Archive for January 7th, 2013

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Mallorca: Julian de Guzman training with club

Julian de Guzman: Training in Spain

Julian de Guzman is training with Spanish side Mallorca.

On Monday, the Spanish club confirmed on its website (CLICK HERE) that the 31-year-old de Guzman was with the club, but was not signed. Mallorca was the former club of Jonathan de Guzman, Julian’s brother who has moved to play with Swansea of the English Premier League.

The club’s website indicated that Julian de Guzman approached Mallorca about coming to train with the club.

De Guzman was dealt by Toronto FC to FC Dallas halfway through the 2012 MLS regular season, and his Designated Player contract expired at the end of the year.
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FCE coach Miller becomes interim boss of the national team

Colin Miller

It’s official. FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller will have the reins of the Canadian men’s national team when it takes on Denmark and the United States this January.

Canada will have a national team camp that begins Jan. 19. It plays Denmark in Tucson, Ariz. on the 26th and the United States Jan. 29 in Houston.

“It has always been a privilege to represent Canada, as a player, team captain and coach, and I look forward to taking on the role of interim head coach for a second time,” said Miller in a release issued by the Eddies on Monday. “I am honoured to have been selected by the Canadian Soccer Association, and thank FC Edmonton’s organization, particularly owner Tom Fath, for its support in this process.”
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TFC’s “major announcement” expected to be coaching change

Ryan Nelsen

Toronto FC has just announced that President Kevin Payne will be making a “major announcement” Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. ET.

It’s expected that the Reds will announce yet another new head coach. Former New Zealand national teamer Ryan Nelsen is expected to be named as the eighth head coach in TFC history.

Nelsen had been with Queens Park Rangers as a defender, but manager Harry Redknapp told ESPN over the weekend that he expected his veteran player to leave the club to take a coaching job in MLS. And Redknap told ESPN there “was truth to the rumour” that Nelsen would be going to an MLS club.
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TFC waves bye bye to Bob de Klerk

Bob de Klerk

In a move that will surprise no one, Toronto FC announced that the club and technical director Bob de Klerk have mutually agreed to part ways.

“We want to thank Bob for his commitment to the club over the past two seasons,” said Toronto FC President and General Manager, Kevin Payne in a release issued by the club. “As we enter a new era for the club, we all agreed that this move made sense for all parties. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

Last May, de Klerk was moved from the assistant coach’s position, where he sat next to then-boss Aron Winter on the bench, to the technical director slot. Three weeks after de Klerk was moved, Winter was out of a job.

With Winter gone and the Dutch 4-3-3 system being dismantled by Paul Mariner, de Klerk was increasingly isolated in the club.
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Impact coach Schallibaum comes to a league that has a history of eating Euro coaches alive

Marco Schallibaum

The hiring of the Montreal Impact’s new head coach was done with little fanfare. No splashy press conference. Just a press release that Marco Schallibaum — who has nearly a decade of experiencing coaching in the Swiss league — has got the job.

“I am very pleased and proud to be the head coach of the Montreal Impact,” said Schallibaum in that release. “From our very first discussion, I felt confidence with the management. The club is passionate about the game, like me, and is made up of people who are passionate as well and who want to go in the same direction. I watched a few of the team’s games from last season on video. We have a good roster with quality players and I saw a lot on character on the field. I will do all I can to help this team win.”

Schallibaum has spent the last two years working as a FIFA coaching instructor, traveling the world and spreading the soccer gospel. Before that, he coached FC Basel, BSC Young Boys, Servette FC, FC Sion, FC Schaffhausen and AC Bellinzona.

But Schallibaum comes into a league that has traditionally eaten European managers and coaches alive.
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PEI’s Gyorio emerges from career purgatory: Will join Fleetwood Town

Mozzi Gyorio

Mozzi Gyorio is a few pieces of paper away from getting his career out of purgatory.

The Canadian midfielder, who rejected an offer from Sporting Kansas City in the spring of 2012, had been out of work, trying his luck in both Hungary and England, looking to latch on with a side. And, finally, there is news that English side Fleetwood Town FC has inked Gyorio.

Sources close to Gyorio have told The 11 that the midfielder is simply waiting on his paperwork from the Canadian Soccer Association so he’s eligibile to play for Fleetwood, which plays in nPower League 2, or the fourth tier of English football.
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