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Good morning folks. Apologies for the slow morning (aside from the Vanney trade). I had to crank out a training camp piece for ESPN.com.
There are plenty of news nuggets in MLS today (and from earlier in the week). Here is a rundown:
Andy Herron signs with Chicago. The Fire officially signed Herron after acquiring his rights from Columbus last month, adding to the logjam at forward. I have a feeling Herron is going to have a solid season playing for Denis Hamlett. The real question is which forward or forwards will Chicago trade or cut loose? They have Herron, Chris Rolfe, Chad Barrett and Patrick Nyarko and they’re still trying to acquire French forward/winger Fabrice Pancrate as well as Polish striker Tomasz Frankowski. Might be a few too many forwards there.
Nat Borchers to Real Salt Lake. Real Salt Lake has signed what seems like a dozen defenders this off-season. Now you can add Borchers to that list. RSL won a lottery for Borcher’s rights and now have a solid potential starter, or some trade bait.
Ramiro Corrales to San Jose. From the "They still signed him after THAT game" department comes the news that San Jose acquired Corrales’ rights from Houston and signed him. Maybe the Earthquakes didn’t watch the USA-Mexico game last week. Okay, in all seriousness, Corrals is a solid fullback/midfielder but he’s not worth 200K, which is a number that has been linked to him.
More on the Vanney to LA trade. Steve Goff is reporting that Quavas Kirk will head to DC United in that trade. A West Coast source has confirmed that Kirk is, in fact, the other half of the trade. Not a bad bit of business by either team. LA gets the central defender it sorely needs and DC gets a roster-protected player with good upside.
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