Saturday, February 23, 2013

Some new faces, some old at Spartans 1612

With the MLS draft on pause for the weekend break, fans and media pundits have had a chance to reflect and comment on the Draft so far. Sean Johnson and Danny Koevermans are returning for their second season in New York. Johnson, who had 8 points for the Spartans last season, is putting it all on the line for club and country, and is expected to be among the contenders for the U.S. national team when current #1 Tim Howard steps down from national team duty. Koevermans, who was among the leagues most lethal strikers last season, is recovering from a knee injury and isn't expected to return until the summer. 

In addition, the Spartans added strikers Claudio Bieler and Carlos Ruiz. Bieler, a 28-year old Ecuadorian striker, is a well known goal scorer, netting 20 last season for LDU Quito. Ruiz, a 33 year old Guatemalan, is seen as a riskier move. Although the ex-MLS player is the 9th leading all time goal scorer in the league, he hasn't played a professional game in over a year.

Fans were disappointed to say farewell to Sair Sene, who perhaps would have been a designated player in New York had he not injured his knee in the 2012 season. Sene was drafted by the Pennsylvania Stoners in the fourth round. 

Pundits also considered Camilo Sanvezzo and Darren Mattocks one of their top picks for the most potent offensive partnership in 2013 and see a potential future DP in Mattocks. 

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