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Morning Ticker: Schalke still eyeing Beasley, more praise for Edu and MLS teams make roster cuts

DaMarcus Beasley (Rueters)

DaMarcus Beasley could be joining Michael Bradley and Steve Cherundolo in a group of U.S. national team starters plying their trade in Germany.

Schalke 04, the same team that tried to line up a loan move for Beasley, is planning a summer swoop for the American left winger. Schalke, currently eighth in the Bundesliga, is managed by former PSV assistant Fred Rutten.

The move would be a welcome one for Beasley, who has struggled for playing time with Rangers this season and looks set for a summer departure.

Here are some other stories to get your day going:

More praise for Edu

Since his impressing showing over the weekend, Maurice Edu has become a popular subject for stories in Scotland. The Rangers midfielder was profiled in the Glasgow Daily Record, with the story featuring an extensive interview with University of Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski.

"He has the hardness of Keane, the elegance of Vieira and the skill of Essien," Cirovski said.

No word yet on the chances of Edu earning another start, but his performance in the starting lineup against Hamilton Academical last week should earn him strong consideration the rest of the season.

MLS teams make roster cuts

Rod Dyachenko (formerly of D.C. United) and Ned Grabavoy (formerly of San Jose) were among the players waived on Monday in order for their teams to meet Major League Soccer's roster compliance deadline.

The players waived on Monday will be made available in a Waiver Draft being held this afternoon at 3pm. Here are the players available in the Waiver Draft (Players waived prior to Monday, such as the five players waived by the LA Galaxy, have already gone through waivers and are thus not eligible for this Waiver Draft):

Kai Kasiguran (Chicago Fire)

Tyler Kettering (Chicago Fire)

Kraig Chiles (Chivas USA)

Anthony Hamilton (Chivas USA)

Roberto Nurse (Chivas USA)

Keith Savage (Chivas USA)

Brian Grazier (Colorado Rapids)

Justin Hughes (Colorado Rapids)

Kwame Sarkodie (Colorado Rapids)

Cesar Zambrano (Colorado Rapids)

Sean Bucknor (FC Dallas)

Andrew Daniels (FC Dallas)

Jamie Watson (FC Dallas)

Chase Wileman (FC Dallas)

Pat Carroll (D.C. United)

Ryan Cordeiro (D.C. United)

Craig Thompson (D.C. United)

Rod Dyachenko (D.C. United)

Mike Zaher (D.C. United)

Stephen Wondolowski (Houston Dynamo)

Vardan Adzemian (LA Galaxy)

Charles Alamo (LA Galaxy)

Michael Gavin (LA Galaxy)

Mike Munoz (LA Galaxy)

Sam Brill (New England Revolution)

Brandon Manzonelli (New England Revolution)

Brandon Tyler (New England Revolution)

Joe Germanese (New England Revolution)

Gary Flood (New England Revolution)

Nik Besagno (Real Salt Lake)

Kevin Reiman (Real Salt Lake)

Brennan Tennelle (Real Salt Lake)

John Cunliffe (San Jose Earthquakes)

Michael Ghebru (San Jose Earthquakes)

Ned Grabavoy (San Jose Earthquakes)

Kilian Elkinson (Toronto FC)

Derek Gaudet (Toronto FC)

Joey Melo (Toronto FC)


Here is the draft order for the MLS Waiver Draft:


1. San Jose Earthquakes          

2. Los Angeles Galaxy

3. Toronto FC

4. FC Dallas

5. Colorado Rapids

6. Kansas City Wizards 

7. Chivas USA  

8. New England Revolution

9. Houston Dynamo

10. Real Salt Lake

11. Chicago Fire           

12. Columbus Crew

13. Seattle Sounders FC

14. New York Red Bulls

15. D.C. United


What do you think of Beasley potentially moving to Europe? Glad to see Edu starting to get some attention in Scotland? Any surprises among the players waived in MLS?

Share your thoughts on these stories in the comments section below.


