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July 19, 2010


LA Galaxy head coach, and the coach of the 2010 MLS All-Star team, Bruce Arena named the remaining players in his squad that will take on Manchester United in Houston.

Arena went with : Real Salt Lake GK Nick Rimando, Revolution D Kevin Alston, Chivas USA D Jonathan Bornstein, Fire D Wilman Conde, Dallas D Heath Pearce, Dynamo MF Brad Davis, Dallas MF David Fereira, Revolution MF Shalrie Joseph, Rapids MF Jeff Larentowicz, Union F Sebastien Le Toux, Red Bulls F Juan Pablo Angel.

In addition to the squad picked by Arena there were two commissioner selections made by MLS big man Don Garber.  DC United’s Jamie Moreno and Brian Ching of the Houston Dynamo were selected as Commish’s two.

UPDATE: * Bobby Convey will replace Jonathan Bornstein in the All-Star squad due to injury.

Here is the complete squad.

Starting XI vote winners in BOLD

Commissioner selections in Italics


Donovan Ricketts LA Galaxy, Nick Rimando Real Salt Lake


Omar Gonzalez LA Galaxy, Chad Marshall Columbus Crew, Jamison Olave Real Salt Lake, Kevin Alston New England Revolution, Jonathan Bornstein, Chivas USA, Wilman Conde Chicago Fire, Heath Pearce FC Dallas


Guillermo Barros Schelotto Columbus Crew, Kyle Beckerman Real Salt Lake, Dwayne De Rosario Toronto FC, Javier Morales Real Salt Lake, Marco Pappa Chicago Fire, Brad Davis Houston Dynamo, David Fereira FC Dallas, Shalrie Joseph New England Revolution, Jeff Larentowicz Colorado Rapids, Bobby Convey* San Jose Earthquakes


Edson Buddle LA Galaxy, Landon Donovan LA Galaxy, Sebastien Le Toux Philadelphia Union, Juan Pablo Angel New York Red Bull, Brian Ching Houston Dynamo, Jamie Moreno DC United

The match, which kicks off at 8:30pm ET on July 28, can be seen on on ESPN2. Unfortunately the match coincides with  CONCACAF Champions League action.  The Seattle Sounders will actually be playing at the same time the All-Stars tussle with United, thus eliminating one of the Leagues most followed teams from being a part of the festivities.  The Columbus Crew and LA galaxy players will see limited time due to their participation in the Champions League.


July 17, 2010



The Chicago Fire have announced the Designated Player signing of  Mexican International Nery Castillo who has been negotiating with Greek side Olympiacos, where he played from 2000-2007.

The 26-year-old Castillo, who played at Manchester City in 2008 as part of a loan deal; with his then club Shakhtar Donetsk, is a much more versatile player than Blanco.  Castillo can play up front, on the wing or can play an attacking role out of the midfield.

Castillo may be the answer to the Fire’s problems in terms of attack, but one can only hope that Carlos de los Cabos and Frank Klopas now turn their sights toward some defensive help.

The designated player announcement was made Saturday between Games 1 and 2 of the SuperLiga double header at Toyota Park.


Real Salt Lake owner Dave Checkett’s has intimated that a DP signing may be headed to Los Angeles.

Checketts told radio listeners on KALL 10 Sports that he expected another big designated player signing in the league sooon, but quick assuaged people of the notion that it was a potential RSL signing.



July 13, 2010


The votes are in and here is your Starting XI to take on Manchester United at the MLS All-Star Game on July 28th at Reliant Stadium in Houston TX.

The players selected, were chosen by fans, the media, fellow players and MLS coaches and GMs with each group getting 25% say in the outcome (coaches and GM’s make up one group.

Keep in mind that the remaining 12 players will be announced on Thursday and that All-Star manager Bruce Arena can choose the actual starting XI from the entire squad.

A total of four Galaxy players make the XI followed by three RSL players and two from the Crew. One each from the Chicago Fire and Toronto FC. Landon Donovan will feature in his 10th appearance.

The MLS official website claims that 45,000 seats have been sold for Houston’s first ever All-Star game.

The match, which kicks off at 8:30pm ET and can be seen on on ESPN2, is scheduled right in the heart of CONCACAF Champions League action, and the Seattle Sounders will actually be playing at the same time the All-Stars tussle with United, thus eliminating one of the Leagues most followed teams from being a part of the festivities.  The Columbus Crew and LA galaxy players will see limited time due to their participation in the Champions League.  The league seems caught between high priorities here.

