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Oka Nikolov signs for LA Galaxy

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Nikolov coached Andre Blake to the 2016 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award

Per a press release, former Philadephia Union goalkeeper turned goalkeeping coach Oka Nikolov has signed with the LA Galaxy. Nikolov started his career with the Union in 2013 after over two decades with Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany's Bundesliga and 2.

New security measures at Talen, vote Blake, Ayuk named to USL Team of the Week, more

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Search wands and bag restrictions at Talen Energy Stadium beginning on Saturday. Blake up for Save of the Week (again). Ayuk earns Team of the Week honors. More news.

Portland Timbers

Timbers Announce First Round of Changes from 2016 Roster; Trade for International Roster Slot

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At long last the Portland Timbers on Monday announced their first wave of changes from the 2016 roster. Without further ado, those moves are:

Options Exercised: Zarek Valentin and Ben Zemanski.

Options Declined: Andy Thoma, Ben Polk, Nick Besler, Jermaine Taylor, Chris Konopka, Chris Klute, Wade Hamilton, Neco Brett, and Jack Barmby.

Who Is Available in the Second Round of the Re-entry Draft?

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The second round of the MLS Re-entry Draft is coming up quickly tomorrow and there are still plenty of players ready for selection. The Portland Timbers do not have a strong history of taking players out of the Re-entry Draft -- Steve Zakuani in the first round in 2013 is the team's only selection to date -- but there are still plenty of intriguing prospects available, particularly now that teams are no longer able to sign or trade their own players that are draft-elligible.

former SKC Wizards

Konopka Signs with Portland - Former SKC Wizards Update

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There were a number of familiar faces in the team last week when the Portland Timbers took the field against Sporting KC. Along with the expected Jack Jewsbury and Amobi Okugo there was another former KC Wizard, former goalkeeper, Chris Konopka was signed by the Timbers shortly after they transferred out goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey.

Healey and Baltimore Win MASL Title - Former SKC Wizards Update

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The MASL season has officially ended this past weekend and former Kansas City draft pick Pat Healey and the Baltimore Blast walked away with a 2-0 series win over Soles de Sonora after a 14-13 win in Mexico in game two of the series this past weekend. The championship looks to be the only one the Blast will win in the MASL as they look set to break away and form another new professional indoor soccer league next season.

Okugo Training with DC - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Reports out of DC today are that former Kansas City midfielder, Amobi Okugo is training with DC United right now. After appearing just twice for KC in his career with Sporting, Okugo has been without a club since being waived in February. DC United looks like they could be in the market for a defensive midfielder based on Ben Olsen's quotes about fitness issues with Finnish international Markus Halsti.

Two Former KC Players Available in Re-Entry Draft - Former SKC Wizards Update

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The MLS offseason continues to move along as we approach Christmas. The second stage of the re-entry draft is scheduled to take place this Friday. While KC was busy in the first phase, selecting goalkeeper Alec Kann, both former KC players are available for selection still on Friday. Neither Jalil Anibaba or Chris Konopka were taken in the first stage and will now wait to see if they are selected in the second phase.

Kamara Increases Golden Boot Lead - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Kei Kamara is in the midst of a career year for the Columbus Crew. Since returning to MLS and to his original MLS club, the Columbus Crew, Kamara has enjoyed a fantastic season. This past week Kamara scored a pair of goals in Columbus' 2-1 win over New England, increasing his total to a career high 12, and now is three ahead of second play Chris Wondolowski as we close in on the near point of the season.

Options Picked Up and Declined for Former SKC Wizards

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The teams that have been eliminated from the MLS playoffs are starting to make their roster announcements ahead of the number of drafts coming up in the next few weeks. Four players join the former player list with Toni Dovale, Andy Guenebaum, Eric Kronberg, and Sal Zizzo. Another former player set to be without a club is Bobby Convey who has had his contract declined by New York.

Philadelphia Union

Blake and Rosenberry start for All Stars, Union-RSL, LVU U-18s advance to semis, more news

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Blake and Rosenberry unscathed in All Star starts. Union readying for RSL. Nor'easters host PDL semis on Saturday. LVU U-18s advance to national semis. More news.

It begins: Union open season against Dallas on Sunday, team and league news, more

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PReviews and other team news ahead of Sunday's season opener in Dallas. More news.

Union draw with DC, other Union bits, BSFC acquires forward, league news, more

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Le Toux scores but DC comes back for 1-1 draw. Bethlehem acquires Corey Burke on loan. Too many Uniteds? More news

Union preseason training opens today, signing news, more

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Union preseason camp opens today. Union re-sign Fabinho and Creavalle. Looks like Drogba is back for 2016. Carli Lloyd named CONCACAF Female Player of the Year, scores hat trick in USWNT win. More.

Union Academy U16s in semis today, Union-HCI friendly announced, US to face Cuba in GC quarterfinals, more

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Union U-16s face Dallas today. Union-HCI friendly date in Lancaster. US will face Cuba next in Gold Cup. More FIFA news.

