Mid-Day Ticker: Cummings loan falls through, Jones loan completed and more


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Omar Cummings won't be joining Aston Villa after all.

Cummings' attempt to secure a United Kingdom work permit was denied, meaning that the Colorado Rapids striker won't be going to Aston Villa on loan as had been speculated for some time. Cummings just wrapped up a training stint with the Premier League team, one that was supposed to carry over into a loan until the start of the Major League Soccer season.

The main culprit for the permit denial is Cummings' national team, Jamaica. One of The Football Association's conditions to automatically secure a work permit is that a player's national team has to have an average ranking of 70th in the world over a two-year span leading up to the permit application. Jamaica's average ranking over the last two years is 72nd.

Aston Villa could appeal the decision, but considering how long that could take and that there are only two months remaining until the start of the MLS season, it likely wouldn't be worth doing.

Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:


United States national team midfielder Jermaine Jones is officially on loan with Blackburn after the necessary paperwork was completed.

Jones, who fell out of favor with coach Felix Magath at Schalke 04, will be at Blackburn through the remainder of the Premier League season. He could be in the lineup as soon as Sunday, when Blackburn hosts West Brom at Ewood Park. That match will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel at 11 a.m. (ET).


South African international and former Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has joined Tottenham on a £2.5 million transfer fee.

Everton received offers from Chelsea and Tottenham for Pienaar, who opted to join Spurs rather than head to Stamford Bridge. The 28-year-old Pienaar, whose contract with Everton was up at the end of the season, will reportedly sign a four-year deal with his new club and compete for a place in a midfield that already contains the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Luka Modric.


Australia and South Korea both advanced to the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup in Qatar, with their respective victories over Bahrain and India on Tuesday clinching their spots.

Only one spot remains among the final eight teams, as Uzbekistan, Qatar, Japan, Jordan and Iran have also clinched places in the quarterfinals. The final team to advance will be either Iraq, North Korea or the United Arab Emirates, and that will be decided on Wednesday.


The New England Revolution re-signed left back Seth Sinovic and waived center back Emmanuel Osei.

The New York Red Bulls replaced assistant coach Goran Aral with Jan Halvor Halvorsen.


Disappointed Cummings won't get to play for Aston Villa? Think Blackburn is a good fit for Jones? Do you see Pienaar fitting in at Tottenham? Who do you think will win the Asian Cup? Do you like the moves for New England and New York?

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53 Responses to Mid-Day Ticker: Cummings loan falls through, Jones loan completed and more

  1. Phil says:

    crazy that he gets the shaft over paperwork.

  2. gss casual says:

    lol. good luck pienaar… you will get some serious rest on the bench

  3. Rob says:

    Hey Ives,

    I heard Diego Forlan told ESPN deportes that he wants to play in the US, and not just retire here. His contract is up this year with Athletico, any news on if this will happen? Anyone else here anything about this? I think this would be a monster signing for any team.

  4. The Second Gunman on the Grassy Knoll says:

    Agreed. I think this is a poor decision on his part. But $ talks and players rarely show loyalty these days.

  5. JFC says:

    i feel like that rule for a work permit is confusing. Jason Roberts from Blackburn,hes from Grenada. I don’t think Grenada has ever been below 100 how did he get a permit?

  6. Second City says:

    Glad Everton was able to secure some transfer funds for a player that was set to walk, regardless at years end.

  7. Brad says:

    I am pleased that Omar is going to be back. The Rapids need him more than the EPL.

  8. Second City says:

    At years end= Pipe dream.

    Though, I’d love to be wrong.

  9. afc says:

    He was born in England

  10. wow says:

    He was born and grew up in England. He’s lived there his whole life. He is eligible to play for Grenada because his dad was born there. He doesn’t need a work permit.

  11. Judging Amy says:

    As Ives mentioned in the livechat no way Everton’s buying Landon with what they got for Pienaar.

  12. Colin says:

    He’ll have plenty of time to re-braid his hair and think about Tim Howard calling him out while he’s on the pine.

