Update: Did you follow all of that on the MLS Re-Entry Draft:
- D.C. United: Josh Wolff
- Chivas USA: Jimmy Conrad
- New England Revolution: Ryan Cochrane
- LA Galaxy: Juan Pablo Angel
- Chicago Fire: Cory Gibbs
- Sporting KC: Frankie Hejduk
- Seattle Sounders: Chris Seitz
- Columbus Crew: Jeff Cunningham
- LA Galaxy: Luke Sassano
- Colorado Rapids: Tyrone Marshall
- New England Revolution: Fred
• Juan Pablo Angel to Los Angeles. That is a money move, however if you’re a Galaxy fan you have to wonder why the Galaxy couldn’t have found a way to bring in a second striker last year (so desperately needed). Angel should have enough in the tank and with Buddle battling at the target man he’ll play off him beautifully. Looking forward to that first LA-NY match.
• Don’t understand anyone taking a chance on Fred at this point, regardless of round. The last thing you want is inconsistency in someone who generates–or is supposed to–generate the offense.
• Chris Seitz meet Kasey Keller…for a year?
Apologies TSG was “conferencing” in (beautiful) Half Moon Bay yesterday and is today. Reports still qualitative (ha), but sporadic.
Some things to both chase down and follow-up on today:
• The Next Gooch?
Just got turned on to Extratime Radio from MLS. Good work by those guys. They had a segment on Monday where they had a phenomenal interview with MLS talent director Alfono Mondelo who accompanied the Generation Adidas trip this month to Spain. He made sure to belabor and belabor one big takeaway.
That takeaway? That Euro scouts–Atletico Madrid specifically–raved about Brek Shea…at centerback. Shea moved back to the position later in the scrimmage against the Madrid reserves.
Mondelo went on to say that Bob Bradley should highly consider Shea for a centerback role at January Camp because of his aerial strength and because he was cool on the ball in distribution.
So that would leave January Camp with two lefties in Tim Ream and Brek Shea at worst to compete for that centerback spot if Coach Sweats heeds that advice. Sounds to me that Sweats should at least cover his ass because of the Real comment and trot Shea out at least for part of a scrimmage, no?
Might–and yes this point TSG has belabored and belabored–Bradley also try Shea on the outside at leftback. It would only seem natural that either Shea and or Robbie Rogers get a runout back there.
Also getting plaudits, the Columbus Crew’s Dilly Duka.
A good podcast, check it out.
• Buddle To Led Zeppland?
Word from Alexi Lalas on Twitter last night was that Edson Buddle is trialing for EPL side Birmingham FC. If you remember this piece from last year (and if you don’t just Google “Jozy Altidore Birmingham and…tada! TSG has the first result), we thought that Altidore would be a perfect complement to what Alex McLeish was trying to do up at St. Andrews.
As for Buddle, watch out if he impresses at Birmingham. He’s certainly got the talent and the body for the EPL and now matured, playing with slightly more service and being challenged away from MLS. Sounds interesting. The Galaxy have no comment on this as of reaching them this morning and the report of Buddle to Birmingham has not surfaced elsewhere…yet.
(And to go back in that article, spot on in the commentary… TSG was wrong. Hull City, in retrospect, bad move for Altidore.)
• Striking Up Some Excitement
More from Generation Adidas folks in that Teal Bunbury and Juan Agudelo had a great partnership going on the trip that saw them play Atletico and Rayo Vallecano
Teal Bunbury is in Stoke City right now doing a training arranged through the league. It’s not a trial….it’s a training…specifically and without equivocation. He’ll be back in the United States in a few days according to Sporting KC and then on the field for the Faux Wizards come 2011 looking to honor the four, yes four, I believe remaining years on his contract.
As for Agudelo, the Red Bulls are talking brash after Mondelo said Atletico expressed interest in the promising striker.
Expect names like Juan Pablo Angel (Philly?), Cory Gibbs (DC United?), and Jimmy Conrad (Fire?) to go in today’s re-entry draft.
• Please to announce Gerard Houllier has approved TSG’s request for an interview with Eric Lichaj and apparently he didn’t want him interviewing before his first start. Pepper us with questions and we’ll try to sneak a select few in.
• Tim Howard wins US performance of the year for his gritty, rib-bruising effort against England June 12th. That’s the performance we voted for, you?
• The USMNT Camp Cupcake roster comes out tomorrow.
• Frank Simek, the forgotten defender. That 2007 Gold Cup seems so long ago, doesn’t it.