ORIGINAL: Jeff Jesser
I know nothing about roster construction in soccer, but if I am working with a honeymoon period with an expansion franchise, I am more concerned with putting together long term foundation pieces than signing a big name or two, past their primes to generate excitement. To me those are the guys you add when your foundation is coming together. They also said their wheeling and dealing left them in good position to add more pieces in the coming year. Word is they are trying to get a player or two from Africa and South America instead of Norway, which is a good sign.
1. They don't need to be old and past their primes. Just because 'some' have doesn't mean they shouldn't focus on younger guys that are designated like ATL did. In fact, being that it's MN, it's gonna be hard to get older guys like you say (Pirlo/Beckam/Lampart ect). Those guys are going to LA/Miami and NY. It's not about the game for those guys anymore.
2. Who cares where they come from if they can't play. Plenty of guys from Sweden/Norway ect can ball. Just gotta get the right guy. Hell, Iceland has a very solid National Team.
And let me tell you, they love their soccer in Iceland. It's all I heard about sports-wise in the bars over there. Passionate fans, especially in Reykjavic.
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