Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Could it be Seattle area Eritreans or New England (Boston) area Eritreans? Or may be the brotherly love city of Philadelphia which will also encompass the DC/Baltimore corridor? The possibility of witnessing ERITREAN national team member Henok Goitom in the upcoming soccer season as a member of one of these teams seems to be realistic in the upcoming season. Unconfirmed reports have indicated that Henok Goitom has turned down lucrative contracts from Dalian Yifang in China and Baniyas SC in the United Arab Emirates. With all the transfer window ending last week many AIK fans his team from last season are also wishing he would come back home to his team in Sweden. However, there is very little chance that he would come back as AIK will not be able to afford him. Henok had clearly shown an interest to play overseas at the end of one of the best seasons he has ever had as a professional soccer star.
Most of us recall his accolades as the best player in Sweden after scoring many goals and also helping his team get to the top three.
It should also be recalled that Eri-International sports had reported that in an exhibition game against current MLS champions the Portland Timbers, Henok had scored a goal to give his Swedish team a 1-1 draw last season. We will wait and see where his talent takes him but if he does go to Seattle he will be well received by the one of the best teams in the MLS as the Sounders draw some of the biggest crowds in the MLS. Meanwhile either Boston or Philly can be a nice field trip for many of his Eritrean-American fans as well.
These are all unconfirmed at the moment but because he did not sign with the teams that he was expected to in China or the United Arab Emirates for big money and the simple fact that AIK will not be able to afford him, chances are a North American Team may just Grab him. We shall wait and see. Meanwhile we also hope to see him continue his Eritrean national Team duties in what will be a challenge to build a strong competitive squad.
Whatever you decide to do Henok Eri-International sports wishes you good luck!