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MLS announces inaugural class of free agents, re-entry draft candidates

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Who says there’s such a thing as the Major League Soccer “offseason?” And who says we were supposed to kick back and enjoy such a thing on Monday, barely 24 hours after the Portland Timbers hoisted the 2015 MLS Cup?

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Not only have we already witnessed a flurry of early offseason trades today, but MLS also announced the inaugural class of free agents — players who are eligible to negotiate new contracts with any of the league’s 20 teams after meeting its brand new age-28 and eight-years-MLS-experienced requirements.

(All salary numbers taken from MLS Players Union salary release, found here.)

FULL LIST OF 2015-16 FREE AGENTS (by position, alphabetically)

Goalkeepers

Jon Busch — Chicago Fire
Troy Perkins — Montreal Impact
Kyle Reynish — New York Red Bulls
Andrew Weber — Portland Timbers

Defenders

Corey Ashe — Orlando City SC
Bobby Burling — Colorado Rapids
Ty Harden — Chicago Fire
Michael Harrington — Colorado Rapids
Steven Keel — FC Dallas
Jeff Larentowicz — Chicago Fire
Drew Moor — Colorado Rapids
James Riley — Colorado Rapids

Midfielders

Eric Avila — Orlando City SC
Brian Carroll — Philadelphia Union
Ricado Clark — Houston Dynamo
Ned Grabavoy — New York City FC
Nick LaBrocca — Colorado Rapids
Justin Mapp — Montreal Impact
Paulo Nagamura — Sporting Kansas City
Nathan Sturgis — Houston Dynamo

Forwards

Chad Barrett — Seattle Sounders
Edson Buddle — LA Galaxy
Conor Casey — Philadelphia Union
Kenny Cooper — Montreal Impact
Alan Gordon — LA Galaxy
Mike Magee — Chicago Fire

Of the above listed players, the following names (no particular order) seem most likely to garner the most interest on the open market: Mike Magee, Justin Mapp, Paulo Nagamura, Ned Grabavoy, Jeff Larentowicz and Drew Moor.

Magee, who won the MLS MVP award just two years ago, has fallen off spectacularly since that 2013 campaign in which he scored 22 goals in 29 games while splitting time between the Galaxy and Fire. In the two seasons since, he has scored just seven goals in 29 appearance for his hometown club. Given his $400,000 cap hit in 2015, he’ll have to take a pay-cut, but he will land somewhere.

Mapp might just be the gem of this inaugural class. Sure, he just turned 31 years old and he missed most of 2015 due to a long-term injury, but he’s only one year removed from back-to-back eight-assist seasons in Montreal. For the right price ($186,725 cap hit in 2015) and with the right team, he’ll be one of the best fringe-starter wingers in the league.

[ MORE: MLS offseason kicks off with flurry of big-time trades ]

Larentowicz, Magee’s now-former teammate in Chicago, is a more-than-serviceable starting center back, even at 32 years old, with the ability to seamlessly slot in at defensive midfield. He’ll be an intriguing option for teams looking to shore up either position with a craft veteran (hellooooo, D.C. United!), though he’ll likely have to do so at a slightly lower price than his $265,000 cap hit from 2015.

The other possible starter of the players mentioned above is Grabavoy, who ended up with NYCFC at the behest of Jason Kreis, who is no longer the team’s head coach. He’s approaching 300 games played in his MLS career and was a massive part of Real Salt Lake’s sustained successes from 2009-2014. As with Larentowicz, on the right team and the right system, Grabavoy will be a useful pick-up for something a little below his 2015 cap hit of $200,000.

Nagamura is wanted in Kansas City, where there are hopes he’ll take a reduced salary ($230,000 cap hit in 2015) to remain the first midfield option off the bench for Peter Vermes’ side. Moor is an interesting case in his own right, in that he’ll turn 32 in January, but he’s coming off of arguably the best season of his career. He could actually get close the his 2015 cap hit of $258,500 if a team believes he’s still a full-time starter.

MLS Snapshot: Seattle Sounders 2-1 New York Red Bulls

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One game in 100 words: Seattle Sounders would’ve like to come out of this one with three points based on their performance up to the 90 minute mark. Nevertheless, one rapid turnaround can change the outlook of the contest in a matter of seconds, and that’s exactly what materialized as the stoppage-time winner handed Seattle three points. Credit to NYRB for laying down sound defense for long stretches, but at CenturyLink Field, you can’t let up in the slightest bit against the Sounders, especially in the final minutes.

 

Goals

Seattle: Marco Pappa 69′, Chad Barrett 90′ +3′

New York: Lloyd Sam 36′

 

Three moments that mattered

36’ — Sam chases for the opener — Forward Bradley Wright-Phillips stood and awaited the free kick chance before blasting his attempt right at Seattle’s wall. Fortunately for NY, Lloyd Sam didn’t give up on the deflected ball, which skyrocketed into the air, and battled through the Sounder’s back line for the scoring header on the doorstep. Defender Brad Evans appealed for an offside call, but the referee was having none of it.

69’ — Pappa strikes to level score — The Red Bulls’ back line was bound to get caught by the Sounders in a tough situation. Obafemi Martins received the ball on the right flank and eased toward the middle of the pitch, where he had Marco Pappa calling for the ball on the left side. The Guatemalan maneuvered around Red Bulls defender Chris Duvall and near the six-yard box, rifled a shot in the upper netting at the opposite post.

90’+3’ — Barrett taps it in — Tyrone Mears collected himself on the right wing and located Clint Dempsey making the far post run. Delivering the cross on target, the USMNT’s accomplished forward sped toward the end line and managed to send the ball horizontally across the goal line with a left-footed touch. The goal was awarded to 89th-minute substitute Chad Barrett, though, appearing to knick the last tap on the shot. Nonetheless, Dempsey and Mears should receive praise for a wonderful combination.

 

Lineups

Seattle: Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins; Stefan Frei; Tyrone Mears, Brad Evans (Zach Scott 75′), Chad Marshall, Dylan Remick; Cristian Roldan (Lamar Neagle 64′), Andy Rose, Osvaldo Alonso, Marco Pappa (Chad Barrett 89′)

NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips; Luis Robles; Chris Duvall, Karl Ouimette, Damien Perrinelle, Kemar Lawrence; Lloyd Sam (Anatole Bertrand Abang 90′ +2′), Sacha Kljestan, Dax McCarty, Felipe, Mike Grella (Dane Richards 76′)

MLS Player of the Week — Week 11: Seattle Sounders’ Chad Barrett

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The Obafemi Martins-less Seattle Sounders managed to pull off a slightly surprising 2-0 victory away to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night. Into Martins’ starting place stepped Chad Barrett.

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And it was Barrett — not Clint Dempsey, Lamar Neagle or Marco Pappa — who filled the goalscoring void with last year’s MLS MVP runner-up not in the lineup. It wasn’t one goal, but two. It wasn’t one stunning finish, but two. It wasn’t a point Barrett helped the Sounders to win, it was three.

[ MORE: MLS Team of the Week — A week of upsets means a very new TOTW ]

In a big game — a rivalry game — with real standings and playoff implications, Barrett stepped into a huge moment and delivered unlike anyone else in Week 11 of the 2015 MLS season, and for that reason, he is the MLS Player of the Week.

MLS Team of the Week — Stars of Week 11

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Week 11 of the 2015 MLS season is in the books, and it shall go down in history as the week of “Don’t Ever Bet On MLS Games,” because wow, the upsets were out of this world, in almost every single game.

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We’ve got a Philadelphia Union player, one from the Montreal Impact, one from Orlando City SC, a San Jose Earthquake, a pair from Toronto FC, one from the New England Revolution and one from the Houston Dynamo, to go along with three from the streaking Seattle Sounders.

Thoughts? Questions? Agreements? Disagreements? (Of course not.) Leave them in the comments section, as always. I’m not afraid to defend my picks.

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MLS Team of the Week — Week 11

Goalkeeper: Chris Konopka (Toronto FC)

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Defenders: Jordan Stewart (San Jose Earthquakes), London Woodberry (New England Revolution), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union)

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Midfielders: Andres Romero (Montreal Impact), Gonzalo Pineda (Seattle Sounders), Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC)

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Forwards: Chad Barrett (Seattle Sounders), Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC)

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MLS Snapshot: Vancouver Whitecaps 0-2 Seattle Sounders

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The game in 100 words (or less): You don’t have to create a ton of chances to win in Major League Soccer, particularly on the road; you just have to be lethal and put away one or two of the few you do create, then hope and pray the defense bends but doesn’t break. That’s exactly how the Seattle Sounders (7 shots, 4 on target) went about beating the Vancouver Whitecaps (16 shots, 5 on target), 2-0, at BC Place on Saturday night. Obafemi Martins was unable to make the trip to Canada for the Sounders, which of course, means Clint Dempsey picked up the goalscoring burden, right? Wrong. Enter Chad Barrett. Chad Barrett? Chad Barrett.

[ MORE: Previewing the rest of Week 11 ]

Three moments that mattered

5′ — Barrett finishes past Ousted, 1-0 Sounders — Clint Dempsey’s ball over the top was perfectly hit and led Barrett in behind the Whitecaps’ backline. Barrett beat the onrushing David Ousted to the ball and cleverly poked the ball past the big Dane ‘keeper.

38′ — Barrett beats Ousted with a similar, tougher finish — This time the ball over the top came from Marco Pappa, but the result was the same: Barrett, from a tough angle, hits a laser past Ousted.

50′ — Frei saves Rivero’s headed chance — Kekuta Manneh’s left-footed cross found Octavio Rivero at the back, where the Uruguayan headed the ball goalward, but Stefan Frei confidently made the save and held the Caps’ best chance of the second half.

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Man of the match: Chad Barrett — Filling in for Obafemi Martins, who will be a perennial MLS MVP candidate for as long as he’s in the league, is not small task. Barrett turned in a finishing performance of the highest order, to no one’s everyone’s surprise.

LINEUPS

Vancouver Whitecaps: Ousted, Beitashour, Waston, Kah, Harvey, Laba, Teibert (Koffie 64′), Techera (Mattocks 61′), Morales, Manneh (Froese 76′), Rivero

Seattle Sounders: Frei, Mears, Evans, Marshall, Remick, Pappa, Alonso, Pineda, Neagle (Jones 85′), Dempsey, Barrett (Rose 72′)

Goals: Barrett (5′, 38′)