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Week in Review – February 22-27, 2011

Good morning MLS fans!  We are now mere weeks away from the season and, if you’re like me, the previews we have been running on the site have been getting you fired up for an exciting season.  Amidst all the preseason matches and television/playoff drama, here are some stories that flew under the radar last week and this weekend:

  • Over the weekend, the U.S. U-17 team won the U-17 title with an overtime 3-0 win against Canada.  The match was scoreless during regulation but the Americans found their scoring touch in overtime.  This is the U.S.’s first title at this level since 1983 (when it was U-16), although this was also the first championship held since 1996.  The highlights are above.
  • Welcome back Carlos Ruiz!  The one-time Golden Boot winner has come back from Europe (specifically Aris) and signed an MLS contract with Philadelphia.  A bit older at age 31, Ruiz can still give the Union some goals this season.
  • For those who have missed the D.C. United drama over the past week, here is a recap: newly-acquired keeper Steve Cronin broke his wrist in training camp and, with Bill Hamid still recovering from shoulder surgery, goalkeeper coach Pat Onstad has come out of retirement to play for the club.  This allows DCU to at least have someone with MLS experience in net but Hamid is still considered the starter when healthy.
  • This story was referenced in our MLS Talk podcast, but terrible news out of New England training camp as Shalrie Joseph was arrested in Orlando for trespassing.  He and Kevin Alston, who was also involved in the altercation at the party, have been dismissed from the team’s training camp and their status is still up in the air for the season.  A bad situation that muddles the Revolution’s season, to say nothing of the legal situation.
  • And finally, who says ESPN doesn’t care about MLS.  The Worldwide Leader has released a fantasy MLS game called FC Manager, which can be found here.  Basically you have  to build a roster of 15 MLS players under the salary cap, and collect points every week.  If anyone is interested in an MLS Talk league, sound off in the comments section.

15 Responses to Week in Review – February 22-27, 2011

  1. Chris Riordan says:

    Robert,

    I am definately in for an MLS Talk fantasy league.

    • DomiNate says:

      I’m in.

      • Charles says:

        My son and I are in too, let us know either way, as I was going to join another league and probably won’t if I join this one.

        You need to post the results weekly and have smack talk ( friendly ) too.

        ps. because you beat me in fantasy doesn’t make pro/relegation any less dumb.
        pss. Robert below, I thought you quit MLS watching ? Different Robert ? IF you converted, I am taking credit.

    • Dave says:

      also interested!

  2. Robert says:

    I’m in the for a MLS talk league

  3. Tom says:

    Count me in for an MLS Talk Fantasy league…

  4. Derek says:

    I would love a fantasy league. ESPN doesn’t even have an updated roster on their fantasy league. You can’t get Lloyd and Pearce still say Dallas.

  5. Dave says:

    I’d be very interested in joining a league!

    Does anybody know the best site to find out stats for MLS players from the previous seasons?

    I’m relatively new to anything MLS as I am originally from Liverpool, UK and follow English Premier League & European Competitions.

    • DomiNate says:

      The ESPN fantasy site does a decent job, although not as easy to use as the EPL one.

      MLS fantasy will frustrate you to no end if you do EPL fantasy. Upsets all the time. It’s still fun though.

  6. Chris Riordan says:

    Well Robert it looks like we definitely have enough interest. Who knows, might even be able to twist Richard’s arm into joining in on the fun. It would be fun to mention it on the show occasionally. Either way we should set something up for the site.

  7. Dan says:

    I want to do an MLS Talk league!

  8. The original Tom says:

    I created one. It is called MLS Talk. Our motto is Endless banter – I’ll change the motto if someone thinks of something better.

    The group is open to the public.

  9. Chris Riordan says:

    Alright everybody, Tom has set up the league for us. I saw some interest on here, but so far there are only three people signed up. All you have to do is follow the link that Robert provides in this post and sign up for an espn fantasy account. Then you search for MLS Talk and join in. Hope to see plenty of faces, as I think this will be a lot of fun.

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