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Lee B
07-05-2010, 07:33 PM
I'm continuing to be optimistic (in an attempt t keep the buzz of last Sunday going). I've heard that a lot of the players in the MLS are on ridiculously low wages (example link:http://www.thebesteleven.com/2010/03/2009-mls-lowest-paid-player-statistics.html).

Do any of our American brethren know if there are any players in the MLS that could cut it in the Championship for us next season?

dannyboy1807
07-05-2010, 07:39 PM
I can think of a English Right midfielder who is pretty handy name escapes me though.

Lee B
07-05-2010, 07:47 PM
No more aging journeymen looking for one last pay day!!!!:)

Catford Eagle
07-05-2010, 07:55 PM
Steven Lenhart, striker for my MLS team Columbus Crew could do a Championship job, I think. Bit in the Alan Lee mode - takes endless fouls, gives a fair few back, good in the air, holds the ball up well.
Truly ridiculous hair though.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/player/steven-lenhart

RDSdaEAGLE
07-05-2010, 08:01 PM
Sacha Kljestan would be a good signing, from Chivas USA. I'd also take a good look at Freddy Montero (although he's being looked at by much bigger teams :) )

TrevorWel
07-05-2010, 08:15 PM
I'd take Dwayne De Rosario any day of the week.

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Louis
07-05-2010, 08:27 PM
Do any of our American brethren know if there are any players in the MLS that could cut it in the Championship for us next season?
Isn't Crystal Palace Baltimore (though not an MLS club at present) there, in part, to develop possible players for us? Surely better value than buying MLS players.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Palace_Baltimore

drizzt
07-05-2010, 08:29 PM
Work Permit problems aplenty i'd have thought.

AJ's right boot
07-05-2010, 08:31 PM
Work Permit problems aplenty i'd have thought.
Yep, i agree. Id imagine it could be sorted without too much hassle though.

drizzt
07-05-2010, 08:34 PM
I think they pretty much have to be current and regular internationals to get work permits.

davematt
08-05-2010, 05:30 AM
There is a lot of good talent in the MLS. There are certainly a few diamonds in the rough...

the kooch
08-05-2010, 05:43 AM
From what I've seen on ESPN most of the players are laughable, and the football played there is Conference quality at best. Lots of physical players though, so we could find a few hardworking defenders or midfielders, but I shudder at the thought of having a player from the MLS in more attacking positions. They are simply dreadful. Ryan Smith looks like Ribery over there, so think of the difference in technique and mentality.

Lee B
08-05-2010, 08:39 AM
Isn't Crystal Palace Baltimore (though not an MLS club at present) there, in part, to develop possible players for us? Surely better value than buying MLS players.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Palace_Baltimore

Completely agree with that, but was thinking more short term as the squad is about to be decimated for next season and I'd guess that we need to find some reserves to give us some depth.

Hadn't thought about the work permit issues tbh, and if Ryan Smith looks like Ribery over there then it doesn't sound hopeful.

m355y
08-05-2010, 10:34 AM
We've unearthed Mike Grella and Davide Somma from the MLS in the last couple of years, both are very good prospects particularly Somma and both came over for absolute peanuts. It's a very good league to find a bargain, think the standard's higher than say the Eircom league in terms of the talent/cost.

Rich the Eagle
08-05-2010, 09:22 PM
None at Colorado Rapids (my new local team) would cut it I'm afraid.

Kuqi32
10-05-2010, 01:31 AM
Ryan Smith looks like Ribery over there
Shagging french prostitutes is he? :lux:

I agree, while there are obviously talented players in the MLS, not Championship level players...

Hedgehog
10-05-2010, 01:44 AM
I would listen to Davematt as he is closer to this than most, but my 10 cents worth is bear this in mind... The current best team in the MLS (The LA Galaxy) still have Gregg Berhalter and Jovan Kirovski playing for them.

Without debating how good or bad they were at Palace, that is a good few years ago now, yet they are still playing here... would either of them still get into the Palace team today?

RDSdaEAGLE
10-05-2010, 09:00 PM
I don't think you can judge the talent within a league based on specific players. There are a good number of talented players playing in Scotland, despite the league generally being considered a crap one.

The same goes for the MLS. While there are the likes of Jovan Kirovski and Gregg Berhalter still playing at LA Galaxy, there are some who do look good in English football.

I wasn't a huge fan of Landon Donovan and I didn't think he'd succeed in England - players have to be judged on an individual basis though and he was outstanding for Everton in his spell there.

Equally, I thought Jozy Altidore would make an impact in the Premier League - the only impact he seemed to make though was a cracked tooth and some bruising on Alan Hutton's face before getting sent off at Sunderland a few weeks ago.

You have to judge players on an individual basis - just as Swindon Town did with Charlie Austin - some players just make it, some don't. There are some in the MLS who would make it, and some who wouldn't.

davematt
10-05-2010, 09:22 PM
One of the best young players in the MLS right now is Galaxy's centre back Omar Gonzalez.

He won the 'MLS Rookie of the year award' last year. He has everything you want in a centre half.

Give it two years and he will be a fully established national team player and also playing in Europe for a Champions League side.

the kooch
10-05-2010, 11:09 PM
One of the best young players in the MLS right now is Galaxy's centre back Omar Gonzalez.

He won the 'MLS Rookie of the year award' last year. He has everything you want in a centre half.

Give it two years and he will be a fully established national team player and also playing in Europe for a Champions League side.

I watched a bunch of Galaxy highlights after reading this, and although highlights are no measure, Gonzalez looks really slow and gets caught out of position often. Especially the Kansas City game with the Kei Kamara miss. That said, Berhalter looked much worse.

One player that I liked was Edson Buddle. He's the type of strong, skilled striker we need, he also knows how to be at the right place at the right time. Good player.

GodstoneEagle
11-05-2010, 10:58 AM
Davematt, what do you think of:


Buddle
Iro
Kljestan
Montero
Bornstein