Mid-Day Ticker: Findley granted work permit, TFC balks at DeRo loan and more


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Robbie Findley has had his European wish granted.

The former Real Salt Lake striker received his work permit on Friday, clearing the way for him to join English League Championship side Nottingham Forest.

Findley, who was taken in the Major League Soccer Expansion Draft by the Portland Timbers, agreed to join Nottingham Forest on a free transfer at the end of December but had to clear the hurdle of securing a work permit to actually join the team.

Findley will try to inject some pace and offense to a Nottingham Forest side that is currently just two points out of the four-team promotion playoff zone and 11 behind league-leader Queens Park Rangers.

Here are a few more stories to carry you to the weekend:


After being frustrated with Toronto FC team management over his contract situation last season, Dwayne De Rosario can't be happy with the news that TFC blocked his potential short-term loan to Celtic FC.

According to the Toronto Sun, De Rosario didn't secure the loan because TFC stepped in at the last minute and denied the move from happening. Some Scottish outlets reported that Celtic wasn't interested in the loan, but that doesn't appear to be the case.

De Rosario, who had been training with Celtic for three weeks, was hoping to join the team until the start of the MLS season.


Tottenham has accepted a £6 million bid from Birmingham City for bench-ridden striker Robbie Keane.

Everton midfielder Steven Pineear is apparently on his way out of Goodison Park after the team received two offers for his services and accepted one from a mystery team.

Aston Villa is reportedly closing in on a £6 million deal for Lyon midfielder and Cameroon international Jean Makoun.

Blackburn continues to be a major player in the transfer market, re-acquiring the services of Paraguayan striker Roque Santa Cruz on loan from Manchester City until the end of the season. The club has also been linked to U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones.


How do you think Findley will fare with Nottingham Forest? What do you make of the latest TFC-DeRosario saga? Which transfer moves do you like or dislike?

Share your thoughts below.

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74 Responses to Mid-Day Ticker: Findley granted work permit, TFC balks at DeRo loan and more

  1. BSU SC says:

    De Ro needs to quit bit*hing, man up, and honor the contract that he signed. There are greater tragedies in the world than getting paid 450k per season to play professional soccer.

  2. RedStateJim says:

    Findley “World Cup star” says the article…insert laughter here…

    I do wish him the best.

  3. Dainja says:

    Hmmm. Let’s consider something here people:

    -Everton could never afford to outright buy Landon Donovan’s contract because they had too much salary on the books.

    -during yesterday’s MLS draft coverage, ESPN hinted at something “major” being announced by the L.A. Galaxy in the near future.

    Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmm.

  4. Igner Ant says:

    If either Buddle or Findley gets on the score sheet even once this year, they’ll have blown away my expectations.
    On the other hand, I wouldn’t have picked Holden as the mid-season Player of the Year (if you give any credit to The Guardian’s voting public), so what the hell do I know?

  5. Marcelo says:

    Mls needs to let dero go!! He deserves to challenge himself abroad after having one brilliant season after another for three mls clubs. Keeping all these international attacking players specifically attacking mids in the league is holding back any American attacking players from developing into players who could play that role potentially for the national team. Players like ampai, Alexander,nakazawa, Baggio Husidic, Mikey Stephens, Avila …ect. Sure these guys see the field or will see the field next year, but with more responsibilty or roles at a young age could see them flourish.

  6. PhillyMLS says:

    If he was looking for a challenge he would have tried to latch on to a league where half the teams are actually above League 1 ability.

  7. Colin says:

    Agreed. Looks like he’s turning into the MLS version of Latrell Sprewell. Saying that a multi-million dollar contract isn’t enough to “put food on the table.”

  8. Free says:

    I’m setting the over/under line for Findley and Buddle at 5.5

    Findley, over

    Buddle, under

  9. Colin says:

    MLS doesn’t need to do anything. It’s a business and we need to remember that what benefits the USMNT doesn’t necessarily benefit the MLS, especially considering the growth of the league in another country.

    It’d be like saying that Landon Donovan should go abroad so that some young Canadian forward can flourish.

  10. Wispy says:

    Dainja — not to fuel the rumor fire any more than necessary, but LD moving to Everton would somewhat explain Arena aquiring some veterans (e.g., Hejduk) to fill the leadership void.

