2011 MLS Previews: Offseason Moves

2011 MLS Previews: Offseason Moves

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 14, 2011
  • 2011 MLS Previews, 2011 MLS Season

Today is the eve of the Major League Soccer First Kick of 2011. I feel like a kid at Christmas right now. Also, today I hope to get through a lot of final preview items for the 2011 season. I should have my first Power Rankings of the year up later today along with bold season predictions and if time allows, some previews for both conferences. We’ll see how much I’m able to knock out today.

I wanted to start today with a look back at all the moves that were made this off season. Kudos to MLSSoccer.com for keeping up with this over the winter months. It’s a task I used to take on here but just failed to take the time to do it this year.

Chicago Fire:

[one_half]Incoming: adini (Carolina Railhawks), Josep Mikulic (NK Zagreb), Jalil Anibaba (SuperDraft, #9), Jason Herrick* (SuperDraft, #45), Davis Paul* (SuperDraft, #51), Jon Conway (trade with TOR), Amani Walker* (Supplemental Draft #9), Sam Arthur* (Supplemental Draft #45), Gastón Puerari (Montevideo Wanderers, Uruguay), Diego Cháves (Nacional, Uruguay), Alex Dufty (AC St. Louis)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Outgoing: C.J. Brown (retired), Krysztof Krol (loan expired), Brian McBride (retired), Peter Lowry (expansion draft to POR), John Thorrington (expansion draft to VAN), Collins John (released), Wilman Conde (signed with Atlas), Freddie Ljungberg (contract expired, signed with Celtic), Andrew Dykstra (waived), Deris Umanzor (waived)[/one_half_last]


Chivas USA:

[one_half]Incoming: Alejandro Moreno (trade with VAN), Jimmy Conrad (Re-Entry Stage 2), Tristan Bowen (trade with LA), Zarek Valentin (SuperDraft #4), Victor Estupinan (SuperDraft #14), Jon Okafor* (SuperDraft #40), Andrew Boyens (New York Red Bulls), Simon Elliott (free agent), Heath Pearce (trade with DAL), Marcos Mondaini (on loan from Centro Atlético Fénix), Nick LaBrocca (trade with TFC)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Outgoing: Jonathan Bornstein (Tigres, Mexico), Giancarlo Maldonado (loan expiration) Marcelo Saragosa (option declined), Alex Zotinca (option declined), Eduardo Lillingston (option declined), Osael Romero (option declined), Dario Delgado (option declined), Rodolfo Espinoza (option declined), Yamith Cuesta (released), Sal Zizzo (trade with POR), Carlos Borja (waived), Jesus Padilla (option declined), Alan Gordon (trade with TFC)[/one_half_last]


Colorado Rapids:

[one_half]Incoming: Joseph Nane (trade with TFC), Sanna Nyassi (trade with VAN), Tyrone Marshall (Re-Entry Stage 2), Eddie Ababio* (SuperDraft #18), Michael Holody (free agent), Steven Emory (undrafted free agent)

[one_half_last]Outgoing: Ross Schunk (waived), Julien Baudet (trade to SEA), Danny Earls (trade to SEA), Claudio López (option declined), Ciaran O’Brien (option declined), Peter Vagenas (option declined)[/one_half_last]


Columbus Crew:

[one_half]Incoming: Jeff Cunningham (Re-Entry Stage 2), Sebastian Miranda (Unión Española, Chile), Tom Heinemann (Carolina RailHawks), Rich Balchan (SuperDraft #12), Justin Meram (SuperDraft #15), Cole Grossman (SuperDraft #28), Bernardo Anor (SuperDraft #48), Ben Sippola (Supplemental Draft #30), Andy Adlard (Supplemental Draft #48), Ray Burse (free agent), Alex Riggs (free agent), Julius James (free agent), Dejan Rusmir (Farul Constanta, Romania)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Outgoing: Eric Brunner (expansion draft to POR), Adam Moffat (expansion draft to POR), Jason Garey (traded to HOU), Brian Carroll (traded to PHI), Leandre Griffit (waived) Guillermo Barros Schelotto (option declined), Gino Padula (option declined), Duncan Oughton (option declined), Frankie Hejduk (Re-Entry Draft to KC), Steven Lenhart (SuperDraft to SJE)[/one_half_last]


