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MLS news roundup: Crazy Galaxy scheduling, New Frenchman in San Jose, Jason Kreis media meet-up and more

Jan 6, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

Galaxy

Now that we have the solid dates confirmed for CONCACAF Champions League matches, let the Monday Morning schedule quarterbacking begin. Because the Galaxy is going from 0-to-60 in an awful hurry!

Seriously, someone will need to explain how it’s good for anyone that the Galaxy will play five meaningful matches in 15 days? That’s a brutal haul at any point of the season. But to begin the season? Is someone already asleep at the wheel on league scheduling?

New York City FC (and the guiding voices from Manchester City) have put new manager Jason Kreis on ice for a spell where media opportunities are concerned. But they are about to pull back the curtain a bit, now sending invites around for a little media meet-up with the expansion MLS club’s new manager. It’s set for Friday morning in New York.

This report says the San Jose Earthquakes hope to have filled the midfield hole left by Rafael Baca’s departure with the signing of Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi. The same report says the club is on the lookout for a couple of other major replacements, too, for right back Steven Beitashour and speedy midfielder Marvin Chavez. Those would qualify as major losses.

We already talked about the odd situation going on in Vancouver, where a Mexican club has created something of a pickle … for themselves, for the league’s Golden Boot winner and for Vancouver. Seriously, guys, what about a “contract” don’t you understand?

Seattle midfielder Lamar Neagle has signed a contract extension. No, he’s not going to replace Eddie Johnson’s goals around CenturyLink Field, but Neagle represents the kind of solid depth-creator that every good club needs. Seattle’s prudent offseason moves continue to portend good things for 2014.

  1. hildezero - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    What?! Rafael Baca left? Where did Baca go to? Different club or different league?

    • mvktr2 - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      Baca was one of a group of 3 along with Jose Villareal & Michael Farfan that went to Liga MX to …. the club escapes me.

      I just did a google search for Beitashour and came up with this month old article saying his contract in SJ was up and that Morrow had been traded to TorontoFC. (not a SJ fan here so this was all news to me)

      http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2013/12/17/san-jose-earthquakes-cite-cap-concerns-justin-morrow-departs-steven-beitasho

  2. Professor Fate - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Wonder what the Galaxy did for the league to screw them over like this.

    “Is someone already asleep at the wheel on league scheduling?” That would assume that this was an inadvertent error. No one could possibly be that incompetent, so the only explanation left is that MLS has a hard-on for L.A. and decided to bury it deep.

  3. hildezero - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    @mvktr2,

    Oh okay. I think you mean Cruz Azul, right?

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