In Case You Missed It: First week of the offseason was crazy busy in MLS
Two days after Sporting KC defeated Real Salt Lake to win MLS Cup 2013, the League lifted the roster freeze and teams quickly began the wheeling and dealing, giving us as busy a first full week of offseason as we've ever seen, with Seattle and Toronto leading the way in terms of player moves.
In case you took a breath following MLS Cup 2013 - which was just last weekend - here's what you may have missed in Major League Soccer and CONCACAF:
TRADES AND SIGNINGS:
Dallas and Toronto got things going early on Monday when FCD traded Brazilian forward Jackson Gonçalves to TFC for allocation money and a conditional second-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Dallas also came to terms with their 2013 second round draft pick Ryan Hollingshead who opted for community work in Sacramento, Calif., this past season instead of immediately joining the club.
On the flip side, the Crew traded long-time center back Chad Marshall to Seattle for allocation money and a third-round pick in the 2015 SuperDraft. And, they also acquired midfelder Daniel Paladini from Chicago for a draft pick.
A day after Seattle announced that they had declined the option on goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, the Sounders acquired goalkeeper Stefan Frei from Toronto for a conditional 2015 first-round SuperDraft pick. The Sounders also traded designated player Mauro Rosales to Chivas USA for Tristan Bowen - as well as a swap of allocation spots.
Seattle's week of moves concluded with the acquisition of Dallas forward Kenny Cooper in exchange for midfielder Adam Moffatt.
Chicago picked up Lovel Palmer from Salt Lake in exchange for allocation money.
DC United acquired midfielder Davy Arnaud from Montreal for an international roster spot. Later, they selected defenders Sean Franklin (LA) and Bobby Boswell (HOU) in the Re-Entry draft. United finished the week by inking Conor Doyle to a contract following his loan from Derby County.
After the loss of their long-time goalkeeper (see below), New England re-acquired Brad Knighton in a trade with Vancouver for a conditional draft pick.
Portland traded center back Andrew Jean-Baptiste to Chivas USA for Jorge Villafaña and the #2 pick in the Re-Entry Process, which the Timbers than used to select Seattle's Steve Zakuani from Seattle.
Sporting KC got involved by acquiring Sal Zizzo from the Timbers in exchange for allocation money.
Philadelphia picked Corben Bone (CHI) in the Re-Entry draft.
The New York Red Bulls also joined in on the action, acquiring Bobby Convey from Toronto in exchange for two draft picks.
Toronto's busy week ended when they signed Brazilian forward Gilberto as a designted player on Friday.
Rapids legend Pablo Mastroeni was the first to announce his retirement from the game post-MLS Cup, but he was not the first this offseason nor the last.
Also calling it quits were a pair of goalkeepers in Sporting KC's goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen and New England's Matt Reis. The retirements were capped on Friday when the Houston Dynamo hosted a testimonial match for Brian Ching, who also finished his career.
We'd already seen that other notable MLSers had called it a career, such as Chris Albright, Kevin Hartman, Lee Young-Pyo, Allesandro Nesta, and Ramiro Corrales.
Real Salt Lake will be introducing a new head coach for 2014 after Jason Kreis stepped down last week in order to take the head coaching position at expansion side New York City FC.
The LA Galaxy hired Matt Reis as goalkeeper coach.
Chicago Fire brought on CJ Brown as assistant coach.
Toronto brought on board Greg Vanney as assistant general manager and academy director.
MLS, USSOCCER, CONCACAF and More:
Major League Soccer revealed that Bayern Munich will be the opponent for the 2014 MLS All-Star game in Portland.
U.S. Soccer announced that head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been signed to a four-year extension - beyond the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Club Leon defeated Club America to win Mexico's Liga MX title - with an U.S.-born goalkeeper.
CONCACAF announced that Mexico's Oribe Peralta and U.S. Women's forward Alex Morgan were named CONCACAF's Players of the Year.
Notre Dame defeated Maryland 2-1 to win the NCAA College Cup Championship.
CONCACAF also approved a proposal from U.S. Soccer and MLS to change which U.S.-based teams enter the CONCACAF Champions League. In doing so, the Portland Timbers (top in the West) - not MLS Cup finalist Real Salt Lake - will join the New York Red Bulls (Supporters Shield), DC United (Open Cup winners), and Sporting KC (MLS Cup winner) in the next edition.