  11. Kosh says:

    There’s quite a bit going on in that post of yours. So much so I am baffled on where to begin.

  12. Luis F says:

    I believe the Keane transfer kills any rumors that he was going to end up in Vancouver. Tough break for the Whitecaps if that rumor had any legs.

  13. Radi0head says:

    the guardian says it’s Tottenham taking Piennar

  14. LionsFan says:

    as a Millwall fan, I approve of Findley playing for Forest.

  15. Eric K says:

    If DeRo really wants to leave, he should just hand in a transfer request like a professional and get on with it.

  16. Dank says:

    I don’t think DeRo’s contract is worth a twentieth of what Spewell’s was.

  17. Ricky B. Free says:

    Rob Stone hinted that the L.A. Galaxy will bring a big star.

  18. Disciple #93 says:

    Hey, man, back the **** off, man! IT’S OUR LEAGUE!

    Don Garber is good,
    Don Garber is great,
    We surrender our will
    as of this day!

  19. Colin says:

    Dank, the exact dollar amount isn’t really the point. He gets paid more than 99% of Americans and Canadians to play a game. While it’s not on the Sprewell level as far as actual $$$ goes, it’s still indicative of the “spoiled athlete.”

  20. Andy in Atlanta says:

    I actually think Findley will do quite well @ NF… I love how we all bash but the fact is he is youngish, pacy and can score goals at that level… there are tons of quality championship strikers that would look far worse in a USMNT shirt…most of you need to back off the guy…

    If Jon Spector in the WH midfield the last 3 weeks for and Stuart Holden for Bolton have not shown you all that “fringe starter” USMNT players can be very successful in England then I do not know what will..

  21. Tony in Quakeland says:

    But they already added Chad Barraett

  22. Pundit says:

    Well, I think that’s one of the reasons he wants to leave MLS…

  23. This Guy says:

    They have to drum up the base!

  24. DressedtogetBlessed says:

    People are a bit ignorant regarding Robbie Findley. Even when he’s not scoring goals, he’s a huge boost for his team just stretching the field. The threat of his speed and great positioning sense opens up space for his teammates.

  25. Editor says:

    It’s a six-team playoff zone, no?

  26. smokeminside says:

    off topic, and maybe I missed it elsewhere on Ive’s site, but the latest FIFA news is amazing, absurd, simply wacko…..Bin Hamman is refusing to move the Cup to Winter, at the same time Blatter is saying it’s likely to happen. What a mess.

  27. Peter N says:

    What does it say for the journalistic standards at ESPN when Rob Stone tells his viewers that he has a big scoop, but refuses to divulge? Is ESPN a news interested in breaking new, or is cozying up to MLS their prioriyt?

  28. bucky says:

    De Ro is Canadian.

  29. Peter N says:

    Sorry about the typo’s
    Peter N

  30. Ken says:

    No it’s 4-team. 1st and 2nd team on the table auto promoted.

  31. couchtoast says:

    Nananananananana Garber,

    Nananananananana Garber,

    Garber, Garber, Garber!

  32. Brett says:

    I’ll be over the moon if Findley can learn how to finish or provide service playing in England. I’m not holding my breath though.

  33. away goals says:

    If stuart holden remains a fringe starter, then even rational usnt fans will loudly criticize mr bradley.

    Jury’s still out on spector as he hasn’t consistently performed at a top level. Always glad to see our guys making a case for themselves though.

  34. Brett says:

    That’s his point… Keeping DeRo and players like him in MLS keeps the American players stuck on the bench behind them from seeing the pitch.

  35. b says:

    Really? At 5.5 I’d say Findley well under, Buddle over.

  36. b says:

    I had no idea one guy playing for Toronto was holding back half a dozen guys across the league (who honestly have no chance of being regulars for the national team)….

  37. Pat says:

    I wish Findley the best. Hopefully, he can get retracked in England

  38. away goals says:

    I haven’t seen him in the mls, but his performance in the world cup doesn’t really back that up. US were much more dangerous when he wasn’t on the field.

    Very few chances against england. Findley played 77 min.

    Several chances in 2nd half comeback against slovenia. Findley subbed after 45.

