MLS Ticker: Convey an All-Star replacement, Houston hires Ralston and more

MLS Ticker: Convey an All-Star replacement, Houston hires Ralston and more

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MLS Ticker: Convey an All-Star replacement, Houston hires Ralston and more

Bobby Convey (ISIphotos.com)

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When the MLS All-Star team was filled out with reserves earlier this week, one of the most glaring omissions was San Jose's Bobby Convey, one of the league leaders in assists and one of the keys to San Jose's surprising season.

That oversight was rectified on Wednesday, when Convey was selected as a replacement for Jonathan Bornstein, who will miss the match due to a knee injury.

Convey has posted eight assists for the Earthquakes and will serve as the team's lone All-Star representative.

In other MLS news:

HOUSTON HIRES RALSTON

Just a day after bidding farewell to New England Revolution fans after retiring as a player, Steve Ralston began his coaching career by becoming the Houston Dynamo's newest assistant coach.

Ralston replaces John Spencer, who left the Dynamo to take the head coaching job of the expansion Portland Timbers.

Ralston is a former teammate of Houston head coach Dom Kinnear with the now-defunct Tampa Bay Mutiny.

REAL SALT LAKE WON'T ADD DP

Amid all the Designated Player signings and rumors, another team has joined the list of teams who won't be signing a DP this season.

The defending champions, Real Salt Lake, will be standing pat on the DP front, with general manager Garth Lagerwey citing the team's impressive form, as well as the club's limited resources, for the decision not to go looking for a high-priced player.

What the club may be looking for is defensive midfield help to offset the absence of Kyle Berckerman to a foot injury. RSL is taking a look at former FC Dallas midfielder Pablo Richetti.

In other news, Colombian defender Jamison Olave received his green card, meaning the 29-year-old defender will no longer count as an international player against Real Salt Lake's roster. The extra international slot could help RSL as it looks to make summer roster moves.

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What do you think of these developments? Glad to see Convey get his due? Think Ralston will make a good coach? Think a team without a Designated Player will win the MLS Cup title yet again?

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