Rumors surfaced on Wednesday that David Accam could be on the move this transfer window.
However, just like in the winter, the rumors didn’t lead to anything and Accam is staying with the Chicago Fire.
Taylor Twellman of ESPN first reported that French club Nantes was going after the Ghanaian. Nantes was American international Alejandro Bedoya’s club before he joined Philadelphia earlier this month. Doug McIntyre followed up with a report saying Nantes offered $3 million for Accam.
However, the transfer deadline for the big leagues in Europe closed tonight and Accam is still with the Fire. Accam is currently with Ghana’s national team for a African Cup of Nations qualifier.
Interest in Accam is no surprise and nothing new. When healthy, Accam has been the Fire’s most dangerous attacker and is the most valuable asset on the team.
This winter rumors started of a possible move for Accam after he trained with English Premier League club Stoke City. Accam has expressed interest in moving to Europe, specifically England, at some point in his career.
The sticking point for a move to England is that he would not be able to get a work permit without going through the tricky appeal process. Accam does not hold an EU passport so he would need to get a work permit to play in England. The only way to get a waiver for one is to have played a certain percentage of games with your national team in a given period. Accam is with Ghana now, but missed the last international window due to injury.
Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez is hosting a media roundtable, the second one of the season, on Thursday. While the Accam move didn’t happen, it will be brought up for Rodriguez to comment on.
Hello all, this is my first official article for CSNChicago.com, and what better way than by telling you about places in Austin for those traveling to Texas to watch the Fighting Irish play the Longhorns? While the video segment — check it out above — from JJ Stankevitz and I was more focused on tacos and humor, here are some more places to use as a reference guide for visiting the lovely city in Central Texas.
Whole Foods Flagship, 6th and Lamar: breakfast tacos, and a general odyssey of food with built-in restaurants and fun stuff, along with Austin souvenirs.
South Congress Café: you have not had Migas until you’ve had these.
Juan in a Million: the famous “Don Juan” breakfast taco is the mother of them all. Expect a wait but prepare to be amazed. Order one with extra tortillas. Just trust me.
Matt’s El Rancho: home to the mother of all queso, the “Bob Armstrong Dip.”
La Condesa: it’s one of those cool kid spots. You’ll feel cool.
Fonda San Miguel: a favorite amongst Austinites for its more authentic fare. Excellent brunch as well.
Torchy’s Tacos: their creative tacos leave you wanting unlimited space for a variety of tacos, from breakfast to dinner. Their queso is also excellent.
Lambert’s: a more formal setting in downtown Austin.
Rudy’s: the opposite of Lambert's, informal fast barbecue served on butcher paper.
Franklin Barbecue: be prepared to get in line as early as 6 a.m. for this popular restaurant, which sells out fast.
The Salt Lick: it needs no introduction but it’s amazing. The original location is about 45 minutes west of Austin, and there’s one in Round Rock too, near the Dell Diamond.
Sophia: located in the former Bess Bistro spot on West 6th street, this new and inventive Italian restaurant is run by the BDG group from Chicago and features the executive chef of Prosecco in Chicago heading up cuisine.
Galaxy Café/Zocalo: a pair of quick and tasty restaurants just west of downtown Austin.
Whataburger: it’s not in Chicago. The burgers are great. Breakfast starts at 11 p.m. Look into the taquitos.
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Sixth Street, just east of downtown, west of I-35: home to many college bars. It’s what people think of when they think of 6th street in Austin. The natives call it “Dirty Sixth.”
West Sixth Street: this is considered the more “mature” side of 6th street. Lots of bars as well, just a little older on average than “Dirty Sixth.”
East Sixth Street: the cool kids go there. I’d say “hipster” but that’s not doing it justice. It’s a growing district with great restaurants as well.
South Congress: home to the aforementioned South Congress Café. It also features Allen’s Boots — mentioned in video — along with a variety of shops and restaurants and a very scenic stroll with the Capital Building in the distance. The Congress Avenue Bridge is home to many bats, which you can see emerge at sunset to go eat mosquitos. Hopefully lots of mosquitos.
Barton Springs: a natural swimming hole in the middle of town, this spring-fed pool is an oasis.
