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MLS Rumblings

We have been telling you for weeks that Los Angeles and Toronto were in serious talks about a trade involving Galaxy forward Carlos Ruiz, and today it was completed. From what I understand, the Galaxy will receive a draft pick and a whole lot more: salary cap space to officially sign USA midfielder Eddie Lewis. A source with Guatemalan ties who is close to Ruiz said he is not thrilled about leaving Los Angeles and playing on artificial turf in Toronto. Earlier today, TFC cleared space by waiving midfielder Laurent Robert (16 starts, one goal, three assists).

I am also hearing that, despite their victory the other day, the Colorado Rapids are hardly content and that a shake-up might be coming.

By Steve Goff  |  August 19, 2008; 10:21 PM ET
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Ruiz whining about something? I. AM. SHOCKED.

Posted by: Matt Mathai | August 19, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Ruiz + Guevara = Locker Room Headaches

Posted by: Sylvester | August 19, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Toronto is going to crash and burn man.
It's literally the red roof organization of MLS, I want to see how die hard those fans are once the team is in the cellar. Make that the padded room in the basement where they keep the gimp.
Any other news about Matt Reis's abductor? How bout Peralta, and Gallardo, they do have a game tomorrow after all.
Hope every body is ready for the second coming of Christ on Saturday as well...
Vamos United!

Posted by: dadryan | August 19, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

No surprise that Ruiz would be unhappy, but he should at least see the bright side. He's instantly the sharpest finisher with the best off-the-ball movement in Toronto. Even with his laughable standard of fitness and commitment, he'll be playing regularly (unlike in LA). He shouldn't be worried about the turf; he should be worried about the TFC midfield without Mo Edu. If they maintain the 442 they've been forced into lately, the combination of Robinson and Guevara will be far too easy to play through for teams on the attack. If they go back to the 4231, their best option as that 2nd defensive midfielder is Kevin Harmse, who is not much more than a goon.

Clavijo is probably on a game-to-game basis at this point. If the big tactical changes they underwent between their last game and the one before that weren't his ideas, he could be in even more trouble. Benching Gomez, after he was billed as basically the Rapids' biggest pickup ever, is a huge risk (especially when the replacement is Mehdi "USL quality" Ballouchy). Then again, this is the Rapids; they'll probably wait until the offseason to avoid making any kind of expenditure or noise in the media.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | August 20, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

am i missing something, why waive Robert?

Posted by: dc fan | August 20, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else surprised that Toronto would waive Robert? Every time I've seen him he plays great. I guess they needed an SI slot?

Posted by: Hedbal | August 20, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Late night and off topic but the olympic bmx is on right now on late night on NBC? check it!

Posted by: dadryan | August 20, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

maybe i blinked and i missed it, but why exactly did gomez not play last weekend? if your #10 is healthy, he's in the game. period.

Posted by: DudeAbides | August 20, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

cuz the coach in Colorado is not doing a very good job.
Last time I even bothered checking, Gomez wasn't being utilized very well. The colorado Rapid punt ball tactics haven't let Gomez see enough of the ball.
So many out here think it's a shame DCU let him go, I think the bigger tragedy is the sheer stupidity of Colorado not exploiting Christian's gifts. Really hope to see him play this weekend personally.
Yes I did say that.

Posted by: dadryan | August 20, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Any other news about Matt Reis's abductor?

This is the kind of question I'd expect on a blog about Colombian futbol or something.

Posted by: The Jeff | August 20, 2008 7:18 AM | Report abuse

So Carver had issues with Cunningham's attitude and play? he complained about Schelotto diving earlier this year. Boy, I can't wait till he see's Ruiz on a daily basis. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Posted by: GLD123 | August 20, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Am I the only one really hoping that we draw an opening round playoff matchup against Toronto at this point?

Posted by: DCUMD | August 20, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else surprised that Toronto would waive Robert? Every time I've seen him he plays great. I guess they needed an SI slot?
Robert has been awful. He is incredibly lazy which everybody could accept if still had the talent of his Newcastle days, but he has shown nothing since his first couple of games.

Posted by: seven | August 20, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Shake up! Shake up! Shake up!

Posted by: TomM | August 20, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Ruiz + Guevara = Locker Room Headaches

Posted by: Sylvester | August 19, 2008 10:57 PM
Wow. Incredibly concise and spot on.
Kudos to you Sly.

I wouldn't want that guy playing for Crystal Palace Baltimore even if we had a sponsor paying his entire salary. Too much trouble and his productivity has been going down, anyways.

Posted by: yankiboy | August 20, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Any other news about Matt Reis's abductor?

This is the kind of question I'd expect on a blog about Colombian futbol or something.

Posted by: The Jeff | August 20, 2008 7:18 AM

FARC Reis!

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 20, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

At this point, trades involving Ruiz are pretty boring news.

The real question is whether LA Galaxy will re-sign him (again) at some point in the future.

Posted by: TCompton | August 20, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I thought the Galaxy needed help in central defense, and maybe central midfield. If so, why spend money on Eddie Lewis?

Posted by: SSMD | August 20, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Ruiz could be a god, if he plays to his top capabilities. Supporters are still split on his signing but we welcome him regardless and hope that he will perform. It really is up to him. Bit surprised that hes unhappy at leaving LA, he must have known it was coming as is the chance that he will play on turf (ideally not for long as Mo is going to see if we can use Edus transfer money to go to grass)

As for our midfield without Edu, this was not a great season for him and we have Tello, a spanish holding mid currently on trial who schooled with Real Madrid.

As for Guevara, he has been smiling, polite and happy to be here so much to the point that we dont understand how he was so reviled as a lockerroom cancer to begin with. Do know that Ruiz has said he wants to play with Guevara, ideally Guevara will be a calming (please hold the jokes) and influential presence and we will have the old regular scoring Ruiz back. Once again, its entirely up to Ruiz.

Posted by: Ossington Mental YOuth | August 20, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I hope more players complain about playing on artificial turf and refuse trades or at least make it more difficult. Get rid of plastic!

Posted by: boda united | August 20, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

as for Robert, i thought he was good, although he didnt trackback to catch balls (it was expected) he did wing them in, i guess it wasnt enough for management thats not to mention the fact that JoSmith was now contending on the leftwing. I wish Robert luck in his future endeavors.

Posted by: Ossington Mental Youth | August 20, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Is it really a smart idea for Toronto to take in a guy to play on an artificial surface AFTER he just had knee surgery?

Posted by: Christian | August 20, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

This is the best Galaxy news I've heard in a long time.

I hated the fact that he was brought back here, so needless to say, I couldn't be any happier to see him leave.

Posted by: ElChele | August 20, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Colorado's shake has started, Clavijo steps down as head coach

Posted by: Jeremy | August 20, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Ruiz + Smith = Championship

Wiltord next?????????????

Posted by: Joal | August 20, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Galaxy.....another mistake. Ruiz will be scoring goals for Toronto.

Posted by: chobe | August 20, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Lauren Robert waived????? It was just a month ago that someone on this page was caliming he should be an All-Star... How could TFC be so blind to his talents and on-field stardom, and waive him?

I can't remember who it was that made this observatoin, but this person is obviously far more knowleadgeable than the TFC front office.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | August 20, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

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