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Rimando Sighting

As we reported here last week, ex-DCU keeper Nick Rimando will definitely not play for Salt Lake this season and is on his way to another MLS club. Dallas and New York were the most likely candidates, with DCU as an outside suitor.

Now we have this from my man Michael Lewis on Long Island to fuel speculation.

So is Jon Conway on his way to DCU to back up Perkins?

By Steve Goff  |  February 8, 2007; 10:45 AM ET
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I really hope Esky and Nick dont end up in Jersey. I know its not exactly like switching from Boca to River or Barca to RM, but we all hate the Metrostars.

Posted by: the cheat | February 8, 2007 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Also, Conor Casey is on his way to Toronto FC. Hopefully he can overcome all his knee problems. That would clear the way for Esky to be traded, but an Esky/Casey combo would be a potent force . . . add in DeRosario . . . and Toronto FC is suddenly not an everyday expansion team.

Posted by: delantero | February 8, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Is there any new news out there about TFC trading for DeRosario? I'm sure they would have to give Houston a lot for him. Esky/Casey/Buddle...nice rotation for TFC and it'll be fun to see DCU kill 'em.

Posted by: Nick | February 8, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I'd take Conway for a low or mid pick, but that's about it.

Posted by: Jason | February 8, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I smell a rare MLS 3 way trade:
NY gets Rimando
DC gets Conway
RSL gets rights to Nolly

Posted by: Zman | February 8, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Why would Dallas want Rimando when they have 2 high paid goalies on their roster?

Posted by: Josh | February 8, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

"High-paid" is the key phrase. I'm sure they'd love to dump one of their foreign keepers.

Posted by: Goff | February 8, 2007 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"I'm sure they'd love to dump one of their foreign keepers."

they only signed Hislop late last year though. it didn't make any more sense then.

Posted by: pat | February 8, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Dallas does a lot of strange things.

Also keep in mind, Hislop could retire and become the head coach at Howard U.

Posted by: Goff | February 8, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Let me see if I understand this: Rimando didn't want to fight for a starting job in Salt Lake or DC but he will in Jersey or Dallas?

Posted by: Dave Lifton | February 8, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

what "MLS goalkeeping crown" did Conway take exactly? I thought Perkins won the MLS GK crown last year. Doesn't that sentence call the whole article into question? :-)

Posted by: Glenn | February 8, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Conway had the lowest goals against average, but he only played in 12 matches too.

Posted by: Tim | February 8, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if it's really a case of Nick "wanting to fight for a starting job" or not. I think it's more a case of who will sign him to a reasonable contract. I'm guessing whoever offers him upwards of 75k a year will have him as their #2 keeper. In NY or Dallas, he could fight for a starting spot if he chose, in DC he'd likely only see 1st team minutes if/when Perkins gets a call-up from the MNT.

Posted by: AlecW8 | February 8, 2007 4:09 PM | Report abuse

It's not a matter of Rimando not wanting to fight for the starting job in RSL. RSL has little money to offer him and, with Garlick set to start and Seitz the understudy, he had no role at RSL. Another baffling acquisition by RSL, although they gave up Nolly, who probably won't end up with DCU.

Posted by: Goff | February 8, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

since RSL just traded the rights to an out-of-contract Nolly for the rights to an out-of-contract Rimando, it seems like it was just kind of thrown in as an afterthought to the Adu trade.

What did either team get out of that, if they just weren't going to sign the gk? I guess RSL didn't know they were going to get Seitz, but still it all seems pointless.

Posted by: pat | February 8, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

It's actually pretty simple. If RSL signed Rimando, it would be for much more than DC would have had to offer Nolly. DC was probably under the assumption that Nolly would want to sign on as backup, seeing as he just made a huge step up in terms of who he's surrounded by. Now, since RSL has claimed they wanted Seitz before the draft, the move makes no sense from their end. I guess they felt Rimando would be trade bait...but are they really so arrogant to assume that DC hadn't already shopped him to the other teams as best they could?

Glenn - I think Conway finished with the lowest goals against average amongst those starting at the end of the season. He may have managed to play just over half of NY's games, which would technically qualify him for that stat in the record books. However, he was surely not under any consideration at all for the actual Keeper of the Year award. Conway is a decent backup that won't cost much, but he's no starter.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | February 8, 2007 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Let's talk about this Zidane to the Metrostars rumor! How do they have any cap money to pay him $400K against it?

Posted by: Glenn | February 8, 2007 7:12 PM | Report abuse


I had no idea you were at the Siegel Center tonight for GMU-VCU. I don't see how I could have missed you on press row. When will you be in Richmond next?

Posted by: Traver | February 9, 2007 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Morning, Mr. Goff,

Utah House OKs plan to help pay for Salt Lake stadium
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY -- Hoping to keep a team in Major League Soccer's smallest market, the Utah House endorsed a $35 million plan Thursday that pays for a parking garage and land for a stadium in Sandy, ending days of debate over whether the project deserves public aid.

In response, Real Salt Lake owner Dave Checketts said the franchise, now entering its third season, will stay in Utah.

"Real Salt Lake is a permanent part of this Utah community. This really is a dream come true," he said at a news conference outside the Capitol.

Before the vote, Gov. Jon Huntsman urged lawmakers to get aboard and help finance the $110 million project, warning that Utah's image was at stake.

"I think we need to show there is a level of collaboration between public and private here," he said. "There isn't a single facility in the country that is of this size that has been done without this kind of public-private partnership."

The team plays at the University of Utah's football stadium, but the lease expires after the 2007 season. Without a 20,000-seat, soccer-only stadium, Checketts insisted he would have to sell the team.

"It was one of the all-time roller coasters. I've never been on one to equal it," he said.

The House voted 48-24 to direct $15 million in hotel and rental-car taxes to buy land in Sandy for a stadium. Another $20 million would build a parking garage near the site. Sandy has already pledged $15 million for project.

In August, Checketts and public officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking in Sandy without having a firm financial agreement.

He was counting on $30 million in hotel taxes from Salt Lake County, but mayor Peter Corroon retreated on Jan. 29, saying it was a "gamble." A consultant and a county committee said revenue projections were too optimistic.

Real had set a Friday deadline for Utah officials to come up with another plan.

Posted by: delantero | February 9, 2007 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Yes, I was in Richmond watching another horrid shooting performance by George Mason. I'll be back for the CAA tournament in three weeks.

Posted by: Goff | February 9, 2007 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Good news on the RSL front...

Checketts' hardball tactics worked.

Posted by: Goff | February 9, 2007 1:30 AM | Report abuse

AlecW8, the different teams can't offer Rimando independent contracts to be their #2 GK. Because of the single entity structure, all player contracts (well, except for the new DPs) are signed with the league - it's a take it or leave it situation for both the player and the teams.

That is what leads to some really screwy trades (and other player moves) that could only happen in MLS.

Posted by: DE | February 9, 2007 9:58 AM | Report abuse

it's official - Rimando signed with RBNY

Posted by: pat | February 9, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

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