Breaking News, and Other News
*I hear Kansas City's Eddie Johnson has left U.S. national team camp in L.A. and is in serious negotiations with English club Fulham.
*As you know, D.C. United is preparing to finalize deals with Argentine forward Franco Niell and Colombian defender Gonzalo Martinez. In addition, the reports out of Peru that Universitario goalkeeper Jose Carvallo might also be heading to DCU are indeed true. Why would United use a foreign slot on a presumably back-up goalkeeper? A source tells me that -- get this -- Carvallo has Virginia connections and holds a green card. (Who knew?)
*I checked in this weekend with DCU's Ben Olsen for a status report on his ankles, which underwent surgery after the season. He says: "They feel much better now that the San Antonio bone spurs are gone. They cut out a couple Duncans and a Ginobili and I'm a new man." On a serious note, he adds: "Yeah, they feel good but have a little tendinitis from coming back, but that's normal I think from all the junk they took out."
*Here's the Kenny Cooper situation, as explained by someone familiar with his travails: Cooper had a gentleman's agreement with MLS when he returned from England that if he did well in his first season, he would have the opportunity to renegotiate a better deal. After getting 11 goals and 4 assists, his father approached MLS about the upgrade. The league indicated that the option on the contract had been exercised and nothing would change. The elder tried to work through the Hunt group, which responded by saying there was simply not enough money available under the salary cap. Both father and son were perturbed with MLS for not upholding their end of the unwritten agreement and with the Hunt group for not taking the initiative. Agent Lyle Yorks was hired to get a better deal or get him sold back overseas. They are still hoping to renegotiate for this coming season, but nothing yet. (He earned $83,000 last season.) That is why you have been hearing rumblings of Cooper's discontent in Dallas. So there you go.....
*Tulsa goalkeeper Dominic Cervi (6 foot 6) has impressed observers at the MLS combine in Fort Lauderdale, and as a reward, has been called into under-23 camp in Bradenton by Coach Peter Nowak.
*The new women's pro league, which will launch in 2009, will unveil its official name this week in conjunction with the NSCAA convention in Baltimore. Suggestions from Insider Nation?
*Six strikes by Man U against the Magpies [new video, let's see how long this one remains available!]:
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