Posts Tagged ‘foreign player signing’

DESIGNATED PLAYER UPDATE: KANSAS CITY SIGNS MEXICAN INTERNATIONAL OMAR BRAVO

July 19, 2010

DESIGNATED PLAYER UPDATE: KANSAS CITY SIGNS MEXICAN INTERNATIONAL OMAR BRAVO

The Kansas City Wizards have made the latest designated player coup, by signing Mexican international Omar Bravo from Guadalajara.

Bravo scored 106 goals in 290 appearances for Chivas and somehow managed to play for two seasons in Spain for Deportivo de Coruna as well. The standout striker moved back to Guadalajara in 2009 and continued to build on his reputation as a club legend.

Now the 30-year-old hopes to conquer America with his goal scoring exploits, but he will be missed by Guadalajara, as a release on the club website admitted.

“Omar Bravo is one of the greatest players of the sport in Mexico.” read the translated statement. “Now his arrival in the United States represents a major event for the growing number of football fans in that market. Thanks to the involvement of figures like Bravo in the MLS, the league becomes more exciting and each day takes on a more competitive level.”

Guadalajara owner Jorge Vergara chimed in his support as well.

“We are very proud of Omar, of everything he has accomplished and know his career will continue strong in MLS like it has been with Chivas,”  Vergara said in a news release. “We will miss Omar very much but we know he will bring much joy to fans who live in the United States, and that’s an important thing in football.”

Since the MLS Transfer window opened on Thursday a number of big names signed designated player contracts, but most were public knowledge, like DC United’s Branko Boskovic and Seattle’s Blaise Nkufo or ‘worst kept secrets’ such as Thierry Henry.

That seemed to change over the weekend as first the Chicago Fire and then the Kansas City Wizards locked up big name Mexican Internationals, with very little hype or fanfare and most fans were left to speculate on who the signings would be until the last minute.

The Fire announced the Signing of forward/midfielder Nery Castillo on Saturday at Toyota Park during a SuperLiga double header.

READ…FIRE SIGN DP, MEXICAN INTERNATIONAL NERY CASTILLO

READ…LAST WEEK’S DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

READ…DESIGNATED PLAYER UPDATE-LJUNGBERG DRAMA

MLS PLAYER SIGNINGS: West Ham Bid Big Money for Thierry Henry

May 24, 2010

WEST HAM UNITED BID BIG MONEY FOR MLS TARGET THIERRY HENRY

Red Bull New York may want to delay the printing of all those Thierry Henry jersey’s they have planned. Premier League side West Ham United have put forward a huge bid in an attempt to lure the French International to London instead of New York.

“I’ve made an offer which would make him the highest-paid player in the club’s history. And it’s a serious offer because Henry could walk into almost any Premier League side.” Hammers joint chairman David Sullivan told English paper The Sun. “We’re trying to assemble a more prolific strike-force at West Ham and I’d love to have Henry here.”

The sheer magnitude of the offer from cash strapped West Ham, estimated to earn Henry over $100,000 a week, did not seem to phase Sullivan.

“Our club is in debt but a striker of his quality and standing would make it a great deal.”

Henry is reported to have signed a Pre-Contract with Major League Soccer.

MAJOR ROSTER MOVES LEAD UP TO FIRST KICK

March 27, 2010

MAJOR ROSTER MOVES LEAD UP TO FIRST KICK

TFC SCRAMBLES

Many Major League Soccer teams made moves in the last minutes before their 2010 First Kick this weekend, none more than Toronto FC. The Canadian side acquired midfielder Nick LaBrocca and a third-round MLS SuperDraft pick in 2011 from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for defender Marvell Wynne. LaBrocca appeared in 29 matches for the Mile-High club, while Wynne was touted as future US National team regular, but has struggled to shed the ‘all speed’ accusation levied on him by critics.

Toronto FC is desperately in need of some cap space but also has to fill some roster spots, moving Wynne will solve some of the teams budgetary concerns, no doubt shipping Welsh midfielder Carl Robinson and Goalkeeper Greg Sutton to Red Bull also helped, but the team didn’t stop there.

In more Goalkeeper moves, TFC then signed stopper Jon Conway, and waived goalkeeper Brian Edwards. Conway who was the first MLS player to be banned for substance abuse was put on waivers by Chivas USA earlier this week and is looking to resurrect his career.

Finally (or possibly not, there are a few minutes until kickoff after all) Toronto signed 30 year old Argentine midfielder Martin Saric. Saric (see if you can follow me on this one)  was born in Argentina, carries a Croatian passport, played most of his career in Romania and spent last season at a Slovenian Club. How TFC scouts found him I’ll never know, but Red’s fans can’t complain that the team isn’t LOOKING.

Though Toronto FC dominated last minute roster moves, they weren’t exclusive to them.

UNITED BOLSTERS BACKLINE

D.C. United addressed all complaints regarding it’s defense going into the season, signing three defenders in the lead up to First Kick.  Juan Manuel Pena, Carey Talley and Barry Rice.

Experience was obviously the watchword for First year United manager Curt Onalfo. That is exactly what the 37-year-old ex-Bolivian international Pena brings.  His 35 Bolivian Caps as well as over 14 years experience playing in Spain should have him rival anyone in the league for experience.

Carey Talley not only brings 12 years of MLS experience, the 33 year-old was a member of DC United’s championship era, having made 120 appearances for United form 1998-2001 and winning MLS Cup with the team in 99. Talley was acquired after being waived by Chivas USA and now gets a chance to return to the team he started with.

Rice, who attended the University of Kentucky and was a member of the venerable Chicago Fire Premier, joins the club after training with DC United in the preseason as a camp invitee.

REVS MANEUVER – BARRETT RETIRES

On Friday the New England Revolution re-signed midfielder Khano Smith who made 85 appearances for the club in 2005-08. Since then, he has tried to catch on at Red Bull New York and at English League Two side Lincoln City, but he returns in 2010 to the team where his pace helped both himself and the Revs to their most successful seasons.

Steve Nicol also made a move that won’t manifest itself for a few weeks in brining in Marko Perović on a free transfer from Swiss club FC Basel.  The 26 year-old Serbian midfielder still needs to work out visa concerns

To make room on the roster/cap New England cut Costa Rican midfielder Gabriel Badilla. Rev’s fans will not weep. I don’t believe Badilla played a minute for the team in 2009.

In some sad news Houston Dynamo defender Wade Barrett officially retired as a player, on Thursday.  He was a regular for my Fantasy Team in the early years and he will be missed.  Not all sad faces though as Barrett will step into an assistants role as of immediately.