    Algeria was 90 minutes of squandered sitters followed by the most glorious tap in in history. Findley suspended.

    Best chance in the first half of ghana was findley’s dire attempt on a breakaway. More chances in the second half. Findley subbed after 45.

    Small sample size I know. He could very well be a successful striker in the championship, but he didn’t do much to open the field at the international level.

  39. frank from sf says:

    dude their is 12yrs. until that WC. lets just give it a rest for a couple of yrs.

  40. Nick says:

    Well… Chad is not a big star outside of… he’s not even a star in San Diego.

  41. ben says:

    Okay, good points, but in addition to the small sample size, it seems a little odd to equate world-cup-level competition with England’s second tier.

  42. ben says:

    . . . and wouldn’t it be great if John Rooney launched a successful career from NYRB? Then MLS would inch even closer to full respectability, even among US fans.

  43. Mattmatumbo says:

    He does know how, he just had a bad season, see his 2008-9 seasons.

  44. Free says:

    Past 4 MLS seasons for Findley and Buddle.

    RF (goals/assists)

    8/0 – 7/6 – 15/2 – 6/1


    5/2 – 15/3 – 5/0 – 19/2

    My only point is they are both up and down in terms scoresheet production, and looking at the stats, Buddle produced more than Findley in only 2 of the past 4 seasons. IMO, may have less of an adjustment in terms of style of play and language than Edson. I still believe Edson will do fine.

  45. away goals says:

    Very true. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if findley does well for himself at forest. He’s a good fit for the championship style of play.

    My response was to the OP’s general claim that findley’s pace opens up space for his teammates…

  46. WK says:

    Well Robbie gets to shoot on English GK’s, while Buddle doesn’t.

  47. Brian says:

    I understand why Findley got a UK work permit, and why Edson Buddle would not have been able to, but if we were only talking about skill here, then it just seems like some kinda bizarro world that Findley gets one and Buddle doesn’t.

  48. Spencer says:

    Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah…Garber!!Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah…Garber!!

    Garber!! Garber!!

    …Batman! I mean, Garber!

  49. ALEX G says:

    NEWS FLASH: BORNSTEIN IS NOT LONGER INJURED, hes playing on saturday

  50. GW says:

    “If stuart holden remains a fringe starter, then even rational usnt fans will loudly criticize mr bradley.”

    Holden has done well for Bolton. And that’s great.

    However,it may surprise you but the USMNT is a completely different team, different players, different manager,probably a different scheme.

    Unless you think the team should be built around him, Holden needs to earn a spot in practice.

    This team, when it means business is all about maximising chances for Dempsey and Donovan and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

  51. GW says:

    Then it’s a good thing Forest doesn’t play in the World Cup.

    I’m always amazed at how an athlete gets discarded based on 257 minutes of indifferent play.

    It’s not as if he went into the World Cup in the form of his life and was found wanting. He had been having a terrible year. So Forest is applying the age old strategy of buying low and, maybe, selling high.

    If you are a fan of American players you should hope he does well as that would make it better for future Americans.

  52. away goals says:

    I see your point, but if stuart holden is on the bench so that findley/buddle is able to start up top in a 442, then the manager/scheme has failed.

    When the talent pool is as shallow as the usnt’s is, schemes have to be adjusted to fit personnel.

    So in a way, yes the team needs to be build around holden. As well as dempsey and donovan. Not findley though.

  53. Cougar says:

    Wrong…These international players give our young guys the know-how and experience…We need all the foreigners we can get in this league.

  54. Shabba says:

    I agree…Yes, he missed a couple of chances in the World Cup, but he is still a quality player. Buddle should have been in there though…I don’t think he will ever regain the form he had last year.

  55. Shabba says:

    …you mean Euro…..

  56. Scott723 says:

    First, I hope Findley bags a couple of goals early to get the fans on his side and get his confidence up. He can be a big boost to a team’s offense with his pace alone, and a couple of early goals would be a big help. All the best to him

    Second, who can blame Winter for wanting his best player and (alleged) team captain there for all of training camp while they’re trying to put in a new system and the whole team is getting off to a “fresh” start. I can’t. It’s Winter’s duty to get his best team ready for the upcoming season, not to succumb to the professional fantasies and wishes of DeRo. Now we’ll see how DeRo responds to this whole thing. I wouldn’t be surprised if ultimately DeRo gets himself traded to a team who might give him a bit more money, and TFC can get a couple of players who fits intoo their new system better.

