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Good morning all. The end of a very busy and news-filled week is upon us and as we wind down toward Saturday’s MLS schedule (and David Beckham’s return to the New York area), it is time to catch up on some news and notes from the soccer world.
Szetela set for permanent Brescia move
On the same day he was named to the U.S. Olympic team, midfielder Danny Szetela confirmed that his anticipated permanent switch to Italian Serie B side Brescia is being finalized as Brescia and Spanish club Racing de Santander are set to complete the transfer.
"There’s just some paperwork left but it’s done," Szetela told SBI on Thursday. "I liked Spain but the experience with Brescia was great. It’s a young team and I felt comfortable right away and just getting the chance to play is what I need to keep developing."
Szetela saw action in 11 of 16 games, missing some time with an Achilles injury before working his way into the starting lineup at season’s end. The playing time was a far cry from what he saw with Spanish first division side Racing de Santander (he played in just one cup game and no league matches for Santander). Szetela transferred from Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew to Santander last summer.
Wolff scores in MLS return
New Kansas City Wizards signing Josh Wolff made his return to his former club a memorable one, scoring a 75th-minute equalizer to help the Wizards salvage a 3-3 tie against Columbus on Thursday night. The Crew rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead in the first half on the strength of a one-goal, two-assist performance from Columbus playmaker (and MLS All-Star snub) Guillermo Barros Schelotto). Wolff, playing in his first match since signing with KC, equalized in the 75th minute.
So much for Wolff’s signing not providing much of an impact. Sure, he may have looked lost with the U.S. national team last month, but Wolff looks primed to be an impact player for a KC attack that can surely use him.
As for Schelotto, do you think he wanted to send a message about his All-Star snub? Okay, he probably doesn’t care, but the performance certainly makes his absence from the MLS All-Star Game look even worse.
Man U confirm Berbatov bid
Manchester United’s interest in Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov is no secret, but when Alex Ferguson admits it publicly and states that he’s confident that Berbatov will join the EPL and Champions League title holders, then you’ve got yourself some news.
Why? Well, because Ferguson doesn’t generally speak about transfers unless they’re almost done. Who else may jump in for Berbatov? Barcelona is looking like Man U’s biggest rival in the chase.
That’s all for now. Share your thoughts on these stories, and any other stories from last night and this morning, in the comments section below.