Archive | November, 2009


Aberdeen says it's out of Stuart Holden race

Posted on 26 November 2009 by ASN Staff

Stuart Holden in one of his 10 USMNT appearances

Aberdeen FC manager Mark McGhee appears to have conceded defeat in the club’s attempts to sign Stuart Holden, Sky Sports reported Thursday. The 24-year old midfielder, now effectively a free agent, is said to be heading to the country of his birth to play in the Scottish Premier League. Aberdeen was seen as a likely destination partly because it is where Holden was born before moving to the U.S. at age 10.

Aberdeen could sign Mark Kerr, Lee Miller and Gary McDonald to new contracts as early as today, according to the Evening Express. Those signings would presumably tie up too much of the club’s budget to allow it to compete for Holden’s signature.

Though Sky reports Aberdeen’s exit as a fait accompli, McGhee’s quotes imply the club might be trying a negotiating tactic on for size. The Dons’ boss said they can’t compete with some of “the bigger clubs” bidding for Holden’s services. Though he didn’t mention Glasgow Rangers by name, Walter Smith’s side are said to be keen to sign Holden, though Rangers cannot sign any new players until a new ownership is in place.

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Aberdeen says it won’t bid for Stuart Holden

Posted on 26 November 2009 by ASN Staff

Stuart Holden in one of his 10 USMNT appearances

Aberdeen FC manager Mark McGhee appears to have conceded defeat in the club’s attempts to sign Stuart Holden, Sky Sports reported Thursday.

Get more on the story at ASN’s ‘Over There’ page.

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Several surprises among Philadelphia Union expansion draft choices

Posted on 25 November 2009 by Breton Bonnette

Alejandro Moreno

No Michael Chabala. No James Riley. No Amado Guevara. No Bobby Convey. No Matt Besler. No Anthony Wallace. Did anybody predict this? The emphasis was on youth this time around and not one Philly native made his way onto Coach Nowak’s roster. Venezuelan international Alejandro Moreno, hitherto in the services of the Columbus Crew, was one of few big names to make Philly’s list.

Read on at ASN’s Philadelphia Union page.

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Expansion Draft: A bit of a surprise…

Posted on 25 November 2009 by Breton Bonnette

Alejandro Moreno, welcome to the Union

Alejandro Moreno, welcome to the Union

The 10 are released and looking at this you must expect a lot of transactions in the next couple months. Steve Goff of Soccer Insider broke the story of Real Salt Lake back-up keeper and top American youth prospect Chris Seitz coming to the Union for allocation money. There must be some big plans ahead because the players taken were on the “cheap side” and many look like future starters…not quite 2009 starters (which really should be what we expect from the expansion draft).

“There was a lot going on behind the scenes that I can’t tell you about” – Piotr Nowak


CHICAGO: David Myrie (DF)

21-year old Costa Rican international. Only signed with the Fire a little over two months ago.

CHIVAS USA: Shavar Thomas (DF)

A big, solid starting centreback. 28-years old and a Jamaican international that has proven himself on the professional stage. A tad injury prone over the last couple years.

COLORADO: Jordan Harvey (DF)

A solid left-back. Spent some years in the reserves and was fantastic this season for Gary Smith.

COLUMBUS: Alejandro Moreno (FW)

Despite his floppiness (diving), he is one of the hardest workers in the league. Who would have thought that he would be one of the oldest picked?

DC UNITED: Andrew Jacobsen (MF)

Solid young midfield prospect with a great blend of defensive and offensive qualities.




LOS ANGELES: Stefani Miglioranzi (MF)

Kind of like Jacobsen in qualities but a player that has been a significant part of big teams. 2008’s Columbus, 2009’s Los Angeles.

NEW ENGLAND: Brad Knighton (GK)

When Matt Reis was out mid-season, Knighton stepped in admirably. He had his negative moments but if the Seitz rumors are true, it could be an interesting one-two.

NEW YORK: Nick Zimmerman (MF)

Young but very promising winger. One of the few bright spots of the Red Bulls this season.


SAN JOSE: Shea Salinas (MF)

Wow. I did not see this actually happening. No Convey and the right pick is taken. Salinas has a LOT of up-side. If his finishing improves, this kid could be a great winger in this league.

SEATTLE: Sebastian Le Toux (MF/FW)

Le Toux Legit to Quit. A slower – compared to Zimmerman and Salinas in my book – but very effective and versatile winger/striker.  On the young side as well.


So Union fans, what’s the verdict? Are you happy with the draft? Who did we really miss the boat? Sad to see not one area product picked? Assign a grade and support your choice in the comments section below

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A Collective Mock Draft: The blogosphere chooses the Union’s 10

Posted on 24 November 2009 by Breton Bonnette

Guevara is available...

Guevara is available...

By tomorrow…we shall know where the Union begins. Hopefully it’ll wind up being a nice foundation that the Union can build upon during their first Major League Soccer off-season. Instead of highlighting my own mock draft [although my selections are at the end of the post if curious], why not take all those circulating out there in the blogosphere (and one very respected reporter) and form a collective “Union” if you will – to come up with the 10 the “experts” think will get picked. We scoured the interwebs and were able to find 9 posted instances of a mock expansion draft. Coach Nowak read up.

