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Report: Landon Donovan deal on shaky ground?

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Soccer writer Steve Davis has some news on the move that just won’t end.

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Real Salt Lake’s move for Landon Donovan may not be going as well as the club would have hoped, with soccer writer Steve Davis saying RSL coach Jeff Cassar “didn’t sound overly optimistic” about the deal.

While Davis, on Twitter, didn’t go into detail about his conversation with Cassar, his impression may be confirmed by the fact that discussions remain ongoing between Donovan and RSL at this point. That much has been confirmed by RSL Communications.

Earlier in the week, we discussed the possibility that the move could be hampered by MLS and CBA restrictions on free agency.

Whether that’s the reason behind this or not remains to be seen, but I had a good conversation on Twitter with Steven Bank, professor of business law at UCLA, about his interpretation of the relevant portions of the CBA. His reading was, in some ways, more generous toward Donovan’s situation than mine.

We’ll see what happens with this one, but keep in mind: RSL Communications did confirm today that conversations were ongoing between Donovan and RSL (and perhaps MLS.) We’ll just have to sit on this one a little longer.