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Carroll Traded

We fully expected former DCU midfielder Brian Carroll to be traded after being selected by San Jose in the expansion draft last week. And now it is done -- he's going to Columbus. The Earthquakes also acquired GK Preston Burpo from Chivas USA for a fourth-round draft pick.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Crew announced today that it has acquired midfielder Brian Carroll from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for forward Kei Kamara. Carroll, a member of D.C. United's 2004 MLS Cup-winning squad who has earned six caps with the U.S. National Team, appeared in 121 games over five seasons with D.C. before being selected by San Jose in Wednesday's MLS Expansion Draft. "We are excited to acquire someone of Brian Carroll's ability and experience," said Head Coach Sigi Schmid. "He is someone who has been a part of an MLS championship and he will help bring that mentality to our team. At the same time, we thank Kei for his efforts on behalf of the Crew and wish him the best of luck in San Jose." Kamara had five goals in 36 games (13 starts) over two years with the Crew.

By Steve Goff  |  November 26, 2007; 12:38 PM ET
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seems like columbus got the better end of this deal?

Posted by: pat | November 26, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I'm so sorry Brian.

Posted by: Logan Circle | November 26, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Um....what? Carroll for Kei Kamara straight up? Yallop got swindled.

Posted by: DWE4 | November 26, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

That's an awful trade for San Jose. Geez, must be something behind the scenes that we don't see. Because on the face of it, Carroll for Kamara is laughable.

Posted by: Matte | November 26, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Um....what? Carroll for Kei Kamara straight up? Yallop got swindled.

Posted by: DWE4 | November 26, 2007 12:50 PM

Yallop got burned so badly that he insists on doing the exact opposite as Lalas. Only, the exact opposite on the same spectrum. Instead of wasting money on personnel, he's wasting personnel on washed up prospects.

Posted by: James | November 26, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse


When allocations are traded with players, are they typically announced? Is it possible that Columbus sent allocations with KK for BC and the release made no mention of the allocations?

Otherwise, this is a strange trade.

Posted by: Mickey | November 26, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

On the other trade does Burpo to San Jose kill or just wound the Guzan to Arsenal rumors? Because if he does go to Engerland Chivas are going to be so screwed in goal now.

Posted by: bluemeanies | November 26, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

It was a straight-up Kamara for Carroll trade, nothing else was part of the deal - or else it would have been announced in the Crew press release.

Posted by: Rich | November 26, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Remember, Kamara is a cap-protected Generation adidas player, while Carrol's salary counts against the cap.

Talent wise, Columbus wins this trade. In the big picture though, it's pretty even.

Posted by: Matt | November 26, 2007 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Agreed that it's pretty even IMO.

Posted by: M | November 26, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

carrolls game will fit right in with those pretty yellow crew uniforms.

Posted by: jay | November 26, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this is merely the second part of a wink-wink deal that had Columbus leaving Ned Grabavoy unprotected in the expansion draft?

Posted by: DE | November 26, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Well... Turns out Carroll gets to play in a Soccer Specific Stadium earlier than everyone else on United. Lucky him.

Sucks to have to play in Ohio, but to be honest, if there was any player on United who could have handled the midwestern soccer scene, I'd probably have picked B. Carroll to be the one.

Posted by: TCompton | November 26, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Nice move by Columbus as Schletto will benefit from Brian Carroll (the 2006 edition of Brian Carroll).

The league shouldn't allow expansion players to be traded to a conference rival.

Posted by: delantero | November 26, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Quick. Name a black player on the Columbus Crew.

Posted by: pt | November 26, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Ezra Hendrickson

Posted by: what's your point? | November 26, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

leonard griffin

Posted by: again, what's your point? | November 26, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

andrei pacheco

Posted by: fig | November 26, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

maybe San Jose noticed how 30% of Brian's touches go to his teammates and 70% give possession to the other team. On a good day it might be 40/60; but still painful to watch.

Can't argue that B. Carroll worked hard for United; but I'm glad he's gone.

Good luck to him in Columbus and I hope he continues passing the ball away.

Posted by: zanna | November 26, 2007 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Sucks for BC. I hope he finds his old form (since Columbus often played a 451 this year) except when they play us.

I think Yallop probably could have gotten a bit more than just Kamara, even with his Generation Adidas status. To me, it looks like Schmid made the offer and Yallop jumped too quickly for it.

As for the Burpo trade, it has nothing to do with Guzan going to Arsenal. Burpo's not good enough to be relied on as a starter, so if Guzan left, they would have needed a new #1 anyway.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | November 26, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Did it ever occur to any of you that it would be freeing up cap space?

Posted by: Steven | November 26, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

It may free up cap space, but SJ already has a lot of open space. Even if they bring in some expensive players, there would be no need to jump on a weak offer so quickly.

I'm part of the "Yallop got swindled" camp.

Posted by: noptov52 | November 26, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Burpo is an awesome keeper. Glad to have him.

Posted by: Zungazan | November 26, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Sucks to have to play in Ohio...

Have you ever lived in Columbus? Have you even visited Columbus? It is in its own way more cosmopolitan than Cleveland or Cincinnati (or Detroit or Pittsburgh...). It is growing, with a population drawn from far and wide, and has more of a white-collar workforce than other cities in the region. Just as Washington is geographically in the South but culturally not of the South, so Columbus is in the Midwest on the map, but not necessarily otherwise.

Posted by: 22201 | November 26, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

It's not as nice as Ann Arbor.

Posted by: JJH | November 26, 2007 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I've heard Columbus is nice also. But compared to San Jose? BC probably had just got finished convincing his wife how beautiful it will be out west, and now he's got to sell her on Ohio.

Posted by: Shatz / DCUMD | November 26, 2007 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I've heard Columbus is nice also. But compared to San Jose?

The Bay Area is a much nicer place to visit, but Columbus is arguably a better place to live, especially if you're not a millionaire. In any event, Carroll himself was quoted last week as saying he wasn't sure that SJ was his real destination, and spouses/partners of pro athletes presumably have a realistic view of how these things work, if they know what's good for them.

Posted by: 22201 | November 26, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

San Jose got $100,000 off the salary cap. Yallop knows what he's doing.

One of the key reasons was maybe that Carroll was dead against playing so far out west. I guess Ohio is closer to home than California.

Anyway, yeah, Carroll is better than Kamara, no sweat. But there's a bigger picture, so I'd not be too concerned.

I'd sign Burpo based on his performance against the Revs alone. I've not seen an official announcement for Burpo yet.

Posted by: Richard | November 26, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Carroll is a "system player" that benefits from being in the right type of team. There are probably 10 other DMFs in the league that can do everything Carroll does, but at a much lower price.

Kei Kamara isn't much of a player [yet], but getting away from Sigi the Hutt can't hurt him.

I don't think that Yallop go pantsed in this one, but I'm not sure he won, either. I guess having another GenAdd player can't hurt, particularly since there will be another round of expansion drafting in a year or two.

Posted by: khan | November 26, 2007 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Sigi the Hutt:) Haha! That's funny:)

Posted by: Jaba | November 27, 2007 12:04 AM | Report abuse

This was a done deal before the draft, but only announced after the draft. This deal was actually for Kamara and Grabavoy. As a Quakes fan, I'm psyched...

Posted by: brizzle | November 27, 2007 3:09 AM | Report abuse

"This was a done deal before the draft, but only announced after the draft. This deal was actually for Kamara and Grabavoy. As a Quakes fan, I'm psyched..."

and your source is who???

Posted by: 124GHJ | November 27, 2007 11:27 AM | Report abuse

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