(Good afternoon all. Apologies for the lack of afternoon posts today but non-SBI duties called me away. Here is a rundown of some stories to catch you up on some of the day’s activities.)
Carson to West Brom
So much for that eight-figure transfer fee.
English goalkeeper Scott Carson was supposed to help Liverpool fetch a big transfer when this summer’s transfer window opened. At least that was before he struggled with the English national team and with Aston Villa late in his loan deal.
The result is Carson being moved to newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion for the modest price of $6.34 million. Yes, it’s still four times more than what Aston Villa paid for Brad Guzan, but not nearly as much as was expected for him earlier this year. West Brom beat out fellow promoted squad Stoke City for Carson’s services (And if you’re wondering why I led with this, I started to post this in the AM before other things happened).
Earthquakes sign Lima
The San Jose Earthquakes continued the extreme makeover of their putrid offense with the addition of Brazilian midfielder Francisco Lima. The well-traveled veteran of Serie A joins the Earthquakes from Serie B side Brescia, where he spent two seasons.
Oh, and he’s 37 years old.
With Darren Huckerby and Scott Sealy already added to the fold, San Jose will be hoping Lima can help boost the worst offense in the league. With a few more players expected to join as well, maybe the Earthquakes can pull off the second-half miracle that not many people think they can pull off.
Houston waives Caraccio, is he headed to NYRB?
The Houston Dynamo, which recently brought back forward Nate Jaqua, bid farewell to Argentine forward Franco Caraccio. The young striker floundered with the Dynamo, managing two goals and an assist in 10 games for Houston.
He might not be out of work long. The New York Post’s Brian Lewis is hearing that the Red Bulls are interested in Caraccio. That shouldn’t come as a surprise given A) Osorio’s affinity for South American players, B) the Red Bulls’ desperate need for forwards and C) Osorio’s willingness to pick players off the MLS scrap heap (see Andrew Boyens).
And to wrap up:
Yes, I’m aware I’m close to setting a new record for delay in posting a Q&A but it’s been a wild few weeks. I’ll look to finish it and perhaps post it on the weekend (for those of you visit on the weekends).
I’ll be covering the Red Bulls-Galaxy game so be sure to check in here for all your Beckham in New York news.
That’s all for now. Share your thoughts on these stories and any others I may have missed in the comments section below.