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MLS Morning Ticker: Earthquakes search for a midfielder, DC eyes striker and RSL brings in foreign trialists

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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).


  1. Alot of credit has to be given to Jason Kreis for bringing in a variety of talent to help improve his club. If only Osorio would follow suit

  2. Any news on Jeff Parke’s attempts to move to Europe? Sounders definitely need a centerback of quality (if Parke is even that guy). If he signs over there soon, what are SFC’s options at this point?

  3. Speaking of O’Brien – Ives, has there been any talk of other MLS teams making a move for him? I could see him fitting in well with a handful of teams (at a discounted salary, of course).

  4. Why did they dump Ronnie O’Brien? He always struck me as a good player who could send in great crosses, and he didn’t seem like he was past his sell-by date. I wonder if it was a team chemistry thing.

  5. I understand those changes, but wonder what impact any of those players, besides Badilla,is going to have. Even with Badilla, we may need to move to a 4-person backline (because Parkhurst, coupled with Lawrentowicz) was the whole reason we were able to pull that off. Phelan wasn’t bad, but I don’t see him as a starter and I’m not sure Videira is going to make an impact this season. I am worried that we are going to have another decent team, that just doesn’t make the final hurdle(s).

  6. Well, consider that the Revs brought in Badilla very late last year. And Phelan too. Alston is new, so is Videira. We didn’t have Twellman for most of last year either. I wonder when Valentino will be able to contribute. So they’ve added some parts, others are coming back, they just didn’t want till the off-season for a lot of them.

  7. Not sure why DC would need a striker….that’s the one position that is fairly deep…now a center back? That would be a good thing!

  8. Eugene – Euroman brought up part of it. Mostly retreads from other leagues. No youth. No quality…Just my opinion. I am sure others may disagree. That is the beauty of this forum. Exchanging ideas is never a bad thing.

  9. We all understand the best players don’t come in for ‘looks’ or ‘trials’ they get signed. Not much here to get excited about.

  10. As a Revs fan, I have to ponder, after last season with all the problems we had getting burnt out, why it seems like we are the only club not doing anything in the off-season. Yes, the Revs had some decent draft picks, but they aren’t going to help us make a playoff push. And as for the rest of the team, we are a phenomenal team, but we are aging and could use a few additions, especially someone to score goals other than TT and SR. Why is it I come on here daily only to hear about the Quakes, the Galaxy, and Seattle instead of my Revs?

  11. simon was here midseason last year working out. evidently he’s good friends w/ our GK coach Batty, also a kiwi. i assume elliot has been out of contract?


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