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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Eintracht Frankfurt say that they are on the verge of signing US international and former Houston Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark.

Ever since last summer's Confederations Cup, Clark has been the subject of rumors regarding a move to Europe including reports of a deal with Italian Serie A club Livorno and various French clubs, all of which proved to be false.

Following the conclusion of the 2009 MLS season, Clark informed the Dynamo that he would not be returning to play for the Texas club and would pursue opportunities in Europe.

The Atlanta, Georgia native trialed with Eintracht and impressed the brass at the German club enough to garner a contract offer which the club says could be made official very soon.

"Ricardo was training now with the team for a second time today and will train with them another time tomorrow morning," confirmed Eintracht team spokesman Carsten Knoop to YA earlier today. "He will undergo a physical examination tomorrow and if that goes fine, then afterwards everything will be decided and we can make an official announcement."

"There are still a couple questions to handle, but everything should be clear tomorrow morning," added Knoop.

Provided the former Furman University standout gets the thumbs up from team doctors, Clark will bring his eight years of MLS experience to the club who sit seventh and are battling for a top five spot in the Bundesliga.
Josh Wolfe
Thursday January 21, 2010 5:05 pm
I think he might have joined the right team at the right time. Frankfurt fans are enthusiastic about solid "working class" football. No need to put out the tricks, as long as you defend full-hearted and give everything that you're capable of. Pirmin Schwegler, the swiss international is seated as defensive midfielder, but Chris, the other first-team regular for Clarks position is currently needed as central defender. If he brings in the right attitude, he might play regularly really soon. TBH i think that defending midfielder is the position that may adopt to the european style of football the fastest. And Bundesliga isn't PL, so he might have a real chance to make it here.
Brent Storrs
Thursday January 21, 2010 4:37 am
Germany is such a tough place to play for Americans. The only US player who has succeeded over time in Germany is Cherundolo and his team is about to be relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga. I hope it works out for him but I am pessimistic about his chances. Good Luck Ricardo! Maybe I will come watch a game or two.
LEE SHELLEY UK
Wednesday January 20, 2010 6:53 am
clarks a gt working, dedicated player, NOT AS GOOD AS EDU????? ERMMMMMM !!!!! the german league is standards way above the mickey mouse scots prem, well done rico a gt move and we will see u stop the mighty england in the wc for our 1-1 draw with the brits rico on !!!!!!!!!
Pasquale Quattroformaggio
Tuesday January 19, 2010 12:23 pm
I like Rico. He's not as good as Edu, though, and his temparment is not suited for the World Cup. I'd be happy with a heartless dumping of him. Good luck to him in Germany, though.
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