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1/22/07 5:24 PM
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New to MLS? Want to just talk about the upcoming season, we'll let's do that here. While it seems like forever until the season starts here in the US, the reality is that it's just over two months away. This off season has probably seen the most attention of any other that MLS has had. Chicago: Brought in Ryan Coiner, a big target forward from Columbus, in exchange for shipping speedy forward Andy Herron. Notable draft picks include two first round selections: defender Bakary Soumare and forward Jerson Monteiro. Their defense is starting to show some age, but goals will be the big question marks since they dished off two dangerous scorers in Nate Jaqua and Herron. Chicago hopes to make it past last year's runner up in the Eastern Conference. Chivas: 2006 saw a hugh turnaround from their expansion year in 2005. Their biggest trade saw them bring in one of the league's most productive attacking midfielders, Amado Guevara under the helm of rookie coach Preki. Their big loss so far was losing Juan Pablo Garcia back to Mexico. A big question to be answered in 2007 is how much of 2006's success had to do with former coach Bob Bradley. Columbus: Coming off a terrible and injury filled year in 2006 that saw the second year Columbus has failed to qualify for the playoffs, second year Sigi Schmid continues to make major changes. Last year they scored the fewest goals in the league but that's not the only problem as Schmid hopes to put out the ship on fire. Outbound are forwards Knox Cameron and Ryan Coiner, two guys that never left a mark in C-bus, to be replaced by Andy Herron. Veteran goalkeeper Johnny Walker retired due to injury, and backup 2006 emergency signing Noah Palmer was waived. Veteren defender Ritchie Kotschau was lost in the expansion draft. Midfielders waived were Eric Vasquez and fat jew Sebastian Rozental. They picked up young and touted defensive midfielder Danny O'Rourke from Toronto. Look for many more changes before the season starts. Columbus did not have a notable draft, and went after trades. Colorado: Colorado is a team that always seems to suprise people come time for the playoffs. Their one big loss may have more of an effect that any other players leaving their teams in the offseason: veteran keeper Joe Cannon carried the team on his shoulders for several years, and they also lost tireless forward and constantly injured Thiago Martins. Brought in for the new year is forward Hercules Gomez, who had a slump following his 2005 breakout year and continues to have the best name in the league. They brought in three good defenders in Ugo Ihemelu, Brandon Prideaux, Greg Vanney. They also have a new soccer stadium opening for the start of the new season. Colorado, a team not known for their success in drafts, picked up midfielder Nico Colaluca. Dallas: They lost midfielder Ronnie O'Brian to Toronto, which should make their midfield a little less creative if they haven't brought in Edgar Davids (still not official). Dallas waived fouling superstar Simo Valikari, and traded a veteran defender in Vanney. Dallas has a new coach, Steve Morrow, that may sound familiar to old fans. Anthony Wallace (defender) was their 1st round draft pick. DC: This is another team that saw major changes. Their successful coach was lost to a National Team position, and that effect is no doubt going to be noticable. Their key losses is shipping out Alecko Eskandarian, a forward who should be good for 10+ goals a year, and Freddy Adu. Luciano Emilio was brought in to replace Eskandarian and bang in some goals. Whether or not DC replicate the success they had under Nowak remains to be seen. Kansas City: For a team that had goalkeeping troubles in 2006, they sure did fine when they plucked Kevin Hartman from LA. Moves have been quiet for the club as far as the player movement goes, the most notable loss is Josh Wolff heading off to Germany. Their new coach, Curt Onalfo has a highly touted defender in first round pick Michael Harrington. The biggest off season news for the club is their new owners and the club's sale from Hunt Sports Group. Los Angelos: For the first time ever the club failed to make the playoffs last year. To remedy the situation the club bought some guy I've never heard of named David Beckham. They shipped off their long time keeper Kevin Hartman to be replaced by Joe Cannon, lost a up and coming defender in Ihemelu and forward Michael Enfield, as well as defensive midfielder Paulo Nagamura. Enjoy the circus! New England: Lost in the MLS Finals for the second year in a row. Did not bring in any major players from trades, but given their history of successful drafts under coach Steve Nichole, the Revs brought in midfielder Wells Thompson and defender Amaechi Igwe in the first round. Their key loss is in Clint Dempsey who joined Fulham. New York: Lost a lot of players in the offseason, notables were midfilders Amado Guevara, Youri Djorkaeff, Danny O'Rourke and Chris Henderson. The Red Bulls brought in old man Cladio Reyna from England under Bruce Arena's first full year under the helm. Now if they could just get a damn stadium... SLC: Even though 2006 saw improvement from the 2005 expansion team, they still failed to make their first playoff appearance. To help with that they brought in young Adu and Luis Tejada from Panama. Kries might be a loss from their locker room, but goalscorer Jeff Cunningham will continue to be the main threat up top. Losing Douglas Sequeira will hurt the defense. Their goalkeeping answer seems to have come in the form of Chris Seitz, who was the goalkeeper among goalkeepers in this year's draft. Stadium news will be the biggest news in their offseason, as they look for a permenant home. Toronto: 2007 expansion team goes into their first year with a new stadium already built. With the first pick in the draft they brought in midfielder Maurice Edu. Coach Mo Johnston's key players to watch along side rookie Edu are forwards Eskandarian and Jaqua, and depending on if he continues to be an MLS flop or not, Edson Buddle. The midfield is going to be led by Ronnie O'Brian and you will probably see Nagamura plenty in the upcoming season. Veteran Kotschau hopes to anchor the defense along with 2006's success story in Adrian Serioux. Toronto already looks like a solid team, a team that may shadow 1998's Chicago Fire, the only expansion team in MLS to win a MLS Cup.
