A Cautionary Tale, Vancouver Lands a Whale and GenA Graduates 11

BigSoccer legend - and I mean that sincerely - Matrim 55 posted an article on a couple of different fora yesterday, but it's something that every single soccer fan in the US should read.

Particularly in light of yesterdays' smashing debut of Jaun Agudelo for the USMNT, which follows some terrific play late in the 2010 RedBull season, this is a timely reminder that MLS does in fact get it right sometimes.

I don't say that kind of thing lightly, but while everyone is busy slamming MLS and/or USSF for this, that and the other thing, it's low slime like Fernando Clavijo and his pals at Traffic who are the real enemy. Callous greed trumps incompetence and stupidity every time.

Also of note is Clavijos' recent HYPOCRITICAL COMPLAINING to SA's Mike Woitala about why the US isn't producing the next Landon Donovan.

One reason might be that guys like you are exploiting these kids for your own purposes, Freddie.

So please, if you haven't yet, GIVE IT A READ.

Then make some copies, go to a youth tournament and pass them out.

And if you happen to run into Clavijo, a good kick in the balls will not be out of line.

After months of rumors, the Vancouver Whitecaps announced today that USMNT regular jay DeMerit HAS AGREED TO TERMS WITH VANCOUVER

Terms were not announced.

The league announced today that 11 players have officially "graduated" from Generation adidas and will henceforth count against their teams' roster and salary budgets and be draftable if not otherwise protected:

Eric Avila (FC Dallas), Nico Colaluca (New England Revolution), Roger Espinoza (Kansas City), Stefan Frei (Toronto FC), Bruno Guarda (FC Dallas), Baggio Husidic (Chicago Fire), Fuad Ibrahim (Toronto FC), Chance Myers (Kansas City), Alex Nimo (Real Salt Lake), Ciaran O’Brien (Colorado Rapids), and Brek Shea (FC Dallas).

This leaves only 15 guys currently drawing free money and exempt from the imminent expansion draft:

Corben Bone (Chicago Fire), Teal Bunbury (Kansas City), Daniel Cruz (Houston Dynamo), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew), Blair Gavin (Chivas USA), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Josh Lambo (FC Dallas), Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Danny Mwanga (Philadelphia Union), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union), Ike Opara (San Jose Earthquakes), Tony Tchani (New York Red Bulls), and Andrew Wiedeman (FC Dallas).

Since the program was originally called Nike Pro40 based on the premise that there were 40 slots, I'd say there's some room for a big old batch of signings.

Here's hoping.