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MLS Ticker: Crew part ways with Grana; Klopas suspended; and more

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By ADAM TROXTELL

The Columbus Crew announced on Tuesday that defender Hernan Grana is leaving the club and going back to his native Argentina.

The Crew and Grana mutually agreed to end his contract with the club. In a press release, the Crew cite family issues as the reason for why Grana has decided to leave just seven games into his MLS stint.

“Moving to a new country without your young family is difficult for any professional,” head coach Gregg Berhalter said in the release. “Hernan and the club have taken great strides to prevent these challenges from impacting his performance, but in the end we mutually agreed that the best option for all parties was for him to return to Argentina to be close to his family.”

Grana signed for the Crew this season after playing 12 years for teams in Argentina based in the Buenos Aires area, including Boca Juniors. He played in seven games for the club.

Here are some more news and notes from MLS:

KLOPAS SUSPENDED FOR STEPPING ONTO FIELD

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Montreal Impact head coach Frank Klopas for one game after he stepped onto the field over the weekend.

Klopas came out of the technical area and onto the pitch in the 90th minute of the Impact’s 2-1 loss to the Portland Timbers on Saturday. He can be seen on video reacting to a foul committed by the Timbers’ Diego Chara before entering the field of play and kicking the ball to Marco Donadel for a free kick.

Klopas has been fined an undisclosed amount and suspended for the Impact’s match against Real Salt Lake at Stade Saputo on Saturday.

The Disciplinary Committee also found both New York Red Bulls and New York City FC players violated the MLS’s mass confrontation policy during a first half incident in their game on Sunday.

MENDOZA WAIVED BY NEW YORK CITY FC

New York City FC announced on Tuesday that the club has waived Ecuadorian defender Andres Mendoza.

Mendoza joined NYCFC ahead of this season from Uruguayan club CD Maldonado. Mendoza was named as a substitute for NYCFC’s April 19 game against the Portland Timbers, but did not make an appearance for the club this season.

Comments

  1. Interesting article on the LA Galaxy webpage:
    http://www.lagalaxy.com/news/2015/05/bruce-arena-labels-mls-discovery-signing-process-blackmail-job
    It appears that the acquisition of Lletget will cost the Galaxy even more than the 50K they were forced to give up for the signing, when the MLS levies the almost sure to come fine against him for his comments.

    He has a right to complain as it was explained that Lletget was contacted by the Galaxy and was given permission by West Ham to have Lletget train with them during their tour stop in Ireland last February during the galaxy pre-season. This was BEFORE the new CBA was signed. When it was signed, the “Discovery” lists were “reset” and of course, we know now that the NE Revs put in a discovery claim at that time, even though the Galaxy were evaluating him and in the process of signing him.

    It would seem that the NE Rev were knowledgeable about the potential signing and in putting him on Discovery could be a clear case of tortious interference at the worst or just plain obstruction. But the NER would most likely say they were just following the new rules as the MLS wrote them and the MLS would agree. This all reeks of collusion after the debacle of the Klejstan affair and it seems now the MLS has gone out of its way to deny signings by the Galaxy or make them pay a price.

    So much for th new “Transparency”
    I know that an unspoken policy of the MLS is to try and achieve a sort of parity, but outright “cheating” to achieve that is self-defeating in the long run.

    It has become clear that, if it (and the MLS) were willing, AEG and the Galaxy could not only support 4,5 or even 6 DP’s and each of those DP’s would be be in a salary range beyond the scope of many of the ownership groups in the MLS. But LA is HUGE multimedia market, and the potential for current and followup marketing rights for its players would outperform any of the other, and especially smaller MLS markets (with the exception of NY) In short, the Galaxy could support and even make money a huge expansion of DP’s and/or quality US players from abroad

    But if the goal of the MLS is to achieve expansion in new markets and forsake its already thriving ones, the MLS will lose this opportunity. There is no shame to having a super team in the MLS, with the press and players already calling the Galaxy a dynasty. But if the MLS continues it’s interference with the ability of teams like the Galaxy, to improve itself, the MLS will dampen the allure the Galaxy and by extension the MLS, has. with foreign players like Ronaldo, Ibrahimovich and now Tevez. make all the team equal in mediocracy and you will attract mediocre “stars”.

    But give the teams like the Galaxy room to attract and retain American as well as foreign stars, and, yes,you will attract the “Big Names” to the large media markets, and to teams like the Galaxy but you will also attract many new stars who will want to challenge them who will be attracted to the smaller market teams. That is competition and that is what the MLS should be doing.

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