Unknowing Participants (9): ASN Union [see below], Offside Philly, Ole Ole, Soccer By Ives, WV Hooligan, Soccer Unto the Dogs, Hot Dog and Friends, Soccer Junkie, and

The so-called no-brainer?

Bobby Convey (SJE) – 8/9

Next in line…

Anthony Wallace (FCD) – 5/9
Amado Guevara (TFC) – 5/9
Matt Besler (KCW) – 5/9
James Riley (SEA) – 5/9
Mike Chabala (HOU) – 4/9

Let the arguments begin…

Pat Phelan (NER) – 3/9
Andrew Jacobsen (DCU) – 3/9
Robbie Russell (RSL)/Ned Grabavoy (RSL) – 3/9
Alan Gordon (LAG) – 3/9
Andy Iro (CMB)/Frankie Hejduk (CMB) – 3/9

Who to keep from this last bunch? Do you take Alan Gordon as your lone forward representative? Gamble on Hejduk and retirement? Knowing what we have above, I would say we need a couple hardworking midfielders to complement Guevara centrally. Jacobsen (DCU) and Phelan (NER) fit that bill. Phelan would go over Grabavoy only due to versatility, i.e. his ability to slide into centerback if necessary. Another central defender is a must, however, and big Andy Iro is the only one on the list. Last decision looks to be between two fullbacks – Frankie Hejduk and Robbie Russell and a striker – Gordon. Hejduk and Russell are interchangeable for me. You can’t argue with the locker room presence and tenacity Hejduk gives you but is he ready to go for another year and for a different team? Russell, fresh off of the highlight of his career, is 30 and coming off a very solid first full year in Major League Soccer. He should only get better in his second.

Notable: Eddie Robinson (HOU) and Stephen King (SEA) also had 3 votes each but with players from their respective teams already taken, they weren’t picked. If you’re wondering where the goalkeepers are…so am I. The highest vote getter was Brian Edwards of Toronto FC.

So the blogosphere has spoken for what it’s worth. We’ll check it against the actual picks tomorrow but something tells me it’s going to come nowhere close.

My picks, in case any of you were wondering:

Eddie Robinson (HOU) – one of the best defenders in the league when healthy…when healthy
Bobby Convey (SJE) – I really like Shea Salinas but it would almost be a sin not to take Convey, at only 26 and with two “injury-free” seasons under his belt, he’ll wake up in Philly
Anthony Wallace (FCD) – Aside from the injury last season, arguably one of the brightest prospects on this list.
Matt Besler (KCW) – Young and a candidate for Rookie of the Year this past season, can play centrally in defense or on the wing
Stephen King (SEA) – I’m a South Jersey guy and would love to have the former Shawnee grad get the chance to start for his hometown team. He’s got the chops.
Robbie Russell (RSL) – MLS Cup hero cast aside? Former Rosenborg wingback? Sure, sounds good to me.
Amado Guevara (TFC) – A true playmaker but I’m not sure how Coach Nowak and Amado would get along.
Josh Saunders (LAG) – Everyone wants to jump on the Saunders bandwagon. I see him as a capable back-up keeper. So I’m halfway on it.
Andrew Jacobsen (DCU) – Lorient didn’t work out but with United he looked real promising. A young, industrious midfield (Jacobsen and King) around Guevara intrigues me.
Andy Iro (CMB) – Sticking with the youth theme, having Eddie Robinson paired with the 6’5″ Iro would be great albeit extremely slow.

1:00PM people. I know I’ll be pressing the refresh button like crazy tomorrow. More to come…

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Real Salt Lake win MLS Cup 2009

Posted on 24 November 2009 by ASN Staff

The victors

The victors

It took penalties but Real Salt Lake prevailed over the LA Galaxy Sunday night at Qwest Field in Seattle, winning their first MLS Cup title in their first appearance in the title match. RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando was the hero once more, saving two penalties and deservedly winning the 2009 MLS Cup MVP.

Kali Korbis has the happy recap from Utah.

View the photo gallery here.

More reactions to follow.

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The 11 Protecteds

Posted on 23 November 2009 by ASN Staff

Javier Morales, Jamison Olave, Fabian Espindola, Chris Seitz, Nick Rimando, Robbie Findley, Kyle Beckerman, Nat Borchers, Will Johnson, Chris Wingert and Tony Beltran, according to Deseret News.

Robbie Russell, Ned Grabavoy, Pablo Campos, Andy Williams, Clint Mathis left unprotected.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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Who was RSL’s 2009 MVP?

Posted on 23 November 2009 by ASN Staff

There should probably not be any dispute with the choice of Nick Rimando as MLS Cup MVP. Perhaps not if we were to name him “playoff MVP” as well. But what about a most valuable player of the whole, long season? It was a long slog, after all. Who deserves the most credit for getting the team to its ultimate goal? Vote in the poll and defend your choice in the comment area.

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Posted on 23 November 2009 by ASN Staff

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What went wrong in MLS Cup?Discuss amongst yourselves

Posted on 23 November 2009 by ASN Staff

It was a cruel ending to an extraordinary season. The LA Galaxy fell short in the penalty kick shootout that decided MLS Cup 2009. Earlier the team had taken a 1-0 lead into halftime, only to see it nullified early in the second half. But what caused the Galaxy to come up short? Most likely there were several reasons, but what in your opinion was most responsible for the loss?

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