Rapids Acquire Carlos Alvarez

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Yesterday the Rapids traded Nathan Sturgis to Chivas USA for midfielder Carlos Alvarez. Alvarez is an attacking midfielder who was the 2nd choice in the 2013 Superdraft (taken before Brown at 6 and Powers at 11). He's played in 40 of Chivas USA's 49 games since being drafted with 2 goals and 3 assists in 2013.

Sturgis to Chivas USA?

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The first of 3 entries tonight.

Chris Bianchi ‏@Rapids_News 1h Deal not finalized- but Sturgis heading to Chivas USA, I'm told. Don't know what #Rapids96 receiving in return. #RapidsWest
If accurate it will be interesting to see what we get in return.

The Offseason Starts

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Two pieces of news out of Commerce City today.
  • The Rapids re-sign Nathan Sturgis
Good move to start the off-season. Sturgis is the kind of player that every MLS team needs. A solid capable player that can be plugged into a number of spots at a reasonable salary. He's nothing flashy but he's one of the basic building blocks of a MLS squad.

Cummings-Sturgis Trade Follow-Up

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Now that I'm back from my holiday travels time to get into this trade that happened at the oddest time I can remember, Sunday morning two days before Christmas. The Rapids gave up the other half of the C+C Goal Factory, Omar Cummings, in return for allocation money and Nathan Sturgis.

My first instinct is much like the Kimura trade from last year (oddly, Cummings and Kimura were roommates and were considered the Odd Couple of the team).

Rapids Trade Cummings For Sturgis

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More after the holidays but today the Rapids traded Omar Cummings to Houston for Nathan Sturgis and allocation money.

Major League Soccer

Sturgis signs new contract with Rapids

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A career season has resulted in a new contract for Nathan Sturgis.

The Colorado Rapids announced on Wednesday that the 26-year-old Sturgis has signed a new deal to remain with the club next season, after his current contract was set to expire in December.

Timbers Tid Bits: Year In Review Edition

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As we experience a lull in the off season roster moves, some of today's links take a look back at the big MLS and US National Team stories from 2012.

Rapids acquire allocation money, Sturgis in exchange for Cummings
The Colorado Rapids sent forward Omar Cummings to Houston in exchange for midfielder Nathan Sturgis.

Maybe Osvaldo Alonso Is The Answer

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Yes, the streak of dropped points stretches from a time before the suspension of Osvaldo Alonso. It is also true that the Seattle Sounders won their first match of the year without Alonso. Against FC Dallas they deployed Andy Rose and won 2-0. The next two uses of Andy Rose in the nominal roll as a defensive mid didn't go so well.

MMCB: The Magical Disappearing Midfield

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First Colin Clark (3 match ban), then Adam Moffat (1 match ban), now Brad Davis. The Left Footed Beckham is questionable for Sunday's match against the Chicago Fire with a calf injury and will undergo an MRI today. That's never something we like to hear about any of our players, but especially about our midfield maestro.

Dynamo Acquire Nathan Sturgis

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Dynamo Acquire Nathan Sturgis

Once called the most average player in MLS (he's the basis for our tools) and once traded for a first round pick, the former Sounder was acquired from Toronto for a conditional Draft pick.

Dynamo Trade for Nathan Sturgis from Toronto FC

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The Dynamo have acquired 24-year old midfielder Nathan Sturgis from Toronto FC in exchange for a conditional MLS SuperDraft pick. Jesus Ortiz broke the news on Twitter.

Sturgis hasn't fit in to Aron Winter's plans in Toronto and he has an extremely reasonable salary which shouldn't hurt the Dynamo's cap space too much.

AFTER 90: Punchy Reds give Philly’s finest a Rocky ride

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A Reds takes Philly's best on the chinTHE BUZZ:
The only real curiosity going into today's match at PPL Park for Reds' supporters was what kind of line-up Aron Winter would trot out. With the official "Most Important Match of the Season" coming up on Tuesday in Champions League, would the first-year manager opt to play it safe with a B-Squad - or, would the Dutchman's competitive streak best the coach and see him go for three points against Philly, risking stamina and injury?

DeRo Threatens To Walk

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On Thursday I will be posting a video blog from the TFC Media day, including some exclusive video from new TFC acquisition Nathan Sturgis. But before I get to the media day the DeRo situation has sort of blown up on this Wednesday afternoon/evening. I was lucky enough to attend the press conference Wednesday and the event itself, with questions asked and questions answered, was not the only interesting thing about it.

Houston Dynamo

CCL Rewind: 10-man Dynamo draw, Sounders win in road trips

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The Houston Dynamo and Seattle Sounders both went on the road in CONCACAF Champions League group action on Thursday night and both are coming back to the USA with points in the bag.

