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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Colorado Rapids enter the 2011 preseason with an unfamiliar distinction: Defending MLS Cup
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
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.
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.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo.â€” 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.