1/22/07 8:40 PM
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I wasn't that worried about losing Jaqua until they shipped Herron out too. Hopefully it means increased minutes for Chad "Don't call me Wayne Rooney" Barrett, cause I'm not sold on Coiner at all. Rolfe needs to stay healthy too. May be a long season for my Fire Also, Toronto will be nowhere as good as that '98 Fire team was,and they traded both Jaqua(to LA) and Serioux(to Dallas for O'Brian) already. They're going to lean heavily on Eskandarian and Buddle until the kids are ready to help. They'll be better than Chivas and RSL were as expansion teams, but they'll miss the playoffs.
1/23/07 12:30 AM
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Edited: 23-Jan-07
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The chivas section doesn't mention rookie of the year Jonathan Bornstein? Guevara is cool too. The team is heading in the right direction.
1/23/07 1:14 AM
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Edited: 23-Jan-07
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Guervarra is shit and Esky is one head injury away from injury. Jaqua at LA will be nice to see, kid is talented. Hopefully the Crew can build something.
1/23/07 1:40 PM
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I'm a lifetime Crew fan. Born and raised in Columbus and on their games, so what can you do... I'm stuck with them lol
1/23/07 8:04 PM
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Edited: 23-Jan-07
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Until Detroit gets a team, I'll have to support Toronto, no one else is remotely close to me. I'm gonna try and make an effort to actually go see a game. I'm pretty knew to the sport, and have only really folowed the premiereship, but if I like what I see, the MLS could be a possibility as well.
1/23/07 8:34 PM
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Chicago is only about 50 miles further from Detroit than Toronto is, come on down for a Fire game. One game sitting in Section 8 with the die-hards and you'll be an MLS fan guaranteed
1/24/07 4:47 PM
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Edited: 24-Jan-07
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Maybe I'll check it out......... I'll be in Chicago sometime during the summer. What months does the league run? I'm actually across the border from Detroit in Canada, so it still makes a little more sense to be a Toronto fan.
1/24/07 6:21 PM
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April-November (play-offs) Colorado has a press conference tomorrow, which probably has something to do with a DP signing. Reyna is officially a NY Red Bull.
1/24/07 7:20 PM
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"'m actually across the border from Detroit in Canada, so it still makes a little more sense to be a Toronto fan." Ah, ok then it does make more sense to be a FC Toronto fan. I took your comment as being that you are in Detroit "Colorado has a press conference tomorrow, which probably has something to do with a DP signing" It could be the official announcement of next year's All Star Game. It will be played at Colorado's new park, MLS All Stars vs Celtic
1/24/07 7:31 PM
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Celtic away from home? they're fucked lol
1/24/07 7:50 PM
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whats up with the guys with skrewdriver tshirts and other nazi shit in section 8?
1/24/07 7:54 PM
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Where did you see that Fernando? I've never seen that there and I had season tickets last year. Considering Section 8 is about 75% Polish I couldn't see nazi stuff going over very well...
