MLS Blockbusting: Pearce Gotham Bound; Juan Agudelo To Chivas USA, More


Well, it looks like the band is getting back together. FC Dallas ’09 is now coalescing around the New York Tri-State area.

In a move that probably began this week with Peter Nowak wanting Danny Califf away from Philadelphia, Chivas USA has sent former US national teamer and odd player movement expert heath Pearce and allocation money to the New York Red Bulls for Juan Agudelo. Wow!

Pearce joins up with former FC Dallas running mates Dax McCarty and Kenny Cooper in the move. Someone get a GPS on Jeff Cunningham.

As part of a second deal of the day, rapper extraordinaire and midfielder Michael Lahoud and some allocation dinero heading to the Union for central-back-tat expert Danny Califf.

Carry on….

34 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jared on 2012/05/17 at 10:38 AM

    This is a good move for Agudelo even though Chivas are not good. It gets him away from Backe who was ruining his career.


    • Posted by dth on 2012/05/17 at 10:44 AM

      Main problem with Agudelo was that he and Henry couldn’t play together. The Agudelo/Cooper pairing has looked pretty good.

      Naturally, since the team has only two forwards, they elected to trade one. Red Bulls everyone!

      Was Toronto angry they couldn’t come up with an incompetent trade (because all the cool incompetent kids were doing it first)?


      • Posted by Jason on 2012/05/17 at 10:52 AM

        Hopefully this works out well for Juan. I would think he’ll get some decent playing time (Beside Angel, Correa looks promising but he is just as young and raw as Agudelo) and maybe he’ll start putting some in the back of the net again.


  2. Posted by Nelsonaoatl on 2012/05/17 at 10:43 AM

    shea and agudelo will combine quirky haircut forces and demolish their bland foes. lol.

    I do hope they progress nicely


    • Posted by Jason on 2012/05/17 at 10:50 AM

      Agudelo is going to Chivas (The pic of Pierce from the Dallas days is perhaps confusing).


  3. Posted by Union on 2012/05/17 at 10:44 AM

    How is his knee?


  4. Posted by Ufficio on 2012/05/17 at 10:58 AM

    Irritated that Agudelo was available, and the Fire couldn’t put anything together to get him. Happy he’s out of New York, I guess.


  5. Posted by Nelsonaoatl on 2012/05/17 at 11:37 AM

    oh crap. woohoo chivas!


  6. Posted by Nick on 2012/05/17 at 11:47 AM

    Did I read that correctly…? New York is sending Agudelo (a young striker), money, and “other considerations” to Chivas for Heath Pearce?

    It doesn’t seem like a good deal on New York’s part since Agudelo’s potential is seemingly much, much higher than Pearce’s on age alone.


    • Posted by thedude on 2012/05/17 at 1:57 PM

      No Agudelo is traded for Pearce + allocation money + some % when he actually gets sold


  7. Philly should have sent Califf and Mcinerney and allocation to NY for agudelo and cut out the middle man if it were possible…woulda been a better trade for them at least


  8. Wish Philly could have given up Califf and McInerney and allocation money for Agudelo straight up and cut out the middle man, might have been a better trade for both sides…and it doesn’t matter who Chivas signs. Until they leave LA, nobody is going to care about them.


  9. Posted by Alex on 2012/05/17 at 12:42 PM

    If a goal is scored in the HDC but nobody is in the stands to see it, does it even count?

    JK, after the crap that Chivas went through during the offseason they are really putting together a competitive team


  10. Posted by KP on 2012/05/17 at 12:52 PM

    Totally off topic, but if you haven’t read it, find the article published today on ESPN re Bob Bradley. Absolutely outstanding..great read.


    • Posted by AdamFromMich on 2012/05/17 at 8:07 PM

      Thank you for reminding me. I heard about the article earlier, but I didn’t have time to read it then. Its fascinating to contrast how Bradley is handling the situation in Egypt to how many coaches would handle it. Several weeks ago there was an interview on the BBC World Soccer/World Service podcast with the (English) head coach of Bahrain. When he was asked about the protests in that country, he said he wished the protestors would just go away.


    • Posted by Jim on 2012/05/18 at 5:45 AM

      +1. Phenomenal article. Bradley seemingly faded into obscurity, so it’s great to put words and pictures to what he’s doing. When the killing happened, I figured he would call it a day and go home. Most people would. It’s cool to see how much the Egyptians respect him. We can say whatever about his coaching style- he certainly has fortitude.


  11. Makes sense, I suppose. New York already sold a player to the Premier League this year, so I guess they weren’t as concerned with collecting on Agudelo’s eventual move overseas as they were shoring up their back line. And now Agudelo SHOULD get more consistent PT, which we all want for the national team.

    At the same time, though, New York has to bring in another striker, no? I mean, what happens if Klinsy blows our minds and calls Cooper into national team camp?


