MLS ushers in 2013 season with stability

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MLS ushers in 2013 season with stability

No expansion, no Beckham, just a league on the world up-and-up
Christian Wilhelmsson and the Los Angeles Galaxy will start the year seeking to become the first team to win three consecutive MLS Cup titles, but its roster will have a different look than the one that hoisted the title last December.
Colorado Rapids

Last Year: 11-19-4 (14th overall, seventh place in the Western Conference).

Who’s Back: M Tony Cascio, M Jaime Castrillon, F Kamani Hill, M Pablo Mastroeni, D Drew Moor, M Brian Mullan, GK Matt Pickens, M Martin Rivero, D Marvell Wynne.

Who’s Gone: F Conor Casey, F Omar Cummings, M Jeff Larentowicz.

Who’s New: F Deshorn Brown, F Edson Buddle, D Diego Calderon, F Kevin Harbottle, D Kory Kindle, M Nick LaBrocca, M Dillon Powers, M Dillon Serna, M Nathan Sturgis.

What’s Ahead: In his second season in charge, Rapids coach Oscar Pareja has a new-look squad that’s certainly a lot younger. The team parted ways with longtime forwards Conor Casey and Omar Cummings, two dynamic scorers who helped Colorado win the 2010 MLS Cup. Casey, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, now plays for Philadelphia, while Cummings was traded to Houston two months ago in a deal that brought midfielder Nathan Sturgis to town. The Rapids also acquired forward Edson Buddle from the Galaxy to provide some offensive punch. They also will depend quite heavily on first-round pick Deshorn Brown, a dynamic scorer who had 13 goals in 16 games in his only season at the University of Central Florida last year. To mentor and mold the youthful squad, the Rapids will rely on Pablo Mastroeni, who missed most of last season with post-concussion symptoms. Mastroeni has been a member of the Rapids since 2002. Matt Pickens will be back in net for the Rapids. He came up big, time after time, last season. He stopped 107 shots – many of the highlight variety – and was named team MVP.

Associated Press

MLS ushers in 2013 season with stability

Christian Wilhelmsson and the Los Angeles Galaxy will start the year seeking to become the first team to win three consecutive MLS Cup titles, but its roster will have a different look than the one that hoisted the title last December.
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