TSG’s MLS 2012 Preseason Prediction Preview

Whew…that took longer than expected.

Better than this sequel? You decide...

Last year, a group of so-called TSG “experts” converged on Las Vegas (“got together online”) and dropped science on the 2011 MLS season that not even the father of a toddler wouldn’t cringe at.

Juan Pablo Angel for the Golden Boot (JRodius). Ouch.

Eric Alexander, breakout player (yours truly). Ouch.

And oh-so-many more.

We thought, since we enlightened everyone so much in 2011, why not do it again in 2012?! And we’ve added a crew member.

So….we’re back and we hope to better than those guys in the pic up top with our sequel; frankly can’t be much worse.

A brief re-introduction.

There’s Matt Biggerstaff. Ticketing ace by day, soccer player by evening, and electronica fan of 18+ shows (he’s in his mid-20’s) by late night. A devout San Jose fan, Biggerstaff has a bigger chip on his shoulder for Seattle than Timber Jim.

I got nothing but love for ya, Jay!

Jay Bell. Now considered the voice of reason around the TSG Hall of Justice. The experienced midwest reporter comes armed with an unfailing breath of positivity for all things MLS–heck he even thinks Eddie Johnson was a great pick-up by Seattle!

Jason Price. Life-long MLS follower, once an assistant with the Malawian national team (true), once a leading scorer in the Malawian second division (true, also!).

Dan. Free. Beer. You probably know him. If you don’t, Dan is to beer and soccer what Kim Kardashian and Pamela Anderson are to sex tapes. That didn’t sound good. Sorry Dan, roll with it. Dan, creator of the very cool Free Beer Movement.

Up next JRodius, Jared DuBois. Rodius has a son named….”Kobe Bryant,” a love for the Muppet Babies and an insatiable desire to see the Los Angeles Galaxy steamroll the competition. Jared waxes poetic each week on The Best Soccer Show…that’s self-titled of course.

And pulling up the rear, yours truly.

Let’s go…the season is about to start!

MVP

Mauro Rosales...

Mauro!

Jay Bell: Mauro Rosales. Foreign players often fare better after at least one season in the league. Rosales was good enough last year to be an MVP candidate. He’ll also get extra votes if he happens to make Eddie Johnson look good.

Price: Thierry Henry. In part, because this usually falls to a striker, yet this is far from a sure thing. Apart from developing a decent strike partnership with Kenny Cooper, there is the issue of service. Neither Marquez, Tainio, McCarty,or Palsson are playmaking central midfielders. That being said, there is no one in the league with more class and, if he stays reasonably healthy, he wins the golden boot.

JRodius: Freddy Montero. If he can put Seattle in the shield race carrying a 200-lbs grown ass black man on his back, he deserves it.

Dan, FBM: Castrol Motor Oil or League?

Biggerstaff: Wondolowski. Here’s a thought, he actually has a midfield–finally–that I am not convinced I could start in this year for the first time, San Jose (Wondo) goes crazy scoring goals, he wins the golden boot and they make the playoffs.

TSG: Mauro Rosales: The thunder of this pick stolen by it being the selection of the so-called expert above.

Rosales would have challenged Brad Davis for our MVP selection last year had he not gotten injured. In short, no player in MLS has the range of game of Rosales. While he and Landon are cut from the same cloth, Rosales shows a bigger willingness to channel the game through then Landon who rightfully demurs with the weapons around him.

Rosales’s game is specifically geared to MLS and to playing on the Seattle rug….and he’s going to dance the carpet to the MVP.

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Supporters Shield

Jay Bell: Real Salt Lake. Sometimes you might give the edge to a team that didn’t qualify for the Champions League. However, LA, Seattle and RSL all look head and shoulders better than the rest of the league. I’d make Vancouver a surprise pick if the Whitecaps were in the Eastern Conference. The CCL burden was lessened this year and LA will have a lot of international call-ups, so the advantage goes to RSL.

Price: Seattle Sounders FC. Sigi has assembled an excellent side here with an excellent mix of North and South American and European talent, many in the prime of their career, with an extraordinary supportive fan base who should be rewarded. Against Santos Laguna, SSFC trotted out Rosales, Alonso, Evans and Fernandez in the midfield with  This is an astonishingly well-balanced midfield with a great mix of heart, ingenuity, grit, and measure. The big question will be at striker where much of the onus will fall on Montero, who is missing a tested strike partner and a marble or two.

Dan, FBM: Los Angeles Galaxy. Yeah… Yeah they’re stacked and it’s the obvious pick, but is anyone going to argue?

TSG: Sporting KC. They’ve got an incredible home field advantage, enough offense weapons, a weak conference and they don’t have to integrate as many parts as other conference foes. The war of attrition in the West along with CONCACAF Champion’s League play has our Supporter Shield brandished in the East.

JRodius: Sporting KC. Picking LA is like taking home the drunk fatty from the bar, it’s just too easy of a way to rack up a score.  I’m going to pick KC.  The East is weaker than a domestic pilsner. Points aplenty…

Biggerstaff: Los Angeles Galaxy runs far far far away with their weeknight half-capacity stadium with this one.

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Most Improved Player

Ryan Johnson

Biggerstaff: Ryan Johnson. Not like Ryan Johnson could be worse, and he showed some flashes for Toronto FC, so lets give him the nod.

Dan, FBM: Danny Mwanga. He’s got to get more reps and more goals now that LeToux is gone. Right? Right?!

JRodius: Benny Feilhaber.  This may seem odd given what we know about Benny, however, in 2011 he didn’t show who he really is. With Simms doing the dirty work in midfield and Rowe stretching the field Benny will have room to work.

TSG: Steve Beitashour. The San Jose wingback will blossom in the absence of Bobby Convey and from the ability of San Jose to play more possession ball this year.

Jay Bell: Ike Opara. Last year the guy made me look really bad when I picked him to be the best second-year player. Now he looks to have his sh*t together and could realize a lot of that potential.

Price: Ryan Johnson. The Dutch system will benefit him and he’ll have his looks at goal.

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A typical Rafa heat map...

Most Overrated Player
Price: Rafa Marquez. Not Sean Franklin, most certainly Rafa Marquez.

Jay Bell: Rafa Marquez. I don’t care if he gets cut by the Red Bulls or gets sold to a Mexican team in the summer, he’ll still be overrated and vastly overpaid.

Biggerstaff: Freddy Montero. He just doesn’t do it for me. Even when he scores, it doesn’t seem like he is doing much to help the team. Doesn’t do enough with his talent.

JRodius: Jose Afolfo Valencia. This dude is so overrated I bet he doesn’t score a goal all year…

Dan, FBM: Eddie Johnson…the “GAM,” not the Timber’s man.

TSG: Kevin Alston. Taking a break from Donovan Ricketts winning it five years running. At some point you are what you are….potential unrealized.

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Best Goalkeeper

Jay Bell: Nick Rimando. He and the RSL defense will be at full strength this season. Honorable mention to Kevin Hartman and Jimmy Nielsen.

Price: Nick Rimando. This will be an interesting year in terms of goalkeepers. Lots of new and old  faces getting serious opportunities–McMath, Meara, Gspurning, Saunders, etc. Nick Rimando is the easy choice though, and probably the best one.

JRodius: Red Bull Arena Anything that can stop Kenny Cooper’s shots from regularly hitting the parking lot deserves the award.

TSG: Dan Kennedy. One day the MLS fan community will wake up and realize that Chivas USA is not a farm club for Chivas Guadalaraja–okay, that won’t happen–but they will realize that, toiling in the shadow cast by the Galaxy, is an unflappable and steady keeper who commands his box on the “other team” that plays in Carson, CA. An honorable mention to Tally Ho!…I mean Hall.

Dan, FBM: Bill Hamid. The future is now.

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Best American

JRodius: Apollo Creed. Dude died fighting a Russian in Stars and Stripes short shorts… Best American EVER!

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Price: Landon Donovan. As long as he stays in the league, this award will always go to Landon Donovan.

Dan, FBM: Geoff Cameron. This important for our national team.

Biggerstaff: Eddie Johnson. Hahahaha. Brek Shea will go off again, likely leave during the summer transfer window for a top 8 club in the EPL.

Jay Bell: Benny Feilhaber. “No Air” Benny is going to dare Juergen Klinsmann to continue to keep him out of the national team setup.

TSG: Alexi “Lawless.” Want to know how you start a fight? Drop by The Hangar in Manhattan Beach, CA and claim that Wayne Rooney is a better goal scorer then Edson Buddle. Watch Lalas go honey-badger on your a*s.

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Best Foreigner

Jay Bell: Mauro Rosales.

Biggerstaff: Jamison Olave will lead the best defense in the MLS and will consistently shine. For like the third year in a row?

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Dan, FBM: Javier Morales. Welcome back to the top.

Price: The Rooster (Brek Shea) qualifies as ‘foreigner’, no?

S-i-ni-s-a U-b-i-p-a-r-i-p-o-v-c, Pat?

JRodius: Sinisa Ubiparipovic – Dude has a last name with six vowels, six syllables, ending in a “C”… You win Europe!

TSG: Hans Backe….

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wait for it

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Ha ha ha ha, he, he, he. Can I go with Beckham here or does his relationship with Tom Cruise and US Weekly preclude this?

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Best Central American player with the first initial “M”

Jay Bell: Marco Pappa. The team improved around him last year. With an improved supporting cast, he could set afire to MLS opponents.

Starts with "M," Dan...."M!"

Dan, FBM: Mr. Andy Najar (see what I did there?)

JRodius: Marvin Chavez. New Team, New expectations, Same great height.  This dude could be the key to unlocking Wondo’s second Golden Boot.

Price: This required some research. The funny thing about the drop down menu on the team tab on the players page at the MLS website is that it still includes the Tampa Bay Mutiny. Squarely odd. Anyhow, I’ve done my homework; while I’m “on with the Marvins,” it’s still got to be big Pappa,

TSG: Marco Pappa. Never. NEVER go up against a Sicilian when death is on the line! Ah, ha, ha, ha!. Wait I think I missed the question.

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All aboard!

The Jorge Perlaza Award — Mr. Effort-Best Motor-Megabus-Award

TSG: Landon Donovan. You see what I did here. By inaugurating this award under Perlaza, I’ve got these suckers after me comparing some of the best players to him and thus increasing his brand equity. Master P owes me 5%! So. To continue the trend. Landon Donovan.

Jay Bell: Osvaldo Alonso. I had to mention him somewhere. His drive and skill in the midfield could drive Seattle to unprecedented success.

Megabus award winner...

Biggerstaff: Kyle Beckerman seems to be everywhere on the field, all the time. Maybe it his hair that is reaching out and knocking balls away to teammates but whatever it is, he clogs the whole, and makes you wonder why his mother never said no to dreads.

Dan FBM: Kyle Beckerman… Midfield Man is going to be working so hard he’ll have no time to wash his hair.

JRodius: Luke Rodgers. Like all dudes that seemingly get stuck at the border, he would come to this country and work harder than anyone else.

Price: Darren Mattocks: I have no idea about his workrate, but if what people are saying is true then perhaps Darren Mattocks.

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Worst haircut to best player ratio

"The General" Geoff Cameron....

TSG: Geoff Cameron. Okay, hmm, let’s see.

Who is the Bizarro Robbie Rogers? That’s got to be Brek Shea, right? Actually, let’s go with the bland pick. Corporal The General Geoff Cameron. Flattops for white guys is a big, “FU” challenge to David Luiz for the right to be called the best “attacking central defender” on the globe.

Jay Bell: Wilman Conde, if he can get healthy.

