Pontius out, Varela signed

United News/MLS News

  • Chris Pontius is to have season ending surgery on his ailing hamstring this week in Los Angeles according to the Washington Post. Pontius, injured initially in the January National Team Camp, suffered the entire season with injury and ended up scoring only 2 goals after a promising rookie season last year. The recovery time is from 4 to 6 months. If on schedule, Pontius could be back for training camp after the New Year
  • Clyde Simms will most likely play through the pain of another suspect sports hernia. With only 6 matches remaining and the entire off-season to recover, Simms is mulling over the decision to push on.
  • United has signed Spanish-born winger Carlos Varela. Varela, who spent most of his professional career in the Swiss League, will turn 33 tomorrow which also happens to be the roster deadline in MLS. No word yet on whether United will sign Junior, the 18-year old younger sibling of Fred, United’s former midfielder
  • MLS will move to a 34 match schedule next season. This means that with the addition of Vancouver and Portland next season, MLS will stay with the home-and-away schedule for the forseeable future. The league will still have two conferences. Word has it that Houston and Dallas are more than likely to switch to the Eastern Conference to give both conferences 9 teams each
  • The Colorado Rapids and New York Red Bulls pulled off a significant trade today when the Rapids sent midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy to the Red Bulls for midfielder/forward Macumba Kandji
  • Toronto FC have fired both coach Preki and General Manager Mo Johnston today. The club has named Canadian Nick Dasovic as the interim coach. It seems the cries from the fanbase were heard loud and clearly. I didn’t realize that you could fire a front office executive. Seems strange doesn’t it United fans?
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