The Dynamo, known to some fans as “The Orange Crush”, may be in line to be “crushed” themselves by opponents in 2008 due to the impending loss of two forwards. Joseph Ngwenya, who scored the equalizer for Houston in last year’s MLS Cup victory, is headed to Austria to play for SK Austria Karnten. Meanwhile, Nate Jacqua also is currently in Europe testing the transfer waters and several reports have indicated he also intends to depart from the back-to-back champs.
Even though the big news in the MLS recently was on the Superdraft there were three moves made near draft day by three teams in the Eastern Conference.
D.C. United acquires forward Fronco Neill on a one-year loan.
Franco was brought in on loan from Argentinos Junior to add some offense to D.C. United. And is expected to join the team for the beginning of the preseason. Neil will be added to the roster of D.C. United when he obtains his work visa and all the international transfer papers are complete. Since making his debut in the 2004-2005 season Neill has scored 10 goals in 60 games. D.C. United led the Eastern Conference in goals last year with 56 and with Neill now in the fold they add another dangerous forward to their already formidable front line.
For the second time in three years, one of England’s soccer giants is in turmoil because of its American owners. A couple of years it was Manchester United fans who were up in arms over the purchase of the club by the Glazer family.
The Glazers appear to put people in place who understand the sport side of the business and leave them alone. The Tampa NFL franchise is stable and has had only two coaches in the 11+ years that the Glazers have owned the team. At United the Glazers appear to have delivered the money whenever Alex Ferguson wants to buy a new player.
The U.S. Men’s National Team (MNT) started off the 2008 schedule in historic fashion. Not only did the MNT, playing in its 500th international match, knock off a decent Swedish squad 2-0, but Landon Donovan passed Eric Wynalda to become the all-time leading goal scorer in MNT history when he notched his 35th career interntional goal.
Donovan’s record came after Jozy Altidore drew a penalty in the box early in the second-half. At a mere twenty-five years of age, Donovan will likely be able to extensively widen the goal gap between he and Wynalda before his international playing days are over. Interestingly, Donovan is also the MNT’s all-time assist leader. As the holder of both records, one could have difficulty denying that Donovan is one of the greatest players to ever take the pitch for the MNT.
The British tabloids are full of rumors of David Beckham going to Newcastle United on loan. Sorry Geordies but it will not happen. Beckham is the face of MLS. They are not going to let him go and play somewhere else and potential get hurt.
Beckham’s injury from Real Madrid last season carried over to his brief MLS season and had a major impact on the Galaxy’s season. They are not going to run the risk of Beckham getting a season ended injury while playing in the Premiership every week. Can you imagine what that will do for ticket sales to MLS games if Becks is out for the season?
Here at Soccer Tickets Online we are happy to welcome two new contributors to the site: Randall Hall and Jason Green. You will be seeing more from them over the coming days. This is Randall’s first post on the MLS SuperDraft this past week.
Unlike in America ’s other premiere professional sports leagues, in the MLS a seventeen year old kid from Texas can go from near anonymity to being the second-overall draft selection in less than two weeks. Just ask Brek Shea, who accomplished this feat last Friday when he was surprisingly selected second overall in the MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas after dominating his fellow invitees at the MLS combine the week earlier.
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
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.
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.
The Kansas City Wizards star Eddie Johnson has left the US training camp and flown to London. Fulham are favorites to sign this 23-year old as the exodus on young MLS stars to Europe continues.
Previously Benfica, Real Sociedad and Derby have all previously failed to land Johnson, who has scored 11 goals in 31 internationals for the US.