  57. GW says:

    Have you seen the USMNT’s last couple of games? What makes you think a 4-4-2 based on Findley/Buddle is BB’s secret weapon?

    As for building around Holden, call me when he gets through a season without getting hurt. You know why MB gets so many games? Among other things, because he never gets hurt, he always shows up.

    Except for LD, every other US midfielder is made out of glass.

  58. away goals says:

    I feel like I addressed this even within my original post but…

    The OP claimed that findley provided a “huge boost for his team just stretching the field”. The OP didn’t specify that the huge boost only applied at the club level.

    So I gave some evidence to the contrary (while acknowledging the small sample size) and even conceded he could hold his own in the championship.

    I certainly want him to do well, just like i want all americans abroad to do well. But at this point I don’t think he provides the kind of space-opening help at the international level that the OP suggested.

  59. timmytwoshoezzz says:

    First and second team on the table automatically get promoted, teams 3-6 have a playoff for the last promotion spot. Forest finished third in the table last season and lost their playoff match to Blackpool, who was sixth. Blackpool went on to win promotion and are playing in the EPL this season.

  60. away goals says:

    You’ve got some pretty lofty expectations on the fitness front. You could probably count on one hand the number of outfield players who get through a full season without missing a few games for injury.

  61. Aaron in StL says:

    “Inject some pace…” that’s become a euphemism for a striker (Findley) that can’t find the back of the net.

  62. Cameron says:

    Oh, please. First of all, you can’t blame Holden being “made of glass” for de Jong being a monster last season. He’s been out with the same thigh injury for a few games this season. Minor injuries like that are prevalent all over soccer, at every level.

    I think that most people realize that the USMNT is different from Bolton. And I have seen the last few games. If the October friendlies were any indicator, there is a pretty good chance that we will be building a significant portion of the midfield around Holden’s abilities.

  63. Sonicdeathmonkey says:

    So you’re saying that if a guy who couldn’t get passed League 2 in England makes it big in MLS, that would be a good thing? Really?

  64. smokeminside says:

    based on the underwhelming response to my post, you’re probably right. But it’s not just the WC at issue, it’s FIFA imploding before our very eyes….

  65. SG says:

    The way this website runs it’s posts or replies is terrible. Seriously has anyone ever heard of an update?? This is borderline prehistoric. Lol

  66. K-Town says:

    Feel free to leave. But prehistoric or not, it is the best damn soccer blog out, three years running in fact.

  67. ronniet says:

    gooch scored on a header in a friendly for FC Twente today! Hallelua! Thats has to be serious boost to his confidence and the clubs for picking him up!

  68. Lil' Zeke says:

    People in all walks of life want to get paid the going rate for their work. If there’s too much money out there for athletes, that’s on you fanboy

  69. GW says:

    Why is Dero a “spoiled athlete” if he wants more money or better terms on his contract? What if we were exposed to your negotiations with your boss and had your work history laid out for us? What if we were able to monitor you for every hour on your job?

    Would we feel the same thing about you?

    I can think of lots of people I’ve worked with who weren’t worth the money they were paid.

  70. Gazza says:

    If DeRo wants to go to Celtic let them buy out his contract so he never comes back to TFC. This short term loan stuff is crap.

  71. Second City says:

    Saying he’s turning into a version of Latrell Sprewell, under any circumstance, caused it to be painful to read the rest of your message.

    Then I got to the uninspiried golden cliche, “he gets paid X-Amount of dollars to play a game”.

    Comparing Apples to Paint makes everyone sound silly and quite bitter in the process, each time it’s vomitted onto a messageboard screen.

    So the real question is: What’s stopping you from becoming a professional athlete?

    After all, they’re making unfair amounts of money to play a game, right? Doesn’t that make you the fool for not doing the same?

    Perhaps it’s lack of ability & talent, so…let’s hold off on the comparisions, shall we?

  72. Second City says:

    With that said. , it could use a face / format lift.