For those of you who were sure that Dom Kinnear was a genius and got the better of San Jose in all of the trades, have you been following Houston the past few months? Kamara turned into a disgruntled player and got shipped off to Kansas City last month for Abe Thompson and allocation $$, and now he's not even starting regularly for KC. In a total of 2087 minutes played this year, he scored 5 goals. Not bad, but not great. Wondo's scored 5 goals in about half that much time, and Glen has scored 4 goals in 1/4 of that time. San Jose got allocation money for Kamara and a 2009 first round pick. This trade is either even, or perhaps given the latest developments, in favor of San Jose. Houston did get a pretty good year from Kamara between the last half of last year and the first half of this year, but then it turned bad. San Jose traded Cam Weaver for Wondo and a 2010 draft pick (2nd or 3rd round, still tbd). Weaver has done ok for Houston, scoring 3 goals in just under 300 minutes played, but he's been out most of the time with injuries (including an injury he just got this week that has him doubtful for this Sunday). Weaver also got an early red card in the Dynamo game against Kansas City that forced the team to play with 10 men for 70+ minutes, with that match ending in a draw. Meanwhile, Wondo has done well with San Jose, with 3 goals and 1 assist and showing flexibility playing in a variety of midfield positions and forward. This trade is either even, or advantage San Jose (particularly for this year, as Weaver has mostly been unable to play) San Jose unloaded Ryan Cochrane for an Intn'l roster spot to Houston, in what really was a salary dump. Cochrane has played in several MLS games and also in several CCL games for Houston, and has not looked very good. If you watched the match tonight you saw Cochrane and Robinson mess up and give up 2 early goals to Metapan, and just not look very good on defense. Advantage to San Jose for this trade. Seems to me that if anything, Yallop has gotten the best of Kinnear in these trades. Or at least, the trades have turned out pretty even, with both teams getting what they wanted out of them. I certainly don't see that Kinnear has taken advantage of Yallop and ended up much better. Another trade Kinnear made that even the Dynamo fans on their BS board are saying was a big mistake was trading a high draft pick for Dominic Oduro. That trade wasn't with San Jose, but it's another example that Kinnear (particularly lately) doesn't seem to have any "magic touch" with his trades, and Houston as a team is struggling. Oduro has played 640 minutes in MLS matches and has yet to score, missing a number of easy chances. One more point - since the Weaver for Wondo trade in early June, here's the team records: Houston in MLS matches: 6-6-6 San Jose in MLS matches: 5-6-6 Obviously there was a lot more involved in the turnaround for San Jose than just getting Wondo, but my point is that the Quakes have played to virtually the same record that Houston has in the past 4 months, and a big part of that was the roster moves that San Jose made. So the next time someone posts that Kinnear is a genius and always gets the best of trades, maybe you should think twice about it.