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
Quakes trade for Kirovski, Gray
by Ridge Mahoney, May 22nd, 2008 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Two new names will appear on the San Jose roster for Thursday's reunion match against Houston (ESPN2, 10:30 p.m. ET), but neither is the big name its fans are hoping for. Yet both have won league titles.

Backup goalkeeper Preston Burpo and a fourth-round pick in the 2009 SuperDraft have been traded to Colorado for well-traveled veterans Kelly Gray, a former Quake, and Jovan Kirovski.

The 27-year-old Gray, who attended high school in San Jose, has played for Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston as well as the first MLS incarnation of the Quakes. In 139 games, he's scored seven goals and recorded nine assists while playing outside back and central midfield. He won an MLS Cup with the Dynamo in 2006.

Kirovski, 32, may be able to add some punch to the sputtering Quakes attack. The former U.S. international has netted 24 MLS goals in 109 games for Los Angeles and the Rapids since coming to the league in 2004. His two seasons with the Galaxy included its improbable 2005 championship. He scored six goals in 28 games for Colorado last year.

"We have added two proven MLS players at key positions," said Earthquakes general manager of soccer operations John Doyle, who was an assistant coach with the Quakes during Gray's stint in San Jose. "Kelly had a great season here in 2005 and he will provide a good option both in the back and midfield. Jovan has had a distinguished career around the world and we feel that he will make an immediate offensive impact for our team."

The Quakes will have to make roster moves to accommodate Gray and Kirovski. The removal of Burpo leaves them at the limit of 18 before Gray and Kirovski are added. Striker Jean-Philippe Peguero and his troublesome knee(s) are yet to be resolved, and the serious facial injuries and concussions suffered by defender Jay Ayers in a collision with teammate Ryan Cochrane might necessitate he be placed on season-ending injury reserve.



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: John Molinaro    
"Going to games and trekking up to the team's training facility in north Toronto to cover ...
U.S. Awards: Nominees set in five categories    
U.S. Soccer has announced the nominees for its 2016 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year awards ...
What They're Saying: Bob Bradley    
"I'm still confident. I think we have made progress, but it's up to us to prove ...
MLS Awards: Giovinco and Hedges repeat Best XI picks    
Three teams each landed two players on the MLS Best XI. Supporters Shield winner FC Dallas ...
MLS Moves: Atlanta United signs Almiron as its No. 10     
Another vital piece has been added as Atlanta United prepares for its first season in MLS ...
MLS Moves: USL MVP Okoli signs with NYCFC    
Though it is well-stocked with attacking firepower, New York City FC has signed a goalscorer to ...
NASL: Decision day arrives for ailing Division 2 league    
Players and staff of clubs in the six-year-old North American Soccer League should learn their fate ...
Video Pick: Ridiculous red-card meltdown     
MSV Duisburg's Baris Ozbek took swings at half the players on Sportfreunde Lotte and stamped on ...
MLS Cup: Remaining tickets sell out in three minutes    
Major League Soccer announced that tickets for Saturday's MLS Cup between Toronto FC and the Seattle ...
What They're Saying: Chapecoense mourner Claudiane Penegalli     
"It creates indignation because it was a human failure. It wasn't a problem with nature, with ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives