Stealing Thunder: Preki Fired, Rapids Trade

MLS just did not want to let the Champion’s League get all the headlines this morning.

Chief Maple Leaf Nick Dasovic temporarily takes over...

Both head coach Preki and Director Mo Johnston cut loose by Toronto FC. Assistant coach Nick Dasovic–who bleeds maple syrup and who most recently managed the Canadian U-23 team–takes over.

This hopefully will give Toronto a kick in the rear as they’ve been skidding for 5 games and it will pave the way for better player personnel decisions next year which, as I understand it, is the real crux of the problem in Toronto.

Consider some of what happened on Johnston’s watch:

» Sam Cronin (disagreement with Preki) playing a vital role the Earthquakes playoff run.

» Chad Barrett, promise shouldn’t equal a 4-year deal

» Not to mention the Carloz Ruiz debacle and the Rohan Rickets Twitter incident.

• Not to be outdone, New York and Colorado make a swap. The Red Bulls send Macoumba Kandji westward and get Mehdi Ballouchy in return.

A good deal for both teams as the Henrys gets some depth in the middle of the field and an attacker who Rafael Marquez can easily cover for.

The Rapids get a much need outside winger with some speed.

All I really want to know about this trade is…will Ross LaBauex–who, cough, I picked for my surprise rookie this year–now get on the field?!

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dougs on 2010/09/14 at 10:40 AM

    Barrett has performed this year when healthy and attributes his improved form to Preki.


  2. Posted by Iggystar on 2010/09/14 at 10:49 AM

    Five head coaches in less than four full seasons, is that some kind of MLS record?


  3. If Houston doesn’t make the playoffs I expect Kinnear fired. I’m not saying he’s a bad coach or even that it would be the right thing to do in the long run, but we have a reputation to keep up. If Sir Alex were to somehow have a terrible season and not qualify for the CCL would he get fired? It’s more of an image thing. To make a statement that our club expects more than that. Our fans expect more than that.


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