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De Guzman walks right into a Bundesliga 2. relegation battle


Canadian midfielder Julian de Guzman will be thrown right into the fire with his new club, SSV Jahn Regensburg.

The Bavarian side announced the signing Thursday, as the transfer window closes. Club CEO Franz Gerber was quoted on the team’s official site, saying that the Canadian national-team veteran will “definitely help us in the fight for the league.”

De Guzman is no stranger to adversity. Being a Designated Player on Toronto FC, where wins are scarce and fan criticisms are vicious, can steel you for tough times ahead. But he’s in for another character test. Jahn Regensburg is at the bottom of the Bundesliga 2. table, with just three wins out of its first 19 matches. It is seven points adrift of the safety zone.

Eintracht Braunschweig, the team’s that employs Canadian forward Randy Edwini-Bonsu, is atop the Bundesliga 2. standings, a whopping 31 points ahead of Jahn Regensburg.

De Guzman had been keeping fit by training with Spanish side Mallorca, the team that once was the home of his younger brother, Jonathan.

At the end of the 2012 MLS season, De Guzman’s DP contract expired, and he left FC Dallas, the team to which he was traded by Toronto FC at the mid-point of the season.

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  1. Rango

    February 1, 2013 at 6:41 am

    He had some other MLS offers, but all for under $200 K. I am surprised that considering how valued he was by management and fans/bloggers in Dallas for his efforts there, he couldn’t parlay that into a more prominent deal.

  2. footy

    January 31, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I think it’s a wise decision. Getting playing time means being seen, and the German Pyramid is large. So what if it’s against relegation? Although he really isn’t a battling type of player, I hope he can help them avoid relegation and in the meantime get himself exposed to scouts from Europe again. The level of play isn’t bad at all. The second Bundesliga is higher rated than the Dutch Eredivisie and a lot of other pro leagues. At least they pay better and often have higher attendance numbers.

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