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Galaxy Making Moves; Quaranta Next? [updated]

[UPDATED WITH QUARANTA COMMENTS]

As first reported on the Soccer by Ives blog, Los Angeles appears set to deal a pair of young players, Robbie Findley and Nathan Sturgis, to Real Salt Lake for veteran midfielder Chris Klein. With Klein on the right, that all but assures Beckham playing in the middle, eh?

But there may be more......

I am also hearing that the Galaxy is shopping midfielder-forward Santino Quaranta very hard and might very well end up sending him to Kansas City for draft picks. Sounds like they're trying to dump his salary ($105,000, although only $60,000 counts against the cap, reasons unknown) and with Klein coming in, they feel they've got cover on the right side.

Just got off the phone with Santino. He said he is awaiting word on a trade and did not train with the Galaxy today. He has heard that New York, Kansas City and Colorado are possible destinations.

"They're trading everybody, man," he said. "It's a panic. I'm not sure Frank and Alexi are on the same page. It's a bad situation right now."

By Steve Goff  |  June 21, 2007; 1:04 PM ET
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Comments

Might not be a bad thing for Tino to be playing with his old pal EJ.

Posted by: Kenobi | June 21, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Might not be a bad thing for Tino to be playing with his old pal EJ.

But seriously, what's with Lalas suddenly trying to out-deal Mo?

Posted by: Kenobi | June 21, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Want to know the bigger move? Tom Cruise buying the LA Galaxy.

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news_detail.html?sku=1893

Phil Anschutz must be feeling the pinch after pouring in all his billions into Beckham.

(Silly British Tabloids).

Posted by: James | June 21, 2007 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Jumpin jesus on a pogo stick Goff,

Are you transmitting these tidbits on the plane or are you in Chi town now?

I can't keep up with you!

Posted by: del | June 21, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Ti-no Ti-no Quaranta
(ooh hon!)
No MLS GMs want ya!

Posted by: EdTheRed | June 21, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

"But seriously, what's with Lalas suddenly trying to out-deal Mo?"
-- maybe it's a red-head thing ... 'cause I surely don't understand it ;-)

I can understand getting rid of Q before the other two though, I had thought LA did a great job in the draft getting such good youngsters, and then they send them off for their careers to die in Salt Lake for, of all people, Klein?
He's supposed to be a replacement for Cobi, but he must be nearing his own retirement.

But hey, once Tom Cruise buys the Galaxy, they'll be fine ....... That was sarcasm - I hope they never change, I hate them with a white-hot hate.

Posted by: Lonnie | June 21, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

40 Million pounds for the Galaxy?

WINTHORPE, SELL SELL SELL!!!!

Posted by: de | June 21, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

So Quaranta's thetans are completely off the charts?

Posted by: DCAustinite | June 21, 2007 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Del:

Filing between bites of a bad cobb salad at TGI Friday's. Oh my...

SG

Posted by: Goff | June 21, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Seems like the galaxy are trying very hard to make this team look good and make the playoffs beckhams first year

Posted by: Robert | June 21, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Quaranta must be nearing the wash-out phase. Not even a full season with LA. At least Salt Lake is cheaper on an MLS salary.

Real Salt Lake is crap. Klein is crap. I went to see RSL vs China two weeks ago and chatted with the RSL fans around me. They were not fans of Klein. Moreover, a common chant or heckle among the crowd when an RSL shot went askew was to holler "Did Chris Klein teach you to shoot?" His owns fans don't want him.

I can't fathom why they would want him, especially on a veteran salary...

Posted by: Erick | June 21, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey DCAustinite...stop enturbulating! ;-)

Posted by: Seth | June 21, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

The only question I have is this: are these calls all Lalas or is Yallop the one pushing? Moving youth for Klein makes no sense whatsoever. Now moving Q for a bunch of used jockstraps would be a deal. Hey Tino, maybe Crystal Palace USA needs a midfielder with injury problems. DCU's trade of Q last year looks more and more like unadulterated theft.

Posted by: griffin1108 | June 21, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Lalas is just trying to dump salary in order for Pavon to fit under the cap(I assume they had room for Beckham already figured out). My guess is RSL is picking up all or close to all of Klein's salary so all these moves will be dumping ~130K which should cover Pavon's salary. Then next year when Klein counts on their cap Cobi will be gone so that should even out. This article starts to explain how LA has managed to stay under the cap so far http://www.presstelegram.com/sports/ci_6190844. Problem is when all these "allocation" buy downs expire they are going to be in for a hell of a time getting under the cap(unless MLS HQ bails them out with a rule change).

Posted by: dwbpnm | June 21, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Man, I know it's been said but I just can't respect Tino after how he taunted fans upon his return to DC. What an arrogant and misguided child. This organization put up with your broken body and borderline skills for years, it gives you the opportunity for a fresh start in a good organization, and this is how you repay its fans? Enjoy USL2.

Posted by: Logan Circle | June 21, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Any chance they try and move Klien back to RB now that Albright is out? Just a thought?

