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Keeping an eye on Daniela, Los Angeles Sol

With Cristiane officially re-signed by the Chicago Red Stars, Daniela is one of the biggest free agents left on the market.  Along with Aly Wagner, there has been a mysterious lack of information regarding her.

However, The Equalizer has recently learned an interesting bit of information that has popped up on the transaction wire, and it seems to follow in the footsteps of Brazilian counterpart Cristiane.

Before re-signing Cristiane, the Red Stars allegedly had claim her as a discovery player, which essentially means that at some point her rights were relinquished and had to be reclaimed (which makes sense because she was a free agent).

Daniela’s name has popped up on the radar in the exact same situation, with the Brazilian midfielder being claimed as a discovery player by Saint Louis Athletica last week.  That is a big eye-opener, and could be the first step in the process of Saint Louis resigning her.

She could also be used as part of some type of trade with Athletica’s midfield being pretty crowded.

In 2009, Daniela played in just four games before her season ended abruptly thanks to a broken leg from an Abby Wambach tackle.  In those four games, she scored two goals and looked like one of the most exciting players in the league’s inaugural season.  It will be interesting to see how she has recovered from the injury.

In unrelated news, Los Angeles Sol General Manager Charlie Naimo has been named the team’s acting Head Coach after the dismissal of Abner Rogers.  This comes in a time of transition for Los Angeles, which is in the process of acquiring a new ownership group.

The most encouraging thing about the team’s press release is that it seems close to a deal to stay at the Home Depot Center, a staple in the American soccer landscape.

The Equalizer will monitor both situations closely.


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