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Colombian Independiente Medellin Jair Benitez (R) vies for the ball with Uruguayan Defensor Sporting's Julio Marchant during the Copa Libertadores soccer match in Medellin on February 24, 2009.

Today, FC Dallas made their second move of the transfer window by signing Jair Benitez from Deportivo Cali on loan for the rest of the season. Benitez is a 30 year old Columbian left fullback with good speed and average ball handling skills. To make room for him in the 24 man roster, FC Dallas released Micheal Dello-Russo.

I think this is a great signing to cure the Hoops’ left side defending problems. Benitez looks like he can attack well, but has the experience and skill to defend better than the company of players that have inhabited the left fullback spot this year. Here is a not very good video that kind of shows Benitez. He is in green on the left side of the field.

FC Dallas are trying to fix their problem spots during this window. They traded for Atiba Harris, a right side midfielder meant to balance the threat of Dave Van den Burg on the left. Now with this signing, Dallas is looking more and more dangerous. I believe they will make at least one more big move and probably more this summer. I know they are actively seeking a high target striker to compliment Kenny Cooper, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see another defender enter the mix as well.

In other FC Dallas news, the rumors are picking up again that Kenny Cooper is being courted by teams from England, specifically Bristol City, a Championship club. Cooper’s english passport makes him easier to acquire since he won’t need a work permit and teams are recognizing his skills. I would be surprised to see him move this summer, as I think the MLS will want too much money for him, but stranger things have happened. If he does leave, then the Hoops’ will definitely need to find a striker who can replace his goal production which is one of the best in the league.

Cooper has his detractors here in the States, saying that he is lead-footed, and isn’t as good in the air as he should be due to his 6′ 3″ frame. He does have things to work on, and he isn’t as good as he can be, but he is a young player (23) that has a good skill set. I see a good future for Cooper as he figures out his game and matures more.

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FC Dallas has traded Marcela Saragosa for Atiba Harris in a surprise move today. Click here for the official report.

Atiba Harris (left) and Chivas USA could not crack Kevin Goldthwaite and the Red Bulls defense.

Saragosa had lost his starting spot this year due to injury and poor form. I have never been a fan of Saragosa’s, but he was liked by Schellas Hyndman which allowed him to play even when his form and his decision making were at their worst. Saragosa was a central midfielder who played on the right occassionally and this year was converted to a right back. However, he was dreadful in that position, which got him benched by Hyndman.

Atiba Harris is a young, midfielder/forward who has played on the right side for Chivas. He has been a bench player at the LA club, but it looks like he will challenge for a starting spot at right midfield where no one on the Hoops has fit this year.

I like the move a lot, and think it will work out in our favor. Saragosa was dead weight, and Harris should become a first guy off the bench type or a starter before too long.

I’ll update with more later. Keep checking back to this post to find out.

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Big news in American Soccer news today. Oguchi Onyewu signed a three year deal with European powerhouse AC Milan today, and Fifa handed out a 3+1 match ban for Micheal Bradley after an altercation between the ref and himself after he was sent off during the Spain v. USMNT match in the Confederations Cup.

My thoughts in two sentences. Great for Gooch, as he will be challenging for a starting role in one of the best leagues in the world. The ban on Bradley won’t make him miss the Mexico match in August, so it doesn’t mean too much besides the fact that he is a little bit of a hothead who needs to mature some more.

Since I was in class when all of this broke, here are some links from every other blog that has covered it. Check them out to learn more about both.

UF
SoccerByIves: Onyewu, Bradley
du Nord
Goal
TOW
USMNT Blog
Yankssoccer

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Rising Stock

Wow, less than a week after the Confederations Cup Final, and the Americans who played well in the tournament are getting new interest from all over the world.

We will look at the biggest winners and losers from the tournament:

Biggest Winners:

Charlie Davies–A move away from his current club Hammarby was pretty much destined to happen as he has had two very good seasons with them and bigger clubs were bound to take a look, but since the tournament, clubs from France, Germany and the Netherlands have shown more than just a glance in his direction. I see him going to Ligue One, where I feel like his speed and quickness will be able to make the most damage.

Jozy Altidore–Since making the loan move to Xerex in January, he hasn’t played a competitive match, and he isn’t happy about it. He returns from his loan back to Villarreal in the coming weeks, but I don’t see him staying there. English clubs such as Everton, and other clubs from Spain have inquired about him asking for a loan deal. I feel like he would do well in the Premier League and learn a lot from testing against the tough physical backs that hold down the forts in England.

Clint Dempsey–While he has become a starter for Fulham, it has been his breakout during the Confederations Cup that has increased his stock the most. Everton has been linked with him, as well as some clubs from Germany and Spain. He only has one more year left in Fulham, and it has been rumored that he recently turned down a two year deal that would keep him at the Cottage, so they may be willing to sell. A deal worth 4 million euros would probably send him on his way. I have a hard time seeing him in Germany or Spain, so I think he will stay in England.

Oguchi Onyewu–We wrote here a few weeks ago that a move to Fenerbache was imminent, but it seems like he realized that bigger teams would be on the prowl after his dominating performance in the Cup. Reports have come in linking him to pretty much everywhere in the world. Teams from Italy, England, Spain, and even the Netherlands have shown interest. This is a toss up, but I want to see him in England, as I think his game will grow the most in that physically demanding league.

UPDATE: Ajax from the Netherlands is VERY interested, while he has narrowed down his choices to teams from four clubs, the Dutch (with Ajax), one from Spain in La Liga, and two from the Serie A in Italy. Thanks go to Greg Seltzer at No Short Corners for the find.

Jay DeMerit–His stock has gone up as well as he played wonderfully, and it has been reported that some of the lower end Premier League clubs in England are taking a look at him. I doubt Watford will be able to hold onto the surly looking, never say die defender.

The Biggest Losers

Demarcus Beasley–Let’s just say this. When he was on the field, the Americans looked terrible, and when he wasn’t, they played with the best teams in the world. He needs to find a team and play, but his stock has plummeted. It might even take him coming back to the MLS for a few seasons, and trying to get his game back together. FC Dallas is first on the allocation list, and he would fit in well…(maybe I’m dreaming).

Sacha Kljestan– His stock has been falling for awhile now, but since the Cup, I don’t see him leaving the MLS in the near future. Ever since he cut his flowing soccer locks, he hasn’t been the same player. He played wonderfully against Sweden, scoring a hat trick, and almost got a transfer to Celtic. However, since his rise, there has been a tremendous fall. In the cup, he turned the ball over more than anyone else on the field. He would either get the ball and pass it to the other team, or become completely invisible and do nothing until he would get red carded. He is going to have to turn his game around pretty quickly to get any serious offers from Europe.

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Transfers

Thoughts About Transfers

What do you think? See these players getting moves to new teams? Agree with who I have said? Think some more people should be added? Let me know in the comments.

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