Just as New York escapes the Super Bowl frenzy and the cold from back home, trading it for sunny, overly strip-malled Florida, the club made its most significant announcement of a quiet off-season: that commanding center back Jamison Olave has extended his deal at Red Bull Arena.
Olave was easily the team’s top defender, and they apparently got creative in giving the big Colombian a salary bump over his $325,000 guaranteed in 2013.
Across the country, the LA Galaxy added some veteran midfield talent Thursday with the signing of Swedish international Stefan Ishizaki. He’s hardly a star in the making. Then again, he doesn’t have to be.
They’ve got Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez for that. In salary capped MLS, it means a lot to have a stockpile of solid, reasonably priced performers mean who know how to do their part. Effectively, he replaces Sean Franklin.
Speaking of Keane: It’s still “easy does it” as the Irishman rehabs slowly and cautiously from off-season Achilles surgery. He expects to be ready by opening day.
Sporting Kansas City announced that it has re-signed right back Chance Myers. Myers just got back from an extended January national team session under Jurgen Klinsmann. While Myers may not quite be international level, he’s probably Top Five in MLS right backs, and his aggressive, no-nonsense style fits right in at Sporting Park. So keeping him happy and motivated is a solid move by the champs.
LeBron James (pictured above) talked some soccer ahead of next week’s big announcement out of Miami. He didn’t say much. But, you know, it’s LaBron James. And he’s talking soccer. So it’s worth a mention.
Look at Colorado goalkeeper Clint Irwin! The man’s got a writing career in him if he gives up this soccer thing. He wrote a nice article about his initial reaction and subsequent reconsideration of Richard Sherman’s much discussed moment. It’s a good, solid piece of work.
Finally, no movement on the Marco Pappa front. Remember, Seattle is on the clock and has until Friday at 1 p.m. PT to make a call on the Guatemalan winger, who just re-signed with MLS. Richard Farley guided you carefully through the ins and outs of that one yesterday.
If Seattle passes, Toronto FC is on the clock but certainly may not have the money to take Pappa. That would leave Columbus with a decision to make. In fact, here’s the entire allocation selection order as it stands tonight, with Pappa up for ordered grabs.
- 1 Seattle Sounders FC
- 2 Toronto FC
- 3 Columbus Crew
- 4 FC Dallas
- 5 D.C. United
- 6 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- 7 Chicago Fire
- 8 San Jose Earthquakes
- 9 Montreal Impact
- 10 Colorado Rapids
- 11 New England Revolution
- 12 Chivas USA
- 13 LA Galaxy
- 14 New York Red Bulls
- 15 Houston Dynamo
- 16 Portland Timbers
- 17 Real Salt Lake
- 18 Sporting Kansas City
- 19 Philadelphia Union (Edu)