03.02-03.09: Week in TRADES/SIGNINGS

DC United
In what looks like another phenomenon of the rich getting richer, DC United signed another Brazilian, Fred. Or, as his parents named him, Helbert Frederico Carreiro da Silva. Here's to hoping he doesn't adjust well to Major League Soccer. In other DC news, DCenters ran a good interview with new 'keeper Jay Nolly. There's some interesting stuff about picking up and moving across the country in there. Good job, guys.

Toronto FC
Conor Casey finally made it official with Toronto FC. It's nucking futs how long that deal took to come together. With Edson Buddle, Alecko Eskandarian, and, now, Conor Casey, they've got an interesting set-up at forward...and I think "interesting" is about as far as I can go on that one.

In other Toronto FC news, the Canadian also picked up bitter, bitter former Columbus Crew net-minder, Jon Busch. Good luck with it up there. I don't know what Sigi sees in Bill Gaudette, either.

Red Bull New York
Looks like RBNY picked up Chris Leitch. I get this one well enough, though Ives Galarcep, from whom I learned of this one, wonders whether another player will have to make room on the roster.

(NOTE: I'm doing the Robbie Rogers thing elsewhere...there's something about that one I can't stop picking at.)

Rumors and Addenda
The good folks at Sideline Views caught sight of former LA Galaxy trialist Laurent Merlin talking to a Chicago Fire official. Given that's been quiet lately, it probably means nothing, but it's a good photo nonetheless. One trade rumor looking a bit more solid, if far from complete: Cuauhtemoc Blanco to Chicago; Luis Arroyave reported on his blog that the fiery Mexican met with that Guppy guy from Chicago's front office. I remain cool to this move...can't help it.

Finally, I feel compelled to note that former #1 MLS-draftee Steve Shak looks to have signed with the Charlotte Eagles. Fascinating.


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