We are just one short week into the Portland Timbers' post season and already things have been shaken up down on Morrison Street. With Jorge Villafana sold to Club Santos Laguna, Maximiliano Urruti taken by FC Dallas in the Re-entry Draft thanks to his (allegedly) byzantine contract, and Will Johnson headed out to Parts Unknown, the Timbers' depth chart is in flux.
Another player who found himself struggling for minutes with the Montreal Impact is on the
Forward Justin Braun was traded to his hometown Real Salt Lake in exchange for a conditional
2014 draft pick Wednesday, getting himself out of a situation that had become increasingly dire
north of the border.
A day that would always eventually come, but none of hoped to see so soon. Koz is no longer a
Rapid. This afternoon he was traded to the Portland Timbers for allocation money and an
international player spot.
Its no secret that Koz is (or was, now) my favorite player on the Rapids. That said he's had a
rough year and has been passed on the depth chart by Freeman and Zapata.
We've already seen the Portland Timbers make numerous trades throughout the first half of the
season. Mike Fucito came in, Bright Dike went out on loan, Steven Smith was recruited, Jorge
Perlaza was exchanged for Portland-local Danny Mwanga. Really, it's been a busy seasons in terms of
trades. Makes me wonder if the Timbers front office simply wasn't able to get everything done
before the season kicked off, or if they were scrambling after ot performing as expected.
Now seems a good time to refresh my USMNT Clipboard, and then when we are done I will get into a few tactical suggestions. As always, this is my take on a depth chart, and not any guess at Klinsi's.Let's start in goal, where we now have an old fashioned keepers duel. And now that we have the dual stars around, Nick Rimando moves along for a wide-eyed pupil-type.
First, we will just run out the 23, in the reveal order for this version of my depth chart. The as-of-now line-up, specifics on decision and wrinkles after. Howard, Guzan, RimandoCameron, ParkhurstGoodson, Gonzalez, OnyewuBeslerJohnson, LichajWilliams, BeckermanBradley, JonesZusi, BedoyaDempsey, DiskerudDonovan, BeasleyAltidore, JÃ³hannsson Last men cut: Ream (who goes into the 23 if Lichaj is
The Fire are deeper this winter than they were last season at this time. There's not much doubt about that. Frank Yallop is making sure the team isn't caught flat footed like they were after Arne Friedrich's late camp injury in 2013. The loss of the German center back was probably the most glaring cause for last year's painfully slow start (well that an the inability to score).
Cory Gibbs has suffered yet another injury centerback.
The veteran, but oft-injured, defender will miss the next 4-to-6 months after undergoing surgery
for a torn right meniscus on Tuesday. According to the Fire, the injury was suffered in training
during last Wednesday.
Maurice Edu's move to Stoke City is not complete yet, but Rangers manager Ally McCoist confirmed
that the move is still in the works.Â
"I'm led to believe the Maurice Edu transfer to Stoke is still ongoing," McCoist told Sky
Sports. "If and when that happens, he will go with our best wishes, but I don't think there has
been anything concrete done with that at the moment.
The coveted winger signed a new four-year deal with Tottenham on Wednesday, extending his stay
in London and putting an end to speculation that he'd be bolting for some of the world's biggest
Just 22, Bale has established himself as one of the Premier League's top talents and had been
attracting interest from a wide array of teams, including giants Barcelona, Real Madrid and
Twitter lit up today when it was reported that Christian Sivebaek had been waived by the
Sounders. It should be noted that there has been no confirmation on this. Joshua Mayers has
reported on Twitter that "the Sounders have no comment, but I didn't see [Sivebaek] at the end of
practice" While we wait for confirmation regarding the fate of the big Dane, we can at least
analyze the implications of this potential move.
Sigi Schmid is calling a week with a US Open Cup match and a short turn around for an MLS
Reserve League game "Opportunity Week." Within a game against the Atlanta Silverbacks that is a
"must win" by nature of a knockout tournament and a results don't matter much Reserve match at
Starfire on Friday night against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Much of the theme last week was about the depth of the Seattle Sounders FC and how Sigi Schmid
has crafted a 3-1-1 +4 start with a variety of players. The team is younger than last season and at
the same time Sigi seems to be more willing and/or forced to play that youth early in the year.
The month of May with an appetizer this Saturday and the Third Round of the US Open Cup on May
29th Seattle has 9 matches in 32 days.
