January 6, 2009
Former Rhino and long time nemesis Gabe Gervais is retiring after suffering a bunch of injuries last season with the Impact.
Gervais retires as the first and only player to be named the USL 1st Division/A-League Defender of the Year three times.
It will be interesting to see how the Impact fill the rather sizable hole that will be left in Gabe's wake.
News & Notes
- Fellow long time Montreal Impact player and former Rhino Mauro Biello isn't hanging up his boots. In fact, he's signed a new deal with Montreal. Also, Patrick Leduc has signed a new two year deal with Montreal.
- Seattle Sounders FC have signed another USL Sounder with goalkeeper Chris Eylander signing on to back up Kasey Keller.
- There is also a rumor floating around that Seattle may go after a 2nd DP slot to try and nab Valencia's Fernando Morientes. I wonder if he'll require major surgery before suiting up for Seattle as well?
- David Falk at the Examiner.com has his list of the top 5 questions for Seattle in Year 1. I had to laugh at Kasey Keller feeling heat from Chris Eylander.
- There are some people that are all for the Portland to MLS deal: the people in the next county over who have a short drive and no impact on their taxes!
- If this writer is correct and Beckham still has the ability to dominate in MLS, then why didn't he? I know that outside of Landon Donovan and a few others his supporting cast stunk, that still doesn't explain why Beckham was largely a non-factor in the second half of the 2008 season for LA.
- SBI.net is outraged at the StubHub prices for US-Mexico (even though tickets have yet to go on sale). As a public service announcement, The American Outlaws supporters group has them for sale at much lower prices.
- And if only for Sam's sake, I have to link to this nice little indoor soccer piece on TIAS.com.
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