Charles Renken

Seattle Sounders

Eight players get their second call-up from S2 to First Team

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These should start to be familiar names.

With just 23 players on the roster, the Seattle Sounders are going to be short players for their US Open Cup match against the San Jose Earthquakes (7:30 PM, Four players are away with Gold Cup duty. Clint Dempsey remains suspended from the competition.

Charles Renken getting another chance to reboot once-promising career

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The former US U17 standout has had multiple injuries that forced moves around the soccer landscape.

At one point Charles Renken was the next big thing. He was calm on the ball, with passing vision and dribbling technique that changed games. Injuries dampened the hype. Seattle Sounders 2 announced the signing of the former Vancouver Whitecaps Academy, 1899 Hoffenheim U19, Portland Timbers Reserves, Gimo IF FK, Arizona United, and St.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Cascadia! Edition

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The Timbers trained today at Jeld-Wen Field in preparation for their first Cascadia Cup match of the year. With the match against the Vancouver Whitecaps tomorrow night, practice was closed after warm-ups.

For the first time this season the Timbers were missing no players due to injury at practice today.

Philadelphia Union

Union cut six, Hookahgate, USA in Honduras, more news

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Union cut three trialists and three Supplemental draft picks. Who cares if Adu hookahs? USA in Honduras news. Report says Liverpool CL game was fixed. FIFA wants offside rule clarified. More news.

Where Le Toux wants to play, all those transfers, match-fixing in Canada, more

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Le Toux on where he sees himself in the Union formation. Lots of players in camp equals lots of GKs. Has MLS arrived as a feeder league? More on USA v Canada. Match-fixing in Canada.

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers Waive Freddie Braun, Charles Renken, and Ian Hogg

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No big surprise today that a few Portland Timbers players were waived today ahead of the Waiver Draft, though one such player could be seen as a bit of a surprise. As of today the Portland Timbers have declined options on three players:

  1. Freddie Braun
  2. Ian Hogg
  3. Charles Renken

The latter player comes as a bit of a surprise considering his age, but then we also haven't really seen him play.

Portland Timbers 2012 Player Rankings #28: Charles Renken

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After arriving from Germany in the offseason as a well known youth prospect, Renken never got his chance to crack the first team but showed potential in practice and with the reserves. In one of the many convoluted acquisitions of the 2012 preseason, Charles Renken entered the league after a year abroad in Germany, playing for the Hoffenheim's U-19 side but seeing little time on the pitch thanks to a series of knee injuries.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Battling Bright Edition

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The Timbers held another closed practice session at their Beaverton training facility today in the run up to Saturday's Cascadia Cup match against Seattle. With several players returning to practice after yesterday's sparsely attended training, the Timbers are looking close to full strength to close out the season.

Who Would You Trade Away from the Portland Timbers? [Poll]

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With tomorrow's big game the first since the trading away of both Troy Perkins and Mike Chabala, there's been a lot of opinion and suggestions coming from the fan base on what the Portland Timbers FO should do with regards to players. Obviously, most of you probably wouldn't have traded Perkins away, some of you probably would have traded Chabala.

MLS Friendlies: Galaxy tie Tottenham, Guzan saves Villa in Portland and more

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Robbie Keane's former team and current team battled to a stalemate.

David Junior Lopes cancelled out Gareth Bale's goal to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 1-1 draw with Tottenham at the Home Depot Center in a meeting that touched on a couple of career stops for Keane, the only one of the Galaxy's three Designated Players to feature in the match.

Game Thread: Dynamo v Portland Timbers, 2012 MLS Match 9

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BROADCAST INFORMATION: FOX Sports Houston Plus - 7:30 p.m. (Comcast: 110; AT&T U-Verse: SD= 692 HD=1692; DirecTV: SD=680 / HD=680-1; Dish Network:SD=443 / HD=9581) MultiMedios Houston - 7 p.m. KBME 790 (ENG Radio) La Ranchera 850 (SPN Radio)
REFEREE: Chris Penso. MLS Career: 18 games; FC/gm: 22.

Portland Timbers Reserves Score Three in Shutout Victory Over Vancouver

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In all the euphoria over the first team's victory Saturday over Sporting Kansas City, I forgot the reserve side was traveling up to Vancouver this weekend. Well, they did, and they scored three against the Vancouver Whitecaps reserves, while MLS reserve keeper Brian Rowe recorded his second straight clean sheet for the Timbers.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Step Up Edition

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With undefeated Sporting Kansas City coming to town tomorrow, the Portland Timbers held a closed practice at Jeld-Wen Field this morning. Reacclimatizing to Jeld-Wen's turf after a practice on the grass pitch of their new training facility yesterday, the Timbers had all hands on deck for practice today.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Portland Timbers

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The Portland Timbers are back for year two in Major League Soccer, and they are hoping a new star striker, along with another year of experience, can put them over the hump and into the playoffs.

Portland came close to making the playoffs in their debut season last year, finishing just four points shy of the tenth and final spot.

Portland Timbers Practice Quotes and Notes: Wet and Cold and Ready for Chivas

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The Portland Timbers braved the elements today as they prepare to face Chivas USA tomorrow. The practice was a closed one with only the warm-ups and post-practice workouts available to the press.

Rodney Wallace, Steve Purdy, and Futty Danso were all away on international duty today and will be returning tomorrow, with Purdy the most likely to take part in the game.

Portland Timbers Practice Quotes and Notes: No More Boyd Puns

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Today's Portland Timbers practice was an open one, meaning we got our first look at Kris Boyd on the field.

The Timbers trialists were all still present and taking part fully in the practice. Darlington Nagbe, Sal Zizzo, and Lovel Palmer worked on their rehabilitation today and both Zizzo and Palmer even touched a ball toward the end of the day.

Portland Timbers Practice Quotes and Notes: The Eye of the Boyd

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Following Kris Boyd's official introduction, the Portland Timbers held a closed practice beneath cloudy skies at Jeld-Wen Field. Boyd joined the team for his first practice as a Timber and seemed to fit in right away during the team's warm-up sessions. From the moment the team was on the pitch Boyd looked at ease and spent time chatting with Eric Brunner as the team did their early running.

Portland Timbers Practice Quotes And Notes: First Practice Back, So Far

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The Portland Timbers were welcomed home to the Rose City by a slight drizzle and some short field, 9v9 scrimmaging. New signing Franck Songo'o was on display, looking dangerous as a left midfielder and sporting bright orange shoe laces that could probably be seen from space while Charles Renken got his first taste of training in Portland.

Portland Timbers Defeat Chicago Fire 2-0

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The Portland Timbers beat the Chicago Fire 2-0 over the course of 120 minutes of play today in the Timbers' final preseason game before returning to Portland. Franck Songo'o continued his impressive preseason form, assisting on goals by Eric Alexander and Jorge Perlaza.

In the first half, the Timbers fielded what looked like a reserve side backstopped by Troy Perkins.

Renken signs for Portland Timbers

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After playing in the fall with Hoffenheim's U-19 team, American Charles Renken is returning to MLS where he will join the Portland Timbers of MLS.

Timbers sign U.S U-20 midfielder Renken

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One of the more potential-filled midfielders in the U.S. youth pipeline is coming to MLS.

The Portland Timbers have acquired U.S. Under-20 midfielder Charles Renken through the MLS waiver process, according to a team release, bringing the 18-year-old to the Pacific Northwest from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

A brother needs some sleep.

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While it's possible something else wiggled through the window, it appears Edson Buddle rejoining L.A. and Charles Renken heading to the Portland Timbers will stand as our late fireworks.As I was informed to be likely, the DaMarcus Beasley move to Nancy did not come off, most likely because Puebla execs are too busy trying not to go to jail.

Renken Lands With Portland, Somehow Off Waivers

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Charles Renken is now a Timbers. (John Dorton/ISI)

It has been one of those days. First the Sebastien Le Toux trade now these two stories.

First up is former US youth phenom Charles Renken has been signed by the Portland Timbers. The Timbers got the youth star off of waivers somehow.

Portland Timbers Acquire Charles Renken, U-23 USMNT Youth

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The Portland Timbers are certainly not resting on their laurels heading into February as they just announced a new player acquisition in Charles Renken, a midfielder, via the MLS waiver. According to assistant coach Amos Magee:

"While only 18, Charles is a talented player who is already accustomed to the professional environment," said Amos Magee, Timbers assistant coach.


Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: No Positives

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An interesting mix of guys played a half-field scrimmage today. After the full squad warmed up and most of the starters went back inside for their regen workouts, the players who did not start Saturday's match took to the field. Interestingly, Kris Boyd and Eric Alexander joined the players who didn't start, and Andrew Jean Baptiste was on the field as well, in spite of having also played over 60 minutes on Saturday.

Portland Timbers Roster Outlook

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Finally under a month to go until the Timbers kick off the 2012 season! Currently Portland has 8 players who are not signed to contracts that are fighting for 4 spots. The break down of the 26(27 with Valencia) spots is as follows:

Keepers: 2 - Troy Perkins and Jake Gleeson

Defenders: 10 - Eric Brunner, Futty Danso, Lovel Palmer, Mike Chabala, David Horst, Rodney Wallace, Steve Purdy, Christ Taylor, Andrew Jean-Baptiste and Hanyer Mosquera.

What Do You Think of the Portland Timbers Off-season So Far? [Poll]

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The international transfer window close a couple days ago. This doesn't mean too much, but it is a milestone in that MLS teams can no longer actively seek in-contract trades with other teams outside MLS. Still, the roster freeze date isn't until March 1st so we may yet still see more moves made, even if it isn't Juan David Duque (Franck Songo'o?

