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 MLS Offseason 2012-13
raconteur
Posted: Dec 4 2012, 09:49 AM


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Now that MLS Cup is over clubs are already starting their offseason make overs, chief among them are the New York Red Bulls who acquired 3 players yesterday, fullback Kosuke Kimura from Portland and forward Fabian Espindola and centerback Jameson Olave from Real Salt Lake. 3 experienced and talented players who each have played on a MLS Cup winning team (Kimura with Colorado, the other two with RSL.) Good moves I think for New York but Real Salt Lake's trading away two key players guts their team but makes you think the normally astute Utahans have something up their sleeve.
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Posted: Dec 4 2012, 09:59 AM


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Real Salt Lake also sent Canadian international Will Johnson to Portland so it seems they are clearing some salary cap space so they do have something up their sleeve afterall.

Atiba Harris, who was little used at Vancouver leaves there for Colorado.

By the way Caleb Porter, the now former U of Akron coach and of course ex US U23 coach will be the new coach of Portland. It is going to be interesting to see what he will be able to do there.
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shelsoccer
Posted: Dec 4 2012, 02:31 PM


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RSL is trying to clear cap room, according to Lagerwey. They've been good, but pretty stagnant, for the last four years. Probably time for a shake-up.

SKC also dealt Harrington to Portland for allocation money. He'll slot into Kimura's spot at right back. So, the Timbers, along with RSL and NY, were particularly active.

It's been several years since there was this level of activity in the off-season trade window.
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Merlin
Posted: Dec 4 2012, 06:55 PM


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Ching is talking about coming back, and Eric Brunner was acquired from Portland for allocation money.

Meanwhile, Carr is undergoing an MRI on his knee. No results available yet.


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Rufus T. Firefly
Posted: Dec 5 2012, 03:13 PM


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Bad news for Calen Carr he injured his ACL, that means 6 months at a minimum out. We likely will not see him back until August 2013. So Houston have some thinking to do at forward.
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libero
Posted: Dec 6 2012, 07:16 PM


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The oft traded Sebastian LeToux is on the move again, he leaves New York and heads back to Philadelphia (now that Piotr Nowak is no longer associated with the team) and going in the other direction is Costa Rican forward Josue Martinez who will be with New York.
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rosarino
Posted: Dec 11 2012, 01:27 PM


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For the last few years, Major League Soccer officials have helped teams in the league keep tabs on potential transfer possibilities in Central and South America by recording games from various nations and keeping the video on file.

“Since a number of our players were coming down from Central and South America, we decided at that point to think about ways that we could help our teams in their scouting and recruitment efforts,” said Lino DiCuollo, the league’s vice president of player relations and competition, in a recent phone interview. “So one of the things was to start cataloging all the games in many of the leagues in Central and South America where we were getting players.”



The nations he named were Honduras, Costa Rica, Colombia and Ecuador, as well as the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudaméricana competitions. Alfonso Mondelo, director of M.L.S. player programs since 2005, spearheaded the initiative at the start.


The piece also notes other technological tools the league already uses or hopes to soon use in tracking players.
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Roosevelt
Posted: Dec 12 2012, 05:12 AM


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Benny Feilhaber was traded by New England, who did not pick up his option, to Sporting KC for allocation money + draft picks. I can see the trade from both sides [even if New England seems trapped in a pretty grimy existence for the foreseeable future] especially if Sporting picks up someone who can consistently finish chances. With Espinoza departing they needed another MF, but their #1 issue to me is finding (or having Benbury or Sapong become) the guy who's going to score 15+ goals for them. Thoughts, shel?

To digress slightly (better suited to the player pool thread?) but Benny Feilhaber may be, to me, the single most mystifying USNT-caliber player I've seen since I started following the game. It's not just his 'apparent' skill level (there are guys who are good with the ball at their feet who really don't contribute too much to winning soccer matches) but that he actually has been a key player in high-level international competitions. Which, as sporadic as they've been, have produced more career highlights than his nomadic, almost shambolic, club career has.

He's about to turn 28 and has been put in what I'd guess is his best-ever professional situation. Can he finally deliver on all his promise?




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Posted: Dec 12 2012, 02:38 PM


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Toronto has dealt Ryan Johnson and Milos Kocic to Portland for the Timbers first round pick (third overall), backup keeper Joe Bednik and some allocation cash.

Once again a new GM comes in and starts cleaning house at TFC. Johnson has been as productive as anyone else during his time at TFC, but with Frei coming back from injury next year, I guess Kocic was seen as expendable. Still, you could argue that Kocic was the better keeper and you would think you could get more for those two than they did. I hope TFC has someone they're coveting at No. 3 or else this doesn't make a lot of sense.

For Portland they get a pair of starters for a pick, a backup and some cash. Not bad.

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Posted: Dec 12 2012, 06:07 PM


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I hope Feilhaber can resurrect his career in Kansas City. I think he is a very talented player, frankly one of the most technical players the US has currently but Roosevelt pegs it right, for whatever success he has had at the national team level (and frankly it has been a good 3-4 years since he even achieved anything there) he has had a pretty poor club career. Time for him to buckle up and show his ability. I hope he can become a productive player for Sporting KC and hoepfully re-emerge as a national team candidate in midfield.

On paper at least he would seem to be a good pickup to fill Espinoza's absence. Let's see if it works out.

