Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Ngwenya return to Houston hits snag
by Ridge Mahoney, April 21st, 2010 1:14AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  houston dynamo, mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] For the second time in a year, either a pending acquisition by the Houston Dynamo has hit a bureaucratic snag, or a foreign club is trying to gouge some money out of MLS. Attacker Joseph Ngwenya, a member of the Dynamo's 2007 championship team who has been playing overseas, is unable to complete a move to MLS. Turkish club Antalyasapor, for which Ngwenya played last year, has refused to release his international transfer certificate, without which the acquisition cannot be finalized.

“He absolutely won’t take the field as a member of the Houston Dynamo or any other MLS team without an ITC,” said Houston COO Chris Canetti to mlssoccer.com. “The ITC needs to be issued. Given the fact the club won’t issue it, our hope is that FIFA will issue it after they review the circumstances. We believe Joe has the right to continue his career and play for the Dynamo, and that his ITC should be granted, and we just have to wait for FIFA’s ruling.”

Neither Houston nor MLS has clarified if Ngwenya is a free agent. Last year, Czech club SIAD Most, which believed it still held rights to Canadian defender Andrew Hainault, refused to release his ITC after the league approved his acquisition as a free agent. MLS petitioned FIFA to research the case through its Dispute Resolution Chamber, but the league and SIAD Most resolved the issue before it could be formally reviewed. Whether that means MLS came up with a token payment, as is sometimes the method of resolution, isn’t known.

“We know what kind of a player Joseph is and how he can help us,” said Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear when a possible move for Ngwenya first came to light. He and MLS agreed to a salary last week. “He’s a proven player in this league and guys like that are always worth getting.”

Houston has tried several times to get back Ngwenya, who turned down an approach from the league last year. After leaving MLS, he played briefly in Austria and went on trial with Bayern Munich before signing with Antalyasapor in the summer of 2008.

A hamstring injury to Brian Ching accelerated Houston’s search for attacking help. Ngwenya arrived in early April to train with the team; though the domestic transfer window closed April 15, his move would be permitted either on the grounds that he is a free agent, or Antalyasapor held up a bonafide deal for a player under contract that should have been completed before the deadline. Transfer windows only apply to players under contract; free agents are not subject to its restrictions.

“We have gone through the appropriate channels with the league, U.S. Soccer Federation, and FIFA to dispute the situation,” Canetti said. “We are going to look to them to provide a quick and reasonable resolution that will hopefully end up in our and Joe’s favor.”



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS: Finally -- D.C. United breaks ground on stadium    
Many thought it would never happen. Thirteen years after D.C. United first sought to find a ...
Sneak Peek: Sporting KC's Dwyer gets supporting cast    
Sporting KC has made the MLS playoffs in each of the last six seasons but it's ...
What They're Saying: Miguel Aguilar    
"He's targeting people like myself. I think that's grounds to be concerned." -- LA Galaxy midfielder ...
Video Pick: Goal-line tech spots keeper's own goal    
Thanks to goal-line technology, PSV keeper Jeroen Zoet was caught in an error that handed Feyenoord ...
Sneak Peek: New faces renew the outlook for Revs    
Fitting all the attacking pieces into an effective system has long perplexed Revs head coach Jay ...
U-20 Qualifying: USA impresses in historic win over Mexico    
The USA took a big step toward qualifying for the 2017 U-20 World Cup with a ...
What They're Saying: Bobby Wood    
"Not a good day. First the loss, then the accident. Luckily no one was hurt. I'm ...
What They're Saying: Aleksander Ceferin    
"It will be part of the evaluation, and I am sure it will not help the ...
Sneak Peek: Real Salt Lake banks on new playmaker    
After missing the MLS playoffs for the first time in seven years in 2015, Real Salt ...
Sneak Peek: Crew collapse prompts big defensive changes    
American keeper Zach Steffen and Ghanaian internationals Jonathan Mensah and Mohammed Abu are among the significant ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives