The San Jose Earthquakes have been a busy team the past few weeks.
After unloading several veterans, including Ronnie O'Brien, the Earthquakes have reloaded quickly, adding striker Cam Weaver while also moving closer to adding U.S. national team midfielder Bobby Convey. The work doesn't end their though. San Jose is now also taking a look at former Columbus Crew midfielder and New Zealand international Simon Elliott (pictured above left, playing in last summer's Olympics).
It is no secret that the Earthquakes are looking for defensive midfield help and Elliott, who left MLS for English club Fulham in 2006, could be the player to provide that. San Jose rookie Brad Ring is also expected to challenge for playing time in central midfield but th Earthquakes are clearly looking for a veteran presence. According to sources in San Jose, the club is also planning to bring in a European defensive midfielder for an extended look.
One potential acquisition that looks to have fallen apart after appearing to be a done deal is San Jose's intended signing of Antigua striker Pete Byers. The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that the sides have stopped negotiating after failing to agree on a deal.
Here is some other MLS news to get your day going
D.C. take a look at Congolese striker
D.C. United has moved training camp to Bradenton, Florida and has brought in some new faces hoping to earn spots on the 24-man roster. Congolese striker Mawale Ange N'Silu is the newest player to come in on trial. The former La Havre striker joined D.C. on Wednesday and will be looking to crack a pretty deep forward pool.
D.C. has also brought in undrafted rookie Evan Bush. With goalkeeper Zach Wells away from the team and pondering retirement, and Louis Crayton mourning the death of his mother, the club needed another goalkeeper for camp and are eying Bush, who was one of the better goalkeepers in college in 2008. Bush took part in the MLS Combine and held his own, but still went undrafted.
RSL eyeing foreign trialists
Real Salt Lake already boasts a good amount of international flavor in its lineup, what with Argentine Javier Morales, Colombian Jamison Olave and Jamaican Andy Williams just to name a few. It looks as though RSL is trying to add even more variety, as well as talent, from around the globe, with the arrival of several international trialists.
Colombian left winger Alexander Viveros joined Real Salt Lake's training camp in California on Wednesday, and will be one of several internationals to pass through for looks in the coming weeks. Other players expected to join the club for training include Luis Miguel Escalada (Argentine striker), Rachid El-Khalif (Dutch left winger), Jorghino Paulista (Brazilian left winger/left back) and Kennedy Owusu-Ansah (Canadian defender).