As American soccer fans, especially those who are trying to follow our American players abroad, language barriers are very annoying. Just in the past two days I’ve had to translate an article from French and Spanish and now I’m adding Italian to the list. For this I apologize, if I could find the report in English I would but I want the news as soon as it happens so:
www.calciomercato.com is reporting that Serie A Fiorentina has asked West Ham about USMNT Jonathan Spector:
La Fiorentina ha chiesto informazioni al West Ham riguardo al possibile ingaggio del difensore americano, Jonathan Spector. La conferma arriva a calciomercato.com da una fonte molto vicina al calciatore: “Sì, è vero, la società viola ha chiesto informazioni sul ragazzo – ha detto – ma la richiesta del West Ham ha spaventato il club”.
Even if you can’t read Italian, I can’t, all you really need to know is that they are interested in Spector and this would be a great move for him. To go from West Ham which is a very good English team already, to Fiorentina which is a great and prestigious Italian team would be a great oppertunity for Spector. Especially since Italy and Serie A are knmow for there defensive styles, which when u think about it is similar to what the US play, this could really make Spector into a eliete player. Plus pairing him with Onyewu in Seire A will help them play together and make our Defense that much stronger. I personally hope this move goes down…
Aston Villa 1- Fiorentina 0
Americans Brad Friedel and young Eirc Lichaj both started for Villa and Frieldel combined with American Brad Guzan who stopped (with help from the post) a PK seen below, for the clean sheet. From EPL site:
Aston Villa’s pre-season preparations concluded on a high note with a 1-0 victory over Serie A side Fiorentina at Villa Park.
Villa boss Martin O’Neill handed a debut to new £6million signing Fabian Delph but it was experienced campaigner Emile Heskey who hit winner for the hosts after 14 minutes, the striker reacting quickest to Ashley Young’s cross to prod home at the near post.
Fiorentina spurned a great chance to pull level with 15 minutes remaining when Curtis Davies handled in the area, Alberto Gilardino crashing the resulting penalty against the upright.
West Ham 0- Napoli 1
Johnathan Spector came in as a sub for West Ham.
West Ham woe
A late goal from Fabio Quagliarella condemned West Ham United to a 1-0 defeat in their Bobby Moore Cup match against Napoli.
A keenly-contested encounter at Upton Park ultimately went the way of the Italians after Quagliarella looped home a superb flicked header over Hammers goalkeeper Robert Green after 78 minutes.
The visitors were on the back foot moments later, however, when Manuele Blasi was sent off for a second yellow card just 26 minutes after entering the fray as a substitute.
The hosts pushed for an equalizer in the final minutes and came close through Junior Stanislas in stoppage time, but Napoli’s 10 men held on for the win.
Vincenzo Bernardo, a 19 year old striker has left Napoli of Serie A in Italy and is reported by ESPN to want to join the MLS. A star on the American U-20 team Bernardo has trained with the first team at Napoli but only saw action with the youth squad. If he returns to the MLS via the MLS allocation policy Dallas will have the first chance to sign him, followed by Colorado, and then Kansas City. He came up with the Red Bulls youth system and is from New Jersey.
Hopefully this is a good sign that he is commited to the US National team unlike another Italian-American, *cough* Rossi *cough*, becasue he is one of the stars of the future who could make an impact quite soon.