Rapids jump in as frantic transfer period ends

Did New York City FC or Columbus Crew SC or Orlando City SC or Colorado or somebody else do itself the most good during the summer transfer window? Deals were done at a whirlwind pace as the transfer period came to a close Thursday and many teams are looking significantly different as the smoke clears.

A blockbuster signing of Giovani dos Santos by the Galaxy tops the deals cut by Western teams, though Houston could look very different once Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres – who went on loan to Guadalajara in January and didn’t make his debut for the Dynamo until July 21 in an Open Cup game – gets into the flow. Dos Santos scored on his debut Thursday as the Galaxy rolled over Central FC, 5-1, in its Concacaf Champions League opener.

Seattle followed up its signing of Austrian Andres Ivanschitz by acquiring Paraguayan attacker Nelson Valdez, and Colorado jumped in just as the window closed to drastically alter a defense that will be anchored by World Cup and English Premier League veteran Maynor Figueroa. The Rapids also claimed defender Sean St. Ledger off waivers a week after he'd been jettisoned by Orlando City, and sold defender Shane O'Neill to Cypriot club Apollon Limassol. Vancouver added Costa Rican right back Jordan Smith on loan.

Columbus Crew SC, New York City FC and Orlando City SC were among the most active teams, perhaps reflecting the Eastern Conference’s blend of mediocrity and parity. After leader D.C. United (41 points), only an 11-point spread separates the second-place Red Bulls and last-place Union. Getting Shaun Wright-Phillips alongside brother Bradley and landing winger Gonzalo Veron give the Red Bulls a different look heading into a derby match against New York City FC Sunday.

Toronto brought Gomez back to MLS after acquiring his rights from Sporting Kansas City (formerly the Wizards) in a trade. Gomez, 33, played eight MLS seasons (2002-9) for the Galaxy, Rapids, and Kansas City and scored 23 goals in 124 games. 

Here’s a rundown of the significant -- and confirmed -- moves made from late June to the close of the window:

Major MLS Summer Transactions -- updated
In: DP-Gilberto (Vasco da Gama/Toronto FC), Daniel Cyrus (W Connection/loan). DP-Didier Drogba (Chelsea).
Out: Quincy Amarikwa (San Jose), Guly do Prado (contract terminated), DP-Didier Drogba (Montreal).

In: Cedric Mabwati (Osasuna), Gaston Sauro (FC Basel), Harrison Afful (Esperance Sportive), Jack McInerney (Montreal).
Out: Adam Bedell (Orlando City), Kalen Ryden (waived).

D.C. United.
In: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake).
Out: Michael Seaton (Portland), Luis Silva (Real Salt Lake).

In: DP-Didier Drogba (Chicago), Johan Venegas (Alajuelense).
Out: Jack McInerney (Columbus), Bakary Soumare (FC Dallas),

New England.
In: None.
Out: None.

New York City.
In: DP-Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), DP-Frank Lampard (Manchester City), Angelino (Manchester City EDS/loan), Andoni Iraola (Athletic Bilbao), Jefferson Mena (Independiente Medellin).
Out: Josh Williams (waived).

NY Red Bulls.
In: Shaun Wright Phillips (Queens Park Rangers), DP-Gonzalo Veron (San Lorenzo).
Out: Dane Richards (Indy Eleven/loan).

Orlando City.
In: Servando Carrasco (Sporting KC), David Mateos (Ferencvaros), Adrian Winter (FC Luzern), Adam Bedell (Columbus).
Out: Sean St. Ledger (waived after contract terminated), Martin Paterson (contract terminated), Donovan Ricketts (LA Galaxy), Amobi Okugo (Sporting KC).

In: Tranquillo Barnetta (Schalke 04).
Out: Sheanon Williams (Houston), Carlos Valdes (contract terminated).

Toronto FC.
Ahmed Kantari (Lens), Herculez Gomez (Sporting Kansas City/Tijuana).
Out: Steve Caldwell (retired), Bright Dike (waived).


 Sean St. Ledger (waivers, Orlando City). Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).
Out: Shane O'Neill (Apollon Limassol), Dominique Badji (Charlotte/loan), Ben Newman (waived).

FC Dallas.
Ezekiel Cirigliano (River Plate/loan), Bakary Soumare (Montreal).
Out: Kyle Bekker (Montreal).

DP-Erick “Cubo” Torres (Guadalajara), Rasheed Olabiyi (Enyimba), Sheanon Williams (Philadelphia).
Out: Corey Ashe (Orlando City)

LA Galaxy.
In: DP-Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal), DP-Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), David Romney (Galaxy II), Donovan Ricketts (Orlando City).
Out: Stefan Ishizaki (released), Jaime Penedo (contract terminated).

In: DP-Lucas Melano (Lanus), Michael Seaton (D.C.United).
Out: Schillo Tshuma (waived), Gaston Fernandez (contract terminated).

Real Salt Lake.
In: Luis Silva (D.C. United).
Out: Alvaro Saborio (D.C. United),

San Jose.
In: Quincy Amarikwa (Chicago), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool), Matheus Silva (waivers), Anibal Godoy (Honved FC).
Out: Khari Stephenson (San Antonio/loan).

In: Erik Friberg (Esbjerg), Andres Ivanschitz (Rapid Vienna), Nelson Valdez (Eintracht Frankfurt).
Out: None.

Sporting KC.
In: Jordi Quintilla (AC Ajaccio), Amobi Okugo (Orlando City), Herculez Gomez (Club Tijuana).
Out: Servando Carrasco (Orlando City), Herculez Gomez (Toronto FC).

In: Jordan Smith (Saprissa/loan).
 Erik Hurtado (Mjondalen IF/loan).

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