US face China, Union face Impact, more news

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US face China in Women's World Cup quarterfinals tonight. Union host Impact on Saturday. Union Academy in playoff action. More news.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, Harrisburg tops Reading in US Open Cup 2nd rounder, more

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Highlights from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Harrisburg advances to US Open cup third round with 3-0 win over Reading. More news.

Sakiewicz says now is not the time to point fingers, more Union bits, more news

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More on the "Union fans deserve better" protest. Pfeffer up for Goal of the Week. Edu earns Team of the Week mentions. More news.

Time for Blue and Gold to see Red, Konopka could start for TFC, more news

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Previews of Saturday's home game against Toronto. Chris Konopka could start against his former team. ESPN wonders how much time Jim Curtin has left. League and national teams news. More.

“Cruel,” “gutted,” “very poor,” “bad spot,” more news.

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Reaction to loss against Houston, which see's the Union fall out of a playoff spot. Further expansion speculation. More news.

Konopka traded to Toronto

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Union trade goalkeeper to Toronto in exchange for a third round draft pick in 2014 SuperDraft.

Weekly honors, Union U-18 coach on new academy, USA friendly, more

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Casey, Le Toux, and WIlliams earn multiple weekly honors. Union U-18 coach Peter Fuller on the new academy program. USA takes on Bosnia-Herzegovina today. More news.

Toronto FC

Chris Konopka signs with Scottish Premier League team

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The former Philadelphia Union goalkeeper signed a short-term contract with Ross County.

Ross County of the Scottish Premier League has signed Toms River, New Jersey native Chris Konopka to "a short-term contract." Konopka will be filling in for the Staggies (I swear I didn't make that up - that's really what they're referred to) injured goalkeeper Scott Fox, who is out with damaged medial ligaments.

Complices perfectos. Martins y Dempsey se reencuentran y vencen al Toronto FC

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SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 2 1 TORONTO FC Martins 6´, Zavaleta 59´, Dempsey 77´. Cuántos goles hubieran hecho estos dos desde aquel fatídico 16 de junio en la derrota ante Portland. Esa es la pregunta que hoy se hace la afición Sounders tras el regreso a las canchas de Obafemi MARTINS y Clint DEMPSEY.

PC Alumnus Konopka Shines for TFC

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Leave it to the opposing keeper with local ties to shine in crunch time and keep the Revolution from grabbing maximum points.

In only his fifth career MLS start, Providence College alumnus Chris Konopka collected seven saves to help Toronto secure a 1-1 road draw at Gillette Stadium.

Who Will Not Be Going to the 2018 World Cup?

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You just crossed over into the #BanterZone. DUN DUN DUN

With the United States out of the World Cup in Brazil, we take a look at 23 American players in MLS who will, in all likelihood, not be on the USMNT's roster for the 2018 World Cup.


Tyler Deric (Houston Dynamo) - Deric, 25, has only made four appearances in his six-year MLS career, and is a favorite not to make the roster in four years.

Paid Their Dues: All of the Players

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Here be players. This list does not include players on loan from the Union, or players who were never under contract with the Union. It also does not include players who are no longer in the game, or are without a club.


Bakary Soumare - Chicago Fire

Danny Mwanga - Colorado Rapids

Jeff Parke - DC United

Andrew Jacobson - FC Dallas

Chris Seitz - FC Dallas

Brian Perk - LA Galaxy

Justin Mapp - Montreal Impact

Jack McInerney - Montreal Impact

Brad Knighton - New England Revolution

Shea Salinas - San Jose Earthquakes

Chris Konopka - Toronto FC

Ryan Richter - Toronto FC

Jordan Harvey - Vancouver Whitecaps


Toni Stahl - Carolina RailHawks

Nick Zimmerman - Carolina RailHawks

Oka Nikolov - Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Kleberson - Indy Eleven

Greg Jordan - Minnesota United FC


Matt Kassel - Arizona United SC

Yann Ekra - Harrisburg City Islanders

Morgan Langley - Harrisburg City Islanders

Chandler Hoffman - LA Galaxy II (On loan from LA Galaxy)

Gilberto Souza - Sacramento Republic FC

Liga MX

Gabriel Farfan - Chiapas (On loan from Chivas USA)

Michael Farfan - Cruz Azul

Michael Orozco - Puebla

Liga Nacional de Guatemala

Carlos Ruiz - Municipal

Costa Rican Primera División

Porfirio Lopez - LD Alajuelense

David Myrie - CS Herediano

Josue Martinez - Santos de Guápiles

Liga Postobón

Faryd Mondragon - Deportivo Cali

Lionard Pajoy

Northern Premier League Division One North

Joe Tait - Darlington 1883 (On loan from Gateshead)


Kai Herdling - Hoffenheim


Alejandro Moreno - ESPN Analyst

Danny Califf- Player/Coach with Bearfight FC

Veljko Paunovic - Serbian U19s coach

Konopka to Toronto

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The Union are down to just two goalkeepers today. Chris Konopka was traded to Toronto FC for a third round SuperDraft pick. The Toms River NJ native started just once for the Union, ironically in a 1-0 loss to Toronto in 2012.

