Peter Vagenas

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Union schedule to be announced today, Restrepo, locals in NWSL draft, more news

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2016 schedule to be announced today. Walter Restrepo to the Union? Sak's new job. Locals in NWSL college draft. More news.

Match Fit Reserve: US State Teams

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It's the offseason, and I really don't want to waste brain cells on the Re-Entry draft, so I've whipped up a little interactive post for you guys. I was bored the other day, and got to thinking about a hypothetical situation where instead of a main US national team, each state had a representative side.

Juan Pablo Angel

Chicago Fire 2 - Chivas USA 1: Summary, Highlights, and Quotes

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Chicago Fire 2 - 1 CD Chivas USA

Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson; Dan Gargan, Arne Friedrich, Austin Berry, Gonzalo Segares; Logan Pause ©, Pavel Pardo, Marco Pappa; Sebastian Grazzini (Rafael Robayo 78'); Patrick Nyarko, Dominic Oduro (Federico Puppo 86')

Substitutes not used: Paolo Tornaghi, Hunter Jumper, Michael Videira, Daniel Paladini, Orr Barouch

CD Chivas USA: Dan Kennedy; John Valencia, Rauwshan McKenzie, Heath Pearce, James Riley; Oswaldo Minda, Nick LaBrocca, Jorge Villafana (Michael Lahoud 81'), Miller Bolanos (Ryan Smith 66'); Alejandro Moreno ©, Juan Pablo Angel (Jose Correa 70')

Substitutes not used: Tim Melia, Ante Jazic, Peter Vagenas, Laurent Courtois

Scoring Summary
CHV - Juan Pablo Angel (penalty kick) 23'
CHI - Austin Berry (Sebastian Grazzini) 25'
CHI - Marco Pappa (Federico Puppo) 93+'

Misconduct Summary
CHV - Oswaldo Minda (caution) 16'
CHI - Pavel Pardo (caution) 20'
CHI - Dominic Oduro (caution) 72'

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Assistants: Ian Anderson, Fabio Tovar
Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Attendance: 14,652



Chicago Fire Head Coach Frank Klopas

On Marco's goal.

Juan Pablo Angel doesn't travel with Chivas to Portland. Neither does Peter Vagenas, David Junior...

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Juan Pablo Angel doesn't travel with Chivas to Portland. Neither does Peter Vagenas, David Junior Lopes or Jorge Villafana.

From Scott French (@scottjFrench) a journalist from Orange County

Vancouver v Los Angeles (0-4) - Second Half Adjustment Propels Four LA Goals

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Vancouver's Strategy Still trying to figure out how to best use his new signing, Tom Soehn made a formation adjustment from the San Jose match. Peter Vagenas was left on the bench and Davide Chiumiento started in the center. The switch resulted in a diamond 4-4-2 look, with Chiumiento in front of the holding midfielder Koffie.

LA Galaxy

How have the other MLS teams done in the off-season Part 3: The West Coast

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The West Coast teams no doubt have a great amount of talent and continued to add to it throughout the offseason. Defending MLS Cup champions and Supporters' Shield winners LA Galaxy enter the season on top, but the West is filled with teams ready to take the crown for themselves. After the jump is the final installment of my off-season transaction review as we look at Chivas USA, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, San Jose, and Vancouver.

2012 MLS Offseason Transactions

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I figured this was worth putting up before the new season starts.


IN: Jay Nolly (12/5: trade from Vancouver); FKheli Dube (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/New England); M Rafael Robayo (1/9: free/Millonarios); F Federico Puppo (1/11: free/Danubio); D Austin Berry (1/12: SuperDraft); F Lucky Mkosana (1/12: SuperDraft); D Hunter Jumper (1/12: SuperDraft); M Tony Walls (1/17: supplemental draft); D Arne Friedrich (3/7: free) OUT: Christian Nazarit (12/7: option declined); F Gabriel Ferrari (12/7: option declined); G Alec Dufty (12/12: option declined); M Baggio Husidic (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Colorado); G Jon Conway (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/LA Galaxy); F Diego Chaves,(1/15: free/Palestino); D Yamith Cuesta (12/7: loan expired); D Josip Mikulic (1/26: waived) IN: Ryan Smith (11/21: trade from Sporting KC); D James Riley (11/23: from Seattle, via trade from Montreal); M Oswaldo Minda (12/21: SD Quito); M Miller Bolaños (1/11: LDU Quito); F Casey Townsend (1/12: SuperDraft); D R.

