Thursday, April 10, 2014

McInerney to Hacworth - "Big mistake", Jack clears up big money talks


Jack McInerney may be the most honest player in the league. Here is an interview done this past weekend with the new Montreal froward.

MLS Transfers: Hey Jack, I know you've done a few interviews since the trade but the real question is this, did you see yourself growing under Hackworth's system?

McInerney: I definitely think I was getting better there with the coaches and players present, but at the end of the day I wasn't gonna be the best I canunder the system they were trying to establish.

MLS Transfers: A lot of talk about learning from Di Vaio which may be true but how will that effect your playing time this year?

McInerney: A question I'm still asking myself. right now I just have to assume they wanted me for a reason and that it's an immediate impact. No pun intended. (laughs)

MLS Transfers: Again, you were asked about Europe in recent interviews, what would happen if you didn't get the playing time you wanted in Montreal? Would Europe be an option or a move to another (MLS) team?

McInerney: Obviously I wouldn't be very happy. Either way if I don;t start right away or am in and out of the lineup, I understand it is a long season. I also can't expect play if I am not performing. If something comes along later or if the club wants to move me, I am open to it. But right now, I am happy here in Montreal.

MLS Transfers: I know you haven't been in Montreal long but what is different about it than Philly so far? Besides the French language...

McInerney: I think the city appreciates the team. there are only two pro sports teams here so when you turn on the TV, it's either hockey or the Impact. I tweeted out a pic in the last couple of days of me talking to press, that sums it up. Not that Philly doesn't love their team, but if you were to walk around, people would recognize and respect what you do.

MLS Transfers: If there was one last thing you could say to Hackworth, what would it be?

McInerney: Big mistake.

McInerney: I also want to clear one more thing...

MLS Transfers: Go ahead...

McInerney: Now that Montreal has announced I have one more year on my contract, the reason I said I would only redo a deal with Philly at the beginning of the year for big money is because that's what made sense. With another year there was no point of signing because what if I had a big year?Then I would be stuck with what I had when I could go bigger. they had to make it worth it to me, and that's why I said big money. Not that I thought I deserved big money though, obviously I would like it. (laughs)

MLS Transfers: Any last words to the Philly fans?

McInerney: I would just say I appreciate everything they did and I am excited to come back.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A quick moment with New York's new defender, Armando


We had a chance to talk to New York Red Bulls defender Armando for a brief moment last week.

MLS Transfers: Who contacted you about joining Red Bulls?

Armando: The club contacted directly my agent, Gonzalo Gaitan from You First Sports, and he deferred to me the terms of the offer. We studied it together and we decided to take it and signing with the New York Red Bulls.

MLS Transfers: Why did you decide to play in New York?

Armando: I had very good references of the MLS through teammates and other players that knew about it and had had previous experiences in the league. They told me the league is growing and the competition is getting better, and obviously the appeal of New York was big.

MLS Transfers: What other options did you turn down to play in MLS?

Armando: Now that I am a New York Red Bulls player I would (not) prefer to comment on other possible offers I might have had.

MLS Transfers: Playing with Barcelona B for a few years, what did your experiences at the club teach you?

Armando: My experiences at Barcelona B helped me improve and grow as a player and person and it was a very important part of my career and life.

MLS Transfers: Playing with (Thierry) Henry and (Tim) Cahill, how's that been so far? Also, who do you think the next big player to join the Red Bulls will be?

Armando: Playing alongside players of worldwide recognition is an honor for me and I (can't) stop learning from them everyday. (Armando did not answer the second part of the question.)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tyler Ruthven looking for MLS comeback


Tyler Ruthven has played for clubs in Sweeden and Finland in the past few years, but wantts back in MLS. With club names ranging from IK Brage and Kuopion Palloseura can you blame him?

The 25 year old from Georgia played for MLS side New York Red Bulls as recently as 2012, even going the distance in a 1-0 victory against eventual champions LA Galaxy. So why hasn't he landed a gig with another club stateside?

That question isn't so straightforward. Tyler was getting time with Kuopin Palloseura, even playing in a Cup final for a Europa League place, but MLS was still in the back of his mind, something he wanted to come back too.

"(The) season ended and I turned down an extension (with Kuopin) because I was dead set on returning to MLS...little did I know there would be 11 first round centerbacks." said the 6 foot 2 inch tall defender.

"I didn't enjoy Finland, there wasn't the same level of professionalism. I felt like I could play at the MLS level and I wanted to do anything to get back."

"Sure,I could play in a second tier league in Scandanavia until I'm 30 but I don't want to do that, I want to push myself to the highest level possible. I feel like I showed I could play in MLS and have unfinished business there."

Although coming close to signing with an agency, no deals came about. Hans Backe, former New York coach. has praised his work in Sweeden and Finland and continues to be a positive figure for Tyler.

"Hans has been helpful in Sweden. He always speaks highly of me."

When asked about former assistant coach, now head honcho of the Red Bulls Mike Petke, Tyler didn't shy away.

"Petke is focused on his job at hand, not sure if anybody has contacted him about me. Not sure what he would say. That being said, I owe him a great deal...he gave me my shot in MLS."

With most MLS rosters not fully set yet, Tyler could become the next unsung hero of any clubs backline. As for now, Tyler's training with the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL , working hard trying to get his next MLS contract.