Konopka has not seen regular minutes since League of Ireland's Waterford United in 2010.

Major League Soccer

MLS Ticker: Kaka out vs. Fire, Sporting KC adds Rubio and more

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Many star players are set to take part in Week 2 of MLS, but Kaka is not one of them.

On Tuesday, Orlando City SC head coach Adrian Heath said the Brazilian playmaker would not play in Friday's contest vs. the Chicago Fire, but Antonio Nocerino should be fit and available for selection.

V Cup, V Cup, we'll give it to thee Cup - TFC 1 MTL 1

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The game last night had me wondering just how little TFC management wants the extra games of Champions League on their 2014 schedule.
Joe Bendik was in net. It would not surprise me to see Chris Konopka get the start in Montreal.
The back four was strategic. Play Morgan (rest Morrow- late sub), play Hagglund (rest Bloom), play Caldwell (red card in KC means he can't play MLS game vs Columbus this Saturday) and play Henry in order to rest him Saturday.

D.C. United

D.C. United 2016 Preseason Minutes Tracker v2.0

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Nerd out with us as we obsess over who is playing where on the field as the Black-and-Red prepare for the season.

Welcome, all, to the second phase of D.C. United's 2016 preseason - and the second installment of our minutes tracker. I had meant to get this out to you over the long weekend, but [stock quote about the Nature of Things].

D.C. United releases preseason roster

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D.C. United has filled out their first preseason roster with some new and old names.

A few days after flying down to Florida before Winter Storm Jonas hit, D.C. United has released its preseason roster. In addition to the regular members of the team, there have been some trialists invited to camp.

D.C. United adds three new trialists

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D.C. United is taking some extra players to Florida to see who can make the roster

Today we found out the names of some more of D.C. United's trialists, with some competition for the starting goalkeeper role in Bill Hamid's absence among them. Steve Goff is reporting that United's trialists will include goalkeepers Chris Konopka and Paolo Tornaghi, as well as midfielder Kevan George.

CJ Sapong

Yomby Hits 10,000 Minutes - Former SKC Wizards Update

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While William Yomby never really had much of a career with Kansas City, he was waived by the club during his rookie season, but he's had a long career in the lower divisions of US Soccer, specifically with the Richmond Kickers. This past weekend, he surpassed the 10,000 minute mark for his career in the USL.

Sapong Scores in Return - Former SKC Wizards Update

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CJ Sapong was cleared to return to the Philadelphia Union this week after being suspended for his DUI arrest earlier this season. And he made the most of his return. Coming on in the second half, Sapong finished off the game with a goal in the 62nd minute to help Philadelphia to a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls.

Ryan Richter

Steffen and Madison advance to NCAA quarterfinals, Convey released by TFC, more

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Photo: Courtesy of the Philadelphia Union Philadelphia Union I got nothing. Local Former Union Academy goalkeeper Zack Steffen was huge between the posts in University of Maryland's 1-0 win over UC Irvine to advance to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. Ranked No. 5, the Terrapins travel to face No. 4 ranked [.

Quality optional as Reds chop contracts

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The Lambe came back the very next year... Toronto FC took a tiny baby step towards 2014 by doing minor surgery on their current roster. The club announced the news this afternoon regarding which players had their contract options exercised; those who didn't; those already under contract for 2014; and those who are now on a Bosman.

Paid Their Dues: Playoff Fates Decided

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Justin Mapp went 90 minutes in a loss that will ensure that the Impact will advance to the knockout round of the MLS Cup Playoffs. Also, this game mercifully closes out Ryan Richter's and Chris Konopka's seasons.

Bakary Soumare and his Chicago Fire missed out on the playoffs, as they were smashed by a Red Bulls team on a mission.

The Rest

Timbers solidify defense after Borchers injury by adding Konopka, Arokoyo & Taylor

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The Portland Timbers had been hoping to regain their health and recently, the team had indicated they've been as healthy as they've been all year. Right after that, the team lost Nat Borchers to injury and with several regulars now nursing various knocks, Portland made several moves to strengthen their defense for the final weeks of the season.

NYCFC 4 TFC 4 new chapter in Vanney coach textbook "point on the road"

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A tie on the road is a result to embraced. When TFC are missing Bradley and Altidore (plus Morgan and Osorio) a tie on the road is wonderful. Or, if you shake your head and recall the drubbing last Saturday in Los Angeles, a tie on the road is a great change of direction. And yet....Giovinco scores a hat-trick, sets up the fourth goal and everything victorious seemed possible.