A busy day at Toyota Park continued with the announcement that Krzysztof Krol and Collins John were being released. Krol’s departure was expected given that his one year loan agreement expires in December and he has expressed interest in pursuing options in Europe. The “mutual decision” to part ways with John came as a bit of a surprise since his intial signing included an 18 month contract with options for the second half of 2011 and more expensive options in 2012 and 2013.
The Fire were likely looking to move in another direction with the former Fulham forward after a disappointing season which produced only three goals. A mutual agreement could have come allowing John to pursue other opportunties by way of a buy out or understanding that John was free to pursue other teams immediately. Either way the Fire now have cleared substantial salary cap space in a span of a few hours today.
John Thorrington’s 2010 salary of $177,000.00 was due to increase, Collins John’s $160,000.00 per year salary would have carried over to next season, and Krzysztof Krol’s $100,000.00, along with the retirement of Brian McBride and CJ Brown has given Frank Klopas room to add quality reinforcements.
The conclusion of the expansion draft set off a flury of trades within the league. The moves being made in Portland are odd to say the least.
The Timbers traded Dax McCarty to DC United in exchange for Rodney Wallace and a 4th round draft pick seemingly minutes after acquiring him as the first pick in the expansion draft.
They also traded Anthony Wallace back to Colorado for allocation money after selecting him in the expansion draft as well. Perhaps John Spencer was given a quota on Wallaces.
Spencer followed that up by trading Arturo Alvarez to Real Salt Lake for a second round pick. RSL now has another weapon to call off the bench in an already deep midfield.
Not to be outdone the WhiteCaps traded Sanna Nyassi to Colorado for an international player roster slot, traded O’Brian White to the Sounders for allocation money, and sent both Alejandro Moreno and Alan Gordon to Chivas USA for allocation money. Gordon was acquired earlier in the day from Chivas in the draft.
Several other players were released from their clubs today including Mista at Toronto FC.
The re-entry draft on December 8 should be very, very interesting.