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  1. The Gentleman Masher
    September 2, 2010

    “Philadelphia fielded U.S. youth national team defender Zach Pfeffer, a 15-year old who just may be the youngest player to ever wear an MLS uniform in an official match before.”

    Freddy Adu?

    (SBI-Yep, I actually blanked on that whole circus. Maybe I just blocked it out of my mind.)

  2. torporindy
    September 2, 2010

    Let’s get him a call up for the Poland match!


  3. Aaron in StL
    September 2, 2010

    BBC has a piece on free agents still available, Jay DeMerit has a good bit in there.

  4. Lee
    September 2, 2010

    Nice to see Jack Mac score again, kid just has a good feel for the net. Philly has a lot of possible NTers, good stuff.

  5. New Game
    September 2, 2010

    The Six degrees of Freddy Adu. He is the Kevin Bacon of Football, you could probably link him to everybody/club seeing that he has been so many places by the age of 21.

  6. jonk
    September 2, 2010

    yeah, just saw that. some of the commentors claim Jay had an offer from Sheffield United earlier int he summer that he turned down.

  7. Josh D
    September 2, 2010

    Saw that. They said some nice things about him and how he should have found a team by now.

    I found the fact that Jay said “things haven’t worked as planned” very interesting. Seems he was after a PL team either in England or one of the other top leagues and no one was biting.

    I put my money on a return to MLS. At his age, if he can’t find a top tier league, I think he’d like to spend his last couple years playing at home on a 300k salary.

  8. Wm.
    September 2, 2010

    How long before the Bob Bradley haters are screaming because he isn’t starting Zach Pfeffer?

  9. Ja Ja James
    September 2, 2010

    Arteta for England reeks of desperation.

  10. Wm.
    September 2, 2010

    They have a lot to be desperate about—they have tons of problems. That group of players won’t ever be overachievers.

  11. Dan
    September 2, 2010

    I was at the Union friendly last night and sat right behind some of Zach Pfeffer’s family members. They were so excited to see him enter the game, and Zach was blushing and grinning from ear to ear when he went into the game. He played extremely well and it was the highlight of the night to see him enter the game!

  12. cfig
    September 2, 2010

    Is it me or does that rule not make any sense? You can be eligible to play for a country after 5 years of residency…oh, except if you played anywhere as a U20 you must have had a passport to the country you might eventually move to later.

  13. maka
    September 2, 2010

    (looks left, looks right)


  14. Zach
    September 2, 2010

    I agree with you the rule is dumb but I think you’re combining FIFA and England rules. The “must have been eligible for country B while representing country A at youth level” thing is a FIFA rule. The “he’s lived in England for 5 years and thus would qualify for England” is an English rule. Compare that to America, where you can live here for any amount of years but aren’t eligible for anything until you apply for citizenship which takes a long time.

  15. Smartypants
    September 2, 2010

    A freindly isnt an official match for purposes of apperances Ives.

    Additionally, how can he be a Homegrown Player when the team hasnt even been around long enogh to have the required residency in the program to be desginated Homegrown..was he capped before or after he joined with the Union? If before, he can’t be a Homgrown.

  16. Andrew
    September 2, 2010

    What a great experience for that kid. MLS really need strong youth programs so chances like this can be given to our future players. It’s even more important to have youth programs when the reserve league gets back in so these guys can get experience playing with older, better players. Hopefully teams can continue to expand their player pools with young guys.

  17. yankabroad
    September 2, 2010

    Why does it reek of desperation? Do you think Arteta is not good enough for England? Just wonderin’ what your reasoning is. I think he would add creativity to England’s midfield. Now it looks like FIFA will deny him a chance.

    The folks in England are staunchly opposed to a naturalized citizen playing for their country anyway. The commentators, press, fans, etc. seem to mostly be of the opinion that it just wouldn’t be right to let Arteta play. So what does it mean to be English? Do you have to be born in England? They seem to be okay with second and third generation immigrants that are born in the country just not someone swapping countries to play?

    Every other European country besides Spain (who won) and England (who had a dismal performance) used foreign born players on their roster in WC 2010. While Spain’s development system is good enough for them not to have to use foreign born players, England should look into what the other countries are doing (like Germany).

    Oh and England’s citizenship laws are tough. It takes 5 years to get a passport and that is only if you are on a certain type of work permit. If you have a kid in the UK and you don’t have a passport (even if you are on a work permit and are a legal resident), the kid doesn’t automatically get citizenship either. So it’s a lot different than the US.

  18. N-Whit
    September 2, 2010

    If that smells of desperation, what did the US team reek of from ’94 through the dawn of the 21st century–Dooley, Llamos, Regis, just to name a few. We have taken in a host of players that weren’t good enough to play for their native countries, but were good enough to play for us.

  19. John
    September 2, 2010

    The US reeked of desperation then, too. And I’m a fan.

  20. Rory
    September 2, 2010

    Leave it to the English to have a three month national debate on the merits of not doing something that they’re not allowed to do anyway.

