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Revving It Up

The Insider has learned that the New England Revolution is looking at a Colombian international and is also in trade talks with the Columbus Crew. Sorry, no names available, but I hear trade discussions might continue right up until next Friday's draft in Baltimore and is not a major swap, by any means. Meantime, two days after we broke the news here, Preston North End's pursuit of Taylor Twellman has hit the British shores with reports of an alleged transfer offer of $1.5 million. Word I am hearing, though, is that the Revs have no interest in selling their star forward, who signed a new contract last winter.

Some of you familiar with DCU's front office have inquired about Ray Trifari, the team administrator since the 1996 inaugural season who recently left the club. Trifari and his Georgetown basketball rooting interests are heading to Salt Lake City to work with new GM Garth Lagerwey. Trifari's job at DCU has been filled by equipment manager Francisco Tobar, the pride of Chile.

By Steve Goff  |  January 9, 2008; 12:44 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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The Revolution signing someone not from the draft? Isn't that an oxymoron?

Posted by: Edward | January 9, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Dell'Apa wrote that PNE was going to increase their offer to $2M.

At the risk of asking a FAQ, how does this work? If MLS likes the offer, can the Revs veto it?

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=496558&root=mls&cc=5901

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 9, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

***Off Topic***

Big Sam sacked at Newcastle; this is such a bad move for them to do. Six months is not enough time to turn around a sorry looking club with delusions of grandeur.

Posted by: Red Devil | January 9, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

In the matter of selling players, the club has the biggest say. If MLS is okay with the offer but the team does not want to lose him, the player will not be sold. (Things have evolved in MLS and clubs have greater autonomy now.)

In the case of Twellman, unless the offer reaches ridiculous levels (which it won't), he's not going.

Posted by: Goff | January 9, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Why would Twellman go to Preston North End? The Coca-Cola Championship league is awful, lacking quality, lacking decent pitches, lacking good weather, and lacking crowds over 15,000 .... wait a second, that sounds like New England.


Maybe he could sign up for Bristol City (3rd in the table and ready for promotion BABY!) or some better team.

Posted by: bristol | January 9, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

"Unless the offer reaches ridiculous levels".

Steve without being crazy, what do you think would be a trigger point for New England not to turn down the offer for Twellman: 3 Million 4 Million.

Every player has a price its just is someone willing to pay it.

Posted by: Nick from Big Soccer | January 9, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Several million, I would imagine.

Can't see Preston (or any other club) offering that much for Twellman.

Posted by: Goff | January 9, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

The Rev do not have the final say on Twellman, he belongs to the league like everyone else.

Posted by: tex | January 9, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: steve-o | January 9, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I thought that a month or so ago there was a rumor of Rev interest in Colombian midfielder Freddy Grisales of Colon - maybe he is the aforementioned target.

Posted by: Zman | January 9, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

What's Ives doing muscling in on Steve turf?

Steve: You want that I should whack him?

Posted by: Ummm... Jersey Turnpike, Exit 1 | January 9, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

"I thought that a month or so ago there was a rumor of Rev interest in Colombian midfielder Freddy Grisales of Colon - maybe he is the aforementioned target."

That seems to be the name that makes the most sense. A creative midfielder looking for a fresh new start. He fits the Revs style (hard nose player) and has some experience (Revs don't need more young guys).

As far as the trade with Columbus, I have a strong feeling it's a defender.

Posted by: Steven | January 9, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

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The Rev do not have the final say on Twellman, he belongs to the league like everyone else.
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tex, can't you read what Goff wrote?
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(Things have evolved in MLS and clubs have greater autonomy now.)
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Yes the league does hold all contracts.

But do the MLS Board of Govenors (the Investors/Operators -- owners of the teams) want to get in the habit of "selling" a player against a club's wishes?

I doubt it, lest next time that be their own team/player.

Posted by: Club autonomy | January 9, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line: The league will not sell a player without the club's blessing.


Posted by: Goff | January 9, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me that the Columbia international you speak of is not Angulo and is in fact someone with a Cap.

Posted by: bwfcusa | January 9, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"Bottom line: The league will not sell a player without the club's blessing."

Just look at the Shalrie Joseph situation.

Posted by: Steven | January 9, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Yves claimed the Gen. Adidas list was to be released today. Any word on whether it's coming out in the next few hours?

Posted by: DCU | January 9, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

""In the case of Twellman, unless the offer reaches ridiculous levels (which it won't), he's not going.""

Personally, I think $1.5-2 million for Twellman is already at ridiculous levels.

Posted by: delantero | January 9, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

delantero:
I agree $ 1.5 - 2 M is a ridiculous fee for Twellman. TT is a johnny-on-the-spot type of forward, and can't create anything for himself; has to depend on defensive mistakes or his own midfield to create chances to score.

Posted by: la_chingada | January 9, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

DCU should go after this guy:
http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/story/7654006

Posted by: Zungazan | January 9, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

"Totono" Grisales, while not a creative midfielder, is a midfield engine and would seem to fit NE's philosophy, although it also seems that a #10 would suit them even better. He is known in colombia for having "3 lungs". Grisales has played well everywhere he has played, and was one of the top performers on the Colombia team that won Copa America 2001. He was also one of the few bright spots for Newells Old Boys in a disastrous apertura 2006 in Argentina. He would be a quality signing as a non-DP.

Posted by: Nick | January 9, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Insert "Colon" for "Newell's" above. It is also worth mentioning that Independiente is actively seeking Grisales' transfer as well, if indeed he is the player that the Revs are after.

Posted by: Nick | January 9, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Also note that the Revs' coaches were reportedly AT the River-Colon match in Buenos Aires where Colon won and Grisales scored a goal.

Must've impressed them, if it's true.

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