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MLS Notes: KC bolsters midfield, Revolution and Fire ink rookies and more


The Kansas City Wizards have officially added two more international players to their arsenal, and another is on the cusp of joining the fold, the team announced Monday night.

Outside midfield trialists Ryan Smith and Igor Kostrov joined the senior roster, while central midfield trialist Craig Rocastle has agreed to terms with the team but won't be added to the roster until he receives his P1 visa.

Smith, 23, plays on the left and came through the Arsenal youth system. He's played for a number of teams in England, most recently with Crystal Palace.

Kostrov, 22, is from Moldova and played last season for Maccabi Herzliya in Israel. His natural position is on the right.

Rocastle, 28, is a central midfielder with the most experience out of the bunch. His resume includes a brief stint with Chelsea in 2003 and Sheffield Wednesday in 2005. His last team was Forest Green Rovers of the English Conference.

The trio joins Stephane Auvray, Pablo Escobar and Jimmy Nielsen as international players to sign with the team this offseason.


Second-round picks Seth Sinovic and Zak Boggs both signed with the New England Revolution. Sinovic, a left back out of Creighton, was the 25th overall selection in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. Boggs, an attacking player, was the 31st overall pick.

The team also announced that new-retiree Jay Heaps will join the announcing booth for the team's local television broadcasts.


The Chicago Fire signed draftees Kwame Watson-Siriboe and Steven Kinney to MLS contracts. Watson-Siriboe, a second-round pick, was Big East Co-Defender of the Year last season at the University of Connecticut.

Kinney, a third-round pick, also plays in the back and is the first Elon University player to sign with an MLS club.

The team did not offer a roster spot to second-round pick Drew Yates.


D.C. United added good news to its recent showing of good preseason form as Clyde Simms and Bryan Namoff joined the team in Charleston, S.C., where it is competing in the Carolina Challenge Cup.

Simms, recovering from meniscus surgery, and Namoff, dealing with the after-effects of concussions suffered last year, figure to be key elements of the team this season.

United also welcomed Yates as a trialist. The 29th-overall pick in the 2010 draft is a native of nearby Severna Park, Md., and played at the University of Maryland.


Do you like what Kansas City is doing to its midfield? Think Chicago and New England's rookies can make an impact in 2010? United fans, relieved to hear Namoff is progressing?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Which just means that for some bizarre reason he’s willing to play “professional” soccer for $13,000 a year (as a 28-year-old).

    Some good players come UP from those leagues. Very few good players go DOWN from Chelsea reserves to a 5th-tier, semi-pro English squad.

  2. Seriously, though — While I agree totally with Josh that DCU has made some ridiculously bad signings of less than marginal talent in the last few years — and this off-season has been no exception — getting back a healthy Simms and a healthy Namoff would be H-U-G-E!! Better than all those foreign castoffs coming into the league lately.

  3. Jay started out in the 9th tier and played their for a year. Then he moved to the 7th tier and played a few preseason games for a club before signing for Watford.

    As for people who say he shouldn’t have been signed. Watch English Football. League One and Championship sides are always scouting the 5th division and lower. Some good players have come from those leagues.

  4. While the Kevin Hartman situation was frustrating, I gotta hand it to Peter Vermes and his staff. They did not take an off-season, they’ve really put in the time and energy to build a quality side, not that I’m saying KC is there yet, but the boys sure haven’t been laying out in the Arizona sun all winter either. Say what you want about the players that are coming into KC, nothings for certain in this league until they hit the field. Be curious to see how the new KC looks when they play StL.

  5. Didn’t Jay Demerit start off in like the 43rd tier of English soccer? He’s doing alright for himself these days (a likely World Cup starter).

  6. Yeah I thought Yates looked pretty good at Maryland… surprised he did not make the cut. Hopefully he’ll do better at DC…

  7. If only half of those new international signing work out for the wizards then they’ll have added 3 quality players. Not a bad haul if you ask me

  8. Exactly why you never root for KC? Because they have a habit of signing players from the English 5th division???? They have never signed a player from the English Conference before. Your statement makes no sense.

    Reports are that Rocastle has shown a lot of promise in training and that is why he is being signed. With all the activity this offseason and the amount of people they have let go, I doubt they would be signing him if he wasnt worthy of playing in the MLS. Also, he is being signed to add depth, not be a starter.

  9. I thought Yates was meant to be quite a decent player – surprised he was dropped. Wouldn’t get upset with us picking him up for trial but seeing some of the players we’ve signed on in recent years, he could be a guy they found on a park bench willing to play for change.

  10. 1. Since when is the strike for certain.
    2. They are rookies. If you were a rookie would you rather have an MLS contract or no job.


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