Saturday, November 26, 2011

A few MLS notes

MLS snuck this in on us just before Thanksgiving, so it deserves a look if you missed it. One question: where can I get one of those snazzy Galaxy blazers?

A few things going on this week worth noting in the afterglow of the MLS Cup. The most notable is that PSG's Qatari oil magnates are willing to pony up enough cash to double David Beckham's salary. 18 months, $17.9 million. What's that now? Beckham will first see out his LA contract, which ends in December, and then presumably will don a keffiyeh and sashay into Paris to end his career in the style capital of the world. For a self-described style icon, I can't see him turning down the glitz of gay Paris for the drab north London neighborhood of Tottenham.

We also have the expansion draft to mull over. I present your 2012 Montreal Impact:

GK Evan Bush, D Bobby Burling, D Gerson Mayen, D Hassoun Camara, D Nelson Rivas, D Seth Sinovic, D Zarek Valentin, D Tyson Wahl, M Collen Warner, M Bryan Arguez, M Jeb Brovsky, M Josh Gardner, M Justin Mapp, M Sanna Nyassi, M Sinisa Ubiparipovic, F Justin Braun, F Brian Ching

There are some good returns for Jesse Marsch to pick through. Sanna Nyassi was left unprotected for some odd reason, and Justin Braun never found a home in LA but can be a top-line talent if he can stay consistent. Of course Brian Ching is the name of the group, and it will needle Dom Kinnear that he gambled and lost on his gambit here. Kinnear hoped that Montreal wouldn't take a flier on a perennially dinged up forward with a limited shelf life. And I don't know how much Montreal can expect out of him considering Ching said he'd rather retire than play in Montreal. Whether or not Ching plays - which he should... act like a professional - this Marsch-Kinnear rivalry just got serious. And holy cow do I love that pick. Zarek Valentin was a no-brainer, giving the Impact at least one above average player at each tier. That's more than some expansion sides have been able to say, which is something.

- Will Parchman

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