The skinny from a writer who's been covering Franklin's now-former team for SB Nation.
When D.C. United selected Sean Franklin with the #1 pick in today's first stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft Process, my first email was to Josie Becker, the managing editor over at our sister site LAG Confidential.
The Union selected former Wake Forest and Chicago Fire midfielder Corben Bone in this afternoon's MLS Re-Entry Draft. Bone, 25, has played sparingly for Chicago in his 4 seasons in Major League Soccer.
With the sixth pick in today's MLS Re-Entry Draft, the Philadelphia Union selected former Generation Adidas midfielder Corben Bone.
D.C. United selected Sean Franklin with their top pick in StageOne of the Re-Entry Draft andalso welcomed back defenderBobby Boswell to RFK after he was acquired in the second round this afternoon. United will be up first again for Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft next Thursday. As a result of these selections, United must [.
D.C. United addresses its biggest area of need in stage one of the Re-Entry Draft, picking up Sean Franklin and Bobby Boswell.
Typically, the first stage of the Re-Entry Draft is a quiet affair, building up to the more active second round. However, D.C. United became the first-ever team to select two players in the first stage, picking up Sean Franklin from the LA Galaxy in Round 1 and bringing Bobby Boswell back from the Houston Dynamo in Round 2.
Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado scored his and his side's second goal in the first 15 minutes of this evening's Europa League clash with Anzhi Makhachkala. The Spaniard tucked away a cool finish after getting on the end of Erik Lamela's pass.
Rapid Vienna ace Terrence Boyd has just lit the scoreboard on six minutes to give the visitors an early 1-0 advantage in a win-or-go home Europa League Matchday 6 contest at Dinamo Kyiv. If you are keeping score, that gives the young forward four goals in the group phase (one behind leader Jermain Defoe), five for the whole tourney, 12 on the overall campaign.
Both Sam Allardyce and Gus Poyet have branded this weekend's clash between West Ham and Sunderland as a 'must-win' game. Poyet takes his bottom-of-the-table Black Cats to fellow strugglers the Hammers. He said: "I think it's like any other next match. The next match is normally the most important especially because of what has happened [.
Tony Pulis has rejected criticism of Chelsea's start to the season. Pulis takes his Crystal Palace side to Stamford Bridge this weekend and he can't understand those who have been dismissive of the Blues' start to the season. He said: "I think it's absolutely amazing that people are criticising Chelsea.
Steve Clarke has defended a Christmas jolly that saw his players fly to Dublin. The Baggies had lost three games on the bounce before the squad went to Ireland for their party. But their manager has defended the decision to allow the festivities to go ahead. He said: "Listen, they have to relax and enjoy [.
In the past, defensive midfielders were widely considered to be the midfielders who did the "dirty work." Defensive midfielders were and still are underrated and appreciated. They are generally viewed as aggressive, wild and cynical; which, of course, many are. However, they also possess other traits.
3 things we learned from the Arsenal's defeat to Napoli. by Simba It's the 12th day of December 2013 and Arsenal top the Barclays Premier League table with 5 points clear and we just qualified from the so called "Group of Death" as runners-up after a 2-0 loss at Napoli. This is the month I [...]
Liverpool is one of the most storied clubs in the English football. They've won 18 league titles, 8 League Cups, 7 FA Cups, 5 Champions League titles, 3 Europa League titles and 3 Super Cups. They've had a host of brilliant players don their traditional red kit but as of late they've been flat. They haven't won a league title since the 1989 season and they've made a host of awful transfers that have plagued the team and left fans burying their heads.
It's less than two weeks until Christmas Day, so if you're like me and you haven't had a chance to finish your holiday shopping, now's the time to turn to online shopping and surfing the Internet for last minute Christmas present ideas.
To make the shopping ordeal smoother, I've put together a holiday gift guide for soccer fans, which features several ideas of last minute gift suggestions including everything from World Cup shirts to video games and the best soccer books.
Manchester United need to pay €20m to land Benfica's Nico Gaitan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United's interest in Benfica's winger Nico Gaitan is nothing new. The Red Devils have had registered their interest quite a number of times and there are numerous reports in Portugal press that suggest the interest hasn't died down yet.
A day after trading for midfielder Mauro Rosales, Chivas USA sent Jorge Villafana and the No. 2 overall pick in Stage 1 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft to the Portland Timbers in exchange for centerback Andrew Jean-Baptiste and the No.
Before hosting the Major League Soccer All-Star game or their first regular season game of the 2014 calendar year, the Portland Timbers will be hosting their third-annual preseason tournament, the Rose City Invitational.
Between Feb. 23 and Mar. 1, the Timbers will face the San Jose Earthquakes, Vancouver Whitecaps, and Jamaican club Portmore United in friendly matches at Jeld-Wen Field prior to their MLS regular season home opener on March 8 against the Philadelphia Union.
Budweiser is a huge player in sports and sports advertising. With the World Cup on the near horizon, we thought we would run an interview from June with Camilo Durana, Budweiser's Global Director, Budweiser Sports and Entertainment was kind enough to share a few thoughts about the current Man of the Match Program and Budweiser's promotional efforts around the world of soccer.
Angel Di Maria's agent has finally spoken out and has said that there are several clubs interested in his client. Who is to blame for this statement from Di Maria's agent? I think it's two or three people. Di Maria is one of the finest wingers in the world and it should not surprise anyone [...]
