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Sounders sign Swiss national team forward

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on March 4, 2010 at 10:03 am with 10 Comments »
March 4, 2010 10:03 am

The Sounders press conference today was called to announce the signing of Switzerland National Team forward Blaise Nkufo.

The is all-time scoring leader for Holland’s FC Twente, and will join Sounders FC on a free transfer after completing his commitments to Twente and the national team. He is 34 and has scored over 200 goals for club and country and has 27 caps. Now in his seventh season with Twente, last August he became the club career scoring leader and now has 111 goals. He has nine league goals, with 13 in all competitions.

His name, btw, is pronounced Blehz KOOH-fo.

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  1. I wonder who is going to be riding the pine when Nkufo arrives in July. Best odds would be Jaqua is the one, but I’m thinking it might be Evans who loses out. Ljungberg seemed to play his best when he was a withdrawn forward last year and Jaqua did an admirable job as RM when that move was made.

    If it does end up being Evans that loses out, it’d be a shame because he’s a good MLS player. Just hard to justify keeping Jaqua on the team and on the bench with his salary.

  2. derekyoung says:

    I see your point but doubt Nkufo won’t play anywhere but forward on this team. He’s a predator. And Jaqua doesn’t have the skills of Evans to play that holding MF spot. Tradebait?

  3. The point I was hoping to make (and failing miserably, obviously) was that Nkufo would be taking Jaqua’s spot up front, Ljungberg would be taking Evans’s spot at CM(now more a withdrawn forward position), and Jaqua would be shifting to RM and taking Ljungberg’s spot:

    ———–Nkufo ———- Montero ——–
    ——————-Ljungberg——————-
    Zakuani ———-Alonso———-Jaqua —–
    Gonzalez — Hurtado/Marshall — Riley

  4. derekyoung says:

    I get it now. I’d still take Evans over Jaqua but I’ve never been a fan of Nate’s (except for his dedication… nobody can disrespect Zombie Jaqua.)

  5. I’ve heard rumors that Sigi might try playing Evans at RB. Might see him split time with Riley, but, hard to take Evans over Riley without seeing him play in a few MLS games at that position.

    Other than that, I agree with you that Evan’s is better than Jaqua, just haven’t seen Evans at RM.

  6. derekyoung says:

    That would make some sense since that seems to be where Bradley wants him too.

    Depending on how many red cards we plan on accumulating this year, he might be an every day starter in various spots on the field. :)

  7. If last year is any indication, he’ll get a lot of playing time if he’s filling in for suspended players.

  8. EverydayFan says:

    Great signing and that will make a sick, sick, lineup.
    We need ‘em all … CONCACAF + USOC + World Cup means lots of games and and injury risk (Google Stuart Holden Fractured Leg) Nkufo doesn’t even arrive until July … but when he does ….

  9. joepublic says:

    Little and large up front, just like the Italians.

    I want to see more Nyassi on the right. Having him and an improved Zakuani bombing down the flanks, and a big target for their crosses, would terrify a lot of defenders.

    It’s one thing that nobody really has a lot of in MLS: speed.

  10. EverydayFan says:

    Good call JP.
    When you watch EPL, you see Rooney, Drogba, Tevez absolutely sprinting into the box at angles whenever there is the slightest opportunity … the trademark of Soccer at the highest level … the scorer’s mentality … do I see that in MLS? No. Did I see that on Nkufo’s highlight reel?

    Y e a h B a b y

    That man LIVES in the box. Did you see the 360-degree header-flick thing?

    Nous sommes tous les Africains

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