JRodius: Not sure who yet, but this will certainly be a Timbers player…  Maybe Chabala’s Rushmore cut.  But dude is kinda pulling it off.

Biggerstaff: Juan Agudelo. I don’t know if this will hold up into the MLS season, but Agudelo’s ‘Fro it, bleach it, Neymar it’ is the dirtiest thing I have seen in a long time. He makes Brek Shea’s dead animal cut look goooooooooood.

Price: Nick LaBrocca. Is it me, or is there a disturbing likeness in the hairline of Nick LaBrocca and Joleon Lescott?

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The “I should’ve been a DP” award

Jay Bell: Joel Lindpere. New York’s talisman will vastly outshine Marquez yet again, proving that $6 million more per year does not make someone a better player.

Biggerstaff: Javi Morales, who I am least 51% convinced is not a DP and am at least 51% convinced should be a DP. RSL will do some work this year in all competitions.

JRodius: Edson Buddle – by the end of the season he will look a steal at $200k.

Price: This is the Joel Lindpere story.

TSG: Taylor Twellman? So last decade. Andrew Wenger.  1st draft pick. Duke education. Montreal strip joints? Wait, son, you ARE a designated player. Big, big, big Impact.

Andrew Wenger

Arsene's got SQUAT on me! Wait, that's all wrong....

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This year’s Nick LaBrocca

JRodius: Justin Mapp–dude’s hair is going fast.

Mapp

Will Mapp be a Kingpin, er, lynchpin for Montreal's attack?

Price: If you mean best Rutgers’ alum, then Dilly Duka.

Jay Bell: Davy Arnaud. I’m calling him “This year’s Jack Jewsbury” too. With so many young guns flying around, I think the veteran will be a leader on the field and on the stat sheet.

TSG: Well it should have been Chris Birchall, but it’s not. So Bobby Convery. NOT! I really like the acquisition of Macoumba Kanji by the Dynamo.

Most Assists

Jay Bell: Davide Chiumiento. He was fifth in the league last year with nine. Vancouver has improved in the attack and Chiumiento will be key in spreading the wealth.

JRodius: David Beckham Best wingman for a dude looking to score since Pauly met Vinny. You ever seen Landon fist pump?

Biggerstaff: Landon Donovan. Galaxy’s front line got better, which means Landon Donovan will run rampage not scoring but setting other people up like it ain’t no thang.

TSG: Graham Zusi. The consistency of the Sporting KC frontline is tenuous at best, but with Zusi being ably protected by Espinosa and Nagamura, he’ll get forward more. The pinpoint-pass-pinger will be taking the set pieces and crosses and he’s got both CJ Sapong and “Aerial” Collin to finish in the skies. Awarded.

Price: Mauro Rosales runs riot.

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Golden Boot

Koevermans, Jay? Really?

Jay Bell: Danny Koevermans. The Dutchman helped to provide some hope last season to a fan base that has been beaten down over the years.

JRodius: Kris Boyd. A huge risk here, but dude has pedigree and can definitely threaten for this if he finishes even half of Cooper’s chances from last year.

Biggerstaff: Wondooooooo

Price:DeRo, Henry and Montero draw at 17 a piece.

TSG: Dominic Oduro puts it together like Wondo did in 2010 and narrowly edges Kris Boyd for the title. Rock beats scissors; Fire best Timbers.

Dan, FBM: Wondolowski. Where’s Wondo? Seriously. This guy needs more props.

Best short player: Nominee (Gil, Duka, Mendoza, Dax, Plato, more)

Biggerstaff: Luis Gil is going to have a breakout year, so is Plata. Both of them are a lot of fun to watch, that is if you don’t look too high and completely miss them.

These kids...these kids are short. We're not short.

Dan, FBM: Nick Rimando. Haven’t seen a little guy work so hard since those Oompa Loompas had to roll away Veruca Salt.

Jay Bell: Dax McCarty had a really down season last year. If the guy is as good as I think he is-was, he should bounce back.

