The German Bundesliga may soon be adding another U.S. national team-eligible central midfielder.
German media outlets are reporting that Ricardo Clark has begun a trial with German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt. A free agent after playing out his contract with the Houston Dynamo, Clark has been linked to clubs from Italy to England, but could soon be joining Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones in the Bundesliga. German publication Kicker is reporting that Clark began his trial with Eintracht on Tuesday.
(UPDATE- Kicker is now reporting that Clark has signed a contract with Eintracht Frankfurt until the end of the current Bundesliga season, with Eintracht Frankfurt having the right to extend the deal for three more years.)
In other Americans Abroad news:
The report from the UK Mirror claiming that Stuart Holden had been passed over by Bolton and was set to sign with Portuguese club Sporting Braga has yet to be confirmed by any other media outlet, not in England, Portugal or the United States. In fact, the UK Telegraph quotes Bolton manager Owen Coyle in today's editions as stating that Holden could still sign for the Wanderers.
"Stuart did well since he came in," said Coyle. "He's picked up a little thigh injury in the last couple of days which has curtailed his movement a little bit.
"But he's done well and I'll have a chat with him today and his representative and see where we go from there."
Coyle's quotes shouldn't be taken to mean the Mirror report is wrong since the quotes very likely came early on Tuesday, before Coyle had spoken to Holden about his future and before the Mirror article surfaced. The complete absence of any articles verifying a Holden link to Sporting Braga make that part of the story look questionable at this moment, but we should find out just what is going on with Holden later today.
Carlos Bocanegra's long-rumored move to St. Etienne could turn out to be a sale rather than a loan as Rennes is currently at its loan limit. Rennes plays St. Etienne tonight so we could see a resolution hammered out between the clubs today.
Though no clubs have been identified yet, the rumors linking American midfielder Benny Feilhaber with interest from Spain persist.
American-born striker Jemal Johnson has been struggling to find playing time at MK Dons, but is now heading to Stockport County on loan.
We are still awaiting word on Clint Dempsey's injury status and will pass that along as soon as it announced. For now, What do you think of the above developments? Like the idea of Clark playing in Germany? Hoping the Feilhaber links to Spain lead to an actual move to La Liga?
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