Sigi Schmid was head coach of the Columbus Crew five years ago, and during the summer of the 2007 season, he set his sights on acquiring then Colorado Rapids midfielder Kyle Beckerman, who was on the trading block.
“I thought I made them a pretty good offer,” Schmid told The Bill Riley Show on ESPN 700 last week. “I offered them a pretty good player — a guy who’s still in the league, a guy who’s been in the Best XI — and I got turned down. They ended up trading him (to Real Salt Lake) for Mehdi Ballouchy, and I always thought that Colorado could’ve got a better deal from me at Columbus.”
To me, it sounds a lot like Eddie Gaven, who’s still in the league and was named to the 2004 MLS Best XI, was the Crew player offered to Colorado. Defender Chad Marshall also meets those two criteria of being a former Best XI player who’s still in MLS, but it seems like a midfielder like Gaven was more what the Rapids were looking for since they acquired Ballouchy.
I asked Schmid today if Gaven was the player offered, but he declined to say.
“But I thought the offer was pretty fair, was pretty good,” Schmid said. “For some reason, they decided to go another way, which I didn’t understand. From Colorado’s perspective, obviously the deal didn’t work out very well. I think it would’ve worked out better if they had sent him to us. But then who knows if I’d be here. Everything would’ve ended up different.”
So five years after nearly being on the same team, Schmid will coach the Sounders against Beckerman and Real Salt Lake in the second leg of a Western Conference semifinal on Thursday.