Even More MLS/United News
*Several sources tell me that if Dominic Kinnear returns to the Bay Area this winter and takes control of the expansion Earthquakes, assistant John Spencer is set to take over the Dynamo. With both Kinnear and Spencer in place, the number of MLS head coaches who played in the league would increase to nine (assuming no one is fired): Soehn, Onalfo, Johnston, Yallop, Morrow, Kreis, Preki, Kinnear and Spencer. The others are Arena, Nicol, Schmid, Clavijo and Osorio.
*As for D.C. United, the buzz around the league is that the club is still very much in the running for Argentine superstar Juan Sebastian Veron and that, if United acquires him this winter, it will not necessarily mean the end of Christian Gomez's career in Washington.
D.C. will apparently have the flexibility to both sign Veron as a designated player and re-sign Gomez at the current offer (two guaranteed years at 325K per year). Whether Gomez would agree to the deal is a separate issue. In the mysterious world of MLS salary caps, anything is possible. Of course, everything changes if MLS votes to add a second designated player per team.
*There has also been some confusion about yellow card warnings heading into the regular season finales. An MLS official tells me that yellow card suspensions DO NOT carry over to the playoffs. Only red cards do. So if a player is sitting on the threshold of a yellow card suspension and receives a yellow in the final regular season game, it does not apply for postseason.
*The prolonged negotiation between the Revolution and Shalrie Joseph has come to a happy end with the midfield star receiving a four-year contract that, with the signing bonus, will make him one of the top 10 highest-paid players in MLS next season, according to his New York-based agent Ron Waxman.
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