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Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 21:51:10 +0000 #1
Tks to Wally at Xtratime

Looks like Canadian U20 International and Hartwick College keeper Josh Wagenaar has signed a two year deal (starting July 1) with ADO den Haag of the top tier Holland Eredivisie.

Photo courtesy CSA
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 22:06:31 +0000 #2
Frisians snap up Canadian

By Simon Fudge - Created on 30 Mar 2006

Heerenveen have signed Canadian international striker Will Johnson to a pre-contract agreement for next season.

The 19-year-old will join the Eredivisie club on an initial one-year contract from the beginning of July, with the club Dutch club having the option of extending the youngster's deal for another two seasons beyond that.

Johnson's impending move to the Abe Lenstra Stadion comes after the Toronto, Ontario-born player opted against signing a new deal with his former club in American Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire.

On the recommendation of Heerenveen's American midfielder Michael Bradley, Frisians boss Gertjan Verbeek handed the talented teenager a trial with the club earlier this month.

He has since gone on to impress the Dutch club with his abilities and earn himself a move into the European game for next season.

The striker told of his delight at making the move to Holland and Heerenveen.

"I am very excited to be joining a club like Heerenveen," Johnson said.

"It is a big step up from the MLS and it will only make me a better player playing in a league like the Dutch First Division.

"All of the players and staff at the club made me feel welcome from the first day and made it an easy choice to sign without looking at other interests around Europe.

"I really look forward to pushing myself over there and furthering my career over in Europe.

"It is a very exciting time for me and I plan to make the best of this opportunity over in Holland."

In Johnson, Heerenveen have acquired a player of emerging talent, with the attacker having appeared for Canada's Under-20 side at last year's World Youth Championships in Holland.

He has gone to earn three senior caps with Frank Yallop's full Canada squad, with the latest being a late substitute appearance in a 2-0 friendly over Austria in Vienna on March 1.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 22:19:13 +0000 #3
Wow, it looks like two Canadians on the same day have signed with top tier Dutch clubs. First Will Johnson with a successful trial at Heerenveen and now earlier rumours look to be true (pending Dutch translation); it looks as though Marcel De Jong has signed with Roda JC.

Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 22:23:45 +0000 #4
I could be totally off base here but I've put this through a translator and pending proper translation from somebody does it say Rob Friend has signed with Heerenveen?

sc Heerenveen zoekt het in Canada

31 maart 2006

sc Heerenveen heeft deze week Will Johnson vastgelegd. Johnson is 19 jaar en afkomstig van de Amerikaanse club Chicago Fire, uitkomend in de Major League Soccer. Johnson is een snelle, multifunctionele aanvaller, die op alle posities voorin uit de voeten kan. Hij geldt in eigen land als een groot talent en is een vaste waarde in Canada U 21. Ondanks zijn jeugdige leeftijd heeft hij ook drie A-interlands achter zijn naam staan.

Johnson werkte de laatste weken een oefenstage af op voorspraak van Heerenveen-speler Michael Bradley, die hem van de MLS kende. Johnson heeft een contract getekend voor één seizoen met daarin een optie voor de club om het contract met nog eens twee seizoenen te verlengen.

sc Heerenveen heeft daarnaast overeenstemming bereikt met de Canadese international Rob Friend. Friend geldt als de vast spits van het Canadese nationale team en komt op dit moment uit voor het Noorse Molde FK, de club van Daniel Berg Hestad. Ook met zijn club bestaat overeenstemming over de transfersom.

De Canadees, 25 jaar oud, 1.93 meter en kopsterk, scoorde vorig seizoen 11 maal voor Molde. Rob Friend kwam tot dusverre 6 maal uit voor zijn land. Hij kwam in 2003 naar Noorwegen om voor het Noorse Moss uit te komen. Molde nam hem in 2004 over. In Amerika speelde hij voor de University of California. Friend wordt vandaag medisch gekeurd en zal bij goedkeuring een contract voor vier jaar tekenen met een optie voor de club om het contract met één jaar te verlengen.

This is totally mental. Someone at the Dutch forum translated this for me after I put it through an online translator and it looks like Friend has signed a four year deal pending his medical.

This is probably the greatest Canadian signing day in history. Looks like three Canadians have signed with top tier Dutch clubs in one day.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 22:25:28 +0000 #5
Roda eye de Jong

By Jeffrey Glorie - Created on 23 Mar 2006

Roda JC are interested in signing Canadian Marcel de Jong from Helmond Sport.

De Jong, a Canadian youth international, has impressed watching scouts at Roda enough to tempt the club into making a move for the 19-year-old.

"I expect that both clubs will make an announcement this week," the player's agent Alex Kroes told Voetbal International.

"Marcel really wants to make the step up and I assume Helmond Sport will ask for a reasonable transfer fee."

De Jong has a contract with the Eerste Divisie club until 2008.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 23:27:28 +0000 #6
Roda land striker

By Alex Livie - Created on 31 Mar 2006

Roda JC have swooped to sign Marcel de Jong from Helmond Sport.

The 19-year-old Canadian caught the eye playing for Helmond Sport in the Gouden Gids Divisie this term, but fancied a jump in grade.

Helmond Sport are in with a chance of promotion, but de Jong has guaranteed his place in the Eredivisie by signing for Roda.

The striker has signed a four-year deal and will move to Kerkrade on July 1.

De Jong came through the youth system at PSV Eindhoven, before moving to Helmond Sport and quickly establishing himself as a fixture in the team.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 23:28:42 +0000 #7

Will Johnson signing at Heerenveen

Rob Friend signing with Heerenveen
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-13 01:10:56 +0000 #8
Heerenveen find a Friend

By Kent Hedlundh - Created on 1 Apr 2006

Dutch side Heerenveen have signed their second Canadian player of the week after swooping for Rob Friend from Molde.

Canadian striker Will Johnson signed a pre-contract agreement earlier in the week and he will have a fellow countryman to converse with after Friend signed on the dotted line.

Championship outfit Crystal Palace had been linked with the striker, but Heerenveen proved to be the most persuasive.

"When we received the offer from Heerenveen, Rob was crystal clear that he wanted to go," Molde director Terje Nordstrand Jacobsen told Nettavisen.

"The scenario that he might leave us on a free transfer at the end of the season made the choice easy."



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