The price of a NBDP - Non-Beckham Designated Player - could be increased by more than a factor of two, if RBNY - Red Bull New York - closes the deal on the player it is pursuing.
According to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, MLS and English club
Aston Villa have agreed on a transfer fee (undisclosed) for Colombian striker
Juan Pablo Angel, who will join the Red Bulls if he and the club can agree
That may prove to be impossible if Red Bull is trying to get him to play for $2
million per season, as the source states. However, a three-year guaranteed deal
for a striker dogged by injuries the past few seasons might tip the scales
Under provisions adopted by MLS last November, DP contracts can be one year,
three years (Claudio Reyna, reportedly earning $1 million annually) or
five years (David Beckham) in duration.
Angel, 30, has played in the EPL for Villa since 2001 and has scored 44 goals in
175 league games.
Argentine club River Plate, which sold him to Villa for 9.5 million pounds
($13.3 million at the time), has offered him a salary of $2.5 million pounds
($4.92 million) to return, according to news reports. He has scored only four
EPL goals this season.
He would obviously appeal to the large Colombian population in New York and New
Jersey, give the Red Bulls a powerful presence in the Spanish-language media,
and fill a glaring void on a roster lacking goalscorers.
Angel may also be using MLS as a bargaining chip. Ten days ago he said he'd like
to stay in England a few more years and claims a move to Arsenal broke down
because the clubs could not agree on a transfer fee.
Since his contract expires at the end of June, any transfer fee paid would be
minimal, unless of course he's angling for some sort of signing bonus as a
condition of joining MLS.
NEW WAY IN SAN JOSE? The soldout Mexico vs. Ecuador match Wednesday at
the McAfee (Oakland) Coliseum Wednesday is to be preceded by a luncheon at which
MLS commissioner Don Garber and Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff will
be the featured speakers.
Subject: Wolff's efforts to build a complex that will provide San Jose State
University with much-needed facilities, including a stadium to house its
football and soccer teams as well as the reborn San Jose Earthquakes, which left
town for Houston in December 2005 and won the league title last year.
Wolff purchased an option from MLS that gives him exclusive rights to a league
team in the area for three years, and in January presented San Jose State
University with plans for an extensive complex of commercial and residential
space, and athletic facilities, with a new stadium as the centerpiece.
Several weeks ago, Garber said if Wolff and San Jose State University can reach
an agreement, an expansion San Jose team could play in Spartan Stadium in 2008
while a new facility is being built. A source says, however, that MLS and Wolff
have been pushing to begin construction next month so the stadium component can
be ready by next year.
At nearby Stanford University, its 83,000-capacity football stadium was knocked
down and replaced by a smaller, modern version in eight months. Wrecking crews
moved in just hours after Stanford lost its final game of the 2005 season to
Notre Dame, and the Cardinal hosted Navy the following September, so it can be
Wolff envisioned a stadium with a capacity of about 24,000, the university
preferred a capacity of 30,000 to meet NCAA Division I football requirements.
The source said the principals met last week and regular meetings have taken
place since Wolff made his formal presentation two months ago.
Garber and Wolff will be joined by MLS president Mark Abbott, Oakland A's
president Michael Crowley, Earthquake Soccer executive vice president
David Alioto, and Fox Sports general manager David Sternberg.
With that much clout assembled, this has to be a go.