The Sounders sent a young squad to Trinidad & Tobago and came back with an impressive 3-1 win over Caledonia AIA courtesy of goals from Fredy Montero, Alex Caskey and Sammy Ochoa.

Portland Defeats Houston 2-0 in Pre-season

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Portland came out in a 4-5-1 and Nagbe saw his first action of the pre-season as Portland defeated the Houston Dynamo 2-0. The goals came from Captain Jack Jewsbury (on an assist from Ryan Kawoluk) and James Marcelin.

From the tweets Bright Dike started as the lone man up top and the defense was pretty shaky in the early goings.

Preseason: Nathan Sturgis Goal Leads Dynamo Past Galaxy

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Well it's just a preseason match and doesn't count for anything, but the Dynamo's 1-0 victory over the LA Galaxy does give us the ever so slightest bit of retribution after last season. Nathan Sturgis scored his second goal of the preseason as the Dynamo defense continued it's streak of clean sheets with their fifth straight shutout of the preseason.

Dynamo squeak past Galaxy 1-0 in preseason MLS Cup rematch

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Friday's scrimmage between the Houston Dynamo and the Los Angeles Galaxy may have been a rematch of the 2011Â MLS Cup, but last November's match was far from the minds of all involved.Â

The Dynamo defeated the Galaxy 1-0 after Nathan Sturgis scored the lone goal of the match on a header from a looping cross from Josue Soto in the 68th minute.

Preseason: Dynamo Defeat San Jacinto College 4-0

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The Dynamo had another positive preseason match today, defeating San Jacinto College 4-0. Goals from Nathan Sturgis, Will Bruin, Adam Moffatt and trialist Jorge Escobar did the damage for Houston.

Houston Dynamo Press Release:

The Houston Dynamo continued their 2012 preseason with a 4-0 victory over San Jacinto College, Wednesday morning, at the Houston Amateur Sports Park.

Earl Cochrane's GM legacy complete as Sturgis heads to Houston

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Currently considering trading TFC Academy for magic beansFor a brief period a little over a year ago, Earl Cochrane was in charge of Toronto FC lock, stock and Barrett. While Jurgen Klinsmann was busy searching the planet for the management team that would eventually be headed by Aron Winter, Cochrane had the keys to the player cabinet and even seemed to be in the running to grab the permanent GM job.

Dynamo trade for Sturgis

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Almost six years ago, Nathan Sturgis was a Generation adidas signing, a U.S. youth national team prospect and a player with a bright MLS future.

Five teams later, he hopes to have finally found a long-term home.

Sturgis was dealt to the Houston Dynamo from Toronto FC for a conditional draft pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft on Wednesday, marking his second trade in 13 months.


Dynamo at FAS, 2012 CONCACAF Champions League: Houston Wins 3-1

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The Dynamo went to El Salvador and all they got was a lousy t-shirt...and three points! Goals from Brian Ching, Cam Weaver and Je-Vaughan Watson led Houston over C.D. FAS 3-1.

The switch back to a 4-4-2 formation led to a near dream first half for the Dynamo with goals from Ching and Weaver.

Adam Moffat Suspended One Match for Reckless Tackle

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MLS announced today that Dynamo midfielder Adam Moffat has been suspended for one match for a reckless tackle committed against Sounders' Osvaldo Alonso during last Friday's match.

The incident occurred in the 35th minute and the MLS Disciplinary Committee determined the tackle endangered the safety of his opponent.

Dynamo Have Made a Trade and I Have Speculative Theories

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The Dynamo have acquired an unknown 24-year old defensive midfielder from an unknown team for a conditional draft pick.

No seriously.

The details came from Jesus Ortiz on Twitter, but that's all we know right now. The player has apparently not been informed of the trade so that's delaying the press release.

Toronto FC

What Should Houston Expect From Nathan Sturgis?

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Similar to any pledge nearing his way toward an initiation, there were some, ah, "tasks," to complete before being allowed to smudge up the margins of this blog. Rather than having been taped to a goalpost wearing my girlfriend's undergarments or made to drop a brick tied to a part of my anatomy from an upper floor ledge, though, the project was a bit more nefarious.

THE STARTING 11: TFC Christmas gifts

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Happy Boxing Day!Boxing Day... not only the one day of the year that Maxim Usanov celebrates his hero, Soviet-era pugilist Ivan Drago, but the day where you look at all of your Christmas gifts and ask your loved ones... "do you still have the receipt?" It's not always quite as easy as gently hinting that the new Cosby sweater your dear Aunt Nora gave you "isn't quite you" though.

AFTER 90: Biggest. Victory. Ever.

