Friday, January 19, 2018

Some Soccer News for Jan 19, 2018

It's Day 19 of 2018.


MNUFC was very busy in MLS draft day. See all the details below in Los Loons section.

Picks in MLS Superdraft:
  • 5th Pick - traded this pick away to Chicago. MNUFC gets $75k GAM, $100k TAM and goalkeeper Matt Lampson
  • 7th pick - acquired from Montreal in exchange for $150k TAM, and MN picks Mason Toye
  • 15th pick - acquired in prior trade with Chicago - Wyatt Omsberg
  • 23rd pick - acquired from Toronto for $50k TAM and 2nd Rd #5 pick - Carter Manley
  • 28th Pick - traded to Toronto
  • 41st Pick - pick Xavier Gomez
Rounds 3 + 4 will take place on Sun Jan 21 via conference call.

  • Mason Toye - 19s year old, 6'3", 180lbs, forward from South Orange NJ. From Indiana U. Generation Adidas contract that does not count against salary cap. He is considered a future project.
  • Wyatt Omsberg - 22s year old, 6'4", 180lbs, centerback from Scarborough ME. Dartmouth College. Said to be strong with feet and in air. This looks a solid gamble.
  • Matt Lampson - goalkeeper acquired from Chicago Fire - 28 year old, 6'3", from Cleveland Tennessee. Drafted by Columbus Crew, and played for Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Charlotte Independence. ARGH! Not someone you want to see on the team. If I had hair it would be on fire. Let Colonel Kurtz tell us what he thinks.
  • Carter Manley - 21 years old, 5'11", 170lbs, right fullback. From Elkridge MD. Duke University. Manly trained with Minnesota last summer. Great recall by Megan Ryan from the Star Trib.
  • Xavier Gomez - 21 years old, 5'10", 150lbs, midfielder. From Chicago and attended Univ of Nebraska-Omaha.

Words on these picks, plus details on the moves made today. By Megan Ryan for the Star Tribune.

MNUFC 2017 picks:
  • Abu Danladi
  • Alec Ferrell
  • Thomas de Villardi
  • Tanner Thompson
This years picks have more promise than last years.

By comparison there are the number of starters gathered from the past few years MLS draft:
  • 2013 - 7 starters in first rd
  • 2014 - 6 starters in first rd
  • 2015 - 8 starters in first rd
  • 2016 - 1 starter in first rd
  • 2017 - 1 starter in first rd
So a few players can be picked and become a starter down the road in 3-4 years. Its not a complete waste of time.

4 days until preseason begins - as in next Monday the players start showing up for medical exams and workouts.

Off Season Signings:
  • Harrison Heath
  • Tyrone Mears
  • Frantz Pangop



Vancouver signs 29 year old Mexico right midfielder Efrain Juarez from Monterrey.

Philly acquires David Accam from Chicago for $1M in allocation money.


Diagram: du Nord Music Mix 151 (download + extract)



-Fri Jan 19
Hertha v Dortmund
Caen v Marseille
-Sat Jan 20
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Atletico Madrid v Girona
Brighton & Hove v Chelsea
Freiburg v Leipzig
Man City v Newcastle
Burnley v Man United
Las Palmas v Valencia
-Sun Jan 21
Real Betis v Barcelona
Bayern v Werder Bremen
Inter v Roma
Lyon v PSG
Cagliari v Milan
Monaco v Metz
Atalanta v Napoli
Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruna
Schalke v Hannover
Southampton v Tottenham
-Mon Jan 22
Juventus v Genoa
Swansea v Liverpool

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Blogger ken backhus said...

Can you enlighten us on why Lampson is so bad? I've heard him described as an MLS quality starter/near starter. I believe he started 20 plus games for Chicago and was named MLS Works Humanitarian of the Year? Bruce, why so glum??? He seems like a decent choice to push Shuttleworth for the starting position and fill in when needed.

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