Scott Palguta will not be playing in MLS with Real Salt Lake this season. The Rhinos defender was released yesterday by the MLS club after spending the first two plus weeks of training camp with the third year club.

Coach John Ellinger told Scott that it was a numbers issue and that they needed to carry an extra midfielder because of some ongoing immigration issues. So for once, immigration problems seem to be working for the Rhinos!

Perhaps now Scottie's Hotties can breath a sigh of relief.

Rhinos re-sign Jason Perry and sign former guest player Hamed Diallo


The Rhinos announced yesterday that defender and 2006 Iacovangelo Community Service Award winner Jason Perry has signed a one year deal with an option for 2008. Jason was beset by numerous injuries last season, but hopes to be healthier in 2007. Personally, I thought Jason looked a lot better in the short time he was on the field as compared to how he looked in 2006 for the Rhinos. Hopefully he'll be able to provide solid depth to the Rhinos back line this season.

Hamed Diallo will be the next player that gets an opportunity to be the forward that plays up top with Matthew Delicate for the Rhinos. Former Ivory Coast international striker brings a resume that is longer than his 5'9" frame would suggest.

Hopefully he can light up PAETEC Park in 2007!

Scott Garlick retires and causes Real Salt Lake to scramble


Deseret Morning

With 2007 MLS Superdraft first round choice Chris Seitz, and RSL goalkeeper of the future, committed to the US U-20s this summer for the U-20 World Cup in Canada and this late decision by veteran goalkeeper Scott Garlick to retire, RSL will be scrambling to find a veteran keeper to hold the fort for the club in 2007.

And while some Rhinos fans might worry about Scott Vallow leaving, I seriously doubt the club will let him go at this point.

Now if Scott were a free agent and had yet to re-sign with the Rhinos, then I might be worried. But, situations like this one will hopefully lead to the Rhinos getting an extension done with the team's captain sometime before the season ends.

DC wins and Houston loses in Champion's Cup action

DC wins 4-1 -

Houston loses 1-0 on an own goal & Onstad hurt -

In a tale of two completely different matches, DC was able to go on the road and get a stunning result as they defeated CD Olimpia of Honduras. DC was lead by two goals from 2006 MLS MVP Christian Gomez and got an inspired debut performance from new forward, and a former member of CD Olimpia, Luciano Emilio. The return match is set for March 1 at RFK Stadium in Washington

Houston wasn't as lucky. First they lost their starting goalkeeper Pat Onstad to an ankle injury less than 20 minutes in. Defender Eddie Robinson was sent off in the 72nd minute receiving a second yellow card, this one for time wasting. And then they lost the match on a Ricardo Clark own goal in stoppage time. The return leg is set for Thurs., March 1 at the Aggie Soccer Complex in College Station, Texas, home of Texas A&M University soccer.

Steve Davis on the quotable Jimmy Conrad

Jimmy Conrad is a media darling?

No way!

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