Friday, July 27, 2007

Adu Gone

So it's done. Freddy is heading to Benfica and has pulled out of Real Salt Lake's game tomorrow. There are several news sources out there that have already given you the transfer fee and basic terms as well as the story of Freddy heading to Benfica to finish the contract details. If you think there is a chance this deal might not happen you can forget about it.

What you won't hear is how Jason Kreis could care less about Freddy ever coming back to RSL in the first place and is quite happy to see the back of the young starlet. Officially RSL gave Freddy a few days off after the twenties to "rest" but the reality is Kreis wanted to give Adu every chance to find a deal and move on. MLS was happy to take the fee Benfica offered because RSL didn't fight it one bit and in fact encourage MLS to bite.

Mission accomplished, Freddy gets his big move and Kreis gets rid of his #1 headache.

Monday, July 23, 2007

If I Was a Betting Man...

San Jose's next, or first coach, will be Frank Yallop or Dominic Kinnear.

The fissures between Frank and Alexi are now more than just felt. Yallop would certainly love to return to the place he won two MLS Cups, and put LA behind him.

Kinnear is in a much better situation in Houston, but remember, his wife is from the Bay area. Hiring back the league's current best coach would be a coup for the San Jose owners. If the money and security were right, Kinnear would jump at it.

Last thought to tickle your MLS-loving grey matter: If Yallop returns to San Jose, does he talk Landon into joining him? Don't bet against it.