MLS 27 Season Preview – The Eastern Conference pt. two

With the collaboration of Davide Antonioli

In the second episode of this MLS 2022 team-by-team preview, episode one here, we’re going to round out the Eastern Conference, focusing on the easternmost franchises and the two Canadians.

DC attached

Trainer: Hernan Losada

licensometer: 4

It is worth the price of the ticket counter.: 10

starting goalkeeper: Bill Hamid, thirty-one years old. 287 appearances, 86 clean sheets. In pink since 2009 (discontinuous).

funniest player: Moses Nyeman, eighteen years old. 30 games, 0 goals, 1 assist. Grown in the nursery.

barometer player: Ola Kamara, Thirty-two years old. 56 appearances, 26 goals, 4 assists. In pink since 2019.

performance fork: Field factor in the first round of the playoffs / out of the playoffs. After a season of ups and downs, the goal is to return to the Postseason, from which the capital team has been absent for two seasons.

Possible funniest plot twist: They combine breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Main additions of the offseason: Brendan Hines-Ike (D, from KV Kortrijk), Gaoussou Samake (D, from ASEC Mimosas), Michael Estrada (A, from Toluca)

Most urgent needs: Firepower outside, after the transfers of Arriola and Paredes. Even a little weight in midfield wouldn’t hurt. They still have a free quota of DB and all of the U22 initiative.

FC Montréal

Trainer: Wilfried Nancy

licensometer: two

It is worth the price of the ticket counter.: 7

Goalkeeper Holder: James Pantemis. Twenty four years. 23 appearances and 4 clean sheets. Grown in the nursery.

funniest player: Matko Miljević. Twenty years. 2 goals in 8 appearances. In pink from 2021.

barometer player: Djordje Mihailovic. Twenty-three years. 4 goals and 14 assists in 36 games. In the pink of 2020.

performance fork: Field factor in the first round of the playoffs / out of the playoffs. Montreal in 2021 was one of the funniest teams in the league and Nancy has shown that she can value even little-known players. However, with the growth of attention, expectations also increase.

Possible funniest plot twist: Sunusi Ibrahim takes the place of starting point

Main additions of the offseason: Gabriele Corbo (D, on loan from Bologna), Alistair Johnston (D, Nashville)

Most urgent needs: Not that they urgently need to fill them, they were empty last year too, but there are two DP slots available for the franchise. An experienced side potentially both on the right and on the left in case the youngsters do not give guarantees – or another central defender if it is decided to move Johnston by band.

New England Revolution

Trainer: Bruce Arena

licensometer: one

It is worth the price of the ticket counter.: 8.5

starting goalkeeper: Matt Turner, twenty-seven years old. 106 appearances, 23 clean sheets. In pink since 2016.

funniest player: Carles Gil twenty-nine years old. 75 appearances, 16 goals, 29 assists. In pink since 2019.

barometer player: Gustavo Bou thirty-two years old. 69 appearances, 32 goals, 11 assists. In pink since 2019.

performance fork: Winners of the Supporters’ Shield / home factor in the first round of the playoffs. After having dominated the 2021 Regular Season, and debuting in the first round of the Playoffs, the objectives of the season are, without a doubt, to lift the MLS Cup, cursed in Foxborough, and also do well in the Champions League.

Possible funniest plot twist: Matt Polster’s season takes him to twenty-three for Qatar

Main additions of the offseason: Sebastian Lletget (C, LA Galaxy trade), Omar Gonzalez (D, Free Agent), Jozy Altidore (A, Free Agent)

Most urgent needs: The next Goalkeeper (from June, given the departure of Matt Turner, heading to London), unless you want to bet on Jacob Jackson, Rookie selected in the Draft, Knighton and Edwards Jr. are not the answer. An offensive end in the case of Traustason does not perform as expected. The quotas of the U22 initiative are still to be filled.

