There are a few thoughts I’m sure to have on today’s re-draft. I’ve something bouncing around in my head but really being that it’s so late my time and after hosting a mini Christmas party I don’t have the time to get really become too involved, simply it’s past my bed time. Yes–men in their late 20′s have bed times too. Say what you will but this becomes vital as soon as you have children in the house.
The re-draft for the Sounders, in my opinion, simply boils down to not being too surprised. Considering the rumours connecting the club to both home grown talent, talent down in South America that potentially could land on the cheap and then the possibility of buying out a DP and replacing them with some European club star. It just kind of makes sense to me to go after any of the pieces available in the redraft at this time. It also doesn’t take into account the possibility of adding a cheap piece via the ‘Superdraft’ in January.
There have been a ton of moves performed by other teams such as the Timbers and even RSL. It’s natural to want to keep pace with them but understand that this doesn’t require two things 1) constant movement and 2) spending boat loads of money. Unlike the popular opinion.
It was nice to hear from Hanauer yesterday and the news of the front office willingness to do what they need to, in order to land quality talent in attempts to considerably improve this club and bring home not just multiple trophies but the elusive MLS Cup. But, as it has been well stated in many other locations and with a great many other writers, success has shown us to be fickle when it comes to clubs who spend money. It’s not about just discovering an issue and throwing money at it; you have to be smart and it takes a bit of time to grow a team that can do all that.
People point to the improvement of the Timbers in the past two weeks, but they were also a terrible team last year that spent quiet a pretty penny. They NEEDED to make improvements and with a new coach and a new system they needed specific pieces to be added. I’m sure it’s possible they even have aspirations much higher than the basement of the Western Conference. I can’t confirm that but it makes sense that they are jumping on players right away that help implement their new system and potential core pieces for the future.
The Sounders are obviously far from finished with 2 1/2 months left and in impending transfer window there is plenty left to come. This should be a great couple of months and I fully expect the front office become rather inventive or (as I think most of us suspect) continue to fine tune one of the top clubs in the US.