  21. EA
    September 2, 2010

    Between not playing this kid, and Bob singlehandedly changing CONCACAF’s qualifying format, I’m so upset, I can barely type.

  22. yankabroad
    September 2, 2010

    I dont see how it is desperation if it is within the rules. Okay, Arteta is ineligible but is Germany desperate because they took Klose, Podolski, Cacau, etc.? Is Italy desperate because they took Camoranesi? Is France desperate because they took Vieira in 1998? These players are all foreign born and were eligible to play for two countries.

    So should we not take Jermaine Jones then? Does that reek of desperation? I would say that we should take the guy if he is eligible and better than what we have at defensive midfield (a.k.a Ricardo Clark).

    Maybe Algeria should not been allowed to play with the French second team in WC 2010?

  23. Goalscorer24
    September 2, 2010

    Glad to see youngsters getting playing time!

  24. Doug
    September 2, 2010

    I played against that kid just last year in a high school game! That’s quite a jump he made from playing me to one year later playing jonny magallon!

  25. Checko
    September 2, 2010

    Jermaine Jones is a terrible example. He was born on a US military base in Germany which makes him a us citizen by birthright.

  26. Lorenzo
    September 2, 2010

    soon… very soon

  27. fischy
    September 2, 2010

    Magallon isn’t that good….

  28. bob
    September 2, 2010

    +1 (we better cap tie him now)

  29. JpJ
    September 2, 2010

    Compared to you?

  30. Doug
    September 2, 2010

    Well playing omar bravo then

  31. Seattle Coug
    September 2, 2010

    SO full of win.

  32. jonk
    September 2, 2010

    That rule is precisely so you can’t play for one country at youth or friendly level, then move somewhere, establish residency and play for another country. That’s why Yura Movsisyan wouldn’t be able to play for the US even if he got his citizenship a few years from now — you have to be a dual citizen at the time of your first international appearance in order to change your mind later.

  33. Vince Clortho
    September 2, 2010

    The desperation lies in the idea that getting players like Arteta to play for England will be some revelation and/or revitalization to the system. It’s only a partial and/or temporary solution to the fundamental issues that surround the English national team.

  34. 123
    September 2, 2010

    Well the rules have always something to complain about, but they have to set the limits somewhere.

    What FIFA wants is to prohibit certain countries buying promising young (and poor) players to their national teams. In track & field a country like Qatar is pretty good on long distance runs, but all their athletes have been born in Africa.

    So what FIFA sees as a possibility is that some day a wealthy country with a mediocre national team offers, let’s say 5 million dollars, to every player on the Brazil or Ghana U21 team to represent them. A few of them will surely accept the offer and suddenly they have great players. And then we see Brazil vs Brazil matches in the World Cup.

  35. Wm.
    September 2, 2010

    Desperation? How about the fabulous Mason brothers, Marco and Michael, called up from the dregs of, what Bundesliga II? Or how about the David Wagner experiment? Sampson’s awesome quote on him, “He plays well with his back to goal.” Yah, okay Steve.

    It was definitely desperation.

  36. cfig
    September 2, 2010

    In context that makes more sense, though it does pretty much kill the concept of a player establishing residency in a country then playing for that country.

  37. PC
    September 2, 2010


    I’m sure if we’re able to cap Mwanga and Najar in the coming years, it will have no stench of desperation though…right?

  38. J. Adler
    September 2, 2010

    Yeah and you’re an idiot! Magallon was almost a clone of Rafa Marquez until an injury sidelined him for almost a year killling his chances of a stating eleven in South Africa. He could play anywhere in Europe!

  39. Karol
    September 2, 2010

    Additionally, Klose and Podolski are German citizens by birthright, too.

  40. Karol
    September 2, 2010

    And somehow I have got the feeling that it was a German law student (me) who told them that Arteta was ineligible.

  41. Micah King
    September 2, 2010

    Arteta will not play for England I said this before even if he was eligible. Alumnia wanted to play for England and is eligible to play for England, but Capello and other Eng nat team coaches do not call him up, because he is Spanish by birth and by blood. Arteta is too. In all honestly, England does need better keepers so what if the best keeper England can get isn’t English. :D

  42. Scott A
    September 3, 2010

    I was wondering the same.

  43. Ja Ja James
    September 3, 2010

    Good point. But I do believe that eligibly rules are not stringent enough. In an ideal world Najar and Mwanga should play for their respective homelands if at all possible. To me that is the fair thing to do. Realistically speaking, unless FIFA modifies and strengths the criteria, it is only natural for a player to want to play for a club or in this case country that gives them the best chance at winning or advancing their career. I’m not saying the U.S. team is stacked with world class talent, but given the option, I think most would at least consider this. It would be ignorant for the U.S. not to reciprocate. I don’t blame Arteta considering Spain’s depth nor England for the attempt. It just reeks of desperation to me.

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