MUST WATCH: Montreal Impact “in love with Reo-Coker”

The Montreal Impact have showed their affections for new midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker on Valentines Day by releasing a hilarious parody song named “I’m in love with Reo-Coker”.

Reo-Coker was selected by the Montreal Impact in the Waiver Draft back in December after leaving Chivas USA when the club folded at the end of the 2014 season.

And he is clearly welcome in his new home in Montreal as this parody of the O.T. Genasis hit, “CoCo” clearly points out.

WATCH: “I’m in love with Reo-Coker” (via Montreal Impact on YouTube):

The original song, “CoCo” has become a viral hit in recent months and the official YouTube video has well over 80,000,000 plays.

It’s unlikely that “I’m in love with Reo-Coker” will reach those heights, but the lyrics and video make for some good entertainment.

The Impact will hope Reo-Coker can become a key man for the Eastern Conference outfit who finished last season with the lowest points tally in Major League Soccer as the final lyrics to the song hail the Englishman’s “midfield presence”.

“Midfield presence, we got midfield presence!
Midfield presence, we got midfield presence!

 

Tackled by the king, Nigel! (woo woo woo woo!)
Through-ball to the wing, Nigel!

 

I’m in love with Reo-Coker
I’m in love with Reo-Coker
We got him, now it’s over
I’m in love with Reo-Coker”

 

 

Will Nigel Reo-Coker be a key man for the Montreal Impact in 2015?

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MLS News Roundup: December 10

It’s been another busy day for clubs across Major League Soccer. The 2014 Expansion Draft saw New York City FC and Orlando City draft ten players each ahead of their debut campaigns in MLS, while there was also a MLS Waiver Draft. The trade window then reopened and will stay open until tomorrow evening.

To summarise all of today’s top stories we’ve rounded up the key moves and developments in one place here:

1. New York City and Orlando City bulk up squad ahead of debut season

The 2014 MLS Expansion Draft was the most interesting event of the day and one that New York City and Orlando have had in their diaries for a long time. It was over in a flash as both expansion franchises picked ten players each to give their first ever MLS squads a true identity.

All the expansion draft results can be found here.

2. Nigel Reo-Coker moves to Montreal Impact in one of just three Waiver Draft picks

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The MLS Waiver Draft followed the Expansion Draft as all 20 teams had the opportunity to select one of 58 players on the waiver wire. But only three teams took advantage of the opportunity as three former Chivas USA players were picked up. Nigel Reo-Coker moved to Montreal Impact with the first pick, with Leandro Barrera and Bobby Burling moving to San Jose Earthquakes and Colorado Rapids respectively.

3. Jamison Olave leaves New York Red Bulls to rejoin Real Salt Lake in trade

Real Salt Lake re-acquired powerful centre-back Jamison Olave from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for allocation money today. The 33-year-old, who won MLS Defender of the Year while with RSL in 2010, made over 50 appearances for the Red Bulls in two seasons. Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh revealed he was traded for salary cap reasons.

4. Daniel Lovitz traded back to Toronto FC despite New York City Expansion Draft selection

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Daniel Lovitz has had a busy day. The 23-year-old midfielder was picked by New York City in the fourth round of the MLS Expansion Draft on Wednesday. Though he was immediately traded back to Toronto FC in return for allocation money. Lovitz was selected in the second round of the SuperDraft last year and made 18 appearances in his debut season.

5. Eric Gehrig on the move twice as he lands move back to hometown Chicago

Eric Gehrig was another player who had an overly active day on the move. The defender left the Columbus Crew as he was selected by Orlando City in the tenth round of the Expansion Draft. But he was promptly traded to the Chicago Fire in exchange for a 2016 SuperDraft second round pick. The 26-year-old made 46 appearances in four seasons with the Crew. 

Chivas USA Dispersal Draft sees just seven players selected

Major League Soccer conducted its first of many drafts over the next couple of months with the Chivas USA Dispersal Draft today, but only seven players were selected.

The draft took place via conference call between all 20 clubs, as the entire Chivas USA roster were up for grabs except for star player Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres, who is still negotiating a contract with MLS.

FC Dallas had the first pick and selected goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, who was seen as the most attractive option heading into the day.

Dallas already have two starting calibre ‘keepers in Raul Fernandez and Chris Seitz and may look to use Kennedy in some form of postseason negotiation. Though he could be given a chance to battle for the starting job, but that remains to be seen.

The remaining six selections in the dispersal draft saw young players picked up. Expansion club New York City FC selected Matthew Dunn with the second pick, as DC United selected Thomas McNamara with the fourth pick.

Montreal Impact picked up the only defender to move in the draft by selecting left-back Donny Toia with the sixth pick, before Caleb Calvert moved to Colorado Rapids and Kristopher Tyrpak joined San Jose Earthquakes in the eighth and ninth selections.

Marco Delgado was the last player picked in the draft as Toronto FC opted to take the versatile midfielder with the fourteenth pick.

Surprisingly, Nigel Reo-Coker and Andrew Jean-Baptiste were not selected and they will hope to escape football limbo before the start of the next campaign.

Reo-Coker could still offer many teams some steel in the middle of the park, and it’s surprising a club like Orlando City opted to pass on the former Vancouver Whitecaps man.

Jean-Baptiste going past the dispersal draft without a club is an even bigger shock. The centre-back could offer many teams some solidity at the back and many expected him to move somewhere.

Both players could still find teams in MLS before the new season starts but for now, just seven former Chivas USA players have found hope elsewhere.

What did you make of the Chivas USA Dispersal Draft?

FC Dallas to get first pick in Chivas USA Dispersal Draft

Major League Soccer conducted a draw to determine the selection order for next Wednesday’s Chivas USA Dispersal Draft on Friday, with FC Dallas coming out first.

The envelope draw saw all 20 MLS sides involved – New York City FC and Orlando City included, as all non-playoff teams had two envelopes, whereas playoff sides had one.

Despite the advantage for non-playoff teams, four of the top five picks went to sides who made the playoffs, with FC Dallas coming out first.

The Dispersal Draft will see MLS clubs pick players from the recently disbanded Chivas USA squad, and everyone is available apart from star striker Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres as he is negotiating a contract with the league separately.

Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy is expected to be one of the first names drawn, while other notable names include Marky Delgado, Andrew John-Baptiste and Nigel Reo-Coker.

Draft picks for Wednesday’s draft cannot be traded, although the player selected could be once all teams have picked.

Chivas USA Dispersal Draft order:

  1. FC Dallas
  2. New York City FC
  3. Sporting Kansas City
  4. DC United
  5. New England Revolution
  6. Montreal Impact
  7. Orlando City SC
  8. Colorado Rapids
  9. San Jose Earthquakes
  10. Real Salt Lake
  11. Houston Dynamo
  12. Portland Timbers
  13. Chicago Fire
  14. Toronto FC
  15. Columbus Crew SC
  16. LA Galaxy
  17. Philadelphia Union
  18. New York Red Bulls
  19. Seattle Sounders FC
  20. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Who do you think will be the first name drawn on Wednesday?

Reo-Coker set to leave Vancouver but where could he go next?

Nigel Reo-Coker looks set to leave the Vancouver Whitecaps at the end of the month according to reports, but could stay in MLS.

A report from TEAM1040 reporter, Mike Martignago suggests that Reo-Coker will leave the Whitecaps on the 25th May after falling down the pecking order at the club.

The former West Ham and Aston Villa midfielder joined Vancouver before the start of last season, but hasn’t been involved as much this campaign.

Ghanaian midfielder Gershon Koffie has replaced Reo-Coker in the Whitecaps side, with the Englishman only seeing one minute of MLS action since March.

The 30-year-old injured himself earlier in the season, in a bizarre accident where he tripped over a bicycle rack in the Canadian city, with Major League Soccer’s official website describing the injury as an “off-field walking accident”.

Koffie came in for the injured Reo-Coker and has made himself a regular since, though the former Villa man played in the first-leg of last week’s Amway Canadian Championship semi-final against Toronto.

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He has been used as a right-back at times, though his preferred position remains in the centre of midfield and could make the switch to FC Dallas as a result.

Reo-Coker would not need to be made a designated player, but would stretch the salary cap of any team, with his $400,000 base salary.

Dallas may be looking to strengthen their midfield following the news that Hendry Thomas is out for 6-8 weeks, and a move for Reo-Coker is more than possible if he does depart Vancouver as reported.

Vancouver Whitecaps play the second-leg of their Canadian Championship semi-final against Toronto FC tonight.