[MLS 2013 COUNTDOWN] Toronto FC's wait for its coach will be over soon than expected as Ryan Nelsen is leaving Queens
Park Rangers to take charge of TFC on Feb. 1. New York's wait will take longer as Portuguese sports newspaper O Jogo reported that Paulo Sousa had turned down the Red Bulls' head coaching
Nelsen said at the club’s media day that he will take over as head coach on a full-time basis on Feb. 1, the opening of preseason training in Florida.
When the New Zealand international was hired to replace Paul Mariner, it was not determined when he'd join TFC from QPR, which is battling relegation in its first season in the English Premier League. But he'll now leave London after QPR's game Tuesday against Manchester City.
“We had a talk and we wanted to give QPR as much time as possible to bring in a replacement or sort their things out,” Nelsen said on Tuesday. “If they knew I was leaving earlier, it would have been harder in the transfer window.”
O Jogo reported that Sousa, who had recently left his job at Videoton in Hungary supposedly to take the Red Bulls job, could not come to terms with New York management on running the team.
He's the second coach to pull out of contention. Scotsman Gary McAllister was believed to be the first choice of Red Bull director of global soccer Gerard Houllier.
Only the day before, sporting director Andy Roxburgh said NYRB didn't want to rush into a decision -- an indication that the Sousa deal might be in trouble. Roxburgh added that the Red Bulls appreciated their fans’ patience.
But what about the patience of the players, who headed to Florida on Tuesday to begin preseason training without a head coach?
CHIVAS USA. Chivas USA made another move to load up on Mexican-Americans, acquiring midfielder Eric Avila in a trade with the Colorado Rapids for midfielder Nick LaBrocca. Avila’s rights were acquired by Colorado in the 2012 Re-Entry Draft from Toronto FC, where he recorded career-highs for games played (24), games started (16) and minutes played (1,366) last year. LaBrocca returns to Colorado, where he began his MLS career in 2007.
COLUMBUS. Another well-traveled Brazilian will be coming to MLS. The Crew agreed to terms with 29-year-old defender Glauber, who has played in Europe with Manchester City, Nuremberg and most recently Rapid Bucharest in Romania. Crew Technical Director Brian Bliss said Glauber's signing addressed the club's need to shore up its backline and the Brazilian "immediately makes us better.”
FC DALLAS. Despite reports of an impending move to Stoke City, Brek Shea is still in Dallas, where FC Dallas has begun preseason training. According to various reports, MLS rejected a tentative transfer agreement reached by Dallas and Stoke for a fee reported at $3.2 million.
PHILADELPHIA. The Union has made 31-year-old midfielder Brian Carroll its captain for the 2013 season. He is the team's fourth captain in four seasons. Danny Califf and Faryd Mondragon captained the Union in the first two seasons, then didn't return in 2012. Carlos Valdes captained the club in 2012 but has since returned home on loan to Colombian club Independiente Santa Fe.