Few will quibble with the men’s selections (although I have heard ridiculous sniping about the fact all the players are from the last couple of decades, as if the U.S. had any sort of quality team before that), but should a relative newcomer like Alex Morgan (however undeniably talented) get the nod over Tiffeny Milbrett?
The Daily Breeze library in Torrance is looking a bit cluttered today, but we’re 100 or so short of the goal of 1,000 so disadvantaged kids have a toy that encourages healthy habits this holiday season.
Seattle’s Mauro Rosales has joined perennial MLS strugglers Chivas USA (AP Photo).
With the Seattle Sounders dumping Argentine Mauro Rosales and his $225,000 salary, Chivas USA swooped in to immediately upgrade their roster ahead of Thursday’s MLS Re-Entry Draft with the kind of exciting, attacking player needed to signal the seriousness of their ambitions on and off the field.
In exchange for Rosales, Chivas USA gave the Sounders the MLS rights to forward Tristan Bowen and its No. 2 allocation ranking for Seattle’s No. 13 allocation ranking. Bowen earned $156,363.63 last season.
“Chivas is the team that has trusted me to help with what I’ve done in my last club, Seattle,” Rosales said. “Obviously I’m grateful for that confidence, and what the team is giving and betting on for next season.”
Here’s more from the Sounders’ press release on the importance of Rosales to the club:
Rosales, 32, co-leads Sounders FC with 34 career MLS assists and holds the club record with 17 game-winning assists across all competitions. Rosales ranks second in MLS with 34 assists since 2011, and ranks fifth in league history with an average of 0.50 assists per 90 minutes (minimum of 20 assists).
Bowen, a former Galaxy player from Van Nuys, scored two goals for Chivas USA last season.
Meanwhile, English newspaper The Guardian is reporting that Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o will head to the Galaxy for next season, snubbing former AEG president Tim Leiweke who wanted him to land in Toronto, although another top name is allegedly not heading to Southern California despite media reports.
Still, the Galaxy appear to be clearing salary cap space for some big off-season signing.
Out the door Monday went the likes of the retiring Pablo Mastroeni, who has unsurprisingly called it quits on a 16-year MLS career that saw him make just a dozen bit part appearances for the Galaxy after leaving the Colorado Rapids, as well as starting defender/midfielder Sean Franklin, mid-season Chivas USA pickup Laurent Courtois and sparingly used veteran Colin Clark.
Franklin, who made $248,333 last season, is one of several big names in Thursday’s annual re-entry draft, although it’s unclear if he really is departing the franchise or the Galaxy simply want to re-work his salary. The Galaxy have yet to respond to my calls seeking more information:
Most observers predicted a tight one goal game and that’s what we got in the first leg marked by a moment of brilliance that will live long in the memory.
Still, it’s only halftime and I’ll have more on the Galaxy and the MLS playoffs in general in Tuesday’s column.