Tuesday, July 27, 2010

7/27/2010: Bas Ent Now Headed On Trial To Columbus

22 year old Dayton Dutch Lions winger Bas Ent will go on trial with the Columbus Crew starting the week before the Philadelphia Union game. Sources in the Dutch Lions (says close but blog is written, strangely enough, by the player development manager within the Dutch Lions organization) have commented that Ent will be with the Crew for around 2 to 3 days.

Bas Ent has already been on trial with Toronto F.C.; As Ent practiced with TFC on Monday July 19, Tuesday July 20th, and Thursday July 22nd. Ent also played 45 minutes in a friendly for Toronto F.C. on Wednesday July 21st against English Premier side, Bolton Wanderers (pictured above).

Ent could have used a bit more touches in that friendly for Toronto F.C. against Bolton. But, Bas did well with the touches that he received, creating two goal scoring opportunities for his teammates from crosses.

Toronto F.C. has an interest in signing Ent permanently. But, TFC haven't got the okay to shift around money or to drop someone whose salary is already guarenteed for the year. Although, TFC wouldn't have minded cutting a player or two if they didn't have to pay those players. Cutoff for guarenteed contracts, otherwise known as Sergio Herrera Day, was July 1st.

Toronto F.C. is still interested in Bas nevertheless and if TFC cannot bring him in this year, they'll look to bring him in from the start of next year in January. So, this opens a little door for the Crew if they actually have an interest in stepping in.

Bas was actually first noticed by the Columbus Crew in a friendly against the Crew on June 19th (pictured above). Ent was reportedly one of two players that caught the eye of Crew Head Coach Robert Warzycha and Technical Director Brian Bliss.

However, from what I heard, from a Crew source, was that initially the Crew were more keen on giving Dayton Dutch Lions, American-born George Davis IV a look; as the Crew were saving their foreign spots for someone possibly like Stern John. Therefore, it may be more of a case of the Crew saying "heck, we mise well take a look since Bas is in our backyard and TFC apparently liked him."

Therefore, I think for the most part this will be a glorified workout, where if Bas impresses the Crew might have a light battle with Toronto F.C. for his services at the beginning of next season; As I cannot see the Crew eating even a $30,000 to $40,000 dollar salary to sign Bas Ent this season. I could see the Crew doing that for a bigger name and the Crew have the money to sign two, bigger foreign players actually.

From Bigsoccer poster, current Crew cap space:
Crew Total Base Salaries = $1,928,912. (2,550,000 - 1,928,912) = $621,088 in cap space. Almost enough for two full DP's ($335k against the cap).

Either way, Bas is coming in for a work out next week with the Crew. I'm not too sure if Ent would be extremely useful unless Rogers left and Ent got his game up to that level. Although, Ent would add another speed option on our flanks and is probably a better crosser than we currently have. Could possibly add something different to a deep midfield, just depends on what the Crew's plans are for Ekpo and Rogers.


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