MLS West Notes: Last MLS original Corrales to retire, Whitecaps win trophy during bye week, and more

Ramiro Corrales

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By MIKE DONOVAN 

Ramiro Corrales, who is the last active MLS player who took part in the league’s inaugural season in 1996, announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of this season. The 36-year-old midfielder was the 81st pick in the original MLS draft and has played in 306 league matches. While he would have liked to play another season, Corrales said his body was telling him to call it quits.

“It’s a struggle every morning just to practice,” Corrales told the Mercury News.

The Salinas, Calif. native received six caps by the U.S. National team over a 12-year span (1996 to 2008) and won the MLS Cup twice while playing for San Jose.

Here are some more notes from around the Western Conference:

CHIVAS USA

The Goats took on the New Zealand National team on Saturday in a friendly and the match with the All Whites finished in a 0-0 draw. Next up for Chivas USA, who are in last-place in the Western Conference, is a midweek match on Oct. 23rd at Real Salt Lake. New Zealand, meanwhile, is preparing for a home-and-home playoff with Mexico for a spot in the 2013 World Cup.

COLORADO RAPIDS

Brian Mullan, who has played in more than 300 MLS matches in his 13 seasons, is contemplating retirement when the 2013 season concludes. The Colorado native hasn’t played since July and has been dealing with knee problems.

“I’ve definitely thought about it,” Mullan told the league’s site. “I can’t say I want my career to end like this, but yeah, I’ve thought about it. I think I’d like to play one more year, maybe, and end it on a better note. Just go into it understanding what my role is.”

FC DALLAS

When FC Dallas lost to the Chicago Fire on Saturday, the club was eliminated from playoff contention and was missing a familiar face in the starting lineup. George John, who had started the club’s last 11 matches, was not in the gameday 18 after sustaining a knee injury during training.

“Yeah, he said his knee was hurting. We kept him out of practice last couple days and yesterday we took him to a run. He said he didn’t think he could go,” head coach Schellas Hyndman said to the Dallas Morning News’ Soccer blog.

LOS ANGELES GALAXY

The LA Galaxy spent last Friday away from the training ground and on the golf course, taking part in a golf tournament sponsored by the club’s charitable foundation.

“Any money that we raise for our Foundation is going to go to some amazing causes that the LA Galaxy supports,” Galaxy President Chris Klein said on the club’s website. “They did a great job putting on this event, which is something that we can build on for the future.”

PORTLAND TIMBERS

After an ankle injury kept Frederic Piquionne out of nine league matches, the forward made his return to the field in the Timbers 1-0 victory over Seattle. The former West Ham United player, who is tied for third on the Timbers with five assists, saw ten minutes of action Sunday.

“What I saw from him was good,” Porter said to the Oregonian. “He came on and worked hard. He’s a good player. As far as fitness, I think he’s good.”

REAL SALT LAKE

A bye week occurring in the last month of the season has given head coach Jason Kreis and Real Salt Lake the chance to have a “mini preseason.”

“The amount of work they put in and the spirit with which they did the work was second to none,” Kreis said to the Deseret News. “So I was really, really pleased with what we got out of last week, and (during) the first two training sessions this week the spirit has been terrific.”

In 2009, RSL turned a large break near the end of the regular season into a MLS Cup Championship.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS

Seattle was fined $5,000 by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for violating the league’s mass confrontation policy during the club’s 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers Sunday. The violation occurred after Osvaldo Alonso received a red card in the 74th minute of the match. Head coach Sigi Schmid was also fined $1,000 by the DC.

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS

It is rare in sports for a team to win a trophy on a bye week, but that is exactly what happened for the Vancouver Whitecaps as they took home the Cascadia Cup, due to Portland’s victory over the Seattle Sounders. The result gave the Caps the Cup for the first time since Vancouver and Portland ascended to MLS for the beginning of the 2011 season.

“Definitely not as fun as winning it in person,” Caps captain Jay DeMerit said to the Province newspaper. “But winning a trophy nonetheless is great. It’s great for the club. It’s great for the fans of this club, who, ever since I’ve been here, have been waiting for this.”

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What do you think of these notes? What are your memories of Corrales from the early years of MLS? Do you see RSL playing better coming off a bye week? Impressed that the Whitecaps won the Cascadia Cup?

Share your thoughts below.

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13 Responses to MLS West Notes: Last MLS original Corrales to retire, Whitecaps win trophy during bye week, and more

  1. LL92 says:

    New Zealand drew Chivas USA 0-0….
    Good sign for Mexico.

    • Nathan says:

      And the PDL’s very own Ventura County Fusion 1-1.

    • Good Jeremy says:

      It was not the full squad, just the guys who are without clubs.

      • Nathan says:

        True, but I have been following their conversation about the Concacaf qualifying campaign, and who they would be playing on the Wellington Phoenix supporters forum (yellowfever.co.nz) and despite not having their top talents, the general consensus was that these were unacceptable results. They were not please about the 0-0 result at T&T as well.

    • GW says:

      I;m sure New Zealand played their best players and left it all on the field because after all national pride would have been wounded if they gave up any points to mortal enemy, the Goats.

      Did they fire the manager?

  2. Scott says:

    I think that with Corrales’ retirement MLS 2.0 will officially begin.

    I enjoyed watching him play for the Quakes, I wish him the best.

    • Jacknut says:

      Corrales has always been a class act. Best of luck to him and I hope he stays involved. Between Michael Seaton debuting and Corrales retiring, we have officially entered a new era.

      (For those of you who don’t know – Seaton is the first player to join MLS who was born after the league kicked off.)

  3. Rex says:

    I guess I am happy the league did something about the circus Seattle displayed, but $5000 fine to the team seems to be a pretty worthless punishment.

    • dan says:

      it’s a joke. Sigi getting 1K is an even bigger joke, he should’ve been banned for their match against Dallas. Although having him manage might be an even bigger punishment to the Flounders…

  4. chris_thebassplayer says:

    I’m going to miss Corrales. The last couple seasons were tough for him with the injuries, he didn’t have the legs and fitness, but still had the vision and one of the sweetest passes out of the back the league has ever seen. Silky smooth on the ball, even late in his career he had the ability to just walk by defenders…a classy savvy player…Great captain, he set the tone and played with an edge…Wishing him the very best. I hope he stays with the Quakes in some capacity…