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Jon Bakero looking to repay Fire's faith in him by making a difference

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PHILADELPHIA The Chicago Fire may have lost a bit of quality in the goal-scoring department with the departure of David Accam, but their first-round draft pick might just be able to help pick up the slack.

Before trading Accam to the Philadelphia Union during the second round of Friday's MLS SuperDraft, the Fire sent a total of $175,000 in allocation money and goalkeeper Matt Lampton to Minnesota United for the fifth overall pick.

MLS Draft Spotlight: Mueller ready for MLS after being overlooked throughout standout senior season

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When you put up numbers like Chris Mueller did in 2017, you rarely get overlooked simply because players that lead the country in assists are rarely looked past. Throughout his senior season, Mueller proved to be one of the country's elite playmakers while guiding Wisconsin to a strong run through the Big 10 and a Sweet 16 appearance.

16 players to watch in the 2017 College Cup

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Nick Fishman ranks 16 players to watch as the best four teams in men's college soccer come to Philly.

Quakes sign JT Marcinkowksi to Homegrown deal

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The San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeping core keeps getting younger.

JT Marcinkowski, who is leaving Georgetown after three years, becomes the Black and Blue's third Homegrown signing in the team's history, the club announced on Wednesday.

"JT has emerged as one of the brightest goalkeeper prospects in the nation," Quakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli said in the club's statement.

Footy On The Telly October 13-20

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Now that we don't have to worry about booking a trip to Russia anymore... We can watch UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues; the FIFA U-17 World Cup; a USWNT Friendly; all sorts of domestic and international league and college fixtures; and the Union as they play out the string, and player contracts, too.

Footy On The Telly October 6 – 13

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This week, it's World Cup Qualifying time again! Also, the U17 Club World Cup; second and third-tier league and college action; and the Union rest for the final Playoff (PLAYOFFS!???) stretch.

Footy On The Telly September 22-29

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This week, we can watch the WAFU Nations Cup action; UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues; a plethora of league and college action; and a double dose of the Union's ever-so crowd-pleasing Process.

Footy On The Telly September 8 – 15

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This week, we can watch the UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues; the WAFU Nations Cup; Copas MX, Sudamericana, Libertadores and Argentina; England's League Cup; a USWNT Friendly; a ton of league and college action; and The Union's ever trustworthy Process.

Footy On The Telly August 25 – September 1 READY TO PUBLISH ON FRIDAY 8/25

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This week, The Union are ...(sigh)... well.... Trusting The Process, Again. Also, World Cup Qualifying, College Soccer, Copa MX, and lots of league fixtures

Footy On The Telly – August 18-25

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This week, The Union are ...(sigh)... well.... "Trusting The Process." Also, College Soccer, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Copa Sudamerica, and lots of league fixtures

After successful summer, Ben Lundgaard confident going into final season at Virginia Tech

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Greenville, Delaware native among the top goalkeeping prospects in the country

When the Major League Soccer SuperDraft returns to Philadelphia in January, Delaware native Ben Lundgaard is likely one of the names you will hear called.

But talking about the Virginia Tech senior's draft prospect - his mom already has the date circled on the calendar - is a bit premature given the other big event coming to the region in December, the College Cup in early December at Talen Energy Stadium.

Musket Rounds: Why college soccer is a valid path to MLS, plus more daily links

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Nine stories worth reading from the week in soccer.

Revolution News

Kouassi stock rises in Revolution draw vs. NYCFC / The Bent Musket

The Ivorian midfielder hobbled his way into a late equalizer.

Krafts not interested in a stadium at Franklin Field / The Bent Musket

The search for a stadium site continues.

MLS Draft 2018

MLS Draft: SBI Live Commentary

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The 2018 MLS Draft is upon, and SBI has you covered for all of the day's coverage.

Beginning at 11 a.m., some of college soccer's top stars will begin their careers via the MLS Draft. Throughout the day, SBI will be providing live pick-by-pick commentary and analysis, keeping you covered for all of the comings and goings of Friday's event.

SBI MLS Draft Spotlight: After maturing on road from Ghana to Wake Forest, Twumasi looks forward to Draft process

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Ema Twumasi's path is one that has become fairly common in recent years. The Wake Forest star is one of several Ghanaian-born players to make waves in the U.S. and earn themselves a chance at MLS. For years, players have emigrated from Ghana and thrived within the college game.

But Twumasi's game is very different, as is his story.

