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Negotiating Angel's Worth

The MLS Cup losers' medals are already losing their transient shine, and RB New York is already looking ahead to next season. One of the biggest issues facing the club in the offseason is the renegotiation of Juan Pablo Angel's contract, writes Jack Bell.

Angel, NY's designated player who has just completed his second season with the team and has scored 33 goals in 47 appearances, was the league's third highest-paid player in 2008. He earned a guaranteed $1.59 million behind David Beckham's $6.5 million and Cuauhtémoc Blanco's $2.66 million. But that's not to say the 33-year-old isn't looking for more.

"You could make the assumption that he should be paid as the league's best player," said Angel's agent, Leon Angel (not related). "He's really the only successful D.P., and we do believe he's the league's best player. We'll be talking to the club, but I really don't want to negotiate in the press."

Jeff Agoos, NY's technical director, refused to talk about the contract. "Juan Pablo is the consummate professional athlete, both on and off the field," he said Monday in a statement. "We truly value his contributions to the club. He is under contract for the 2009 season. At some point in the near future, we will sit down with him to discuss our options." Angel himself said after Sunday's MLS Cup final: "We have to sit down and see where we stand. My contract runs out after next year, and we have to see what the company wants."

 

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