December 20, 2006
Former Rhinos midfielder Neil Dombrowski has signed with the Portland Timbers.
Dombrowski was not real happy with his lack of playing time during his rookie season and Coach Calloway wasn't real sure that Dombrowski would be back in 2007 with the Rhinos.
During his rookie season in 2006, Dombrowski only saw 247 minutes of field time during the USL 1st Division season.
Vancouver loses All-League Defender to Europe
2006 First Team All-USL 1st Division defender Geordie Lyall has signed with Walsall FC of England's Football League Two.
Lyall had been a member of the Whitecaps since 1999 and leaves a huge hole in defense for the 2006 league champions.
With Vancouver opting not to pick up their option on fellow starting defender Ryan Suarez, it will be interesting to see what Bob Lilley has up his sleeve for the remainder of the offseason.
Bob Bradley calls 29 players into his first camp
With European club seasons in full swing, Bradley called 28 MLS players into the first camp in his tenure as the interim head coach of the US Men's National Team. Heath Pearce was the lone European based player to be named to the squad. Since Pearce is playing in Denmark, there wasn't a conflict with his club team's schedule as the Danish league is in the midst of it's winter break.
Bradley did call in three players from the Chivas USA squad that he coached last season. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, midfielder Sacha Kljestan, and defender and 2006 MLS Rookie of the Year Jonathan Bornstein were named to the camp roster.
2006 World Cup Team members Jimmy Conrad, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, and Pablo Mastroeni were also amongst the players called into the camp that will begin on January 3rd in Carson, California.
Charlie Davies bypasses MLS
Boston College scoring sensation Charlie Davies has opted to ply his trade in Sweden and bypass MLS when the domestic league wouldn't match his asking price.
Davies has signed a four year deal with Hammarby IF and hopes to use his time in Sweden as a jumping off point for a career on the European continent.
Not only woudl MLS not meet Davies' asking price, but the young forward was also worried about MLS' penchant for holding on to players as opposed to letting them move to Europe when they want to. It will be interesting to see how many other players in the future follow the same path as Davies.
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