Having said that here are your heroes.



March 24, 2010

Mwanga at the 2010 SuperDraft (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)


Rookies are cheap and make your fantasy bench look colorful, they fill in roster spots while taking up a small amount of salary cap space.  But what if there were a few who could return on investment or even… Gasp… get you serious points?

Here is the class of the 2010 Class

Danny Mwanga
Philadelphia Union
Quite a bit of pressure on this kid as there is on the entire Union team. He was the number one overall pick in the 2010 SuperDraft and he’ll be thrown into a Philadelphia bunch that will have many holes to fill.  There will be growing pains in for Peter Nowak’s bunch and I think Mwanga will start, get minutes and score.

Fantasy Fact: He counts as a foreign player

Tony Tchani
New York Red Bulls
This Cameroonian talent played for Virginia and went number two overall in the draft. He may find work in what last season was a woeful mid-field.  I don’t see him starting right away, but he will log minutes as the season goes on.

Fantasy Fact: He counts as a foreign player and he does a lot of the toiling midfield work that doesn’t show up on the score sheet

Ike Opara
San Jose Earthquakes
I never have a handle on what Frank Yallop is doing, but I find it hard to believe that Opara won’t walk into the non-existent San Jose back line and instantly make it better.  Taken number three overall and the first defender selected in the SuperDraft, Ike is a big and talented kid. I think the ACC Defensive Player of the year in 2008 and 2009 will be up to the challenge of MLS attackers and is a no brainer to start on Bay Side, but tell that to Frank Yallop.  This kid may be a future back line man for the United States.

Fantasy Fact: Opara didn’t play a whole heckuva lot in preaseason, not sure if there is an injury concern or again the mystical Frank Yallop.

Teal Bunbury
Kansas City Wizards
Taken fourth overall Bunbury has everything he needs to be a future star in Major League Soccer, he is likely to be called in to play for Canada any day now and in addition to being Generation Adidas, he is the first second generation MLS player as his father Alex played in the league.  My problem with the young Canadian is that he had the misfortune of being drafted into a team that has a load of talent up that Perter Vermes brought in special to get some needed goals, not sure if he’ll get the minutes.

Fantasy Fact: Canadians don’t count as foreigners!

Zach Lyod
FC Dallas
Loyd is expected to step right in to the FCD defense and contribute. He left them stunned at the MLS Combine and he is versatile and may even be more comfortable at defensive midfield than on the backline, but that is where he will play for the Hoops.  Many have their eye on this former Tar Heel standout to be Rookie of the Year.

Fantasy Fact: Loyd’s versatility may provide him with a chance to collect more minutes and starts than your average rookie

Jack McInerney
Philadelphia Union
Peter Nowak likes this kid, he is a hard worker and only 17 years old.  He has a stunning 11 goals in 15 appearances for the US U-17 team, but I am not sure how many minutes young Jack will get.

Fantasy Fact: I see Jack Mac as a super sub, he may get points but coming in late when the Union needs a lift.

Zach Schilawski
New England Revolution
The Revolution love drafting from Wake Forest and though other teams have begun to catch on to New England’s little secret, Steve Nichol and co. may have picked the one Demon Deacon who can provide them with goals right out of the gate.

Fantasy Fact: Remember Noonan? This kid might have a points per salary ratio on par with him.

Michael Stephens
Los Angeles Galaxy
The word from Galaxy camp is that this Chicago Fire Premier product fits right in to the needs of the team. He was a standout player in an always standout UCLA program.  He can play on the flanks or in the middle of the park and has done just that in the preseason.  I didn’t think he could see minutes in such a clogged midfield but as the preseason progressed he earned the plaudits of Bruce Arena and Landon Donovan and really, that’s all I needed to hear. Stephens is having a phenomenal spring and there is talk of him becoming the Galaxy’s third rookie of the year in a row.

Fantasy Fact: Stephens will likely see minutes in every game. His versatility can provide a 70th minute answer to any number of aged Galaxy midfielders, he will see minutes and when he does he will get points

Tim Ream
New York Red Bulls
Ream is my early pick for Rookie of the Year.  Though he was a 2nd round pick, he will come into a rebuilt Red Bull team and share the center of the defense with Mike Petke, who can only serve to make the kid better.  I think he will start and that this New New York team will get goals and keep clean sheets. Besides Tim played for the Chicago Fire Premier and you how much love I have for that organization.

Fantasy Fact: Ream will start and play 90 right from jump street