JRodius: Nick Rimando. Short man in a big man’s world.  And he kills it year after year.

Price: Connor Lade. 5’5′ 140lb. Fierce.

TSG: Dilly Duka. Not enough to forget Guillermo Barros Schelotto, but he gets the ball rolling…just so long at Heinemann doesn’t step on him in the locker room.

Rafa Marquez Comic Relief Player

P-U-N-K!

Price: You mean presuming Michael Ballack does arrives in the summer.

Jay Bell: Aurelien Collin, but in a good way.

Dan, FBM: Rafa Marquez…. “Not only is the trophy named after me, I’m a member as well.”

JRodius: Andrew Wenger. A dude with “Wang” in his name that goes both ways? Pure gold…

Biggerstaff: Osvaldo Alonso. His tremendous running around and hacking people then acting like nothing happened and he is astonished why he is getting a card is very “Rafaesqe.”

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Outrageous Prediction

Biggerstaff: Toronto FC makes the playoffs. Let’s get crazy.

Dan, FBM: New England Revolution will win the Eastern Conference and force Kraft’s hand and wallet to give a damn about this team.

Jay Bell: Eddie Johnson scores 8 goals and assists on five more to make the All-Star team…..

JRodius: There actually is a bike in the basement of The Alamo.

TSG: Landon Donovan isn’t going bald. The Californian’s been carefully shaving and sculpting his hairline for years to deceive the opposition into thinking he’s lost a step. Landyman visits Wayne Rooney Rugland over the All-Star break and comes out of the Bald Club for Men closet after the break, reducing his “Forty” time by 30 seconds.

Price: A furious bidding war for Ike Opara ensues after a stellar Olympic games.

MLS Cup Winner

Real Salt Lake. This group has been together for several years now. They need to make their move this season. The development and depth of players like Gil, Schuler, Yordany Alvarez and Paulo Jr. could help get this team over the hump.

JRodius: Los Angeles. So sue me… I like fat chicks. (see: Supporters Shield, Rodius, J.)

Biggerstaff: The Los Angeles Galaxy does it again. Then Donovan finally leaves for Everton and all these dumbasses trying to compare/contrast he and Clint can have real EPL data to add to their annoying arguments.

TSG: Houston Dynamo. The Dynamo are downright giddy about a stadium. They’ve got a cohesive and seasoned backline that will be able to stymie anyone with the underrated Adam Moffat providing cover. So long as the Dynamo hold on to Cameron, get a healthy Brad Davis and add one more attacker, they’ll blaze the victory trail.

Price: The Los Angeles Galaxy get some vindication after losing the race for the Supporters’ Shield on the final day of the season.

Dan, FBM: Upset! Sporting KC.

Enjoy the season!

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30 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Crow on 2012/03/09 at 2:47 PM

    Been waiting for this all day. I even waited long at work for it to arrive. What is the provision for TSG MLS fantasy game? Is there a password etc.? Not much time left to sign up. I’m going to need fantasy to distract me this year, because I’m worried about the Union.

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  2. Posted by dth on 2012/03/09 at 3:02 PM

    Couple of random picks:

    Most Improved Player: Chris Schuler. He isn’t really the MIP, but he’ll get the minutes to prove how good he is.

    Most Overrated Player: Bobby Convey, as usual.

    Outrageous Pick: DC United wins the Eastern Conference. Kind of shocked so few people are picking this, but no one seems to realize the upside potential in the team. There’s a high ceiling there, folks!

    And, silverware predictions:
    Eastern Conference: DC United
    Western: RSL
    Supporters’ Shield: RSL
    CCL: Monterrey
    MLS Cup: Galaxy
    Canadian Championship: Vancouver Whitecaps
    US Open Cup: RSL

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  3. Posted by 4now on 2012/03/09 at 3:10 PM

    JRodius. Hysterical.

