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Nkufo returns to service of Twente

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Blaise returned to Twente's active roster just in time for the biggest matches of the season. PSV Eindhoven in League action on the 20th and Feyenoord Rotterdam on the 24th to advance to the Dutch Cup Final.

Here's how the Sounders PR staff announced his return

Nkufo Returns, Twente Pulls Ahead

Blaise Nkufo returned to action for FC Twente Enschede last Friday in a 3-1 win over ADO Den Haag. Twente, winner of five in a row, has extended its lead in the Dutch Eredivisie to five points over four-time defending champion PSV Eindhoven.

Twente is seeking its first national title since 1926. It hosts PSV on Saturday in Enschede. On March 24, Twente faces Feyenoord Rotterdam in a Dutch Cup semifinal.

Nkufo, who missed two league matches with a strained hamstring, signed with Sounders FC on March 4 and will join Seattle after completing his commitments to Twente and the Swiss national team.

 

Nkufo played 13 minutes

But let's look a little more at Twente, as I like some of thier players. They might have a decent guy or two to take on loan here at the tail end of their season who won't figure into McLaren's lineup until next year in the Fall. Now, I can't dream of Bryan  Ruiz, but they still aren't using Nashat Akram. Neither of those guys will have international duties this year.

FC Twente have just over a dozen players who haven't started in more than 5 matches. This is a good team, that could lock up its place on the table and in the cup next week, and it will have even less need for depth than it does now.

MLS should be looking for teams like this that need their talent to play, and develop. Not just 18 year old Colombians on Argentine 2nd Division youth squads.