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Cannon, Convey, Schelotto and Alcantara

*Sources have confirmed to the Insider that San Jose declined the option on star goalkeeper Joe Cannon's contract, which was due to pay him around $225,000 next season. The Earthquakes would like to re-sign him at a lower figure, but because the option was not picked up by yesterday, he is free to negotiate overseas. A Norwegian club has already stepped forward and begun looking into the possibility of making an offer.

*More on the Guillermo Barros Schelotto deal with Columbus: GBS would like to lock into his designated player salary ($650,000) for 2010 as well and is waiting to see if the Crew is interested in such an arrangement.

*Word out of England is that Reading is looking to move USA midfielder Bobby Convey this winter and that he could land in Sweden, Norway or Denmark. Injuries and form have limited him to seven overall appearances (five league, two cup) out of a possible 23 with the first team this season. Convey, 25, has scored with the reserve squad.

*Forward Reinier Alcantara, one of two Cuban national team players to seek asylum this fall, suffered a thigh injury during workouts with the Earthquakes this week. He has already trained with Kansas City and Colorado, and is waiting to see if an MLS club submits a claim for him when the discovery period opens next Monday.

By Steve Goff  |  December 2, 2008; 8:49 PM ET
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As a Galaxy fan, I can say from bitter experience that Cannon is worth the money. San Jose will need good goalkeeping if they want to sneak into the playoffs next year. Maybe they've got somebody lined up, but I think they're making a mistake. (Which, of course, is great.)

Posted by: JonE2 | December 2, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

If he doesn't go overseas, Galaxy should try to trade for him. He almost got us into the playoffs in 2007. If we had him in 2008 we definitely could have sneaked into the playoffs.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | December 2, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

just curious, but what kind of salary does Convey command now? just asking.

Posted by: redstarsix | December 2, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. Joe Cannon. Would that be the same Joe Cannon who should have been DC United's goalkeeper, except that the league wouldn't approve the trade because it would have put 3 DP salaries on LA? Oh, wait. Ruiz wound up there anyway.

I say DC United pick up that option (wouldn't they have a chance to seeing as how it's a league-owned contract) and then ditch Wells and Crayton.



Posted by: jayrockers | December 2, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Although they declined the option, the Earthquakes maintain Cannon's MLS rights. So San Jose will either re-sign him, trade his rights to another MLS team or let him sign overseas.

Posted by: Steve Goff | December 2, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Only 110 days until opening day. But who's counting?

Posted by: Curious99 | December 2, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. Joe Cannon. Would that be the same Joe Cannon who should have been DC United's goalkeeper, except that the league wouldn't approve the trade because it would have put 3 DP salaries on LA? Oh, wait. Ruiz wound up there anyway.



Posted by: jayrockers | December 2, 2008 10:07 PM

I clicked this thread to type the same exact thing...

Posted by: sitruc | December 2, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

As much as I like Crayton personally -- it's odd to say that about someone I've never met -- I think DCU might want to consider having another go at trading for Cannon. Crayton might not be thrilled about playing on the West Coast, but I could see the teams swapping goalies (if DC sweetens the deal a little).

Things started to go wrong for DC when the MLS put the kibosh on that trade. Getting Cannon would not only be an upgrade, it might get the karma straightened out. Well, that might require also getting a different sponsor, but acquiring Cannon would be a good start.

Posted by: fischy | December 2, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Yep, knew Reading was going to have to try and unload Convey this winter because contract expires next summer so they need to get compensation.

Redstar6 - don't know how much he makes but he renegotiated after Readings promotion and the World Cup when Convey was at his best so my guess is his salary is way to high for a reserve team. I still think he could play in the Coca Cola Chamionship League - not that many great natural left wingers - unfortunatley, Stephen Hunt is one of them.

Posted by: Beckster1 | December 3, 2008 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update, Curious! Nice to have you back.

I'd think that San Jose would not send Cannon to another club in the same conference. Given his record, Cannon would likely get the money he wants overseas. American goalkeepers seem to be valued in Europe.

As for Convey... I'm not so sure I want him back in a United kit. Too many injuries, too many frustrations. Ours is a club that needs stability. Still, I hope Bobby picks up with a European side and regains his form.

Posted by: joedoc | December 3, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Convey to Philly in 2010 - just have to hope that he contributes more than Reyna did when he returned to his hometown MLS team.

Posted by: EricZ | December 3, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse


I agree 100%. I feel the same way about Crayton. He's a likable guy, and I think he's good enough if we cover our defensive problems. However, Cannon is an elite keeper, individually able to turn losses into draws and draws into wins. He would be a dynamite addition here. This year's team, with all its flaws, makes the playoffs with relative ease with Cannon in goal for the whole season. If he leaves San Jose, they will be looking at a very difficult 2009.


I wouldn't want Convey back here either. He'd cost way too much, we have a good left midfielder in Guerrero, and frankly, I have thought for years that Convey's biggest problem is a lack of heart. When he didn't go to Spurs, he came back here and basically moped around the field rather than redouble his efforts to force his way into success. Gros was outplaying him when he finally did go to Reading. At Reading, he has not been able to win a spot despite having to beat out just 1 player who is not as skilled technically (in my opinion). For the national team, there have been flashes of quality, but long stretches of letting the game happen rather than trying to grab hold of it and take control.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | December 3, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

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