24 hours ago, it was wall to wall MLS Cup coverage. The league practically revolved around David Beckham and his long anticipated exit from the league.
On Sunday evening, it was the Red Bulls who managed to steal headlines.
What a difference a day makes …
The New York Red Bulls are spinning the rumor mill blades ahead of Monday’s trade window. Festivities started with veteran soccer writer Ives Galarcep reporting a massive deal between Real Salt Lake and the Red Bulls in the works that would see striker Fabian Espindola and defender Jamison Olave come to the Empire State in exchange for “a large amount of allocation money.”
Both Espindola and Olave have been vital bookends to the RSL starting XI. Olave, 31, is the 2010 MLS Defender of the Year and a two time Best XI selection. His gritty play has been the defining character of RSL’s backline throughout recent years. With his acquisition, New York inherits a solid and experienced MLS leader for their leaky backline. Olave’s green card only sweetens the pot as he will not cost New York an international spot.
Espindola, 27, has been with Real Salt Lake since 2007. The streaky Argentine striker is the second all-time goal scorer in RSL history, but his inconsistency has made him an expendable figure on the team. Unlike Olave, Espindola will occupy a senior international slot.
Rounding up Sunday’s maelstrom of movement is Kosuke Kimura. According to Geoffrey Arnold of the Oregonian, the Red Bulls have offered allocation cash to obtain the Japanese right back. If true, he will likely push Connor Lade on the right side of the defense. Kimura was a key piece in Colorado’s 2010 MLS Cup winning side and also holds a green card.
Interestingly enough, the one rumor which received more play than any other on this manic night turned out to be a hoax. A passive post by Crew Supporters twitter @MassiveCityFFC was picked up by ESPN claiming Rafa Marquez had been traded to the Columbus Crew. Over an hour passed before people could trace back the rumor to it’s source, but by then, the damage was done; a handful of ESPN reporters, starting with their famed radio show Raza Deportiva, disseminated the news as fact and it developed a life of it’s own.
Welcome to the silly season.
As for the rest of the stories, all trades are pending league approval. Expect many more rumors as the week progresses.