More On Mathis Trade

More On Mathis Trade

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 30, 2007

Released this morning by the Denver Post, Real Salt Lake is still paying a majority of Clint Mathis’s salary, somewhere in the $300k range. This comes as no shocker why Red Bull New York would pull for a deal like this. They will be getting Mathis at a major bargain compared to his annual salary.

RBNY will only be paying around $80k to $100k for Mathis this season. Colorado will be getting either a good bit of allocation or just partial allocation plus a few draft picks. The allocation money will be determined by Mathis’s play on the field. Colorado will be saving “somewhere in the six-figure range” towards their salary cap this season. However, they still will be footing some of the bill for this deal.

To me, I sort of believe a reason why the Rapids were so quick to pull the trigger for this deal was because possibly starting this season Mathis’s salary was going to start counting a lot more against their cap. They didn’t want a hefty load on their cap for a player who hasn’t hit much but rock bottom since his return to the MLS a couple years ago. It only makes sense to save money by dumping a player who hasn’t been worth the pay to someone else who is willing to take a chance on him. Plus, you have to believe Colorado may be wanting to use that extra savings on another player down the road.

I still love this deal for both teams. Sure it is a total gamble for New York to take Mathis, but when you are desperate for offense then you have to do something about it. Mathis knows Bruce Arena and what he is expected to do in Arena’s system. Most teams in the league didn’t want Mathis on their squad but New York. As for Colorado, as mentioned they save some cash and get relief over a headache that never amounted into much while in their uniform. Not to mention if Mathis is a bust in New York, they still get some allocation money for it.

Win-win if you ask me.