Hillcrest Responds to Cause for Alarm

I thought it worth bringing attention to the response of Hillcrest to Tony Felich’s post Cause for Alarm. It gives some insight into the team this year that any basic fan would be interested in and not sure you’d catch in the comments. You may wish to read Cause for Alarm as well if you have not yet. If you don’t know Hillcrest is part of the front office staff  and so his post comes with true insight. His comments are below.

  1. A couple pieces of food for thought:

    Last year we lost 3-0 in our first pre-season match and went to the semifinal. Crew won all their pre-season matches, yet finished behind us in the standings.

    A major priority for our coaching staff was adding speed and versatility during the draft. They did not evaluate any of the forward prospects more highly than either Chance or Roger in the first round, so we acquired two very talented young players who are hardworking AND Generation adidas, so we control them for an extended amount of time without having to expose them to the expansion drafts that are coming soon. Continue reading

Trujillo Deal Confirmed

The signing of Colombian Iván Trujillo has been confirmed today by Wizards Coach Curt Onalfo during his interview on Between the Lines on Sports Radio 810AM here in Kansas City. Onalfo said that the signing should be officially announced in the next few days.

All Wizards’ Draft Picks Summary: Final

#1 Chance Myers

 With the first overall pick in the draft our Wizards chose UCLA defender Chance Myers. Myers played just two years of college ball collecting a total of 4 goals and 4 assists playing in 42 games. You can probably guess by his hair that he is from Cali, specifically Thousand Oaks, CA. While he is an unexpected pick this high in the draft Myers has been in the eyes of U.S. National team for some time now having played for both the U-18 and U-20 teams. This January Chance was called into the U-23 teams camp. Continue reading

Worst Highlight Video Ever

In preparation of the Draft Friday at 1 p.m. Central time MLSnet has put together highlight film of the predicted first round guys. One video is for Patrick Nyarko, the forward out of VT that we are expected to pick. Follow the link and check it out, don’t judge Nyarko by this alone. By highlight reels alone Eric Avila, Midfielder out of Santa looks better, video here.

Sasha Victorine Next?

MLS Underground is reporting that an anonymous emailer with ties close to the Wizards says Sasha Victorine will be the next to go in Onalfo’s house cleaning. San Jose is the destination listed. At $137,000 a year for limited minutes it makes sense. Again, time will tell. During the next 24 hours now I expect we’ll see a great deal of player movement.

#1 Pick Trade Bait?

This is the time of year where really odd trades seem to happen one after another. Teams find a guy in the draft they want must find a way to get high enough in the draft to pick them. Current rumor flying is that the Houston Dynamo are looking to our Number one pick due to two of their forwards (not Ching) looking to go over seas. The question is what would they give up for that pick? Again just a rumor, but word is Brian Mullan and their #1 2008 pick is what they are willing to lay on the table. If this were to go through we would have effectively traded Nick Garcia for Brian Mullan, which leads me to believe this will die as merely a rumor. One reason Onalfo has stated for the Garcia trade is clearing salary. With Garcia making $131,000 and Mullan $125,000 (has recently re-signed to what would be an expected raise due to his status as 2007 team co-MVP). The end result on salary cap then is $6,000 freed up at best. Still these are exciting times and you can bet we’ve got a few good signings coming before the season begins. That or we are toast.

Burciaga Traded to Colorado

 

Vermes/Onalfo continue to tear apart the Wizards 2007 team, this time sending Burciaga to the Colorado CRapids. It appears they are either going to rely a great deal on rookies or they are clearing cap space for some serious signings. Let’s hope it is the later and somehow related to Onalfo’s trip to Argentina last month. Iván Trujillo shouldn’t cost too much to sign, these next few weeks should be really disappointing or really exciting depending upon what the FO does with this new found cap space. Official Press Release follows. Continue reading