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MLS Player Rumblings

-- The Insider told you a week or two ago that the Galaxy has been pursuing a Brazilian forward to upgrade its struggling attack. The name I have been able to come up with is......Joaozinho. Age: 27. Has played in Europe and is currently back in Brazil. I believe Cruzeiro holds his rights and has loaned him out to a lower-division club (Vitoria), where he is scoring goals. L.A. assistant coach Paul Bravo has apparently seen him play in person. One source familiar with the negotiations said, "The Brazilian club doesn't want to let him go. He's that important to the team. But they're talking." As is often the case with Brazilian soccer, there are several players who have used that nickname over the years. So when you start searching for background information online, beware! ;-)

-- Argentine defender Mariano Fernandez (Nueva Chicago) is scheduled to resume his trial with the Red Bulls on June 12. He was in New York a few weeks ago, but returned home to recuperate from a leg injury.

By Steve Goff  |  June 4, 2007; 3:48 PM ET
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don't LA and NY know that it was our idea to go for Brazilians and Argentinians?

What iceholes.

Posted by: bribri | June 4, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Nueva Chicago...but I won't tell Gomito that you spelled it wrong. ;-)

Posted by: EdTheRed | June 4, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Senor Goff,
I keep hearing Marcelo Salas' name being thrown around with DC united and obviously chicago but as far as DC goes is there really any merit to this scuttlebutt? Personally i hope if it is true then it's not a reported DP slot and it's only a one yr contract at most....but im not holdin my breath cuz we can do much betta then this geezer

Posted by: DjB | June 4, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

How is Joaozinho pronounced? WOWzeenyo?

Posted by: DE | June 4, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

re: Nueva Chicago
fixed! thanks

Salas worked out with Chicago. Both sides are weighing their options.

Posted by: Goff | June 4, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

why is it that so many of our players play the same positions? It's either withdrawn striker/playmaker (Gomez, Moreno, Fred) or defensive midfielder (Olsen, Simms, Carroll). I think the answer to our offensive woes is that our two wide midfielders do not normally play that position and we have not transitioned one of our starting forwards to more of a supporting role.

Posted by: diego r. | June 4, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Buy Makalele now!

Posted by: DCAustinite | June 4, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

with Brad Davis getting substituted out early in Dyanmo games perhaps he might need a new place to play? It's probably just wishful thinking but I would love to see him play for DCU

Posted by: Alan | June 4, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

As a Galaxy fan I appreciate the info regarding this possible signing. You have once again been able to scoop everyone in regards to putting a name to this rumor. However, I have looked all over and can't find any more information on Joaozinho. Can you please provide a link with more info on this guy? Thanks!

Posted by: howie1976 | June 4, 2007 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. GOFF! You're #1!

I think I found some good info on him...

You Tube Link:

Official Player Bio on Vitoria Site:

Joaozinho's Photo:

Posted by: shirteesdotnet | June 4, 2007 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Joaozinho plays for Vitoria in Salvador, Bahia, and he is their leading goal scorer by far. Vitoria is in first place in the brazilian second division after 4 games with 9 points, and is desperate to try and get back to the first division, after seeing their cross-town rivals Bahia fall all the way to the third from the first in a short period of time. They will be extremely reluctant to give up their best goalscorer in their battle for promotion, but cause the club sees this year as "now or never", given the enormous disadvantages teams from Bahia have for competing in brazil. Seems unlikely they will give up Joaozinho unless there is a lot of money involved...

Posted by: Nick | June 4, 2007 5:39 PM | Report abuse

....his abroad experience is in the spanish second division and in Bulgaria..

Posted by: Nick | June 4, 2007 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Now I know who this is. He played for Litex Lovech in Bulgaria for about 2 years. Did not imress much and was let go as he was getting a pretty high salary and did not prove to be much of a difference maker. I can't see him becoming a great pleayer in the MLS either. Decent guy, but can't be depended upon to decide games.

Posted by: bulgarian | June 4, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Do they suck? Please tell me they both suck.


Posted by: Goose | June 4, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse


Any info on the possible scouting trip Soehn took prior to the match this weekend in Cali, or was he just out there partying with Chang?

Posted by: Keenan | June 4, 2007 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I hope to speak to Dave Kasper this week about DCU's interest (or lack of interest) in Chinese players.

Posted by: Goff | June 4, 2007 7:14 PM | Report abuse

LA will need A LOT more than this guy to become competitive.

Posted by: Hoost | June 4, 2007 7:33 PM | Report abuse

True, but Beckham and Xavier are also on the way.

Posted by: Goff | June 4, 2007 7:38 PM | Report abuse

off topic, but just saw that the USL is backing the USSF initiative to organize an academy structure between MLS, USL, and youth clubs.

Posted by: Ric | June 4, 2007 8:24 PM | Report abuse

"How is Joaozinho pronounced? WOWzeenyo?"

It is a Portuguese J, as in Rio de Janeiro, not a Spanish J, as in Jaime; the stress is similar to Ronaldinho. Thus, "Zho-ow-ZEEN-yo."

Posted by: Go Penn State! | June 4, 2007 9:17 PM | Report abuse

When you speak to Dave Kaspar this week, can you ask him about the lack of interest in either true wing players or backups for our starting defenders shown this past offseason, and what he plans to do to remedy this misstep before this year is lost and it's two teams the fans can't stand playing for the Cup in our stadium?

Posted by: Chris | June 5, 2007 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Is Kaspar not answering your IM's. I thought you two were BFF?

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | June 5, 2007 10:55 AM | Report abuse

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