- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 24, 2008
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- Chris Seitz, Coaching Hires, Expansion Draft, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Player Signings, Trades, Winter Transfers
Today is a deadline day in Major League Soccer. By 3 pm ET (2pm CT) all 14 clubs will have submitted their protected/unprotected lists to the league office for Wednesday’s Expansion Draft for new club Seattle Sounders FC. Before submitting their list, teams had a three hour window to make trades. The window closed at noon ET, and will open again after the Expansion Draft, which is set for the afternoon of Wed., Nov. 26. (To recap about the rules for the draft, click here.)
Even with the window closed don’t be shocked to hear of some trades in the next couple of days. Expansion drafts usually bring out a slew of trades that were made on or before that trade window by the league.
Seattle will pick their 10 players but don’t be shocked to see one or two of them traded away for picks or allocation.
Speaking of Seattle, they still have yet to name a coach. Columbus Crew head coach Sigi Schmid is still considered a front-runner for that job but I’ve heard word from a source in Columbus that the Crew have indeed offered Schmid a new deal that promises to keep him there. No word yet on if he has actually taken it. It will definitely have to be a good offer to keep him. I still think a Paul Mariner or a John Spenser finally get their due this winter. I feel one of those two will get this job if it doesn’t go to Brian Schmetzer (USL Sounder coach).
I figure we will see a couple trades as some rumors are going through the mill right now for a few clubs.
One guy to keep an eye on that I’ve said to watch out for in the trades for a while now is RSL’s Chris Seitz. The US youth international hasn’t seen much PT for RSL but he is an enormous talent for the club. He won’t be getting PT due to solid play out of veteran Nick Rimando anytime soon so expect Jason Kreis to make a play to sell him this year. A couple clubs rumored for Seitz are LA (obviously they need help there), Toronto (another duh in my book), and Chivas USA (decent right now but not solid).
If Seitz isn’t dealt on Wednesday during the Expansion draft, expect it to happen before or at the SuperDraft in January (remember even more trades happen around that time period). I just don’t see him backing up Rimando next year. He’s too much talent to waste on the bench.
The LA Galaxy will probably make a play on a defender real soon in the league. Expect them to trade for one and sign another from abroad this winter. I figure the one from abroad may be more of a defensive midfielder but it remains to be seen where exactly the players will come from this winter for LA. We do know manager Bruce Arena was in Jamaica scouting last week and was talking like he found a couple good prospects.
New York Red Bulls are also said to be interested in a couple defenders from inside the league as well. Not surprising as they were a decent defender away from maybe actually winning yesterday. Maybe they should sign the right and left post from Rio Tinto Stadium, that proved to be their best defender all playoff long.
We all know what a success Guillermo Barros Schelotto has been for the Columbus Crew and MLS. But he may also pay off in terms of getting more standout Argentine players to the league. Various reports suggest that players like Hugo Ibarra and Martín Palermo (Boca Juniors), Ariel Ortega (Independiente), Juan Sebastián Verón (Estudiantes) and Kily Gonzalez (Rosario) all have possible offers from MLS clubs that they could very well take. Now I know Veron didn’t work out last winter for DC United and Ortega was linked to Dallas at one point but we never say never here on players like that. I think a Palermo would be huge though, he’s fun to watch.
A couple guys to keep an eye out on the international market from MLS are Chad Marshall and Bakery Soumare. Both are reportedly getting a few offers from various clubs overseas. Why do I get a feeling that Marshall will be picked up by some Scandinavian club this winter. We already know he is going to Europe but did he really have a good enough year to land in one of the bigger leagues?
Soumare will get looked at not only because of his size but because of that lovely French passport that he carries, most Euro clubs would love to get a hold of him because of that. Less work to get him on a roster with that passport.
More to come…I should have the protected/unprotected lists by the end of the day or the start of tomorrow.