So far, the Colorado Rapids have kept a pretty tight lid on it, but it looks like Nick Groke of The Denver Post has got the scoop.
According to Groke, the playmaker Tim Hinchey, Oscar Pareja & Co. have been making googly eyes at all offseason is Rosario Central youngster Martín Rivero, a 22-year-old attacking midfielder. Rivero has been a pro since 2008, has a double-handful of goals and more than 100 first team appearances, and now wants out of the Argentine first-division side.
More flair in the final third would be a welcome addition in Commerce City, where the mandate this season is to press, possess and entertain in Pareja's preferred 4-3-3 formation.
Could the long, winding saga that is "Brian Ching vs. the Montreal Impact trade" be headed toward its inevitable conclusion? Earlier today the Impact announced that they'd awarded Ching a leave of absence from camp for unspecified, personal reasons. Now comes talk of a long-desired (by Ching) move back to the Dynamo courtesy of Mark Berman, sports director for Houston's FOX affiliate.
MLS sources tell FOX26 Sports the Dynamo are in advanced talks with Montreal that would send the rights to Brian Ching back to Houston
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) February 13, 2012
Coincidence or conspiracy?
Skrifaði undir samning til tveggja ára í morgun, mjög ánægður með það. Nú bíð ég eftir atvinnuleyfi.
— G. Victor Palsson (@VictorPalsson) February 5, 2012
To most of us the Tweet above means about as much as the Latin script on the back of a coin. But send it through Google translate with the knowledge that it's coming from former Hibs midfielder Victor Palsson, who is in Cancun with the Red Bulls, and it becomes a lot more menaingful to non-Icelanders.
"Signed a contract for two years this morning, very pleased with it. Now I am waiting for permits."
There's no word from New York yet but if you read between the tweets --the digital age equivalent of tea leaves-- it certainly seems like more there could be a new addition to Hans Backe's Nordic All Star team.
Chris Birchall wasn't a household name like some of the other internationals acquired by the LA Galaxy a few years ago. But he has been a stalwart of the Trinidad & Tobago national team since 2005, and he put in three more-than-serviceable years for Bruce Arena & Co.
From the looks of this tweet on Monday morning, his time at the HDC is done.
Disappointed to say that I will not be returning to LA Galaxy,I would like to thank everyone for a Superb 3years,fans exceptional!!Thankyou!
— Chris Birchall (@chrisbirchall7) February 6, 2012
A few weeks ago, Arena had this to say about Birchall: “There hasn’t been a decision made on him. Originally he wanted to go back to England, so we obviously agreed to that and didn’t renew his option. He was looking to explore opportunities in England. Perhaps he’ll want to come back.”
Not sure at this point if anything happened in England, but it seems like the manager's final question has been answered.
It seems that the 4-3-3 revolution has reached the Rockies. Colorado Rapids technical director Paul Bravo, head coach Oscar Pareja and team captain Pablo Mastroeni sat down with supporters on Wednesday night and talked about the direction the team's headed in preseason, with the answer being "We're going Dutch."
As with all 4-3-3s, the key is finding the right man to run the midfield, and Bravo had news on that front as well. He and Pareja will be working their South American contacts to find a "true No. 10."
Think Juan Román Riquelme is answering his phone these days? -- (Burgundywave.com)
The Cafetero-flavored rebuild continues in New England, according to our man Kyle McCarthy. He dropped this on Twitter a little while ago:
New England has signed Colombian striker José "Pepe" Moreno on loan from Once Caldas. #revs— Kyle McCarthy (@kylejmccarthy) February 1, 2012
And as it turns out, Revolution president Brian Bilello had handed out a hint just a bit before that:
We signed a #9 earlier today. Announcement should go out in the AM.— Brian Bilello (@RevsPrez) February 1, 2012
Who's Pepe Moreno, then? A well-traveled (he's had eight teams on two continents over the last half-decade), 30-year-old No. 9 who earned three caps with his country back in 2006.
Maybe not the star name Revs fans were hoping for, but with a loaded midfield, New England doesn't need a star up top. They just need someone to finish all the chances Benny Feilhaber, Kelyn Rowe, Shalrie Joseph et al create.
The Canadian Soccer Association is set to make a few big announcements on Thursday, but who saw this one coming?
Rumors are that the CSA will not only announce the sites for Canada's World Cup Qualifying matches on Thursday, but it appears they'll also drop the news that Canada will host the US sometime in a friendly tuneup before the qualifiers. The US - who beat Canada in Detroit during the group stage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer - have not played in Canada since a 3-0 win in Vancouver in 1997.
The Canucks lead the series 6-3-1 in matches played in Canada all-time, dating back to 1925. (CBC Sports - Canada to face US in World Cup qualifier tuneup)
Buried deep in the latest Hot Stove piece from Jack Bell of the New York Times is word of yet another alleged midfield target for the Red Bulls. This time it's not a Scandinavian or Nordic name but one a little more mainstream but equally European: former Manchester City and Republic of Ireland attacker Stephen Ireland.
Could he be Hans Backe's third DP or is he just another name on the always-expanding list of rumored Red Bulls?
According to Steven Goff of the Washington Post, there are rumblings that the Red Bulls will be meeting with the reps for Michael Ballack in Germany this week.
Just due diligence on RBNY's part, or the prelude to a move for the 35-year-old German midfielder who's on the outs at current club Bayer Leverkusen? And if they bring Ballack in, is he the "final piece" for the New York attack, or an injury-prone albatross whose best days are far, far behind him?
The deal that brings Sebastien Le Toux to Vancouver appears to be done, if you're asking Le Toux. More details to come...
Just got traded to Vancouver !Saddest day for me in my Philadelphia Union story.... Still can't believe it
— Sebastien Le Toux (@SebastienLeToux) January 31, 2012