Zilker Park: not the only oasis in downtown Austin! Zilker Park is home to countless events and people wanting some daily recreation.
Lady Bird Lake Trail: the trail around the “lake” in downtown Austin is a favorite for runners, walkers and bikers alike.
Rainey Street: a growing spot just east of downtown which is home to a variety of bars and restaurants.
The Dell Diamond: home to the Round Rock Express, the enjoyable minor league park hosts the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A club and is a good place for Cubs fans to get their revenge for Longhorns singing “Texas Fight” at Wrigley last year.
These are just a few of my recommendations in Austin. Enjoy and have a great time.
When was the last time you didn't see a running back projected to go in the Top 3 of a fantasy draft? Well, that's where we are in 2016.
As most NFL teams transition to two-back systems or deploy a running back-by-committee approach, fantasy owners are struggling to find true No. 1-type backs.
There are only a handful of those "bell cow"running backs, which we ranked in order in the pictures below.
If you're unable to secure one of those five players, the CSN Fantasy crew offers up some advice on who to target, which sleepers to keep an eye on and who to stay away from for the 2016 season.
C.J. Anderson, DEN: I know he got off to a terrible start last season and anybody who owned him was frustrated beyond belief after probably spending a first-round pick on him. But things got better from there. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry in the final 11 weeks and showed he can still be productive even on a Broncos team that didn't have the typical elite QB play, so owners shouldn't be scared off just because Peyton Manning is gone and Trevor Siemian is starting. Anderson, 25, is still the same guy that broke out in the second half of 2014 and is the clear lead back on a team that undoubtedly will run the ball. Considering you can get him in the third or fourth round of any draft, what's not to like? — Tony Andracki
Jeremy Langford, CHI: If we're looking at Langford from strictly a value perspective, there aren't many better running backs to snag at his late fifth-round average draft position. Ignore Langford's 3.6 yards per carry in 2015. With a full year under his belt and a true zone blocking scheme in Chicago, he should see an increase in that number. Neither Ka'Deem Carey, Jacquizz Rodgers nor Jordan Howard have done enough to steal carries from Langford. Look for the former Michigan State Spartan to continue to get three-down work and provide a steady diet of points for PPR owners with his ability to catch the ball (22 receptions, 279 yards in 2015) and turn upfield for extra yardage. — Scott Krinch
Ameer Abdullah, DET: Why is everybody so down on this guy? He still holds all the skills that made him a popular breakout candidate prior to last season and now he's in an even better situation in Detroit with Joique Bell no longer around to vulture touches or tuddies. Don't be surprised at all if Abdullah breaks out in his second year and he's falling to the ninth round and later in drafts, so you can scoop him up on the cheap. — TA
Duke Johnson Jr., CLE: There will always be that one player you regret passing up in your drafts. Don't let Johnson be that guy this year. In limited playing time, in an awful situation under the previous coaching regime in Cleveland, Johnson still managed to haul in 61 receptions for 534 receiving yards and two touchdowns. There may not be a better pass-catching running back in the NFL, and after seeing what new Browns head coach Hue Jackson did with a similar back in Gio Bernard in Cincinnati, I'm buying major stock in Johnson. The Duke will be loose this season. — SK
Devonta Freeman, ATL: This dude had just four good games last season. I know he was the No. 1 fantasy RB last year, but being a stud in Weeks 3-6 doesn't win anybody a championship. Tevin Coleman is legit and going to steal some touches and considering you'd have to draft Freeman at the end of the first round to secure his services, there is just no way he's worth that cost. Plain and simple. — TA
Latavius Murray, OAK: The honeymoon is over. If you've followed us over the past two years, you'll know my affinity for the bulldozing Raiders running back. After seeing with Murray did in his first full year as a starter in 2015, he's entered my doghouse. Murray was given the third most carries in the league and only averaged 4.0 yards per carry with six touchdowns, while also failing to turn one of his 41 receptions in for a score. For a player his size, he should be averaging better than 1.9 yards after contact. I know he's still young at 26-years-old, but I just don't see much room for improvement. If you're looking for a Raiders running back to own this season, look no further than rookie lightning bolt DeAndre Washington. — SK