Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Newcastle Scout Eyes Johnson, Altidore
Soccer By Ives, October 18th, 2007 3:45PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Kansas City Wizards striker Eddie Johnson had a "very interested" spectator over the weekend when the Wizards hosted the New York Red Bulls. According to soccer columnist Ives Galarcep, Newcastle United's chief scout attended the game to watch the 23-year-old U.S. international, whose contract with MLS expires at the end of the season. Galarcep's sources said the scout was there "to gauge the quality of play in Major League Soccer," but he insists (and this information might come from other sources -- it's unclear) that the Newcastle official had his eye trained on the Kansas City striker.

Why Johnson and not, say, Jozy Altidore? For one thing, Eddie is an established international who would have a far easier time obtaining one of those tricky British work permits than Altidore, who's yet to be called up to the senior national team. For another, he's a more mature player than young Jozy (who's still only 17), and he's having his best-ever season in MLS, with 15 goals and 6 assists to his name in just 23 games.

That said, Johnson's was ineffective against the Red Bulls, missing a PK in a 2-1 loss, and it was Altidore whom the scout spoke with after the match, not Johnson, according to Galarcep. Either one would make a smart addition to a Newcastle's notoriously injury-prone frontline, because both are young, and both are free agents at the end of the season. Altidore may not qualify for a work permit, however.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Orlando City Signs Shea     
New MLS club Orlando City on Friday announced the signing of U.S. national team midfielder Brek ...
Report: Juve Eyes January Move for Falcao     
According to Italian soccer site Calciomercato, Manchester United may consider getting second-choice striker Radamel Falcao's huge ...
Reus Fined $665K for Driving without a License    
Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus has been handed one of the biggest driving fines in German ...
Balotelli Receives One-Game Ban, Fine for Instagram Post    
Mario Balotelli received a one game ban and a fine of 25,000 pounds after being found ...
Robbie Rogers: FIFA 'Insane' to Host World Cup in Russia, Qatar    
LA Galaxy left back Robbie Rogers has spoken out about FIFA's decision to stage the next ...
FIFA to Publish World Cup Corruption Report    
FIFA's executive committee on Friday agreed unanimously to publish Michael Garcia's report into the bidding process ...
FIFA: Qatar Needs Labor Reform to Keep 2022 World Cup    
FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger on Tuesday indicated that 2022 World Cup host Qatar must ...
CWC: Auckland City the 'Winner,' but San Lorenzo Progresses     
Real Madrid's will face San Lorenzo of Argentina in Saturday's Club World Cup final after the ...
Di Maria Beats Messi, Aguero to Argentina's Player of the Year    
Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria has beaten Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero to Argentina's player ...
League Cup: Rodgers Defends Sterling as Reds March On     
Following Liverpool's 3-1 League Cup quarterfinal win at Bournemouth, Coach Brendan Rodgers defended two-goal hero Raheem ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives