Here are more developments from today’s press conference:
MLS commissioner Don Garber clarified the situation with regard to Claudio Reyna’s retirement and its impact on the Red Bulls salary cap. The Red Bulls can use the designated player slot and roster spot, but will not be able to use the salary space. The league made the decision that it was unfair for the Red Bulls to lose the DP slot for the remainder of the season, but that it would be unfair to the league’s other teams for the Red Bulls to also retain the salary cap space.
Juan Carlos Osorio admitted that he has two forwards in mind for the roster slot and says he has enough money to sign one along with the other players with the team already (Jorge Rojas, Juan Pietravallo, Gabriel Cichero, Diego Jimenez).
Osorio also acknowledged that the Red Bulls just don’t have the salary space to sign a true designated player, but that the club has identified some players they would like to try and sign with the slot next year.
Garber also acknowledged that the Red Bulls will have the Chivas USA designated player slot through the 2009 season. Osorio stated that the team could have the slot through the 2012 season depending on what happens in the next collective bargaining agreement (I need to get that clarified, wouldn’t be good news for Chivas USA if that were true.)
Tab Ramos was at the press conference and acknowledged that he won’t be starting his coaching career any time soon. When Ramos retired he said he had no interest in coaching, but did recently make a cameo as an assistant coach with the U.S. Under-20 for its recent match against Mexico, a 3-0 win.
That’s all for now. I’m sure there are some nuggets that I forgot to pass along. I’ll post anything else later on today.
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