Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Three former Defenders of Year on move
by Paul Kennedy, February 5th, 2014 9:34PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

[NEW IN MLS: Centerbacks]MLS has some excellent centerback tandems, beginning with MLS Cup 2013 finalists Sporting Kansas City (Matt Besler and Aurelien Collin) and Real Salt Lake (Nat Borchers and Chris Schuler) and the San Jose Earthquakes, who could send both their starters (Victor Bermudez and Clarence Goodson) to the World Cup.

Three clubs swooped in to shore up their backlines with the acquisition of former MLS Defenders of the Year. Also on the move was a former finalist for Defender of the Year. The one import of note comes from Argentina, where he played more than 100 first division games.

JALIL ANIBABA/CHAD MARSHALL (Seattle). The Sounders made big moves on its backline. The first was with the acquisition of Marshall, a two-time MLS Defender of the Year with Columbus, followed later by the trade that brought Anibaba from Chicago for Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Patrick Ianni. Marshall should start, while Anibaba will allow the Sounders to give former Liverpool defender Djimi Traore more rest than it was able to in 2013 or use him on the right side, where he played for the Fire.

BOBBY BOSWELL/JEFF PARKE (D.C. United).After winning just three games in 2013 and giving up numerous silly goals, United needed to blow up its backline. Boswell (picked up from Houston in the Re-Entry Draft) and Parke (acquired in a deal with Philly that included the No. 1 allocation pick the Union used to acquire Maurice Edu) give D.C. two very experienced center backs, both with caps for the USA.

JHON KENNEDY HURTADO/PATRICK IANNI (Chicago). The Fire returns Bakary Soumare, a former MLS Best XI pick, and Austin Berry, the MLS Rookie of Year in 2012, but Hurtado, a finalist, and Ianni will allow new coach Frank Yallop to go four deep in the middle of the backline or use one of them as trade bait if he wants to part with one of them. All but Berry make decent money.

ANDREW JEAN-BAPTISTE (Chivas USA).As the second worst team in MLS in 2013 behind D.C. United, Chivas USA used its No. 2 slots in various MLS mechanisms to fill needs. It traded the No. 2 pick in the allocation order to Chivas USA to pick up Argentine playmaker Mauro Rosalesfrom Seattle, and it gave Portland the No. 2 pick in the Re-Entry Draft (used for Steve Zakuani, also of the Sounders) for Jean-Baptiste, one of MLS's most promising young center backs, originally out of UConn. He should team up with veteran Carlos Bocanegra to improve the Chivas USA backline and provide aerial threats on Rosales' set pieces.

NORBERTO PAPARATTO (Portland).The 30-year-old Paparatto, who played more than 100 games for Tigre, is part of the Argentine invasion in the Rose City. He was brought in along with forward German Fernandez to join 2013 Newcomer of the Year Diego Valeri and Maximiliano Urruti on the Timbers. Paparatto's arrival allowed the Timbers to ship Jean-Baptiste down south to Chivas USA and part ways with Mikael Silvestre, who was coming off knee surgery. He should step in right away and start alongside Gambian-Norwegian Pa Modou Kah.

MICHAEL PARKHURST (Columbus).Yes, Coach Gregg Berhalter says he might give World Cup hopeful Parkhurst some work on the outside, but his value to Crew will be in the middle organizing a young backline. In Wednesday's preseason opener, the former MLS Defender of the Year, acquired from German club Augsburg, was joined by a pair of draft picks, Patrick Slogic (Cornell) and Ben Sweat (USF) and second-year Homegrown player Chad Barson on the backline.

ETHAN WHITE (Philadelphia). United needs experience and got it with Parke, whom it acquired for White, a Homegrown product who admitted to being blindsided by the trade to Philly. He'll get a good shot at starting, though, as Colombian Carlos Valdes was loaned out for a second season.

MLS Centerbacks, Incumbents:
Chicago:*Bakary Soumare (85), Austin Berry (62).
Chivas USA:*Bobby Burling (47), Carlos Bocanegra (12).
Colorado:Drew Moor (136), Shane O'Neill (27).
Columbus:Josh Williams (57), Taylor Wahl (25).
FC Dallas: George John (119), Matt Hedges (61).
D.C. United:--
Houston:Jermaine Taylor (66), Eric Brunner (13).
Sporting KC:Matt Besler (126), Aurelien Collin (81).
LA Galaxy: Omar Gonzalez (128), Kofi Opare (6).
Montreal:Matteo Ferrari (56), Nelson Rivas (11).
New England:A.J. Soares (76), Jose Goncalves (34).
New York: Jamison Olave (29), Ibrahim Sekagya (8).
Philadelphia:Amobi Okugo 100 --
Portland:Futty Danso (50), Pa Modou Kah (20).
Real Salt Lake:Nat Borchers (173), Chris Schuler (50).
San Jose:Victor Bernandez (49), Clarence Goodson (9).
Seattle: Zach Scott (61), Djimi Traore (27).
Toronto FC:Doniel Henry (49), Steven Caldwell (23).
Vancouver:Jay DeMerit (60), Andy O'Brien (24).
In parentheses are games played with current team.
*Two separate stints at club.


1 comment
  1. Joshua Dunham
    commented on: February 5, 2014 at 11:50 p.m.
    Hey good article but you may want to correct these grammatical issues: 1) Andrew Jean-Baptiste paragraph - Chivas USA did not trade the #2 pick to itself. "It (Chivas USA) traded the No. 2 pick in the allocation order to Chivas USA..." 2) Norberto Paparatto paragraph - The first name of the new forward for the Timbers is Gaston, not German - "He was brought in along with forward German (Gaston) Fernandez..."

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. Abroad: Guzan leaves Villa for Middlesbrough    
Brad Guzan will remain the English Premier League, but he might not start, putting him in ...
MLS Moves: Fire ships Igboananike to D.C.    
In a move that signals a continued roster purge that began with the arrival of new ...
What They're Saying: Chuba Akpom    
"I was playing against players I played with on FIFA when I was younger  -- [Didier] ...
MLS All-Star Game: Red rules the day    
The team that calls Avaya Stadium home usually wears blue, but red turned out to be ...
MLS Expansion: Atlanta's Villalba and Jones off on loan    
MLS expansion team Atlanta United FC has sent its two big signings on loan until it ...
Crowd Count: ICC match draws 86,641 fans in Columbus    
The International Champions Cup match between Paris St. Germain and Real Madrid at Ohio Stadium in ...
MLS Expansion: All signs point to Minnesota in 2017    
Atlanta United FC is the only MLS expansion team confirmed for 2017, but MLS commissioner Don ...
MLS Countdown: ASG absentee Ridgewell out Sunday    
A new MLS rule intended to keep players from skipping out on the All-Star Game means ...
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klopp    
"If you bring one player in for 100 pounds ($130 million) and he gets injured, then ...
U.S. Abroad: Brooks returns to action in Hertha win    
John Brooks became the first of the Americans who played at the 2016 Copa Centenario to ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives