[MLS TEAM PREVIEWS]
San Jose added its 13th player yesterday with the announcement of Houston trading Ramiro Corrales
to San Jose for allocation money. MLS had purchased Corrales' rights from
Norwegian club SK Brann for a fee of "approximately $150,000," according to a source, and the Quakes paid about half of that in allocation money to bring him back to one of his former MLS
"I'm happy everything worked out in the end," said Corrales, 31, who played for the Clash and original Quakes in San Jose and also for the MetroStars in a nine-year
stint. "I think the timing is right. Being away for three years, it was time to come home."
Corrales played three seasons for coach Frank Yallop
Yallop left MLS to coach the Canadian national team. Two of those were championship seasons and Yallop is also pleased Corrales has worked his way back into the U.S. national team, playing in a 2-0
victory over Sweden in January and a 2-2 tie against Mexico last week.
"He just played two games for the national team," says Yallop, who plans to use Corrales in the middle
of midfield, at least at first. "He's a true professional, 31 years old. It's great for us and we're excited to have him.
"He makes a huge difference. Where he
plays is usually up to where the team needs him but somewhere in the middle to start with, just to have that strength and experience and the possession game he has."
about 30 players attended training Thursday, a day after the Quakes lost to the Dynamo, 1-0, in the first of their two exhibition meetings this spring. Former Quakes Ryan Cochrane
and Joe Cannon
are familiar to San Jose fans, but a few MLS products are also with the club.
Ex-Rapids forward Fabrice Noel
received permission from his
current club, Puerto Rico of the USL, to show what he can do. He's shown quite a lot.
"Some of the guys we brought in, like this guy in the red shoes, has done OK," said
Yallop of the Haitian striker who scored two goals in 16 games (three starts) for the Rapids in 2005 and 2006. "I've always liked Fabrice, I liked him at Colorado. So we'll see."
Another former Rapid, Eric Denton
, is in camp to try to find a spot from those players Yallop claimed in the expansion draft or by trades: defender Nick
, midfielders Joe Vide and Ned Grabavoy, forwards Gavin Glinton and Kei Kamara. Midfielder Shea Salinas, taken out of Furman in the second round of the SuperDraft, has looked sharp in
training and played well against Houston.
In the Houston match, Yallop played former Rev James Riley
at right back and Chris Pozniak
, formerly of Toronto
at left back while using 22 players. The pregame felt something like a reunion, with the Houston ex-Quakes chatting with the current members.
"It was good to see," said Yallop
of sprited play against the two-time league champion coached by his former assistant, Dominic Kinnear
. "When the guys came out of the locker room, we and all the guys from
Houston kind of remembered the nights at Spartan. The new guys don't know that, but hopefully we can have that in Santa Clara."
The Quakes will play three seasons at Buck Shaw
Stadium on the Santa Clara University campus while their stadium project unfolds.
After a rematch against Houston Saturday in San Francisco, the Quakes head south to San Luis Obispo for
three games, including matches against Columbus and D.C. United next weekend. Yallop is eagerly awaiting the March 1 roster/salary cap compliance date to scoop up players other teams discard.
"You want to try and get guys from MLS if you can," says Yallop. "That's the best way. I hope we get through a lot of players. We'll move a few on, maybe keep them in
our books and tell them we might invite them back.
"We know teams are going to waive some players. That's an important time for us, probably. We'll see what's out
there." MLS Preseason Previews Jan. 28 -- Real Salt Lake Jan. 29 -- D.C. United Jan. 30 -- New England Jan. 31 -- Columbus Feb. 1 -- FC Dallas Feb. 5 -- Chicago Feb. 6 -- Kansas City Feb. 7 -- Chivas USA Feb. 8 -- New York Feb. 11 -- Colorado Feb. 12 -- Toronto FC Feb. 13 -- Houston Feb. 14 -- Los Angeles