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Earthquakes D Marvell Wynne sidelined by heart abnormality

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Jose Earthquakes defender Marvell Wynne is being held out of training and games because of a heart abnormality.

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The Earthquakes said Monday that the abnormality was discovered during the annual physical. Wynne is undergoing further evaluations and the team will release more information when it’s available.

The 30-year-old Wynne is an 11-year MLS veteran with 301 career appearances. He started 63 of 68 regular-season games for the Earthquakes the past two seasons.

Marvell Wynne, Bakary Soumare headline Stage 2 of MLS Re-Entry Draft results

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Six teams combined to select eight players during Stage 2 of Major League Soccer’s Re-Entry Draft on Thursday. The Re-Entry Draft serves as MLS’s mechanism by which the league re-allocates players whose previous contracts have expired, or who have not had contract options exercised by their previous team.

The San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo, two teams who missed the playoffs and finished near the bottom of the league in 2014, were the most active clubs during Stage 2, each picking up a pair of players ahead of the 2015 season.

The full Re-Entry Draft Stage 2 results (exclusion indicates clubs who passed on their selection):

First round

1. Montreal Impact – Bakary Soumare, D (from Chicago Fire)
2. San Jose Earthquakes – Marvell Wynne, D (from Colorado Rapids)

5. Houston Dynamo – Chandler Hoffman, F (from LA Galaxy)

12. FC Dallas – Atiba Harris, M (from Colorado Rapids)

17. New England Revolution – Tristan Bowen, F (from Seattle Sounders)

20. Orlando City SC – Josh Forde, GK (from Seattle Sounders

Second round

22. San Jose Earthquakes – Sanna Nyassi, M (from Montreal Impact)
23. Houston Dynamo – Nathan Sturgis, M (from Chivas USA)

Soumare returned to MLS when he signed with the Philadelphia Union in June 2012 after a three-year stint with the Fire (2007-09) landed him a contract with US Boulogne (France). In May 2013, Soumare was traded back to Chicago, where he made 47 total starts in 2013 and 2014.

Wynne made over 125 starts for the Rapids during his five-year stay with the club. Capable of playing both right back and center back, giving first-year Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear a starter with huge MLS experience (227 starts in his nine-year career).

Hoffman, 24, scored 13 goals in 17 games for LA Galaxy II, the MLS side’s USL PRO (third division) side, in 2014. He has made 15 total MLS appearances (two starts) for the Union and Galaxy, netting zero goals.

Clubs will now be able to negotiate new contract terms with players selected during Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft, unlike Stage 1, which was held last week.

Out with the old? Colorado declines options on Buddle, Wynne, LaBrocca, but won’t rule out returns

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The Colorado Rapids have declined the options on 11 players, but would not rule out the possibility of those names returning to the fold for next season.

There are some notable names in the bunch, with former USMNT players Edson Buddle and Marvell Wynne joining productive midfielder Nick LaBrocca on the list.

Forwards Kamani Hill and Danny Mwanga are also on the list along with e defenders Gale Agbossoumonde, Thomas Piermayr and Grant Van De Casteele, midfielders Carlos Alvarez and Davy Armstrong, and goalkeeper Joe Nasco.

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But don’t fret if your favorite player is on the list, Rapids fan. Here’s Colorado VP Paul Bravo:

“This is an announcement we have to make prior to the upcoming November 26 deadline for notifying our players,” said Paul Bravo, the Rapids’ vice president of soccer operations and technical director. “Some of these players may be back with us by the time we begin training in January as many things could change between now and then.”

There are 28 years of MLS service between Buddle, Wynne and LaBrocca. Buddle scored just twice in 18 games for Colorado this year, while LaBrocca played in nearly every match. Wynne made 27 starts for the Rapids as well.

It will be interesting to watch what becomes of these players. With the expansion draft coming up in December, Colorado can only protect 11 players. This is pure speculation, but exercising their options could’ve made them more likely to be plucked by New York City FC or Orlando City FC.

Colorado’s calm in the back as Wynne joins new captain Moor in the center

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Marvell Wynne is headed back to the middle where he belongs, and he’ll be joined by Colorado’s new captain, Drew Moor.

Wynne spent 2013 as a right back under Oscar Pareja, but new boss Pablo Mastroeni is looking to fix that experiment by plugging the 27-year-old back into the center with a comfortable partner.

“It’s home,” Wynne told MLSsoccer.com. “The adjustment has actually come fairly easily. It’s kind of a comfortable position being back there. I like having to run backwards instead of forward all the time, to be honest.”

The Rapids have yet to open their 2014 campaign, and will do so Saturday at Red Bull Arena. It’s hard to know what to expect from the young Colorado team. There’s an air of uncertainty about the season.

There’s also a freshness under Mastroeni, who oozes the respectability that comes from a distinguished career. According to the MLS site, it’s opened doors for Wynne’s confidence.

“I think I’m just more vocal this year because [Mastroeni’s] tactics and what he wants is very easy to understand,” Wynne said. “So I know what he wants from us. I can relate it easier.”

The leadership will about in the middle with Wynne and Moor, the newly-chosen skipper of Colorado. Mastroeni is gushing about the 30-year-old Texan.

“Drew Moor is the man,” Mastroeni said. “He’s the guy that’s going to lead this team, and he’s got all the support from the guys in the locker room and all the support from the coaches on staff. I think he’s the man to lead this team for this year and years to come.”

Major League Soccer team previews: COLORADO RAPIDS

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Each day from now until the beginning of Major League Soccer’s 18th season, we will preview one Eastern Conference team and one from the West. First kick is March 2.

No. 8 in the West are the Colorado Rapids:

Significant additions and subtractions: Jeff Larentowicz, a midfield fixture in recent years around DSG Park, is now doing his ginger thing in Chicago.

Edson Buddle has moved over from the Galaxy, attempting to jump-start a career that hit the skids last year in Los Angeles. Given the departures of Conor Casey and Omar Cummings, among the league’s most lethal strike combos not so far back, expectations are piled up fairly high on Buddle, who continues to operate at the outer markers of the U.S. national team pool.

Nick LaBrocca is back for a second Rapids run. He joins fellow MLS vets Atiba Harris and the versatile Nathan Sturgis in new roles outside Denver.

Strangely enough, Pablo Mastroeni can almost be counted as “new” considering the longtime midfield enforcer missed all but 150 minutes of 2012 with concussion related issues. Everyone around Denver is excited to have the captain back.

Speaking of new-not really new: Colorado may also have a “new” right back. His name is Brian Mullan, and he speaks of the potential change here. Interesting.

Strengths:  First-year manager Oscar Pareja had a vision for how he wanted to play in 2012, but late arrival on the scene at DSG Park reduced the Colombian coach to hammering round pegs into square holes. With a roster more to his liking this season — technical expertise added, a little muscle-and-tussle subtracted — 2012 should offer a fairer test of his ability. It also presents an improved platform for a possible second run at more dynamic, fluid 4-3-3 soccer.

Expect center backs Marvell Wynne and Drew Moor to perk up after a so-so 2012 with the savvy and defensive-minded Mastroeni back to do the midfield screening. They have to; 50 goals allowed won’t cut it.

Pressure points: This is certainly not how Pareja wanted to begin what is probably a make-or-break year for him personally. Injuries will take his two premier attackers off the field to begin the season. A knee injury will keep do-all attacker Jaime Castrillon out until May at the earliest. The double whammy is that 2012 assist leader was already out; Martin Rivero broke his foot in a preseason contest and not expected back until mid-March, at least. That’s not as long as Castrillon, but still … Yikes!

Even when they come back, Pareja can forge his side into the best possession outfit this side of Barcelona FC, but if the Rapids’ finishing cannot improve over 2012, it won’t matter.source:

Difference maker: Mastroeni, a veteran of two World Cups with the United States, is such a leader that his presence is more than the sum of his passing and tackling parts. That club record tying six-game losing streak last year? It’s harder to see something like that happening with Mastroeni (pictured right) around to inspire something greater from everyone individually and collectively. 

Potential breakout player: Tony Cascio looked like an MLS Rookie of the Year candidate at times in 2012. At other times during an impressive sum of 29 appearances last year he looked like any other ol’ mid-first round draft pick. The thing about Cascio, who can play on the flank or as a forward, is that everything looks so instinctive and unforced. He has tremendous upside. 

Bottom line: It may be difficult for Rapids fans to hear that success or failure in 2013 is reduced to providence, but this is where we are with the Rapids, league champs as recently as 2010. If Mastroeni can hold out – far from a guarantee considering how close the head injury concerns came to forcing his retirement last year – and if Castrillon and Rivero return to timely good health, this is a pretty interesting team. If not, they could struggle again.

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