Smells Like Desperation in San José
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Smells Like Desperation in San José

San Jose : CA : USA | Aug 14, 2009 at 5:35 PM PDT
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MLS San José Earthquakes trade Ryan Cochrane to Houston Dyanmo for international slot.

This move leaves me with a couple of questions. First, most Quakesfans think that Ryan has been moved to make room for Fabio Carleandro da Silva, a Brasilian third-division player. Can this guy be better than Ryan Cochrane? Really? He hasn't played with the rest of the team, so he doesn't have the understanding that Ryan has. If is he is good enough to start in MLS, then why was he in the third division in Brasil?

Second, did the coach and GM make this trade just to show that they are trying to improve? Or do they really think this is going to improve the squad? They could have traded, cut, or sold Ramiro Corrales and Simon Elliott who have been flat awful all season, but those guys are safe. Why I don't know, but they are safe. They could have traded Bobby Convey too. I'm sure they would have gotten more value for him and his salary is higher, so they would have cleared more cap space.

If the club were signing a starter from some Central or South American club, I'd be fine with this move. But Fabio was not even a regular starter for Rio Branco-ES. This looks like another Antonio Ribeiro, Pablo Campos, Cam Weaver siging. The Quakes are picking up a guy who might have what it takes, but there is nothing in his resume to suggest that this is so.

Another thing I don't understand is why Coach Frank Yallop and GM John Doyle have not been sacked yet. They had a decent run last year, but have regressed dramatically this season. Sure, they had some injuries, but the Quakes players are not 90 minutes fit, they play like a pickup team, Frank cannot figure out who his best players are, Doyle signs obscure players from lower division sides and expects them to perform.

This smells like a desperation move by a coach and GM who are in over their heads.

markmcf is based in Vancouver, Washington, United States of America, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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  • Quakes continue shakeup, ship Cochrane to Houston

      The Mercury News
    The housecleaning continued Friday as the Earthquakes sent veteran defender Ryan Cochrane to the Houston Dynamo for an international slot while also signing Brazilian Fabio da Silva. The moves highlight the major shakeup in San Jose where the last-...
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