Ahh, Silly Season. The one part of the offseason (or, "post-regular season") that makes avid newsreaders buzz about the latest rumors, theories, and in some cases, actual news.
This year, it didn't even take a week for some big news and rumors to come out of the internet. First of all, let's start here in Portland.
First reported by SI.com and later confirmed by William Conwell, Caleb Porter signed a 5-year contract extension. This is huge news for the club in an immediate sense, as it means the man who many directly credit the stunning turnaround will be locked up for a long, long time here in the Rose City (or Porterland, if you will).
This Halloween marked a sad day in MLS history, as everyone's favorite goalkeeper Eddie Gaven retired from professional soccer. After being drafted by the Metrostars in 2003, Gaven played 11 seasons in the MLS after scoring his first goal as a 16-year-old in a very bizarre affair in which he was substituted on as a goalkeeper, then immediately switched to an outfielder, and eventually scored on a counterattack in the "Golden Goal" era of MLS. Gaven retires at 27.
Big news out of the capitol this week as the struggling United confirms it has declined the option to extend Dwayne De Rosario's contract through the 2014 season. This will in fact make De Rosario eligible for the reentry draft later this offseason, yet at 35 years old and often injured, it will be interesting to see if/where he lands.
Another important retirement to MLS fans (and Cascadia in general) is that of Y.P. Lee, who announced the end of his career after the Whitecaps' last game of the season. Cascadia rivalries aside, you have to admit that he was a very high-quality, classy fullback. In the short time he was with Vancouver, he definitely helped shape the club over the last two years.
While there is absolutely zero official confirmation on this, it is no secret that there is a weird set of circumstances currently surrounding their Argentine midfielder Mauro Rosales. Reports from as late as October 3 have him as "desiring to extend his contract," with Seattle as "happy to have him return," no progress has seemed to have been made. This is only fueled by the Seattle game against Colorado, in which DeAndre Yedlin went out at halftime to have Marc Burch slide into the RM position--which is usually occupied by Rosales--while Rosales never left the bench during the game.
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