Black Players On The Move In MLS as Teams Get Ready For 2005

By Andrew Dixon, III
Updated: January 16, 2005

MIAMI, FLA.—There has been a flurry of activity in MLS since the international transfer window opened at the start of January. MLS held its annual draft but several roster moves saw some well known Black players leaving and/or changing clubs.

DC United- The champions saw US International Earnie Stewart leave after two seasons to head back to Holland.

Columbus Crew- The Crew have been busy. First they sent US International Tony Sanneh to arch rivals Chicago Fire for Ante Razov and a conditional draft pick, IF Razov renews his contract with the league. Sanneh joined the Crew midseason from FC Nurnberg in Germany and helped the Crew solidify their standing as the Supporter’s Shield winners with the regular season’s best record. Is he being run out of town for that horrible pk miss in the playoffs?

The Crew also sent forward Jeff Cunningham to the Colorado Rapids for a draft pick. Cunningham had been seen as the go to man after Brian McBride left but he found himself on the bench more often than he would have liked and is headed to the Mile High City.

Go to fullsize imageGo to fullsize imageNY/NJ Metrostars-The team looking for that Mass Appeal sent Ricardo Clark to San Jose for a future draft pick. A Rookie Of the Year finalist in 2003, he was injured early and often and 2004 and deemed expendable by Bob Bradley’s staff.

TnT International Cornell Glen is headed to Dallas after the Metros traded him for a draft pick. Glen joined the Metrostars just before the start of the 2004 season along with Jamaican Fabian Taylor. For his part, the Metros declined to pick up the option on Taylor’s contract.

Finally the rumor is spinning that Eddie Pope is going to be traded. Word around the campfire is that the US International will be traded to Columbus for Ante Razov if the Razov/Sanneh deal is completed.

KC Wizards-Jamaican Khari Stevenson was promoted to the first team from their developmental roster. Stevenson joined KC in a trade from Chicago in April of 2004.

Colorado Rapids-In addition to the acquisition of Cunningham, the Black and Blue released forward Zizi Roberts and Darryl Powell both of whom spent their two year MLS careers on the injured list.

FC Dallas-Los Tejanos were desperate to land a forward like Cornell Glenn because S. African International ‘Toni” Nhleko left the side to join Watford in the English 1st Division.

While Columbus’ off loading of Jeff Cunningham was interesting the talk of Eddie Pope being traded is very curious. He came off a MLS Best 11 appearance and was the team’s captain. It’ll be interesting to see if this propsed trade goes through should Razov resign with the league.