D.C. United:

[one_half]Incoming: Dax McCarty (trade with POR), Joseph Ngwenya (Re-Entry Stage 1), Ethan White (Univ. Maryland), Josh Wolff (Re-Entry Stage 2), Steve Cronin (trade with POR), Rodrigo Brasesco (Racing Club, Uruguay), Daniel Woolard (Carolina Railhawks), Perry Kitchen (SuperDraft #3), Chris Korb (SuperDraft #31), Joe Willis* (SuperDraft #50), Blake Brettschneider (Supplemental Draft #21), Charlie Davies (loan from Sochaux, France), Fred (trade with NE, via PHI from Re-Entry Draft), Pat Onstad (free agent)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Outgoing: Rodney Wallace (trade with POR), Jordan Graye (expansion draft to POR), Danny Allsopp (released) Juan Manuel Peña (option declined), Barry Rice (option declined), Brandon Barklage (option declined), Carlos Varela (option declined), Jaime Moreno (option declined), Troy Perkins (trade with POR), Pablo Hernandez (mutual agreement), Adam Cristman (trade with LA), Julius James (waived)[/one_half_last]


FC Dallas:

[one_half]Incoming: Chris Seitz (trade with SEA), Jonathan Top (Home Grown), Bobby Warshaw* (SuperDraft #17), Charlie Campbell* (SuperDraft #35), Scott Gordon* (SuperDraft #53), Alexis Pradie* (Supplemental Draft #15), Paul Ogunyemi* (Supplemental Draft #17), Brayan Martinez* (Supplemental Draft #18), Craig Hill* (Supplemental Draft #53), Ricardo Villar (SpVgg Unterhaching, Germany), Andrew Jacobson (trade with PHI), Fabian Castillo (Deportivo Cali, Colombia)

[one_half_last]Outgoing: Dax McCarty (expansion draft to POR), Atiba Harris (expansion draft to VAN), Jeff Cunningham (Re-Entry Draft to CLB), Darío Sala (option declined), Jason Yeisley (waived), Heath Pearce (trade with CHV)[/one_half_last]


Houston Dynamo:

[one_half]Incoming: Jason Garey (trade with CLB), Jordan Graye (trade with POR), Hunter Freeman (IK Start, Norway), Kofi Sarkodie (SuperDraft #7), Will Bruin (SuperDraft #11), Evan Newton* (Supplemental Draft #7), Josue Soto (Home Grown), Alex Dixon (Home Grown), Jermaine Taylor (St. George’s SC, Jamaica)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Outgoing: Ryan Cochrane (Re-Entry Draft to NE), Joseph Ngwenya (Re-Entry Draft to DC), Richard Mulrooney (option declined), Pat Onstad (option declined), Adrian Serioux (option declined), Anthony Obodai (out of contract)[/one_half_last]


LA Galaxy:

[one_half]Incoming: Juan Pablo Angel (Re-Entry Stage 2), Frankie Hejduk (trade with SKC), Adam Cristman (trade with DC), Chad Barrett (trade with TOR), Paolo Cardozo (SuperDraft #16), Hector Jimenez (SuperDraft #34), Daniel Keat (Supplemental Draft #3), Ryan Thomas (Supplemental Draft #16), Dustin McCarty (Supplemental Draft #34), Jack McBean (Home Grown), Miguel Lopez (loan from Quilmes, Argentina)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Outgoing: Chris Klein (retired), Eddie Lewis (retired), Dema Kovalenko (option declined), Tristan Bowen (trade to CHV), Edson Buddle (Ingolstadt, Germany)[/one_half_last]


New England Revolution:

[one_half]Incoming: Ryan Cochrane (Re-Entry Stage 2), Diego Fagundez (Home Grown), Didier Domi (Olympiakos, Greece), A.J. Soares (SuperDraft #6), Stephen McCarthy (SuperDraft #24), Steven Perry* (SuperDraft #39), Ryan Kinne (SuperDraft #42), Alan Koger (SuperDraft #54), Hunter Christiansen* (Supplemental Draft #6), Fernando Cabadas* (Supplemental Draft #24), Andrew Sousa (Supplemental Draft #42), Franco Coria (Chacarita Juniors, Argentina), Ousmane Dabo (Lazio, Italy)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Outgoing: Taylor Twellman (removed from roster/medical reasons), Preston Burpo (option declined), Nico Colaluca (option declined), Cory Gibbs (Re-Entry Draft to CHI), Khano Smith (option declined), Jason Griffiths (out of contract), Emmanuel Osei (waived)[/one_half_last]


