Was Alex Nimo‘s announcement to the world, via an interview with the Oregonian, that he would quit soccer before playing for a team other than Portland, cleverly connived, or was it as naive as it appears at first blush? Mao asks that question, and The Offside Rules thinks they know the answer already: Alex Nimo Has Just Given RSL License to Fleece Portland for His Services.
USL Portland Timbers legend Byron Alvarez may still have some goals left in him, at least that’s the hope of the Missouri Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League, who just signed him for the 2010-2011 season.
Now that the first batch of signings is over, and the next batch of USL Timbers signings have been implied (i.e. Futty and Alhassan), Gavin Wilkinson and John Spencer turn their attention to the MLS Expansion Draft. On the day before Thanksgiving they will get to pick first in the 10 round draft, alternating with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Each MLS team can protect 11 players from the draft, and current Generation Adidas players (like Alex Nimo) and Home Grown players are also protected.