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Fire Search and More Salaries

I'm hearing that a possible replacement for the ousted John Guppy in Chicago is Ilja Kaenzig, the former sporting director at Hanover, GM at Bayer Leverkusen and front office executive with Grasshopper. The last two years he has been running a Zurich-based consulting firm, Boutique Football. (Any relation to Ruud Gullit's Sexy Football?) He has ties to MLS and American soccer through player moves and partnerships between clubs. Just a name to watch as the Fire's search progresses.....

The latest batch of MLS player salaries has arrived:

Claudio Lopez, K.C.: $720,000 base, $820,000 guaranteed
Laurent Robert, Toronto: 319,800/337,300
Andre Rocha, Dallas: 135,000/135,000
Gino Padula, Columbus: 120,000/145,000
Alvaro Pires, L.A.: 100,000/110,775
Jamison Olave, RSL: 80,000/80,000
Oscar Echeverry, N.Y.: 80,000/80,000
Ivan Trujillo, K.C.: 70,000/70,000
Marco Velez, Toronto: 60,000/60,500
Guilherme So, Columbus: 59,000/73,250
Chase Hilgenbrinck, N.E.: 36,000/36,000

*Brian McBride scores as Fulham ends its woeful road streak with a 2-0 victory at Reading.

By Steve Goff  |  April 12, 2008; 11:22 AM ET
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López, given his effort and contributions the first three matches, is looking to be quite a value. FC Dallas' Denilson (prorated salary at over a million) experiment is even worse in comparison to a DP deal like this one!

Posted by: Nic | April 12, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Another Galaxy player making $100k/yr?? Do some of their players have a negative salary??

Posted by: Rocko | April 12, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Seriously Rocko...

How many Galaxy players are paying to be apart of that team?

Posted by: Phillip | April 12, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I'd be interested in Dan Kennedy's salary when that becomes available considering he has played in Argentina and may have been more expensive than your typical American journeyman backup keeper.

Posted by: Kartik | April 12, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

No matter how poor the opposition, I'm pretty sure there is something about Fulhamerica winning on the road in the Book of Revelations. I think it was something about three days until the Apocalypse.

Posted by: sitruc | April 12, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"Rams have no pride"

The headline for Villa's 6-0 drubbing of Derby.

At least they can't blame Feilhaber. He hasn't seen the pitch in months

Posted by: delantero | April 12, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Mansally and Nyassi, the new Revolution players at $50,000 for the pair?!?!

For their sake, I hope they didn't sign for multiple years.

Posted by: delantero | April 12, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Alvaro makes $100K?

It continually stuns me to see how dumb the LA front office is.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | April 12, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

"No matter how poor the opposition..."

Seriously? Sure Reading have a losing record, but they're likely to stay up in the premiership. Something Fulham may or may not do themselves. It isn't like they're Derby or some lower division side. Good? Certainly not, but not "poor". Not as long as Steve Coppell is in charge of that club.

That's a club, after all, that was one point away from UEFA last season. Or is any club out of the top 5 or 6 a "poor" club to you?

Posted by: spectre | April 12, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Good game between Juve and MIlan right now, very open game considering how much they like to defend.

Posted by: Red Devil | April 12, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Folks, If your not watching the Juve-Milan match you're missing out on one hell of a match.

Posted by: Red Devil | April 12, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Reading is three points from relegation...yeah, they are fantastic! Only 29 points from the UEFA cup!

Posted by: RK | April 12, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Well, Fulham and Birmingham have a key meeting on May 3rd at Craven Cottage.

In addition the Cottagers have games with Liverpool (home), Man City (away), and Portsmouth (away); while Birmingham has Aston Villa (away), Liverpool (home) and Blackburn (home). Four points separate our boys from Birmingham currently.

And I cannot believe that I have, for the last four weeks, had the remaining games for FFC, Birmingham, AND Bolton listed on the back of an envelope here, to keep track of this race...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | April 12, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Even if their record wasn't what it was and they were undefeated, you would say poor if you saw the match today, spectre.

