Monday, December 20, 2010

Players the Strikers need to sign.

The new Strikers have big shoes to fill. Their prior name sakes were for the most part powerhouses, with star players, great attendance and a record that boasts never missing the playoffs. Will this new incarnation be up to par?

Traffic (owners of the new Strikers) have given us quite a few quality players in Romario, Zinho, Christian Gomez, among others. We know they have connections and could sign great players for the 2011 season. Let's hope they can pull off a few good transfers and surprise us!

Here is my fantasy list followed by players that might realistically be in the teams budget.

Ronaldinho: Yeah, I'm dreaming. If the Strikers were in MLS it could be realistic considering Traffic has the Brazil connection. Rumors have him going to the LA Galaxy or a return to Brazil.

Carlos Tevez: The Argentina striker has troubles with current club Manchester City and requested a transfer. Imagine watching Tevez at Lockhart Stadium...

Andres D'Alessandro: This Argentine has completed his stay at Internacional of Brazil and just got eliminated from the Club World Cup. Rumors have his sights on a likely return to River Plate in Argentina. A few European clubs are interested too.

Gianluigi Buffon: Wow, talk about dreaming... This Juventus goalkeeper would be any teams dream. He would likely be the reason the team would make it to the playoffs. A russian club is said to be after this 32-year-old shot stopper.

Clarence Seedorf: This Dutch player is a midfielder for Italian club A.C. Milan. The 34-year-old is said to be heading to MLS.

Juan Pablo Angel: Yeah, I know, the Galaxy are going to sign him, but this star was made for the Strikers. The huge Colombian population in South Florida would have flocked to see him.

Coming back to reality... Here is a list of players that could be within The Striker's reach.

Jaime Moreno: This former DC United star would be great for the Strikers. Speaking English fluently and originally from Bolivia he could be the face of the team on TV and radio. He is recognizable to most soccer connoisseurs.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto: Former Columbus Crew Designated Player, Schelotto was among the players not taken in the MLS Re-entry draft. He is still a great player and would be the perfect replacement for Christian Gomez if he doesn't return.

Dema Kovalenko: This rugged player will no doubt get carded every other game but no one can deny the man plays with spirit. Could play in midfield or as a back up striker.

Nick Garcia : Recently played for Toronto FC. Was not selected in the Re-entry draft. At 31 he is still a great defender.

Adrian Serioux: Former Houston Dynamo and Canadian international defender, currently a free agent. Would be great for our defense.

Gale Agbossoumonde: Played for Miami FC in 2009 for 6 games, went to Portugal on loan but didn't get playing time. It's time to bring him back and have him play regularly rather than sitting on some bench in Europe. Rumored to be heading to a Swedish team.

Pat Onstad : Canadian goalkeeper is a free agent and a member of the Canadian national team. Last played with the Houston Dynamo.

Franklin Salas: Out of favor at Ecuadorean Champions Liga de Quito, Salas is a skillful dribbling forward with an electrifying pace. His hard shot from 25 yards won the award for the goal of the tournament in the 2005 edition of the Copa Sudamericana.

Claudio Bieler: Forward from Racing Club in Argentina. A proven goalscorer. He is so good that this past February he was called up by then Argentina manager Diego Maradona, but ended up not playing because of an injury.

Diego Serna : Former Miami Fusion and Miami FC player. He was and forever will be a fan favorite. It could be his last hoorah! Wouldn't mind chanting "D-i-e-g-o" one last time!

Can you think of any other players? Suggest a few by leaving a comment below or flood the Miami FC/Strikers email with your player suggestions: fclavijo@trafficsports.com
(He might kill me for giving out his email)

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

MLS South Florida not NASL.

Anonymous said...

What about Messi?

Anonymous said...

Please Messi for D2 team. Don't Make Me Laugh.

train wreck said...

University of Scranton senior forward Michael Drew. Hes fast, has a strong strike, and being like 6'3 doesnt hurt either. Hes just about to graduate, might as well give him a look

Anonymous said...

Dreaming..............

Uncle Ed said...

Silly children, of course most of these are a fantasy. We could dream can't we?
The problem with D2 is that we cannot realistically hope to see the high quality players most fans would pay to see.

Oscar said...

So Uncle Ed we want MLS. We need some news.

Anonymous said...

All those players are way too good and expensive to consider playing in D2 in front of about 1,000 fans in a crap stadium. As long as Miami is part of the NASL, they'll never get good players. But sadly I never see MLS coming back. I worry about NASL folding after the year since Traffic is footing the bill for most of the league.

Fantasy is fine, but that list is just sad. You want a real list? Crappy players that are forced to play D2 because they have no other job. Not exciting as making up crazy names, is it?

Anonymous said...

We will get MLS Ijust hope Traffic will not kill soccer in south florida.

train wreck said...

seriously..... Ive said this before, and ill say it again: Give traffic a chance before you cast judgement. I have more faith in traffic pulling off this league and team than i ever had in Brian Schriver.

ITALIA said...

You saved the best for last !!!!!!

I love your list, and passion for the game with great humor...and the idea of putting together players who can bring it.

We would love to hear cheers ring down once again for our beloved #17, in Lockhart, the home of Di-e-go, Di-e-go, Di-e-go !!!

ITALIA said...

You saved the best for last !!!!!!

I love your list, and passion for the game with great humor...and the idea of putting together players who can bring it.

We would love to hear cheers ring down once again for our beloved #17, in Lockhart, the home of Di-e-go, Di-e-go, Di-e-go !!!

ITALIA said...

You saved the best for last !!!!!!

I love your list, and passion for the game with great humor...and the idea of putting together players who can bring it.

We would love to hear cheers ring down once again for our beloved #17, in Lockhart, the home of Di-e-go, Di-e-go, Di-e-go !!!

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