Just not a lot going on right now. Very very quiet, the quietest time of the MLS season. I hate the offseason, there's only so long you can analyze 2011. Hopefully round 2 of the re-entry draft today brings some news.
Huge congratulations go out to FC Dallas Academy defender Boyd "OC" Okwuono who is a national champion tonight as his UNC Tar Heels defeated Charlotte 1-0 in the College Cup Final to win their first championship since 2001.
I caught most of the game and OC was fantastic. Paired with star senior Matt Hedges, Okwuono played as the deepest defender and had man excellent moments showing off his 1v1 defending skills. While he was beaten a few times in the air, Boyd was a brick wall when players ran at him making a few great challenges. I came away really impressed by his performance and with FCD coaches in the crowd, you wonder how long it will be before they offer him a homegrown deal.
As a part of his 2011 FC Dallas Season in Review for the FCD website, Adam Crouch has an interesting Q&A with Schellas Hyndman. This is the first time I've seen Schellas admit to some blame in how he managed the roster during the last part of the season.
MLSsoccer.com: How do you think you did in managing the team’s workload?
Hyndman: Part of the season, there were some things that we couldn’t control. There were injuries to key players – fatigue, heavy legs and mental fatigue. We had the whole thing with George John going to Blackburn. That was another issue that was up in the air. Then we had Bobby Rhine pass away. When you look back at the season, it’s like "Wow, all of that happened in one year." There are some things you couldn’t manage, but I think I probably could have done a better job of managing the rotation of players.
Keep reading for a lot more including Re-entry draft, one player not coming to FCD and more
Speaking on the MLS Extra Time podcast, Marcelo Balboa mentions Oscar Pareja as a candidate for the vacant Colorado job. I'm not giving this more pub because I don't really think there's a lot to this as the move doesn't make any sense. I could see Oscar leaving Dallas for a job in Colombia or the youth national team, but stepping into that mess in Colorado? Just don't see it.
As I mentioned earlier, the re-entry draft takes place today and last year there was a lot of wheeling and dealing on this day. Soccer By Ives has a really nice review of the players left for selection. It's all about quality depth.
Maicon Santos (FC Dallas): A pure finisher who scored eight goals last year, the Brazilian striker was hoped to be the missing link for Dallas after a midseason trade from Toronto FC. But the chemistry never developed, and he was benched for Dallas' playoff loss to New York.
The 2010 World Cup veteran will be officially confirmed this week as a new signing at one of the most successful clubs in Mexico over the past few years; Santos have reached three of the last four playoff finals and play Tigres UANL on Sunday evening for the second leg of the finals (7 pm ET; TeleFutura, Telemundo).
Travis Clark of MLSSoccer.com has his big board of MLS draft prospects worth taking a look at.
13. Arthur Ivo, Southern Methodist, M
A creative Brazlian midfielder (who also holds a Portuguese passport) with a cultured left foot, Ivo’s citizenship status could possibly hamper where he lands in the draft.
Congratulations to our friends down in Monterrey as after 29 years, Tigres are once again champions of Mexico. Makes the FCD reserve win over Tigres in September look all the more impressive.
Finally, those who read my story on Ruben Luna and Correcaminos will be happy to know the Roadrunners defeated La Piedad in their 2-leg playoff final and will be advancing on to face the winner of the 2012 Clasura for the right to gain promotion up to the Liga Mexicana.