Posted 02 February 2012 - 10:01 AM
The deluge of Latin Americans continues. Transfer window to date:
Colombian DF Hanyer Mosquera (to Portland, from La Equidad, Colombia)
*Panamanian DF Carlos Rodriguez (to Dallas, from Tauro, Panama)
Colombian DF John Alexander Valencia (to Chivas USA, from Atletico Junior, Colombia)
*Ecuadorian DF Geovanny Caicedo (to Toronto, from LDU Quito, Ecuador)
*Chilean DF Miguel Aceval (to Toronto, from Universidad de Concepcion, Chile)
Colombian DF Wilman Conde (to New York, from Atlas, Mexico)
Argentinian DF Emiliano Dudar (to DC, from Young Boys, Switzerland)
*Costa Rican DF Porfirio Lopez (to Philadelphia, from Alajuelense, Costa Rica)
*Honduran DF Victor Bernardez (to San Jose, from Anderlecht, Belgium)
Colombian DF Hernan Pertuz (to Dallas, from Independiente Medellin, Colombia)
Argentinian DF Martin Bonjour (to Vancouver, from Rampla Juniors, Uruguay)
Colombian DF John Lozano (to New England, from America de Cali, Colombia)
*Colombian MF Jaime Castrillon (to Colorado, from Independiente Medellin, Colombia)
*Panamanian MF Gabriel Gomez (to Philadelphia, from Indios, Mexico)
*Ecuadorian MF Oswaldo Minda (to Chivas USA, from Deportivo Quito, Ecuador)
*Chilean MF Milovan Mirosevic (to Columbus, from Universidad Catolica, Chile)
*Colombian MF Rafael Robayo (to Chicago, from Millonarios, Colombia)
Ecuadorian MF Miller Bolanos (to Chivas USA, from LDU Quito, Ecuador)
Colombian MF/FW Jose Adolfo Valencia (to Portland, from Santa Fe, Colombia)
Colombian MF/FW Fernando Cardenas (to New England, from America de Cali, Colombia)
*Costa Rican FW Josue Martinez (to Philadelphia, from Deportivo Saprissa, Costa Rica)
*Panamanian FW Blas Perez (to Dallas, from Indios, Mexico)
Costa Rican FW Olman Vargas (to Columbus, from Herediano, Costa Rica)
Uruguayan FW Federico Puppo (to Chicago, from Danubio, Uruguay)
*Colombian FW Jose Moreno (to New England, from Once Caldas, Colombia)
* = capped by their country
A few of these guys look like chumps (mainly the ones signed by the Revs), but most look like good business: solid NT players, fringe NT players, and youth internationals. I'm really, really pleased to see the league being so aggressive on this front. The efforts that MLS clubs have made internationally have been ramping up, but this looks like the strongest crop yet. There are far fewer third-rate European journeymen and far more quality Latin Americans -- much more bang for the buck.
Some other moves have been made, too. Portland signed former Rangers legend Kris Boyd to a DP contract. He's been pretty unproductive since he left Ibrox in the summer of 2010, but he's still the all-time leading scorer in the SPL. Portland has some other good attacking options, so he won't have to carry the offense and can just be the poacher that he's meant to be.
Philadelphia has been wheeling and dealing like crazy. They've brought in a bunch of internationals (Porfirio Lopez to LB, Gabriel Gomez to CM, Josue Martinez to FW) and they drafted another rather young and rather talented American (FW Chandler Hoffman). Veljko Paunovic unexpectedly retired, Faryd Mondragon unexpectedly returned to Deportivo Cali, and Sebastien Le Toux was unexpectedly traded to Vancouver for allocation money. Their roster now has an average age of about 22, but they have a ton of interesting U23 (-ish) talent -- Adu, Mwanga, McInerney, Martinez, Torres, Okugo, Williams, MacMath, Hoffman, the Farfan twins. Trading a stalwart like Le Toux is risky, but it's going to be fun to watch this group over the next few years.
Edson Buddle has just re-signed with Los Angeles after being released by Ingolstadt. He wasn't bad in Germany, but he wasn't great either. The club got a new manager and Buddle found himself surplus to requirements. Buddle is one of those players that has this stuff happen to him -- probably because his work ethic is known to be tepid at best. In any case, he's a good MLS striker and he'll be a boost for LA's CONCACAF champions league campaign.