Good morning all. I hope your enjoying this Christmas Eve (and aren't in that group of millions who will be scouring for late Christmas gifts.)
Things have slowed down a bit on SBI as you can tell, but we will have some gifts of our own in the coming days in the form of a new MLS Draft Big Board, an MLS Mock Draft, and some more Q&A answers. We also have some Team of the Decade squads to name between now and the New Year (and yes, we will FINALLY post those lost You Write the Captions that many of you have been asking about).
While I finish up the latest Draft Big Board, here are some updates to peruse on this Christmas Eve:
The Los Angeles Galaxy added a serious amount of samba flavor on Wednesday, landing three young Brazilians on loan from Sao Paulo.
Defenders Alex and Leonardo, and midfielder Juninho, join the Galaxy after having trained with Los Angeles back in October. Alex, 21, is a 6-foot-1 left-sided player capable of playing left back or left midfield who has played for the Brazilian Under-20 national team. Leonardo, 21, is a 6-foot-2 central defender and Juninho, 20, is a diminutive playmaking midfielder.
All three players were on the Sao Paulo team that won the Super Group at the 2007 Dallas Cup, beating Real Madrid and Chelsea along the way. All three will count as senior internationals for the 2010 season.
The Generation adidas class had its first four players named earlier this week, and the buzz around league circles is that the league will succeed in luring many of its top targets. The closest to commit of the unsigned standouts is freshman phenom Amobi Okugo, a strong holding midfielder from UCLA who boosted his stock considerably with a good NCAA Tournament. Having just trained with the U.S. Under-20 national team camp, Okguo will be a first-round lock if and when he signs.
Wake Forest tandem Ike Opara and Corben Bone are close to signing as well, sources tell SBI, while one prospect who is looking less likely to sign is Oregon State striker Danny Mwanga.
That's all for now. I will finish up the MLS Draft Big Board this afternoon so keep an eye out for that. For now, feel free to share your thoughts on the above items, or any other soccer news of the day, in the comments section below.