Kirovski, Gray Traded To San Jose For Burpo

Kirovski, Gray Traded To San Jose For Burpo

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 23, 2008
  • 6 Comments
  • Jovan Kirovski, Kelly Gray, Preston Burpo, Trades

Talk about a trade that was hardly mentioned. While digging around for another story today I came across this article on MLSnet. Apparently we all missed this trade on Wednesday as San Jose sent veteran back-up keeper Preston Burpo and a 2009 fourth round SuperDraft pick to Colorado for Jovan Kirovski and Kelly Gray.

A big swing of a deal really if you ask me for both sides. Colorado is expected to lose keeper Bouna Coundoul for a little bit of time this summer (probably national team duty) and their current back-up is injured. Burpo has the experience to step in when needed.

Though Kirovski isn’t the same player he was a few years back he does bring some veteran leadership to San Jose’s attacking core that is very young right now. I also like the deal for Kelly Grey, a very underrated defender who has bounced around a little bit over the last year.

Even though this deal passed most of us by, I must say I think its a pretty fair deal. Both sides improve certain areas in terms of depth and each player involved should see action on the field before long.

  • Mrewers

    Bouna will miss six games when he joins the Senegalese national team for the African World Cup Qualifiers.

  • Mrewers

    Bouna will miss six games when he joins the Senegalese national team for the African World Cup Qualifiers.

  • Barefoot

    Sorry to disagree with you, but Kirovski is EXACTLY the player he was a few years ago – a prime example of Steve Sampson's eye for talent.

  • Barefoot

    Sorry to disagree with you, but Kirovski is EXACTLY the player he was a few years ago – a prime example of Steve Sampson’s eye for talent.

  • walter

    Actually it was Sigi Schmid that brought in Kirovski…not Sampson.<br />
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    Kirovski isn't much of a player, but he could help out some of those young forwards.<br />
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    I think it is a good deal for both teams. Colorado obviously needed a veteran backup for Bouna, and this gives Yallop another option in attack, as well as a guy he knows in Kelly Gray, who can play both defense and defensive midfield.

  • walter

    Actually it was Sigi Schmid that brought in Kirovski…not Sampson.

    Kirovski isn’t much of a player, but he could help out some of those young forwards.

    I think it is a good deal for both teams. Colorado obviously needed a veteran backup for Bouna, and this gives Yallop another option in attack, as well as a guy he knows in Kelly Gray, who can play both defense and defensive midfield.