Lessons learned as Galaxy defeat Chivas USA 3-2 in scrimmage

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Preseason is all about learning and both the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA felt that a great deal was learned in their preseason scrimmage on Thursday as the Galaxy defeated Chivas, 3-2

 Starting a primarily reserve team lineup, the Galaxy jumped out to a three goal lead in the first half goals.

Error in Lineup Database

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I noticed a couple of errors yesterday relating to the LA Galaxy's games in the 2000 CONCACAF Champions Cup (played in January 2001, but still called the 2000 edition). They've been fixed, and the corrected version can be downloaded here (stats through 2010).

Brian Kelly & Zak Ibsen were each listed with two sub appearances.

McCarty, Nyassi among those chosen in 2010 Expansion Draft

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The 2010 season may be only be a few days dead, but the 2011 season has already kicked off with the Expansion Draft.Â

The Vancouver Whitecaps and the Portland Timbers added ten players to their initial MLS rosters on Wednesday as their clubs began to take shape for the 2011 season.

Initial Look At Lineups and Strategies of Sounders and Galaxy

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Much will/has been written about the previous two match-ups in League play. The cliche will be thrown around about how the Playoffs are a whole new season. People will also talk about how different the teams are.

Let's look at that.

The Los Angeles Galaxy used 8 of the same players in those previous two matchups and essentially played a 4-1-3-2.

Seattle Sounders

Turnover, Time Creates New Veteran Leaders

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Back before the first ever Seattle Sounders FC match in 2009, it was fairly clear who the veteran leaders would be -- Kasey Keller, Nate Jaqua, Tyrone Marshall and Peter Vagenas. Each had long careers and, except for Keller, those careers were primarily in MLS. Just three seasons later, none of those players are on the roster.

Vaginas há muitas, Vagenas há o Peter

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Já no ocaso da sua extensa carreira, Peter Vagenas (ao centro na foto) não conseguiu evitar que os canadianos do Vancouver Whitecaps fossem o "lanterna vermelha" da Major League Soccer dos Estados Unidos. Aos 33 anos, e após quase uma década nos LA Galaxy e duas temporadas nos Seattle Sounders, o veterano médio começa a pensar em pendurar as botas.

Cascadia Cup Returns To Seattle After 3 - 1 Victory Over Vancouver Whitecaps

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Any day when the Captain of the Seattle Sounders can raise a cup is a good day. When Kasey Keller can raise a Supporters Cup on the grounds of the opposition it seems even sweeter. That he was handed it by a member of the Emerald City Supporters after it was handed over from the Timbers Army increases in power.

MLS Training Camp Preview: Colorado Rapids

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The Colorado Rapids enter the 2011 preseason with an unfamiliar distinction: Defending MLS Cup chamions.

Not much has changed in terms of the team's make-up. Captain Pablo Mastroeni is back in the fold after climbing the champion's mountain for the first time in his career; the lethal strike tandem of Conor Casey and Omar Cummings is still in tact, which may have been an uncertainty had Cummings gotten the chance to impress on trial at Aston Villa; and the defensive unit, which had a number of unknown commodities in 2010, has a successful season under its belt as it enters another campaign together.

MLS Training Camp Preview: Seattle Sounders

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PHOENIX -- The Sounders are one of the teams that trained at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz., last offseason. They're repeat customers in 2011, hoping the preseason will be the springboard to a third playoff berth in three seasons of existence.

Sounders Central Midfielders 2010 Reviewed through Lens of Tools

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Seattle Sounders Central Midfielders Ratings based on 2010 performance

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Our discussion of soccer tools goes right to the Center now.

Key additions: Julien Baudet, Danny Earls, O'Brian White, Erik Friberg, Michael Tetteh. Key losses:...

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Key additions: Julien Baudet, Danny Earls, O'Brian White, Erik Friberg, Michael Tetteh. Key losses: Sanna Nyassi, Nate Sturgis, Peter Vagenas, Tyrone Marshall.

There's no question the Sounders lost more starters than they gained. Thing is, this off-season was more about getting healthy than anything else.

Sounders Sign Swedish MF Erik Friberg

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The move that has been rumored for more than a week was made official today as the Sounders announced the signing of Swedish midfielder Erik Friberg. He has spent the last four years with Swedish Allsvenskan side BK Hacken, spending time on the left side and in the middle.

"Erik is a player who who brings an honest work rate and flair to our midfield," said Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said in a team release.

Rapids decline options on Lopez, O’Brien, Vagenas

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo.— The Colorado Rapids have decided not to pick up options on midfielders Claudio Lopez, Ciaran O'Brien and the recently acquired Peter Vagenas. All three are eligible for the MLS re-entry draft this month, if they choose to participate. Lopez joined the Rapids on April 2 and appeared in 11 games for Colorado.

