So, farewell then, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, and thanks for the memories.
Whereas the departure of Ryan Miller and David Horst had an inevitability about them, AJB’s trade to Chivas USA came more as a surprise. The player is young, still only 21, but has racked up over 2000 minutes in MLS already, alongside the likes of Mikael Silvestre and Pa Moudou Kah. Continue reading
The off season lumbers on with the owner poking at a wound that fans thought had scabbed over, but it turns out might still be a little raw underneath, and the league patting itself on the back with an awards season that even Grammy organizers think is getting a bit too niche. The players are all off doing whatever it is they do when they’re not kicking a ball about most days and the fans are entertaining themselves in the only way they know how when there is no football to focus them: stoking the drama fire to keep out the cold.
The backroom staff will be working though. The work for 2014 doesn’t begin here, those wheels have been in motion for a long time, but it certainly ramps up a notch as Caleb Porter and, yes Merritt, Gavin Wilkinson start to push pieces across the table, charting the march to silverware liked generals in an old World War II war room. Continue reading