Decided to give this a separate thread.http://www.insidemnsoccer.com/2011/11/29...or-2012-season/http://nscminnesota.com/2011/11/stars-exercise-18-contract-options/
This is, by the way, the earliest this club, as either the Stars or Thunder, has made this kind of announcement. A good sign, I think.
However, there are questions that remain.
There are five names that remain unaccounted for from this past season's roster.
Joe Warren. Is it truly over? After all, his girls haven't seen him win the US Open Cup yet.
Kevin Friedland. Are his playing days over? With all the work he has done coaching and in the front office, combined with injury struggles over the past few years, is it time for him to devote all his energies behind the scenes?
Daniel Wasson. When his contract was renegotiated at the tail end of last season, did it include the upcoming one as well?
Luke Mulholland and Anthony Hamilton. The two late-season signings were important pieces of our playoff and championship push. If Hamilton is available, will we sign him? If Mulholland isn't signed by MLS, can we bring him back?
As noted elsewhere, Scott Lorenz, the mid-season loan from Sporting KC and key defender for the '10 Stars, was released by MLS. Anyone think he should be brought back?
And as for the list of players picked up, long-time followers of the club know that picking up an option doesn't mean that the player involved will be with the team by the time next season rolls around, even if uninjured.
Jack Stewart, for instance. Loaned to FC Dallas in mid-season. Will Dallas want him back? If so, by picking up his option, the Stars will compel Dallas to give up something (probably cash) for him. Is that the plan? If Dallas decides not to buy his rights, will the club keep him or attempt to move him elsewhere?
And finally, has the club made the right choices so far? Who else, if anyone, would you have released? Who do you think might might have been a mistake to let go? For instance, Geison is currently second in the MISL in scoring. Are we possibly, like the Thunder did with Thiago Martins, a Brazilian forward released by the Thunder in 2002 who, in 2003 for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds went on to score 22 goals and win the A-League MVP award, making a mistake and giving up too early on him?
Questions galore, methinks.
"Any answers?" inquires
That little old jersey collector