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Johnny made the team sheet for Betis and could make his debut tomorrow night at home against Granada.

The next game is against Barcelona so I’d rather he make his debut beforehand (though I’ll be in the stands for that one).
 

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Cade Cowell has been sold to Chivas for $4m. He had kind of a disappointing year in MLS last year, so this is good business for the Quakes. I think it's their club-record sale.

Anyway, Cowell is an elite physical specimen. I'm not sold on the other parts of his game, but we'll see. Chivas recently loosened their player policy yet again to allow for a player like Cowell, who is cap-tied to the USMNT, to play for their team. It is absolutely hilarious that the first USMNT-tied Mexican-American at the club is a non-Spanish-speaking California meathead dude who is a huge gringo.

View: https://twitter.com/Chivas/status/1747072478718156911
 

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Johnny will get his first La Liga minutes today as he will start against some minnows from Catalunya.
 

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Feels like Orlando is deciding to repeat the Dike thing of a loan to the Championship with a team that will most likely not buy in the hopes that he kills it and demonstrates value such that a team with money steps up.

That said, pretty sure the actual deadline hits soon and not seeing a confirmation on this yet...

EDIT: eyeing Transfermarkt, Blackburn have not done a fee that large in about 4 or 5 years. Seems like very little chance they make it a buy, possibly even if McGuire did kill it.
 

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I was reading up on that and apparently Blackburn’s transfers guy has priors for fucking one of these up last year too, which is grim.
 

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It's Utrecht vs. Volendam today in the Eredivisie, which means the battle of the Booth brothers. Taylor starts for Utrecht while his little brother Zach, who is on loan from Leicester, starts for Volendam.

It worked out well. 4-2 Utrecht — Zach scored the opened, but Taylor ultimately scored a hat trick.
 

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Blackburn are still awaiting a final appeal, but McGuire's loan has been rejected.

The club claimed that someone hit "save" instead of "submit" on the paperwork...

The initial deal fell apart because the club board didn't want to pay a transfer fee. Blackburn seems like part clownshoes operation, part downwardly mobile / broke club, so while it's unfortunate a solid move abroad didn't materialize for Duncan this winter, it may be for the best that he's avoided this situation. A growing challenge for the MLS export operation is that the number of non-EPL clubs in Europe that are financially stronger than MLS clubs seems to be steadily shrinking.

View: https://twitter.com/_elliottjackson/status/1754761844424949969
 

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Johnny ended up with MOTM honors

The good today (so far):
Lennard Maloney scored

The terrible:
Daryl Dike was carted off the field. I feel just awful for him.
 

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Johnny ended up with MOTM honors

The good today (so far):
Lennard Maloney scored

The terrible:
Daryl Dike was carted off the field. I feel just awful for him.
There are a lot of American fans who watch the big Euro leagues and a lot of American fans who watch MLS, but nobody watches South American leagues. As a result the question of "Is Johnny Soccer Good?" has persisted for an unusually long time in this digital age. It's really nice to see what he's doing at Betis. It seems difficult to overstate how quickly he's transitioned to La Liga.

Dike is cursed.
 

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There are a lot of American fans who watch the big Euro leagues and a lot of American fans who watch MLS, but nobody watches South American leagues. As a result the question of "Is Johnny Soccer Good?" has persisted for an unusually long time in this digital age. It's really nice to see what he's doing at Betis. It seems difficult to overstate how quickly he's transitioned to La Liga.

Dike is cursed.
Johnny fit in starting Day 1 at Betis. I was impressed by his game against Barca. I think others were more lukewarm on it, but we all see the game a bit differently. One thing that has impressed me has been his ability to advance the ball with the dribble, often with subtle movements that make defenders move to block a pass, allowing Johnny to drift by them.

Dike out until 2025. Just heartbreaking.
 

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Josh Sargent had three goals and one assist in his first four games in August, then got injured. He returned at the end of December and has scored 7 goals in 525 minutes following today's brace against Cardiff City.

He's in amazing form. 10 goals in 799 minutes in the Championship this year, which is an outrageous pace.
 

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Josh Sargent had three goals and one assist in his first four games in August, then got injured. He returned at the end of December and has scored 7 goals in 525 minutes following today's brace against Cardiff City.

He's in amazing form. 10 goals in 799 minutes in the Championship this year, which is an outrageous pace.
He’s giving Gregg a lot to consider going into the Nations League in March and Copa America this summer, especially assuming competitions revert to 23 man rosters. Does he go with 3 strikers, meaning one less at a different position (likely winger where depth behind CP and Weah gets thin and Sargent/Gio can reasonably play)? Does he leave one of Balogun, Pepi, Sargent off the roster? With the Dest suspension, I imagine GGG will want to bring and extra fullback in March, but I can see an argument for 3 fullbacks at the Copa America given that Dest and Scally can play on either side. Ultimately this is one of those good problems to have and injuries make these types of decisions easier, but if everyone is healthy some very good attacking players will be left off the roster. I am guessing the Olympic and Copa America rosters will be completely different, so any combination of Sargent, Pepi, Booth (who is on a heater of his own right now), Aaronson, Paredes and so on can go to Paris. Things get real fun if Koleosho is an option. Again, good problems to have.