  1. A. The boys in the Bundesliga would tear ol Demarcus apart. B. The coach, Fred Rutten, has no more than a 30% chance of not being sacked before the end of the season. C. There are guys far more talented than Beasley riding the pine at (auf) Schalke.
    But who knows? But in my opinion, it is far from a dream prospect.

  2. Why have the German teams become more of a step-up to the Spanish, Italian and English leagues lately? I know they have been that way for the last 5+ years, but now it seems even worse.

  3. Is Nick Besagno now officially the worst draft pick ever in the MLS?


    I think Mo Edu’s coach was actually selling Edu short. He is also considered the greatest Origami champion the world has ever seen (you’ve never seen a paper crane till you’ve seen an Edu Crane), and he literally created the Western Hemisphere using only a straw, half a pineapple and a 5×8 index card… Amazing

  4. did someone really just put Beasley in the left back spot? If anything, Boco would be pushed out left (like he is at Rennes) and someone would fill in at CB.

    Have you all forgot about Spector? Zizzo? Zimmerman? Spector is finally playing again and will probably be a regular starter again soon. Zizzo will most likely become a regular sub for Hannover as he has been recently. And Zimmerman is playing regularly in Scandinavia.

  5. I thought I posted this already but

    DC used their waiver slot on Danso (but never signed him)

    I’m not sure if Seattle used their spot or were stuck on the end of the list after the Petke pick. If they used it I’d guess it was on one of Ryan Caugherty, Jeff Clark, or Vini Oliveira.

    Not that trying to track the usually unreported waiver selections is worth our time …

  6. 2007 Expansion draft… where did they go?

    1. Ryan Cochrane – still with SJE (injured much of last year) 19 appearances, 17 starts, 2 goals, 1 assist

    2. Clarence Goodson – never played for SJE, signed on with IK Start and had successful year in Norway, leading to first MNT cap Jan 2008.

    3. Ned Grabavoy – 21 starts, 24 appearances, 4 assists, but still failed to impress. just waived today and picked up by RSL in waiver draft.

    4. James Riley – mainstay at RB for SJE (24 apps) but taken in 2008 expansion draft by Seattle.

    5. Joe Vide – 5 apps for SJ before being waived; then got 7 apps and goal for DCU, but they waived him this offseason.

    6. Ivan Guerrero – 14 apps and a goal for SJ before being traded to DCU (in exchange for fairy dust), where he contributed 13 starts and 4 assists as the regular LM the 2nd half of the season; then traded to COL in the C. Gomez deal.

    7. Brian Carroll – traded 5 days after the draft to Columbus, where he owned the DMid spot and won the MLS Cup. SJ received Kei Kamara, who gave them 2 goals in 12 apps. Kamara was then traded in-season to Houston for a draft pick and magic peanuts. The draft pick (along with some of peanuts) was traded to FC Dallas (for Arturo Alvarez), then to NYRB (in the Oduro-VDB swap), and became #11 choice and Gen Ad player Jeremy Hall. Alvarez gave them 3 goals and 3 assists in 12 apps.

    8. Jason Hernandez – had a solid year; 2nd on team with 28 starts. Remain with SJE. Invited to a recent MNT camp (but only after a rash of injuries to what was already the B-list of CBs).

    9. Gavin Glinton – 6 apps, no goals. Waived this offseason.

    10. Chris Pozniak – traded to Chivas USA (For John Cunliffe), where he made 4 apps before being waived. Played in the USL before signing with Dundee in Scotland. Cunliffe scored 2 goals in 12 apps (4 starts) before being waived this offseason.

    Net results for start of 2009 season:

    Hernandez – starter
    Cochrane – bench/possible starter
    Arturo Alvarez – starter
    Fairy dust & remaining Magic peanuts – apparently not helpful in retaining Ronnie O’Brien

    Better than nothing, but not a great return on 10 free picks.

  7. Ives, can you provide an update on the waiver draft. I see that RSL picked up Grabavoy (my wife calls him “Grababoy”). Did anything else happen?

    Also, any word on why he was released from SJ? I hate the thought of RSL picking up leftovers that SJ didn’t even want. Maybe I just don’t have the info.


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