Return and Farewell
Obviously, everyone took the Christmas break off around here, but now we're back, and we're about three months from the start of United competitive soccer action. First things first, a belated farewell to Troy Perkins. When Nick Rimando injured his ankle, I wasn't sure what we'd get with Perkins. We knew that Rimando gave us some great reflex saves, but was plagued by odd positioning, especially on corners. Troy Perkins quickly took the starting job for himself, and by the time Rimando was healthy there was no question of any controversy, Perkins was our top keeper.
Now Troy is leaving to go abroad. I have no problem with this. United can not afford to spend almost 10% of its salary cap on a starting keeper, no matter how good. But Troy shouldn't be asked to take less money to stay here. He's leaving on his own terms, friendly terms, and at the right time. I wish him well abroad, and perhaps they'll even improve one his few weaknesses (trusting his wall on free kicks, consistent distribution to his own team.) In the mean time, I will remember that Perkins was truly remarkable when it came to controlling the box, deftly picking out crosses and corners before they became a larger threat. I'll also remember that he became capable of quick saves that were just as good as any from Nick Rimando.
Troy gave us good service, and I'm glad that if we can't reward him with a pay raise, at least someone can. Good luck Troy, and thanks.