Some of this is recounting from Twitterisms–some, you just couldn’t make up:
Seattle Sounders: B+
Good day to you Sounders fans. Two years ago Sebu Le Toux couldn’t quite get on the field for Sigi Schmid’s first team. Off he went to the Philly Union in their expansion draft and nearly captured an improbably MLS MVP award (of far from it, but you get the picture.)
The nameplates of “Mike ‘Tom Cruise’ Fucito,” “O’Brien White,” and “Patrick Ianni” remain firmly screwed into stalls in the home locker room up in Seattle.
Quite a coup for a number of reasons. First, leverage against Mauro Rosales. A little bit easier if you have depth up front to negotiate with Rosales if he’s a “we’d absolutely love to have him back” player instead of a “must-have, no qualms” player.
Second, flexibility with Fredy Montero. Who knows what Fredy thinks of international prospects. OB White, gives you a hold-up guy in his absence.
Sure Seattle lost
John Legend, James Riley on the corner in the back and Tyson Wahl, but both were nice complements rather than necessary starters.
Well played Sounders.
San Jose Earthquake: D
Here’s the thing San Jose. You had to know Jesse March would want a marshall in the back that he was comfortable with. He played with Burling at Chivas USA.
Instead, San Jose left Steve Betlashour protected in a fullback-rich draft and Khari Shephenson who was never going to be picked by the likes of Marsch.
Could have kept all your assets San Jose. And you don’t have many.
Portland Timbers: A
Ryan Pore was great insurance so the Timbers could hold on to a host of encouraging players, like Eric Alexander. The Timbers made their play ahead of the curve.
Chivas USA: D-
There needs to be an investigation launched into the sanity of the front office for HDC’s B Team.
I mean this Seinfeld clip doesn’t even do the lunacy justice:
Chivas “lose” two quality youngsters Zarek Valentin (by selection) and Justin Braun (trade for the aforementioned James Riley).
The Clippers have been the running joke in Southern California for some time. Someone just blew them out of the water.
Colorado Rapids: C
Some explanation for the Rapids leaving selection Sanna Nyassi exposed.