Friday, December 23, 2016

12/23/16: Columbus Signs Raitala, Williams



Jukka

Jukka Raitala is only 28. Has a decent array of national appearances for his country, 36 for Finland.

Has played in La Liga with Osasuna, Dutch Eredivisie with SC Heerenveen, Bundesliga 2 for Paderborn.

He hasn't found much of a home since grabbing attention around Europe in 2009. Hoffenheim won the battle for his signature then against Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven, Bayer Leverkusen, AZ Alkmaar, and Bordeaux.

10 years later, 9 clubs later he's here in Columbus.

More clubs in half a career than most in all of one...

Yet, we may find a use for someone that has a highlight reel at the Camp Nou.



Hopefully at least in comparison to Cedrick Mabwati. Who had a La Liga highlight or two himself.

Jukka plays left back mainly, but has played on the right and centrally too to a much lesser degree. Yet if capable, good because gives Columbus options; as only one defensive position, right back, is rather secured.

Even though mainly a left back. Don't think this should mean bye for Waylon Francis. I hope. And whichever way Gregg Berhalter can spin that he needs to.

Jimenez, Wahl, and Ashe got several starts in 2016. Far more than probably anyone was hoping.

So, it would be a benefit for Columbus to be much deeper on the wings and in the middle this season.

Francis would definitely help that. Unless faith is completely gone.

Josh

Everyone knows Josh Williams, he doesn't need a very in depth introduction.

From Akron, was a player for the Cleveland Internationals in USL Pro before he gained the attention of the Crew. He's back to Ohio and Columbus.

Like a white soccer player version of LeBron James.

Columbus is the only place in MLS he has seen himself as a full time starter, for two seasons.

Oddly for a center back I think he moves pretty well. Could fit into a Berhalter system decently well. More of that player to me perhaps than Parkhurst.

Currently looking like..

Afful----Naess----Williams----Jukka

How things go from nothing to something in a week. I'm at least liking 30, 23, 28, 28 there.

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