Monday, August 30, 2010

8/30/2010: Crew Related- Ormeno, Diskerud, Dike, & More



**According to Tribal Football, the wording on the Crew requesting or getting film of Gimnasia defender Alvaro Ormeno may have been a bit backwards. Instead of the Crew requesting film, Ormeno's agents sent the film to the Columbus Crew on a whim and apparently received positive feedback. That's in their words..

Nevertheless, the Ormeno "imminent" news from Argentina is starting to look just like a lot of agent posturing. As Ormeno is best known in Argentina and cannot play in Argentina this season, despite being a free agent, unless another team gives Gimnasia a good chunk of money. However, an "imminent" Ormeno departure to America might lead to a last minute chunk of change offer for Gimnasia from Boca Juniors and etc.

This is likely the result Ormeno is looking for. As both CrewXtra and the Crew have denied there is an interest in Ormeno, stating that Columbus still intends to fill their last open roster spot with Swiss rookie defender Kwaku Nyamekye.

**One player I would like the Crew to look into filing a discovery for is Norweigan-American Mikkel Diskerud. The 19-year-old Diskerud has said it would be "first come, first serve" on whether he plays for the Norweigan or U.S. national team and his most recent caps with the U.S. U-20's in 2009 have swayed Diskerud to the American side supposedly. Further, the American-born Diskerud has stated that he feels "more American."

His play as of late has been turning some heads as well. Diskerud plays for Stabaek IF in Norway's top league and followed up two assists from the previous week, with a stunningly cheeky goal this week to give Stabaek the 2-1 win over Lillestrom. The goal can be seen here.

Since 2008 at the age of 17, the offensive-minded Diskerud has been a starter for Stabaek with 43 appearances and 7 goals. Diskerud appears to have that top level talent and wouldn't be a shabby replacement to Guillermo once he retires (even looks a bit like Guille in the above middle picture). Therefore, it would be nice to get our hands on such a young talent. Further, the Norwegian league isn't miles above MLS and if Diskerud were to come to MLS he would have a better shot at breaking through the U.S. National squad.

Thus, the Crew should file a discovery. However, MLS, as they do with all U.S. overseas talents, will probably do another foolish lottery if Diskerud were ever to come to MLS.

**Crew first round pick Bright Dike, who was deemed not good enough for the Crew squad and was cut preseason, has been on a scoring tear with the Portland Timbers. Dike has 9 goals in 20 appearances for the Timbers, and scored two most recently this Saturday in a 3-nil route of Crystal Palace Baltimore.

One has to wonder if Dike might of been helpful on the Crew roster this season or if he would have been as inaffective as former Wizards/Current Timber player Ryan Pore (who has 14 goals on this season for Portland). We'll likely find out next year as Dike's production will probably get him a roster spot on the MLS Portland Timbers next season.

**According to USSoccer.com and Soccerbyives, all of us U.S. National teams fans will be burdened with four more years of Bob Bradley at the helm. I was hoping for someone like Jurgen Klinsmann who could bring on a youth movement and favor some new players (someone who could see that Gaven is probably the best winger playing in MLS, Marshall is likely the best U.S. central defender, and may start to look at some players like Connor Doyle and the aforementioned Diskerud) compared to awful players that keep getting called up such as Findlay, Clark, Bornstein, Conor Casey, etc.

Further, the U.S. with mostly starters looked god awful against the youth of Brazil in their friendly at the New Meadowlands Stadium. We need new faces, the only old faces I want to see in 2014 is Howard, Donovan, Jermaine Jones (new face but old), and Micheal Bradley.

**According to rumblings, Crew's newest signing Andres Mendoza (who has been practicing for a good month with the Crew) is likely to get his temporary paperwork in line by this Thursday; which means Mendoza will be eligible to play in the Crew's regular season game on September 4th against D.C. United at RFK.

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