Posted by: donkeyrichard | June 21, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

@dwbpnm: The cap goes up much more in the next two years according to the CBA so it's OK to push the limit now because the jump is bigger next year and will be even more as they add more teams.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Thing about Q2 is that he had a rep of being nice in person when he played here and I think most of us DCU fans were rooting for him to get healthier, get back on his game etc. The potential has always been there. Heck, I thought he was Moreno's long term replacement as a withdrawn forward.

As much as I hated the taunting, a little part of me still wants to see him succeed, except against DCU.

Posted by: the cheat | June 21, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I'd much rather start David Stokes in the midfield than Quaranta

Posted by: alan | June 21, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

None of this could be happening to a better organization IMO.

Tom sure must have a big crush on Becks the way he wants to buy him and his team now. $80 million is a lot of money. Would AEG be willing to sell their rights? I would expect that between the franchise and the stadium they would want more money than that unless Cruise would just be a part "owner"/investor-operator/whatever.

Posted by: Glenn | June 21, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

WOW! That last quote is golden. That's huge. Great scoop.

Posted by: RK | June 21, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

$45,000 discount off the cap? Did he hook Alexi up with his "source"?

Posted by: Scott | June 21, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

@del - Nice Milkman reference :)

And the RSL door continues to swing...

What's Tino's deal? We know he has the talent buried in there somewhere, but he never really showed it between injuries here. And the few LA games i've seen with him on the field since he moved out there haven't seemed much better. Did we see more than there really was in the kid, or is he just a headcase?

-dave

Posted by: gnat | June 21, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

What did DC get in return for Tino? Whatever it was (player/draft picks/beer) it was a great deal for Payne & Co. Remember when he went and scored a couple goals in his first few games and people thought he was on the upswing? What's he done since then? He clearly has an immense amount of talent, but there's something wrong with him that he has never been able to put it together.

Hell of a quote from him though about Yallop and Lalas. Mr. Goff here's a scoop for you: Yallop to Chicago so Tom Cruise can be owner AND coach of the Galaxy.

Posted by: Todd H. | June 21, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

How long until we see Tom Cruise in a soccer-related movie? I can see it now -- the sequel to Jerry McGuire, trying to sign an elusive soccer star from Europe.

Posted by: RK | June 21, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

IIRC, Quaranta got us an allocation ($100K) and a conditional pick (likely a 2nd rounder - could have been a 1st rounder if he actually played some games for them).

Posted by: Eric Z | June 21, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Santino, you keep telling yourself that LA is in a panic and that's why you're out. You were given every opportunity by Frank Yallop to get your fat ass in gear and you blew it buddy. Panic ain't got nothing to do with it. You didn't want to work; you're gone, dude. Maybe you should run all the way to your next destination, you just might get fit that way.

Posted by: Dave | June 21, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Santino Quaranta = Kwame Brown

Findley and Sturgis actually seemed decent for the Gals so far...

Posted by: RIP General | June 21, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Once again, our DC front office is right on. I'm proud to say I once in a urinal stall next to Kevin Payne!!

""Now moving Q for a bunch of used jockstraps would be a deal.""

A Galaxy soccer brand with Beckham buys Cruise what he loves most. First, his own image, and second International Publicity for Scientology.

Here's to Cobb salad and a beer whilst I watch the U.S. tonight.


Posted by: delantero | June 21, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Goff - I heard LA used a partial allocation on Q's salary to lower it in order to fit other salaries under the cap. Therefore the $45k disconnect.

Posted by: JH6 | June 21, 2007 2:42 PM | Report abuse

""I'd much rather start David Stokes in the midfield than Quaranta""

Alan, compose yourself. I hope you were being sarcastic.

Posted by: d | June 21, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

aren't the gals unveiling their new uniforms soon?

Posted by: rosado | June 21, 2007 2:49 PM | Report abuse

"It's a panic. I'm not sure Frank and Alexi are on the same page. It's a bad situation right now."

This means two things (1) Quaranta will be traded before the bell this afternoon and (2) Yallop will be fired if the Galaxy don't turn it around soon, probably before Becks arrive.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 21, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

If its true that an allocation was used to buy down Santino's salary does the buy down go with Santino or does it stay in LA?

Posted by: dwbpnm | June 21, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

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Yallop will be fired if the Galaxy don't turn it around soon, probably before Becks arrive.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 21, 2007 03:06 PM
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I'm not sure the Galaxy would let Yallop go. He's a proven MLS coach.

But imagine Yallop out at LA, takes over at Chicago, and then somehow Tom Cruise buys the Galaxy and gets Capello to coach in LA. Crazy, and not possible. right?

Posted by: Galaticos | June 21, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Unlike some digruntled DC fans I bear no ill will toward Santino and wish him the best. It was a business decision.

One other thing. Stay away from the toll booths on the Long Island Expressway.

Posted by: Frodo Corleone | June 21, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Bring QUARANTA back to DC!!! When he is fit (which had been for over two years now) he is a BEAST. you can put him anywhere in the midfield and dude will kick some a...er Do really good I mean.