Loss of Wallace raises questions

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Know any good left backs? Because the Colorado Rapids suddenly need one.

A team strength two days ago became a vacuum as the Portland Timbers picked up Colorado left back Anthony Wallace in the MLS expansion draft on Wednesday.

The selection of Wallace came after Monday's decision to ship fellow left back Danny Earls, along with center back Julien Baudet, to Seattle Sounders for midfielder Peter Vagenas.

Protected List Day in Review

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The Trade - Peter Vagenas for Julien Baudet and Danny Earls

MLS had a ton of activity on Protected List Day this year. Several trades went down and the Sounders were in on one of them (Initial News, Press Release, UZ over at BW, UZ here). In the short term it seems this deal was done by Colorado so that they could protect an additional domestic player, but it should be noted that it was also likely a salary dump.

Rapids swap Baudet, Earls for Vagenas

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Less than 24 hours after winning the 2010 MLS Cup, the Colorado Rapids shipped two defenders to Seattle for midfielder Peter Vagenas.

The team also announced its list of 11 protected players for the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft, which takes place Wednesday at noon to help stock the rosters of the expansion Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps.

Sounders Release on the Vagenas Trade

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Here's the release from the front office. I believe Earls played primarily at left back and did a decent job there, and I would be even less surprised now if Leo isn't on the protected list.

Midfielder Peter Vagenas Traded to Colorado. Seattle Acquires Julien Baudet, Danny Earls


What we learned: Yesterday kinda sucked edition

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At the start of play yesterday, I think we can safely say we expected the Sounders to lose to Monterrey and we fully believed Kansas City would beat Houston at home.

Funny how reality can start to mess with our expectations.

Around 7 p.m., it was not only looking like the Sounders were going to become the first American team to win Mexico, but that the Wizards were going to lose the lowly Dynamo.

Noonan done for season; Evans could return

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Noonan, we hardly knew ya.

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Looks like the big move the Sounders made before the roster freeze deadline was placing Pat Noonan on the disabled list and taking Brad Evans off.

Brad Evans

Erik Friberg Making Case For Starters' Minutes And Other Seattle Sounders Roster News

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Sigi Schmid didn't reveal much in his weekly conference call with reporters on Wednesday, but it does sound like this team is really rounding into shape. By the time the Seattle Sounders leave for Florida next week, the list of players still competing for roster spots will be anywhere from one to five names shorter.

Playmakers, Deep-lyers, Holdings, Defensive types - they do it centrally

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Sturgis is not a fish, but he is a particular TYPE of central midfielder.

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Seattle is blessed with one of the better defensive midfielders in the league with Osvaldo Alonso.

Mike Fucito Tops Marathon Two-Nil - Sounders Get Three Points of Pride

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The Young Vowels got their starts in another CONCACAF Champions League match. While down in Monterrey only one got on the scoreboard, but all had great games. Tonight, there may have been three Young Vowels on the pitch, but it was one who declared that he should no longer be in the discussion as a Reserve.

Where Sounders go from here

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As the Sounders head off to Columbus today -- fresh off a third consecutive loss in the CCL group stage that leaves them six points out of second place -- they have some serious decisions to make.

Most pressing, but essentially out of the Sounders' hands, is today's Roster Freeze Deadline. We've already seen Colorado make two moves, acquiring Mac Kandji from New York and Brian Mullan from Houston (here's Dynamo Theory's take) at the cost of Mehdi Ballouchy and Collin Clark.

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Sounders off-season moves through the lens of Soccernomics

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Sounders losses are Tyrone Marshall, Peter Vagenas, Nathan Sturgis and Sanna Nyassi
Sounders gains are Erik Friberg, O'Brian White, Danny Earls and Julien Baudet (or at least his rights)

Here's the list of recommendations from Soccernomics in chapter 3 - Gentleman Prefer Blonds, somewhat condensed.

Former Arsenal-England Nats Keeper on Trial with San Jose Earthquakes

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Maybe you saw the tweet, or read the story.

Former England and Arsenal goalkeeper Richard Wright looks set to join San Jose Earthquakes after being given a trial at the MLS side by Frank Yallop.

How can they do that? I mean transfer season is done, right?

The Rest

Toronto FC v Vancouver (1-0) - Toronto Get Much Needed Win in Lackluster Canadian Derby

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Toronto's Strategy
Under fire manager Aron Winter set out his Toronto team in a 4-3-3. Martina was used as a central striker, a position he is not accustomed to. Joao Plata and Nick Soolsma were the left and right wingers respectively. Plata was supported well on the left by left back Danleigh Borman and was the most dangerous Toronto player on the pitch.