News in Brief: Abu Gets Snubbed, MLS Coaching Changes, and More

by on 9 November 2017

MLS mid-week news roundup

Julian Gressel of Atlanta United has been named MLS Rookie of the Year over Philadelphia defender Jack Elliott and Minnesota United forward Abu Danladi. Gressel scored five goals and racked up nine assists in his first season, playing 2048 minutes. Meanwhile, Danladi scored eight goals with three assists in 1391 minutes. The vote tallies are below.

The MLS playofffs are currently on break in observance of the FIFA international window spanning from November 6 to November 15. While we wait for the conference finals to kick off, the future landscape of MLS continues to change its shape. Nashville’s city council approved a financing plan for a soccer-specific stadium, a decision that gives their MLS expansion bid a major boost.

Reports are beginning to surface that New England Revolution have named former United States goalkeeper Brad Friedel as their new head coach. Friedel most recently has coached the United States U-19 squad while also working as an analyst for Fox Sports. The former Premier League goalkeeper is expected to sign his deal this week.

Montreal Impact have also named a new head coach in Remi Garde. The Frenchman had most recently coached Aston Villa in England. Prior to coaching in the Premier League, Garde had coached Olympique Lyonnais where he coached the club to a Coupe de France title in 2012.

US Soccer call-ups revealed for Portugal friendly

USMNT’s interim head coach Dave Sarachan called in a squad of 21 for next week’s friendly in Portugal. In a look to the future, Sarachan has called a fairly young and inexperienced squad. Minnesota United fans will quickly look and find their star striker Christian Ramirez’s name missing from the roster, in favor of the likes of Philadelphia’s C.J. Sapong and Orlando’s Dom Dwyer.

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  • Eddie Hagberg

    No respect for Abu. The MLS is turning into the MLB with only granting awards to large markets and not the true talent.

    • Tres Gatos

      Gressel had the better year. If Abu consistently performed throughout the season, then sure. But he did not. There is a reason why the majority of players, media, and the clubs that voted have disagreed with you.

  • Troy Kadlec

    Good showing for Abu. Gressel was the clear favorite by all accounts and was pivotal in his team’s successful run to the playoffs. Abu was clearly in second with nobody else even close. Pretty good for a first year outing and the rest of MLS took notice as well.

  • nomadic loon

    NEE – “next eight eliminated” started on the great Northern Pitch. This looks like a good place to post to continue; although it summarizes the next six eliminated.
    – #19 Slovakia out;
    – #77 Zambia out;
    – #70 Uganda out;
    – #64 Cape Verde Islands out;
    – #61 Côte d’Ivoire out;
    – #55 Burkina Faso out;
    Also, Argentina (#4) & Columbia (#13) & Uruguay (#17) & Morocco (#48) & Senegal (#32) qualify.
    The NP site had a great thread where we could share and discuss WC Qualifiers.