Sunday, November 25, 2007

Dorman's Going Home, Riley Leaves In Expansion Draft

Looks as thought Andy Dorman will be headed back to England to ply his trade where he grew up. The 2006 Midnight Riders man of the year faded during this past season, eventually losing his starting spot to Wells Thompson. I wish him well, and hope to see him work his way to the Premiership. With the lousy pay he's been receiving in MLS, karma dictates he'll get his payday. He leaves behind a younger brother, Richy, who's a standout for the Boston University soccer team, Andy's alma mater.

James Riley was San Jose's selection in the expansion draft last Wednesday. Riley has been an on again, off again starter all over the field during his three year stint with the Revs. Although mostly a left defender, Riley offered coverage and depth at central and right defense, as well as some time at left midfield and holding mid. He's a very intelligent player and person, and I hope he becomes a full time starter for San Jose.

With Avery John's future uncertain, this leaves some holes to fill for New England. Hopefully, Amaechi Igwe becomes the stud he's supposed to be and takes over left defense. Granted, he may be better suited in a 4-4-2 as he played forward in his one year in college with much success. He could always beat out Khano Smith for left midfield, but coach Steve Nicol is insistent on keeping that area of the field their glaring weakness.

Speaking of which, the coaches are scouting in Argentina before watching the college tournaments and playoffs. To his credit, Nicol has had an eye for picking players out of college. However, he's yet to bring in a skillful player which could provide the service to take the Revs over the top. You can't find one of those in college.


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