Sporting Kansas City today announced roster moves for the end of the 2015 season. The team announced that they had declined the club option on defender Jalil Anibaba. Anibaba, who was acquired by Kansas City in the offseason in a deal with Orlando City that sent Aurelien Collin to the expansion club, played in 16 games for KC in 2015, starting 14 of them.
With the Sporting KC season over, it's time to take a look at how the season went for Sporting KC and where the team needs to go to move forward in 2015. With the move to the Western Conference, the expectation is that Sporting will be walking into a much stronger conference than the East. And with the likes of Seattle, Los Angeles, Salt Lake, and Dallas in the division, it's certainly hard to argue that the division is the stronger of the two, and should get stronger with the additions of KC and Houston.
With the SuperDraft and coming Champions League action, there's no time to mourn.
As with every year, the North-er North American soccer offseason has come too soon. But you don't watch MLS for the commercial breaks and cheerleader timeouts. No, you love this league because it's always going!
The offseason is here, and December will be a busy month
Now that D.C. United is officially in offseason mode, there are dates for all of Major League Soccer's offseason activities to plot on the calendar. The league's byzantine processes, drafts, and machinations can be confusing to even a seasoned MLS viewer, so we've broken down the entire offseason for you.
While the 2015 MLS season has yet to reach its conclusion, the league has revealed the details surrounding the offseason that will precede the 2016 campaign.
MLS announced the 2016 offseason schedule on Thursday, revealing the key dates surrounding the build up to next season. The offseason will be the first to feature a form of free agency, which will seeplayers28 years of age and older with eight years of MLS service who are out of contract have the freedom to negotiate a new contract with any club.
The 2014 MLS season less than two weeks away, and teams putting the finishing touches on their rosters, so it's time to take a look at the teams that have done the most to improve their rosters heading into the new campaign.
The folks over at MLSsoccer.com recently ranked the 19 members of MLS according to the quality of their offseason moves and FC Dallas ranked 18th of 19th. Some might think the league's site is being a bit harsh, considering how early it is, but with the moves FCD has made thus far being underwhelming at best, it's really hard to argue with where they have them ranked.
The Major League Soccer offseason is well and truly upon us, as players have ceased to be strictly permanent objects and have fallen into a Schrodinger-esque quantum state, only existing in a particular place when observed (and elsewise existing in all places at all times). Such is life under MLS roster rules.
Under former head coach Peter Nowak, and Sporting Director Diego Gutierrez, Colombia was a
source of talent for a Philadelphia Union team that needed an influx of it during an offseason. Now
Colombia has become a place of departure for exiting Union players.
First it was Faryd Mondragon returning to Deportivo Cali, the team he began his professional
soccer career with, and today it was Jorge Perlaza, heading to Millonarios after his rather
forgetful time with the Union.
On the road tonight...so here is a post from the vault featuring Timbers' VP of Marketing Cory
Dolich.Â We completed this chat just weeks before thei Timbers kicked off their inaugural campaign
Over the last couple of years, we have conducted interviews with a number of marketing
professionals throughout MLS.
There has been a lot of talk about Merritt Paulson and affecting the team. People have compared
him to Paul Allen and other more hands-on owners. I don't think the comparison to Paul Allen is
apt, as there are a lot of differences between Paul and MP -- I would say MP is the Mark Cuban of
Mark Cuban, as many of us know, is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA.
Compared to the offseason ahead of the 2014 MLS season, this past offseason seems like it has dragged on forever for Kansas City. The early playoff exit last season has made for a long offseason, but tomorrow it finally ends when Sporting KC take the field against the New York Red Bulls at Sporting Park.
The second stage of the re-entry draft takes place tomorrow via conference call. The draft, a way for players in the league with a certain amount of experience to get a chance to re-enter the league. The first stage sees teams having to pick up the player's option or contract. The second stage just gives the team's the right to negotiate with the player.
Sporting KC made their second and third moves of the offseason today. Following the retirement of Jimmy Nielsen, the team today announced that they'd waived two players, defenders Kyle Miller and Brendan Ruiz.
Miller was drafted by the team in the 2012 Supplemental draft but never made a competitive appearance for the club in his two seasons.