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  4. Posted by Berniebernier on 2012/03/09 at 3:15 PM

    Looking for some help here…

    I have never followed the MLS closely. Love the USMNT and Fulham but the Revs (my local team) have been bad for so many years that I just never got into it. I typically have watched some of the national TV games and some of the bootleg streams when there were US prospects I want to watch. That said, its probably been 10 or so a year

    This year a splurged and got MLS Live for my iPad. Question is who do I follow? Want to pick a team to follow. Have no loayalties to a team at this point. Will watch some random games but want one team to be my main squad.

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    • Posted by klinsyhatesfeilhaber on 2012/03/09 at 3:57 PM

      Revs may suck and have owners who don’t care, but they’re your local team so support them! I’m an unfortunate Revs fan, and while I hate having to play in foxboro and the lack of effort/money being put in by the Krafts, I’ll still be watching the game tomorrow. Don’t just be some band wagon fair weather fan and pretend you care about Seattle or Portland or LA, I demand you be miserable with me and other new england soccer fans!

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    • Posted by dikranovich on 2012/03/09 at 5:07 PM

      booboo, if you want to watch delightful football the way it should be played, then dc united is your best bet. i cant wait for dc united to drop the hammer tomorrow night on skc.

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    • Posted by JoseFranciscoTorres on 2012/03/09 at 7:16 PM

      I have to agree with klinsyhatesfeilhaber — support the revs (they could use it). they actually have quite a bit of latent firepower this season and if jay heaps does things the way i think he will, they will be a dangerous team.

      im a union fan. if it were just about finding a team that wasn’t frustrating, i would have abandoned nowak’s little circus long ago (especially after this horror of an offseason). but im in philly, the u are my team.

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      • Posted by Berniebernier on 2012/03/09 at 8:23 PM

        Ok. Looks like I will focus of the revs this weekend against San Jose. Let me just say that a stadium in Boston would make a huge difference ( I would be a season ticket holder without a question) Due to my job I will nev make a weekday game in foxborough.

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  5. Posted by Alex on 2012/03/09 at 5:56 PM

    Man Biggerstaff hates the Sounders

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    • Posted by Biggy on 2012/03/09 at 6:11 PM

      ha, not really. I like what they do in Seattle, I just despise Alonso, think Montero isn’t as good as he should be, and have issues with some Sounders fans. I hope they beat Santos Laguna desperately.

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  6. Posted by Antonio Henry on 2012/03/09 at 6:28 PM

    Lol. Obviously you guys had too much fun with this. And “attacking central defender” ….. I think you might be on to something.

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  7. Posted by dude on 2012/03/09 at 7:03 PM

    I’ll admit, I’m a DC fan. I’m biased.

    But this season, we’re going to crash this list in so many ways.

    Best Goalkeeper: Hamid makes the ridiculous seem easy these days. The backline has also improved.

    MVP: Either De Ro or Salihi is going to be in this conversation.

    Golden Boot: I will be surprised if anyone but Salihi takes this home. As a saturated DC fan, I know now that this man is gifted. He’s the Neo of scoring goals. Don’t believe me? 110 preseason minutes, two goals. Slick goals.

    Most Improved: Actually think we have two major candidates. Bosko- as in it’s impossible not to improve on what he’s done, finally healthy and happy; but Najar as well. He’s going to show he’s an Arsenal talent.

    Outrageous prediction: We come within a hair’s breadth of MLS Cup.

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  8. Posted by Crow on 2012/03/09 at 8:10 PM

    I’m trying to sign up for the TSG Fantasy League? Do you have to have a Facebook account to sign up? Is this like Spotify or something? I’ve always refused to have a Facebook account.

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  9. Posted by dth on 2012/03/09 at 8:19 PM

    BTW, not sure I agree with TSG’s pick of Wenger as should-be DP. I say not sure because no one seems to have an idea where he should play and I’m not entirely convinced Marsch knows what he’s doing. He’s declared, as of recently, that Wenger’s actually an attacking player…after saying after the draft that Wenger was a centerback waiting to happen…and Wenger saying he was probably a midfielder. Combine that with Wenger spending much of his time in Durham, and I think it’ll be a year before we see the best out of Wenger, in a good-case scenario.

