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Tuesday, February 27, 2001

OregonLive Chat Archive with Bobby Howe and Greg Howes

Interesting points brought up in yesterdays webcast Part II.
I thought I recognized that voice...Kevin Cosgrove ex BBC commentator and producer!

Talking about Vadim Tolstolutsky:Players can mature a little later in the US due to most being in college for at least 2 if not 4 years. In other countries 22 would be late to start a professional career but here it will probably be the norm. Players at this age have played less and still have potential in the professional game. I think that players who have been to college will have a bit more maturity (cf. English League players into the system at 18 or even 16!!) will be less susceptible to burn out, and also will have some career to fall back on in the notoriously precarious world of professional sport.

How did the Sounders let such a high scoring pair go. Darren Sawatzky was a free agent and the 2 draft picks were seen as compensation for Greg Howes. Seattle saw this as a bit of a rebuilding year especially seeing as many other players would not be returning.

Links with Foreign clubs. The early NASL days of a lack of US players is now over, with College and Professional play now much closer in quality. This means that A-League teams have a maximum of 5 overseas players (Canada included). The advantage of linking with countries such as Ireland, Holland and Belgium is that their employment laws make the 2-way exchange of players easier. The problem with the English Premier League is the strict labour laws which make it difficult for US players to work there. Any link with the English Leagues will probably be reserves/youth coming here in the summer to get experience.

Gavin Wilkinson – shown interest but still in negotiation with agent.
Carlos R – same situation.

Bobby would like a squad ideally by mid April. Pre-Season training will start April 2nd and he hopes to have signed 8-10 players by then. The other 8 will compete for places in the camp/pre-season games.

Greg Howes is under contract to Milwaukee Wave for the end of the season. The season finishes April 18th but if last year is anything to go by (and this seasons standings) the Wave will be in the play-offs. Bobby joked that he will be watching the results with interest, not that he wants Greg’s team to do badly!!

The Timbers will be running three-tiered youth camps as part of their community commitments.

Pre-Season: 2 games v local college/University sides at short notice, 3 vs Sounders!, 1 vs Whitecaps, 1 vs U of W

Teams to look out for:
Sounders
Whitecaps
Charleston
Pittsburgh
Toronto

posted by the timberlog at 12:35 PM



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