venerdì 9 marzo 2012

In Canada

Despite an inaugural season ended with a league-worst 18 losses, the hype is high for the second season of Canada's second franchise. The Caps had a busy offseason with new players and a new head coach --  Martin Rennie from the NASL's Carolina Railhawks -- coming on. The most exciting signing was Korean veteran left back Lee Young-Pyo. After a stint in Europe with PSV, Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund and two seasons in Saudi Arabia, the 34-year-old Lee joined a weak defense reinforced with the experienced Jay DeMerit and Alain Rochat. The team released Lee Nguyen but has a lot of weapons up front to work in Rennie's offensive 4-2-3-1, starting with  goal scorer Sebastien Le Toux and skillful Davide Chiumiento. They also drafted Darrenn Mattocks to pair with last season's No. 1 pick Omar Salgado to add depth. Rennie will have the goal to stabilize the team after coach Teitur Thordarson's tenure. Montreal Impact, the Major League Soccer's fifth new team in four seasons, picked up various players just to trade them. Going for experience, the Impact acquired veteran goalkeepers Donovan Ricketts and Greg Sutton, defender Nelson Rivas and holding midfielder Davy Arnaud. Impact head coach Jesse Marsch built a solid back line adding Bobby Burling, Zarek Valentin, and Tyson Wahl. Andrew Wenger, the MLS top pick in the SuperDraft, has lined up as a midfielder and forward in preseason. All the roster is technically gifted.

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