Saturday, September 01, 2007

MLS Salaries - Need Information

Beside the Washington Post publishing the salary numbers released by the players union, does anyone have a list of MLS salaries? I'm looking for updated numbers that would show what new players like Wanchope, Pavon, Sanneh, Osorno and others are making. The same with Bobby Boswell's new salary. He's not making $30k any more.

The Arsenal Takeover

As you may know American Enos Stan Kroenke has been buying up shares of England's Arsenal football club. If Kroenke's going to buy Arsenal, he's going to find a way to do it before Alisher Usmanov (who? Just a Russian billionaire). Usmanov recently bought ex-Arsenal chairman David Dein's 14.5% share of the club.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

MLS and LA Have Lost The Plot...

David Beckham has been completely mismanaged by MLS and the LA Galaxy. 1st off, MLS decided to tilt the majority of the Galaxy's schedule to the second half of the season so that the Galaxy could go around the country selling out MLS stadiums. 2ndly, The Galaxy decided to schedule a bunch of friendly matches against other USL teams like the Vancouver Whitecaps and Minnesota Thunder during the playoff run-up to make some extra bread. The team and league is treating the signature of Beckham as a prize fit to be shown and paid for by the rest of the world. Finally, LA's manager, Frank Yallop, can't say no to Goldenballs and let him play a full 90 against Chivas USA after playing a full 90 against England...the day before.

Now Becks is going to miss most of the rest of the season and most likely won't be fully fit until next season. Beckham's outrageous schedule has taken a tole on the 32 year old's body. There is a chance this knee injury could hurt Beckham's career long term. Had Beckham been allowed a more normal schedule his body wouldn't be in as much of an injury prone state.

Shame on MLS for making such a mockery of their biggest signing. The bean counters got way too excited on this one. A match fit Beckham does much more for the league and game then an injured one. Thankfully next season will have Beckham all season so the league won't feel the need to tilt the scales of the schedule. LA had better realize that worthless friendlies during the end of season run are idiotic.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Is Rednapp Mad?

One of the more baffling bits of news I saw yesterday involves Portsmouth's manager Harry "Just Don't Say Bung" Rednapp. Now the bit of news itself as a whole isn't bizarre. Harry, frequently referred to as Arry or Saggy Cheeks, essentially said he needs to sell a player to buy one. There is nothing crazy about having to sell to buy.

The baffling part is that it involves selling a player he bought for 6 million pounds (about $11 million) JUST 2 MONTHS AGO. 2 months ago Saggy Cheeks bought David Nugent (22 yr old) for 6 million pounds. It's not the largest of transfers but it isn't peanuts.

What takes the cake though is that Rednapp says he needs to bring in a striker. Yes, he says he needs to bring in a new striker...... by hurriedly selling a new striker. It makes you wonder what really happened? Does Nugent look that bad? Did Nugent sleep with Rednapp's wife? Why the fire sale?

Jones On The Move?

It's too bad that Kenwyne Jones wants to leave Southampton. He's still only 22 and has a lot to learn about the game. Another year in the Championship, England's division 2, would help him gain experience and better refine his game before making the move to the Premier League. But he wants make the move now. Jones already rejected a move to Derby but is holding talks with Sunderland.