean they would be getting serious playing times at hopefully their new clubs, and being on form for World Cup qualifying.

My vote would be for Villarreal, and seeing Jozy do well there and not be bogged down by Olympic commitments.

Posted by: bryan | May 13, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

err, nobody cares about the Olympics from a soccer standpoint.

Posted by: bryan | May 13, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see DC take a look at Sasho Cirvoski from Maryland. I think he would make an excellent head coach.

Posted by: DC United Fan | May 13, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey Joe Doc,

Thanks for the J&TP lyrics. I never understood the part about the Marshall stacks. Why did they expect a little kid to know about Marshall stacks? Heck, why not replace "guitars" with "Fender Jaguars."

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 13, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Villarreal has good striker already and don't need Jozy. If he goes there he will be sitting on the bench.

Posted by: td | May 13, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

err, nobody cares about the Olympics from a soccer standpoint.

Posted by: bryan | May 13, 2008 8:06 PM

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YOU don't care about the Olympics. The big money teams in Europe don't care much for the games either as they feel they have little ($) to gain from them.

But the Beijing Olympics will still be a more important tournament than any of the other underage FIFA sanctioned World Cups and could easily get more attention from the US public at large than anything done in MLS or by any Americans playing in Europe.

Carlos Tevez, Javier Mascherano, Roberto Ayala, Fabricio Coloccini, Gabriel Heinze, Kily Gonzales, Javier Saviola, Julio Cesar Manzur, Carlos Gamarra, Edgar Barreto, Aureliano Torres, Jose Saturnino Cardozo, Andrea Barzagli, Daniele Bonera, Andrea Pirlo, Daniele de Rossi, and Alberto Gilardino all won medals in soccer at the last Olympics.

Something tells me most of them didn't throw away their medals.

Posted by: garbaggio | May 13, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I'd love to see Jozy go to Villareal. If he goes to ANY top European league, he'll be riding the bench for a while. That being said, Villareal is all about building for the future, and I think they'd invest a lot of their efforts in developing Jozy. Plus, their team is just a real pleasure to watch, with their great passing and fluid attack. Jozy would have a field day with the service those guys would give him!

Posted by: jrnail23 | May 14, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

MORE DORE??

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 2:47 AM | Report abuse

Hmm, $10 million is about 300 euros or 50 pounds according to current exchange rates, so I think that's a steal.

Really: He's one of the best players in MLS. He's worth a lot. The league should get a lot for him, or else keep him.

Posted by: Joe S. | May 14, 2008 3:50 AM | Report abuse

Comparing 18-year old Jozy Altidore with a 26- or 27-year old player like Shalrie Joseph or Taylor Twellman doesn't make sense. MLS can bide its time with a young player like Jozy, whereas Shalrie or Taylor were at an age where they were looking at their last chance to play in Europe, since a team would have to play a transfer fee.

Having said that, I think MLS should have sold both Taylor and Shalrie, since they both wanted to go, and the Revs could have invested the money to find players to take their places.

Posted by: Bill in Md. | May 14, 2008 5:00 AM | Report abuse

You are a dolt if you think Jozy isn't worth £5m. A player with his size, touch, finishing, pace and power does not come along very often. He makes great runs and has game sense that many other American players seem to lack. I don't care if he isn't Brazilian, his value should be assessed by his skill set. He has elite potential and is already a solid player. With better service (Red Bulls lack a true creative midfielder and crosses from the wings usually lack in quality) he will get more opportunities on the ball and to score. He finishes most of his quality chances now and makes chances out of nothing at times... and he is only 18.

Posted by: AJ | May 14, 2008 7:34 AM | Report abuse

"I would like to see DC take a look at Sasho Cirvoski from Maryland. I think he would make an excellent head coach."

I agree that he would be a great head coach in MLS, but he has turned down offers before.

Some guys like Cirovski and Bobby Clark and Dave Masur seem to prefer coaching in college. Considering the job security in MLS, I don't blame them.

Then again, I thought Sigi was a college coach for life, but enough faith in him by Columbus has given him the opportunity to build something pretty good, and that has to be satisfying.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | May 14, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

If DC job is offered i believe Sasho will take it.Its close to home and he is a proven tactician with nothing left to prove in the college ranks.He will make a great coach

Posted by: villa | May 14, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

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