22 responses

  1. GSScasual
    April 12, 2012

    donovan ricketts?

  2. el guanaco
    April 12, 2012

    i love that every time they do a “best of” team like this there are only 3 defenders even though pretty much everyone’s playing a flat 4 at the back. how many teams in MLS are starting 3 forwards? defenders just don’t get any respect!

    that being said, nice to see tony beltran on there. he’s fantastic and looks even better this year. if he keeps this form, he’s gotta show up on JK’s radar given the issues the USMNT has had with outside backs.

  3. wilyboy
    April 12, 2012

    It will be interesting to see how long it takes for Dudar to work his way into the staring XI. He’s doing remarkable things for DC’s back line.

  4. Jersey Filler
    April 12, 2012

    Beltran is well deserved! Collin gets physical when he has to which is always nice and Corrales discovered the fountain of youth, what injury was he supposed to have?

    aka In love with defenders…

  5. Wondo’s Boot
    April 12, 2012

    Curious that Cronin made HM when he was subbed early and the Quakes comeback occurred after he was removed. That being said, he has been very good this season.

  6. Roberto
    April 12, 2012

    Ryan Smith would have been a good addition for NYRB the ideal playmaker for T Henry and Cooper.

  7. bennyO
    April 12, 2012

    Yes, he has gone one match now without a horrific mistake.

  8. Jersey Filler
    April 12, 2012

    Many forget he had a great rookie season and was capped twice during that 2009 gold cup. So I am happy he is coming back into form.

  9. Scott
    April 12, 2012

    I didn’t know Dan Kennedy spelled his name D-o-n-o-v-a-n R-i-c-k-e-t-t-s???

  10. JRP
    April 12, 2012

    Does Henry enjoy playing soccer? I never see the dude smile. Half the time he finds the net he doesn’t react. The celebration goes on around him and he just acts like he nothing happened. Quite dignity isn’t a bad thing. Many pro athletes could take a page from him. But I love to see players look like they are having fun on the pitch. He rarely seems to be enjoying himself.

  11. theSMHdude
    April 12, 2012

    did you watch him play this past week ?

  12. Ben
    April 12, 2012

    +1 on both points. Why not have 4 defenders like nearly every team in the league?

    Totally agree about Beltran…he’s really coming into his own.

  13. Brant
    April 12, 2012

    Sitting in soccer fan forum in Raleigh w/ Railhawks & MLS execs.
    Mr Abbott (sp?) Of MLS just outright admitted that a second NY team is going to be the 20th team.
    NASL commish mentioned possible expansion targets of Detroit, Indianapolis, San Diego, Phoenix (and some others). Looking for 3m+ population and no existing soccer franchise above 3d division.

    Sorry to post this here, but didn’t see a better location for it. Also working from cell phone, so expect typos

  14. Brant
    April 12, 2012

    Criteria for MLS expansion:
    1. Ownership group willing to commit the money
    2. Stadium (ancillary revenues, proper size & surface)
    3. Local market – can it support 20-25k crowds*
    3a. Local corp/biz support

    * does not mean that an NASL team has to pull in 20k to look at moving up, but have to compare how local market supports relative to similar teams at that level. Montreal drew 65k for their opener but only avg’ed 11k/game in NASL

  15. Drew
    April 12, 2012

    I would love a team in Indy, but I’m not sure we could support it unfortunately.

  16. Brant
    April 12, 2012

    Both execs flat ruled out promotion/relegation outright.
    Key point is still this: no one is going to pay the expansion fees and startup costs to be a top level team and then get relegated 2 years later.

    Also no real expected integration btw MLS reserves and NASL

  17. Vinny
    April 12, 2012

    Same Dan Kennedy that ran into his own player and gifted the ball (and goal) to Kris Boyd?

  18. TheFrenchOne
    April 12, 2012

    nothing wrong with going nuts after scoring, but henry chooses to let the goals speak for themselves. i like.

  19. wilyboy
    April 12, 2012

    Since he’s started, 1 goal in three games, and even an MLS review admitted that the Perez goal was offsides.

  20. ec
    April 12, 2012

    Glad Fabian Espindola got some love for honorable mention, he’s been fantastic out of the gate this season.

  21. divers suck
    April 12, 2012

    Good on Ozzie Alonso. Made DeRo a spectator for virtually the entire match and unlucky in not getting the winner at the death vs DC.

  22. marco
    April 12, 2012

    Without Alonso the Sounders are in deep doodoo.

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