July 17, 2012
News and notes from around the league
|The Colorado Rapids placed veteran Pablo Mastroeni on the Disabled List with concussion symptoms.
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After making a head coaching change earlier in the week, the Portland Timbers named Sean McAuley an assistant coach with the club. McAuley joins the Timbers from England’s Sheffield Wednesday FC, where he served as a head coach in the club’s academy.
McAuley, 40, began his coaching career at Sheffield Wednesday in 2005 and spent six seasons as the club’s academy head coach. McAuley also served as the caretaker manager for Sheffield Wednesday’s first team on two occasions during the 2006-07 and 2009-10 League Championship seasons, compiling a 3-2-2 record over seven matches. He returns to Portland, where he played for the second-division Timbers in 2002 during his 15-year professional playing career.
Player of the week
San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 19 of the 2012 MLS season.
Wondolowski recorded a hat trick— the third of his MLS career — and added an assist in the Earthquakes’ 5-0 defeat of Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
Wondolowski put San Jose on the scoresheet first, heading the ball into the back of the net in the 18th minute off of a deflection from a corner kick. In the 72nd minute, Wondolowski stuck his toe out on a Shea Salinas cross to nab his second of the game, putting the Earthquakes ahead 3-0. To cap off the night in the 80th minute, Wondolowski made a run from outside of the penalty area, gathered the ball and slotted it into the left corner to make it 5-0.
Just 11 days after nabbing MLS’s Player of the Month for June, Wondolowski has garnered his fourth career Player of the Week award and his second Player of the Week honor in 2012. Through 20 San Jose matches, Wondolowski has notched 17 goals, and is on pace to finish the season with 29 strikes, which would break the League’s single-season goal-scoring record (27) set by Roy Lassiter in the inaugural MLS campaign in 1996.
With a 12-4-4 record and 40 points, Wondolowski’s Earthquakes are currently four points in front of both Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake in the Supporters Shield race.
On the DL
Colorado Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni has been placed on the Disabled List. Mastroeni, the club’s all-time leader in games played, started, and minutes, will miss at least six matches before being eligible to return from the Disabled List. Mastroeni has been suffering from concussion-related symptoms since March.
Toronto FC forward and Designated Player Danny Koevermans will undergo surgery to address a torn ACL in his left knee. The date of the surgery has yet to be determined. He will be out of the lineup for the remainder of the 2012 MLS season. Koevermans sustained the injury in the first half of Saturday night’s match against the New England Revolution.
Koevermans is in his second season with Toronto FC. During the 2012 MLS regular season, he appeared in 16 games with 12 starts and scored nine goals. Since joining the club in June 2011, Koevermans has scored 19 goals in all competitions for Toronto FC.
Adding Firepower in Vancouver
The Vancouver Whitecaps signed Scotland National Team captain Kenny Miller, making him the club’s third designated player, joining Barry Robson and Eric Hassli.
Miller was sixth overall in total goals scored in all of Europe during the 2010-11 season, with 26. He won Scottish Premier League, Scottish FA Cup, and Scottish League Cup titles with Rangers and Celtic.
A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Miller has scored 16 goals in 60 international appearances for his country, with his international debut coming in a 1-1 friendly draw in Poland on April 25, 2001. His appearances for Scotland include the qualifying campaigns for the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup, as well as the 2004, 2008, and 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. Miller also has served as Scotland captain during his international career.
Caps send LeToux to New York
Sebastien LeToux’s time in Vancouver was a short one. After being traded to the club before the season, the Caps sent him to New York in exchange for midfielder Dane Richards and allocation money. Le Toux made his Red Bulls debut on Sunday in the team’s 2-2 draw with another one of his former clubs, Seattle Sounders FC. Le Toux needed just 24 minutes in a New York shirt to find the back of the net, notching his fifth overall goal of the season to tie things up at one.
Real Salt Lake is sending forward Paulo Jr. on a short-term loan to the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers of the second-division NASL. The 23-year-old Paulo has one goal and one assist in 14 MLS appearances this year. He started the first five games of the season but has seen his playing time taper off since, starting just three games and playing just 244 minutes in league play since April 4.
Paulo played for Ft. Lauderdale – then known as Miami FC – from May 2009 until September 2010, at which point he was sent on loan to RSL through the end of the 2010 MLS season. After enjoying a successful initial loan spell, Paulo was brought back by RSL on-loan for the entire 2011 season. Paulo played well in 2011 and was rewarded in February 2012, when RSL exercised its option to purchase the Brazilian forward, signing him to a contract through the 2014 season.