  13. jonk says:

    As much as US and Mexico supporters are upset with the new Concacaf qualifying, I imagine it will help the next small country player that tries to get a work permit. Presumably more qualifying games will help boost the FIFA ranking of the little countries.

  14. gss casual says:

    He thinks he’s too cool for school…. They picked him up for europa…as a sub… He will be begging everton to take him back in a year. If i was a toffee fan, i would be quite hurt. Wasnt he a fan favorite?

  15. Jamie Z. says:

    Darren Bent is also going to Villa. I’m happy to have a proven striker in the squad, but not happy that it comes as a vote of confidence for Houllier.

  16. KCB says:

    So, if a Premier League scout finds the next Kaka in a league match while vacationing in Fiji, brings him in for a trial, blows everyone away and the club wants to sign him, then what? FA says “hell no” because his national side is ranked 143th? Sounds pretty lame to me, but there’s probably more to it than that I guess.

  17. bryan says:

    I just saw the reports on this. Pretty crazy. Sounds like Seattle is the front runner. There is a video on ESPN Deportes on this.

  18. Thor says:

    Your discounting that part that FIFA is corrupt and will always screw things up.

  19. Jeremy says:

    as the article stated, the team can appeal. Many players do win on appeal, mostly for not having the required percent of caps though.

  20. AME says:

    Come to Portland Diego! (Way better than Seattle!) :)

  21. Sean says:

    2.5 for Pienaar and Fulham paid 3.5 for Sidwell. Wow

  22. Kojo says:

    Emmanuel Osei might be a nice pick up for a club that needs depth at CB.

  23. Aquaman says:

    That is a super Norwegian name, almost as overtly Scandinavian as my great, great grandfather Halvor Bjorn Hustvedt

  24. radi0head says:

    i believe theres a way to bring in young talent if they fall under the “exceptional talent” heading, not positive on that though. Of course with Omar’s age that wouldnt help much.

  25. KenC says:

    It’s nutty to be penalized by the low ranking of one’s country. He can’t possibly be responsible for the performance of the team.

    If a team believes a player is qualified to help them, why is the FA playing Big Brother? How does a nation’s ranking make him a better or worse player? Nuts.

  26. RLW2020 says:

    true. this is the point of the new qualifying system.. to get smaller NA nations like Jamaica a higher rating.

    As much bashing of the FIFA rating people do; we now see the importance of them.

  27. CrispyST3 says:

    He said that he’s looking at MLS with “bright eyes” and they also mentioned Alvaro Fernandez and how Diego has talked to him and that Seattle was looking at Diego and Diego was interested in seattle because Alvaro was there as well

  28. gabe says:

    Ives, what is the deal with this american kid from BC on trial with Bradley’s tongue-twister german club? A defender, yes? What’s the scouting report on him, has he represented us in u17. u-20, etc? Also, does he have any other intl. heritage (see subotic).

  29. Don Pelayo says:

    Pienar price is so low since he would have left in six months for nothing when his contract expired.

  30. Don Pelayo says:


  31. aristophanes says:

    Does anyone know what the story is with Everton’s finances? Why are they so poor? They’re a well-supported club with a big stadium (though it probably doesn’t have the money-making luxury suites of a modern stadium). They have pursued a modest transfer and wage policy, right? Why are they so poor?

  32. KFree says:

    I think this is largely influenced my UK immigration law. Essentially, for a foreigner to obtain a work permit, a company generally needs to document that the person they are sponsoring is 1. highly qualified and 2. the company made a reasonable effort to hire a qualified citizen of the commonwealth. I suspect they have created “qualification tests” such as have you played for your highly rated national team, as an objective and transparent guidepost.

  33. Ricky B. Free says:

    This is why the EPL is one if not the best league in the world. THey have standards and try not to let any foreign player into the league, its not like Cummings was going to set the EPL on fire.

