Monday Bullets: Boyd, More Scotland, Etc.

Some quick news notes:

• Oh Boy, Oh Boyd!


Kris Boyd–he of the recent excursion to Dynamo country–is not earmarked for Stumptown USA, the Portland Timbers. Boyd will join as a designated player.

The flip from Boyd to Cooper will be contrasting for P-Town fans as Boyd’s game more closely dovetails with Diego Chara’s–a little bit of nastiness and solid in partnership. Boyd, a former teammate of Maurice Edu at Rangers, can put the ball in the back of the net and it sure seems like John Spencer is building a grittier team than 2011’s.

Want somebody on the end of those crosses other than Futi Danso. Portland, you’ve got your man.

In a Timbers offense that will rely on attacking carriage of Diego Chara and Darlington Nagbe, Boyd is the type of player with just the right economy of motion to make it work.

For the Dynamo, they miss out on another potential DP and–having been unable to re-secure Brian Ching–look to be limping already into the 2012 season. Chris Canetti and company would be wise to look for better matches just south of the border or into Central America like their brethren FC Dallas than to pine for Europeans.

• Philadelpia Tumult

The Union about to learn a whole lot more about Carlos Valdez this year. The defender of the year candidate along with rejuvenated Danny Califf authored the about face of Philly’s defense from problematic in 2010 to stout in 2011.

Gone now is Faryd Mondragon who early on in last year’s campaign was a Newcomer of the Year candidate. Now the Union will find out just how good both Valdez and youngster keeper Zac MacMath as Mondragon departs for his native Colombia. Given that the Union have played merry-go-midfielder over the past 6 months, that defense could get tested a lot more.

Where is LeToux, Mwanga, Adu these days? Does anyone know for sure?

• USA vs……Scotland?

A rumored USA-Scotland in the works for Jacksonville in May. That’s great. Someone remind US Soccer that San Francisco hasn’t been earthquaked in the Pacific yet.

13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by dth on 2012/01/30 at 3:33 PM

    Kris Boyd perpetrates some Scot-on-Scot crime.


    • Posted by dth on 2012/01/30 at 3:43 PM

      Also, the mystifying behavior of the Union is really something, isn’t it? Full-scale investigations required for Philly and NYRB, really.


  2. It’s like the soccer god’s hate Houston…

    “Chris Canetti and company would be wise to look for better matches just south of the border or into Central America like their brethren FC Dallas than to pine for Europeans.”
    What exactly is the thought process behind that? Whenever people say we should just be like Dallas and find some Latin Americans. It works in Dallas because the style of play there suits them, but Kinnear plays a pretty obviously different style. Besides, it’s hardly been that successful for Dallas either. It’s not like Dallas dominates the league, showing people how it’s done. Houston is the more statistically successful team so, if comparisons are made, shouldn’t it be said that Dallas should strive to be more like Houston? Even with that awful first half of the season Houston ended only 3 pts behind Dallas, and I would hardly say that a healthy Ching was the difference. Really, if the Dynamo get one deal done the offseason, I would prefer it to be a RM. Our strikers are capable, not really exciting, but capable.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2012/01/30 at 5:11 PM

      Fair counterpoint. The counter-counter point would run that houston has had a very difficult time securing DP talent. Not sure why that is.

      Luiz Camargo was successful last season. Sergio Koke was not. Kris Boyd today said he was uncertain about the weather.

      The nature of the climate in houston and its access to the Americas makes it a better destination it a better play to focus resources southward rather that Westward.

      Yes, houston was the better team last year–the year before that it was Dallas. It’s about procuring talent and my concern isn’t for houston 2012 per se…it’s beyond.

      Brad Davis is aging. Geoff Cameron wants to play abroad. Ching is no longer…and if you remember Calen Carr was only successful after Ching came back last year. The jury is still out on Will Bruin.

      Andre de Montreal is a star, but he’s also a defender. The reserve/youth ranks look slender for the Dynamo right now.


      • I understand from the climate point of view, but that seems to me like a weak argument considering Becks and Keane play in a city like LA.

        Actually you could say that Dallas was the more successful team last year based on points, but the point I was trying to make is that we have a proven system that works and there’s no reason to shake that up for the sake of signing a DP. Davis is aging, but it’s not like he’s incredibly old either. At 30 he can still contribute for a couple years, but this certainly isn’t that time to be replacing him.

        I actually haven’t seen any quote where Cameron has said he wants to play abroad. If you happen to have a link that would be great, but right now, I’m under the impression that he’s happy here, and that is an assumption made by most US fans.

        Calen Carr never really got a chance until Ching came back. His inclusion came out of nowhere, but with the few chances he got before Ching was healthy, he didn’t show poorly. Weaver doesn’t set the world on fire, but he can get the job done with a formidable midfield. Yes the jury is still out on Bruin (and Colin Rolfe), but I have confidence in Bruin (I’m yet to even see Rolfe play). You also have to remember that the majority of Bruin’s minute’s came before the introduction of Moffat or Camargo, and they really shored up our central midfield. After all, you never know when a young striker is ready until you try them.

        As far as the youth ranks, the Academy is no slouch in MLS terms. With Pina at keeper and Ibeagha as one of the best prospect defenders in the nation, we’ve got good players. Of course it’s always difficult to tell because it’s realistically going to take another 5 years or so until true Academy players are produced in MLS. Players that have been trained since a very young age under the tutelage of MLS teams.


  3. Posted by Charlie G on 2012/01/30 at 6:27 PM

    Agree Matthew… we’re overdue for a USMNT game in the Bay Area !

    (I suppose it could be argued that if its a FIFA date and European players are in, then an extra six hours of travel is avoided)


    • Posted by dth on 2012/01/30 at 6:46 PM

      Could be a qualie. They’ve put qualifiers in Rio Tinto.


    • Posted by kaya on 2012/01/30 at 11:22 PM

      I am so bloody sick and tired of waiting for another game in SF. I thought Matt had already wrapped up negotiations for friendlies with some Asia federations to come to SF… I’ll take Scotland.


  4. Posted by dikranovich on 2012/01/30 at 8:28 PM

    dc united is going to rule all the teams along 95 this year. and probably the rest of the league too.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/01/31 at 8:42 PM

      Care to elaborate on *why* you think this? This statement in isolation is rather pesdestrian, no?


  5. Posted by evan on 2012/01/30 at 11:23 PM

    “Someone remind US Soccer that San Francisco hasn’t been earthquaked in the Pacific yet.”
    hey how about some local coverage of San Francisco soccer sometime? i still miss the Seals at Kezar…


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