SIGIÆS TAKE: Former Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid gave these assessments of his four under-20 players who were selected in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft:
ôChad Barrett [Chicago] is somebody who, physically, has all the tools. HeÆs got speed, heÆs strong, heÆs a player who can do some things and he puts pressure on opposing defenses. He strikes a good ball,ö says Schmid, who guided the U.S. U-20s to successful World Youth Championship qualification earlier this month.
ôLike all young players, his concentration still needs to be good at all times, but he can do things in MLS.
ôWill John [Chicago], technically, is very, very good. HeÆs got great feet, very two-footed. HeÆs shown himself to be a little tougher than some people thought he would be. The hard part for Will in MLS is, where is he going to play?
ôTimmy Ward [Metros] is still like a young deer. HeÆs got potential to be very, very good.
ôHeÆs another player whoÆs very two-footed and can play a number of different positions, which definitely helps if youÆre trying to break in. He can play wide in midfield, he can play either outside back, he can play defensive midfield. It might take him a while to grow into MLS.
ôHunter Freeman [Colorado] has been playing a little bit out of position for us because right fullback is probably his best spot, but we wanted to get Marvell [Wynne] on the field because we felt we were best as a team that way.
ôWhat I like about Hunter is he has a little bit of an edge to him and is feisty. He battles and that will help him succeed. HeÆs another guy who strikes a great ball and had a rap that he doesnÆt always defend well, but he defended very well for us.ö
MONEY MATTERS: One element hanging up a swap of Ante Razov for Tony Sanneh may be a discrepancy in their salaries.
Razov, who is negotiating a new contract, earned $300,000 last season. According to a source, Sanneh will count for $231,000 against the salary cap in 2005 and so far Chicago and Columbus have not incorporated salary-cap relief into their negotiations.
ZAVAGS TRIALS: Midfielder Kerry Zavagnin is not at the national team training camp in Southern California. Instead, his immediate interests lie in the north of England.
Zavagnin, who could qualify for an EU passport by virtue of his Irish heritage, has lined up trials at Wigan Athletic and Sunderland, both of which are near the top of the English League Championship (second tier) and are pushing for promotion to the Premier League.
HeÆs out of contract with MLS and thus isnÆt under pressure to find a club and sign a deal by the closing of the European transfer window on Jan. 31. Out-of-contract players can be acquired and registered with the English FA at any time although there are further eligibility restrictions for the various league and cup competitions.