Liverpool defender Kolo Toure believes champions Manchester United still pose a threat to his side's title ambitions. The former Manchester City centre-back says he and his team-mates are capable of winning the league, but he knows a lot of things can change between now and the end of the season including a United comeback.
For a club with so much money, Manchester City is at least spending it in the right places like high quality players and high quality YouTube videos. For Christmas they've got a YouTube advent calendar running with a new video each day and today, they're doing face swaps. Some combined photos of teammates, new and old, are whipped up with Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards quizzed.
Roberto Soldado has grabbed his first goal from open play since October 20 in the opening minutes of tonight's Europa League game against Anzhi Makhachkala. The Tottenham striker got the faintest of headers to a Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick to give his side an early lead.
With both teams fighting it out for second spot behind Chelsea in Group E and the homeside Schalke already 1-0, this goal scored by Joel Matip which was so much off-side it has to be seen to be believed all but ended Basel's chances of qualifying for the last 16 in Germany with the Swiss side only needing a draw for qualification.
Why Arsenal Finishing Second Is Not Such A Bad Thing by AT It really is a wonderful feeling to realise Arsenal made it to the knockout stages of the Champions League last night through a 'Group of Death' which most certainly lived up to it's title. Heading into the last round of fixtures, Arsene Wenger's [.
Arsenal's Emmanuel Frimpong never one to miss a chance to kick Manchester United via his social media accounts has posted a new meme showing David Moyes and Marouane Fellaini working as traffic cops outside Old Trafford. The punchline, inevitably, relates to three point being handed out to everyone.
Veteran defender Kevin Alston was one of nine players across the league who opted out of Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Process prior to its start at 3pm on Thursday.
In addition to Alston, Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Mike Chabala (Houston), Yordany Alvarez (Real Salt Lake), Daniel Paladini (Chicago), Andre Akpan (New York), Josh Ford (Seattle), Bobby Convey (Toronto FC) and Tommy Heinemann (Vancouver) all pulled out of Thursday's proceedings.
Per the collective bargaining agreement that the MLS Players Union signed with the league several years back, players left exposed to Phase One of the MLS Re-Entry Draft could opt out before the event.
That's exactly what former FC Dallas striker Kenny Cooper did prior to a Wednesday deadline, opted out.
An active Re-Entry Draft day didn't see the Fire select anyone available but they were involved in other dealings. If you follow Fire Confidential on twitter you knew earlier today that Daniel Paladini was on the move but now the Fire have made it official. Paladini has been traded to Columbus for a fourth round draft selection.
América se metió a la jaula de un León cebado, hambriento. En su propio Circo Romano. Y salió herido. Malherido. Apenas con vestigios de vida. León ganó 2-0. Quiso más. Pudo más. Debió conseguir más. Necesitaba más. Pero enfrente tuvo al hombre milagro de las finales con América: Moisés Muñoz, quien atajó cinco sentencias de muerte.
In today's Phase 1 of the Re-Entry Draft the Rapids acquired Marc Burch from Seattle. Burch is a left back that has also played some center back and left wing. He's 29 and 2014 will be his 9th year in the league, starting with the LA and then Columbus his first season before spending most of his career in DC, then moving to Seattle the last two seasons.
A flurry of moves altered the Portland Timbers roster significantly. The team started the day by trading Andrew Jean-Baptiste for Jorge Villafana and a switch in spots for the December 12 MLS Re-Entry Draft. They followed it up by exercising the pick for former Seattle Sounders FC forward Steve Zakuani, a former teammate of several current Timbers and a player under Timbers Coach Caleb Porter while he was there.
The Houston Dynamo will join the National Women's Soccer League in 2014 with a new team named the Houston Dash, the club announced Thursday.
"We are thrilled to have our very own NWSL franchise here in Houston," Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti said during a formal announcement at BBVA Compass Stadium that was streamed live on Dynamo's website.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A new era has arrived for the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
The Rowdies announced on Thursday afternoon that controlled interest of the club has been sold to multimillionaire entrepreneur Bill Edwards after five years of ownership from Andrew Nestor and David Laxer.
For the 2013/14 Serie A season, AS Roma have been wearing home, away and third kits designed and manufactured by the club itself. But beginning with the 2014/15 season, Roma will wear Nike uniforms with the famous Swoosh logo emblazoned across the chest.
Roma's home shirt for 2014/15 will feature a maroon-colored shirt and yellow trim.
There's an attempt at a coup d'etat going on in football in this country at the moment, and it feels as if point is rapidly approaching at which supporters of all hues will draw a line in the sand and say "enough." Indeed, that point may already have been reached this week with the confirmation that, having originally promised that there would be a period of consultation with supporters and then apparently going back on this by stating that protestors "can die as soon as they want", Dr Assem Allam's Hull City has submitted a formal proposal to the Football Association to change the club's name to "Hull Tigers" from the start of next season.
Nuestros rayados ya están en Marruecos y este sábado disputarán su primer partido en este Torneo Mundial de Clubes. Llegan después de despedirse el sábado pasado en el Tecnológico perdiendo ante el Nacional de Paraguay, un equipo que vino a jugar en plan serio y responsable y nos dio una idea de la realidad del nivel futbolístico que tiene el Monterrey en estos momentos y eso a mí me preocupa y mucho.
In yet another indication that football is one of the many platforms for political discourse, the Barcelona-Celtic Champions League meeting was dominated by election talk yesterday.
Separatist parties in Spain's northeastern Catalonia region on Thursday agreed the wording of an independence referendum on November 9, 2014, as Catalonia has long recognized itself as an autonomous and independent state from Spain.
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