Tuesday Kicker: Two Sign Forwards

Tuesday Kicker: Two Sign Forwards

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 1, 2008
  • Brian McBride, Carlos Ruiz, Jorge Rojas, Josh Wolff, Summer Transfers, Transfer Talk, Wilman Conde

A couple clubs officially signed some forwards yesterday in hopes to beef up some pretty weak offenses.

Kansas City has brought back forward Josh Wolff after a year and a half away from Major League Soccer. Wolff spent the last couple of seasons in Germany.

Wolff joins a KC offense that has managed just 11 goals all season, second-fewest in MLS this season (second only to San Jose).

Wizards coach Curt Onalfo is hoping Wolff can duplicate his goal-scoring success from his first stint with the Wizards, when he netted 27 goals in four seasons, including a pair of 10-goal seasons (2004-2005). Wolff compiled 59 goals and 35 assists over the course of nine seasons spent with the Chicago Fire and Wizards.

He won’t be able to play with the Wizards until the opening of the summer transfer window on July 15.

Some wonder after seeing Wolff struggle with the US National team recently if he is really the answer to KC’s offensive woes. Honestly, I think at this point anyone new could be good for this offense. They brought in guys like Claudio Lopez at the start of the season to no success. I don’t think he alone can help this club though get back into the playoff picture right now. He is 31 and has seemed to have lost a step.

New York officially announced the signing of midfielder/striker Jorge Rojas.

The 31-year-old is arrived yesterday and will undergo a physical on today ahead of signing a contract with the Red Bulls. Just like Wolff, he will not be eligible to play for the Red Bulls until after the July 15 open of the summer transfer window.

With Rojas on board, what is next for New York? A forward, defensive midfielder and central defender are all on the agenda, but word has it Juan Carlos Osorio may not be able to fill all three needs without making a trade.


In other news, some trade news really. Some of you probably have seen or heard about the locker room fight between Blanco and Wilman Conde.

Think Conde is on his way out of Chicago here soon? Honestly some believe a possibly three-way trade between LA, Chicago and Toronto is in the works now that Carlos Ruiz is on the trading block. Ruiz goes to Toronto, Conde to LA and Brian McBride (of course) goes to Chicago.

Do I believe that trade will happen? No. I just don’t see Ruiz going to Toronto. I know he wants to stay in LA so the move to Chivas still makes sense to me.