Friday, March 20, 2009

Dynamo trialist John Pelu video and some thoughts

Saw on Soccer y Futbol this morning that former Swedish youth internationalist striker (!) John Pelu is on trial with Dynamo. Here's what Bernardo wrote:


The Dynamo have Swedish player John Pelu on trial as the team continues its search for a forward to replace Nate Jaqua, who is now with Seattle.

Pelu, 27, joined the Dynamo for practice Thursday and will be with the team through at least early next week.

His role during workouts was limited because the team's focus is on preparing for Saturday's home opener against the Columbus Crew.

Pelu, a Burkina Faso native and former Swedish youth national team player, last played at Rosenborg Ballklub in Norway.

Looking at the video, he seems to have nice pace and a quick first touch. Physically, he resembles Freddy Adu to me, which can be both a good and bad thing, I suppose.

I wonder if Dynamo is starting to get a name as home to African nationals. First Ngwenya, then Kamara, possibly this Akinbiyi guy from the other day's rumor and now Pelu. Personally, I think that would be great. Though The Rule of St. Dominic is very simple here: Shoot, score, defend, win!

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