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Ex-Houston Dynamo striker Joseph Ngwenya’s name has popped up in the news recently after the 27-year-old began a trial three-week spell with German superpower Bayern Munich. If you’ll direct your attention to Texas you’ll see a collective mouth-watering from the Dynamo faithful.
After being drafted 3rd overall by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2004 SuperDraft, Ngwenya eventually made his way to Houston after three unspectacular seasons in Los Angeles and Columbus. The Zimbabwean international found his stride in Houston, scoring eight goals and playing a role in the Dynamo’s MLS Cup repeat of yesterseason.
Ngwenya, who went on trial with La Liga club Getafe in 2006, parlayed his performance into another shot at European soccer. After he failed to latch on to German 2nd Bundesliga club Alemania Aachen, Ngwenya joined Austrian club SK Austria KÃ¤rnten, but after making just one appearance he was not kept on.
So why exactly would Bayern be interested? Search me, but Sports Network makes a valid point when they note that Bayern don’t have strike options in abundance, with just Miroslav Klose, Luca Toni, Lukas Podolski and Daniel Sikorski on the roster. Podolski has also been rumored to be on the move this summer. (SBI note- you can a pretty penny this is the work of current Bayern Munich assistant Martin Vasquez, who happened to be an LA Galaxy assistant in 2004, the year Ngwenya was drafted by LA).
Do I think Ngwenya will catch on? I have serious doubts that his is any more than a flyer on a player with some talent, but I think Ngwenya could eventually make his way onto the roster of a middling team in one of the better leagues in Europe (see: German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Dutch Eredivisie). Having said that, I wish Ngwenya good luck on his stint with Bayern because, if nothing else, it would show that MLS is capable of developing their players.
What do you guys think? Is this ultimately a good thing for MLS? Is Ngwenya in over his head right now? Or can he capitalize on a once-in-a-blue-moon opportunity and stick? Share your thoughts below…