Much has been made of the need for new starters the Union were hoping to sign this offseason. Meanwhile the bench has been thinned out with a host of question marks ready to step in. Once the Union sign all their players, will their bench be good enough?
Fingers crossed the Philadelphia Union will sign their striker soon and complete their key offseason acquisition.
The offseason for the Portland Timbers gets started a bit earlier than they had anticipated with the November 19 MLS Dispersal Draft. The league dissolved the former Chivas USA club after the 2014 season, and the festivities will give existing MLS teams (including the new additions for 2015, Orlando City and New York City FC) a chance to add some veteran talent.
Was Mr Gignac resorting to new opponent-eating lows during the Ligue 1 offseason that we're just
concerning ourselves with now? Did he take a bite out of Yoann Gourcuff who surely tastes like a
delicious cheesecake type dessert when no one was looking? Kickettes, what in the hell has happened
to the Marseille [.
We barely got 24 hours to enjoy the winning of MLS Cup before focus really started to shift towards the 2014 season. Already we're getting rumors and speculation towards who may or may not be leaving the team. The big news today is out of England. It was only the passing mention at the end of an article about Dom Dwyer coming to the US to play soccer, but it could have a big effect on the team.
The first I saw of this rumor was reading The Daily Wiz, which linked to an article from The Mirror
in the UK. Needless to say I took it with a large grain of salt, even though it does make some
sense. Wigan has in the past brought in other Hondurans, like Wilson Palacios and currently has
Maynor Figueroa in their squad as well.
Similar to La Liga and Premier League, Bundesliga sees itself going into 2012 with two prime
contenders, and then what looks like a strong competition for third place. For the top German
league, last year's top two finishers will go into this season expecting to end that way again this
It is still a mystery how they faltered and lost the title in the very last minute last season.
The Red Devils are vowed to fight back. Have they armed up enough this offseason to pull themselves
closer to Manchester City?
Notable new signing: Shinji Kagawa is not arriving at Old Trafford only for the
It is still a mystery how they faltered and lost the title in the very last minute last
season. The Red Devils are vowed to fight back. Have they armed up enough this offseason to pull
themselves closer to Manchester City?
Notable new signing:
Shinji Kagawa is not arriving at Old Trafford only for the Asian market.
As I touched upon in an article on Saturday, Freddy Adu has not lived up to his role as a
playmaking winger enough this year. A few games, specifically his pre-second yellow card play
against the New York Red Bulls, have shown that he has the mindset and ability to properly adjust
to the role he thrust himself into this offseason, but Adu has disappointed routinely out of a high
spot in the Philadelphia Union's offense.
New York Red Bulls fans may be days away from seeing the team's latest Designated Player, Tim
Cahill, in action.
Though he won't be used against the Montreal Impact on Saturday, the former Everton star will
likely be debuting much in the same manner like his New York DP predecessor Thierry Henry did just
two years ago; in a friendly against Tottenham.
This week on the show we review the annual business meeting and stare in to the abyss of the offseason.
The offseason has begun for the Seattle Sounders and we're back to discuss the latest news coming out of the Annual Business Meetings. There's a new (sort of) majority owner, no change at the head coach position, along with several other tidbits that are worth of discussion.
Its been quiet in Commerce City this post-season, especially compared to this time last year. Today we got a bit of news about off-season training though. Andre Akpan, Tony, Cascio, Chris Klute, and Martin Rivero will spend 10 days starting next week in Derby, England training with Derby County FC. Derby currently sits 12th in the Championship (2nd level), 1 point behind Blackburn Rovers), and is the former employer of Rapids President Tim Hinchey.
Roberto Mancini has vented his frustration once again with the Manchester City board over their
failure to sign any new players this summer.
Champions City are the only club among the Premier League title contenders to not add to their
squad, and ahead of Sunday's Community Shield showdown with Chelsea, Mancini went on the attack
again over City's lack of activity in the transfer market, pinning the blame firmly on City's
football administrator Brian Marwood:
"Sorry, but for this you should talk to Brian Marwood.
We're only a few days into the London Olympics and the Games have already served as an
all-consuming distraction for a large portion of the planet. One group that has not been distracted
from their primary focus, even while attending Olympic football matches, is that of Blackburn fans
(and their chickens) who really, really want the club's manager, Steve Kean, and ownership group,
Venky's, as far away from their club as humanly possible.