New York City FC

Trainer: Ronny Deila

licensometer: one

It is worth the price of the ticket counter.: 8

Goalkeeper Holder: Sean Johnson, thirty-two. 164 appearances, 44 clean sheets. In pink since 2017.

funniest player: Sizes Magno, nineteen years old. 19 appearances, 3 goals, 0 assists. In pink from 2021.

barometer player: Valentín Castellanos, twenty-three years old. 110 games, 44 goals, 18 assists. In pink since 2018.

performance fork: Supporters’ Shield / Home Factor winners in the first round of the playoffs. After last season’s title, the goal is certainly to repeat, although it won’t be easy. To understand if the Castellanos bomber will be sold in the summer, in that case the arduous task of the franchise will be not to make the man who symbolizes the victorious ride regret it.

Possible funniest plot twist: Ronny Deila finds a way to make Talles Magno and Andres Jasson coexist

Main additions of the offseason: Thiago Martins (D, Yokohama F. Marinos, DP)

Most urgent needs: A right winger — both players who can be employed on that side are potentially starters in other areas of the trident behind Castellanos as well — and possibly another Designated Player — it’s not yet clear if Maxi Moralez’s contract can be downgraded using TAM.

new york red bulls

Trainer: Gerhard Struber

licensometer: 3

It is worth the price of the ticket counter.: 8.5

starting goalkeeper: Carlos Colonel, 25 years old. 35 appearances, 13 clean sheets, in squad since 2021.

funniest player: Wikelman Carmona eighteen years old. 25 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, in the squad as of 2021.

barometer player: Cristian Casseres Jr twenty-two years old. 76 games, 12 goals, 8 assists, in the squad since 2018.

performance fork: Field factor in the first round of the playoffs / out of the playoffs. After reaching the playoffs last season, the goal is to keep the postseason qualifying streak active (there are 12 so far) and continue with the growth of this very young roster. Aaron Long’s recovery is important.

Possible funniest plot twist: Struber steps on the gas a bit and pushes the Red Bulls into Barnsley territory

Main additions of the offseason: Carlos Coronel (P, redeemed by Salzburg Red Bulls), Caden Clark (C, loaned by Red Bulls Leipzig), Jesús Castellano (C, Yaracuyanos)

Most urgent needs: add a second level tip. They still have two open designated player slots.

Philadelphia Union

Trainer: Jim Curtin

licensometer: one

It is worth the price of the ticket counter.: 9

starting goalkeeper: Andre Blake, 31 years old. 195 appearances, 58 clean sheets, in team since 2014.

funniest player: Paxten Aaronson, eighteen, 16 appearances, 3 goals, 0 assists, in roster since 2021.

barometer player: Mikael Uhre, 27 years old, 0 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, in the squad since 2022.

performance fork: Supporters’ Shield / Home Factor winners in the first round of the playoffs. Two years ago he won the Supporters’ Shield, last year he reached 10 positive players in Covid, to play the final. They lost their first striker, but they replaced him, on paper, very well. Expectations are definitely high in the city of brotherly love.

Possible funniest plot twist: Jim Curtin launches a new edition of the Homegrown Party

Main additions of the offseason: Michael Uhre (A, from Brondby), Julián Carranza (A, on loan from Miami)

Most urgent needs: a second striker to support Uhre. The three seats of the U22 initiative are still free.

Toronto FC

Trainer: Bob Bradley

licensometer: two

It is worth the price of the ticket counter.: 9

Goalkeeper Holder: Quentin Westberg. Thirty-five years. 56 appearances and 10 clean sheets. In pink since 2019.

funniest player: Lorenzo Insigne. Thirty years. 116 goals and 91 assists in 421 games for Napoli. In pink from July 2022

barometer player: Alexander Pozuelo. Thirty years. 24 goals and 23 assists in 82 games. In pink since 2019.

performance fork: Supporters’ Shield / Home Factor winners in the first round of the playoffs. After a disastrous season that finished bottom of the Eastern Conference, Toronto has returned to Toronto ambition, and Bob Bradley has shown that it takes little time to turn a new team into a contender.

Possible funniest plot twist: Would it be more fun if Insigne made the league a priority or did he fight harder and harder than expected? I can not decide

Main additions of the offseason: Lorenzo Insigne (A, since July 1, free agent, DP), Carlos Salcedo (D, Tigres, DP), Lukas McNaughton (D, Pacific), Jesus Jimenez (A, Gornik Zabrze)

Most urgent needs: A starting right back and a reserve – at the moment only Marshall-Rutty, a winger, can play there – and at least two other midfielders, one more creative and the other more quantity.

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