Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Josh Wolff not heading to England

It looked like everything was worked out. Derby County of the English Championship had made a transfer offer, MLS and the Kansas City Wizards had accepted it and Josh Wolff (pictured) had worked out a salary agreement. Then the UK Home Office stepped in and said no.

How could they say no? Since Wolff does not have a Euro passport, he is required to have played a certain amount of 'A' international matches with his national team. For Josh, he fell far short of the 75% required as he has played for just 11 of 25 'A' games for the US.

Sadly, it does not look like there will be enough time for an appeal as the transfer window ends tomorrow.

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2 Comments:

Blogger The Manly Ferry said...

Wolff's situation, bad as it is, isn't nearly as bad as Shalrie Joseph's. I'm beginning to wonder whether the league isn't shooting themselves in the foot with this - at least over the long term. In the short-term, I'd argue that, if they're not shooting at their foot, they're at least aiming in its direction (see the tail-end of this post).

2:51 PM  
Blogger twohundredpercent said...

Sadly, rules is rules, and it's UK immigration that will have insisted upon it. If you're not an EU national, they insist upon it. Derby have missed a steal there.

5:43 PM  

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