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2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #1
Tuesday December 31, 2013 6:30pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,356
Here is my top 5:

1. Zardes: I think he will have a much better second season. He will play striker as well as winger this up coming season. A hot start to the season may even make Klinsmann think about him.
2. Yedlin: Offensively Yedlin is as dynamic as a RB as I have seen. Defensively he needs to get better, and I believe it's an area he will improve upon in his second season. He has the speed to be a shut down RB.
3. Zimmerman: George John seems to be injury prone these days, and Matt Hedges had some injury issues last season as well. Zimmerman has the tools and talent to take either Hedges or Johns starting spot this upcoming season. If I was a betting man then I think George John has more to worry about.
4. Fagundez: New England is turning into his team, and this upcoming season he will push himself into the upper elite of MLS players.
5. Trapp: Had a decent rookie season. This upcoming season Trapp will show people why he is consider a potential USMNT CM going into the 2018 WC cycle.

GD10
Post #2
Tuesday December 31, 2013 6:47pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 274
For me its Luis Gil's big year coming up and I think he will have a huge breakout season. He will move permanently to the center of the park.

I like Zardes but he is too raw and needs to learn how to finish.

Love Yedlin's ability just needs to mature.

I think Jack Mac will rebound from a dreadful 2nd half of the season, he did at the tail end he started to pick it up. with those 2 goals.

Nagbe will be one of the faces of the league.

I think Pontius will have a rebound year and start 2014 on fire, he will be this cycles Herculez Gomez

skangles
DC
Post #3
Tuesday December 31, 2013 7:57pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,420
You know who won't be a MLS star in 2014? Adolfo Bautista. Yet another head scratching move from Chivas USA (if the deal is completed). Why would a 35 year old scrub who hasn't done anything in over three years be your top foreign acquisition target?

Amidst Chivas' raft of blunders perhaps their biggest besides racist employment policies is that they treat Mexican-American fans, their sole target market, like they're idiots. Nobody is going to see Bautista signing with Chivas USA and think "hey remember when El Bofo was good for Chivas Guadalajara a decade ago, I should pay to watch his corpse light up the MLS." The fans know that Chivas USA's management is trying to force feed them an awful product and they want nothing to do with it.

Chivas USA's disconnection from the world in which they operate is befuddling. They are the worst managed team in US professional sports and its not even close.

And with that rant, what is the criteria for star? Is it a rising young talent? If not, I'd expect familiar foes like Keane, Donovan and Magee to be stars again next year. If it's a rising star, then I like Rowe.

camparkinson
Post #4
Tuesday December 31, 2013 11:15pm

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 318
Yea with that list 2tone your headline should have been, young players ready to make a big jump.

Clearly the same top dogs will be there (Keane, Donovan, Henry) but I like the list for players who are poised for a break out season.

I'd add O'Neil, Powers, Rowe, Schuler to the list of young american's who could take that next step and start getting attention for the full team.

I'm hearing the two CB's out of CAL are the real deal with Birnbaum early favorite for ROY and Dean as a phyical freak who is a CB long term but may start out at LB. I live in the bay area and watched both play for the last few years and Birnbaum's more the solid dependable type but Dean could be a real talent, will be interesting to see where they end up.

skangles
DC
Post #5
Tuesday December 31, 2013 11:23pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,420
Really? I don't follow the NCAA but the mocks I've seen had Dean going first or second and Birnbaum going later in the first round. It's interesting to get your thoughts as I have no basis to form an opinion but the mock draft analyses had sold me on Dean being DC United's pick.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #6
Tuesday December 31, 2013 11:53pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,356
Dean looks to be going #1 to DC Untied. United need CB's and LB's. Dean can fill in at either position.

bbakerxyz
Post #7
Wednesday January 1, 2014 1:05am

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 237
I have to say I never understood 2tone's love for Zardes. Reminds me of Brek Shea a few years ago - all raw talent and no ball skill. Shea still hasn't developed much skill; hopefully Zardes does.

admsghs27
Post #8
Wednesday January 1, 2014 1:23am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 6,060
Zardes is probably the most innacurate shooter in the entire mls. He was one of the mls leaders with shots and had the fewest goals and shots on target for players with around the same amount of shots. He is a good player but has to work in his passing, and specially on his shots. It was very frustrating watching him play. If he were to put his shots on frame at least 75% of the time he would easily lead the mls in scoring.

