December 16, 2007

MLS Comings/Goings: The OFFICIAL Rumor Mill

Jared Borgetti: He hasn't really done much in the Primera this past season, so there's talk of him crossing the border again. Colorado (who was supposedly close to getting him before he ended up at Cruz Azul) and Kansas City are the two mentioned destinations. He's scored 7 in 28 games with Cruz Azul, but only two in nine games in the recent Apertura.

If he's a Designated Player, some GM has been drinking or smoking too much. If he's cheaper, I guess you could do worse. I'd like to think you could do better though. I don't think Borgetti would really draw much of a crowd these days, so I don't think that would factor in too much.

Maurice Edu: I don't know how possible this one is due to work permits and such, but Aston Villa is supposedly looking at the young Toronto FC midfielder. I've been really impressed with Edu in what I've seen of him this year, but he still has some lessons to learn.

Alecko Eskandarian: Mr. HeadGear is in Belgium on a one week trial with Oguchi Onyewu's club Standard Liege. Supposedly he's a free agent and checking out all of his options.

Eddie Johnson: Doesn't this one come up every year? FourFourTwo has thrown Eddie's name into the ring for good transfer window buys for English clubs. His ability is fine, but I'm not so sure about his motivation. He's too inconsistent in MLS, I wonder if a move would reignite his spark.

Troy Perkins: Lost a little bit in the shuffle this week was word that Perkins is really close to leaving MLS to head to Norwegian club Valerenga. Nothing absolute yet, but DCU did trade Boswell to Houston for Zach Wells.

Maciej Zurawski: The rumors have been flying everywhere that LA is looking to bring in the Polish international striker who is at Celtic, but Alexi Lalas says no. We'll see...

Claudio Lopez: Reports surfaced in Argentina, and here via Mr. Goff (hidden in the comments), that DCU was interested in the former Argentina international forward and two-time World Cup player. It was just a brief mention by Goff, with no follow up, so I'm not holding my breath.

Avery John: The Trini is out of contract with the Revs and looking for a deal in Europe. I guess anything is possible...

Francisco Mendoza: It looked like a done deal that Pancho was headed back to Guadalajara, but now he might stick with the American Goats for another season. Granted the source has the credibility of a bathroom wall, but...

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