Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Omar Cumming(s) home

Yeah, I know, way too obvious of a headline. If you haven't heard, Omar Cummings' training/trial in England has completed and he's returning to Colorado next week for the start of training camp. Aston Villa worked out a loan deal with him and the Rapids, but it fell apart when Cummings was unable to obtain a work permit for the UK. The United Kingdom has strict immigration laws and in order for a player to get a work permit their country needs to be in the top 70 of the FIFA rankings. Jamaica is currently 72nd. There is an appeal process and Omar probably would have won the appeal, but its a lengthy process (a month or so) and with his loan only going until the beginning of the MLS season two months from today (yay!) Aston Villa decided it wasn't worth the effort.

This probably puts an end to any threat of Cummings getting transferred before the beginning of the season as well, which is good for Colorado. We'll have our full starting XI from our MLS Cup victory back to start the season, barring injury. I'm sure Cummings is on the radar of a couple of teams now, and a good start to the season and a decent showing for Jamaica in this summer's Gold Cup could see him leaving mid-season, or next off-season.

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