  34. aristophanes says:

    I’m not sure about that. England is like a world all-star league because of their relatively lax standards regarding foreign players. the other major leagues, I think, have much stricter rules regarding the number of foreign players allowed on the roster. correct me if I’m wrong…

  35. jig says:

    ummmm…because they dont have rich owners?

  36. SeattleStan says:

    I think I might poo myself if this happened.

  37. Chris says:

    See: Italy.

  38. KFree says:

    You and RBF are both correct. EPL does not have foreigner caps (yet) but does have a high hurdle to secure a work permit. Leagues such as Serie A, take a much more protectionist posture and do more to preserve roster opportuities for its citizens and EU members.

  39. honest says:

    I’d like to see UK work permit rules change. The current rules that are in place are very limiting for aspiring footballers.

    Cummings played well for Colorado and reports from Aston Villa suggest performed well in training. It isn’t his fault that he’s Jamaican and that his national team is not ranked high enough.

  40. Lost in Space says:

    If Villa wanted to they could pursue the signing by appeal. Same as Not Forest did with Findley. Problem was that this was to be a loan deal for 2 months…Villa probably didn’t see the need to go through all the hoops for a 2 month deal.

  41. Nick says:

    But that never works, I remember reading an interview with a Barcelona youth coach from several years back (around 2005) saying that Messi wanted to follow his best friend (Fabregas) to Arsenal, and when the work permit fell through, they (Arsenal) applied for a exceptional talent yet the FA didn’t think he was good enough to warrant a exceptional talent work permit.

    Shows how screwed up their system is.

  42. fischy says:

    That argument doesn’t make sense. How can a rule like that really be a quality standard, if it keeps teams from signing players they covet…forcing them to sign other players they might covet less?

    It’s really about keeping slots open for players from the U.K. and EU countries, even though there might be better and cheaper players from other countries.

  43. gerald says:

    I remember seeing various reports that Diego signed an extension until 2013

  44. gerald says:

    I believe Sacir Hot has represented the US as a U-20. I believe he is Armenia-American and the Red Bulls are interested in signing him as a Homegrown player

  45. Ken says:

    You got it right about the stadium. It’s old so it can’t compete with modern stadiums in term of generating revenues. They were planning on building a new stadium ran into problems. Their chairman is a theater producer, not exactly a money tycoon. They also have some debt left over that needs to be pay.

  46. Ken says:

    Everton saved Pienaar’s career. He was not getting games in Dortmund so Everton loan him and bought him for £2 million. He was POTY last season and he wanted parity with Arteta who’s earning £75k/wk but Everton only offered £60k/wk. As a Toffe fan I wouldn’t be too hurt. Everton got their £ back and now has free up some wages to sign replacement/loan.

  47. Gerald says:

    Sacir was part of the winning Milk Cup squad over the summer though he was limited due to injuries. He has Dual citizenship with Montenegro

  48. ZdBrown says:

    I wouldn’t be so sure of that. Harry has hinted that Pienaar may slide over into the middle in place of the young Wilson Palacios or Jenas, neither of which have been spectacular. If he stays on the wings, then he is definitely Gareth or Aaron Lennon’s backup, but I could see him starting in the middle.


  49. Karol says:

    I disagree. In my opinion the standard of the Premier League would improve if they got rid of those work permit restrictions. That rule is not about “keeping the standards high” – it`s about protecting homegrown players from being replaced by better foreign players. Keep in mind that without the European Union players from France, Holland, etc would also struggle to get a work permit. If GB wasn`t a member of the European Union the standard of play in the PL would be significantly lower. Nasri would probably play in Spain or Italy now if that was the case.

  50. Warren says:

    Lost, right, they would have good chance of winning appeal as 72nd vs 70th ranking which would have qualified Cummings – doesn’t mean much. But for 2 months, not worth the bother I guess.

  51. DC Josh says:

    Sucks for Omar. He would have done well in the Premier League. But this is best for MLS.

    I can’t wait to see Jones for Blackburn. He is an engine.

  52. Brokenbil says:

    The Revs must think Osei is surplus to requirements now that they’ve signed Ryan Cochrane and AJ Soares.