1/25/07 3:35 PM
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Heh. three years ago and midseason Chicago at Columbus game, a few drunk section 8 fans that made the trip came down to 135 (where the home supporters stand). a fight breaks out almost immediately. but when about 5 of columbus' finest came in to break it up, this very large polish girl took a swing at some guy, missed, and clocked one of the cops. she got slammed so hard. it took 4 cops to carry her out. i'll never forget that lol
1/25/07 7:36 PM
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last year DC game, tons o nazi's otherwise you got good support, good tifo and shit DC, Chicago, PDX are top supporter groups and Houston, Chivas as well Ill be out to see DC beat Columbus : )
1/26/07 3:04 PM
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"I wish the MLS would come to Orlando." MLS tried the Florida markets, and that failed. Florida is a tough market for any sport, let alone soccer in this country, so I doubt you'll be seeing a 1st division club in the Sunshine State in a long time. Toronto, on the other hand, has a very solid fanbase. They're the first franchise to already have a stadium deal finalized before entering the league, let alone having it finished. And judging by the season tickets sold every game next season should be a sell out.
1/26/07 8:31 PM
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Miami has USL team that Romario on their squad last year and attendance was dismal. Zinho has team and Ajax has youth academy in Fla as well.
1/29/07 3:35 PM
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Checketts, the owner of SLC, is saying that the stadium deal in Utah is dead. He is saying that the team will probably stay in SLC one more year then be sold. Bad news.
1/31/07 1:13 AM
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LOL @ orlando, most likely he will move the team to st. louis cause he already owns the blues and they have stadium funding kinda sad SLC cant keep any promises
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Garber is kinda looking like an ass here.
2/15/07 5:28 PM
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Player movement in the league so far (stolen from BigSoccer) Inbound *Chicago* Ryan Coiner (trade w/Columbus) *Chivas USA* David Arvizu (trade w/New York, Edwin Borboa (Chivas - Mexico), Jorge Barrera (Chivas - Mexico), Amado Guevara (trade w/New York), *Columbus* Andy Herron (trade w/Chicago), Will Hesmer (trade w/Toronto), Stefani Miglioranzi (trade w/LA), Danny O'Rourke (trade w/Toronto), *Colorado* Roberto Brown (Tacuaremb? FC - Uruguay, Herculez Gomez (trade w/LA), Ugo Ihemelu (trade w/LA), Yherland McDonald (Fredrikstad FK - Norway), Brandon Prideaux (trade w/DC), Greg Vanney (trade w/Dallas), *Dallas* Adrian Serioux (trade w/Toronto) *DC* Rod Dyachenko (trade w/Toronto), Luciano Emilio (Olimpia- Honduras), Jay Nolly (trade w/Salt Lake), *Houston* Jordan James (Cincinnati Kings - USL2) *Kansas City* Kevin Hartman (trade w/LA) *Los Angeles* David Beckham (Real Madrid - Spain) Joe Cannon (trade w/Colorado), Nate Jaqua (trade w/Toronto), *New England* Amaechi Igwe (superdraft), Ryan Solle (superdraft), Wells Thompson (superdraft), *New York* Eric Denton (claimed off waivers), Tim Regan (trade w/Toronto), Claudio Reyna (Machester City - England), Nick Rimando (trade w/Salt Lake), David Van Den Bergh (trade w/KC), Ronald Waterreus (AZ Alkmaar - Holland), *Salt Lake* Freddy Adu (trade w/DC), Kyle Brown (trade w/New England), Jason Kreis (trade w/Toronto), Chris Lancos (Kaiserslautern - Germany), Nick Rimando (trade w/DC), Luis Tejada (Plaza Amador - Panama), *Toronto* Adam Braz (Montreal Impact - USL 1st Division), Edson Buddle (trade w/New York), Jose Cancela (Expansion Draft - New England), Conor Casey (FC Mainz - Germany), Rod Dyachenko (Expansion Draft - DC), Alecko Eskandarian (trade w/DC), Abbe Ibrahim (trade w/NY), Nate Jaqua (Expansion Draft - Chicago), Jason Kreis (Expansion Draft - Salt Lake), Ritchie Kotschau (Expansion Draft - Columbus), Chris Pozniak (Haugesund - Norway), Paulo Nagamura (Expansion Draft - Los Angeles), Ronnie O'Brien (trade w/Dallas), Danny O'Rourke (Expansion Draft - New York), Marco Reda (Sogndal - Norway), Carl Robinson (Norwich City - England), Tim Regan (Expansion Draft - Chivas