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By Evan Ream

When Vancouver Whitecaps FC acquired Sebastien Le Toux for allocation money this morning, a lot of eyebrows were raised in MLS circles in the United States and Canada. Despite finishing last in goals in 2011 with just 35, the Whitecaps already have two double-digit goal-scorers on their roster in Camilo (12 goals) and Eric Hassli (10). They also spent their last two first-round draft picks on forwards: Omar Salgado (no. 1 overall) and Darren Mattocks (no. 2). Their roster is rounded out with passable reserve forwards Atiba Harris and Long Tan.

I understand that the 4-3-3 is becoming popular in MLS, but will a front line of Camilo, Hassli and Le Toux be enough to make up for a defense that finished third-to-last in goals allowed with 55? Vancouver is starting to remind me of another certain Canadian team when it comes to their team building. Though they are trying to right the ship by signing veteran defenders, their approach doesn’t really make sense when their two marquee signings – Jay DeMerit and Lee Young-Pyo – are both on the wrong side of 30. Vancouver may have a decent team, but they are following in the footsteps of Toronto FC.

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By Evan Ream

Jeff Cunningham (134), Jaime Moreno (133), Landon Donovan (114), Ante Razov (114), Jason Kreis (108) and Taylor Twellman (101) make up the exclusive list of MLS players that have scored 100 or more regular season goals. The drop off after Twellman is pretty significant, as the next highest goal total is 90 goals (Edson Buddle). So, who will be the next MLS Player to tally 100 career strikes? It won’t happen this year, but it could happen next year. Here are the candidates:

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By Evan Ream

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Sadly, since these reports have been proven true, Edson Buddle is heading to the German second division to play for FC Ingolstadt 04 who are currently in 17th place out of 18 in the league: six points from being safe. I don’t know much about this team or the German second division either, but I know this is a terrible move for a player in the prime of his career.

 

Edson Buddle is a very good player in MLS. He is by no means a star (especially on the Galaxy) and people definitely do not buy tickets just to see Edson Buddle play. The same was true for Josh Wolff, Robbie Findley, Kenny Cooper, and other attacking MLS players that have left during the prime of their careers to join second division clubs. I get that all of these players want to test their abilities in Europe, but the fact that MLS is losing so many quality players to second divisions around the world is shocking.

 

I have watched English second division soccer (English Championship) a few times and I can tell you that the level of play is no higher than MLS. Why then are all of these players leaving to play in leagues that are at the best, no better? Money would be an obvious answer; MLS can simply not pay what these players are worth. As MLS is still struggling to make money on its own, there really isn’t a good way to solve this situation.

 

Though I won’t blame any of these players for chasing their European dreams, I would like to see more players like Eddie Pope, who rejected a giant transfer fee to stay in MLS his entire career and help build the league. Players like him were proof that you could compete in MLS and still play at a high level internationally. Here’s hoping that we see more Eddie Popes then Edson Buddles in the near future.