Posted by: sitruc | April 12, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

And I cannot believe that I have, for the last four weeks, had the remaining games for FFC, Birmingham, AND Bolton listed on the back of an envelope here, to keep track of this race...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | April 12, 2008 3:46 PM

"Hi. I'm SportzNut21 and I'm a soccer addict."

"Hi Sportznut21." reply the rest of us.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 12, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Could someone explain the base vs. guaranteed numbers? If you guaranteed X amount, what is the need to know the base? I'm probably missing something obvious but I'm afraid I don't get it.

Posted by: MJC | April 12, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"Hi. I'm SportzNut21 and I'm a soccer addict."

"Hi Sportznut21." reply the rest of us.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 12, 2008 5:28 PM

Football Anonymous: Giving a whole new meaning to the term "FA Cup."

I played soccer for a couple years in HS, some 25-odd years ago. I've always kept an eye on domestic soccer. Just never followed the Premiership so closely.

Congrats to Exit 2 on the brace. When is DCU going to file a discovery claim on him?


Posted by: SportzNut21 | April 12, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Stephen, Luis Arroyave reports for the Chicago Tribune says he has heard that Frank Klopas is in Europe looking at a forward and the player is interested to come play for the Fire and Klopas is feeling the situation out. Have you heard of anything about this?

Posted by: Victor | April 12, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Who's Stephen??

Posted by: Red Devil | April 12, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

That Kaenzig guy is like a two faced guy, got reputation for good work, but aswell one for very dubious and shady business.


you just have to figure out how much Becks, Ruiz and Donovan count against the cap (I'm not sure if I got it right with 415k + I don't know if allocation money or whatever affects the bill aswell...

Becks 415k (6.5 M $ DP)
Donovan 415k (900k DP*)
Ruiz 415k (460k DP*)
Buddle 157k
Xavier 156k
Klein 150k
Vagenas 144k
Jazic 126k
Pires 111k
Vanney 92k
Sesay (78k GA)
Cronin 75k
Gordon 73k
Franklin 49k
Allen 45k
Wicks 38k
Randolph 33k
Roberts 33k
Gavin 33k
Tudela (18k SD)
Jordan (18k SD)
Valentin (13k Dev)
Higgins (13k Dev)
McDonald (13k Dev)
Alamo (13k Dev)
Bolkan Scott (13k Dev)

1'245'000 (Becks, Ruiz, Donovan) ???
1'282'000 (Rest of the Team)
Total = 2'527'000 M $

Posted by: Ben | April 12, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Exit 2 on the brace. When is DCU going to file a discovery claim on him?

"Exit 2" sounds as if he's been placed in foster care at a home up the road.

Posted by: tri-village | April 12, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

San Jose didn't look too bad today, until they got into the box. Sullivan was talking about them going after Zinha, but that's not addressing their biggest problem (though he will be a big improvement over Grabavoy, who just isn't good enough to be a full-time MLS playmaker). They need an out-and-out striker that will make these many half-chances into goals, or their season will mirror Toronto's 2007.

Chicago, however, looked pretty vulnerable. If San Jose had any half-decent strikers, the Fire would no longer be undefeated. I thought they had a bit of a charmed game when they hammered the Revs, and this confirmed it to a certain extent.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | April 12, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Darn Pachuca is playing against Monterrey on comcast ch 198 in Arlington, VA area. Not sure if this a new game but they did mention something about DC United. San Jose should have scored at aleast 2-3 goals had they had a decent stricker. urrrr

Posted by: td | April 12, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Reading are a poor side. They spent the first half of the season being completely unwatchable. Now they alternate between being decent and just not showing up. Coppell has done a good job in keeping a limited team up but they are limited. They're a team that if they went down nobody would really miss them because a similar team would take their place.

If McBride had been healthy all season there is no way that Fulham would be in this position even with the terrible purchases by Lawrie Sanchez. He was about the only person who thought that buying everyone who played for Northern Ireland would work in the premier league.

Posted by: Jared | April 12, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

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