Posted by: Beck's Bro | June 21, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Santino is still young and Dangerous. Put him in the right situation with EJ (as suggested above) or with RedBull and Arena (this scenario actually is a bit unnerving) and he could still develop.

I think he's a bit of a flake, but he has skills. Is 21 too early to write a guy off?

Why LA would want Klein is anyones guess...Sturgis would help RSL's defense...if he wasn't gone for the next month.

Posted by: Looking Dangerous | June 21, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Galaticos: (spin the wheel again and ask for a "C," unless you're a partying Costa Rican)

Don't dismiss Yallop's possible firing. LA has fired proven MLS coaches before. It's about marketing now. What's more valuable to MLS, a proven coach or a mega-star playing for a winning team.

Please everyone, do me a favor so I don't get panic attackes or nightmares. No more talk about Cruise buying an MLS team.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 21, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Has the story about a possible sale of the Galaxy been picked up anywhere outside the English tabloid press?

Posted by: Go Penn State! | June 21, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Stokes over Santino! Yes!

Posted by: G-Dub | June 21, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Alexi Lalas = Isaiah Thomas? (Quick trigger finger. Lots of salaries. Talks way too much. I guess the one difference is that Thomas was one of the all-time greats.)

As for Santino, I'd love to have him back at DCU. I think he has a lot of skill and potential.

Posted by: jj | June 21, 2007 4:09 PM | Report abuse

btw, nice reporting, Mr. Goff. You allow geeks like me to actually get a sense of these players.

Posted by: jj | June 21, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Teams would be stupid to pay Quaranta what he's making now. Cut his salary in half and you begin to get a good market value.

Posted by: Logan Circle | June 21, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Santino to Real Madrid as compensation for Beckham.

Posted by: RK | June 21, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update. I think it's funny we get more info on the Galaxy from writers in Newark and Washington, DC. The LA Times should be taking note because they've been getting their butts handed to them in the past couple of weeks.

Well done, Mr. Goff.

Posted by: Coop | June 21, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

That's a helluva quote from Santino!

Posted by: Aljarov | June 21, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Like several other posters, I was disappointed when we traded Tino, and even more disappointed to watch him "play" and "score" for the Galaxy. Over time, it has looked like a good deal for us (allocation money to sign Fred or Emilio). When healthy and motivated, Tino is a good player to have in the fold--he's better than Dyachenko. However, his healthy moments are few and far between. His motivated moments appear even less frequently.

By the way, Tino and EJ would form the most sometimes-injured, sometimes-sad, sometimes-petulant, always-ADHD attacking force in MLS.

Posted by: DWE4 | June 21, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

The LA reporters can't bother to cultivate any real sources because they're all too busy elbowing each other out of the way to get that all-important first interview with "Posh."

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | June 21, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait for CruiseControl to buy the Gals and fill that stadium with Scientologist propoganda.

Free stress tests if the Gals lose!

Posted by: bribri | June 21, 2007 4:23 PM | Report abuse

jj - "Alexi Lalas = Isaiah Thomas?"

I've thought the same thing. Big difference... Isaiah was a GREAT player.

Posted by: Kev | June 21, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Tom Cruise says a regimen of Herbalife, exercise, and the history of psychiatry will return the Galaxy to their winning ways.

Posted by: Arrrlington | June 21, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

More proof that Tom Cruise ALREADY runs the Galaxy.

Posted by: Drew-ROC | June 21, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"aren't the gals unveiling their new uniforms soon?"

Given their cap problems, Herbalife will be removed and "will work for food" will be the replacement for all but Becks, Landycakes, Pavon and Xavier.

Posted by: griffin1108 | June 21, 2007 4:54 PM | Report abuse

RFK in it's 1980 "Soccer Bowl" Glory...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgrSQ9SHovU

Posted by: London Dan | June 21, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Re: RFK in it's 1980 "Soccer Bowl" Glory...

Now that's a proper trophy or "Cup," for pete's sake! The MLS Cup winner gets a trophy that's NFL-like and pathetic. The original Alan I. Rothenberg trophy might've been ugly, but it was a proper cup trophy nonetheless. JMHO.

Posted by: SoyManya! | June 21, 2007 5:18 PM | Report abuse

HI Mate

Any chance you could work your usual magic and find out what Pavon is making? I';d be interested to know how LA is pulling all these deals off even if it is only for the rest of this season.

Posted by: Aljarov | June 21, 2007 5:21 PM | Report abuse

does RB have a place for him? RB's mid field is pretty deep. What they need desperately is more defensive depth.

Posted by: wendel | June 22, 2007 3:10 AM | Report abuse

Will Alexi be the next move away from La La Land? I don't know how AEG is going to tolerate him destroying the club before the arrival of Beckham.

Posted by: Bonji | June 22, 2007 12:24 PM | Report abuse

He's the worst GM ever, but not as bad as the coach - does he really know that beckham does not play the middle!

Who gave him the idea of playing DB in the middle?

Who they really should get rid of is that Jaqua #11 guy! I have never seen such trash player - sorry as they come!

also, who gave him the idea of sending Marshall off, These two (lalas and the coach) are just messing up!

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