- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 25, 2008
- 4 Comments
- Joseph Ngwenya, Nate Jaqua
It is possible, as we have discussed before that a couple players could be on their way back to Major League Soccer from Europe this summer. We just finished talking about Josh Wolff, now we are going down to Houston with Nate Jaqua and Joseph Ngwenya and their possible return to the two-time champions.
First off with the more likely of the two, Jaqua.
His agent and the league have been in some serious discussions lately about his return to the league and with the Dynamo. Jaqua, who left the Dynamo in December for a move to the Austrian Bundesliga, is weighing his options, could still see another offer or two in Europe though his feelings with MLS are described as “lukewarm”.
Houston would still have his rights if he were to resign with the league. Honestly, the guy only saw 10 matches (where he did score five goals) for SCR Altach. He could still get another contract somewhere abroad in a lower league like the Austrian Bundesliga but that isn’t always guaranteed to happen. Plus with no offers currently on the table other than Houston he may be wise to return for the remainder of the season with the Dynamo and then try his hand again at Europe in the offseason.
Its an idea, maybe not a good one but it could work in his favor.
Now as for the other possible return, the less likely of the two, Joseph Ngwenya.
He has remained in contact with the coaches and team but continues to show desire to stay in Europe. Bernando Fallas of the Houston Chronicle even labled his return chances as “slim”.
Apparently Ngwenya is out to prove something and is probably hoping his play in World Cup qualifying for Zimbabwe help get him a new contract elsewhere.
Ngwenya played very little in Austria this past season for SK Austria Kärnten. In fact I think he barely played over a half of soccer while he was with Kärnten. Yeah, that doesn’t bode well for him in hopes of getting another contract over there.
He should do the wise thing and come back to MLS for the rest of the year and try to improve his stock, similar to Jaqua. It would be a wise move on his part because he knows the playing time would actually be there if he wanted it. I just don’t see it happening though as he is too stubborn in getting his hopes up for another contract. Here’s to hoping he does get one somewhere and actually plays for them this time around.