  12. Damn you Chivas! Agudelo is EXACTLY what the Dynamo need.


    • No it’s not. The Dynamo need a RM and CAM. Houston has too many forwards and should probably consider trading Weaver. Don’t get me wrong I’d love to have Agudelo in Houston, but the emphasis of the team has always been midfield. Consider the fact that Carr, Ching, Bruin, and Kandji is probably the deepest all around most talented strike force Houston has ever had. However Moffat, Clark, Davis, Camargo is definitely struggling. If Kinnear could get somebody like a Sal Zizzo in a trade for Weaver I think the team would be all set.


      • Houston has plenty of forwards and none that can score, unfortunately. Agreed that someone is needed on the right, but with someone who can attack on the right wing and Davis on the left Camargo is more than adequate at CAM.


        • Camargo is only adequate if the team has a good RM which we don’t. We have an adequate midfield all around. However why is it always a complaint that our forwards can’t score? Bruin had been more than encouraging thus far, Carr for whatever reason has been out of position on the right and Kandji has shown flashes of skill but eerily similar to Watson whose motives are based solely on themselves rather than on the team. He’s also lets emotions get the best of him at times and starts pouting on the field. I don’t feel like I need to defend Ching’s inclusion on the team. Not only do the Dynamo not have problems with strikers, but why would it even be a problem whether it’s your strikers scoring or your midfielders. They usually all contribute in a goal, so shouldn’t the better measure of success be goals scored by the team with certain players on the field? More so why does anyone care where the goals are coming from. If your team has something that works, run with it.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2012/05/17 at 10:17 PM

      I actually think Agudelo would be perfect. Or someone that can break down a defender. The Dynamo could use an Agudelo or a Simon Dawkins type.


      • Bingo. There’s no one in orange (save a fully healthy Colin Clark or maybe Kandji, jury is still out there) that can really go 1v1 at a defender with pace.


        • Posted by matthewsf on 2012/05/18 at 9:36 AM

          Kandji, who I love, seems to another hold-up guy for them. I agree it could be Colin Clark…with emphasis on *could.


          • I don’t think Kandji plays the hold up role at all. So far he has shown he likes to take players on 1v1 but he hasn’t shown a very high success rate. He seems pretty frustrated here.


      • I understand what you’re saying having someone who can run at a defender 1v1 is something lacking on the Dynamo but we need that player out on the right. We need someone who can create space then either cross it in or get in the box themselves. Supposedly Alex Dixon is good at that but Kinnear apparently prefers Watson, Clark, and even Carr over Dixon on that right hand side.


  13. Posted by 4now on 2012/05/18 at 12:06 AM

    Excellent trade for FCD, NYRB, MLS & the USMNT. Agudelo needs to go forth and prosper and he would never do that with the current Metro set-up. Pearce is a good, solid, reliable MLS veteran – exactly the kind of players that Metro need to include in their rosters (like McCarty, Richards, Cooper, etc), and the really did need depth on their backline in the absence of a healthy Conde.


  14. Posted by Jim on 2012/05/18 at 5:49 AM

    I think it makes sense. The situation in Philly doesn’t make sense to me, but the NY/Chivas trade does. NY need a quality CB and Chivas need to put balls in the net. Agudelo has looked dangerous in the few minutes I’ve seen him this year. He needs more minutes and I have no doubt the goals will come.


  15. Posted by Crow on 2012/05/18 at 5:58 AM

    Nothing Philly has done the last year has made any sense under Nowak. I just hope the McInerney for Angel rumour is just a rumour.

    What is lost is that Sheannon Williams will now be making a permanent move to CB which I don’t like. He’s capable enough there and CJ Gaddis is a good enough player to play RB in MLS, but Williams attacking chops are now lost. I think he is one of the best, if not the best RB’s in MLS- he should have played over Sarkodie and co. in the U-23’s and he’s good enough to be on the Senior Team’s depth chart.


    • Posted by dth on 2012/05/18 at 6:36 AM

      On a better-managed team, Sheanon Williams to CB would be an interesting and worthwhile experiment. People say the attacking chops will be lost, but I think one of the tactical changes that are only starting to happen but will really take full force in the coming years are selective charges out of the back by centerbacks. (Think Laurent Blanc, or Phil Jones, or even Geoff Cameron.) And Williams can do that.

      But of course it’s the Union, so….


      • Posted by Eli on 2012/05/18 at 11:26 AM

        Unlike those other guys, Williams is only 5’8″. Forced to play CB for the foreseeable future, he may not be able to survive…


      • Posted by Crow on 2012/05/18 at 12:17 PM

        It is true that if Williams would develop his talent at RB he could be the kind of CB that Klinsmann particulary likes. However, with Chandler now gone the depth at wingback just got thinner. Also, Williams prefers playing at RB. I always like players being in their favorite or natural spot because they feel the most comfortable- less thinking and more instinct.


  16. Posted by dth on 2012/05/18 at 7:46 AM

    Mulling over this trade a little, I wonder if it’s a potential model for the future, substituting for loans in MLS. As we know loans in Europe often work when big clubs loan to smaller ones; obviously MLS has so much parity that this model doesn’t work as well. But I wonder if, by sharing the potential economic rewards of any transfer, clubs can more readily move homegrown players around to appropriate spots. Thoughts?


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