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Mathis to MLS?

Don't be surprised if Clint Mathis -- yes, that Clint Mathis -- ends up on Real Salt Lake's roster this week. Sources tell the Insider that the club is seriously considering acquiring Mathis from Los Angeles, which has maintained MLS rights to the 31-year-old midfielder-forward since he left for Greece last January. Mathis worked out informally with RSL this summer before heading to Norway for an unsuccessful trial with IK Start.

If a deal is reached, RSL would become the third MLS team that Mathis has joined on two separate occasions: Los Angeles in 1998-2000 and 2007 (winter), New York 2000-03 and 2007, and RSL in 2005 and '08. He also played for Colorado in 2006.

Does Mathis have anything left?

By Steve Goff  |  August 11, 2008; 3:30 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Wow...well, hopefully he will be able to help them make a run for the playoffs. They certainly have put the work in to deserve it.

Posted by: Patrick | August 11, 2008 5:03 AM | Report abuse

Does Mathis have anything left?

no.

Posted by: franz goffka | August 11, 2008 5:19 AM | Report abuse

Clint Mathis is just a depressing story. He use to be incredible, but he didn't take care of himself, and look at what has happened to him. Imagine what Clint could have been if he had Landon Donovan's health habits.

What a shame.

It's almost as sad as Salt Lake, who has looked pretty good lately, to think Clint Mathis can help them. They need to move forward, not back.

Posted by: TCompton | August 11, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Clint Mathis in 2008 will be to RSL what Marcelo Gallardo is to DC United in 2008 (but probably at 1/12th the salary.

What that is exactly is yet to be determined.

Posted by: USA | August 11, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

So what happened during Mathis' short time in Greece?

(Is the answer "not much"?)

Posted by: 22206 | August 11, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

No, but he will score a goal in his first game back.

Posted by: New England Guy | August 11, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Goff -- you should be sleeping at that hour.

Posted by: steve-o | August 11, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) announced Monday plans to put a team in Atlanta in 2010, which will be the second year of play for the league.

Atlanta’s team will come into the league along with an expansion franchise from Philadelphia, joining teams in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New Jersey/New York, St. Louis, and Washington D.C. Atlanta's WPS team name, logo, colors, coaching and front office staff will be announced later.

Posted by: RK | August 11, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Goff - any word on TV ratings for US-Holland on USA Network?

Posted by: New England Guy | August 11, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: RK | August 11, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Mathis played in a RSL Reserve game on July 15 against BYU's PDL team. He at least started the second half, and didn't score. I watched the game off an on on my DVR after recording it off of the BYU channel.

BYU is in the same PDL Division as the Tacoma Tide, which are near me.

Posted by: Emmett | August 11, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Just ask the Red Bulls if he has anything left, he was 3rd on their scoring chart last year behind only JP Angel, and Jozy.

It really depends who shows up, the old Cletus, or Clint Mathis. I have heard that since getting married that Clint is back in charge of Mathis and that is a good thing.

In greece he played for a very bad team, but if I remember his one goal in 8 matches was a critical one to keep the team from getting relegated.

It will be interesting to see what happens, could getting Clint back be part of the reason RSL is parting ways with Matias Mantilla? RSL has two open roster spots and only 4 days left to fill them, so this move would not surprise me.

Posted by: f4denz | August 11, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

So what happened during Mathis' short time in Greece?
(Is the answer "not much"?)

Posted by: 22206 | August 11, 2008 9:09 AM
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He scored a goal or two to help Ergotelis stave off relegation. But, other than that, you're right.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 11, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Are players rights held by MLS teams in perpetuity? If Eddie Lewis comes back from England some day, do the San Jose Clash have first dibs on him?

Posted by: AM | August 11, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

"Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) announced Monday plans to put a team in Atlanta in 2010, which will be the second year of play for the league..zzzzzzzzzzzz

clint "who ate all the big macs" mathis should hang it up already..

Posted by: mizage | August 11, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

And we care about Mathis why???

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

He will have less impact than Claudio Reyna at 1/10th the price.

Posted by: Nick from Big Soccer | August 11, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

The Colorado franchise is a disaster and a huge black eye for the league. When the Rapids were playing well earlier in the season their stadium was empty. Now that the team has given up on their coach and are phoning it in and losing every game, the stadium is reaally empty. When they fire their coach and start winning again, the stadium will still be empty. That franchise has failed, and likely needs to be relocated, along with Chivas USA, whose relocation/rebranding is almost a foregone conclusion at this point.

Posted by: Ron | August 11, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Why would RSL sign Mathis? Morales was a great find by them. They don't need another starter playing in that role. And surely they'd have to jettison a striker if they're going to push him up higher on the field.

Posted by: Allen | August 11, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Are players rights held by MLS teams in perpetuity? If Eddie Lewis comes back from England some day, do the San Jose Clash have first dibs on him?

Posted by: AM | August 11, 2008 10:41 AM
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Decisions on returning MLS employees will be made at a later date.

Posted by: Doug Logan | August 11, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

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