Dynamo Not Interested In Corrales

Dynamo Not Interested In Corrales

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 12, 2008
  • 6 Comments

Former San Jose Earthquake and current US National team member Ramiro Corrales is all but set to return to the MLS after playing three seasons in Norway.

The only thing that isn’t clear for the 30-year old defender is where he will end up once he finalizes his deal with the league. His former club, now in Houston isn’t interested in bringing in the defender due to a high salary figure that he will more than likely be earning and the fact that the two-time champions don’t need a defender at the moment.

“Our priority is signing forwards,” Dynamo chief operating officer Chris Canetti said Monday.

Corrales could end up with his former club but only the expansion version of that club in San Jose once the dust clears. His MLS rights are still held by the Dynamo but he could end up in a number of places other than San Jose, though I am sure he’d love to return close to home, which would more than likely make his wife happier than him being in Norway.

Houston has a good thing here I think, a number of teams need depth at defense and Houston needs a striker (or two). A couple teams come to mind that could make a play for Corrales other than San Jose. Chicago, who seems pretty set at the forward postition with plenty of young strikers could trade one away with some allocation (something the Dynamo need desperately at the moment).

Chivas is in the same boat, they could potentially land a striker elsewhere but do have a striker that wants out in Ante Razov. Now a duo of Razov and Brian Ching honestly doesn’t scare me as much as it use to due to both player’s age right now but it could work for a season. Chivas needs defense as much as anyone else does and a deal could make sense.

Columbus could make a deal but I know they are still set on signing a couple European based players. KC has plenty of cash and could easily just send allocation for the rights to Corrales but they, like Houston, need depth at striker so I doubt they would pull the trigger for Corrales unless they know they can sign a young and cheap South American product at striker.

New England and New York almost have to be mentioned in this in my mind. But I doubt either will want a deal. Same kind of goes for LA since they already have no cap space and plenty of over-paid players.

Real Salt Lake could make sense, but Corrales isn’t from Argentina so why would they make a play for him.

Then this brings me to Toronto. You know Mo Johnston wants to make a splash this year before the season starts and Corrales would fit nicely in Toronto I think. The Reds have some money to throw and maybe even a player that Houston would want as well. Maybe a Jeff Cunningham for Corrales swap? Could work, could work.

We do know this, Corrales will be in a MLS uniform but for now it is a fun guessing game to see which one it will be.

  • Martek

    I see 1 of 2 things happening:<br />
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    1. Corrales stays here, providing even more depth at defense and DeRo movesup top. Not a great solution, but it could work.<br />
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    2. Corrales is dealt ala your scenarios above. I think this is Corrales' greatest asset to the club. Dealing for Razov would be nice but with some downside, though with Alecko there, Razov becomes expendable. Chicago is my guess, though I love your Jeff Cunningham idea. And you're right, this IS fun!

  • TFC Fan

    Appreciate your write-ups but I think you are way off here with the link to Toronto FC. Toronto has Dunivant &amp; Brennan both on the left side of the backfield who they would probably prefer to Corrales. Even if they did not they have no depth up front to deal away to help a position of strength on their roster.

  • I see 1 of 2 things happening:

    1. Corrales stays here, providing even more depth at defense and DeRo movesup top. Not a great solution, but it could work.

    2. Corrales is dealt ala your scenarios above. I think this is Corrales’ greatest asset to the club. Dealing for Razov would be nice but with some downside, though with Alecko there, Razov becomes expendable. Chicago is my guess, though I love your Jeff Cunningham idea. And you’re right, this IS fun!

  • TFC Fan

    Appreciate your write-ups but I think you are way off here with the link to Toronto FC. Toronto has Dunivant & Brennan both on the left side of the backfield who they would probably prefer to Corrales. Even if they did not they have no depth up front to deal away to help a position of strength on their roster.

  • JJ

    At this point, the Dynamo need to acquire another competent forward to go with Ching, not necessarily a superstar but someone of enough caliber to get them thru the first few months of the season and then they can re-evaluate their needs. Cunningham would be worth the gamble but Kinnear is big on how guys fit in and Cunningham seems to cause problems everywhere at some point. I'd see if we could get Razov but I don't see Chivas trading with us.<br />
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    I'm trying to figure out what happens to Corrales' rights if the Dynamo don't want or can't afford him but can't swing a reasonable deal with anyone? Do the rights revert back to the league or can they get allocation money from the league for passing on him?<br />
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    The Dynamo need forwards and/or cash to get forwards, but by being near the cap we are likely looking at either a project or a foreign retread.

  • JJ

    At this point, the Dynamo need to acquire another competent forward to go with Ching, not necessarily a superstar but someone of enough caliber to get them thru the first few months of the season and then they can re-evaluate their needs. Cunningham would be worth the gamble but Kinnear is big on how guys fit in and Cunningham seems to cause problems everywhere at some point. I’d see if we could get Razov but I don’t see Chivas trading with us.

    I’m trying to figure out what happens to Corrales’ rights if the Dynamo don’t want or can’t afford him but can’t swing a reasonable deal with anyone? Do the rights revert back to the league or can they get allocation money from the league for passing on him?

    The Dynamo need forwards and/or cash to get forwards, but by being near the cap we are likely looking at either a project or a foreign retread.