New York Red Bulls:

[one_half]Incoming: Corey Hertzog (SuperDraft #13), John Rooney (SuperDraft #25), Tyler Lassiter* (SuperDraft #30), Billy Cortes* (SuperDraft #38), Jimmy Maurer* (Supplemental Draft #4), Teddy Schneider* (Supplemental Draft #31), Jan Gunnar Solli (SK Brann, Norway), Matt Kassel (Home Grown), Sacir Hot (Home Grown), Marcos Paullo (Atlético Paranaense, Brazil), Luke Rodgers (Notts County, England), Teemu Tainio (Ajax, Netherlands), Stephen Keel (D-2 Portland Timbers)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Outgoing: Mike Petke (retired), Seth Stammler (retired), John Wolyniec (retired), Jeremy Hall (trade with POR) Luke Sassano (Re-Entry Draft to LA), Carey Talley (retired), Juan Pablo Ángel (Re-Entry Draft to LA), Sinisa Ubiparipovic (end of contract), Andrew Boyens (end of contract, Chivas USA), Irving Garcia (waived), Conor Chinn (waived)


Philadelphia Union:

[one_half]Incoming: Brian Carroll (trade with CLB), Zach Pfeffer (Home Grown), Zac MacMath (SuperDraft #5), Michael Farfan (SuperDraft #23), Levi Houapeu* (SuperDraft #41), Ryan Richter (Supplemental Draft #5), Faryd Mondragón (FC Koln, Germany), Carlos Valdés (Santa Fe, Colombia), Chris Agorsor (special lottery), Carlos Ruiz (free transfer from Aris FC, Greece), Thorne Holder (free agent)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Outgoing: Alejandro Moreno (Expansion Draft to VAN), Shea Salinas (Expansion Draft to VAN), Chris Seitz (Re-Entry Draft to SEA), Fred (Re-Entry Draft to NE, traded to DC), Brad Knighton (waived), Toni Stahl (option declined), Cristian Arrieta (waived), Eduardo Coudet (waived), Andrew Jacobson (trade with DAL), J.T. Noone (waived), Nick Zimmerman (waived)[/one_half_last]


Portland Timbers:

[one_half]Incoming: Bright Dike (D-2 Timbers), Jeremy Hall (trade with NY), Eddie Johnson (Austin Aztex), Ryan Pore (D-2 Timbers), Rodney Wallace (trade with DC), Kerrea Gilbert (out of contract), Kalif Alhassan (D-2 Timbers), Mamadou Danso (D-2 Timbers), Kevin Goldthwaite (D-2 Timbers), James Marcelin (D-2 Timbers), Troy Perkins (trade with DC), Kenny Cooper (from 1860 Munich), Eric Brunner (expansion draft/CLB), David Horst (expansion draft/RSL), Adam Moffat (expansion draft/CLB), Peter Lowry (expansion draft/CHI), Darlington Nagbe (SuperDraft #2), Chris Taylor* (SuperDraft #22), Spencer Thompson* (Supplemental Draft #2), Robby Lynch* (Supplemental Draft #12), Taylor Mueller* (Supplemental Draft #38), Adin Brown (D-2 Timbers), Steve Purdy (D-2 Timbers), Sal Zizzo (trade with CHV), Freddie Braun (U-23 Timbers), Jake Gleeson (U-23 Timbers) Jack Jewsbury (trade with KC), Jorge Perlaza (Deportes Tolima, Colombia)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Outgoing: Steve Cronin (trade with DC)[/one_half_last]


Real Salt Lake:

[one_half]Incoming: Arturo Alvarez (trade with POR), Jarad vanSchaik* (SuperDraft #52), Cody Arnoux (special lottery)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Outgoing: David Horst (expansion draft to POR), Robbie Findley (out of contract / expansion draft to POR), Alex Nimo (waived), Pablo Campos (waived)[/one_half_last]


