Saturday, July 12, 2008

Arguez Shows Well in Pre-Season Matches

Hertha Berlin's American midfielder, Bryan Arguez, has had a few growing pains in recent weeks but now looks to be on track. After passing out in a training session two weeks ago (reportedly due to jet lag), the Miami native acquitted himself well in two friendlies last week against Hoeppel Tel Aviv with the latest result being a 0-0 draw.

While the Berlin press continues to bemoan the lack of scoring punch in this year's edition of Hertha, they seem satisfied with the back line, in particular Arguez who is filling in for injured Swiss international Steve Von Bergen. Brazilian defender Lucio also remains injured which means that Arguez, a natural defensive midfielder filling in on the back line, could see some starts with the first team during the early season.

Arguez' arrival and role at Hertha Berlin displays a number of parallels with Hertha's last American player, Tony Sanneh. Both were former players for DC United, both are tall (6'2") and envisoned for use in set piece plays, and both are midfielders who at Hertha spent time filling in on the back line. The main difference is that Arguez is starting his Bundesliga career at a much younger age. He is only 18 while Sanneh was 27 when he joined the team.

Hertha is still looking for an attacking midfielder with Manager Dieter Hoeness and Scout Rudi Wojtowicz reportedly in Brasil this week looking for talent. Too bad they don't take a look over at Heerenveen where American Michael Bradley would fit the bill quite well.

Arguez and his Hertha Berlin teammates play their next friendly tonight against FC Copenhagen near their training camp in Austria.

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