Jazic re-signs, Cristman withdraws
December, 2, 2011
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Chivas USA on Friday re-signed left back Ante Jazic, as expected, and Galaxy forward Adam Cristman withdrew from Monday's first-stage draft in Major League Soccer's re-entry process.
Jazic, 35, was expected to return to the Goats after the club declined its option on his contract, which was worth $115,000 ($123,000 average guaranteed compensation). Figures from the new pact weren't released and likely won't be available until the MLS Players Union next spring unveils every league salary, as it does annually. The contract is believed to be for one year.
Cristman, 26, whose option was declined, withdrew from the process and could be negotiating a new deal with the Galaxy, although it's unlikely he would accept much less than the $42,000 he made this season.
Midfielder Jovan Kirovski, 35, whose option also was declined, pulled out of the process before the re-entry list was released Wednesday. The Escondido product, who made $84,000 in 2011, is expected to re-sign with the Galaxy or retire.
Several others, including one local player, have pulled out of Monday's draft for one reason or another.
Vancouver midfielder John Thorrington (Palos Verdes Estates/Chadwick School) withdrew from the process and is in talks on a new contract with the Whitecaps, a club spokesman said.
The biggest name on the list, former U.S. national-teamer Bobby Convey, who had fallen out of favor with San Jose coach Frank Yallop, signed with Sporting Kansas City after the club traded a 2012 international roster spot to the Earthquakes for the defender/midfielder's rights.
Houston re-signed center back Bobby Boswell, San Jose traded for Real Salt Lake midfielder Jean Alexandre, and Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Terry Boss and defender Taylor Graham announced their retirements. Other players on the list also might have signed new deals or withdrawn from the process, but the league has not yet issued an updated list for Monday's draft.
Clubs could sign players whose options were declined or who were out of contract through Friday. Negotiations can begin anew with players if they are not selected in Monday's draft, and those remaining in the process at the end of next week will be available in the second-stage re-entry draft on Dec. 12.
In other league news ...
New England re-signed veteran goalkeeper Matt Reis (Mission Viejo/Santa Margarita Catholic HS and UCLA).
Chicago has purchased Orr Barouch (Woodland Hills/El Camino Real HS) from UANL Tigres, which had loaned the forward, now 20, to the Fire at the beginning of the season. Barouch, who emerged from Chivas USA's academy, is training until next month with Maccabi Haifa in his native Israel.
San Jose re-signed forward Steven Lenhart (Yorba Linda/Esperanza HS and Azusa Pacific) and re-acquired midfielder Shea Salinas, who spent 2011 with Vancouver.
FC Dallas re-signed captain Daniel Hernandez to a three-year pact as player and assistant coach.