Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
3. MLS: Players on the move
December 14th, 2006 2AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

By Ridge Mahoney

NATE DOWN TO ONE. Agent Pat McCabe says by the weekend Nate Jaqua will know if he has found a club in Europe. There supposedly had been interest from several clubs but apparently the choices have been boiled down to one, which McCabe would not specify.

"There is no resolution yet on Nate," said McCabe in an e-mail. "He has identified the club he would like to play for and we hope for an agreement in the next few days."

If nothing materializes, according to sources -- not McCabe -- Jaqua will become the property of his third MLS team in three weeks, the Galaxy. A trade has been in place since Toronto FC claimed him from Chicago in the expansion draft, with Los Angeles giving Toronto FC a portion of the major allocation it received for missing the playoffs.

"My gut feeling is that he'll be back in MLS," says Fire coach Dave Sarachan, who says a forward will be on his shopping list next month at the MLS SuperDraft. "Everyone has different motivations when they go over and with Nate, obviously he'd like to make more money. I don't think money is the driving factor, for some players it is.

"It's a combination of a lot of things: the opportunity, the ability he's able to do it now because he's out of contract, his age, maybe a little bit of the money. It's more about the experience."

Sarachan used Jaqua at right midfield, rather than at his preferred forward spot, much of last season. And the coach might find a forward without the draft, as Brian McBride is probably bound for MLS this summer. He grew up in Arlington Heights, Ill.

The Crew would certainly like McBride back and sits No. 2 on the allocation list with the major allocation it received for missing the playoffs last season. Chicago ranks 12th on the current MLS allocation list. It has yet to use the most of the major allocation it received in 2005 when Damani Ralph was sold to Russian club FC Rubin Kazan.

MLS is still formulating procedures to avoid conflicts between teams using the Designated Player option and those using allocations. But in the case of U.S. players -- such as McBride or Claudio Reyna -- whose contracts expire next summer, the allocation procedure shall prevail.

KEEPER SHUFFLE. Several clubs bid for Galaxy keeper Kevin Hartman in the wake of the trade that brought Joe Cannon back to California (he played for Coach Frank Yallopin San Jose in 2001 and 2002) but the Gato Sweepstakes is apparently going to be won by Kansas City.

The Wizards hold the third pick in each of the SuperDraft's four rounds next year and were discussing, according to a source, trading one of them to Los Angeles and in another round swapping places with the Galaxy, which has six selections overall and picks fifth and 10th in the first round. LA also has two picks in the second round. But the source admitted this hadn't been finalized and picks in 2008 have also been discussed.

Los Angeles is the only team with two first-round picks. All the other teams except the Red Bulls have one. The draft is scheduled for Jan. 12 in Indianapolis.

PABLO. Italian club Brescia has renewed efforts to acquire Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni in the January transfer window. As reported in the Confidential at the time, a loan offer was turned down by MLS in late August.

Rapids coach Fernando Clavijo stated at the time he didn't want Mastroeni leaving during the season but wouldn't block an offseason move. He's also aware a transfer would net him a major allocation.

A source says Brescia, which is trying to earn promotion back to Serie A, has upped its original offer of $750,000, perhaps doubling it.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Sunil Gulati    
"Our base-line [for average attendance] was 30,000; 35,000 would've been great, and 40,000 beyond our wildest ...
What They're Saying: Investment banker Keith Harris    
"It was a shock result. There are four players that we can reflect on and the ...
What They're Saying: Megan Rapinoe    
"Gay bars are so important for me and my community. That could have been me. That ...
What They're Saying: Gudmundur Benediktsson    
"It's been quite strange and actually hectic because the phone hasn't stopped ringing. But I'm really ...
MLS: Top fives in Fan XI voting remain steady    
The MLS All-Star Game will be played July 28 in San Jose and every few days ...
MLS Countdown: Rivals wrap up season series early    
The MLS campaign has yet to reach its midpoint yet already teams are facing each other ...
USA-Colombia: Lots at stake in third-place game    
The USA must quickly get back in the saddle after its disastrous semifinal against Argentina when ...
U.S. women: Crunch time to get down to 18    
U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis has recalled injured stars Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe, ...
Video Pick: 90 seconds of Messi Magic    
The folks at Fox Soccer created a 90-second montage of Lionel Messi's best touches in Argentina's ...
NASL: Kranjcar leaves Cosmos for Rangers    
Croatian midfielder Niko Kranjcar, who played seven NASL spring season games after joining the New York ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives