Those of you pumped up about Wednesday's Champions League semifinal between Chelsea and
Liverpool will surely get a kick out of the growing war of words between Liverpool manager Rafa
Benitez and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Benitez even took a shot at Chelsea fans after Mourinho did the same to Liverpool fans:
"At Stamford Bridge, we showed that our supporters won their battle, even though Chelsea had
their fans all with flags to wave," Benitez said.
For the first time in recent memory FIFA president Sepp Blatter entertained the possibility that
South Africa might not be ready to host the 2010 World Cup. Blatter didn't say the African nation
won't be ready but he did reveal that several countries, including the United States, are ready to
step in if anything goes wrong with the current host country.
Good morning all. It is the last day in April and guess who is A) unbeaten and B) who has yet to
register a point in MLS?
If you answered the Red Bulls and Columbus Crew for A then you are right. If you answered D.C.
United and Toronto FC to B then you are also right
While the Red Bulls' unbeaten and unscored upon start is thoroughly impressive it is the Crew's
truly surprising 1-0-3 start that has me thinking that the East just might have five playoff teams
For those of you who didn't notice MLS changed its playoff guidelines to allow for the
possibility that the fifth-best team in one conference could replace the fourth place team of
another conference in the opposing conference playoffs if the fifth-place team has a better
Here is some more light reading on the Red Bulls. As much as I don't like writing about the Red
Bulls on ESPN.com too much how can you not given their start? You can rest assured that I will stay
away from the Red Bulls on ESPN.com for a good while (that roar you hear is cheering from fans from
DC to Boston).
Also in that column are this week's game previews.
Hello all. Sorry I haven't posted the weekend soccer TV schedule the past few weeks but it seems
like something crazy is always happening on Friday. I will try to make sure that this schedule is
posted every Friday afternoon so you can plan your weekend accordingly.
Here are the games. It is all European expect for an MLS match that should be entertaining
(Chivas USA vs.
Hunter Freeman continues his stellar run since taking over for Marvell Wynne at right back by
blasting home a game-winning goal to give the Red Bulls a 1-0 victory. The goal was actually the
first of Freeman's MLS career.
Yes, it's the best start in franchise history and it is getting tougher and tougher to ignore
My game balls go to Freeman, obviously, Dema Kovalenko and pretty much the entire back-line.
Hello folks. It took a little while but I have finally finished answering your questions. I will
be looking to put a cap on the next Q&A so I can get it done sooner so keep that in mind then next
time I do one so you can get your questions in quickly.
Here they are, your questions answered:
TIM- 1. Could the Red Bulls have traded Taylor Graham or Mike Magee instead of
Marvell Wynne or did the Red Bulls have to offload Wynne's salary to remain under the cap with the
signing of Juan Pablo Angel?
We're almost at kickoff at Stamford Bridge and I have to say that I think Liverpool will steal
the win on the road. No Essien and no Ballack is going to make things tough for Chelsea. Yes, Joe
Cole has looked good lately, and Makelele is still there, but Liverpool turns it on for Champions
League matches and has been playing very well lately in all competitions.
Suspensions were handed down today following some incidents from the past weekend's MLS matches.
The league suspended Columbus forward Andy Herron for four games for his intentional elbow on Revs
defender Jay Heaps and suspended Chivas USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan for two games for his harsh
tackle on Real Salt Lake midfielder Andy Williams.
Good morning folks. I'll be heading to Red Bulls practice in an hour or so and wanted to give
you a heads up on a few things:
First, the Q&A will be posted tomorrow morning. I have already begun answering questions but
figured it would be best to post it all at once than in pieces. We hit a new high for questions and
I seriously need to consider capping them after a certain number because I always wind up needing
to take longer to answer them because more questions come every time.
Manchester United plays host to AC Milan today in the first leg of their Champions League
semifinal clash on ESPN2 (2:30pm). Man U must try to defeat the Italians with more than half its
starting lineup out injured. Anyone expecting another blowout ala the Roma quarterfinal has another
Who do you think wins? I think Man U holds for a draw.
Bad news for you Red Bulls and Juan Pablo Angel fans who planned on going out to Montclair State
tomorrow. According to the team, Angel cannot train with the club in a formal setting until he has
his work visa. He will be with the team at training but will not actually train. So unless you want
to go to practice to watch Angel do some stretching and jogging you might want to change your plans
if you intended to go to the practice.
The U.S. men' national team will travel to Goteborg, Sweden to face the Swedish national team on
Wednesday, Aug. 22nd. It will be the team's first trip to Europe of the year and will be, for now,
the first U.S. match following Copa America.
The U.S. team's next match is June 2nd against China in San Jose, California before the team
begins defense of its Gold Cup title.
The knee injury suffered by Dane Richards in Saturday's 1-0 win against Houston will not be an
issue for the speedy Jamaican winger. Team sources say he won't be on the injury report and is good
to go against FC Dallas on Thursday.
The only addition to the injury report is French midfielder Elie Ikangu, who suffered a
seperated left shoulder in the Baby Bulls 2-0 reserve team victory against Houston.
Jozy Altidore will look to carry over his club heroics to the youth national team stage when the
U.S. Under-20 national team faces Argentina in a friendly at PAETEC Park in Rochester, New York on
The friendly will serve as part of the U.S. team's preparations for this summer's Under-20 World
Cup in Canada.
As most of you know, I don't exactly hide from the fact that my MLS game predictions on ESPN.com
have never been reliable. It has become a running joke around the league, with a few coaches
commenting on how they hope I pick them to lose. I don't mind it because I know I've earned
At least for one weekend though, the picks went my way in uncanny fashion.
If you are eager to see newly-acquired Colombian forward Juan Pablo Angel train with the Red
Bulls and you have Tuesday morning free then you can make your way to the campus of Montclair State
University where the Red Bulls will be practicing from 10:30am to noon.
The club isn't publicly promoting the practice session but since the practice is being held in
the middle of a public university's campus it would be tough to keep enterprising fans from going
Congrats to the Jeffrey Bitterling, owner of the Western Sky Rockets, for knocking me from the
perch atop the SBI League standings and taking over first place by seven points. As disappointing
as that was, there is some consolation in moving into the top 10 overall in the entire MLS Fantasy
game (Atletico SBI is now 10th overall).
The Taurine Machine is right on our tails, just 11 points behind me.
Colombian international and newly-signed Red Bulls forward Juan Pablo Angel has arrived in New
Jersey, getting here late Sunday night. He has not received his work visa yet but can train with
the Red Bulls and is training with the team today. It is still unclear when he will receive the
visa and cannot play until he receives it. As it stands he cannot play in Thursday's game against
FC Dallas but he will train with the team all week.
Hello folks, it is the day after the Red Bulls 1-0 win against Houston and I must say it is a
weird feeling to be covering this team now that it is slowly building a reputation as one of the
league's best. I would try tempering the enthusiasm by pointing out that the 1999 MetroStars began
the year 3-1 but I'm sure most you realize that this year's club is significantly better than that
nightmare of a squad.
For those of you who don't recall Clint Mathis' last penalty kick at Giants Stadium you should
know that he missed that one too, in a scoreless draw against Dallas. I'm sure at least a few Red
Bulls fans muttered "Amado would have made that one."
It should also be noted that the Red Bulls missed both penalty kicks it took at the Carolina
Challenge Cup in Charleston, with Claudio Reyna and Dave Van Den Bergh both missing kicks.
Not a great week for picks last week, as a 2-3-1 record isn't paying anyone's mortgage. Let's
face it, the only way I'm making money with my MLS picks is if I start extorting MLS coaches under
threat of picking their teams to win.
I'll keep it going though, under the deluded hope of posting a winning mark at the end of the
year. At 6-5-1 for the year I'm at least doing better on SBI than on ESPN.
So I just came from Giants Stadium, where I had to run an errand, and man is it beautiful out. I
was impressed to see some families and groups already tailgating at 1:45pm. That's pretty early,
NFL-like even. Now the lots weren't full or anything (unless you count the flea market in the
southwest parking area) but it was still good to see people on the property for an MLS game some
six hours before kickoff.
Sorry for the lack of posts today but it till all day to get the blog fixed and I was pretty
much wiped out after writing the stories I had to write and waiting for it to get fixed. Apologies
for the lack of posts and for making you wait. I needed a break and just watched Mariano Rivera
implode vs. the Red Sox.
Here is the interesting development regarding someone I wrote about recently.
Some of you don't get to hear enough of Bruce Arena's sense of humor so I figured I can give you
some insight into it. I will try to pass along some of the better gems he delivers. Today's was
pretty good. When asked if Ronald Waterreus would be able to handle the weather this weekend, Arena
came through with a beauty:
"He'll probably get heat stroke," Arena said of Waterreus.
Hello folks, I just got back from the stadium and man is it beautiful out. here's hoping it's
anywhere close to this nice tomorrow night.
Claudio Reyna trained and is ready to go. He says he is fully recovered from the left leg
contusion that kept him out of last week's game.I know there was some question about him playing
Saturday but he has trained since Tuesday.
Toronto FC is keeping busy. Just a day after dealing for former No. 1 overall pick Marvell
Wynne, Mo Johnston's club has made another big deal. According to league sources, TFC has dealt
disgruntled defensive midfielder Richard Mulrooney to the Houston Dynamo for defender Kevin
Goldthwaite and Houston's first round pick in 2008.
The deal comes on the same day that Toronto FC announced the signing of English striker Danny
Dichio, giving the team about six strikers.
Yes, it has been a while, in part because it took me so long to finish the last one, but the Q&A
is back. I promise not to take as long on this one as I did the last one. Now that I'm into the
flow of the MLS season I'm ready to listen to some new questions.
You know the drill. Post your questions at the bottom of this post and please try to keep your
questions to two or three tops.
The bad situation in New England between the Revs and star midfielder Shalrie Joseph just got
worse. The Soccer New England website reported on Tuesday that Joseph is considering holding out
over his contract dispute with the Revs.
This was bound to happen. Since Joseph's contract talks with New England fell apart and the
former Revs captain asked to be traded, not only hasn't his request been granted but the Revs added
goalkeeper Matt Reis to the list of players signed to new contracts.
Did the Red Bulls give up on Wynne too soon? Did the club get enough for a player chosen No. 1
overall just a year ago? Is Hunter Freeman really the answer at right back?
There are plenty of questions following the Marvell Wynne trade but what needs to be remembered
before anything else is the fact that Wynne was far from the finished product and there was never
going to be a guarantee that he would develop into the next great (or first great) American right
I had the misguided belief that I could handle completing a Q&A session
right at the start of the MLS season. I was wrong. I answered some of your questions in two parts
but then tossed the rest into a bin where they sat for weeks. Thanks to some persistent readers who
reminded me what I forgot about I realized that I still had the questions (with some answers
included) and I needed to get the answers to you folks before I tried doing another Q&A
Just four days after being benched for the first time since taking over as the Red Bull starting
right back last July, Marvell Wynne has played his last game for the club that made him the No. 1
overall pick in the 2006 MLS Draft.
The Red Bulls have traded Wynne to the Toronto FC for an undisclosed package of draft picks,
multiple sources within MLS confirmed on Tuesday.
For those of you who don't know I am a pretty serious fantasy sports nut, specifically fantasy
football and baseball. I never did fantasy MLS because I was always so busy around the time people
set up leagues and teams. Thanks to some enterprising SBI readers the SBI Fantasy MLS League was
created and I had to invest myself into an MLS league for the first time.
The Red Bulls long and arduous search for a high-profile forward has finally come to an end. The
well-publicized courtship of Juan Pablo Angel succeeded as the Red Bulls landed the Aston Villa
striker. The team will hold a press conference on Tuesday afternoon to announce the move.
As for when he actually arrives, I have heard that he could potentially be here in time for
Saturday's game, but that sounds pretty fast considering the visa issues that usually await these
types of deals.
What is going on in Major League Soccer? DC United doesn't have a single point, the LA Galaxy
still don't have a win, the Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake have yet to lose and Eddie Johnson is
scoring and setting up goals. Is this Bizarro World MLS?
Yes, it's just two weeks into the 2007 season but you have to admit that things are pretty
interesting thanks to some surprising results.
It is 10 a.m. and there is still no official word on the transfer of Juan Pablo Angel from Aston
Villa to the Red Bulls. Sources have told me that the deal is done and a press conference was
planned for Tuesday but the team hasn't said a peep and I'm starting to wonder if they missed the
transfer deadline. You would think that a deal this big (in MLS terms) couldn't be botched by a
Sorry for posting this so late but I had to step away for a while (and heighten the suspense).
For those of you not already asleep, or boozing, here is the lineup Bruce Arena is likely to put on
the field. I have this lineup on good authority and the one wild card is Claudio Reyna, who is now
a game-time decision. He will undergo a fitness test to determine if he plays.
Those of you wondering what the weather is like at Giants Stadium I can tell you that there is a
steady downpour right now but no super-strong winds that would turn today's Red Bulls game into a
farce, at least not yet. I'll keep you posted on how things go.
Mathis' goal was his first for the club since a two-goal game vs. KC on Sept. 6, 2003. It was
his first goal at Giants Stadium since July 2nd, 2003, when he scored two goals in a 4-4 tie
against San Jose.
For those of you wondering, the club formerly known as the MetroStars is 20-0-4 in games that
Mathis scores a goal.
Assuming the game isn't cancelled because of the expected monsoon that's going to hit the area,
the Red Bulls match with FC Dallas should be pretty interesting. Bruce Arena is ready to do some
lineup tinkering and the result may surprise some of you.
If you think you know what the starting 11 is going to be tomorrow then post your suggestion in
the comments section of this post.
Not a bad first week for yours truly, a 4-2 mark helped out by Colorado's good showing and
Chicago's handling of a short-handed New England squad. I faired much better than I did in my ESPN
If you're wondering where 1-2-3 came from I am now giving myself ties for matches that end in
ties where I picked a winner. A math professor pointed out to me that with three different outcomes
for each match that a percentage of .
The plight of the Developmental Player has become the topic du jour this week and Shawn Mitchell
of the Columbus Dispatch comes through with a brilliant piece illustrating just what it is these
players have to deal with.
I'm sure some Crew fans will praise Moss for his sacrifices (and deservedly so) but that story
certainly shouldn't be used to criticize Teddy Niziolek's decision not to do the same.
The MLS rumor du jour has brought back a popular target, Mr. head butt himself, Zinedine Zidane.
A couple of reports out of Europe quoted AEG president Tim Lieweke as saying that the LA Galaxy
have made an offer for Zinedine Zidane.
Things have a way of getting twisted when foreign press reports get translated. What I found
funny was one translation that quoted Lieweke has saying he spoke to Zidane's entourage.
There has been a bit of confusion on what exactly happened to Claudio Reyna when he collided
with Dane Richards during the Red Bulls' 0-0 tie with Columbus. Here is the rundown from Red Bull
head trainer Rick Guter.
When Dane Richards ran into Reyna he ran into him knee first, driving his knee at full speed
into Reyna's leg. The impact hit Reyna in the area where the thigh and hamstring intersect on the
rear side of the left leg.
Just came from Red Bulls practice and as expected, Bruce Arena had nothing to say about the
club's search for players to sign before Sunday's MLS transfer window closes. One interesting
comment he made was that we should remember that Sunday's deadline is just for players outside of
MLS and that trading within MLS is still an option.
Like all of you, I'm waiting for word on what the Red Bulls will do as far as buying a
April 15th is almost here and the Red Bulls are still trying to land a forward with its second
designated player slot. Reports out of England have the club in the final stages of a deal with
Colombian striker Juan Pablo Angel but that deal is in jeopardy unless Aston Villa and the Red
Bulls can agree on a transfer fee. The sides have been far apart on a fee, a source close to the
team put the gap at close to a $1 million.
Who knew that a story about a fourth-round supplemental draft pick could cause such a stir?
Before I delve any further into this Teddy Niziolek story I need to clarify something.
Niziolek's rights will remain the property of the Columbus Crew through December of 2008, so
Niziolek would actually have to wait until the 2009 season to be a free agent in MLS.
The Columbus Crew and Red Bulls are at it again (or should I say the Crew are at it again). The
Red Bulls are trying to trade with Columbus for the rights to Clifton grad and former Seton Hall
standout Teddy Niziolek but apparently the Crew is asking for significantly more than market value
for a player they selected in the fourth round of the supplemental draft back in January (I know,
hard to believe, but it's true).
Josmer Altidore, Dane Richards, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (2), Jerrod Laventure
Yes, that's Sinisa with the brace. I must say, given how good Richards has looked and the
promise Ubi has shown it's not looking like too bad a draft for Mr. Arena considering the team had
no first-round pick.
Went to Red Bulls practice today and it turns out the club scrimmaged Seton Hall. They put five
goals on the college kids (I'll find out who scored, I missed most of the scrimmage after being
told it was starting later than it did). I'll try to find out who scored for RB (Jerrod Laventure
scored against his alma mater).
The Columbus Crew's long-rumored move for Boca Juniors star Guillermo Barros Schelotto appears
ready to happen, as reports begin to surface with more details on the matter.Â If the deal gets
done then the Crew will have taken a major step toward leaving the Eastern Conference cellar.
It will also put some pressure on the Wizards and Revolution, who have yet to use their
designated player slots, as well as the Red Bulls, who have a second DP slot collecting dust.
Roma is having a complete shocker. Man U puts together another precise attack that slices
through Roma as Giggs sends in a cross to Rooney, who taps in an easy one from close range. Man U
lead 3-0 and 4-2 on aggregate. Roma needs two goals to win the series. They need to stop the
bleeding before they can even thinking about scoring.
Christiano Ronaldo abuses Roma's defense and scores Man U's fourth goal of the day. This one is
over and we've just reached half-time. Man U 4, Roma 0 (ManU 5, Roma 2 on aggregate). I doubt we'll
be seeing a Liverpool-like comeback here.
I'm sure some of you gave up on seeing the rest of last week's Q&A
session completed and I can't blame you, but I was able to complete at least some of the answers. I
will get to the rest this week but for now enjoy these:
KEVIN- What are your thoughts on the roster situation
for the Gold Cup and Copa?
The first week of the SBI Fantasy MLS League is in the books and no, it's not a misprint. Yours
truly finished in first place in the league of 252 teams. Even scarier is the fact that I finished
in third place overall among all leagues, a single point out of first place. Not bad at all
considering I was just hoping to finish in the top 100 in the SBI league.
If you're wondering how it is Claudio Reyna could look so dominant in the first half and so
average in the second half, it had to do with that nasty collision he had in the first half with
Dane Richards. Apparently that car crash left Reyna with a bruise on his left thigh so bad that
Reyna practically limped from the shower to his locker room after the match.
That loud sound you just heard was the collective sigh of relief from Red Bulls fans, players
and the front office after Claudio Reyna and Dane Richards collided. I just know you Reyna haters
were screaming in joy at the thought of Reyna getting hurt in his first game. Reyna appears to be
So I'm watching the Colorado-DC United game on ABC and the teams are walking out on the field.
It is freezing there so all the players are wearing winter coats. Only one problem though, the kids
who are accompanying the players onto the field aren't wearing coats, just soccer uniforms and you
can tell some of the kids are in physical pain. Here's hoping none of them get pneumonia.
What started harmlessly as an idea of some SBI readers just three days ago has officially become
The SBI League in the MLS Fantasy Challenge is ready to go as 246 teams get ready to challenge
for bragging rights. Much thanks to SBI reader Steve Essig for taking the initiative and starting
If some names look familiar among the 246 it is because we have some special guests taking part
in the league.
The snow hasn't started back up yet but it is still really cold and windy in Columbus, which
won't help the look of tonight's game much. I'm really curious to see just how many Columbus fans
actually come to the stadium. Hopefully enough to give the game some atmosphere. You can't really
blame them if they don't come. It's going to be painfully cold, particularly in a stadium where the
wind just blows right through.
Put a hold on the orange ball. The snow flurry that was raining down on Columbus has stopped. No
snow is on the ground. This could change again but maybe we'll get lucky and it will only be five
below instead of five below with snow.
So we're less than three hours away from the start of the 2007 season so it's time to give you
guys my picks for the first week of the season.
Yes, I have already made picks for ESPN.com but plenty of information has emerged in the 30
hours since I submitted those picks so here goes the picksÂ you should bet your life savings on
(or maybe just a dollar).
So I just walked back from dinner and it is COLD. This is pretty ridiculous. It felt like it was
five degrees out and apparently it will be worse Saturday night. I have a feeling we're going to
get a pretty ugly game between the Red Bulls and Crew although we won't have to see Amado Guevara
pass out from having to play in temps below 32 degrees.
Just when you thought the busy MLS pre-season was done, Toronto makes one more deal, unloading
former New England playmaker Jose Cancela to the Rapids for a youth international slot. You have to
wonder if this means that Toronto will indeed go after Canadian forward Will Johnson, who Dutch
club Heerenveen has said it won't be re-signing.
