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MLS Roster Moves

If you aren't following the Insider on Twitter, you missed all the Kei Kamara fun earlier.

With the roster deadline approaching today, the Houston Dynamo traded its third-leading goal scorer to Kansas City for forward Abe Thompson and allocation money. The deal is done, official announcements soon. Kamara, 25, has five goals in 20 starts this year and 14 league goals in 80 career appearances. Thompson, 27, has played just 157 minutes in the league this year and has 14 goals in 85 appearances. It will be Thompson's third club in five seasons and Kamara's fourth in four.

Kamara's Twitter message: "Thanks you Mr. Domanique Kinnear for your GREAT work, don't worry God is with Me anywhere I go. Am a bless person and my family loves Me." (He is being sincere about Kinnear. I think.)

We're also hearing that Dallas is planning to reacquire defender Steve Purdy, whom it waived last week to make room for Heath Pearce. Perhaps other moves brewing.....

[UPDATE] D.C. United actived midfielder-forward Boyzzz Khumalo, who is still recovering from a broken wrist and subsequent infection, and placed Ely Allen, Ange N'Silu (hamstring) and Greg Janicki (back) on the unavailable list, which means they are eligible to play in CONCACAF matches only. Allen's demotion cleared roster space for Khumalo, who probably won't be able to play for a few more weeks.

Please continue to post Euro Champions League comments on the previous thread.

I will update this one if more MLS information surfaces. We'll also have results of WPS's expansion draft later, and of course, the D.C. United match vs. San Juan Jabloteh at 8 p.m.

By Steve Goff  |  September 15, 2009; 3:34 PM ET
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Good for Thompson, he gets to a good club and a good coach.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 15, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Sad day for the Dyamo. I loved Kobra Kei. And it is pathetic that this was all about the $$$. Bush league that a MLS team can't afford to offer a quality striker a raise above the paltry 65K he was making...

Posted by: contradiction | September 15, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Poor Abe. I hope he gets a good shot in Houston. High work rate, good pace, and he can hit a ball. Also, just a good guy overall.

Posted by: joedoc1 | September 15, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

The MLS investors must have really been pounded by the recession and now, unfortunately they are going to get pounded again: this time for not having the money to invest in the league just as soccer coverage on Tv is exploding. It has been mentioned before, but when first-time viewers tune into the Champions league and then watch an MLS match, they are not going to be positively impressed.
A maxim of business is you can never cost-cut your way to profitability. Lets hope the market rebound has generated enough cash so these clubs can pay for the talent the league is going to need to as global competition comes our way.

Posted by: Ruthie1 | September 15, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I have heard through unreliable sources that DCU is actively pursuing Juan Pelotitas, a 38 year old one-legged striker who formerly played in the Argentinian Primera and is a good drinking buddy of Veron's. DCU apparently was mesmerized by Pelotitas' technical ability and desire to practice hard and not just be a "gamer." When asked about Pelotitas one-leggedness, DCU responded by saying that he had the pace to mesh well with their current "strikeforce."

Posted by: griffin1108 | September 15, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

griffin1108 -

Ouch (and chuckle worthy)...but true. You know, Juan “Peg-leg” Pelotitas may not be a bad signing if he can receive/hold the ball up top.

Posted by: dcuIII | September 15, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

And you think you are joking...Dario Silva lost part of his leg a few years ago. Check out the Wiki entry:

A number of scouts regularly attend matches and speculation mounts on a spectacular and unexpected return to professional football in the U.S.A. MLS League. He has been recently linked with a return to football with a whole host of American and Australian sides linked, he has believed to have been on trial at MLS side Toronto FC in December 2008.

Posted by: Reignking | September 15, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

(...)a 38 year old one-legged striker(...)

"Sweep the leg."

Posted by: SportzNut21 | September 15, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure how these moves for DC fit under MLS's roster requirements.

The problem is activating Khumalo (who is on a senior contract) and making room by deactivating Allen (who is a developmental player). That leaves us with 21 active senior roster players and 3 active developmental players, and the distribution is supposed to be 20 and 4. Did someone get demoted? I'd guess one of the new signings was on a developmental deal, but I believe Vaughn is too old to be eligible and I recall Shipalane's deal being reported as a senior spot.

My run-it-up-the-flagpole guess is that Habarugira was demoted to the Allen's developmental spot.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | September 15, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Is he right-footed or left?

@Ruthie -- Ostensibly, that's what all this expansion is supposed to provide -- a pool of money for the league and (original) investors. My take? What they need most are scouts. I was stunned to read recently that one team -- I think it was the Bulls -- just hired their first scout. It's a wonder that teams are able to find anyone decent, and no wonder that DCU was recruiting players based on videotapes sent in by a players' mothers. It's a fact that the American talent pool isn't very deep Perhaps that will begin to change with the academy system, though there's no reason to presume that this will produce better talent than the ODP system. So, the teams need to scour the African and Latino talent that the Europeans passed over. That takes a fairly extensive scouting and evaluation system, which does not exist -- on top of offering more money to attract the players they do find. The USA should be attractive to a lot of young players -- but only if the league gains greater respectability. The old chicken-egg Catch-22 dilemma.

Posted by: fischy | September 15, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Under MLS rules, one legged players only count as a half player, meaning a team could have 42 senior one-legged players on the roster if they wished. Utilizing this rule to the fullest would make competing in MLS matches plus Champions League and Open Cup a breeze. Reports are that DC United is asking the league to declare Marc Burch as "effectively one-legged" and thereby pick up an extra player slot.

Posted by: b18bolo | September 15, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Abe is a local guy, not just local but a DC guy (I want to say local kid, but not true any more, is it?). I hope this placement allows him to flower. Houston has been good and finding talent and using it well.

Hear that Soehn and Kasper?

Posted by: DCUSince96 | September 15, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

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