Friday, February 17, 2006

Gaven for Dunivant trade

The talk has final got to the point where it is being reported by the press. It seems the MetroStars are interested in trading Eddie Gaven (pictured) to LA in exchange for Todd Dunivant.

Gaven has been in the league for three-years. During his first two seasons he experienced a lot of success including becoming the youngest player to start an MLS All-Star Game. He also earned some time on the US national team. But then 2005 happened and the excitement around him dropped. He just was not up-to-form.

Gaven was also a favorite of former coach Bob Bradley. Bradley's sacking has changed the dynamics of the team and Gaven does not seem that happy with what he sees.

Gaven still has a lot of talent and could return to the path he was on last year at this time, but I don't think that will happen with the MetroStars. Thus enters the trade talk.

The Metros need a good left back, so why not go for one of the most promising in the league. Todd Dunivant's name should be familiar to anyone who watched either the US-Norway or US-Japan match, as he was a stand out player in both. He also played in every regular season game for LA last year.

For LA, they would get a midfielder that would fit in well with their attacking style. Also, since Dunivant has a chance of making it on the German squad and Gaven does not, LA would have one less player that might go missing for 6-8 weeks of the season.

LA would be taking the bigger gamble with this trade, but if Gaven did return to form, they would have a fantastic midfielder. I guess the question for them is which position do they need more.


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