27 September 2006

Royal Treatment

Update: Okay, hold the phone. While it may be true, folks at DC United indicated that there isn't much around the water cooler there, and are urging skepticism. Fair enough.


Everything I see tells me that this is for real: Reading is intersted in potential Adu transfer. It would be interesting to see if Adu can meet the Work Permit statutes (do international games for the youth team count?) but if so, I could see it. However, Freddy shouldn't assume that he would start immediately for the Royals (see: Convey, Bobby) but it is clear that this is one of the clubs in England that doesn't mess up US internationals, and could be a nice fit for a player looking to develop in the midfield.

5 Comments:

At 27 September, 2006 14:55, Anonymous Tom said...

While there may be work permit issues, wouldn't there also be a problem with his age? Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the EU pass lagislation a few years ago preventing teams from EU nations from singinging players under the age of 18 from non-EU countries? I believe this was to prevent the practice of teams signing players (mainly African) around 14-15 years old, then abandoning them when they didn't work out, leaving most of them with no way to get back home. While this wouldn't be a problem for Freddy, wouldn't this law affect him as well?

 
At 27 September, 2006 16:08, Anonymous Nick said...

Tom,
It is my understanding that you are correct. However, it is also my understanding that there is a procedure that can get such a requirement waived, if certain criteria are met. I don't know what the criteria is, but i'm imagining it would have something to do with financial independence, which, if the case, would obviously not be a problem for Freddy.

 
At 28 September, 2006 00:46, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little off topic, but just a thought from me (Rat) and this blog, and the DC fans in general. As much as I try to "hate" DC as I do all other MLS teams besides my beloved Fire (2006 Open Cup Champs by the by) I really can't. I have a few freinds on another blog site who are DC fans and are top notch people. The realistic, not too bias (who of us aren't bias) reporting is top shelf and insightful. Calling the Fire the Raiders of the MLS is pretty spot on, just glad you didn't call us the Packers for heavens sake. Even Joanna telling me to "bite her" is the kind of banter we need.
Well done to the writers and readers of this blog. If its ok with you, one Chicago Fire fan wouldn't mind dropping by for a visit every now and again. On with the banter.
Start with this: Fire are 2006 Open Cup champs, did I tell you that?!?
Peace,
Rat

 
At 28 September, 2006 09:47, Anonymous Joanna said...

Hey anon, not my blog or anything, but I'm glad you appreciate my banter. Congratulations on the Open Cup and you can still bite us, in the friendliest way possible, of course! :-)

 
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