Bshredder
Post #9
Wednesday January 1, 2014 4:54am

Joined Aug 2011
Total Posts: 1,459
Original post from camparkinson

I'd add O'Neil, Powers, Rowe, Schuler to the list of young american's who could take that next step and start getting attention for the full team.


Yes, Yes, Yes, & Yes... my choices as well.

While Schuler isn't young, I like his game quite a bit. To me, if you combined John Anthony Brooks' strengths and Schuler's strengths, you'd have a hell of a player.

I want to see if Amobi Okugo can finally live up to his very high ceiling. He's always knocking at the door of becoming a stud, but isn't there yet.

Chris Klute was exceptional in 2013 but I want to see if he can avoid a sophomore slump. Andrew Farrell wasn't quite as good as Klute, but he was solid in 2013. He'll face added expectations.

As far as goalkeeping, it's going to be great to watch Steve Clark finally play one a weekly basis. He's got the athleticism to make jaw-dropping saves.

camparkinson
Post #10
Wednesday January 1, 2014 5:07am

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 318
Great additions Bshredder, Klute certainly has shot up the ranks, can't wait to see the Jan Camp roster (twitter said Thursday).

I've heard a lot about Clark but never seen him play so I definitely like that move for him to get more on the radar if he wants any chance for Nats.

Okugo was a very good player last year but yea he could make that jump up to stud, he really seems to be comfortable with his role at CB now and is really leading from the back as well.

Any chance we see Farrell move to CB anytime soon? I remember hearing many people talk about his best position down the line was CB during the draft last year.

Zardes is an incredibly exciting prospect, I'm not sure how anyone can argue that. Sure he's raw but he's got a great skill set both athletically and physically that he could turn into a dominant player. Sure his technique is behind but I get why 2tone likes him... Bruce Arena likes him enough to play him out of position for most of the second half of the season so that sure means something.

admsghs27
Post #11
Wednesday January 1, 2014 5:28am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 6,060
Original post from camparkinson

Great additions Bshredder, Klute certainly has shot up the ranks, can't wait to see the Jan Camp roster (twitter said Thursday).

I've heard a lot about Clark but never seen him play so I definitely like that move for him to get more on the radar if he wants any chance for Nats.

Okugo was a very good player last year but yea he could make that jump up to stud, he really seems to be comfortable with his role at CB now and is really leading from the back as well.

Any chance we see Farrell move to CB anytime soon? I remember hearing many people talk about his best position down the line was CB during the draft last year.

Zardes is an incredibly exciting prospect, I'm not sure how anyone can argue that. Sure he's raw but he's got a great skill set both athletically and physically that he could turn into a dominant player. Sure his technique is behind but I get why 2tone likes him... Bruce Arena likes him enough to play him out of position for most of the second half of the season so that sure means something.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bixzbbVtJiY

Some Highlights. I'm very excited to see Clark He could easily be our 3rd keeper and second once Howard is gone, Maybe even Challenge Guzan in the future.

admsghs27
Post #12
Wednesday January 1, 2014 5:34am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 6,060
Anyways Happy New Years to all.. Salud! and Enjoy the night safely.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #13
Wednesday January 1, 2014 7:49am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,115
Okugo is a guy I've been pushing for. Can play play CB and DM. But he and the team are much better when eh plays CB. I agree with everyone and this could be the year he pushes forward as a star for Philly. He won't be needed for 2014 but I have big expectations for him in the next cycle.

Rowe and Fagundez. Dynamic playmakers. Future USMNT players.

Sean Johnson came on in the 2nd of the season for Chicago. He picked up his game and I thought he was their most important player after Magee while they tried mightily for a playoff spot. He's our 4th GK and he could really push for games next cycle.

Luis Gil is due. He's been in MLS for a while and this should be his breakout year.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #14
Friday February 7, 2014 10:31pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,356
I am going to add a few more players that could have big years:

1. Omar Salgado: Having a very good pre-season, and his 6'4" frame has filled out. He is going to be a handful for any CB tandem in MLS with his size, skill, and speed. Really looking forward to seeing him play this season.

2. Davies: Has the confidence from the coaching staff going into 2014. He will probably play a majority of his minutes as a wide forward/winger in Heaps 4-3-3.

3. Hedges: very underrated CB. Good speed and lateral speed. Good passer, and dominant in the air.

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #15
Friday February 7, 2014 10:46pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,467
Zimm's got a lot of potential and a high ceiling, I'm not going to put too much pressure on him this season to really establish himself...it'll happen in due time and none of us want another Shea-style hype up, and then everyone getting down on him when he proves to be just a human.

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