Thursday Tidbits

  • Will John made his debut for his new club Randers FC with a start in a training match versus Hobro IK. Randers won 4-1 with a goal from fellow American signee Lee Nguyen. Both are pictured above in their new jerseys.
  • Wizards owner Robb Heineman and Salt Lake owner Dave Checketts reveal what it’s like to own a professional sports team in this Fox Business article posted today. Interesting stuff.
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Sendoff in Style

Wizards fans are invited to wish a fond farewell to ex-Wizard Nick Garcia at BLONDE beginning at 10 pm tonight.  As he leaves for San Jose, I’ll leave you with two of my favorite Nick moments:

  • And then last season’s postgame interview when he summarized Colorado’s tactics as, “Come in here and play like a bunch of fools…It’s unfortunate they try and do that because they really can’t play.”

Best of luck in sunny SJ, Nick.  You’ll be missed.

Catching up with Chance

 

The Wizards No. 1 draft pick, currently in Olympic Team camp in Bradenton, is the focus of the U.S. Under-23 Blog “Guess Who” game, as well as a CenterCircle interview.  So in addition to his favorites that we found out earlier, he…

  •  Earned All-Academic honors in college (UCLA)
  • Was a letter-winner in golf and soccer in high school
  • Loves snowboarding
  • Says one of his biggest strengths is his work ethic
  • Has the U-23’s nickname of “No. 1 Draft Pick”

Kante on Trial with Wizards

As reported by Steven Goff, defender/forward Ibrahim Kante of the USL 2-side Crystal Palace USA has been invited to Wizards preseason and has been training with the team since Monday. Here is an article from the team’s website with more information on the Mali native.

Kante is not new to Kansas City. The Kansas City Comets of the MISL traded for Kante from the St. Louis Steamers in 2004-2005. He is 26 years old, 6’3″ and 215 pounds. He was a Junior College first team All-American at the Essex Community College in 2002, and was waived by New England in November 2003.

Somewhat related, Bob Rusert has a story up on the offseason changes and Onalfo’s outlook on the 2008 season.

EJ to Fulham Tomorrow

The news keeps pouring in. This article from the Fulham website says all you need to know:

US international striker, Eddie Johnson, will return to the UK on Thursday and Hodgson thanked US coach Bob Bradley for allowing the striker special dispensation to miss the US’ forthcoming training camp and fixture against Mexico on February 6.

“Eddie Johnson was granted a work permit and had to return to America immediately because the granting of a permit is the catalyst for getting him the necessary permits from America to allow him to come here. We couldn’t send him back to do the necessary procedures in America until he got the permit. When that happened we sent him back as fast as we possibly could and he will return on Thursday.

“I’m very grateful to the US national team coach Bob Bradley, who has agreed that he won’t be calling him back on Sunday night or Monday morning for the friendly match. I’m much happier that he’s now part of our game on Sunday.”

BREAKING: Will John Signs With Randers FC

“Will Oluremi John is living in denmark now. But still loves KC.”

That is what Will’s Facebook profile reads, and the above picture comes from his MySpace profile. Two articles published today confirm the attempt to sign Will, with excerpts below:
(TRANSLATED) 22-year-old Will John from Chicago Fire and 21-year-old Lee Nguyen from PSV Eindhoven will, according to Todd, be a wonderful supplement for Jeppe Brandrup and Carsten Fredgaard on the edges.
“The two American edge players have impressed me during their stay in Randers. It’s two very exciting players that we have in our hands, and it’ll be a disappointment, unless it’s a success to write contract with them. But we work hard on it, and I think, it’s a success”, Colin Todd says.

(TRANSLATED)They are right now working on writing with Lee and Will, who will be able to strengthen us on the edges, Colin Todd says to tipsbladet.dk.

They’ll go in and increase the competition on the edges, where we already have competent players as Jeppe Brandrup and Carsten Fredgaard, the Randers-coach says.

Supplemental Draft Follow-Up

  • Yesterday was a case of deja vu for Pat Healy.  Taken with Kansas City’s first pick in the MLS Supplemental Draft last Thursday, Healy was selected with the Baltimore Blast’s first pick in the MISL College Draft yesterday.  Pat, currently participating in preseason with the Wizards, is the son of Blast President and GM Kevin Healy.
  • The Wizards’ second pick in the Supplemental Draft, Vicente Arze, has not yet signed with the Vancouver Whitecaps, but is close and could next week according to the Vancouver Sun.
  • Tom Gray, KC’s third pick, got a write-up by the Northeast Conference — standard quote from the coach and it highlights stats and accomplishments from his collegiate career.
  • Finally, Andrew Kartunen spoke before the combine about injuries that took away all of his junior season (shoulder) and half of his senior season (concussion).

    Look for a piece on the Wizards’ two Generation Adidas Players and top two picks — Chance Myers and Roger Espinoza — later today.