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Robbie Rogers Sweepstakes

This just in: Robbie Rogers, the former Maryland star who has signed with MLS after playing in the Netherlands for half a season, will find out where he's headed at 4 p.m. today. MLS will conduct a weighted lottery involving all 13 teams. Columbus has the best odds, followed by Kansas City and Salt Lake. DCU is 12th, expansion Toronto last. The "order" was based on last year's regular season, with slight adjustments based on postseason performance.

The league, or the team that wins the lottery, will announce the results shortly after it unfolds.

By Steve Goff  |  March 8, 2007; 9:28 AM ET
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ha - columbus always has the best odds in these weighted drafts.

Posted by: jwgreen40 | March 8, 2007 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Surprising to see TFC last - I assume it's because the various concessions they've received as a new team (e.g. expansion draft) count as sufficient help that they've been rotated back down to the bottom of the list.

Goffinho, any buzz as to which teams would pencil Robbie on their rosters if they win him and which would offer him as trade-bait?

Posted by: soccer nerd | March 8, 2007 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I think the reason TFC goes last is because they appear to have the most competent front office (next to DCU of course!) and can probably find solid talent on their own. It's the pathetic clubs like Columbus, KC, and RSL that need the MLS handouts.

Hey Goff - apparently your tidbit on United's possible signing of Fred has set off a fairly volatile reaction by the Aussies (just see the comments on the MLS Zone blog). Fox Sports Australia is citing your report and quotes the Melborne Victory as saying that they're still negotiating with him. How likely is it that Fred will end up in the Black and Red? I'd be very pleased to see him at RFK on a regular basis.

Posted by: DE | March 8, 2007 10:04 AM | Report abuse

I hope you are asking for a raise Goffer.
You are the main source for all international media these days!
You cannot even walk the streets of Melborne.

Posted by: jgildea8 | March 8, 2007 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Good God, don't send him to the black hole that is Columbus. I'd like to see him in FCD with a core of talented American youth, NYRB to work w/Arena and Reyna, or our little Capital outfit as a nice depth booster.

Posted by: Logan Circle | March 8, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Poor Robbie....he's going to be at Columbus or KC. Yeesh. He's got to be wondering what he did leaving Heerenveen.

Posted by: Poor Child | March 8, 2007 10:36 AM | Report abuse

If he ends up in Columbus, they'll be putting a wide player on the trading block. They already have Eddie Gaven, Ricardo Virtuoso, Jacob Thomas, and Joseph Ngwenya. Steve, is DC interested in swooping for one of them if the Crew get Rogers? Thomas might have the work ethic to play on the right for us, but his injury history is a concern.

RSL would probably have Rogers as a backup to Chris Klein and Freddy, while he might start in KC (though KC's lack of wide players seems to point to some kind of clog-the-middle strategy).

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | March 8, 2007 10:59 AM | Report abuse

So, what's up with Fred? Do we have better chances to get him than we do Rogers?

One Aussie BS poster said word on the street in Australia is that Fred is gone...

Posted by: seahawkdad | March 8, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I'd be shocked if Fred does not end up with DCU.

Posted by: Goff | March 8, 2007 12:19 PM | Report abuse

yeah, he'll be in Columbus. And oh yeah, it's such a black hole cause Sigi is such a horrible youth coach, right? not likely. His spark could be just what we need, especially if we can convert a wide player like Virtuoso or Rogers to A-mid. If that works, look out.

Arena? Good? SERIOUSLY.

Posted by: gary | March 8, 2007 12:36 PM | Report abuse

What is up with you people?

It's an "MLS weighted lottery", that's MLS code for "we're sending him to New York".

Posted by: Kim | March 8, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm a DCU fan, and I remember what Arena did to this league the first time around. Look for NYRB to be a good team this year.

As for Columbus, I would never call in to question Sigi's youth development record, save for Gaven and Szetela. Can you honestly say you're happy with his 6th place finish last year?

Posted by: Logan Circle | March 8, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Il Bruce says he's going with a 4-5-1 this year. Wow, that's, so not innovative. Bruce is nothing special and RBNY will be nothing short of boring. They'll need Rogers 'cause Reyna isn't going to make the long haul.

Posted by: 4-5-1 | March 8, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

This may be a silly question, but why is MLS having a lottery for Rogers? Is this a new way to allocate players?

Posted by: Steve | March 8, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse

There's a lottery for Rogers 'cause MLS makes up the rules as it goes along. This goes directly against the rules it adopted last year for US player allocation. Any player who represented the US at any level is supposed to go through the allocation list. We're third on that list behind Clownumbus and KC now that Toronto Agronaut FC Maple Leaf has taken Conor Casey with what was number one on the allocation list.

Posted by: Play the NY Lottery | March 8, 2007 3:27 PM | Report abuse

The Red Bulls will not be boring this year. Bruce has never coached boring soccer. His style is high pressure, quick counters and attacking play---and it's been that way since UVA. The Red Cow's will give us a run this year and I expect them to be much, much better.

Posted by: delantero | March 8, 2007 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Il Bruce is never boring? His comments may not be didn't tune into the World Cup this past year? Oh, I'm sorry, that was inept, not boring. 4-5-1 is in itself boring. It's an abomination to soccer.

Posted by: Never Boring Bruce? | March 8, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

It's like 4:12. Hasn't MLS rigged, I mean had this lottery yet?

Posted by: Are we there yet? | March 8, 2007 4:09 PM | Report abuse

so, let's see. Lottery, Crew goes first. Allocation, hmm, Crew goes first. I wonder what might have happened either way, hmm?

Posted by: gary | March 8, 2007 11:16 PM | Report abuse

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