With the September 15 MLS Roster Freeze coming and going, it’s time to take a look at who got what. Of note was the extent to which USL sides were farmed. In a drastic change of approach from just a few weeks ago when the MLS told New York they could not sign forward Macoumba Kandji from Atlanta for their desired amount, several MLS sides went after USL players whose clubs are done for the season.
Battling the injury bug, Chivas picked up two midfielders to help them overcome the loss of several players recently added to the DL. First was Sasha Victorine from Kansas City. The 30 year-old midfielder has four international caps and should help add a little depth in a supporting offensive role. Chivas also acquired Brazilian midfielder Dejair Ferreira, another 30 year-old, from ABC FC in Brazil.
The Crew signed midfielder Stanley Nyazamba from USL-2’s Richmond Kickers. The 25 year-old will be on a developmental contract after his brief loan spell impressed the Columbus staff. This season, Nyazamba’s play garnered him league Rookie of the Year honors after scoring 6 goals. At NAIA Lee University, Nyazamba was awarded first-team All-American honors in his senior season.
DC added some depth by signing ex-Crew fullback/midfielder Ryan Miller. Miller is in his rookie season after earning second team All-American honors at Notre Dame. He never made an appearance for Columbus, but played in two games on loan with Cleveland in USL-2.
The Red Bulls added G Terry Boss and F Macoumba Kandji, both from USL (Boss is from USL-2’s Charlotte Eagles, Kandji is from USL’s Atlanta Silverbacks). Boss, a 24 year-old Puerto Rican international, will be brought in for depth and given a look for the future. He led USL-2 in both wins and shutouts this past year. Kandji may get a more immediate look in the New York lineup. The 23 year-old from Senegal utilized his height (6’4) and pace to notch 13 goals in 28 appearances for Atlanta. As a compromise in the saga of Kandji’s signing from Atlanta, MLS only allowed New York to sign him to a three-month loan with an option to sign, rather than signing him directly from USL with an unprecedented price tag for a USL player.