MLS Ticker: Timbers sign Evans as Homegrown Player, Impact dump Hamlett and Sorber, and more

By FRANCO PANIZO

The Portland Timbers added some local talent to their team on Tuesday, signing midfielder Steven Evans to a Homegrown deal.

Evans, a Timbers Under-23s product, signed as the club’s second Homegrown Player and the 21-year-old joins the Timbers after three seasons at the University of Portland. Evans played four seasons with the Timbers’ development team from 2009-12.

“We have watched Steven develop first-hand over the years, with Eastside Timbers at the youth levels and recently with the Timbers U-23s, into a quality young player,” said Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson in a statement released by the club. “Being able to develop and produce first-team players through our development system is an important goal of our organization. We are delighted to sign Steven as a Homegrown Player.”

Per club and league policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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HAMLETT, SORBER DROPPED AS IMPACT MAKE CHANGES TO COACHING STAFF

If there was any lingering influence from the Jesse Marsch era, the Montreal Impact just did away with it. The Impact made changes to their coaching staff on Tuesday, as assistant coaches Denis Hamlett and Mike Sorber were given the boot in favor of Mauro Biello and Philippe Eullaffroy. Another coaching change announced with immediate effect under new head coach Marco Schallibaum is Youssef Dahha becoming the first team goalkeeper coach.

SAM RE-SIGNS WITH RED BULLS

The New York Red Bulls continue to make moves without a head coach in place. The Red Bulls re-signed midfielder Lloyd Sam on Tuesday, and also announced that they expect him to be healthy enough to partake in the club’s preseason. Sam is currently recovering from the knee injury he suffered late last season.

Per club and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

GALAXY SIGN TRIO TO NEW DEALS

Mike Magee, Brian Perk and Colin Clark will be with the LA Galaxy for the foreseeable future after signing new deals with the club on Tuesday. The three players re-signed with the defending MLS champions, but terms of their deals were not disclosed.

WYNNE EXTENDS STAY WITH RAPIDS

The Colorado Rapids and Marvell Wynne will apparently continue their marriage for another few years. The Rapids re-signed the 26-year-old defender and seven-year MLS veteran on Tuesday, just weeks after having his option declined by the club and being left exposed in the MLS Re-Entry Draft.

“I’m happy to have signed a new deal with the Rapids, and excited to continue my career here in Colorado,” Wynne said in a statement released by the club. “I’ve enjoyed being part of this club since I arrived in 2010, and am looking forward to getting the season started and having a successful year.”

Per club and league policy, terms of the contract were not made available.

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What do you think of the Timbers signing Evans as a Homegrown player? Do you see Sorber and Hamlett landing on their feet with another MLS club sometime soon? Think Sam will have a strong and injury-free season in 2013?

Share your thoughts below.

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20 Responses to MLS Ticker: Timbers sign Evans as Homegrown Player, Impact dump Hamlett and Sorber, and more

  1. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Wynne is only 26? It’s amazing how young these guys are when they get on our radar.

  2. Jason Maxwell says:

    Wynne wasn’t exposed in the Re-Entry Draft, he voluntarily removed his name from the draft lists prior to the draft (because he was working on a new deal with Colorado).

  3. Andrew Brown says:

    Mauro Biello is a Saputo Milk Mafia insider…as long as they own the team Biello will be treated as a son.

  4. Cairo says:

    marvelle wynne is for me only behind Bornstein as the most unfairly maligned back to play for the Nats. He made quite a few mistakes in his national team appeareances, but solved virtually every one with his blinding speed and great workrate. If the Nats are really going to play a high line, I’d want Wynne to get a look–Omar and Besler are goi g to get burned and don’t have the wheels to chase a good striker down. Sue me, but that’s what i think…

    • Shane says:

      I agree about the unfairly maligned – in regards to both players. Not sure I want Wynne starting with the Nats but certainly willing to see how he does in a quality friendly.

    • The Imperative Voice says:

      I think they demonstrate the peter principle. Promoted high enough we start to see Wynne is raw and struggles to distribute, and Bornstein has questionable decisionmaking and pure defensive traits. I don’t think you can have this sort of weakness at the international level because an opposing team will exploit those sorts of weaknesses with finality…..just look at the two WC Ghana games where people made bad mistakes that went right in the net, the infamous Gold Cup final where Bornstein was pressed into service and the game pivoted in Mexico’s favor.

      But then, half the problem with the US defense is there aren’t enough pool players with solid all around games. Chandler maybe. Cameron gets caught sleeping, Boca and Dolo are getting old, Goodson isn’t mobile enough, etc. I definitely agree about speed and mobility….it’s the difference between players who can clean up their own messes, and players who might be good in their space but cannot recover and are dependent on teammates and the offside line. I played a lot of wingback and never liked having slow people inside of me — even if they were composed ball handlers that coaches liked for distribution — because of the finalness of any mistakes.

  5. Joamiq says:

    Wait, I have a question – under MLS policy, can contract terms be disclosed?
    ;)

  6. Joseph D'Hippolito says:

    Ives, Preston Burpo was the Impact’s first goalkeeping coach. He and Marsch go back to when they first got to Chivas USA in 2006, Bob Bradley’s only year as coach.

  7. Sticky says:

    The Impact are setting up to be a Chivas doppelganger with Saputo’s love of Italian players and itchy trigger finger.

  8. MLSsnob says:

    If Montreal is supposed to more like a European city why is their stadium made of aluminium foil.