Now, for me that's a fair trade. I know some Galaxy fans would probably want to get rid of Tyrone Marshall right now but you have to give up something to get something, and Albright is that something. Albright's a key part of the team, he's a gamer, he gives everything he has in every game he plays (well, except for the ones before the World Cup...).
I've always felt the greatest respect for Albright. The guy is a warrior. Conversely, I haven't been impressed by Nate Jaqua. He has a big body and is a big target but can't position himself very well at all.
Albright-Jaqua for Ruiz is a fair trade. If I'm Dallas, I'd probably try for Albright-Sturgis and maybe offer a draft pick to sweeten the pot but I'd settle for Albright-Jaqua.
Before the conference call, Grahame talked to another reporter about the deal and just by the way he was talking I got the sense that the trade is going to happen. When asked about the deal, Alexi Lalas said this:
We don’t anticipate making any changes. Having said that, it’s part of my job to constantly be looking at opportunities to upgrade. There are options out there and there are possibilities out there and they are very, very preliminary.
The core players that we’ve got and then obviously with the addition of Abel and David coming later this summer and another signing we look to do here in the next few weeks is a team we feel is going to compete. We don’t feel the need to make drastic changes to the player personnel that we have although if there exists opportunities to upgrade both in the league or internationally, we’ll do it.