MLS Ticker: Bengtson loaned to Belgrano; Dynamo finalizing Garrido deal; and more

Jerry Bengtson

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By DAN KARELL

Jerry Bengtson’s star crossed time in Boston is over.

The New England Revolution announced on Friday morning that they’ve sent the Honduras international forward on loan to Argentine club Belgrano through June 30, 2015. Belgrano are gearing up for the brand-new Torneo de Transicion after finishing in a disappointing 15th-place out of 20 teams in the Torneo Final.

The news ends Bengtson’s two-year run with the Revolution, where he came to Gillette Stadium with high expectations that never truly materialized. In his time with the Revolution, the Designated Player signing managed just four goals in 37 league matches, often finding himself either lower on the depth chart or away from the club on international duty.

Bengtson, despite his club struggles, was a regular for Honduras in the past two years, taking full part in World Cup qualifying, the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the World Cup this summer.

Here are some more notes from around MLS:

DYNAMO WRAPPING UP GARRIDO SIGNING

The Houston Dynamo are closing in on their second major signing of the week.

According to multiple reports out of Houston, the Dynamo are putting the finishing touches on a deal to acquire Honduras international midfielder Luis Garrido on loan from Honduras club Olimpia. The reports state that the Dynamo will have an option to purchase Garrido at the end of the loan and that visa issues have delayed the signing from being completed sooner.

Garrido, 23, started the first two matches in central midfield for Honduras at the 2014 World Cup, and has earned 22 caps in his career. Garrido would join fellow Hondurans Oscar Boniek Garcia and Alex Lopez at the club, as well as U.S. Men’s National Team defender DaMarcus Beasley, who signed with the club on Wednesday.

MLS WARN RSL, FINE WHITECAPS FOR ALTERCATION

Major League Soccer’s Disciplinary Committee announced on Friday that both Real Salt Lake and the Vancouver Whitecaps had violated the league’s mass confrontation policy, resulting in actions against both teams.

The league has fined both the Whitecaps and coach Carl Robinson an undisclosed sum for it being their second offense, while the league issued an official warning to RSL.

In the 73rd minute of RSL’s 1-1 draw with the Whitecaps last Saturday, both teams came together in the center of the field following a penalty kick goal for the Whitecaps, with pushing and shoving apparent. Here’s a video of the incident.

BERHALTER REMAINS QUIET ON POTENTIAL SIGNINGS

With the signing of DaMarcus Beasley, the Columbus Crew now sit at the top of the MLS Allocation order, giving the club a strong possibility of signing an American player returning from abroad or negotiating a trade with another club to swap positions.

The Crew are in desperate need of reinforcements, with a rookie as their starting forward and injuries through midfield and the back line. However, Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter wouldn’t reveal anything when asked about any potential targets at Thursday’s practice.

“It’s every other thing that you need to finish a deal that’s still in play,” Berhalter said about why a deal had yet to be completed. “There’s a lot. You can imagine. Think about it, there could be tons of different things.”

While Berhalter kept his cards close to his chest, the first-year Crew head coach did state that he was confident there would be a signing before the end of the transfer window in two weeks.

RSL SIGN SAUCEDO AS HOMEGROWN PLAYER

Real Salt Lake has reached into their pipeline again for another promising prospect.

On Thursday evening, the club inked their eighth homegrown player in club history, signing 17-year-old Sebastian Saucedo to professional terms. Saucedo, a member of the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team, has trained with RSL’s first team in the past and has played in three MLS reserve matches in the past two seasons.

Saucedo is coming off back-to-back championship appearances with the RSL academy in the U.S. Development Academy playoffs, winning the 2013 edition but falling to the LA Galaxy in this year’s tournament.

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What do you think of this news? Disappointed that Bengtson never panned out in MLS? Think he could succeed in Argentina? What do you think of Garrido moving to the Dynamo? Do you expect Berhalter to sign a player before the end of the transfer window?

Share your thoughts below.

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12 Responses to MLS Ticker: Bengtson loaned to Belgrano; Dynamo finalizing Garrido deal; and more

  1. Bean says:

    Little Honduras

  2. Marcelo Balboa's Mustache says:

    I don’t follow Houston that closely, but this doesn’t strike me as exactly what they needed.

    • Bean says:

      Houston’s defense has leaked goals like a sieve. The Beasley, and Garrido deals may help slow that leak. We’ll have to see. The other issue is a CF that is a bit better at getting goals consistently. I personally like both signings, but they may not be enough.

      • The Imperative Voice says:

        It’s the USMNT approach, we too need CBs, but rather than fix the backline leak I expect us to put the empty bucket in front of it. Clark and Garrido. It worked ok a few years back but then we still lost in the final, because eventually someone sneaks through because the CBs leak. And then we lack the frontline punch to keep up in a scoring contest. Again, a lot like the US.

        For someone who wants to play conservative 442 ball Kinnear is oddly lax about center backs and forwards. The period when it worked he had Ching up top and Robinson in back.

        • blag says:

          Keep in mind that there are too many needs right now than can be fixed over the summer. If the F.O. did overhaul in the summer, that would tell a lot of people they have given up on this season and began to rebuild earlier. You cannot overhaul and expect the team to immediately work. So, we can only hope these moves are being made in mind for at least 2 to 3 seasons and will blend well with the moves made in the off season.

          However, I agree with the sentiment that we need center backs and have stated so on other sites. However, Dom likes to utilize great midfields to shield weak defenses. Remember that before 2010 the midfield was top notch and then it suddenly tanked as players were not replaced fast enough. Well that exposed the weak defense. Similar things happened this year (along with certain players playing far worse compared to last year)

          In regards to strikers, Giles Barnes is producing right now as the starting midfield returned. Yes Houston was playing horrible (extremely terrible) much of the season (unless they get super hot and win at least 8 games they are out of the playoffs). But, keep in mind that for many of those loses they were without a significant amount of starters (one game was down to a game day roster of 14 people). Without the starting midfield, your strikers will suffer. Dom has rarely had strikers that can produce on their own. Also, Houston lost Mark Sharrod who was definitely promising early on. I have a feeling that even Bruin will start playing better as the midfield continues to play better.

          Basically, when the midfield is depleted, Houston will suffer on both sides of the ball. When the midfield is strong, often the deficiencies are somewhat hidden. However, the defense is getting beaten in 3 ways: on bad give aways in the midfield (quick counters), counters after the full backs push up, or (actually many of them) some stupid play among any defender/goalie. So, right now, the CBs either need to magically step up/improve or hosuton can hope the new additions can cover it up a little bit until the off season where real improvements need to be sought.

      • The Imperative Voice says:

        To me this should really be more of a long term mentality move problem being Davis is 32, Cummings is 32, Beasley is 32, Clark is 31, Taylor will be 30 next season.

  3. CSD says:

    Come on Columbus let’s get the Jermaine Jones deal done. Seems like he would be the ideal guy to plug into a marketing campaign for hard hat wearing “Crew” players. Seems like it could energize the whole franchise.

  4. MikeG says:

    Just curious about points of view from the SBI brain trust: What MLS team has the best core Defense, Midfield, and Forwards?

  5. ATP says:

    Only true distinction for the crew is that they have the worst logo in professional sports….including the WNBA.

  6. ASP says:

    … sounds like Jozy Altidore to me