Monday, February 8, 2010

2/8/2010: Trailist DouDou Toure Could Be A Great Guy To Round Out Roster

There hasn't been that much hype about this kid in Crew circles yet, since the Jed Zayner Blog and Shawn Mitchell, both identified DouDou Toure as the second mystery striker/trialist in camp the last week. But, this kid has quite a resume and could be a great guy to develop and give the opportunity to get some minutes at the bottom of this roster. As according to his Sports Agents website, Sports Management WorldWide, DouDou could be quite the beast in the future as a 6'2 189 pound, 18 year old attacking mid/striker.

DouDou has also impressed just about everywhere he has tried out. First, Toure impressed the Empoli Serie A staff to get an offer to stay at there U18 Academy a few years back, turned that down. After that DouDou was offered a Developmental Contract with FC Dallas, and turned that down as well to go on to accept an offer with Monterrey FC of Mexico's first division. DouDou played mostly for Monterrey's reserve side, Monterrey-2, and was offered another contract, despite not scoring in 8 appearances last season, but turned that down to pursue other options, which has led him to Bradenton, Florida with the Crew.

It may be harder for DouDou Toure or Kamil Witkowski to make the roster with the signing of Sergio Herrera. But, since the Crew have been trying to sign a few top strikers, like Herrera, before they eventually signed Herrera; wouldn't the Crew know they wouldn't necessarily be looking at Witkowski or Toure as guys who would be the starters from day one and were instead looking at both as projects who may get a chance.

And, what if one of these strikers impresses more than some of the other guys the Crew currently has or what if they impress more than Dike? Will the Crew make a tough decision there (I mean if DouDou impresses more than Dike and is four years younger)? Or will they even put one of these guys, who may have more upside, on the roster instead of Elenio and Grendi, who are unlikely to see much time in the midfield anyways with all the options we have there, especially with the addition of Dilly Duka? Anyways, it is going to be harder than ever to just slide on the roster and I think there is going to be a hell of a lot of competition for spots 18-24 these last three weeks before roster compliance.

Sure, some of the sure things might be enjoying themselves with some bass fishing, but I'm sure some are looking over their shoulders as the Crew have a ton of options and could trade some talent if they wanted.

So, who do you think makes it out of trailists Bredun, Toure, and Witkowski? Can you see anyone on the roster from last year, being left off this year?


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