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  1. hmmmm
    January 17, 2012

    good to see MLS getting more players from South America. We need more deals with those leagues to make it an easier process. Heck why not formalize it so we can loan our players there and vice versa. Kinda like how busines with trades to Scandinavian leagues with MLS players and college players has dramatically increased over the years/

  2. Gnarls
    January 17, 2012

    I think Portland is on to something with all their Colombian signings. Perlaza and Chara are exciting players to watch. Would be funny if a quarter of Portland’s starters were called up to the Colombian national team at once.

  3. Ricky
    January 17, 2012

    I wonder if anybody would like to revise their SuperDraft grade of the Timbers?

  4. blaise213
    January 17, 2012

    That would be a bad @#$ jersey he is wearing for portland to have!

  5. Jabulani
    January 17, 2012

    Glad to see Brad Knighton back in MLS. He deserves to be there. He was a welcome relief from watching Seitz in that first year for the Union, and Caps fans will appreciate his work ethic and perseverance.

  6. Jamie Z.
    January 17, 2012

    Exactly. I was on my way to comment, “And he doesn’t even have to change his shirt.”

  7. Kejsare
    January 17, 2012

    Here here.

  8. bluexmas
    January 17, 2012

    Findley just made one of the worst misses I’ve ever seen for Nottingham forest. Absolutely skied a ball from 1 yard out.

  9. mustaphaf
    January 17, 2012

    People may scoff at this but Portland are legit and will likely win the western confrence… The team play for a coach they truely believe in, they’ve had a year to gel, their Colombians have had more time to aclimatize, and they play a physical and direct style of play which makes them very tough to beat (especially at Jeld-Wen).

    Considering the competition..

    *LA- Gonzalez and Juninho did much of the heavy lifting in 2011, losing that pair really cripples them + congested schedule with CL.

    *RSL- haven’t been a the same since losing to Monterrey + Rimando, Beckerman, Morales & Saborio aren’t getting any younger.

    *FCD- Perez finally gives them a true #9, but losing John and Jackson really hurts.

    *SSFC- Partial rebuild mode + losing Keller changes the locker room dynamic.

    *CHVS- Fraser’s finding round pegs for round holes for a change but is still a season or two away from being a real force.

    *SJE- Starting to look like a well rounded club but still a lot of question marks.

    *CR- Solid core group of players but several coming off a injury plagued 2011. Pareja looks the part but it will take time for him implement his style of play.

    *VWFC- Rennie has his work cut out for him.. off season signings have been underwhelming + Still need a ball winning midfielder and a CB or 2 to partner Demerit(Bonjour looks the part but only time will tell).

  10. LA didn’t get the memo
    January 17, 2012

    Sorry, Mustaphaf, but you’re a fool.

  11. Ricky
    January 17, 2012

    Love the enthusiasm and support Mustaphaf. But as a Timbers supporter I have to say that predicting a western conference win seems a little much for a team going into their sophomore season.

    I like their additions this year too and their addition by subtraction (Cooper). I expect them to be improved this season and make the playoffs. If they can surprise people and be as good as you predict, then great! But we have to be realistic too. So I’m NOT expecting dominance yet. Give them another year or two.

  12. Salgado
    January 17, 2012

    Boyens is gonna make a great replacement for Omar…

  13. Kejsare
    January 17, 2012

    As a Timbers fanatic, that’s a pretty rosy-tinted projection. Yet, I do wonder about LA’s ability in the midfield and defense. Was interested in how they replaced Keller in Seattle but seem satisfied they found a replacement. Dallas is without a core CB. Unsure about the rest.

    If Portland keeps or improves on the 1.1 GAA they had in the last 15 matches, they will do good this year.

  14. Lu
    January 17, 2012

    LOL not gonna happen man. Colombia has a really talented national team and most of the callups go those playing in europe or the super young talented players still in Colombia. “elite” MLS Colombians like freddy montero and Juan Pablo Angel aren’t on the national team radar. (montero briefly was a year or 2 ago, but he just wasn’t on the same level as the other forwards)

  15. Kasey
    January 17, 2012

    Don’t quit your day job at the Deuce

  16. DemonJuice
    January 17, 2012

    Yet Chara was called up last year and not Montero.

  17. Lu
    January 17, 2012

    Did he see any playing time? was he even on the substitutes bench? NO.

  18. Lu
    January 17, 2012

    Colombian centerbacks in the national team pool: Christian Zapata (Villareal) Ivan Cordoba (intermilan) Mario Yepes (AC Milan) Luis Perea (Atletico Madrid) Aquivaldo Mosquera (Club America). Yet an MLS player is gonna see the field over these guys……..Riiiiiiiiight…

  19. Kasey is fruit
    January 17, 2012

    I’ve never even met you but I can tell that you’re a huge retard.

  20. Neruda
    January 17, 2012

    Still three better teams in the west than Portland. LA, Seattle and RSL. All improved except LA who either will stay the same or be not as good as last year, depending on what Becks does. Portland has improved to be sure but they’re not going to surprise anyone this year and it’s hard to say that they’re new additions will be as affective has you’d like to think. Many international players don’t do well in MLS for some reason or another.

  21. Kasey
    January 17, 2012

    A Timber fan shouldn’t be callin anyone a retard

  22. Marc
    January 17, 2012

    No, Boyens only makes good depth. LA should be going after a player of Mosquera’s caliber in the free agent market. LA also needs a starting forward to pair with Keane and a true Left Winger to spell Magee. There should be no problem finding young, hungry players like this for a team with the popularity of LA.

  23. Rod
    January 17, 2012

    It is just a matter of time with these talented players…

  24. Mario
    January 17, 2012

    LA has been very quiet in the transfer/free agent market…They need to find some starters at a few positions, or they wont have the same success this season.

  25. Anio
    January 18, 2012

    They have added nice depth in the 2 drafts, but they need to replace the losses of Juninho and Omar. An upgrade to Cristman is also sorely needed.

  26. DemonJuice
    January 18, 2012

    Do you have any idea what you’re talking about? Did you even attempt to look it up? NO.

    Chara came on as a 63rd minute substitute in the World Cup Qualifier versus Bolivia on October 11, 2011.

    But, you know, continue to think you know everything. That will take you far.

  27. DemonJuice
    January 18, 2012

    Like the one on the Timbers who played 3 months ago in a World Cup Qualifier?

    You’re a funny dude…. Riiiiiiight…

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