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    MLS 2015 Thread

    Time to start up the 2015 MLS thread, what with plenty of news going on as of late as teams build rosters for the new season.

    Of course there's the bad news for NYCFC, no Frank Lampard until at least the summer. Even then, who knows? There are a lot of questions now as to whether the owners of Man City are serious about NYCFC as a separate club or merely a boondoggle to get around FIFA's financial fair play rules.

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/...w-york-city-fc

    But hey, they got Mix Diskerud! I'm sure he'll receive a warm reception in Columbus and Portland.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/midfiel...5778--mls.html

    Meanwhile, LA Galaxy has Steven Gerrard coming. Somehow I think it will work out better for them than NYCFC with Lampard. This isn't LA's first rodeo and they don't have to deal with their owner screwing them over to help one of his other teams.

    http://www.lagalaxy.com/news/2015/01...steven-gerrard

    TFC has acquired Jozy Altidore and sent Jermain Defoe to Sunderland. I like the idea of Altidore getting the opportunity to get more playing time, but I really don't like the idea of two key players for the USMNT playing for TFC, a disfunctional organization that makes me think of the Cleveland Browns of the MLS.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/17/sp...rica.html?_r=0

    And looks like TFC is going to sign Sebastian Giovinco as well. They're good at spending a bunch of money and failing to make the playoffs. Will 2015 be any different?

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/articl...line-toronto-f

    Meanwhile, the Colorado Rapids' coach Pablo Mastroenni has acquired a handsome mustache.

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/sideline/ne...draft-sideline

    San Jose will be playing in their new stadium this season.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/n...hand-they.html

    DC United looks like they could actually pull off getting a new stadium in DC. This is really good for the team and the league. Now if the Revs can get one and get out of Foxboro (rumors are that the Krafts are considering it, but I'll believe it when I see it).

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/...y.html?hpid=z3

    On MLS Expansion: Looks like Sacramento, Minneapolis, and Las Vegas are firm contenders. San Antonio is out there and it looks like St. Louis is getting some interest. With Orlando and Atlanta set to enter the league, they've got some coverage in the Southeast, so personally I think it would be wise for the league to consider Minneapolis and/or St. Louis, two soccer hotbeds in the Midwest, which has a huge population underserved by existing teams. Oddly enough, even though Beckham has been trying to get things going for Miami, the failure to get any kind of a deal for a stadium has called into question whether Miami will come to be or not.

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/articl...ities-includin

    Last but not least, for us Crew fans, Higuain has been resigned.

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/articl...gest-contract-
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    The Crew have quietly put together a solid off-season and transfer window. With possible exception of striker, they've addressed all their needs and improved both depth and talent.

    For the back four, shrewd dealing and Garber bucks landed Chris Klute, a USMNT capped fullback who can play either side (but stronger on the left). They added a central defender with their top pick. I'm not sure how he projects as a 23 year old - possibly either a loan to USL Pro or added depth with the senior team. And overnight, they acquired their second fullback, an Argentine who is an improvement over the departed Gerhig and Williams.

    At midfield, they added the Icelandic winger Sigdorrson, who was recently capped and scored against Canada. They also resigned Higuaín to a DP contact. And while not an acquisition, keep your eye on Romain Gall, currently in the starting XI for the U-20 national team at attacking mid.

    Up top, Kei Kamara rejoins the Crew and replaces Arrieta. While an improvement, a big signing at striker would really set up this team for a run (and sell some tickets).


    It will be fun to compare the stark differences of approach between Toronto and The Crew during and after the upcoming season. But as a whole, both MLs and the Crew further improved its quality and continue their upward trends.
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    Re: MLS 2015 Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by paintmered View Post
    The Crew have quietly put together a solid off-season and transfer window. With possible exception of striker, they've addressed all their needs and improved both depth and talent.

    For the back four, shrewd dealing and Garber bucks landed Chris Klute, a USMNT capped fullback who can play either side (but stronger on the left). They added a central defender with their top pick. I'm not sure how he projects as a 23 year old - possibly either a loan to USL Pro or added depth with the senior team. And overnight, they acquired their second fullback, an Argentine who is an improvement over the departed Gerhig and Williams.

    At midfield, they added the Icelandic winger Sigdorrson, who was recently capped and scored against Canada. They also resigned Higuaín to a DP contact. And while not an acquisition, keep your eye on Romain Gall, currently in the starting XI for the U-20 national team at attacking mid.

    Up top, Kei Kamara rejoins the Crew and replaces Arrieta. While an improvement, a big signing at striker would really set up this team for a run (and sell some tickets).


    It will be fun to compare the stark differences of approach between Toronto and The Crew during and after the upcoming season. But as a whole, both MLs and the Crew further improved its quality and continue their upward trends.
    I think the Crew has definitely made some good moves to strengthen the team. I was concerned about how things would shake out with two expansion teams coming in, but the Crew seems to have made some shrewd moves to bolster the roster and build a solid back line. I like the idea of building a solid team first so that you can compete, yet still have the option to bring in another DP if the opportunity arises. Toronto seems to like making a big splash with DP signings first, then trying to fill the team in around them, which hasn't worked so well.
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