I was a bit under the weather last week, so I didn’t get a chance to write about some of the happenings in MLS.
- Bruce to the Galaxy – I am frankly surprised he took this position. AEG is not the easiest group of managers to work for and while he gets one free pass for stinking at Red Bull (where, as I always say, no one could ever succeed), a failure to produce here will actually blot his reputation. It’s the difference between being one of the great coaches in American soccer (present tense) and being one of the great coaches of American soccer’s past, for whom MLS has simply passed by.
- Johann Smith to TFC – I think there is real value to be in had for MLS clubs by plucking these guys off of European benches. He showed flashes last weekend against NY in his debut, nearly scoring five minutes after entering the match. Again, as long as young American players like him are playing and not sitting, it’s a good move for him and for US Soccer. The same goes for Feilhaber’s move to Denmark.
- Edu to Rangers – Again, as long as he can get on the field consistantly, it’s a good move. I am not going to pretend to know where he stacks up compared to Rangers’ existing midfielders, but if he is riding the pine, he needs to leave sooner rather than later.
- An ominous sign? – Freddy Adu didn’t even dress for Monaco’s 1-1 draw at Nantes.
- Keller to Seattle – Assuming that his salary doesn’t throw off the Sounders’ other roster plans, this is a great move both on and off the field. I am really curious though to hear what he’ll be making, so I reserve future judgement.