Monday, May 28, 2007

Trialist from Israel working out with Wizards

According to a poster on bigsoccer, the Wizards will be having a trailist from Israel training with them, starting June 4th. The original article can be found here, but don't expect me to be translating it for you.

The trialist, Idan Shriki, just finished his season in Israel with F.C. Ashdod. For Ashdod he played in 33 games, starting 32 of them, scoring 11 goals and 3 assists. According to his wikipedia page, he is one of Ashdod's brightest talents. According to the poster on bigsoccer, he's a national team caliber, but has not received a call up as yet. Shriki is the second player from Israel to be linked with the Wizards this year, earlier this year, the Wizards were linked to Hapoel Tel Aviv player, Luciano De Bruno.

This is an interesting move for the Wizards in my opinion, it's another forward being brought into the team. With Scott Sealy having been out for a good month now with his injury, and with Eddie Johnson getting ready to leave for national team duty at the Gold Cup, it seems that Coach Onalfo is looking for some extra support up top other then Ryan Pore and Yura Movsisyan. Which makes sense, Pore and Movsisyan are not ready to be full time starters in my opinion, Movsisyan has tons of potential, but he's still not reading the game well enough in my opinion, the raw talent is there but it needs to be worked. Pore has always reminded me of a bench, fringe forward on the Wizards roster, he's there, but not much is expected of him. This is something that probably needed to be done, to put pressure on all the forwards, bringing in what looks to be a capable forward is gonna create competition and get the best players on the field.

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