- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 11, 2008
- 6 Comments
- Clint Mathis, Summer Transfers
It sure sounds like it. Word on the street according to Steve Goff is that former MLSer Clint Mathis had a failed trial run with Norwegian side IK Start and now looks to return to MLS.
Goff says that Mathis should end up on Real Salt Lake’s roster by the end of the week. Now LA does own his rights but look for them to trade those rights if he does resign with the league. Mathis worked out informally with RSL earlier this summer before heading to Norway.
Should Mathis sign a deal, RSL would become the third MLS team that he has joined on two separate occasions: Los Angeles in 1998-2000 and 2007 (winter), New York 2000-03 and 2007, and RSL in 2005 and ’08. He also played for Colorado in 2006.
Does this move help out RSL going forward into the playoff push? It sure doesn’t hurt to have a veteran midfielder that can score when he wants to. I just wonder what kind of shape Mathis is in and if this is really the right move for RSL here. I would have liked to see them go after another striker or winger but I suppose getting an attacking midfielder like Mathis sure doesn’t hurt.
Let’s also hope that this second stay with RSL is better then his first. Back in 2005 with RSL he played in 27 games and only had three goals. Then again we haven’t really seen Mathis be that great since his first time with New York back in 2000-2003.
What do you all make of this news for RSL? Right move for Mathis and for RSL?