Posts Tagged ‘MLS’

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Michael Denmarkhurst

December 1, 2008

Word out of the Washington Post is that Michael Parkhurst has reached a tentative agreement with a Danish club and will be moving in January. Goff writes:

The buzz around MLS circles is that Michael Parkhurst, the Revolution’s standout defender who is out of contract this winter, has reached agreement with a Danish club. Barring last-minute complications, a formal announcement is expected soon.

Looks like more information should be available later today and probably tomorrow as well.  Parkhurst leaves on a free transfer, as his contract is up with MLS.  I’m not too excited about him being in Denmark, I much would’ve preferred the Netherlands.  But we’ll see, maybe he’ll join up with Feilhaber and Jeremiah and AGF Aarhus will become the new Fulham. Wah wah wahhhhh.

What do you think?

–psc

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Bob Bradley Calls On The (Mostly) Domestic Troops

November 12, 2008

Bob Bradley named a preliminary training camp squad to convene in Colorado this week, made up on entirely MLS players (and two Norwegian league players since their season is also over).  This is not the final camp squad list, so it is expected that some of the Yanks in Europe will pop over as well for our next qualifier against Guatemala on the 19th.  The biggest sigh of relief comes at the sight of Kenny Cooper who everyone (including me) hopes will get a solid run out against Guatemala.  Let’s peek at the list:

GOALKEEPERS:

Brian Edwards (Toronto FC), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF), Matt Pickens (out of contract)

DEFENDERS:

Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Cory Gibbs (Colorado Rapids), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution)

MIDFIELDERS:

Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Nick LaBrocca (Colorado Rapids), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)

FORWARDS:

Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Chad Barrett (Toronto FC), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas)

My Thoughts: The first thing worth noting is that the majority of these domestic players will not even see the bench on the final Guatemala roster.  So once we get past that, who are the highlights of this list? For my money, the only LOCKS to make the roster are Kenny Cooper and Sacha Kljestan.  In the next tier of players who I think have a strong shot but aren’t LOCKS are Jonathan Bornstein, Corey Gibbs, Pablo Mastroeni, and Brian Ching.  You could also make an argument for Goodson and Parkhurst, especially since we don’t NEED to win on the 19th.  Goodson has looked quite strong in Norway, having gotten on the scoresheet from the CB spot a number of times, and Parkhust is a US Soccer favorite even though the chips are stacked somewhat against him.

What do you think of the roster? Agree with me? Disagree? LET’S HEAR IT.

–psc

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Landon Donovan Is Ready

October 27, 2008

As the MLS season closes, Landon Donovan is wasting no time clarifying his desire to try his hand at European soccer. ESPN has a piece today about Landon’s potential future abroad, and here’s the important stuff:

”Competitively I have that itch and I want to go and I will make that very clear to people.”

Donovan said he would approach MLS officials this week to request a move and added that he had told Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena of his wish to join a European club.

”I think the League is aware of my situation and I’ve had brief talks with Bruce about it and let him know, but it’s still early.

”There can be a lot of fluctuation between now and January 1. Teams that are in trouble might be playing great by then and vice versa. Injuries happen and we’ll see where we’re at.”

My Thoughts: Kudos to Donovan for finally sacking up taking on the big leagues.  Hopefully he can land at a strong club and doesn’t end up at West Brom, or Newcastle (yuck).  Even worse, I hope Fulham doesn’t try and buy him.  Our American stars need to diversify their European destinations.  I would be intrigued to see Donovan in La Liga as I think his game is well suited to Spain, but I also wouldn’t be upset if he did indeed end up at Bayern Munich.  We’ll see if Klinsmann is still high on Landon in a month or two.

In all, any move to a more competitive league will only help our USMNT as well.  This is a chance for Landon to truly take his game to the next level.  Whether you love him or hate him, the truth is that Donovan is the best USMNT player of the last 8 years.  If he can elevate his game even more, then he could become an even better threat at the National level.  Granted, I’m going to remain cynical, because there’s also a strong chance that Landon just ends up as a bench player in a Euro league, and we already have plenty of those.  I’d rather be pessmistic and then pleasantly surprised, as opposed to expect the world and then be disappointed.

Where do you think he’ll end up? Germany? England? Spain?

–psc