Official: 2018 Rumor and Roster Moves Thread

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  1. LEM-LAG

    LEM-LAG Member+

    May 28, 2011
    Club:
    Olympique Lyonnais
    Seattle getting Francis from Columbus, NYCFC getting Abdul-Salaam from KC, that's two fullbacks who could have been very solid depth/potential starters for us. I'm a little bit worried by the lack of moves we've done so far, we just have so many players to sign I hope we didn't miss good opportunities.

    We were reportedly interested in Brad Stuver, he has just been traded to NYCFC. I was not a fan.
     
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  2. TrickHog

    TrickHog Moderator
    Staff Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Sounds like RVP-DP is a no. But RVP-TAM is a strong maybe.
     
  3. skydog

    skydog Member+

    Aug 1, 1999
    Durham, NC
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    I think that when you aren't a regular starter that averaging .3g/gm per appearance in EPL over 3 years is pretty decent. You would have to look at his goals/90m and his assist rate to fairly assess his production but that is too much work for me.

    Gio btw scored 18 goals in 87 games or .21g/gm in the 3 years prior to coming to MLS. So Keane was scoring at a 50% higher rate than Gio and doing so in a slightly better league. But to be fair Gio played midfield a lot.
     
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  4. Benny Dargle

    Benny Dargle Member+

    Jul 23, 2008
    LA
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  5. Dr.Phil

    Dr.Phil Member+

    Jan 18, 2004
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Interesting. McBean was supposed to replace Gordon here. Now goes off to replace Gordon at Colorado/
     
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  6. JPAR

    JPAR Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Good for McBean. I always liked him, with Colorado desperate for offense he might get a real shot at a starting job, and if he can't make it there, then he just doesn't have the right stuff. It is time for him to have a change of scenery.
     
  7. Crzyknot

    Crzyknot Member

    Sep 30, 2006
    I think Beep Boop Robot hit it on the head. Getting rid of Gio is not going to be easy even if it was the plan.
     
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  8. TrickHog

    TrickHog Moderator
    Staff Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    While not sold on RVP because of the injury concerns, I am happy to see that our first actual move and our first rumored move address 2 of the 5 positions that desperately need upgrades (I have those pegged as CM, D-Mid, Forward, RB, Goalkeeper).

    If the prior braintrust had been in place, our first moves would have been to sign a max-TAM right midfielder and max-salary No 8.

    So that's progress, right?
     
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  9. hav77

    hav77 Member+

    May 31, 2010
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Interesting. The Gs promo video of Skjelvik are all offensive highlights. Maybe he will be played as a wingback?
     
  10. mbar

    mbar Member+

    Apr 30, 1999
    Los Angeles, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    or maybe the intern who put it together knows nothing about soccer and couldn't make a highlight video of great defensive play if they tried.
     
  11. hav77

    hav77 Member+

    May 31, 2010
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Likely...ha, though not as egregious as MLS emphasizing NDJ's lack of scoring prowess on his farewell tribute.
     
  12. barroldinho

    barroldinho Member+

    Man Utd and LA Galaxy
    England
    Aug 13, 2007
    US/UK dual citizen in HB, CA
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Hey, it's Ozzy Alonso's first day on the job. Give the kid a break.
     
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  13. barroldinho

    barroldinho Member+

    Man Utd and LA Galaxy
    England
    Aug 13, 2007
    US/UK dual citizen in HB, CA
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    It's crap like that video and the alleged shenanigans going on with the Crew right now, that adds credence to the claims of MLS detractors.

    If NDJ had stayed, that could have helped a lot of this seasons issues.
     
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  14. Skevin

    Skevin Member+

    Aug 9, 2009
    Texas
    Club:
    Aston Villa FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    I expect us to resign Rowe on a lower contract, and I am happy to have him back. We still need a new keeper though. I am also assuming Vom Steeg or Lopez will be our #3 keeper for this season which should be fine.
     
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  15. skydog

    skydog Member+

    Aug 1, 1999
    Durham, NC
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Good for McBean but if I were a Colorado fan I would be dismayed. I know they got him cheap but the guy is a USL level talent at best. Any team that doesn't recognize that right off the bat......wait, nevermind.
     
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  16. LEM-LAG

    LEM-LAG Member+

    May 28, 2011
    Club:
    Olympique Lyonnais
    A conditional fourth round pick is basically nothing, considering that nowadays even second round picks have a hard time making it to the first team.

    Good luck to Jack.
     
  17. LEM-LAG

    LEM-LAG Member+

    May 28, 2011
    Club:
    Olympique Lyonnais
    https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/12/14/list-players-eligible-2017-mls-re-entry-draft-stage-1

    List of players available for the Re-Entry Draft is here.

    Interesting note : Brian Rowe is not on that list, and he should have been. You can opt out of the Draft to negociate a new contract with your former team, and I assume Rowe did that. I expect him to be back next year.

