March 6, 2007
Toronto FC has acquired former Columbus Crew goalkeeper Jon Busch via the waiver draft on Monday and they announced that they had used their #1 allocation slot to sign US International forward Conor Casey.
Busch was the only player selected in Monday's waiver draft. It will be interesting to see how much competition for their #1 goalkeeper position there is. Greg Sutton left Montreal because he was fairly certain that he would be the man in Toronto. But now he has a guy with a load of MLS experience, and a chip on his shoulder, breathing down his neck.
It's going to be fun to watch the goalkeeper situation this season in Toronto.
Beckham expected to miss one month
The LA Galaxy dodged a bullet when it was revealed on Monday that David Beckham will only be out a month with the knee injury he picked up over the weekend.
With this situation, it begs the question of what happens to the Beckham contract should he be knocked out for the season while with Real Madrid?
Q&A with Women's Soccer Initiative CEO Tonya Antonucci
Antonucci is still hoping to have eight teams in the league when it re-launches in 2008. So, those that are hoping that Rochester will have a team in the league, it would appear that is still a possibility at this point in time.
Dave Checketts about to buy GolTV
SCP Worldwide, who's ownership includes Real Salt Lake owner Dave Checketts, is close to acquiring GolTV. Given how GolTV isn't one of MLS' current broadcast partners, it will be interesting to see if this move will affect that in the future when the current deals end. GolTV would seem to be the direct competition for the package that Fox Soccer Channel currently has with MLS.
So Chivas USA wants to fight the Beckham effect
All I can say is good luck with that one.
Although, I absolutely love Chivas USA co-owner Antonio Cue coming out and saying that he hates the LA Galaxy. Hatred always makes a good rivalry in sports.
MLS won't let Red Bull fly on charters
In an attempt to try and keep operating costs throughout the league down, MLS has denied NY's request to allow them to fly via charters and not on commercial flights as is the current practice throughout the league.
I can see both sides of the argument. However, this is one area where I think MLS is doing the right thing for the overall health of the league. It sucks for the players and staff, especially those in NY, but I think that anything that reduces spending on things such as this is a good thing for the league.
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