I like Mattocks, although I didn't watch him this year. He has a lot of potential, great speed, nice shooting, amazing vertical leap. Clearly something has been a problem for him in his second year, because Vancouver was all about him succeeding at the beginning of the season and it didn't work out. I would take a shot on a player like that to see if he could work better in our set up. At the very least, he stretches the field and is always a threat to the opposing back line. Plus, since we're playing in the CCL next year, a super speedy Jamaican could really help us against Concacaf competition in Central America.
If Dane Richards is available to come back also, that could really give this team a different weapon to pull out from time to time.
Van den Bergh came out of the Ajax academy, was on the for the first team, and after he left played in the Netherlands for a bit -- so his tactical and technical skills were drilled into him from a young age. He was all about playing smart and knowing where to find the ball, for example rebounds off the goalkeeper in the box, where to be in case the opportunity to tap it in presents itself, a run following up on the play. If I remember correctly, that's how we ended up beating RSL in their place back in 2008. He was also a great provider for Angel. His game wasn't about turning a defender from the outside, but rather having really good tactical experience/knowledge/awareness. VDB is the kind of guy we should bring in to head our youth academy, to teach our young players to play smart and bring over some of that Ajax perspective.
These FCD players are really intriguing, especially because it's like a fire sale at that franchise. Depends upon the price of these guys. I think Jackson, Lloyd, Michel, Andrew Jacobsen, and Kenny Cooper could be interesting. Ferreira has faded after his ankle break. Ihemelu was done in by concussions. Nunez could be interesting also, he was good a few years back, don't have any clue what's up with him now. Keel, we know that guy's a great value CB, if there is space on the roster.