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
'New' Wizards taking shape
by Ridge Mahoney, January 16th, 2008 6:45AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS WATCH] Whether it improves or plummets from how it performed last season (11-12-7), Kansas City won't be the same. Two days after striker Eddie Johnson left the U.S. training camp in Southern California to talk contract with English Premier League club Fulham came the announcement of Nick Garcia's departure. The team's all-time leader in appearances is bound for San Jose in exchange for the No. 1 pick in the MLS SuperDraft. Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney examines the trade. ...

San Jose coach Frank Yallop, who much prefers proven MLS commodities over rookies or foreign signings, had fielded a few offers for the No. 1 pick. A hole opened up in his back line when Clarence Goodson, picked from FC Dallas in the expansion draft, signed with Norwegian club IK Start.

(Contrary to a report in yesterday's Daily, Goodson hasn't left the U.S. camp. He is scheduled to start training camp with Start Jan. 28 and remains in contention for a spot on the game-day roster to face Sweden at Home Depot Center Saturday.)

In his seven MLS seasons Garcia, 28, set a team record for games played (247, every one as a starter) and as a rookie in 2000 played every minute as the Wizards set a league record for shutouts with 16 and won the league title. He finished a close second to the Fire's Carlos Bocanegra in Rookie of the Year voting.

A debate will rage over whether Garcia, once described by former Wizards coach Bob Gansler as a "wild mustang," is worth the No. 1 pick.

He has played both outside back slots and central defense for the Wizards. His durability is remarkable: he's never played fewer than 24 games in a season.

The trade further strengthens Kansas City's clout heading into draft; of its six picks, it has two in the first round (No. 1 and No. 11) and two more in the second phase (No. 23 and 25). All but the No. 11 were acquired in trades.

If Johnson is sold to Fulham, Kansas City will receive two-thirds of the transfer fee, with the MLS Competition Committee empowered to decide how much of that sum can be used for player purchases.



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: Wayne Shaw    
"All the subs were on and we were 2-0 down. I went and got it at ...
What They're Saying: Everton Luiz    
"I've been suffering racist abuse during the entire 90 minutes and also was upset by the ...
Sneak Peek: 'Caps short-handed for CCL match    
The Vancouver Whitecaps will be without their two big offseason acquisitions -- Yordy Reyna and Fredy ...
MLS Moves: TFC goes with TAM to sign ex-Barca midfielder    
In the wake of reaching its first MLS Cup final last December, Toronto FC hasn't done ...
MLS Expansion: San Diego proposes to build 'Soccer City'    
In what bills itself as "America's Finest City," backers of an MLS expansion franchise plan to ...
Sneak Peek: Controversial moves hang over Red Bulls    
The New York Red Bulls, first in the Eastern Conference during the regular season for the ...
Video Pick: America coach tackles player, gets ejected    
During the Super Clasico, Club America coach Ricardo La Volpe stepped on the field and tackled ...
What They're Saying: Mike Piazza    
"I remember, as a player, complaining if we had a small plane, 'We couldn't get a ...
What They're Saying: Danny Cowley    
"It's life-changing for us. It's game-changing for the profile of our club. Football at our level ...
MLS Camp Chatter: Villa sees red on review    
In the last weekend before the first MLS teams play official competition -- three will play ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives