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MLS Update: Philadelphia Union

Last Season Finish: 8th 

Points: 48

Record: 11-8-15

Top Scorer: Sebastien Le Toux (12)

In: Chandler Hoffman, Chris Albright

Out: Stefani Miglioranzi, Justin Mapp, Faryd Mondragon, Sebastien Le Toux, Kyle Nakazawa

Looking to build on their less than exciting first season in the MLS, the Union “dooped” their way 6 spots up the table in 2011.  The Union’s depth in attacking power is nothing to doubt.  Even with the losses of winger Justin Mapp and leading scorer Sebastien Le Toux their attack still will be one of the more exciting teams in the final third this season.  Freddy Adu, Danny Mwanga, Roger Torres, Jack McInerney, and first round draft pick Chandler Hoffman will have to step up and cover for the goals department which I think they will have no problem doing, it just depends on who it is.  I think this is a great year for Mwanga to step his goal total up and become a top 5 goal scorer in the league.  Jack McInerney should also be set for a break-out year.  Scoring 6 goals in 35 regular season appearances, he could prove to be a real threat for Philly.  He is an all around striker that scores goals in every way.  Hes quick, has great tactical awareness, and fantastic finishing abilities, but do not be surprised if he uncorks one from range too.  I do not believe that the loss of Mondragon will be a problem.  He was a great keeper and a great leader, but Zak MacMath is another quality keeper and will be great building for the future of the club.  Overall i expect them to be the Sporting Kansas City of this year, the surprise first place finisher and advance much further in the playoffs and possibly make a finals appearance.

RM

MLS Update: Vancouver Whitecaps

Last Season Finish: 18th (Last)

Points: 28 

Record: 6-18-10

Top Scorer: Camilo Sanvezza (12)

In: Sebastien Le Toux, Darren Mattocks, Lee Nguyen, Barry Robson

Out: Shea Salinas, Peter Vagenas, Jay Nolly

In a tough first season in Major League Soccer, the Vancouver Whitecaps finished at the bottom of the table, but have a few diamonds in the rough within the team.  Hopefully a healthy Jay DeMerit will help hold down the back line.  They really could use a little more depth at the back though its looking very thin in experience and skill.  Losing Jay Nolly should not be a huge dent in the back with Joe Cannon in the posts instead.  He has always been a solid keeper.  Chiumiento was one of these diamonds in the rough that will prove to be a great asset in the midfield if the 4-3-3 is used as the first choice formation.  As for new midfield signings Nguyen and Robson they will be a toss up to see how influential they will be.  From very little research Robson seems like he has the potential to be a great influence on this team with his tactical abilities and ability to find goals from no where on occasion.  In the biggest transfer of the off-season Sebestien Le Toux’s move to the Whitecaps should alone move them up the table atleast 4 places.  He is a game changer, bottom line.  With center forward Eric Hassli (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8Vfdx7LEh4-pure class), speedy winger Darren Mattocks on the right and Le Toux on the left it will be the most lethal strike force in the MLS.


RM 

Le Toux Dealt to Whitecaps

With the transfer window coming to a close, the Philadelphia Union ended speculation that Sebastien Le Toux would be shipped to the Premiership by dealing the All-Star forward to the Vancouver Whitecaps. In return, the Union receive allocation money. Manager Peter Nowak acknowledged that the deal would allow the Union to field the best possible squad in 2012. As a Union fan myself, it is difficult to come to grips with this move, dealing our best player for allocation money just doesn’t cut it. 

Later Tuesday, Union officials announced that Roger Torres would be returning for the 2012 campaign, as the team exercised their option to keep the midfielder. 

Tough to see such a phenomenal talent part ways to the club, but certainly nice to see Roger Torres stick around. How could the Union let go their best player and ONLY get allocation money in return? If I were Le Toux I’d feel unwanted, and If I were the Union, I’d be embarrassed to have made such a shocking deal, getting nothing in return. Danny Mwanga better be ready to step up big time. That is all.