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Tuesday Kickaround

*The Michael Parkhurst deal to Denmark we've been telling you about has finally gone public. An Insider contact with ties to Denmark believes Parkhurst will have a base salary as much as $250,000, plus bonuses and incentives. He was guaranteed $148,000 in MLS this past season and probably could've garnered a nice raise for 2009 and beyond, but he really wanted to go to Europe. Here is a look at Parkhust in his new uniform. Meantime, French club Sochaux has taken an interest in USA forward Charlie Davies (Hammarby).

*Parkhurst's new club, Nordsjaelland, settled for a 0-0 tie at home against Aarhus yesterday. Aarhus and USA forward Jeremiah White did not play. In Germany, USA defender Heath Pearce appeared for the final 26 minutes of Hansa Rostock's 4-0 loss at Nuremberg.

*Americans abroad today: Eddie Johnson and Cardiff City are at Burnley, Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday host QPR and Marcus Hahnemann and Reading are home to Blackpool.

*Ahead of this weekend's showdown with Barcelona, Bernd Schuster is out and Juande Ramos is in with Real Madrid.

*Euro Champions League on TV today:
PSV-Liverpool 2 p.m. Setanta
Chelsea-Cluj 2:30 p.m. ESPN2
Werder Bremen-Inter Milan 5 p.m. ESPN Classic
Panathinaikos-Anorthosis 5:45 p.m. Setanta
Basel-Sporting Lisbon 7:30 p.m. Setanta

By Steve Goff  |  December 9, 2008; 10:54 AM ET
Categories:  MLS , Spain , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Since Kebe is hurt Convey might actually make it to the bench for Reading today. Won't that be exciting?

Posted by: Colm1 | December 9, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Glad to see the interest in Charlie Davies. The whole point of having Americans go to the Scandinavian leagues (all which are about equal to the MLS) is to attract interest from bigger European Leagues. I would be interested to see what Charlie Davies could offer in the French League.

I personally have not seen a lot of his play but his record shows that we should be giving his more of a chance to prove himself.

Posted by: grubbsbl | December 9, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Charlie Davies gick från flopp?

RE: Parkhurst: Will he be as successful in Scandinavia as former Rev Pat Noonan? I guess, as a defender, he's not as likely to gick från flopp.....

Quite a change by Real, on the eve of a CL match, with the Barca game to follow... I guess the ownership didn't think highly of his remark that "Right now it's not possible to win at the Nou Camp".

Posted by: fischy | December 9, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Sochaux? Ug. They are relegation fodder.

Posted by: Reignking | December 9, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

It amazes me that FC Nordsjaelland can afford that kind of salary for Parkhurst with a home stadium that only seats 10,000 people. Are they paying the rest of their players peanuts?

Posted by: Juan-John | December 9, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Juan-John: They must have lucrative sponsorship deals or a wealthy owner. I'm sure they've got other streams of revenue other than just gate receipts!

Posted by: pimpdaddy2000 | December 9, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

good for parkhurst, even if they (US players) go to europes second tier leagues. they still can probably beat MLS teams. And not to mention their opportunities are much better than on our hemisphere. So its good exposure for them!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | December 9, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

@Juan-John. There are days when the Revs would love to get 10,000 in their park.

But, seriously -- that salary is relative. 10 years ago, when the dollar was worth more than the Euro, his wage would have been really substantial. Now, not as much...

Posted by: fischy | December 9, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Isn't EJ injured? He was on the weekend, no?

And Francois Gillot says he's looking for 2 players during the transfer period. He doesn't say who, but the author of the article suggests that Davies is one possibility, along with a French guy named Alexandre Alphonse at FC Zurich.
http://www.coach365.fr/cote-coach/article_281567_-On-n-est-pas-mort-.shtml

Posted by: Modibo | December 9, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Dude I really need to get that comcast soccer package. Ya'll get Setanta with it in Arlington right?

Posted by: DadRyan | December 9, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Dude I really need to get that comcast soccer package. Ya'll get Setanta with it in Arlington right?

Posted by: DadRyan | December 9, 2008 12:29 PM

No Setanta on Comcast anywhere around here. But you can get the channel through Fios and Cox.

I have it via Broadband - not bad and you get Champs League with annual subscriptions.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 9, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Word on EJ for tonight...

http://www.sportinglife.com/football/cc_championship/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=none/08/12/08/manual_141914.html&TEAMHD=nationwide1

"Striker Eddie Johnson has returned to training and could feature"

Posted by: Kev29 | December 9, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Goffster-

Any spicy rumors going around the D.C. organization about off-season acquisitions?

