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New York Red Bulls- This whole season has been a losing one for the New York Red Bulls, with the transfer window surely being one to forget.
New York spent its final Designated Player spot (the other two being occupied by Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez) on German goalkeeper Frank Rost, who hasn’t shown anyone that he is an improvement over blunder-boy Bouna Coundoul.
To make things worse, Rost was ruled out for the next month due to a right quad tear he sustained on the way back from the Emirates Cup in London (Even more of a reason to dislike the tournament for Red Bulls fans). Dwayne De Rosario has also been making a big splash in DC after the Red Bulls shipped him for Dax McCarty.
The transfer window was a time where the Red Bulls could have turned this sinking ship around. Instead the team keeps heading towards “embarrassment island.”
Chivas USA- The only team who seemingly wants to walk around with an L on their forehead.
To call Chivas’ transfer window passive would be an understatement. The Goats had multiple chances to land top talent, from Benny Feilhaber to Freddy Adu, to even Eddie Johnson, but failed to open their wallets big enough to land any of them.
Chivas unfortunately has been living in the Galaxy’s shadow for the last couple of years, and will need to start spending if they have any chance at losing the “little brother” role in Los Angeles. The club did get Juan Pablo Angel, but as we all know, Angel is priced about 5 times more than his effectiveness these days.
The day Chivas learns how to spend will be the day Hans Backe uses subs!
Chicago Fire- The Fire’s season has been in flames since Week 1, but the team had a great chance to make significant investments and bring good football back to Chicago next season.
However, the club’s only significant signing was 35 year old Pavel Pardo who has little to no future past this season.
The real question then becomes: “Why did Chicago make an expensive investment for a season already in the gutter?”
It is not like Pardo will help this club rise to glory in 2012 or help the struggling team reach the playoffs, the only two reasons why any team would spend as much as they did on a player like Pardo.
While the club could have used this transfer window to pick up some prospects, it decided to overspend on a player a half-decade past his prime. Confusing to say the least.