And like so many previous reports, the situation seems even closer to resolution. The Bolton News reports Ream’s final hurdle will be decided by his work permit application. Barring any setbacks, he will be announced later this week. With only seven games played with the USMNT over the past two years, the young American falls well short of the 75% international appearance marker required to grant a permit. Nevertheless, Bolton hope to press forward based on the gravity of the transfer bid itself.
Already, Ream has been on the Wanderer’s training grounds and in the stands, witnessing a difficult 3-0 loss to Manchester this weekend. It is only a matter of time for an official word on the deal.
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Arsenal lost a heartbreaker on the road against Swansea this weekend, 3-2. It was the Gunners sixth road loss in eleven showings, this time against the recently promoted Swans in front of 2000 traveling fans who came to witness the disappointment.
Still feeling the hurt of a terrible result, Henry urged his teammates to head to the Gunners section to applaud the fans who traveled so far to back them. Once there, he got an earful from the faithful, spurring Henry to scold one fan in particular.
“I was really shocked and disappointed on Sunday — and not just at the result,” Henry expressed the press gathering. “After the final whistle of a very tricky game, I insisted the whole team go and applaud the Arsenal supporters. When I arrived in front of our own fans, I couldn’t understand the abuse the team were getting from one of them.”
“I wanted to tell the fan in question that we need their support not abuse. The sentiment was right but in hindsight could have been better expressed. So I would like to first and foremost apologize for using inappropriate language to that particular supporter. I didn’t intend to be malicious or threatening and am aware that it could have been said in a calmer manner. We have had great moments at this club but we are all in this together. We need your support in the good times but more importantly the bad. Let’s get behind the team against Manchester United on Sunday and try to get three points to get the season back on track.”
Burning bridges? Perhaps. Markus Holgersson certainly didn’t think twice when speaking to Sport Bladet about the state of his former side, Helsingborgs IF.
“They should open their eyes to the problems of HIF,” says Holgersson. “You are supposed to develop as a club and the team must talk to each other, give feedback, make high demands, have goals and individual plans. It must work with in a clearer way.”
Holgersson is currently in Sweden tending to his VISA in preparation for a January 30th arrival in New York. Meanwhile, he will be traveling with the Swedish National team as they prepare for an encounter with the Qatar.
“Speedy recovery no worries.”
That was the tweet from New York Red Bulls forward Juan Agudelo as word broke that the young American suffered a right ankle sprain that may threaten his status for the coming U.S. friendlies against Venezuela and possibly Panama. He was evaluated yesterday by the teams medical staff with a decision to be made on his availability today.
FROM THE HOT STOVE
Lazio’s Djibril Cisse – Cisse, 30, revealed in a recent interview with “L’Equipe” his desire to play in Major League Soccer … someday. “Playing in the US, it is in my plans for the future. It is a country I love.”
Tottenham’s David Bentley – Bentley, 27, is currently undergoing rehabilitation on his injured knee, with a projected return to action by March. According to “Sport Mole,” the English midfielder would entertain the idea of a summer loan to Major League Soccer to maintain competitive fitness for the coming Prem. campaign.
Tim Melia, a third string goalkeeper for Real Salt Lake and former on loan starter for FC New York, has just been picked up by Chivas USA with an opportunity to take the teams starting position.
Likewise, former product of “Cosmos West,” Marvin Iraheta has signed on with the Goats as well. Cosmos Academy West was absorbed into Chivas USA’s developmental academy system, making the young El Salvadorean player a no-brainer signing.
Iraheta, 19, was the U.S. Developmental Academy’s U-17/18 Player of the Year in 2010 and featured in the Paul Scholes testimonial match last summer with the New York Cosmos.
JHONNY ARTEAGA TO TRIAL WITH NEW YORK RED BULLS
Speaking of FC New York, the USL Pro’s leading goal scorer last season, Jhonny Arteaga, will be trialing with New York for the coming weeks. Arteaga, 25, was a guest player last season with New York and the Columbus Crew.
COSMOS CANCEL WINTER KICK v. CLUB AMERICA
In the continued fallout of the Paul Kelmsley era, the New York Cosmos have cancelled an exhibition match against Mexico’s Club America in Las Vegas’ “Winter Kick” tournament. Justice Entertainment Group, the people behind the project, said it hopes to stage an exhibition game in Las Vegas this summer with one of the various European clubs set to tour the U.S. this summer instead.
With Everton’s continued issues at forward, Landon Donovan may have made a suggestion for help. Fellow American and former Galaxy teammate Edson Buddle will be given a trial in the Premier League with the Toffees according to his agent. Buddle, 30, is currently plays for second tier German side, Ingolstadt.
A LOOK AT THE NEW YORK RED BULLS PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Monday, Jan. 16: Team reports to preseason camp at Red Bull Arena
Monday, Jan. 30: Team departs for Riviera Maya, Mexico
Wednesday, Feb 15: Team returns to New York area
Monday, Feb. 20: Team departs for Arizona
Wednesday, Feb. 22: Red Bulls vs. Real Salt Lake “” Desert Cup
Saturday, Feb. 25: Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution “” Desert Cup
Wednesday, Feb. 29: Red Bulls vs. Los Angeles Galaxy “” Desert Cup
Saturday, March 3: Desert Cup Finals and Third Place match
Sunday, March 4: Team returns to New York area
Sunday, March 11: Red Bulls vs. FC Dallas at FC Dallas Stadium at 3:00 PM ET (TV: NBC Sports Network)