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Things I've Heard.....

Just rumors, take them for what they are.....

-- Dallas, Columbus and New York showed some degree of interest in Amado Guevara after Chivas USA dumped him. Guevara, at the moment, is in the Los Angeles area. He could end up back in MLS, or more likely in Honduras.

-- Guillermo Barros Schelotto is making considerably more than the $150,000 listed on the MLS players union salary list. How much more and where it is coming from, who knows?

-- Howard University's coaching search drags on. Apparently Shaka Hislop will not get the job and West Chester Coach Kendall Walkes has withdrawn from consideration. Not a good situation on Georgia Avenue.....

By Steve Goff  |  May 8, 2007; 5:26 PM ET
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I thought I read somewhere last year that Markus Schopp of the Red Bulls is making quite a bit more than his listed salary due to some sort of loan deal or whatever that Red Bull worked out with their Salzburg club. Could the Schelotto deal be something similar?

Posted by: Mike | May 8, 2007 6:10 PM | Report abuse

3 way deal:

To Columbus - Carlos Ruiz
To Dallas - Amado Guevara
To Chivas - ???

All madness aside, I can't see Guevara going anywhere but Honduras.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | May 8, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

When time comes for Gomito to re-sign, perhaps DCU can give him some "off the cap" compensation by getting him in some Eastern Motors ads. "You're jobs your credit..."

Posted by: Dan Y. | May 8, 2007 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Ruiz just no-showed for practice, though Morrow says he had a "legit reason". Stay tuned.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 8, 2007 6:38 PM | Report abuse

My theory on Schelloto is that allocations were used as a "transfer fee". But in South America, players and some times agents set up tiny businesses that "own" player rights (I think Tevez/Mascherano had some sort of situation like this). So under MLS rules you can use allocations for transfer fees that don't count against the cap. Maybe somehow Schelloto managed to route that transfer fee to himself?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 8, 2007 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Dan Y. For even suggesting it, may your next commute be 2 hours across the American Legion bridge listening to said Eastern's commercials as well "If you don't get it, you don't get it." commercials. (No offense Goff.)

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | May 8, 2007 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Goff, how does his going home affect allocutions? How does the league deal with his dismissal, since it's done by the team but the contract is with the league?

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | May 8, 2007 8:54 PM | Report abuse

What's Robin Fraser doing. I think he'd make a good coach.

Posted by: Fred | May 8, 2007 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Robin Fraser is running a youth program in Phoenix and is the analyst for RSL tv broadcasts.

If some Honduran club pays MLS a substantial transfer fee for Guevera, Chivas should get an allocation. Otherwise they should be out of luck.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 8, 2007 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Regarding HU, I can say I'm not surprised at all. That athletic department is a mess. the fact that they think somebody, anybody is going to take a coaching job for $60K just shows my beloved school has no interest in athletics. Maybe when the new president comes on board we'll have a chance.

Posted by: Omar | May 8, 2007 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Any thoughts on the game last night?

My one thought is SCARY!

An amazing match between LA and NY with a lot of passion and great plays. If this is what the MLS is turning into it really is going to be a top league.

Playing with Angel and Altidore subbing in for each other is going to wear out every defense in the MLS. The biggest shocker was LA was able to hold them to 1 goal even though they had 15 shots on goal and Cannon was on the bench!!! Simply Amazing!

Also good to see Quaranta get a key goal and an assist in 9 minutes of play! I still can't believe we got rid of him. Forget Adu and Esky, Santino was our biggest loss.

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 9, 2007 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like LA's back-up is had a monster game last night. Who the hell is he? Any chance he is available?

Any is Jimmy Banks still a possibility for the HU job? He's very involved in the Milwaukee community, would he give that up? He sounds like a great fit.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | May 9, 2007 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Southeastern, Quaranta was highly touted, hyped, and nobody wanted him to do better more than the DCU faithful. He didn't deliver, he disappeared a few years and DC United needed players that would make an impact immediately. Quaranta had his chance to shine in DC, he didnt, he now has a shot in LA and much like DC he is spotty with consistency IMO.

Posted by: Felix | May 9, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

thanks, goff. Too bad about Howard U. Is this a $$$ issue? Their turf field can't help in recruiting efforts.

How could the union #s be wrong? And, how does this all relate to salary caps and all that? It sucks that we can't follow these things like fans in other leagues?

Speaking of #s, how have the #s been on your blog? 1K unique visitors in a month? 2K? Good luck with it--you're doing great. If you reach 2K, you should ask for a raise...they're making some change on the ads, for sure...

apologies for the ramble...

Posted by: jj | May 9, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

With Hislop making 200k+ in Dallas, there's no way Howard lures him to retire.

Who is LA's backup? 23 y/o Generation Adidas player Steve Cronin has been one of the top young GK prospects in the US for years. Just stuck behind Hartman (previously Onstad). Has 5 starts and a 1.4 goals against average. Came to LA in one of the most suspect trades in MLS history (Cronin + Dunivant for Alejandro Moreno, Chris Aloisi, and moving up one spot in the SuperDraft - Ihemelu instead of Drew Moor).

Cronin may be best known for being the starting GK for the u20 national team.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

It sounds like Cronin had a huge, Friedel-esque performance to keep the Red Bulls off the scoreboard over the 90 minutes. Stopped a penalty? Was it ten saves? Sure wish that one was on television.

I would say it's a sign of things to come for NY, but it looks like inexperience to me. They definitely dominated RSL until the last minutes of the game, and it sounds like LA was the same way for regular time.

Either Arena and the experience of the team (Reyna, Watterreus, Angel) will stabilize the squad, or they'll continue not being able to finish off opponents they've dominated. For DC's sake, you would hope it is the latter. But I'm thinking that this is growing pains. If they don't get another six points in their next three games (all at home), there is an issue. They're already clearly a very good team, but if they can't fix the late-game leaks, they're not championship material.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | May 9, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

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