I know I’ve been a tad absent from this space over the last week or so. Life is certainly a main culprit for that as I am about to change jobs. But enough about me and my time away from writing on this space. There is plenty to go into from this offseason.
MLS SuperDraft Winners
A lot of folks have written up their winners and losers, along with their grades for the SuperDraft. I won’t add to it all that much other than to offer up my two cents on the matter.
Overall, I liked Philadelphia, New England and Portland’s drafts. All came away with good players, and for a couple clubs, some extra money through allocation. Portland added a GA player, which is always helpful in this league.
I think the fans were also a winner in this year’s draft. I say that because the first round was exciting with the slew of trades and everything else in-between. We haven’t had that much excitement on draft day in some time, at least from what it feels like.
MLS SuperDraft Losers
Those watching online or on TV were losers in a way. The ESPN broadcast this year was very odd. Not having a group on hand to cover the event made it very sloppy to me. The studio group would throw it to Taylor Twellman, who did an excellent job by the way, but sometimes like in the case of the New England/Dallas trade, the information would come in late or incorrect. I know it happens but boy did it appear sloppy.
It should also be pointed out that Vancouver was probably a big loser in the draft. I did think initially they had a good set of picks but the way the whole Andre Lewis situation unfolded with him and the New York Cosmos just seemed bad for this team. Throw in the fact that they lost Camilo on a transfer and it has to be a tough winter up in British Columbia.
Between the Michael Bradley signing, the moves made by Philadelphia and seeing how D.C. United has re-worked their roster this offseason, it really feels like there is a slight shift towards the Eastern Conference becoming deeper than their Western counterparts. A lot is speculation at this point as it all looks this way on paper but boy has the Eastern group of teams stepped up this offseason in terms of moves.
The West on the other hand was already fairly deep. That should be noted too. LA is getting stronger as one would expect. Seattle as well. It will be interesting to see who takes a dip in terms of play this season out west.
The expansion race seemed to end 2013 on a high note but we haven’t gotten anywhere yet with Miami or Atlanta. That was to be expected given all the stadium and government situations that were going around, especially in Miami. David Beckham and his group are still working hard to get a team in place there. MLS expects to announce something within the next few weeks there. So that is good.