Major League Soccer

MLS SuperDraft Recap

Yesterday’s MLS SuperDraft piqued the interest of a lot of soccer fans. Here are some of the best insights and commentaries on the draft that we found:

  • The Orlando Sentinel had all 56 players picked in this weeks draft
  • 3rd Degree had probably the some of the best coverage of the draft including a mock draft!
  • Soccer by Ives has a great draft post-mortem. His draft winners are Chicago, Kansas City and Toronto.
  • Martin Rogers at Yahoo has some notes on draft day including the trade of David Beckham buddy and teammate Chris Albright to the Revolution
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MLS SuperDraft Predictions

Martin Rogers on Yahoo Sports has some interesting thoughts and predictions ahead of tomorrow MLS SuperDraft.

With the trading of veteran defender Nick Garcia to San Jose Earthquakes it looks like the Kansas City Wizards are all set to claim Virginia Tech’s Patrick Nyarko with the first pick. With Wizards forward Eddie Johnson heading to Europe it makes sense for the Wizards to pcik someone like Nyarko, a “complete package” type from Virginia Tech. He can pass, shoot and run at defenders. Plus, he’s got good size and great pace.

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LA Galaxy Get Stronger

The LA Galaxy got much stronger this week when FC Dallas traded its leading scorer Carlos Ruiz back to the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Galaxy knows has three attacking players, David Beckham, Landon Donovan, and now Carlos Ruiz that are the class of the MLS.

Ruiz who was traded from the Galaxy to FC Dallas in 2005 scored 31 regular-season goals in 68 appearances and five additional goals in six playoff games. He is eighth in career goals in MLS history, with 81 in 140 games. Last year Ruiz led FC Dallas with seven goals in MLS games last season and 11 goals total, including SuperLiga and U.S. Open Cup games.

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Two Players To watch in 2008

While MLS stars like Juan Pablo Ángel and David Beckham will get most of the preseason headlines, there are a couple of MLS players poised to have breakout years. Here are two potential stars that you will be hearing a lot about in 2008.

Ray Burse Jr:
Burse, 23, is improving fast, and he could be next in the long line of successful American goalkeepers. He should confirm his spot as the No. 1 keeper at FC Dallas this season, raising serious questions over Dario Sala’s future in Texas.
Athletic and fearless, Burse reads the game well. Bruse has the potential to follow the paths blazed by the likes of Friedel, Keller and Howard to Europe in a couple of years.

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Chicago Fire Finally Hires A Head Coach

This week the Chicago Fire announced that longtime Fire assistant coach Denis Hamlett had signed a multi-year deal to be the new head coach for the team.

On MLSNet.com Fire Owner Andrew Hauptman was quoted as saying:

“When we deliberated on who should be the next head coach for the Chicago Fire, we ultimately came to the decision that Denis was the top candidate. I am confident that he possesses the knowledge, skill set and passion necessary to inspire and lead our team to future success – a future that includes winning,”

Europe

Soccer’s Top Five Hardmen

The Sun recently had an article on the top 10 hard men of football. I thought the list was interesting, but I disagreed with several of their choices, including their choice of Graeme Souness as their #1 hardman.

To be included on my hardman list a player needed to not only be feared by their opponents, they had to have actual soccer skills. That is why someone like Vinnie Jones is not on the list!

My top five soccer hardmen.

FA Cup

FA Cup Memories

I was watching the FA Cup games over the weekend, enjoying the small stadiums, packed to the rafters, cheering their team on against bigger, more famous opponents.

The FA Cup brought memories of previous FA Cup ties that I saw as a kid. Standing on the terraces of Wembley watching Man United beat Liverpool in the FA Cup final. Or following Coventry to Leyton Orient in the early 1970’s and having the ground be full of only Coventry supporters at the end as the Sky Blues won easily.

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No More Has-Beens Need Apply

Last week I asked whether the MLS was turning into a feeder league. Trading its best young up and coming players for over the hill European stars looking for a retirement home is not the way bets way for the MLS to proceed. Well it was good to see that the Toronto Star agreed with my assessment of the MLS.

As Cathal Kelley wrote in the Star:

The rumour mill is loaded with a host of other former stars looking for a soft, lucrative landing before they surrender to retirement – Luis Figo, Juan Sebastien Veron, Ronaldo, Andriy Shevchenko.