By Tony Edwards – San Jose, CA (Jan 19, 2012) US Soccer Players — In today's Questions, Tony wonders if it's possible for a professional soccer player to have a more bizarre few days than DaMarcus Beasley and his Puebla teammates. From there, we look at changes in New England, and wonders about the Fire's signings and DC's attack.
How was DaMarcus Beasley's Friday?
Oh, not-so-great. Here's a quick rundown. Having government agents invade your team's locker room and seize assets, including the team bus, for unpaid taxes. Waiting on another bus to take you to an away game against Pachuca that ends up turning into a 3-1 loss. Add in Beasley's tweets describing another traffic stop shakedown for cash earlier this week, and that's a tough few days.
Besides having Dwayne De Rosario for a full season, what has DC United done to improve their attack?
Signed a target forward. Specifically Maicon Santos, who is on his fourth MLS team since 2009 (Chivas, Toronto, Dallas). He's 27, and has 14 goals and 5 assists in 62 games. A bigger question for DC might be how does Ben Olsen integrate both De Rosario and the now-healthy Branko Boskovic on the field. De Rosario thrived as part of a San Jose/Houston squad that had multiple attacking options, so it will be interesting to see how DC spreads the wealth.
What has Jay Heaps changed about the Revolution preseason?
Among other things, using a ball. I think we can all agree Shalrie Joseph is probably exaggerating just a little, nevertheless, Heaps is receiving early praise for bringing a different mindset to a team in need of an identity. The upgraded locker room and training facilities are a nice touch.
Speaking of upgrades, who might be the upgrade at Chivas USA that has slipped under the radar?
Ryan Smith. With a new contract, and his family's health issues currently under control, the winger may be the player that helps Chivas USA become more than just functional and well-organized.
So, after the Fire's big announcement about a new sponsor, how did they upgrade on the field?
By re-signing a holding midfielder. It was just earlier this month that the Fire signed Rafael Robayo to play holding midfielder, but re-signing Pavel Pardo gives Frank Klopas plenty of options to shield his back line. Pardo is 35, so expecting him to play 30 games this season might be a stretch and having experienced cover could help Chicago.