San Jose Earthquakes:

[one_half]Incoming: Anthony Ampaipitakwong (SuperDraft #33), Steven Lenhart (SuperDraft from CLB), Victor Cortez* (Supplemental Draft #51)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Outgoing: Arturo Alvarez (expansion draft to POR), Joe Cannon (expansion draft to VAN), Geovanni (option declined), Eduardo (option declined), Cornell Glen (option declined)[/one_half_last]


Seattle Sounders FC:

[one_half]Incoming: Julien Baudet (trade with COL), Danny Earls (trade with COL), O’Brian White (trade with VAN), Erik Friberg (Hacken, Sweden), Michael Tetteh (SuperDraft #20), Juan Leone Cruz* (SuperDraft #21), Servando Carrasco (SuperDraft #27), Bryan Meredith* (SuperDraft #29), Josh Ford* (Supplemental Draft #11), Sean Morris* (Supplemental Draft #47), Lamar Neagle (free agent)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Outgoing: Sanna Nyassi (expansion draft to VAN), Nate Sturgis (expansion draft to VAN), Peter Vagenas (traded to COL), Tyrone Marshall (Re-Entry Draft to COL), Chris Seitz (trade with DAL)[/one_half_last]


Sporting Kansas City:

[one_half]Incoming: Omar Bravo (Designated Player), Luke Sassano (trade with LA), C.J. Sapong (SuperDraft #10, Konrad Warzycha* (SuperDraft #46), Mike Jones (Supplemental Draft #28), Michael Mravec* (Supplemental Draft #46), Kevin Ellis (Home Grown) Scott Lorenz (free agent)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Outgoing: Jonathan Leathers (expansion draft to VAN), Josh Wolff (Re-Entry Draft to DC), Jimmy Conrad (Re-Entry Draft to CHV), Aaron Hohlbein (Re-Entry Draft to CLB), Sunil Chhetri (option declined), Nick Kounenakis (released) Jack Jewsbury (traded to POR)[/one_half_last]


Toronto FC:

[one_half]Incoming: Nathan Sturgis (trade with VAN), Demitrius Omphroy* (SuperDraft #26), Matt Gold* (SuperDraft #43), Junior Burgos (SuperDraft #44)*, Joao Plata* (SuperDraft #49), J.C. Banks* (Supplemental Draft #8), Steven Beattie* (Supplemental Draft #13), Spencer Thompson* (Supplemental Draft #26, Scott Rojo (Supplemental Draft #44), Nick Soolsma (VV Young Boys, Netherlands), Javier Martina (Ajax, Netherlands), Elbekay Bouchiba (Al-Wakrah, Qatar), Gianluca Zavarise (Iraklis FC), Alan Gordon (trade with CHV)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Outgoing: O’Brian White (expansion draft to VAN), Joseph Nane (trade with COL), Gabe Gala (released), Martin Saric (released), Maxim Usanov (released), Raivis Hscanovics (released), Mista (released), Nick Garcia (option declined), Fuad Ibrahim (option declined), Amadou Sanyang (option declined), Chad Barrett (trade with LA), Emmanuel Gomez (waived)[/one_half_last]


Vancouver Whitecaps:

[one_half]Incoming: Jay DeMerit (free agent), Wes Knight (D-2), Jay Nolly (D-2), Philippe Davies (D-2), Terry Dunfield (D-2), Greg Janicki (D-2), Alain Rochat (FC Zurich, Switzerland), Atiba Harris (expansion draft/DAL), Shea Salinas (expansion draft/PHI), Joe Cannon (expansion draft/SJ), Jonathan Leathers (expansion draft/SKC), John Thorrington (expansion draft/CHI), Omar Salgado (SuperDraft #1), Michael Nanchoff (SuperDraft #8), Jeb Brovsky* (SuperDraft #19), Bilal Duckett* (SuperDraft #37), Michael Boxall* (Supplemental Draft #1), Nizar Khalfan (D-2), Gershon Koffie (D-2), Long Tan (D-2), Blake Wagner (D-2)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Outgoing: N/A[/one_half_last]

* Players who have been drafted but have yet to sign a contract