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The Rides of MarchTHE BUZZ:
For TFC supporters it felt as if this match was five years in the making. Half a decade of less than mediocre results and high drama off the pitch had the chance to be erased, even if only temporarily, if The Reds could grab a win tonight.

Another road battle - New England 0 Toronto 0

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Toronto FC showed up in New England and played with some of the fire that was on display late Saturday night in Los Angeles. Not enough fire to score against the Revolution, but I give them credit for some ignition.
There seemed to be signs of cohesion from Toronto. Players seemed to know each other that much more.

Wrapping Up Preseason; Looking Forward to 2011 Season

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TFC played their final two games in the Carolina Cup Challenge this week. On Wednesday the Reds faced Charleston Battery. Here's how we lined up for that match:

TFC Starting XI: Stefan Frei, Ty Harden (Dan Gargan 46′), Nana Attakora (Ashtone Morgan 46'), Dicoy Williams, Mikael Yourassowsky, Nick LaBrocca (Matt Gold 58′), Oscar Cordon (Andrew Ornoch 63′), Nathan Sturgis, Jacob Peterson, Javier Martina, Keith Makubuya (Nick Soolsma 70′)

I didn't get to watch this game, and apparently I didn't miss much.


Philadelphia Union vs Toronto FC in pictures

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PSP photographer Nicolae Stoian was on hand for the Philadelphia Union's home finale. Although the match ended as a 1–1 draw, the beautiful fall day featured a beauty of a goal from Sebastien Le Toux. Most importantly, the Union assured themselves a place in the playoffs for the first time in their two-year history.

Toronto FC v FC Dallas (0-1) – FCD Grind Out Road Win v New Look TFC

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Toronto came into the match having scored the second fewest goals and conceded the most in MLS. However, they have been decent at home picking up 14 of 18 goals. Dallas has failed to score in the past two MLS matches.
Toronto's Strategy
Off the back of two designated player signings and several trades, the side was almost unrecognizable.

Alan Gordon

One anthem, one goal, two new, veteran guys waving to the crowd - TFC 1 Whitecaps 0

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TFC attacking strategies of 2011 - not a best-seller

TFC wins have been rare things this year. Tonight Toronto managed to find a way to gain their third of 2011, but it was underwhelming to be charitable. There is no room for gloating tonight, Vancouver must have their eyes on Saturday's Canadian Championship game as priority one.

Alan Gordon shines in the LA night - LA 2 TFC 2

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I will admit it freely, I was getting tired of hearing about how the injury to Alan Gordon was affecting TFC. It felt like a feeble excuse. I thought he had been a very good player for Toronto, but rather than lament his loss we should be expecting others to raise their game. He was a smart acquisition, but he was not the answer to TFC's scoring woes.

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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.

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.

The Rest

Late Fireworks Before Late Fireworks In Rapids Win

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After a dull first half with a whopping total of 1 shot on goal combined from the teams (a Sturgis shot easily saved) things got more interested in in the second half. Right after the break a corner from Powers pinballed around the box. First a shot from Buddle was blocked by Sturgis (whoops).

Sunday vs Houston: The more things change, the more they stay the same

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It's been an odd week or so at the corner of 71st and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview, Illinois. Marco Pappa is out. The Fire decided to take the transfer fee from Dutch club SC Heerenveen instead of keeping his MLS rights. There were rumors swirling about that this was because they were interested in Carlos Bocanegra, which you know by now signed with Racing in the Liga Adelante; the Spanish second division.

LETTERS FROM CAMP: Lights, cameras... stability?

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"Letsh have de chit-chatsh..."It's safe to assume any TFC Media Day will be forever considered a success if the star player doesn't openly discuss going on strike. With that lofty criteria only a year old, today's meet and greet with the city's press will be considered downright cosy. Optimism, a seemingly happy squad, plans for the future and heck.

Arlo White Exit Interview, Part 3: 'My Successor Will Call' Sounders MLS Cup Victory

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Finally, we've come to the end of my rather lengthy interview with former Seattle Sounders play-by-play voice Arlo White. In the first two parts, he dealt with some of the big picture stuff both about his time here and what led to his departure. In the final installment of the interview, many of the questions were generated by our readers.

MLS SuperDraft: Seattle Sounders pick MF Alex Caskey with 47th overall pick (3rd round)

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Caskey is more of a box-to-box midfielder. We hear he had a good combine. He takes a lot of free kicks and corners, which is something the Sounders need with Sturgis gone (though it seems unlikely Caskey would contribute to the first team in 2011).

Random fact: Caskey, Carrasco, and Cruz are 3 of the 4 players on page 40 of the SuperDraft media guide.