Thursday, February 21, 2013

New Players Trickle In

After a mild draft day goof-up (last season started with an LF, remember) Rose City got off to a solid start along with the rest of the league yesterday. The Flyers picked up San Jose's seasoned Alan Gordon, the fiery upstart in Philly, Jack McInerney, and a potential bomb in Raphael de Sousa, DC United's new DP Striker from Brazil.

Jack McInerney
Gordon has been a standout in the no-one-left-behind race for strongest forward on last year's Supporter's Shield winning 'Quakes. Pair him with a recovering Marvin Chavez, and sometimes when the Earthquakes score once, Rose City will score twice.

McInerney was a breakout in what was an otherwise down year for Philadelphia last season. With Sebastian Le Toux back in the mix for the Union, the young striker may see fewer minutes, however, he should make up for it in stronger technical play and things he can pick up from the aging Frenchman.

Finally, de Sousa is a bit of an enigma to much of the league still, but he's worth a DP salary and coming out of Brazil. You can bet he won't be sitting out many games and will be using some fancy footwork to try and find the back of the net for DC.

For the moment, these are your new Flyers. Welcome to the team boys, there's plenty more on the way!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Di Vaio announced as final DP Selection

In a short note today, Rose City has followed through on their initial offseason plans and labeled Marco Di Vaio as their third and final Designated Player. The club was in some negotiations, but it seems that Di Vaio's short season here last year hasn't convinced the other BSL managers of his value yet.

Di Vaio, giving the people what they want!

"We're very glad to have our three biggest names from our first successful season back with us," the Flyers' manager said when asked about this latest advancement. "These are quality guys who show up every week and give it their all. Having three guys like this that you know you can count on, and who haven't jumped ship from MLS or had their circumstances change in any substantial way since the previous season, that's what gives a team stability. It's important."

Di Vaio will take Rose City's final Designated Player slot. Mauro Rosales and Marvin Chavez were previously named the teams first two DPs.