(Clyde Simms re-signing does not count as spicy)

Call your contacts. All of them!

Posted by: redskinsux | December 9, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

OT -- ran across news of a recent soccer anthology, which I am putting on my Christmas list mainly to satisfy my curiosity about a poem called "Why Does My Wife Love Peter Crouch?" -- Mr. Goff, will you be making holiday recommendations this year?

http://www.theglobalgame.com/blog/2008/04/books-global-game-anthology-en-route-from-university-of-nebraska-press/

Posted by: OWNTF | December 9, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I get Setanta on Cox.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | December 9, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see the interest from the French Ligue 1...which is precisely the melting pot style Americans need to adopt: English grit, Dutch/German tactics, Italian Flair, and Spanish technique. If Onyewu and Charlie can swing moves to Ligue 1, we'll be so much better in WC2010 for it.

Posted by: fcmuenchweiler | December 9, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

*Ahead of this weekend's showdown with Barcelona, Bernd Schuster is out and Juande Ramos is in with Real Madrid.
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Dang...Fire TS and bring Schuster.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | December 9, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I am sick of ESPN's Anglocentric coverage. Always an English team, no matter the opponent. Give us the best games, not Chelsea-Man U-Liverpool-Arsenal all the f-ing time.

Posted by: LAStory | December 9, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I am sick of ESPN's Anglocentric coverage. Always an English team, no matter the opponent. Give us the best games, not Chelsea-Man U-Liverpool-Arsenal all the f-ing time.

Posted by: LAStory | December 9, 2008 1:18 PM

A) Get ESPN Deportes, it's available just about everywhere. Then you can watch Barca put up a cricket score today.

B) Look in to getting ESPN360 and/or Setanta

C) ESPN don't care about you, they care about putting clubs on television that will garner ratings. There are two countries whose big clubs do that in the US, England and Mexico.

I have no idea how people can bit*h about access to soccer matches nowadays - they are EVERYWHERE. Then again, I guess people will bit*h about anything!

Posted by: Kev29 | December 9, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

how do they have the money? It's called television and sponsorships. And a community/corporate structure that reduces costs and increases incentives to invest in players. They probably spend ten-twelve million euros a year, almost all of it on salaries. Transportation costs are negligible, overhead is non-existant, and they aren't looking to make money, just come close to breaking even.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | December 9, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

French Ligue 1...which is precisely the melting pot style Americans need to adopt: English grit, Dutch/German tactics, Italian Flair, and Spanish technique.

Posted by: fcmuenchweiler | December 9, 2008 1:13 PM
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By that reckoning, Ligue 1 should be the best league in the world!

Posted by: edgeonyou | December 9, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if there was even an effort by MLS to match the offer? I know he really wanted to go, but I am curious to find out if it was even attempted.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | December 9, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I would bet that Parkhurst wasn't interested in what MLS was offering, even with the same salary, they a: can't match the experience of playing in Europe and B: given the Revs' proven reluctance to sell players even when they want to leave (paging Tyler Twellman, Mr. Twellman, please pick up the white courtesy phone) why tie yourself down? I bet he might have signed with DCU, for instance, a club that has proven willing to let players go, if a deal is reached (the Troy Perkins experiment) this is more potential blowback from the Revs' dealings.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | December 9, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Then you can watch Barca put up a cricket score today.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 9, 2008 1:34 PM

Of course, after I wrote that, Shakhtar take a shock lead!

Posted by: Kev29 | December 9, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I just gotta say wow to Drogba's goal.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 9, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

DadRyan, you've been replaced. There's a poster whose stream of consciousness ramblings make even less sense than yours...

Posted by: fischy | December 9, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Colm1 - Convey made it to the bench and got like 7 minutes but the bigger story was Marcus getting injured - could impact Tottenham's interest in him - looks like several weeks.

Posted by: Beckster1 | December 9, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Dude there you go bumming out Fischy talking about Reading again...

Posted by: DadRyan | December 10, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Crew announce that Schmid won't be back.

Posted by: LAStory | December 10, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Dad Ryan - got it but Goff opened it up with "Americans Abroad Today" and these are American's abroad - whether Fishy is bummed or not.

Posted by: Beckster1 | December 10, 2008 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Beckster1 I believe it's your Goff given right to talk about any clubs you want especially in Yanks Abroad threads.
Do you brother, Do you.
:-)

Posted by: DadRyan | December 11, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

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