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Weekend Updates: February 4-6, 2011


It was an admittedly slow week in American soccer as the American sports scene shifted to Dallas and the American football Super Bowl.  Within the soccer world some amazing results and goals from the English Premier League overshadowed almost all the other soccer news.  But nevertheless there were some noteworthy happenings in MLS this past weekend; as usual, share your thoughts and anything I missed in the comments section.

  • The Chicago Fire are adding more fire-power (sorry, couldn’t resist) by signing Uruguayan forward Gaston Puerari.  The 25 year-old South American has scored eight goals the past two years with the Montevideo Wanderers.  I do not know much about the Uruguayan professional leagues, but I do know the signing helps Chicago in an area of need.
  • In other signing news, New York inked Brazilian Marcos Paullo to a contract following a trial with the club last season.
  • New Eastern Conference club Houston has announced the groundbreaking for a new stadium.  Expect an MLS Talk post on this subject soon.
  • For those curious about Charlie Davies recovery and trial with D.C. United, I have included a released video above this post so you can take a look at his progress.  I don’t know about you, but seeing an MLS club in action put a smile on my face.
  • Speaking of Davies, MLS has updated the allocation list for its teams and explains why DCU gets first crack at signing Davies.
  • And finally, I had initially missed this part of the MLS call last week but the Wall Street Journal shares Don Garber’s comments on the 20th club.  He acknowledges the Cosmos are an option but says MLS is speaking to other ownership groups as well.  No surprises here.
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  1. eplnfl

    February 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Fire fans where finally given some reason to be happy with the signing of Gaston Puerari. He is the first of a rumored two South American strikers to join the Fire. The Fire even with training camp upon us have roster spots to fill.

    The reason that the Fire may be running late in filling the roster is that a sale of the team may be in the works. Another significant open item indicating a possible sale is no shirt sponser has been announced. Anyone with any news on a sale of the team?

  2. ExtraMedium

    February 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Oh. Big debate over at ESPN about MLS parity:

    • Charles

      February 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      ESPN is cutting onto MLSTalk turf !!!

      Only we are allowed to have those rediculous fights !

      The one guy that brings up baseballs lack of salary cap is the arguement that I think all of you free market guys should be bringing up.
      Sure NY has made the playoffs every year, but they don’t have the best record in baseball that much, only 1 WS win last decade and there have been a crazy amount of teams that had the best record in baseball….even my Mariners ( 2001).

      The guy that says NY is paying $15mm is correct, it is way above many teams, but it is in the hands of 2 players, and they are probably overpaid because they are famous and sell jerseys….so it really doesn’t do much. I don’t like DP spots but many do….MLS does parity very well so far.

      Funny they have the exact same wording we do…only the names have changed.

      • Robert

        February 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm


        MLS is not handling parity very well. DC United has won the SS Shield 4 times, LA Galaxy 3 times, Columbus Crew 3 times.

        DC United has won MLS Cup 4 times in 5 appearances, Los Angeles 2 wins in 6 appearances, Houston Dynamo 2 wins in 2 appearances. etc.

        The only reason you might see different teams in MLS Cup Final is the system is way to fluky in which anything can happen. Home & Home format, away goal rule, and two leg final.

        • Charles

          February 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm

          Just because some teams have repeated doesn’t mean there isn’t parity. It just means they brought back a good team. Over time all of those teams have had bad years.

          Plus DC won the league multiple times when there were only 12 teams.

          6 other teams have won MLS Cups ( including San Jose, which could be counted as Houston ).

          8 different teams have won the Supporters Shield in 16 years.

          Over any season the top to bottom is very competitive. See 2009 season for the definition of in season parity.

          Check out for a great review of parity. MLS is of course the top of any league they reviewed.

          • Kevin Sutton

            February 8, 2011 at 11:21 am

            I agree.

            Efforts to reduce stratification aren’t supposed to mean that no one can form or keep together a good team. You can give preferential draft positions and prevent more profitable teams from establishing permanence, but that doesn’t mean that a well managed team won’t see more victory than a poorly managed team. It’s not like players are pooled and distributed randomly at the end of the seasons. ‘Parity’ may be a misnomer.

  3. ExtraMedium

    February 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I’m banging the drum for California’s Central Coast. 2+M people and the biggest crowds for college soccer in the country. UCSB averaged 5873 and Cal St Poly averaged 3013 last year. That’s 8886 for *college* soccer in the same area. 7 of the top-10 attended games took place in the Central Coast (4 of the top-5 including #1 and #2 were regular season games). In America, soccer is not a TV sport if it’s not the World Cup, like the NHL it’s an attendance sport.

  4. CTBlues

    February 7, 2011 at 11:39 am

    They don’t need to put another team in NYC. The Redbulls a re short train ride from Manhatten. They should put a team in New Haven, CT or in between New Haven and Stamford and close to one of the trainstations in those cities.

    • Clampdown

      February 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      That will never happen. The league won’t want a team in Connecticut and no one is going to pay for a stadium there either.

      • CTBlues

        February 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm

        I know it’s a pipe dream Clampdown, but one has to always hope. If we could get a solid and stable second division with hope of promotion I think CT could get a team.

        • Clampdown

          February 7, 2011 at 8:13 pm

          Well, I’d like to see that. I grew up in the area you specifically mentioned, and that would be cool.

        • Dan

          February 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm

          I could see New Haven possible in NASL in the future if the league proves to be stable. And If D2 gets stable then Maybe MLS and D2(NASL) could figure out how each other would work together.

  5. NJ

    February 7, 2011 at 10:51 am

    The link for the WSJ article goes to the Charlie Davies allocation order discussion. would love to see the WSJ article. Thanks

    • Robert Hay

      February 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

      NJ – Apologies, it is fixed.

  6. Charles

    February 7, 2011 at 9:51 am

    That MLS article clears up nothing..for me at least. I already knew everything in there, but what qualifies Davies as a National Team member…anyone for that matter ?

    Just one cap ? Ever ?

    He didn’t play in the World Cup. Is it based on maybe he might play in the Gold Cup ?

    • Robert Hay

      February 7, 2011 at 11:09 am

      Charles –

      Personally I use the term “national team member” in this case for two reasons:
      1. Unofficially a healthy Davies is recognized as a contender for a USMNT spot, based on his past play (the cap mentioned) and hype.
      2. MLS considers him a USMNT player and has assigned him for allocation because of it.

      Whether he deserves this title is worthy of a legitimate debate.

  7. Charles

    February 7, 2011 at 9:43 am

    >>I don’t know about you, but seeing an MLS club in action put a smile on my face. <<

    AMEN. I am following text versions of preseason games played by the benchwarmers. Enough off-season, the SuperBowl was yesterday what are we going to do for the next month ?

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