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Remember all that talk about a Brian McBride return to Fulham? The rumor certainly caught Chicago Fire fans off guard, but not as much as it caught the actual Fire by surprise. According to team sources, there were never talks with Fulham about a McBride return to Craven Cottage.
In other MLS news, Toronto FC has traded defender Todd Dunivant to the Los Angeles Galaxy for allocation money. According to sources, the move was as much about clearing a roster spot and cap room as it was about the allocation TFC received in return. Toronto and LA were discussing this very trade as far back as the MLS Draft, finally agreeing to it late last week.
The deal is an interesting one by the Galaxy because Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena happens to be the same man who traded Dunivant to Toronto in the first place. Arena dealt Dunivant and allocation money to TFC for defender Kevin Goldthwaite back in 2007. Now Dunivant joins the Galaxy and should provide Los Angeles with a good attacking threat from the left back position.
Galaxy fans shouldn't give up hope on the possibility of either Bobby Convey or DaMarcus Beasley making their way to MLS, and specifically Los Angeles. While the European transfer window has closed, the MLS window is still open and is the one that would apply if Beasley and Convey (or any other European-based players) make a move to MLS.
So what is Toronto planning to do with the empty roster spot? The club is still in talks to secure the services of Argentine striker Pablo Vitti, and a central defender also remains a target for Mo Johnston's club.
In Red Bulls camp, the club has settled into Bradenton, Florida but not everybody made the trip down. Free agent trialist Aaron King passed on an offer to join the Red Bulls in Florida and will now pursue A-League opportunities. Former Red Bulls draft pick Eric Brunner has returned to Columbus, Ohio and does not appear to be in the Red Bulls plans. Two free agents with local ties that did make the trip to Florida are Mohammed Mashriqi and Jerry Saintil. The Red Bulls play their first pre-season scrimmage of the year against the U.S. Under-17 national team on Wednesday.
Kansas City Wizards midfielder Roger Espinoza has had himself quite a winter. First, he earns a call-up from the Honduran national team for the UNCAF Cup, then he scored his first goal for Honduras in the tournament's third-place match. Now Espinoza has been rewarded for his good showing by being called into Honduras camp for its upcoming World Cup qualifier at Costa Rica.
That's all for now. Are you relieved to know that McBride will be staying put? Surprised to see Dunivant reunited with Arena? Curious to see what Mo Johnston's next move will be?
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