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Why Wait?

Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello has publicly declared he won't field David Beckham again. Even if Beckham finishes out his Real contract, he could play for the Galaxy before the USA summer transfer window opens Aug. 15, for the windows regulate competitive play only. Upon expiration of his Real contract June 30, he would able to play in friendlies right away. Such as the All-Star Game.

And while family matters and contractual obligations might prove cumbersome, with the primary USA transfer window open until March 31, a deal might be struck by which the transfer is completed to register him for the start of the season. That would surely delight the Southern California fans who plunked down season-ticket money after the mega-deal was announced, as well as rival MLS teams lobbying for home dates against the Galaxy in the final third of the season. Just in case.

REYNA'S BACK. Former USA captain Claudio Reyna, who has been playing in Europe since 1994, is back in the USA, according to sources. He has left his English Premier League club Manchester City and the New York Red Bulls are expected to announce his signing later this week.

DO THE MATH. The sale of Clint Dempsey to English Premier League club Fulham is historic not only because of the price, said by a league official to be slightly less than $4 million.

Dempsey's deal is the first negotiated under a new formula by which teams receive a much greater portion of the fee than in the past. According to an MLS coach, New England will receive two-thirds of the fee, which the coach believes to be the standard percentage for such deals. That would net the Revs more than $2.5 million.

Whether receiving a large percentage of transfer fees will make club officials more willing to approve deals won't be known until more possibilities arise. However, another source said the Revs are refusing to approve a sale of midfielder Shalrie Joseph to Scottish club Glasgow Celtic, which has upped its original offer of $1 million.

The source didn't know the new figure.

Rapids coach Fernando Clavijo, who denied Pablo Mastroeni a chance to move to Serie B club Brescia on loan last August, says currently there is no offer on the table for him.

WALDO'S WINDFALL. Former U.S. international Eric Wynalda has signed a new contract that will keep him on national soccer telecasts for the next five years at a nice price.

A broadcast industry source said Wynalda will be paid $1.2 million over the next five years, which is the highest salary earned by a American soccer broadcaster. His partner, Dave O'Brien, earns more under a network contract by which he also covers several other sports.
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