MLS Notes: Nguyen lottery set for today, Quakes stadium progress & more

MLS Notes: Nguyen lottery set for today, Quakes stadium progress & more

MLS- Columbus Crew

MLS Notes: Nguyen lottery set for today, Quakes stadium progress & more



Lee Nguyen's wait to find out his new club is almost up.

MLS will conduct a weighted lottery for the services on Thursday afternoon, the league announced.

The teams that have thrown their hat into the ring for the lottery are the Vancouver Whitecaps, Toronto FC, Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles Galaxy. The odds for the lottery will be determined earlier in the day prior to the scheduled 2 p.m. drawing.

Whichever team wins the lottery for Nguyen, a Dallas-area native, will be prohibited from any other player lotteries during the 2012 season.

Here are a couple of more items from around MLS:


While the Houston Dynamo announced the next step in their new stadium progression Wednesday by agreeing to a naming rights deal with BBVA Compass bank, the San Jose Earthquakes made headway on their stadium project as well.

The club had a development permit approved on Wednesday, which was the next hurdle to clear in order to commence construction on the new facility. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the plans to get started on the $60 million soccer-specific venue can proceed as long as there is no appeal to the decision.


The Columbus Crew made their second Homegrown Player signing on Thursday, agreeing to a deal with Ohio State goalkeeper Matt Lampson.

The 6-foot-3, 22-year-old Lampson hails from Hilliard, Ohio, and just completed his junior season with the Buckeyes but will graduate later this month. He joins former Louisville forward Aaron Horton as Homegrown Players on the Crew's roster and joins Will Hesmer and Andy Gruenebaum among the team's goalkeepers. 


Toronto FC parted ways with goalkeeping coach Mike Toshack to bring in former Celtic goalkeeper and Motherwell goalkeeper coach Stewart Kerr to fill that position.

Toshack didn't have to wait long to find a new team, as he was scooped up by the Portland Timbers on Wednesday as well. Toshack worked as an assistant along with current Timbers head coach John Spencer when they were both together on the Houston Dynamo staff in 2007-2008.

Toshack had been with TFC for the last three seasons.


Which team do you hope to see land Nguyen? Surprised at any of the teams that opted out of the lottery? Excited at the prospects of San Jose's new stadium? What do you make of the goalkeeping coach carousel?

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