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Well, it's now official: Ellinger out as RSL coach, Kreis retires and takes over.

Remember where you heard it first. :-)

Also, the latest on the Guevara trade: It has been agreed upon in principle and will likely be announced next week. Keep in mind Guevara is suspended for Chivas's next game, Sunday at D.C., so unless there is a last-minute snag, his brief career at Chivas is over.

More later...


By Steve Goff  |  May 3, 2007; 2:23 PM ET
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Comments

This fits in somewhere, re: Guevara. Says he's going back to Honduras.

http://www2.sportsnet.ca/blogs/gerry_dobson/2007/05/03/honduran_balks_at_tfc/

Posted by: Anon | May 3, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Interesting. But he's under contract with MLS. Not sure if he's able to just leave.

Posted by: Goff | May 3, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Will Homeland Security detain him at the airport? I'm guessing he can just leave. Of course he would be "sitting out" and FIFA wouldn't allow him to register to play for any Honduran club.

Of course MLS just may be thrilled to be relieved of the rest of his contract. Toronto may luck out, reasses, and bring in a DP this summer to run that offense.

Posted by: undrafted | May 3, 2007 2:51 PM | Report abuse

By "leave", I meant leave MLS.

Posted by: Goff | May 3, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

That's interesting. Why do none of these guys want to play in Toronto? I'd move there in a heartbeat if I had a job waiting for me. It's a great, world-class city. The exchange rate gives them a 10% bonus right off the bat. Nice new stadium with rabid fans. Sure playing on an expansion team can be tough, but doesn't anyone enjoy a challenge? Is it Mo? MLSE? I don't get it.

Posted by: Glenn | May 3, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"Remember where you heard it first. :-)"

ussoccerplayers.com earlier today posted that Ellinger would be out and Kreis in at RSL, citing this blog as the source. Now they have the official announcement. Soccer Insider is the place, and you, SG, are the man.

Posted by: ho | May 3, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

gracias, ho

we aim to please

not going to get all of em, but hopefully a lot of em

Posted by: goff | May 3, 2007 3:10 PM | Report abuse

"Gracias, ho."

I want to know what Spanish class you took to learn that.

Posted by: Logan Circle | May 3, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

"The exchange rate gives them a 10% bonus right off the bat."

I'm not sure the exchange rate makes much of a difference in the long haul. Presumably, the salary caps and such that are applicable to the Toronto franchise are denominated in U.S. dollars, or otherwise adjusted for exchange rates. Further, a player under contract to a U.S.-based club to the tune of $100K who is traded to Toronto would presumably be paid $110K in Canadian currency (or equivalently, continue to be paid in U.S. dollars); however, the prices of goods and services north of the border tend to adjust in response to exchange rates. It is a phenomenon known as purchasing power parity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purchasing_power_parity).

Posted by: Go Penn State! | May 3, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

This move makes RSL's actions at the FC Toronto expansion draft even more laughable: Give up a major allocation for a head coach.

Of course, Toronto's returns from its expansion draft have also been laughable.

Posted by: DWE4 | May 3, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Worth taking a moment here to pause and think about Kreis. Always underrated (and never broke through with Nats, so...) but a fantastic MLS player who could pass, shoot, make things happen inside and one of the best FK takers the league has seen.

Posted by: Adam | May 3, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, Checketts had decided awhile ago that Kreis would become the head coach whenever he wanted the job; otherwise, this would have happened at a more logical time.

Meanwhile Ellinger, despite winning only 15 of 68 games and being a major reason why RSL is regareded as a laughing stock, is not fired but promoted up the ladder to Technical Director.

Is there another team in recent professional sports history that is as bizarrely run as RSL? I mean, DWE4's point is dead on: Kreis could have retired when Toronto took him (as he threatened to do) and then just taken over right then. RSL keeps a full allocation, and no one looks stupid.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | May 3, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

How bad was trade of the DP slot for Chivas, they basically gave away the DP slot and a 3rd round pick for Nagamura and a draft pick. Now thats bad.

