Traders and Buyers Going Into Summer Window

Traders and Buyers Going Into Summer Window

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 11, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Season, Features

Both NY and LA look like buyers this summer. (Getty Images)

The summer transfer window is close to opening here for Major League Soccer clubs. A couple clubs have already set moves in place to have new players – mostly Designated Players – join their clubs once the window opens.

Normally I’d do a buyers and sellers kind of post for something like this but honestly, in a league like MLS, I think teams are either traders or buyers. Some teams like to go through MLS to improve their rosters via trades while others will go outside of the league with transfers.

Columbus, Houston, Vancouver and Montreal all have players coming on board here in the next few weeks. All hoping to make a serious impact to each side. Other clubs need to make similar moves this summer to stay in contention or improve enough to get to the post season.

Chicago Fire: Buyers. I think one maybe two good moves are up Frank Klopas’ sleeves here. He needs a big time striker in my opinion to help Dominic Oduro and he could also use another defender in the back to add depth to that defense. We know he has connections in Europe and South America, it may not be a DP-type signing but this club has some cash they can spend this summer.

Chivas USA: Traders. So far Chivas has already shown they are traders this season by making two big deals a few weeks ago to bring Juan Agudelo and Danny Califf to LA. I don’t believe they are done yet making moves though. Possibly one more good trade should be on the boards for this club as Robin Fraser still need some creative help in the midfield.

Colorado Rapids: Traders. Oscar Pareja has connections all over South America, if anything they’ll bring in one more player from South America to improve this club. However, I don’t think they have to go that route as he’ll be looking to strike a deal this summer within MLS. I think due to his connections in Dallas there could end up being a deal there to snag one of the young HGPs from Dallas (he helped sign most of them while he was in Dallas). If Dallas continues to be near the bottom of the standings come August, expect a deal to be made.

Columbus Crew: Buyers. They have one guy already coming in soon but we all know Robert Warzycha was in Poland for the Euro 2012 opener. If he can snag one of his fellow Polish players, that could be a big deal for the Crew as they look to stay in contention.

D.C. United: Traders. United has been very smart with their buys and trades the last year and a half under Ben Olsen. Nothing too silly and nothing that gets them into trouble down the road. Given the lack of players from outside the US on their club I see them trading within if they do anything at all. Right now it could just be all about keeping the status quo there.

FC Dallas: Traders. If things don’t improve for this club, I see some deals getting made to set them up for 2013. By August we’ll know for sure if this club has rebounded or not from the injuries. If they have I may want to change this to a buyers tag but my gut says they’ll be trading some players this summer. Possibly a HGP like I mentioned earlier or more likely someone like George John (only if they can’t get him to re-sign with the club).

Houston Dynamo: Buyers. They got one deal made with Oscar Boniek Garcia coming in as their next DP. But I don’t think they’ll be done with the transfer window with him. They still need depth in all areas and given the Champions League games on the menu coming up. Possibly another defender for depth or even better a striker to go up top with Will Bruin and Brian Ching.

LA Galaxy: Buyers. Yes, they have a roster full of talent and expensive talent to boot but they’re buyers here. I could see them make a few trades as well but at the end of the day I think one decent size transfer will come on board to help this club. Maybe a defender?

Montreal Impact: Buyers. They have one DP coming on board here soon and I don’t think they’re done just yet with that. Joey Saputo knows they are in contention here in the Eastern Conference and if they get get a quality defender to come in, they could see the playoffs this year.

New York Red Bulls: Buyers. It’s New York, so of course they are buyers here. With one open DP slot available you gotta believe they’ll go after someone here this summer. They’d be silly not to given their current state, I think they are one good defender away from being a major contender for the league crown this year.

New England Revolution: Buyers. I nearly made them a trader in this list but something tells me they’ll be looking overseas this summer to freshen up that roster. They still have a few holes in the middle of the field and in the back to sure up.

Philadelphia Union: Buyers. They’ve made a slew of deals already this season but now they have allocation money out the wazoo. Time to put it to use and bring in some big time talent. But don’t sleep on them making yet another trade here this season too – I can see them doing that as well.

Portland Timbers: Traders. While I do think they could go out in the open market and sign another international player, I think a trade within the league suits them better. They seem to be that club that could still sneak into the playoffs and it could be due to a smart trade made later this summer.

Real Salt Lake: Traders. If they do anything it will be within the league. Jason Kries has always been careful with international transfers and with his club leading the league at this point I don’t see them gambling too much on expensive talent from overseas. If anything does go down it will be within MLS.

San Jose Earthquakes: Traders. Kinda along the same lines as RSL. They’ve already made some deals overseas this season that have paid off but if they do anything else it will be for depth reasons. They could be wise to keep their sights set on improving their defense a little more.

Seattle Sounders FC: Buyers. This club is very close in my mind to being a legit MLS Cup contender this season. They have all the makings to be that if they can navigate a busy schedule. I don’t see them doing a ton this summer in terms of deals but if anything they’d go outside of the league in my mind to improve the depth of this club.

Sporting Kansas City: Traders. My mind tells me they could be buyers on the open market but my gut says they’ll keep it close and stay within MLS to improve their roster if they need to. They could still use some depth for down the stretch run of the season in their defense and midfield.

Toronto FC: Buyers. Honestly they are a little bit of both here but they are probably more so on the buyers side of things. So many places on this club that need improvement but the biggest has to be in the defense.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Traders. They got a DP coming on board in Barry Robson so my gut tells me they’ll be more of a trader than a buyer this summer. This club is looking more dangerous by the game though in my opinion and if Robson works out they may not need to make a deal at all.