Next season's Toronto and Portland teams are going to look vastly different from what we saw this season.

Looks like Chivas USA have a new coach, it is Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, aka Chelis. A pretty charismatic coach who was known in Mexico for getting a lot out of little talent, that may turn out to be a good preparation for what faces him with Chivas USA!
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libero
Posted: Dec 12 2012, 08:23 PM


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Looks like Chivas USA have a new coach, it is Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, aka Chelis. A pretty charismatic coach who was known in Mexico for getting a lot out of little talent, that may turn out to be a good preparation for what faces him with Chivas USA!

laugh.gif How true!

Good points autogol about Feilhaber. I too hope Sporting Kansas City becomes a good home for him. He has the talent, hopefully he can put it all together there.
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shelsoccer
Posted: Dec 12 2012, 08:27 PM


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Feilhaber, in theory, is a pretty good replacement for Espinoza. Not the same caliber of ball winner but better technically. He's likely to contribute more to the attack, and he does cover more ground than you'd think. As others have said, hopefully a fresh start with SKC will rejuvenate his career.

SKC also resigned Besler today. He was out of contract and had offers from QPR, Birmingham and some club in Belgium, reportedly. He turned down more $ for a chance to continue to play in his hometown and have a better chance of winning (his words).

I do expect SKC to sign a Latino striker, possibly at the DP level.
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Sergio
Posted: Dec 12 2012, 11:57 PM


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Looks like Chivas USA have a new coach, it is Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, aka Chelis. A pretty charismatic coach who was known in Mexico for getting a lot out of little talent, that may turn out to be a good preparation for what faces him with Chivas USA!


Sanchez Sola is also known as a plain speaker, I can see him running into trouble both with MLS HQ and the club's volatile owner Jorge Vergara.

Looks like Sanchez Sola also will be brining Adolfo "Bofo" Bautista up from Mexico with him. When on his game Bautista can be an exciting player but he is getting up in age and is not the player he used to be.


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Pique
Posted: Dec 13 2012, 08:16 AM


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Rafael Marquez and the Red Bulls agreed to end his contract there. He intends to play with Leon in Mexico. Marquez needs to show he is not washed up but his overall play with New York was nothing but a major disappointment especially considering what he accomplished in his career prior to going there.

Chelis Sanchez Sola is a character and one who will, as Sergio writes, likely get into some disciplinary troubles with the league as he will speak up about poor officiating, etc. But he also is as autogol wrote, a coach who can get a lot out of a team. I do not know if he speaks English, I assume he does otherwise he would not have gotten the job, but it will be fascinating I think to see what he can do with Chivas USA.

As for Bofo Bautista, well his best days are behind him. Chivas USA have wanted to sign him for 5+ years. I think they are a year or too late in accomplishing that now.


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Yogi
Posted: Dec 14 2012, 07:25 PM


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Los Angeles traded Edson Buddle to Colorado for money and a draft pick. Colorado had previously declined a contract offer to Conor Casey so they needed another forward and LA is freeing room for another big name signing, probably a forward (Didier Drogba?)

Speaking of Casey he and Danny Califf were the big names selected in the re-entry draft, players whose club did not pick up the options on them, the clubs who selected players still need to come to a contract agreement but I think that won't be much of a roadblock. These were the results of the re-entry draft:

- -TORONTO FC selected defender Danny Califf (ex-Chivas) in Re-Entry Draft, Stage 2.
-- LOS ANGELES selected midfielder Colin Clark (ex-Houston) and goalie Will Hesmer (ex-Columbus) in Re-Entry Draft, Stage 2.
-- NEW ENGLAND selected forward Chad Barrett (ex-Los Angeles) and defender Hunter Freeman (ex-Colorado) in Re-Entry Draft, Stage 2.
-- PHILADELPHIA selected forward Conor Casey (ex-Colorado) in Re-Entry Draft, Stage 2.
-- COLORADO selected midfielder Eric Avila (ex-Toronto FC) in Re-Entry Draft, Stage 2.
-- FC DALLAS selected defender Stephen Keel (ex-New York) in Re-Entry Draft, Stage 2.
-- VANCOUVER selected Brazilian forward Paulo Jr. (ex-Real Salt Lake) in Re-Entry Draft, Stage 2.
-- REAL SALT LAKE selected Jamaican midfielder Lovel Palmer (ex-Portland) in Re-Entry Draft, Stage 2.
-- SAN JOSE selected defender Dan Gargan (ex-Chicago), defender Ty Harden (ex-Toronto FC) and forward Bryan Jordan (ex-Los Angeles) in Re-Entry Draft, Stage 2.
-- D.C. UNITED selected midfielder John Thorrington (ex-Vancouver) in Re-Entry Draft, Stage 2.
-- LOS ANGELES acquired No. 2 pick in the Re-Entry Draft from CHIVAS USA for Los Angeles' natural first-round pick in the 2013 Supplemental Draft, an international roster slot for the 2013 season and the No. 19 pick in Re-Entry Draft.


Califf can still be a quality defender and I think is a good pick up by Toronto. The same applies with Philly signing Casey. And lA may get a bargain in Colin Clark. But Califf, Casey and Clark all need to stay healthy, something they have not always done recently which I think is why each were available now.

In addition Sporting Kansas City signed US U23 centerback Ike Opara from San Jose and Cameroonian defender Yann Songo'o.
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