Don’t Wright him off yet: Haji at VVV Venlo

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad' started by Chance, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. Chance

    Chance Member+

    Minnesota United FC
    United States
    Apr 5, 2012
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    #1 Chance, Dec 17, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2013
    Tom Collingsworth and Pl@ymaker repped this.
  2. Brown Shark

    Brown Shark Member

    Feb 8, 2013
    Upstate NY
    Beat me by two minutes. Well done. Any guesses on where?
     
  3. ussoccer97531

    ussoccer97531 BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Oct 12, 2012
    Club:
    --other--
    Good choice. With some proper development, Wright looks like he could be a great striker.
     
  4. ussoccer97531

    ussoccer97531 BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Oct 12, 2012
    Club:
    --other--
    Travis Clark also said that he thinks Wright will look to Germany because of the ease to get a work permit or whatever a kid of his age needs to play in Germany.
     
  5. ielag

    ielag Member+

    Jul 20, 2010
    There's no work permit in Germany, but he would still need an EU passport to move (anywhere in Europe) before his 18th birthday.
     
  6. Chance

    Chance Member+

    Minnesota United FC
    United States
    Apr 5, 2012
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Pl@ymaker repped this.
  7. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That worked so well for Junior Flores. :)

    He is a March 1998, so he has a way to go to get to 18. If he has a Euro passport or his family can move for "non-football reason," then he might be able to make it, but it isn't a cakewalk.
     
  8. ussoccer97531

    ussoccer97531 BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Oct 12, 2012
    Club:
    --other--
    I just find it curious why he would be going to Europe now if that is true. He has to wait until March of 2016 until he can officially move to Europe.

    Maybe he will sign with a club and just go back and forth for a few years, but this move seems more immanent than that from the way Travis Clark made it seem.
     
  9. m vann

    m vann Moderator
    Staff Member

    Colorado Rapids & Celtic FC
    Sep 10, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Club:
    Celtic FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Aren't I correct in saying Haji is the son of former Kanas City Wizard's player and indoor legend, Paul Wright?? I think I heard / read that. If so, Paul was born in England (raised mostly in the US) and if Haji had opportunities in England it should make it a little easier to secure a deal.
     
  10. ussoccer97531

    ussoccer97531 BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Oct 12, 2012
    Club:
    --other--
    Junior Flores didn't come out and tell the press that he was getting an agent and looking for a move to Europe. I would think that its more immanent than March of 2016.
     
  11. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    You've got the wrong Wright. Paul's son is a high-level player, but his name's Anthony.
     
    USvsIRELAND, Pl@ymaker and m vann repped this.
  12. ussoccer97531

    ussoccer97531 BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Oct 12, 2012
    Club:
    --other--
    I don't think Haji Wright is the son of Paul Wright.

    This post by DMN in the De La Torre thread seems to clear it up:

     
  13. m vann

    m vann Moderator
    Staff Member

    Colorado Rapids & Celtic FC
    Sep 10, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Club:
    Celtic FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Your saying I'm not Wright but wrong?? ;) :D

    Damn. I was positive I was. Since Haji is a So Cal guy and Paul currently owns and operates Speed to Burn, a speed training school, in So Cal. I connected the dots but the dots apparently don't match!
     
  14. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Something really doesn't compute here.

    I agree with the analysis above.

    1) Wright doesn't have access to a Euro passport.
    2) Wright is a March 98, meaning he can't physically move to Europe until the spring of 2016.

    So, what's the deal? Is he going to sign a pre-contract with a Euro club and continue training at Bradenton until the end of the U17 cycle? Is the Euro club going to pay the Galaxy to let him train there? [What we can call the Charles Renken Memorial Plan.]
     
    BostonRed repped this.
  15. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Time to overhype another US teenager!
     
  16. Friedel'sAccent

    Friedel'sAccent Member+

    Jul 7, 2006
    Providence, RI
    Club:
    Reading FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Looks tall and super lanky. Should take up tennis if this whole soccer thing doesn't work out.
     
  17. tomásbernal

    tomásbernal Member+

    Sep 4, 2007
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Watched the highlights (ONLY THE HIGHLIGHTS) of the England and Brazil games the other day and Haji stood out immediately--and not because of the goal-scoring, but because of his size and fluidity, comfort on the ball, field awareness, simple yet tricky play (I hope you know what I mean--he's got the "shakes" but doesn't try to over-fancy it). Then he scored bunches of goals with ease, against really quality opposition. Then I found out he's on the Galaxy UNDER 16 TEAM! Holy shit, that's impressive. Obviously, how he fares now isn't an indicator of the player 5 years from now, but it's a pretty good start. Especially considering that what often happens with younger stars is that they hit a growth spurt and that changes their game drastically. Haji, however, looks like he must be over 6 ft already, so, unless he's due for another 6 inches of growth, he's probably pretty well-acclimated to what will be his full-grown size (minus some bulk, of course). These are good signs. Also of note, sounds like a really well-put-together kid, smart, bright, well-spoken, and doesn't come across as arrogant. I like all these things in a player--but, of course, some of those things can change rapidly if he makes it big somewhere.
     
  18. SoccerKowboy

    SoccerKowboy BigSoccer Supporter

    Jul 13, 2007
    Virginia, USA
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    How is it that no one has mentioned that his crotch is lit up like a Christmas tree in that pic?
     
    morange92 and Sandon Mibut repped this.
  19. Chance

    Chance Member+

    Minnesota United FC
    United States
    Apr 5, 2012
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't know about you... but I don't tend to examine underage kid's crotches. :whistling:
     
  20. comoesa

    comoesa Member+

    Aug 13, 2010
    Christen Press's armpit
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He has no EU passport connections. Unless his parents move to Europe he will be doing the back and forth thing.

    Why not stay with the Galaxy...
     
  21. tomásbernal

    tomásbernal Member+

    Sep 4, 2007
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    LA Galaxy seems to have a good track record of recognizing really good young talent and bringing them up through their system. I wish the Timbers had these players in their pipeline, and I imagine everyone else does too.
     
  22. Werdman89

    Werdman89 Member+

    May 27, 2008
    Boston, MA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    They did but couldn't keep him
    [​IMG]

    Alejandro Segovia, who is actually in the Timbers academy, spent a lot of time with the US U17s as well.
     
  23. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    Haji "if going to Europe is wrong I don't wanna be" Wright. #Berman #NailedIT
     
  24. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    After hearing what Ben Lederman's parents are going through to keep him at Barcelona, I worry that a family overreaches when trying to get their son to Europe.
     
  25. ttrevett

    ttrevett Member+

    Apr 2, 2002
    Atlanta, GA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Taken from the days of my favorite Dallas Cowboy speed merchant Alexander "If lovin you is wrong I don't want to be" Wright. Guy literally ran a sub 4.1 40 and had hands like the Stones on Easter Island. He actually made the Kessel run in less than "11" parsecs.
     
    (TxT), Gorky and Sandon Mibut repped this.

Share This Page