August 9, 2012
News and notes from around the league
The Portland Timbers and Montreal Impact traded former MLS Goalkeeper of the Year winners on Tuesday, when Portland sent Troy Perkins to Montreal in exchange for Donovan Ricketts.
Ricketts, 35, was an MLS All-Star in 2009 and 2010, and was named the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and to the MLS Best XI in 2010. He helped lead the Galaxy to back-to-back Supporters Shields in 2010 and 2011 and MLS Cup appearances in 2009 and 2011, and also was a finalist for MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2009.
In 94 MLS games, Ricketts has compiled 30 shutouts and a 44-26-21 record, and holds the second-best goals-against average in MLS history among goalkeepers with 90 or more appearances, at 1.11. He has a 4-1-1 record in postseason play, registering three shutouts and a 0.99 goals-against average.
Perkins, 31, appeared in 51 matches for Portland, making 51 consecutive starts for the club from April 23, 2011, to Aug. 3, 2012. During his time with the Timbers, Perkins compiled 12 shutouts, 157 saves, a 1.44 goals-against average and a 14-23-13 record. The 2006 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year recorded an MLS career-high nine shutouts during the Timbers’ inaugural MLS season in 2011 and ranked among league leaders in shutouts, wins (9) and saves (91) last season. Perkins, in his seventh MLS season, joined the Timbers on Dec. 17, 2010, in a trade with D.C. United.
Real Salt Lake dropped its 2012-2013CONCACAF Champions League opener last Wednesday night, giving up an early goal and controversially going down a man in the 58th minute to lose 1-0 at Costa Rican champions C.S. Herediano . Elias Aguilar put the Costa Rican side up 1-0 in the 14th minute, taking advantage of a slip by RSL captain Kyle Beckerman. Salt Lake defender Nat Borchers was shown a red card for a sliding challenge on a 50-50 ball.
Andy Rose had a goal and two assists as Sounders FC opened their Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over Caledonia AIA. Fredy Montero and Sammy Ochoa also scored as Seattle extended its unbeaten streak to eight games (5-0-3) across all competitions.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC acquired center back Andy O’Brien from English League Championship side Leeds United AFC. A veteran of over 300 appearances in the English Premier League, he played in the UEFA Champions League with Newcastle United FC and was a member of the Republic of Ireland squad at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan. O’Brien has made 26 international appearances for the Republic of Ireland (2001 to 2006).
Two-time Honduran Olympic Team midfielder Mario Martinez has joined Seattle Sounders FC on loan from Real España. Real Salt Lake, who held the no. 1 discovery priority on Martinez, received a conditional draft choice in trade. Martinez, 23, also has 17 appearances for the senior national team.
Sporting Kansas City signed midfielder Oriol Rosell to a multiyear agreement. The 20-year-old Spaniard, who was signed at age 12 by Real Madrid, joins the team as a discovery signing after spending six years at FC Barcelona, rising through the club's famed La Masia academy and most recently playing professionally for Barcelona B in Spain's second division. He played as a youth for RCD Espanyol before being invited to attend Barcelona's elite academy in 2006. Rosell was a key contributor to Òscar Garcia's Juvenil A team that completed a historic season in 2011 by securing the top three honors available at their level: Division de Honor Juvenil, la Copa de Campeones de Juvenil and the Copa del Rey Juvenil.
Toronto FC has signed Irish international defender Darren O’Dea. O’Dea, 25, began his youth career with Glasgow Celtic F.C., making his first team debut in September 2006 and going on to make 49 appearances during his time with the Scottish club. At Celtic, O’Dea won the Scottish Premier League twice (’06-’07 and ’07-’08) along with the Scottish Cup in 2008 and the Scottish League Cup in 2009. He also played on loan with English clubs Reading (’09), Ipswich Town (’10-’11), and Leeds United (’11-’12). O’Dea has 14 caps for the Irish National Team, including as part of Ireland’s UEFA EURO 2012 squad, and was recently given the 2012 Ireland Young International Player of the Year award during the FAI International Football Awards in February.
The New York Red Bulls acquired goalkeeper Luis Robles via the MLS Allocation Process. Robles spent the past five seasons in Germany, most recently with Karlsruher SC, where he made 28 appearances from 2010-12. The 28-year-old was drafted by D.C. United in the fourth round of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft with the 50th overall selection , but opted instead for FC Kaiserslautern, where he appeared in 36 games. Robles has earned one cap for the U.S. Men’s National Team, in a 2-2 tie with Haiti in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Robles also played the 2003 and 2004 seasons with USL Premier Development League side Boulder Rapids Reserve.
Player of the Week
Seattle Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week.
Johnson scored the opening goal - his sixth in the Sounders’ last seven games - as Seattle overwhelmed the LA Galaxy 4-0 in front of more than 60,000 fans Sunday at CenturyLink Field. His ten goals leave him tied for fifth in the race for the Budweiser Golden Boot. Johnson connected with a cross from teammate Mauro Rosales in the sixth minute, powering a header just inside the far post from eight yards out.
Player of the Month
LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Month.
Through six MLS matches in July, Keane netted five goals—including back-to-back braces on July 8 and July 14—and added four assists to lead the Galaxy to a 4-1-1 record, the club’s best month of the 2012 campaign. Keane combined with fellow LA Designated Players David Beckham and Landon Donovan to tally 11 goals and 11 assists for the team in July.
Go West Young Man
The New England Revolution traded club captain Shalrie Joseph to Chivas USA in exchange for midfielder Blair Gavin, Chivas USA’s natural second-round selection in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money.
Joseph, 34, spent almost 10 years with the Revolution, after being drafted in the second round of the 2002 MLS SuperDraft out of St. John’s (NY) University. An anchor at central midfield since 2003, Joseph became the Revolution’s captain in 2009. He remains the team’s all-time leader in appearances (261), starts (254), minutes played (22,867), penalty kick goals (12) and fouls suffered (421). He ranks second in shots (321), shots on goal (130) and game-winning assists (13), third in assists (34) and fourth in goals (37).
A finalist for the 2009 MLS MVP award, Joseph is a four-time MLS Best XI performer (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009) and an eight-time MLS All-Star. He helped the club make a league-record six straight appearances in the Eastern Conference championship match, and also started all three of the team’s most recent appearances in MLS Cup (2005, 2006, 2007).
Gavin, 23, is in his third professional season after Chivas USA drafted him 10th overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of Akron. A defensive midfielder, Gavin has made 43 career appearances, including 31 starts for the Goats. He’s scored three goals and added five assists. At Akron, Gavin played three seasons and helped the Zips advance to the 2009 NCAA championship match. He is a former member of the U.S. Under-20 and Under-18 player pools.