Good afternoon folks. If you were wondering where I was all day I was on my way here, to
Columbus, Ohio for Saturday's season opener between the Red Bulls and Columbus Crew. There are
already snow flurries here but no snow is sticking at all so for now conditions are just cold.
Hopefully it gets no worse than this leading up until tomorrow's match.
Pachuca scored four goals in regulation to post a 4-2 second-leg victory, which forced overtime
in the series against Houston. A stunning overtime strike from Christian Gimenez settles things as
Pachuca advances to the final, where they will meet Chivas de Guadalajara.
It's disappointing to see both MLS teams lose in the semifinals but both Houston and DC United
played good soccer and gave MLS fans something to be proud of.
Okay folks, this fantasy league thing has gotten out of control. It's really great to see so
many of you jump in and take part in this, though I must admit that as the number keepers rising I
keep calculating how high I need to finish in order not to feel embarrassed. I'm setting the number
I have invited a few folks to join the league that may make things interesting, particularly for
you Red Bull fans.
Those of you who suggested the starting up of an MLS fantasy league for SBI readers deserve some
credit. The SBI League is ready to roll with an impressive 71 teams. I have already added my team
and have even inserted my starting lineup. I'm not sure if there is a limit to the number of teams
but you can feel free to try and join the league if there is room for more.
Well folks, after seeing SBI writers take the initiative to start an MLS fantasy league I
figured the least I could do was join. I have joined the league now and will try my best to put in
a good showing.
If you're interested in joining, go to the MLS fantasy site and find the SBI league.
If you have been wondering where to find MSG2 on Saturday for the Red Bulls' season opener the
cable station has finally provided a list of where to find MSG2 on Saturday for all the different
cable and satellite providers.
Good morning all. I'm sorry to report that I have not been able to finish the rest of the Q&A
this morning. All the MLS season preview stuff I'm working on is keeping me seriously busy. I have
all the questioned set aside and will start knocking them out today and as soon as I have a good
number of them answered I'll post another portion of them (Yes, there were that many questions that
it can be divided into three parts).
The Red Bulls have declined to offer Liberian winger Ansu Toure a contract, team sources
revealed on Tuesday. The fact that he was too old to play under a developmental contract prevented
him from getting an extended look and the arrival of Clint Mathis couldn't have helped matters.
At least Bruce at DuNord will be happy to have Toure back in Minnesota, assuming he goes back to
I made my way to Montclair State today to see the Red Bulls hold their first training session
since returning from Charleston. Here are some observations:
Clint Mathis trained today and looked fit but it was just one day of training so its tough to
say how he fits in. As I suggested over the weekend I think Bruce Arena will use Mathis, Claudio
Reyna and Dema Kovalenko in a central midfield triangle.
So I'm almost over this flu but I still wasn't able to knock out the entire Q&A. I did about
half of it though so I decided to post this and get to the rest later. Look for the rest tonight or
definitely on Wednesday morning, but for now enjoy:
EMILIO- Have you stopped covering the Red Bulls after the article you wrote
about the $14 million in losses?
Talk about a great week of soccer action on TV. The Champions League quarterfinals are on
Tuesday and Wednesday while the CONCACAF Champions Cup takes the field on Tuesday night. Then there
is also UEFA Cup action. Here is the rundown of this week's TV action:
2:30pm- ESPN2- UEFA Champions League, Liverpool at PSV Eindhoven
5pm- ESPN Classic- UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich at AC Milan (tape delay)
9:30pm- FSC- CONCACAF Champions Cup, DC United at Chivas de Guadalajara
2:30pm- ESPN2- UEFA Champions League, Manchester United at Roma
5pm- ESPN Classic- UEFA Champions League, Valencia at Chelsea (tape delay)
Well folks, the flu bug hit me late last night and this morning, so I wasn't in much shape to
post. Apologies for the absence of a MMCB as well as the Q&A answers but I'm efforting to get over
it and am feeling a bit better.
If I had written a Monday Morning Center Back it would have centered on the discussion I had on
Friday with US Soccer president Sunil Gulati.
The Red Bulls' neverending search for forward help has led them to Chile, where a report has
surfaced linking the club to former Serie A standout Marcelo Salas.
Released in December by Universidad de Chile, Salas is best known for his successful stints with
Lazio, Juventus and River Plate. He fell off the map during an unsuccessful and injury-plagued past
year with U de Chile.