SBI MLS Draft Spotlight: From Spain to Wake to MLS, Bakero's journey readied him for professional success

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Entering his senior season at Wake Forest, Jon Bakero was asked to make a transition into a leadership role.

While some may have struggled with the extra responsibility, Bakero shouldered it and became the man the Demon Deacons relied on.

"A year ago we lost three first-team All-Americans and we needed guys that were on paper role players and Jon Bakero was one of those guys," Wake Forest head coach Bobby Muuss told SBI.

SBI MLS Draft Spotlight: After growing throughout college career, North Carolina's Winn feels ready for MLS leap

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Alan Winn admittedly needed college soccer to help him grow as a player.

After four years at North Carolina, the forward is one of the top prospects available for the 2018 MLS Draft because of the skill set he honed throughout his collegiate career.

"It's built me on the field in terms of physicality.

SBI MLS Draft Spotlight: After positional switch, Blackmon ready to pave path for Pacific at combine, draft

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Tristan Blackmon had a conversation with his coaches at the University of the Pacific after his sophomore season that few forwards have.

Blackmon was asked to switch to right back with an eye on the future success of the new Division 1 program and his individual long-term plan to play professionally.

North Carolina

Indiana stays perfect with win over UNC to reach College Cup final

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Indiana's 1-0 over North Carolina sets up a dream matchup with Stanford in the College Cup final.

Stanford roll over Akron 2-0 to reach the College Cup final

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A goal in each half fired Stanford to a 2-0 victory over Akron, leaving the Cardinal just one win away from their third consecutive NCAA championship.

NCAA College Cup semifinals preview: Akron vs. Stanford

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With the College Cup coming to Talen Energy Stadium this weekend, Nick Fishman previews the first of Friday's semifinal doubleheader. Here's everything you need to know about Stanford and Akron.

College Soccer Weekend Preview: UNC-Providence, Creighton-Va. Tech headline opening weekend

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The 2017 college soccer season kicks off on Friday, and while some teams prefer to start their seasons off with easy openers, several of the nation's top teams are jumping right into tough challenges.

Providence College is one of those teams. The SBI No. 14 Friars are wasting no time diving into the deep end of competition, opening the season with matches against No.

Soccer on TV

Footy on the Telly Dec. 1 – 8

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Footy on the Telly — October 27 – November 3

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It's a Week O'Cups: MLS Cup Playoffs, FIFA U-17 World Cup, the FA Cup, UEFA Championship and Europa Leagues, South America's Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana, and lots of League fixtures elsewhere This week, watch for: 10/28 @7:30am Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur / fuboTV,, NBCSN 10/28 @10:00am West [.

Footy On The Telly September 1 – 8

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This week, USMNT and every other National Team in World Cup Qualifying action. Also, NASL, NWSL, Euro U-21 Qualifying, a smattering of action from the international pro leagues, College Soccer, And The Union get to Trust The Process while they rest.

Philadelphia Union Academy

Local Soccer Notebook 9/2/17

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Philadelphia Union Academy alums debut in college; local trio on USL Team of the Week

Dave Zeitlin wrote about Jordan Morris' mentorship to Penn men's soccer coach Rudy Fuller's son Liam, who like Morris has type 1 diabetes.

Bob Kulinski was named the new head coach for the boys soccer team at Gloucester Catholic.

Justin McMaster commits to Wake Forest

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Bethlehem Steel FC and Union Academy forward has college soccer in his future planning

Wake Forest lost one recruit from the Philadelphia Union Academy for the fall but could be gaining another.

Forward Justin McMaster has committed to the ACC power for the fall, joining Union Academy and Bethlehem Steel FC teammate Mark McKenzie in the Demon Deacons potential 2017 recruiting class.

College Signing Day Tracker

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Tracking Philadelphia Union Academy and other signings of local importance on the first day of the college soccer signing period

Today is the first day of the college signing period for soccer, which means standout student athletes from the Philadelphia Union Academy / YSC Academy, Continental FC, PA Classics, Penn Fusion and other area clubs and high schools will make their commitments to play college soccer official.

College Spotlight

SBI College Season Preview: Stanford focused on defending national title with 'cautious optimism'

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Stanford is gearing up for a season filled with high expectations. As defending national champions, a layer of pressure was always set to arrive at their doorsteps.

But what if you are coming in as back-to-back national champions? Does that amplify the weight resting your shoulders?

