Toronto FC coach Mo Johnston probably isn't finished with the wheeling and dealing that highlighted the expansion draft last Friday.
Defender Tim Regan, waived by the former MetroStars last year and picked
up by Chivas USA before being exposed in the expansion draft, is rumored to be
on his way back to New York in exchange for talented but troubled striker
Edson Buddle. Also, the Amado Guevera to Chivas USA trade that has
been on-and-off again for months is possibly back on, but whether these are two
separate deals or somehow tied to each other isn't known.
Chivas USA coach Bob Bradley has a few other issues to sort out, namely
the status of midfielders John O'Brien and Juan Pablo Garcia, and
forward Francisco Palencia. O'Brien, who counted for $270,000 against the
salary cap last season and played all of five minutes, was left exposed in the
expansion draft but wasn't taken. Garcia, a $600,000 player, is bound for a
foreign club TBA, and Palencia ($1.36 million) hasn't stated unequivocally that
he'll be back in LA next season.
MINOR POINTS. Once again, Real Salt Lake has paid out money it didn't
In the 2005 SuperDraft, it gave up a minor allocation (valued at $100,000) in a
trade with Los Angeles to take goalkeeper Jay Nolly late in the second
round. One rival GM said, "I wish they'd offered me a minor allocation to pick a
backup goalkeeper." Nolly has played seven games in his two MLS seasons.
In last Friday's expansion draft, RSL exposed Jason Kreis, who was
promptly taken by Toronto. RSL got him back by paying some of that allocation
money that Johnston is accruing as fast he can. Without releasing financial
details, the league has increased the value of Toronto's three allocations,
which is the same number of allocations granted to Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA
in the 2005 expansion.
The rumored price for Kreis was $125,000. Officially, RSL paid a "partial
allocation," which in past seasons has been a portion of a major allocation
(previously valued at about $300,000). MLS also permits teams to "split"
allocations into no more than three portions. In past seasons a minor allocation
has been valued at $100,000.
RSL had to pay approximately $280,000 of Clint Mathis's salary last
season to persuade Colorado to take him in a trade. That money counted against
its 2006 salary cap of approximately $1.9 million.. By exposing Kreis and having
to pay to get him back, it has already eaten up some of its allocation money.
The 2007 cap figure hasn't been set, but an increase to about $2.25 million is
what a few coaches are assuming.
ADU TRIAL. Obviously Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson
didn't get the Freddy Adu Memo.
A day after he denied that the D.C. youngster was coming to Old Trafford for two
weeks' of training, he reversed direction and confirmed it. Since Adu's trial is
a big publicity boost for MLS, Ferguson's initial denial probably means it was
part of the marketing deal by which United visits America for preseason
If the incredible happens and United wishes to sign him to a contract, his age
would bar him from playing in England, even at the reserve team level, until he
turns 18 on June 2. He would also need a work permit, which United would have to
acquire in the appeals process, since with one cap in a friendly he doesn't meet
the benchmark of appearing in 75 percent of his country's competitive
internationals the past two years.
United could loan him out, but no EU country can register a non-EU player under
age 18 acquired in a transfer for competitive play unless the player and his
family meet residency standards which, obviously, Adu cannot meet.
Could United sign him and loan him back to MLS until he turns 18 in June?
Probably. Since he can't play anyway until the European season ends, going
overseas in January would offer him great training opportunities and primo seats
for EPL and Champions' League matches, but no competitive action.