- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On December 26, 2007
- 4 Comments
Greetings to you and your’s this holiday season. I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and that Santa was good to you as well.
Time to get back to work here with just a few little tid-bits today to discuss as we get geared up for the winter transfer window that is set to open up in a matter of a week here. So let’s get down to business:
Some news here at Christmas for you Crew fans. Midfielder Guillermo Barros Schelotto is not heading back to Boca Juniors as has been speculated. From what my sources tell me he wants to end his Crew contract now to join a team he played with even before Boca, Gimnasia.
According to reports from the Argentine press Guillermo Barros Schelotto was reunited with the president of Gimnasia, and came to a verbal agreement to return to the club for next season.
But before he can do that he has to end his time with the Crew. A club who is counting on his services for at least one more season.
Schelotto’s current contract with the Crew ends in June of next year. So what will likely happen is he returns to start the next season then to only wait out his contract and then go to Gimnasia in July.
Tough break for the Crew though. They desperately need to figure out how long they will actually have him, if at all. I really think he will be there to start the next season since his contract ends in June. Though for right now it just depends on just how homesick he really is and how badly he wants to return home.
In other news…
Hard to believe we are only a couple weeks away from the MLS Superdraft. Many of you have seen the list of players that the league has invited to the combine the week before and most of you know I’ve been tracking the projected order of the field. Really hard to believe that the league hasn’t released it’s draft order by now.
Right now this draft is expected to be fairly deep unlike last year. We will really know a lot more once the league releases which players will be considered for Generations adidas status. The bigger the pool there the deeper things go. Last year wasn’t nearly that deep but did see some up and coming players that could make a difference in years to come for a couple clubs like Dallas who took two GA players in the draft.
Once the MLS combine is finished we will have a better understanding about who will be first in the draft. I have to say I have no clue at this point who San Jose will be picking. Which isn’t really a bad thing at this point and kind of shows you that there is some talent to go around.
Now-former DC United goalkeeper Troy Perkins has officially signed with Norwegian team Valerenga. Troy looks happy, but I have to agree with whoever said, seeing the team name Valerenga just looks dirty. But that’s those Scandinavian names for ya.
DC is expected to get a decent sum of money for the transfer, which I believe was around the $750,000 mark. I may be a little off on that number but it was somewhere in that ballpark. Not bad a for a keeper that was selling insurance on the side a couple years ago. DC is expected to get two-thirds of that fee as well to use on transfers this off-season or to re-sign a couple guys.
Still no word on if Christian Gomez or Jamie Moreno will be back in a DC kit in 2008.
Finally, I saw this last week on Andrea Canales’s blog over at Sideline Views was about Lyon coming to the USA next summer. Is Lyon really a big enough name? Apparently they may friendly Chivas.
Interesting storylines there, French versus Mexicans. So crazy it may work.
That’s all for right now. If there is any other major news to report check back here for more updates. Other wise I hope you all continue to enjoy your holiday season!