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MLS 2009: Good Buy/Bad Buy Part II

shalrie joseph MLS 2009: Good Buy/Bad Buy Part II

GOOD BUY

SHALRIE JOSEPH                  New England             $450,000

Joseph along with the underpaid and under appreciated Steve Ralston has been the heart and soul of the Revs for many years. A skillful and yet hard nosed footballer, Joseph has shown not all holding midfielders have to be Chris Armas tough or Demo Kovelenko rough to be useful. Not bad for a player reared in the maligned American college system.

BAD BUY

JUSTIN MAPP                     Chicago               $255,000

MLS has some very bad habits when it comes to US Internationals. One of these habits is to reward long term contracts based on potential while letting serviceable Americans move to Europe without receiving a transfer fee. The other bad habit we will discuss in our commentary about Bobby Convey.

Mapp as a left sided midfielder has had some nice games with the Fire, but has never come close to fulfilling the potential that made him one of the most exciting young American players a few years back.

GOOD BUY

DARREN HUCKERBY           San Jose                    $385,000

Passion, experience and football savvy describe Huckerby. The Norwich City legend and former Premier League man is versatile and has more football in his legs at 32. Huckerby a Premier League footballer at Leeds and Manchester City as well as for a season with the Canaries brings the qualities of a Premiership player without the baggage of so many Englishmen previously signed by this league.

BAD BUY

BOBBY CONVEY                     San Jose                      $244,000

MLS has another bad habit with American players: Allowing Americans of potential use to the national team rot away on the bench of second tier European sides and then overpaying them when their contract expires. This is both bad business and bad for the development of the US National Team. Convey is the poster child for this morally bankrupt MLS policy.

Convey needed to be rescued from England a year and half ago at the latest. His game, once so promising had clearly regressed. Injuries and a bad attitude have been the hallmark of Convey for sometime now. Yet he’s been rewarded with a salary almost of almost $100,000 more a season than the league’s all time assist leader, Steve Ralston.


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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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