I like Amado as a player, but he seriously needs to access what he is doing with his carreer.

Posted by: emilio | May 3, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Rumor that Ruiz is headed to Columbus (ESPN has it)
Makes me wonder,why MLS keeps these "hot-heads" at all. Neither Geuvera or Ruiz are that great, excell in "histrionic" soccer and aren't much fun to watch.
Hey, its supposed to be "the beautiful game!"

Posted by: crowbar | May 3, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

so El Pez is on the block at the same time DC lacks scoring punch and Goff is promising 'news'... don't make me nervous.

Posted by: d, dc | May 3, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

How much is Kreis's absence from the field going to hurt RSL? Would it have been possible for him to be a player-coach, or do MLS regulations prohibit that?

Posted by: Paul | May 3, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

d, dc-

Nothing to fear. Why would we trade for Ruiz? Finishing hasn't been our problem offensively, it's been creating chances. Emilio has 2 goals in 3 games despite receiving virtually no service at all. The problem is not on that end.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | May 3, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Having top Latin players like Ruiz (Guatemala) and Guevara (Honduras) help to keep a level of interest in MLS among the very numerous ex-pats from our Central American neighbors. Both of them have shown much more than "histrionics", Ruiz has led this league in scoring and continues to be a dangerous striker. They are both moody and emotional players but they add some needed "spice" to the league.

Posted by: sbg | May 3, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

great reporting. Very intereting.

I hate it when anyone loses a job...but it seems like a long time coming. Any word on how players in the league feel about Kreis?

Re: "spice": we got enough of that with our Boy Beckham. It is interesting to get guys from other parts of the world...but I think it's IMPORTANT to improve the level of play, whether players are from Argentina or Arlington. That "world's greatest leagues", along with this week's champion's league matches, really reinforced how much MLS needs to improve.

Posted by: jj | May 3, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

"Why do none of these guys want to play in Toronto? I'd move there in a heartbeat if I had a job waiting for me. It's a great, world-class city."

My friend and I went to the Toronto International Film Festival last September, and we quite agree. However, there apparently is some diversity of opinion, as evidenced by a new documentary, "Let's All Hate Toronto" (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Movies/04/13/hate.toronto.reut/index.html).

Posted by: Go Penn State! | May 3, 2007 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Nice catch, Adam, on noticing the "Kreis retires" angle in all this. Don't know if this space allows html (checking), but I wrote a little thanks for the memories in the space I run.

Always liked Kreis as a player.

Posted by: Jeff Bull | May 3, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Chest Rockwell wrote, "Is there another team in recent professional sports history that is as bizarrely run as RSL?"

If you add all the bonehead moves of ChivasUS, RSL, and Toronto together, they still don't equal the level of incompetance of the Redskins under Daniel Snyder. Spending exorbitant amounts on Archuletta and throwing away draft picks for a boneheaded trade for TJ Duckett are just the top of the iceberg. Our local billion dollar NFL team make RSL look like mere amateurs in the realm of incompetence.

Goff when do we get the starting lineup for tonight's game????

Posted by: greg | May 3, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Didn't whats-his-name, the Rev's Italian goalkeeper from the early years do the player-coach thing? I'd assume that the option was open to Kreis but he either was ready to retire anyway, wanted to take the coaching thing very seriously, or they just needed the slot.

Posted by: bbarrie | May 3, 2007 6:58 PM | Report abuse

On the "What's wrong with living in Toronto?" question. I would imagine if you did the math between exchange rates and various taxes, one might actually be taking a pay cut to live there. Various city/provincial sales taxes total 15% in Toronto and they have fairly high income taxes, mandatory premiums for national healthcare, etc. Someone more knowledgeable can correct me on the details, but the point is there are several inputs to the equation besides exchange rate.

Posted by: Nitpicker | May 3, 2007 7:16 PM | Report abuse

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