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Seattle set to deal Smith to RBNY after landing Marshall

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The New York Red Bulls have had a void on the left flank since trading away Dave Van Den Bergh, but they look ready to fill that void with Khano Smith, a player who has had his share of success in New York through the years.

The former New England midfielder is set to be traded by Seattle to the Red Bulls, multiple sources told SBI on Tuesday. It is unclear what Seattle will receive in a trade but allocation money is likely to be part of any deal since the Red Bulls currently have a good amount of allocation money and the Sounders have used most of theirs.

The development comes on the same day that Seattle acquired defender Tyrone Marshall from Toronto FC for $100,000 in allocation money. That deal, which reunites Marshall with Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid (who coached Marshall in Los Angeles) paves the way for Toronto FC to make its next acquisition, an international central defender whose identity has yet to be revealed.

In other news, sources tell SBI that former Red Bulls defender Jeff Parke is ready to return to MLS but is not interested in signing with Seattle, which secured his rights in the MLS Expansion Draft. No word yet on where he might wind up, but there are several teams that could use a defender with Parke's ability, including D.C. United.

What do you think of Khano Smith joining the Red Bulls? Do you think Toronto was wise to deal away Tyrone Marshall? Would you like your team to trade for the rights for Jeff Parke? As a Seattle fan, do you like the central defense trio of Tyson Wahl, Tyrone Marshall and Taylor Graham?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. I’ll take it. Khano’s superfluous in Seattle and would be at least 4 in the depth chart behind Le Toux, Nyassi and Zakuani. #5 back if Freddy L.’s healthy.

    Mark my words. Seattle’s going to be led to the playoffs by Fredy. That’s Fredy with 1 d, last name Montero. Montero, Jaqua and Le Toux are gonna light up the scoreboard. That’s before even getting to anything we can get out of Ljungberg, Nyassi, Evans, Zak and the other mids.

  2. ok here is my utlook on the whole situation…guy is really fast,i hate him for the couple of briliant moves and goal against us in playoffs.But he is cheap..and again really fast .Our line up is so fast right now that i am starting to worried a bit,bc we might be faster than the ball…and we will deffenetly be most cought on offside team in the MLS.

  3. smith is a good pick up but he’s always annoyed me. His temper can be infuriating and he can pull some real boneheaded moves and can at times be lazy but he’s a solid guy to have. I still want to see Richards, Oduro, and Kandji on the field at the same time.

  4. As a Seattle fan, I’d like Parke to come to Sounders. But, either way, we have the MLS rights to him. If he comes back, someone will have to trade for him. That should benefit Seattle.

  5. Why do I get the feeling Sigi is pulling the wool over everyone in the league, slowly but surely?

    Any word on who this international defender is?

  6. The fact that Seattle is offering Smith says Sigi is happy with his other wingers. LeToux, Nassi, and Z Man tore up the turf at the Home Depot. Just one more CB or a DM and Seattle will surprise.

  7. Count me as another Revs fan who was ecstatic to see Smith taken in the expansion draft. He is the epitome of a player with tons of physical talent, but no mind for the game at all. I don’t know how many times he’d leave me screaming at him, either directly or through the TV, after he’d get the ball with a chance to do something, and he seemed to pick the absolutely worst option to take. Each season he will have a few plays meriting inclusion in the weekly highlight clips, along reels of bloopers.

    Ives, one thing I’ve always wondered, has Khano had concussion problems or anything? He’s always one of the tallest guys on the field, yet he never goes in on offensive corner kicks. I always wanted to think the reason for it was something other than the coaches thinking he wasn’t tough enough or willing enough to fight for a head ball in traffic.

  8. Wow, “wipes sweet of forehead!!!” I’m so glad the sounders dished off Smith. He is total rubbish…I’ve hated watching him play for years now. When I found out we picked him up in the expansion draft I was shocked.

    As far as Marshall goes, I guess its an OK pick up. Graham and Wahl are far better players than he is though…He can give the sounders depth.

    On another note, I could care less if we keep Parke or not. Anyone that shoots the juice is not worthy of putting on the green and blue…He is not even that great of a player anyway. I hope he ends up sucking his thumb in the USL all year….I’m still pissed we didn’t pick up Mike Randolph.

  9. This trade would surprise me. His play in MLS Cup two years ago was awful and very costly to the Revolution. I didn’t think he would interest the Red Bulls/Osorio even though he can provide flashes of speed down the left flank.

  10. NYRB should not give Seattle last years snow for Khano Smith.They have to do better than him. at the same time you are also telling everyone else that is trying out at that position they are going to be cut as they are not a good enough player.

  11. 2 things he is fast, very fast.
    also he sucks, very sucks.

    he was so bad that us NE’ers had our own cheer just for him. KHAN-O-O-O-O-O. He does have some flashes of brilliance. but even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    now with christman and khano gone, perhaps NE can win the cup…

  12. Such a bad move, i don’t care how fast we are, this guy is horrible, inconsistent, and a cancer in the locker room. We are selling our soul for a little extra speed.

  13. He might be able to fill in at left back for us so we have a wing back that can cross and join attack at times and also Goldy can move into CD with Petke.
    Is Smith my favorite no, but the trade could be worse

  14. As a DC fan, I think this is great. Can’t wait to see Smith send a shot out for a throw-in, send a cross well out of bounds, take a dive, and get sent off in a 5 minute span.

  15. argh! i’m bummed about the smith news. how come agoos and osorio don’t know everyone was snickering about seattle’s expansion draft pick with him?
    i’d like to see parke return to the NYRB fold, though.

  16. Quote: “Khano is terrible; I’d rather he’d continue to be on any other team so we could continue to heckle him for his poor play when he plays against the Red Bulls”

    We heckled Khano quite a bit in Foxborough. No reason why you guys can’t heckle him as well. I for one will miss him. Khano-oh-oh-oh-oh

  17. As a Revs fan, I always had hopes for Khano…he works hard, and is incredibly fast, BUT…you never knew which Khano would turn up, the one who could turn on a dime and deliver an incredible goal, or the one who delivered that free kick into the upper stands at Gillette, and didn’t seem to understand how to connect with his teammates. I wish him success, and when you guys play the Revs I hope he delivers more balls into the upper stratosphere.

  18. 1. Khano Smith is fast, especially for his size and has a cannon of a shot. If he plays, it probably (along with some of the other speed demons) give RBNY the fastest team in MLS.

    2. Khano Smith is an idiot who plays dumb soccer and is incredibly inconsistent. He is the anti-Dave van den Bergh (who was all about vision, consistency, intelligence, positioning, playing smart).

    3. It’s a hoot to hear all this talk about how strong Seattle is. We heard the same thing with San Jose, same thing with Toronto, same thing with RSL before the first ball was rolled out. Maybe Kasey Keller will stand on his head every game and they’ll be dominant. But I see the West being stronger this season, LAG and San Jose not being the weak links that they were last season (look at “goals scored” for SJ plus number of times they were shut out, and you’ll see what I mean). So this idea that Seattle is going to be strong–they’ve got to pick up wins somewhere if that’s true. I’d like to hear from the Seattle fans who are so convinced they’re going to be strong, who those wins are going to come against? Will the East be significantly weaker? Houston is suddenly going to be terrible?

  19. “Acquiring Marshall is the stupidest move the Sounders have made yet.”

    I’ll take that as a compliment. Back to the east Coast for Smithers


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