If reports are true, we now know who’ll be manning the sticks while Kaka goes on the attack.
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Orlando City has acquired longtime Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall and an international Designated Player spot in exchange for allocation money.
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The trade cannot be approved until Dec. 8.
MLSSoccer.com has a quote from Hall in its story on the deal:
Hall confirmed the trade to MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday.
“I came to Houston six years ago as an unknown, and Houston’s where I was given a chance to make a name for myself,” Hall told MLSsoccer.com. “Now I leave Houston humbled by support and love from the organization and fans as a whole. I leave with a heavy heart, but at the same time I’m very much looking forward to what Orlando has with the opportunity to be with a team for their inaugural season is extremely exciting for me. And I can’t wait to get ingrained with the community and organization and start winning games for Orlando.”
Houston No. 2 goalkeeper Tyler Deric was the star of several games down the stretch for the Dynamo, as Hall has been recovering from an ACL tear since early August. MLS writer Darrell Lovell says the club had decided to part ways with Hall even before Dominic Kinnear left to take the manager’s gig in San Jose.
Two players with tantalizing skill to burn were swapped on Friday when Toronto FC traded Spanish midfielder Alvaro Rey to Columbus in exchange for Dominic Oduro.
Oduro, who made headlines earlier this year with his pizza haircut, was only in Columbus for a year after moving from Chicago for Dilly Duka in 2013.
The 28-year-old, once capped for Ghana, is on his sixth MLS team. He scored 13 goals in his year-plus in Columbus after scoring 18 in 66 appearances for Chicago. He went to Twitter to thank Columbus.
Guess not. Rey moved to TFC from Xerez in the summer of 2013 but never converted his pace and promise into much. The winger scored once in 20 MLS games for Toronto. Meanwhile, if you want to be RT’d by Rey, now is the time. After posting the below Tweet, Rey has been Retweeting dozens of fans, teammates and well-wishers:
The move feels a bit like problem swapping, but the upside for Toronto is clear. With Michael Bradley committed to the World Cup, Oduro can instantly provide offense while the Reds wait for their superstar to return from Brazil. Perhaps Greg Berhalter can give Rey what he never found in Toronto and propel the Spanish midfielder to the next level.
Colorado’s former assists leader is moving West.
Martin Rivero, in his third year on loan from Argentina’s Rosario Central, has been acquired by Chivas USA in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
The 24-year-old had yet to feature for Pablo Mastroeni’s club this season, and will certainly help the Goats in their bid to surprise the Western Conference.
Rivero started 30 games for Colorado in 2012, scoring thrice and adding eight assists, but his playing time dipped dramatically in his sophomore swing through MLS. In 2013, he made just six starts and 16 appearance with a goal and three assists.
From the Chivas USA site:
“Martin is a very talented player who already knows the League,” said Chivas USA head coach Wilmer Cabrera. “His personality, technical ability and energy will help us a lot. He is a hard and relentless worker on the field, always looking to gain and maintain possession, an area we need to improve. Once settled, he will blend in well with our current players and make us a better team.”
Chivas USA faces Portland on Saturday evening in Oregon. The Goats haven’t beaten the Timbers in three straight matches.
Chris Rolfe’s second stint with the Chicago Fire has come to an end, as the 10-times capped American midfielder has been dealt to DC United in exchange for allocation money.
Rolfe began his career with Chicago after graduating from Dayton in 2004, Scoring 36 times in 124 MLS matches before transferring to Aalborg in Denmark in 2010.
He struck six times in 36 matches for AaB before returning to Chicago in 2012. He now moves on with a total of 48 MLS goals and 22 assists as a Fire player, appearing in 178 matches.
“The allocation money that we received in this trade will give us more flexibility and freedom moving forward,” said Fire Head Coach and Director of Soccer Frank Yallop. “It’s always difficult to part ways with someone who has been part of the club for multiple years, but with our existing depth, we felt that this was the right move to make. We thank Chris for his service and wish him all the best in D.C.”
DC United did well in picking up Rolfe, who played in two matches with one start in this early season for Chicago.
The New England Revolution have acquired striker Teal Bunbury from reigning MLS champion Sporting KC, the club announced Wednesday.
KC picks up the Revs natural 2015 first-round SuperDraft pick as well as allocation money in the deal, while New England hopes its attack will be bolstered by a return to form from the forward who tortured defenses in 2011.
Bunbury, 23, scored 11 times and added three assists in his breakout 2011 campaign in Kansas City, giving him 16 goals over his first 36 appearances in MLS. But injuries led to a dip in form, as he scored just five times in 2012 and didn’t tally last season.
“We’ve been very open about our desire to add some additional attacking players to our roster ahead of the season and we believe Teal is a player who can make the sort of impact we need,” New England general manager Michael Burns said. “He’s a talented, young player who can add a dynamic element to our system, and we’re looking forward to getting him into camp and integrated into our group as soon as possible.”
Forwards on the Revs preseason roster are Jerry Bengtson, Charlie Davies, Dimitry Imbongo, Saer Sene and first round pick Patrick Mullins. The Bunbury addition allows the Revs even more patience as Sene recovers from the broken ankle he suffered in October and Mullins adapt to life as a pro.