This post by TSG staff
MLS continued it’s full court marketing press by issuing it’s unprotected list just a day after the MLS Cup final.
Some fascinating players on the take (for the take?). Here’s a feasible team based upon a balance of “Don’t get blown out” and “Priming for growth.”
Round 1: Zarek Valentin: Chivas, reason please? Not Latino–yes we just wrote that.
Round 2: Mike Fucito: If you’re going to be hucking it over the top, you need someone to chase it down
Round 3: Collen Warner*: Streaking winger; hopefully better than this year’s Sal Zizzo. *That said great trade bait
Round 4: Kyle Nakazawa: Service and steady–maybe sneak him in as a tucked in midfielder or even outside back
Round 5: Michael Boxall: DE! (see RD #8)
Round 6: Chris Birchall, Los Angeles: Starter on a champion? From the British Isle and comfortable playing anywhere? This year’s Jack Jewsbury
Round 7: Eric Alexander: About to realize his potential.
Round 8: Michael Harrington: FENSE!
Round 9: Ross LaBeaux: Highly rated coming out of college. TSG’s sleeper 2010 rookie of the year. Locked behind the dynamic duo. Among LaBeaux, Nakazawa & Birchall–not a bad expansion midfield. And how do you not take a guy whose name means “Beautiful” in French if you’re Montreal. IMPACT!
Round 10: Thomas Heinemann: Need someone up top for Fucito to run off. Since Fucito is taken, can’t take O’Brien White (note: We wouldn’t be surprised if O’Brien White is grabbed by the Impact instead of Fucito). Plus he’d scare the crap out of people on the streets of Montreal.
Avoided a keeper–think we can pick up one–Marcus Hahnemann?–somewhere else.
Can you imagine Fucito and Heinemann rolling down the street by the way. Tom Cruise and the guy from the Geico commercial–please tell me there’s a billboard in there for Montreal.
Bogey: Michael Stephens. The Galaxy are a good team and you’d be inclined to consider Stephens, but if teams aren’t worried about you and you still are challenged with game speed?
Others in contention: Paolo Cardoza, Baggio Husidic, Kosuke Kimura (injury ruled him out)
The full expansion list courtesy MLSSoccer.com