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    • Posted by BernieBernier on 2012/03/09 at 10:02 PM

      I haven’t watched much of Wenger in college but I get the feeling he isn’t long for the MLS. He seems to be in the mold of someone like Jonathan Spencer. I know that makes people cringe but…. Spencer was a top youth striker that Man U turned to CB. Actually won youth POY over Pique. Maybe he can play F for Marsch but really is that the best use for his talent?

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      • Posted by dth on 2012/03/09 at 10:37 PM

        Not sure this is correct. This is what I think happened:

        Spector was a forward for his club team but played for a U.S. national team in Ireland when a late injury happened to a centerback. Facing a numbers crunch they asked Spector to play CB, where he excelled and piqued the interest of Manchester United. He then went over and eventually, as you said, won reserve player of the year for them playing centerback. Unfortunately for Jonathan Spector, his debut came for United as a fullback, and managers have bizarrely persisted in seeing him as a fullback even though he is manifestly insufficiently athletic to get it done at what is a highly demanding position (athletically speaking).

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        • Posted by BernieBernier on 2012/03/10 at 10:37 AM

          That is probably more accurate. I was trying to articulate that it appears to me that players commonly move closer to goal as they move up in levels. Even if he can play as a servicable forward I would imagine the right coach can take those skills and potentially make him an outstanding CB in the mold that JK is looking for.

          Unless he can be a 15 goal a year guy I see some team scooping him up and taking a chance and trying to convert him. I can see him as a $2 million flyer for a really good club.

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          • Posted by dth on 2012/03/10 at 11:25 AM

            The thing is, though, that Wenger’s already 21 years old. That’s pretty old for a young player. He’d have to show as much promise as Tim Ream, and quickly, to garner that kind of move.

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            • Posted by Berniebernier on 2012/03/11 at 6:55 PM

              Last year at wasn’t the rumor that teams were interested in Shea as a CB based on some MLS overseas camp (Project Addidas?). At that time Shea was 21. You are right something will need to spark it but that could be the Olympics, this MLS season. He should have a number of chances this year.

            • Posted by dth on 2012/03/11 at 7:37 PM

              Yeah, that was the rumor. I thought it was stupid at the time, for basically that exact same reason. That said, it’s a slightly different situation with Wenger because he doesn’t have any professional experience, and his college experience is all over the place–so he’s not quite as defined yet.

              Don’t think Wenger makes the Olympics; I’d be surprised if he makes the qualifying team.

  10. Posted by dth on 2012/03/10 at 12:15 AM

    The Hitman attacks UK radio: http://www.talksport.co.uk/radio/listen-again/episode/69827

    Go to “2130-2200.” The Hitman starts up at 6:45.

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  11. Posted by Richard Bruns on 2012/03/10 at 6:56 AM

    TSG, I used to love you, but there are so many grammatical errors and other errors the a junior high writer should catch that the site is becoming difficult to read. Please have someone unattached to the actual writing of stories give it a read to catch these things before it’s published. I want to love you again.

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    • Posted by Richard Bruns on 2012/03/10 at 6:57 AM

      I must not have read my reply before posting. Clearly should have read, “… that a junior high….”

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    • Posted by Antonio Henry on 2012/03/11 at 4:52 PM

      A few grammatical errors honestly shouldn’t take away from the whole product of an article, let alone readability. That’s like saying you wish you could eliminate those 1.2 assists per game that Chris Paul is averaging. Better yet, that’s like saying you wish Michael Bradley went 42 for 42 against Italy and that he shouldn’t have attempted those 5 incomplete passes.

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    • Posted by SamT on 2012/03/12 at 10:29 AM

      Finding grammatical errors on TSG is like JRodius finding drunk fat chicks at the bar. Some things are simply not going to change. So you smile, shake your head, and pat him on the back as he walks her out the door.

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