USA), Adrian Serioux (Expansion Draft - Houston), Greg Sutton (Montreal Impact - USL 1st Division), Will Hesmer (Expansion Draft - Kansas City), Outbound *Chicago* Ryan Coiner (retired) lol, Andy Herron (trade w/Columbus), Nate Jaqua (Expansion Draft), Chivas USA Juan Pablo Garcia (Tigres - Mexico), Johnny Garcia (Jaguares - Mexico), Jes?s Morales (Chivas - Mexico), Francisco Palencia (Pumas - Mexico), Tim Regan (Expansion Draft), Columbus Knox Cameron (waived), Ryan Coiner (trade w/Chicago), Ritchie Kotschau (Expansion Draft), Noah Palmer (waived), Sebastian Rozental (Maccabi Petah Tikvah - Israel), Eric Vazquez (waived), Johnny Walker (retired), Colorado Joe Cannon (trade w/LA), Eric Denton (waived), Luchi Gonzalez (Miami FC - USL 1st division), Sasha Gotsmanov (waived), Aaron King (waived), Thiago Martins (Bod?/Glimt - Norway), Alain Nkong (waived), Melvin Tarley (waived), Dallas Jeff Cassar (retired), Ronnie O'Brien (trade w/Toronto), Alex Smith (waived), Simo Valakari (out of contract), Greg Vanney (trade w/Colorado), DC Freddy Adu (trade w/Salt Lake), Matias Donnet (Belgrano - Argentina), Rod Dyachenko (Expansion Draft), Alecko Eskandarian (trade w/Toronto), Andy Metcalf (waived), Matt Nickell (waived), Brandon Prideaux (trade w/Colorado), Nick Rimando (trade w/Salt Lake), Robert Ssejjemba (waived), Houston Chris Aloisi (waived), Adrian Serioux (Expansion Draft) Kansas City Will Hesmer (Expansion Draft), Ryan McHahen (waived), Bo Oshoniyi (waived), Sergei Raad (waived), Brian Roberts (retired), Stephen Shirley (waived), David Van Den Bergh (trade w/NY), Josh Wolff (1860 Munich - Germany), Los Angeles Michael Enfield (waived), Cornell Glen (waived), Herculez Gomez (trade w/Colorado), Guillermo Gonzalez (waived), Josh Hansen (waived), Kevin Hartman (trade w/Kansas City), Ugo Ihemelu (trade w/Colorado), Stefani Miglioranzi (trade w/Columbus), Paulo Nagamura (Expansion Draft), Josh Saunders (waived), New England Jos? Manuel Abundis (out of contract), Kyle Brown (trade w/Salt Lake), Jose Cancela (Expansion Draft), Clint Dempsey (Fulham - England), Jani Galik (waived), Pat Haggerty (waived), Adam Williamson (waived), Danny Wynn (waived), New York David Arvizu (trade w/Chivas), Edson Buddle (trade w/Toronto), Peter Canero (waived), Jordan Cila (retired), Youri Djorkaeff (retired), Amado Guevara (trade w/Chivas), Chris Henderson (waived - later retired), Abbe Ibrahim (trade w/Toronto), Steve Jolley (waived - later retired), Mark Lisi (retired), Tony Meola (waived), Danny O'Rourke (Expansion Draft), Salt Lake Adam Acosta (waived), Nelson Akwari (unspecified Russian team), Jacob Besagno (waived), Cameron Knowles (waived), Jason Kreis (Expansion Draft), Jay Nolly (trade w/DC), Nick Rimando (trade w/NY), Douglas Sequeira (Tromso - Norway), Jafet Soto (waived), Seth Trembly (waived), Toronto Rod Dyachenko (trade w/DC), Will Hesmer (trade w/Columbus), Ritchie Kotschau (waived), Nate Jaqua (trade w/LA), Jason Kreis (trade w/Salt Lake), Danny O'Rourke (trade w/Columbus), Tim Regan (trade w/New York), Adrian Serioux (trade w/Dallas)
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Champions Cup starts today. Houston is playing Puntarenas right now in Costa Rica Tonight FSC is broadcasting DC United vs Olimpio tonight at 9pm EST - a club that's giving MLS sides fits in competitions. It's going to be fun watching Emilio play against his former team. EDIT: SPOILER************ Dynamo falls to Puntarenas 1-0 away in pretty hostile conditions.
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Thank you. I am very passionate about our domestic league and the sport :) Dear Footy, Please do not let DC United win another Cup. With their destruction of a solid CD Olimpio in Honduras 4-1 they are already being talked about as favorites for the new season. Again. Also, while you're at it could you please stop having Columbus win all their preseason games? It's giving their fans too much hope. - Everybody
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how about that 3-0 asskicking Columbus layed down on FC Dallas on Sunday? Maybe this season won't be so bad lol.
3/12/07 4:41 PM
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I'm just glad more games will be televised this year, even if it is on ESPN2 and FSC.

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