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A quick catch-up on Major League Soccer’s off-season

Dec 11, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

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We are just 10 days past the 17th MLS Cup championship – so why does it seem like three weeks?

Probably because this will be the shortest MLS off-season, if we can even call it that. The time off has been trimmed on both sides; the 2012 season went longer than ever, into December for the first time, and the 2013 regular season begins earlier than ever, in early March. It’s about a month earlier than in those first years of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

That means things are moving at lickety-split pace. There’s no other way.

Talking points so far (some of which have been resolved, others not):

  • The ongoing David Beckham watch
  • The ongoing Landon Donovan watch
  • Real Salt Lake’s roster makeover
  • Red Bull’s roster makeover and coaching search
  • Chivas USA’s coaching search
  • D.C. United’s management shuffle
  • An eventful period of player option declines
  • An uneventful Phase I of the MLS Re-Entry Draft

For a more thorough review of the above, and more, this is a good place to start: a piece from Soccer America wrapping up the first 10 days of Major League’s Soccer post-season lite.

  1. soccerjohn - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Looks like Marquez might be heading to the Mexican league. If that happens, it’ll be nice to be rid of him. But as a DCU fan, I’ll be sorry he’s no longer messing with that team.

  2. Steve Davis - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Yes, Richard Farley reported on that yesterday. Probably big enough to be listed among the “major developments so far.” Definitely will be if it happens. (And I’m sure fans of 17 other teams share your conflicted view!)

  3. soccerjohn - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Hmm, maybe I shouldn’t be such a Steve Davis snob. I’ve got my bookmark to this site set for your archives!

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