Some quick news notes:
• Oh Boy, Oh Boyd!
Kris Boyd–he of the recent excursion to Dynamo country–is not earmarked for Stumptown USA, the Portland Timbers. Boyd will join as a designated player.
The flip from Boyd to Cooper will be contrasting for P-Town fans as Boyd’s game more closely dovetails with Diego Chara’s–a little bit of nastiness and solid in partnership. Boyd, a former teammate of Maurice Edu at Rangers, can put the ball in the back of the net and it sure seems like John Spencer is building a grittier team than 2011’s.
Want somebody on the end of those crosses other than Futi Danso. Portland, you’ve got your man.
In a Timbers offense that will rely on attacking carriage of Diego Chara and Darlington Nagbe, Boyd is the type of player with just the right economy of motion to make it work.
For the Dynamo, they miss out on another potential DP and–having been unable to re-secure Brian Ching–look to be limping already into the 2012 season. Chris Canetti and company would be wise to look for better matches just south of the border or into Central America like their brethren FC Dallas than to pine for Europeans.
• Philadelpia Tumult
The Union about to learn a whole lot more about Carlos Valdez this year. The defender of the year candidate along with rejuvenated Danny Califf authored the about face of Philly’s defense from problematic in 2010 to stout in 2011.
Gone now is Faryd Mondragon who early on in last year’s campaign was a Newcomer of the Year candidate. Now the Union will find out just how good both Valdez and youngster keeper Zac MacMath as Mondragon departs for his native Colombia. Given that the Union have played merry-go-midfielder over the past 6 months, that defense could get tested a lot more.
Where is LeToux, Mwanga, Adu these days? Does anyone know for sure?
• USA vs……Scotland?
A rumored USA-Scotland in the works for Jacksonville in May. That’s great. Someone remind US Soccer that San Francisco hasn’t been earthquaked in the Pacific yet.