Monday Kicker: Draft Talk, Ruiz, Cooper and Carvallo

Monday Kicker: Draft Talk, Ruiz, Cooper and Carvallo

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 14, 2008
  • 4 Comments

Happy Monday to ya, hope everyone had a nice weekend. A lot of goodies to talk about today after the MLS Combine this past weekend. Also a couple transfer updates to mention. Not a lot went down on that front over the weekend but expect it to be a busy week since we are going into the MLS SuperDraft.

I will kick off with some draft news and updates.

From what I hear San Jose has a target on who they will pick first in the draft this week after seeing some players in the MLS Combine over the weekend. No doubt on anyone’s mind that its either Patrick Nyarko or Eric Avila. But don’t be too shocked to see the Quakes try to package the number one pick to someone else to get a veteran player or two.

Knowing Frank Yallop this kind of thing makes sense. Getting an impact veteran would really help out this expansion club. They already have one in goal with Joe Cannon but getting one in the midfield or up top would do wonders for this club I think.

Who they could trade with is a huge question though. Dallas and LA have tons of picks but LA has no veterans to trade and I doubt Dallas wants to trade too many people not named Carlos Ruiz away right now. Maybe a Marcelo Saragosa from Dallas to San Jose with a pick or two for some allocation could be a deal. Then again who knows at this point.

I’m just speculating out loud right now. I think San Jose needs some picks but does a club like Dallas want to move up to number one from number two to make something happen? We will see, but from what I hear it probably won’t happen.

Another club that could make a move up to the number one pick, again just thinking aloud, could be Columbus. They definitely need an impact forward right now and getting a guy like Patrick Nyarko would do that.

Your guess is probably as good as mine at this point though, so let me know what you think.

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As for other trades that could be going on with the draft involved. We all know New England and Columbus are working on a deal (or two). Watch out for New York to make a deal or two as well in this draft.

I’m still curious to see if Chivas trades for some picks, seeing how they only have one (#43 in the forth round). Guess maybe they still stock up in the Supplemental draft if they don’t.

I’m still expecting a Carlos Ruiz trade to LA (or somewhere else). Word here in Dallas is that they still want to trade him and will look to the draft to make that kind of a deal go down.

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A Kenny Cooper update. I reported a couple days ago that KC was upset in the Big D but apparently that isn’t the case.

From what I’ve seen with Cooper, the only reason he wouldn’t be happy is because of money. And what it sounds like is Cooper wants a new contract after seeing the club go out and spend big money on a defender this past week.

Most people here in Dallas want Cooper to stay on board and be a big part of this club. If the front office has any sense, they will look into this seriously before it becomes a bigger issue. Cooper isn’t the type to bring a lot of negatives to the fold but when you are unhappy about something it will definitely show in your play (ie. see Dwayne De Rosario this past season until he got a new contract).

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I don’t see Toronto trading up for that number one pick but don’t expect Mo Johnston to not make a few deals this week and during the draft.

Reportedly, Mo denied the possibility of Toronto trading up with San Jose for the No. 1 overall pick, citing the club’s need for several useful players from this upcoming draft. But a more likely scenario could be trading one of the team’s first round picks (No. 9 or No. 10 overall) for a package of picks in a later round. With Los Angeles overloaded with draft picks, look for Johnston to speak with Ruud Gullit about a deal.

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Speaking of Toronto, they have signed another keeper for the season. The Reds are set to sign Canadian goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar, a high-ranking team source said on Sunday. Wagenaar, 22, has spent the past two seasons with Dutch club Ado Den Haag.

Toronto used a bunch of keepers in 2007 after losing starter Greg Sutton to a concussion. Sutton is set to return but will face a stern challenge from Wagenaar for the starting job.

Good move for Toronto if you ask me, after seeing that this draft wouldn’t have enough keepers that were worth drafting where Toronto is located. Wagenaar is very young and could be a good player to start the season for the Reds. Nice to see Toronto addressing their needs before the draft as well.

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Some transfer news. Again, some transfer news out of DC, apparently every Latin player is linked to this club somehow.

Reports in Latin America continue to say that Peruvian goalkeeper Jose Carvallo (Universitario) may be on his way to D.C. United.

With DC not having a ton of draft picks this year it makes sense for them to go out and get a hand-full of young (and old) players from Latin America. Carvallo is a young keeper that would instantly rival Zach Wells in the back for the starting keeper role.

I like what DC is doing here before the draft as well. Addressing needs left and right. They are close to signing about three players right now, addressing key needs in the defense, midfield and up top.

I will have more on their signings as I get the word on them. Like I said they are very close to signing a couple players here this week.

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Sources down at the MLS Combine are saying that MLS commissioner Don Garber is feeling confident about Miami’s chances of landing an expansion franchise. With the city appearing willing to build a stadium, the former home of the Fusion is gaining momentum.

Also, with no word yet on Philadelphia or St. Louis getting a nod for the next expansion site, maybe Miami is ready again. I kinda hope not because the MLS needs to get in the other two markets before they return to Miami.

I am also hearing that Montreal is gaining some steam for an expansion site. If I get the chance today or tomorrow or even sometime this week I will do deeply look into the expansion situation around the league.

  • John

    So, Garber is willing to put expansion teams in St. Louis, Montreal, and Miami before PORTLAND?? If he had ever seen a Timbers game, he would see that this city deserves a team. I'm from New England and a DC United fan, but I still feel that the next 2 expansion teams need to be in Philly and Portland (in that order).

  • John

    So, Garber is willing to put expansion teams in St. Louis, Montreal, and Miami before PORTLAND?? If he had ever seen a Timbers game, he would see that this city deserves a team. I’m from New England and a DC United fan, but I still feel that the next 2 expansion teams need to be in Philly and Portland (in that order).

  • SK

    Boo for expansion teams in the North (especially the northeast). Put a team down South somewhere. Right now, there's not a single team south of Columbus and east of Dallas. Miami isn't even really a good place because it's not accessible from anywhere except Miami. Miami will be like Salt Lake – no regional support, only locals will care. Every major region of the country has a team except the Deep South (and the northeast and California each have THREE!!). I realize it will take ownership groups stepping up, but MLS needs to at least show some interest in the South.

  • SK

    Boo for expansion teams in the North (especially the northeast). Put a team down South somewhere. Right now, there’s not a single team south of Columbus and east of Dallas. Miami isn’t even really a good place because it’s not accessible from anywhere except Miami. Miami will be like Salt Lake – no regional support, only locals will care. Every major region of the country has a team except the Deep South (and the northeast and California each have THREE!!). I realize it will take ownership groups stepping up, but MLS needs to at least show some interest in the South.