March 25, 2007

Heard Around the League: Brought to you by the US Top 40 chart

#1- It's Not Over by Daughtry: Richard Mulrooney traded by FC Dallas
The Hoops dealt one of their better, and higher paid, players in Mulrooney for a package of draft picks and allocations. They're not done dealing, obviously they aren't satisfied with their roster as it stands because they can't firm up a lineup. Pablo Ricchetti, an Argentine D/M, is the target, but can they get the deal done? Either way, Dallas isn't done with the roster tinkering before Opening Day.

#2- What Goes Around...Comes Around by Justin Timberlake: The Shalrie Joseph saga
MLS and Celtic agree to a transfer fee for Shalrie Joseph last summer, but the Revs block the deal. Fast forward to the winter transfer window, and a better deal is reached between MLS and Celtic. The Revs pull the block yet again. Shalrie says, "That's cool, if I'm that important to you, then pay me like I'm that important." That's where the problem is currently. Shalrie saw the Clint Dempsey transfer money go into raises for Taylor Twellman and Pat Noonan and wondered where his share was. According to most sources, the dispute now is in the bonus money portion of the deal. Shalrie has asked for a trade and gave up the captain's armband. Some sort of resolution is needed quickly.

#3- Say It Right by Nelly Furtado: Virginia Beach ownership situation
We're not sure who is saying things right in Virginia Beach. The new owner is saying that the deal was never completed. Of course, this is after he made all sorts of grandiose statements about what he would do to improve the Mariners. He also brought in former Dallas coach Colin Clarke and other new players. He blamed the first round of paychecks not going out on a technical glitch, then sent out an email saying he was no longer involved with the team. Lawyers are getting involved at this point, and it probably won't be pretty. The problem is, somebody has to get in Virginia Beach uniforms for their first game on April 13th. We'll see what the league decides this week.

#4- The Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani with Akon: Goldman Sachs bailing from the RSL investment
The escape might not have been so sweet if iStar Financial hadn't been waiting in the wings to replace them. I'm still curious as to why the switch happened, but I'm beyond trying to figure out the Salt Lake situation. It gives me headaches.

#5- Cupid's Chokehold by Gym Class Heroes: possible rebirth of the San Jose Earthquakes
The fans in San Jose just can't let go of their Quakes, and it looks like a return soon is in the cards. Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff is making some solid moves to make a return possible. The NHL Sharks are also getting involved. Personally, I'll be glad to see them back. The San Jose/LA rivalry was always a fun one.

#6- Don't Matter by Akon: new USMNT 3rd jersey
Hey, I'm not the biggest fan of the new look. However, if Landon Donovan is going to score a hat-trick and play that well in the pinstripes, then we'll go with it for every game. It doesn't have to disappear like the baby blue 3rd jerseys in '95.

#7- Glamorous by Fergie: Bobby Boswell's new website/launch party
Bozilla is trying to become everyone's favorite soccer player in DC. He launched the excellent this week, complete with the swank launch party. On the heels of his Cosmo campaign last year, our boy Bobby is working at hard at becoming the American Beckham. Now if he can just hook up with one of the girls from Danity Kane, he'll be set.

#8- If Everyone Cared by Nickelback: Cobi Jones announces retirement at the end of the season
I hope this doesn't become an issue this year, but I'm worried that Cobi's retirement is going to get lost in the Beckham shuffle. It shouldn't, as Cobi is a true legend of the game in the US. Love him or hate him, you can't deny his accomplishments. Three World Cups, an MLS original with the same team, time spent in the Premiership and the Brazilian League, even some TV hosting duties, Cobi's done it all. He deserves respect from fans around the league, and I hope he gets it.

#9- Give It to Me by Timbaland with Justin Timberlake & Nelly Furtado: Herbalife and BMO Financial's jersey sponsorships
The Gals and Toronto are saying "Give it to me" when it comes to the paycheck for selling their jersey sponsorship rights. Not sure on the Toronto figures, but LA is looking at a windfall of $3.5-5 million per year for five years. Herbalife is mostly paying for David Beckham's contract, so it's a good deal all the way around for the Galaxy. I'll be interested to see if those figures affect other teams' abilities to sell their shirt space. This new revenue stream will be instrumental in taking MLS clubs to the next step (increased salaries, youth development, or both).

I think the trio of Timbaland, J-Tim, and Ms. Furtado are the AEG of the pop charts.

#10- Runaway Love by Ludacris with Mary J. Blige: The DC United/Melbourne Victory/Fred situation
Fred is with United, training in Guadalajara in advance of the CONCACAF semifinal match on April 3rd. He's hoping his roster situation is sorted out by then, but we don't know for sure. He's all ready to sign a deal with DCU, but his former club is not so happy to let him go. There's a dispute over when exactly his contract ends, at the end of the A-League season or this summer. Melbourne was also looking for a way to get some transfer money from DC, not sure if this will happen or not. The players are raving about Fred's ability in training, so you know DCU wants to get this done in advance of the Chivas game. Let's hope this can get sorted quickly.

I'll let the commenters take a stab at #11-15, leave your best suggestions.

#11: Irreplaceable by Beyonce
#12: Walk Away by Paula DeAnda with The Dey
#13: Break It Off by Rihanna with Sean Paul
#14: U + Ur Hand by Pink
#15: Face Down by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

No comments: