A major complaint I seem to always hear about the 2012 season was management's infernal tinkering with the Vancouver Whitecaps roster. In the off-season it was okay, as the team was adding pieces that were supposed to begin fitting after a training camp and a couple of matches together. What wasn't okay was the tinkering taking place during the season, when players seemed to be shipped out and brought in every couple of weeks.
It's easy to point and say what worked and what didn't work, but that's not the purpose of this post. What I am asking is, if you had a Delorean with Doc Brown and a flux capacitor in it, which move would you undo? Of all the roster changes in 2012, which one did you absolutely despise the most?
Let's take a look at the candidates. Note: *I am only referencing roster changes that occured mid-season, as I consider off-season roster moves to be a completely different conversation.
1) June 22nd, 2012 Defender, and former first round pick Michael Boxall is waived by the Whitecaps.
2) June 28th, 2012 midfielder Long Tan runs into some twitter controversy, and is unceremoniously dumped from the squad, traded to DC United for a 2015 third round Super draft pick.
3) June 28th, 2012 the same day that Tan is traded, midfielder Floyd Franks is waived by the club.
4) July 4th, 2012 signed in the off-season, midfielder Barry Robson joins the Whitecaps for his season debut. I am counting this as a mid-season move because though he was added in the off-season, Robson didn't start playing until July.
5) July 11th, 2012 Midfielder Davide Chiumiento is transferred to FC Zurich for an undisclosed fee. Chiumiento wishes to be closer to his family, and the Whitecaps begrudgingly comply.
6) July 13th, 2012 Striker Sebastien Le Toux is dealt to the New York Red Bulls for Dane Richards. Though Le Toux scored the first goal of the 2012 campaign, the club feels he isn't the right fit for Martin Rennie's offence, and the speedier Richards is brought in.
7) July 16th, 2012 Rennie continues the Scottish connection, signing striker Kenny Miller.
8) July 20th, 2012 Despite an impressive 2011 campaign, lack of production and almost no playing time led to striker and fan favourite Eric Hassli's trade to Toronto FC, for a 2014 first round super draft pick and a 2013 international roster spot.
9) August 1st, 2012 Defender Andy O'Brien is signed to a deal.
My answer is pretty simple; my least favourite move of the season was waving bye bye to Davide Chiumiento, arguably the clubs most creative player. That being said, it's been well established that the club didn't really have a choice in the matter, and that Chiumiento wanted to be closer to his family. Still, from a journalists perspective, he was a great quote, and from a fans perspective, he was an extremely underrated component for the Whitecaps machine. I've said this before, but you can trace the decline of the Whitecaps right back to the departure of Davide Chiumiento.
How about you, folks? You have nine options (unless I missed any!) to choose from. If you could go back in time and stop a move from happening, which one would it be?
As always, your feedback is greatly appreciated.