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Say goodbye to Clint Mathis

Posted on 19 November 2007 by ASN Staff

The New York Red Bulls have traded Clint Mathis to the L.A. Galaxy in exchange for a third round pick in the 2008 SuperDraft. According to RB Technical Director Jeff Agoos, “this was a very difficult decision but I would like to thank Clint for his work this year and wish him the best of luck in the future.” That’s from an official statement by the team.

This is a shame, as Cletus was a fan favorite and early this year appeared to show glimpses of his former self. But he was barely used during the stretch run of the season–perhaps due to a falling out with Bruce Arena, as has been rumored (he’d hardly be the only one to have feuded with Arena this season. Depending on whom you believe, it might be easier to find the players that didn’t feud with the former USMNT coach).

I’m not sure who the Red Bulls might get with the third round pick, but new blood is definitely needed. And let’s face it: Clint is no longer a spring chicken. Dude turns 31 in a few days, which for an offensive midfielder/forward is pretty old–especially one who wasn’t exactly a fitness nut in the early stages of his career. (This is the same guy who allegedly said “I just don’t like the taste of water,” in response to questions over his beer intake. Though I have not been able to find that quote anywhere. If anybody can point me to a definite reference I would be very grateful).

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