Tony Taylor

Part II of II: On The US Foreign Services With Greg Seltzer

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This is Part II of TSG's discussion with Amsterdam-based Greg Seltzer of and No Short Corners. You can find Part I, here.

Gatt and a legend...

Matthew: So who are the key Americans abroad that US fans should truly be excited by? So many times one goal is enough to chop a forest worth's of timber to power the hype machine.

Read the Match Reports from Yesterday

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The U-23 Team taking on Bochum

In the first game the U-23 Men's National Team beat VfL Bochum 3-1. It was a combo of some pros on Bochum as well as some youth players. Here's the lineup the U-23's put out:

USA: 1-Sean Johnson; 2-Sheanon Williams, 4-Ethan White (12-Gale Agbossoumonde, 16), 5-Royal-Dominique Fennell, 3-Zarek Valentin; 8-Joe Corona (15-Joe Gyau, 46), 6-Amobi Okugo (capt.


Q & A with Charles Renken

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Renken (middle) is Back in Camp with the Natinoal Team

We spoke to midfielder Charles Renken about his experience in this U-23 Men's National Team Camp. The midfielder seems like he has been around awhile - he was in Residency in 2008 - but he's still only 17 figures to be a part of Tab Ramos' player pool during the U-20 cycle.

Renken enjoying return to US Soccer

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With the US U-23 team in camp in Germany, one player who is making his highly anticipated return to US youth national teams is Hoffenheim midfielder Charles Renken.

Wednesday Kicks: Chivas USA's Valentin, Leuzinger's Villarreal named to U.S. U-23 squad & more

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*Midfielder Jose Villarreal, a Leuzinger High product, and defender Zarek Valentin, who made 24 starts for the Goats this season, were among 31 players selected for the camp, which will run Monday through Nov. 16 in Germany under Claudio Reyna, U.S. youth technical director.

And check out all those German-based players on the full squad:

Goalkeepers: David Bingham (San Jose), Cody Cropper (Ipswich, England), Sean Johnson (Chicago), Jon Kempin (Sporting KC)

Defenders: Gale Agbossoumonde (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Sean Cunningham (Molde, Norway), Royal-Dominique Fennell (Stuttgarter Kickers, Germany), Greg Garza (no club), Perry Kitchen (D,C.

Porter announces roster for US U-20/U-23 training camp

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Thirty-one players were called in for the combined U-20/U-23 training camp in Duisburg, Germany, from Nov. 7-16.

GOALKEEPERS David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes; Pleasanton, Calif.), Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire, Lilburn, Ga.

Caleb Porter’s First US U-23 Roster: Gatt, Salgado, Andrew Wooten “Clan,” More…

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From US Soccer:

Conor Doyle will be in action for the US (not Ireland)

U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team head coach Caleb Porter has named 31 players to the roster for the upcoming training camp in Duisburg, Germany, which also features several players who are age-eligible for the U.

The Rest

Philadelphia Reveals Identities Of Three Trialists In Preseason Camp

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John Hackworth must really enjoy having knowledgeable fans. The Philadelphia spent another day pursuing a new team mission operative of transparency and supporters of the club were aflutter on social networks at the substantial change in club policy.

Per Kerith Gabriel, in today's Daily Doop, the Union have "midfielders Nicolas Medina, Charles Renken and goalkeeper Tunde Ogunbiyi" on trial in camp this preseason.

Portland Timbers waive three players in preparation for MLS Waivers Draft

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The Portland Timbers began the process of creating their 2013 roster by waiving three players before a Waivers Draft taking place later in the day. The Timbers said goodbye to defender Ian Hogg, midfielder Charles Renken, and midfielder/defender Freddie Braun.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Stay Hydrated Edition

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The Timbers were back training in full stride today as fitness coach John Ireland reminded the team to stay well hydrated ahead of what will likely be a trying match in the altitude against Colorado this weekend. Today's practice at the Beaverton training facility was closed after warm ups but the team was still working on the pitch when the press was let back out onto the field.

Transfer Madness

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When I started this site back in 2009, I had expected the site to devote a significant amount of ink to the transfer market and the finances involved in buying and selling players. Over time the focus has shifted to marketing, promotions, broadcast and other business issues facing soccer in the United States.

Residency and Academy Product Signs For Djurgarden

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Cobi Span was on the 2009 Academy Select Red Team before joining Djurgarden.
Brian "Cobi" Span has joined Swedish club Djurgarden and will start trianing with the team early next year.
Span, who got his nickname from U.S. Men's National Team star Cobi Jones, was a member of the U.

I'm home.

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Though not overly long, what a strange trip it's been. I will return to NSC-world tomorrow to gonzo it up with the tales of my journey for you all, the highs and lows and misadventures and macarons.Awesomeness sneak preview: Like me and Ian Joy, Charles Renken is an Imo's Pizza fiend. That kid is my dude!