The acquistion of Cory Gibbs in the MLS Re-Entry Draft provides the Fire with a sorely needed experienced central defender but no one in the Fire organization should feel comfortable with a central pairing featuring any combination of Gibbs, Kwame Watson-Siriboe and Dasan Robinson. Gibbs is a competent, if not solid MLS defender who was available at a reasonable price but he has had some injury issues at both Colorado and New England over the last several seasons. After being named the Rapids’ defender of the year in 2008 he missed time in 2009 due to groin and thigh injuries before being traded to New England in the deal that landed Jeff Larentowicz in Colorado. Gibbs also saw time with the US National Team before injuries essentially took him out of the picture there too.
Watson-Siriboe has shown some promise but he still has a ways to go before he can be pencilled in as a reliable every match starter. Relying on a pairing of Gibbs and the often injured Dasan Robinson is an emergency waiting to happen so acquiring another experienced center back seems to still be a priority.
After selecting players in the Re-Entry Draft teams are allowed up to seven days to negotiate deals with their selections but the Fire wasted no time in inking Gibbs to a deal. With the MLS SuperDraft only four weeks away there is still plenty of work to be done if the 2011 version of the Fire is to be competitive for anything more than hoping to secure one of the additional playoff spots established for next season.
The next few weeks should be full of speculation but I’m expecting to see nothing official until the transfer window opens in January.
The Los Angeles Galaxy are loading up on veteran talent after acquiring the rights to Frankie Hejduk and Juan Pablo Angel today. It will be interesting to see how the Galaxy manipulate the cap this season particularly if the rumors surrounding Ronaldinho become reality.
Here’s a list of MLS comings and goings for each team so far.