Luis Robles is a member of the New York Red Bulls after all.
The Red Bulls used their place in the allocation order to select Robles, who signed with MLS
Tuesday night. The club had initially tried to sign Robles during the winter, but when it became
apparent that he could not sign directly with the club and would have been subjected to the
allocation order, the deal came off the table.
RBNY's Starting XI Has More Subs Than This FleetSUB WATCH was in dry dock last
week to take care of repairs following the radical transformation of the New York Red Bulls line
up. After your humble captain saw LADE, RUTHVEN and BARKLAGE in the starting XI, he passed out and
SUB WATCH ran aground.
It's been an interesting ride through the first month of the Revolution 2012 season. While the
change in philosophy and plan of attack has certainly changed, the results have remained mostly the
same (if you remember, the Revs actually got off to a decent start last year, and were sitting on 9
points on this date in 2011).
Ouch. Just on the heels of the New York Red Bulls winning their first game of the season, in
convincing fashion I might add, they announce the news that young striker Juan Agudelo will be
sidelined for up to six weeksÂ after tearing his medial meniscus during the United States U-23â€²s
6-0 win over Cuba on Friday.
It's the end of May, so as promised, here is my own final depth chart for World Cup qualifier #1.
The five with asterisks are not in the squad for Klinsi's wonderfully mad five-game tourney
experiment.#1 - GKTim HowardBrad GuzanNick RimandoSha-bam.#2 - RBSteve CherundoloJonathan
Spector*Yes, Spector takes Timothy Chandler's spot - hopefully, it's only kept warm for the time
When Jurgen Klinsmann named the 27-man roster for the current U.S. national team training camp,
the players who didn't get called in were as big a story as the players who Klinsmann did call in.
The absences of several players came as a surprise, while some other long-shots didn't come through
for some fans.
We are just over five weeks away from the start of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and several things
have changed since we last pulled up my depth chart. These have all been for a 4-3-3 set, but since
Klinsi looks like settling on a 4-2-3-1, we'll just call that close enough and proceed as normal.
Those in blue moved up from last time, those in black held position, the reds slipped and the green
â€¢(Editor's note: The dearth of content lately is temporary a little burnt out and we've
lost some writers recently. A quick recharge before we dive full board into qualifying and more.
Thanks for the understanding.)
Welcome back Championship Tim?
Tuesday should bring about the first wave of Jurgen Klinsmann's World Cup qualifying roster.
With Sheanon Williams returning to the Union, Chris Albright may return to the bench (though...
who knows). But the local lad remains a great spokesman for the Philly soccer scene. "In my mind,
this is the best soccer community in the country, hands down. I know from where I grew up playing
the devotion people in the inner city have to soccer, and it obviously spread into the suburbs.
Sounders unlikely to add more than two players beyond those expected in camp already.
After winning MLS Cup, the Seattle Sounders immediately started rebuilding their roster. President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey's goals were to get younger, more durable, and to further integrate Sounders 2 and the Academy.
Give us fuel, give us Fire, give us depth which we desire. (photo via YoDesportes)
Preseason has started for your 2016 Chicago Fire. Prior to tomorrow's friendly against fellow basement-buddy Philadelphia Union, we wanted to look at the depth chart battles going on.
Because a lot of the team's existing and big-purchase talent havejustjoined camp, the convincing (if tepid) 3-0 win over the University of South Florida on Saturday is not really going to help anyone figure out what Chicago will ultimately look and play like.
It's no surprise that Myles Garrett is on top of the A&M depth chart at defensive end. ( Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)
HOOVER, Ala. – Texas A&M has released a depth chart as part of its media guide distributed on the first of four Southeastern Conference media days Monday, and its pecking order is for entertainment purposes only.
Where does United's depth chart stand after two preseason games?
This is the first update to our preseason minutes tracker, a tool designed to show us, come the end of the preseason, what Ben Olsen's depth chart probably looks like. The first version included minutes from the Toronto FC, and today we add data from Saturday night's loss to the Chicago Fire.
CARSON, Calif. --David Junior Lopes is fully aware of the opportunity that being a member of the
Los Angeles Galaxy provides and the hulking Brazilian centerback believes that he can shine with
his new club.Â
Lopes was acquired from Chivas USA on Tuesday in a deal that sent Paolo Cardozo to the Galaxy's