    Interesting players, by position (remember it's mainly a Draft to get depth players) :

    GK : Ousted, of course we need a keeper. I'm torn on Ousted, he will soon turn 33 and has lost his starting spot in Vancouver, it's a gamble. His salary (360 k) must be renegociate. He might be too good for a backup spot but not starting material anymore.

    RB :
    - Ethan White of NYCFC is an OK RB who can also play in the center. For the price (65 k in 2017), he's not bad.
    - I've never been a fan but surprisingly Sheanon Williams is only 27 so theoretically in his prime. I wouldn't select him though.
    - for those wondering, Mears is too old (35 years old in February). Cato and Sarkodie from San Jose had bad years but I think they'll end up somewhere. Chris Korb of DC would be a versatile backup but has never been the same since his ACL injury in 2016. So not a lot of choice here.

    CB : not a lot of interesting names here. Maurice Edu is available but has not played for two years in MLS. Maybe a training camp guest?

    LB : I don't know a lot about Doody, but he is an intriguing name.

    DM :
    - I've never been a big fan but Mathias Laba is surprisingly available (I tought he will re-sign with Vancouver). I think we could do better at the starting DM position though.
    - Soni Mustivar or Servando Carrasco for depth? But nothing really exciting.
    - I love you Marcelo Sarvas but you're too old. And Okugo has been overrated his whole career if you ask me.

    CM : we already have too much, Powers being the only interesting name but has been garbage the last two years.

    RW : at a low salary, I'd take Lloyd Sam as depth behind Alessandrini.

    LW : nothing interesting.

    FW : there are a few interesting names available :
    - Mike Grella : his injury is concerning, but he's a special player who wouldn't ask for a big salary. Only 31 in January, could be solid depth but more suited for a 4-3-3.
    - Gonzalo Veron : often frustrated the NY fans, but 27 years old so in his prime, 6 goals and 3 assists in 777 minutes this year, mainly coming off the bench. Interesting.
    - Deshorn Brown : never been a fan of the style of play of Brown, but a player who can give you 10 goals per season is always interesting.
    - Giles Barnes : talented but frustrating player, he can play both FWD and winger. Will turn 30 next year so in his prime, and knows the League well.
    - Charlie Davies : very much the same situation as Edu.

    So as you can see, not a lot of exciting names available. Sigi has to be clever to find an underrated player and make him success.
     
  18. Beep Boop Robot

    Mar 11, 2015
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Laba is recovering from an ACL injury, but pre-injury Laba would be a good option for defensive midfield. Mustivar is another decent option for that position, but I wouldn't be thrilled if he was our first choice starter at that position.

    Powers has been played out of position for the past 2-3 seasons, but he doesn't solve any problems we have. He's a deep lying playmaker, who was being played as a 10. I wouldn't be upset if we picked him up as he offers something we don't really have at this moment.

    I wouldn't mind taking Sarvas as a depth option if we got him on a real cheap salary. Even if he got little to no playing time. I think he'd be a positive locker room presence. (The Rafa Garcia role).

    Only wide/forward player I'd consider is Grella.
     
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  19. Skevin

    Skevin Member+

    Aug 9, 2009
    Texas
    Club:
    Aston Villa FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Charlie Davies blocked me on twitter a few years ago cause I told him he was setting a bad example for kids when he dived to get that penalty against us. On that reason, it's a no for me.

    Ousted is also a huge gamble. We could very well have a Kennedy situation again. I know we need a keeper, but if he wasn't good enough for Vancouver, then why would he be good enough for us? Also apparently he opted out, so not even available.

    I like the idea of inviting Edu to essentially try-out for us. His injuries have been brutal, but when fit, he is a great center back and DM.
     
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  20. Dr.Phil

    Dr.Phil Member+

    Jan 18, 2004
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    United States



     
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  21. TrickHog

    TrickHog Moderator
    Staff Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Obviously another case of the league creating a rule in order to favor the Galaxy, by preventing them from making the mistake of signing Ousted. #GalaxyFavoritism
     
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  22. TheHoustonHoyaFan

    Oct 14, 2011
    Houston
    Club:
    FC Schalke 04
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Of course it is not easy. If it was easy Sigi would have done it already in a heartbeat.

    It does not matter which set of GM scenarios one runs through, it always comes back to the $5.5MM elephant sitting in the middle of the room.

    I hope that LA gives Sigi the full $5.2MM TAM to work with but with 2 of the 3 DPs not likely to produce much goals and the escalating prices around the league it looks bleak.

    Atlanta is making moves (up to $1.6MM for Nagbe!), LAFC is making moves. I fear that Sigi's hands are tied with that elephant in the room.
     
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  23. L.A. Native

    L.A. Native Member+

    Aug 1, 2013
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
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  24. Dr.Phil

    Dr.Phil Member+

    Jan 18, 2004
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I was starting to think that as well as Ousted and Rowe I think are on similar contracts and I think Rowe with a stable backline would be a good option.

    So maybe we are going for a solid vet for a couple of seasons until one of our young keepers can push into the spot
     
  25. JPAR

    JPAR Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Wow. Thought Rowe would stay as a back up. Maybe we don't need a keeper at all....
     
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