SBI College Preview Spotlight: Mo Adams hoping to become latest Brit to take path from American college to pros

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Just a few short years after the club released him from its academy, Mo Adams returned to Derby County this past winter. It was one of several clubs he had stopped at during his childhood journey through the English academy system, and it was a journey that, like many cautionary tales, ended in tragedy and without a professional contract.

SBI College Preview Spotlight: Tomas Hilliard-Arce hungry to add to legacy ahead of final season at Stanford

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Not many players can say they have won it all at the collegiate level. Twice? Even fewer. For Tomas Hilliard-Arce, winning national championships has been as common as celebrating Christmas the past two years.

As PAC-12 Defensive Player of the Year and Herrman Trophy semifinalist, there's little doubt of Hilliard-Arce's professional readiness, more so after Stanford lifted its second straight Division I title in Houston this past December.

SBI College Preview Spotlight: Michigan's Francis Atuahene is American soccer's next Ghanaian sensation

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Francis Atuahene remembers what it's like to feel starvation. He also remembers the day his life changed, and the frustration that preceded it. He remembers sitting on the sideline and waiting for his name to be called, wondering if it was all worth it. He thought about turning home, heading back towards the hunger while accepting his fate, but he also thought about what it could mean if he could simply find a way to push on.

The Rest

Stanford edges Indiana 1-0 to claim third consecutive College Cup title

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The 2017 NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup took centerstage on Sunday afternoon as two of the nation's best sides squared off at the Philadelphia Union's Talen Energy Stadium.

The Stanford Cardinal Men's Soccer team has been a recent juggernaut in Division 1 sports, winning the last two College Cups over Clemson and Wake Forest respectively.

Bakero, Hilliard-Arce, Lillard headline semifinalists for MAC Hermann Trophy

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The most prestigious award in college soccer has narrowed its field of potential winners to 15.

Wake Forest's Jon Bakero, Stanford's Tomas Hilliard-Arce and North Carolina's Cam Lindley were among the 15 semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy announced on Tuesday.

Eleven of the players on the men's list are seniors with two juniors, a sophomore and a freshman also included.

Blaming college soccer for U.S. World Cup disaster misses the point

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It's been years since college soccer was the main path to the national team

It hasn't been hard to find bad takes since the United States Men's National Team were knocked out of the 2018 World Cup on a disaster of an evening in Trinidad & Tobago on October 10. Among the worst takes I've seen over the past week have had something to do with it being all college soccer's fault.

SBI College Soccer Season Preview: Notre Dame relying on solid core of seniors

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No one truly knows how good their team will be in August, but Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark has a good sense of where the Fighting Irish will be by the end of the season thanks to a strong group of upperclassmen in South Bend.

The Fighting Irish boast a strong senior core, led by forward Jon Gallagher, who was the top scorer on the roster last season with 14 finishes into the back of the net.

SBI College Season Preview: Michigan looking to make the leap into nation's elite

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The Michigan Wolverines are not yet counted among the nation's elite. Following a four-win season, it's impossible they could be. The Wolverines sputtered through the 2016 campaign, losing several close calls and overtime matches while missing the NCAA tournament altogether.

However, head coach Chaka Daley believes the Wolverines are on the right path, and the roster the team has assembled certainly has the ability to make some waves throughout the 2017 campaign.

SBI College Season Preview: Syracuse looking for quick rebuild while competing in rugged ACC

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Every team in college soccer expects to lose key pieces from season to season. It's just the nature of the college game. Players move on, graduate, turn pro. Continuity is far from guaranteed as programs are consistently rebuilt on the fly from year to year.

SBI College Season Preview: Wake Forest looking to bounce back after College Cup defeat

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After losing on a heartbreaking penalty kick shootout, a team may use that loss as motivation the following year. Others may forget it entirely since it was in the past and not the present. Regardless if you want to think about it or not, more lessons can be taught from defeat than victory.

Talen Energy Stadium to host Army-Navy Cup on October 15

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Army-Navy Cup VI will be part of a college double-header weekend with Villanova playing Georgetown on Friday

One of college soccer's best rivalries is returning to Talen Energy Stadium with the sixth edition of the Army-Navy Cup scheduled for Sunday, October 15.

The match will be played at 2 p.

2018 MLS SuperDraft: An Early Look at Prospects for Next Year’s Draft

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A look ahead to the some of the top college prospects for next year

Another SuperDraft has come and gone, and while a lot can happen before next January, here's an early look at some of the top non-MLS Academy prospects in college soccer to keep an eye on through the spring exhibition season, summer amateur leagues and the fall regular season.