Draft Picks

New England Revolution

All that losing for nothing? Payne eyes more than just draft picks as Reds deal 1st Pick

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"Ok ball - you take Hassli and I'll throw in some ball polish. Deal?"
Welcome to our unexpectedly ongoing SuperDraft pre-game show. Up next Diana Ross takes a free kick. But first... "TFC did whaaaaaaaaaaaa?"
Out of all of the mock draft prognostication and "will they/won't they" trade one or both of the picks, not many would have guessed at this one.

Toja Party?

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Their record and recent form may not suggest it, but the soccer gods must be smiling upon the Revolution.

Two months ago, the Revolution inherited the to spot in the Allocation Process after Vancouver traded first dibs to Philadelphia, which used it to select Bakary Soumare. And during those two months, the Revolution held the trump card tight, as names like Maurice Edu, Alejandro Bedoya, Carlos Bocanegra and Luis Robles were floated from Framingham to Farmington.

Summer Transfers 2012: Shalrie's Gone, Now What?

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Most of us are still smarting after this morning's news of the Shalrie Joseph trade broke. The New England Revolution will never be the same, and whether you agree with the trade or not, you can't say it doesn't send shockwaves through this community.

That said, the world is not going to end.

Coaching Course

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John Murphy (right), seen here with former Revolution goalkeeper Adin Brown, served as an assistant coach for the Revs from 2000 till February of 2004. (Photo by Art Donahue/artdonahue.com)

Taylor Twellman, Sharie Joseph, Pat Noonan, Clint Dempsey – four stars of the New England Revolution in the 2000s that came through the MLS SuperDraft thanks in part to John Murphy's input into the team's draft decisions.

More of the Same?

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Any delusions of the New England Revolution making the playoffs were finally brought to an end on Saturday with the Revs 2-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders. Now Revs head coach Steve Nicol has two options: stay the course, keep playing the same struggling lineup and learn nothing new about his reserves or give some rarely used players a chance to prove they belong on next year's roster.

Major League Soccer

The TFC Mock SuperDraft Loaf

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Mock away!
The MLS SuperDraft is upon us! It used to just be the MLS Draft but then it flew around the world really fast and turned back time to save its girlfriend from an earthquake (Not Frank Yallop) and then people started calling it SuperDraft. Okay?
 
One of the favourite pastimes for North American football writers is to try and attempt a series of mock drafts.

SBI 2012 MLS All-Rookie Best XI

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Teams searching for talent in the 2012 MLS Draft found quite a few quality gems. Several players who were able to step right in and make smooth transitions from college to the pros.

Some high draft picks lived up to their draft hype, like Darren Mattocks and Luis Silva, while some other rookies emerged to surprise and impress, like Connor Lade and Ray Gaddis.

Juan Carlos Toja Signs with MLS: Allocation Update

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Today is decision day for the New England Revolution front office. Based on reports it appears the New England Revolution fully intend to select Juan Carlos Toja, but the question remains whether or not he will be playing for the Revs as the New England Front Office entertains offers from around Major League Soccer.

Portland Trades For Danny Mwanga

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Danny Mwanga is headed back to Oregon. (Getty Images)

Holy moly. Philadelphia is trading away their team here. It was announced earlier that the Portland Timbers have acquired forward Danny Mwanga from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for forward Jorge Perlaza.

A striker for striker deal between the two clubs.

Galaxy and the Salary Cap

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Sometimes items from Soccer America can be a total miss but check out today's MLS Confidential on the Galaxy. For anyone out there that couldn't get how the LA Galaxy was able to squeeze in Edson Buddle to their salary cap, check this article out.

By bringing back Edson Buddle into the fold, even if he costs slightly more than the $178,488 salary he earned in 2010 before leaving for Germany, the Galaxy probably hasn't crunched its salary cap to any great extent, because of player departures as well as amassing allocation money.

Keon Daniel Joins Union In Florida, Two Supplemental Picks Not Invited

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The Philadelphia Union announced that Keon Daniel, along with Danny Mwanga, has joined the team at its preseason training camp in Florida today.

The 25-year-old has been missing from the Union since a September call up to the Trinidad and Tobago national team. Daniel left the United States on August 28 or 29, then did not re-enter the country until possibly today.

Houston Dynamo Reload for 2012 MLS Season

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The Houston Dynamo have always seemed to have a love-hate relationship with the MLS SuperDraft. In the franchise's early years in Houston, Dynamo Coach Dominic Kinnear seemed to have no qualms about trading away a top draft pick in order to obtain a player who filled a need or role right away for his squad.

The latest Fox Soccer MLS Mock Draft (and a look at the draft pool)

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The MLS Draft is less than two weeks away, and the MLS Combine is now less than a week away, meaning it's getting close to time for clubs to start figuring out what needs they want to address and which players they plan to target when the draft kicks off in Kansas City.

There is still plenty we don't know about how the draft will shape up.

More players, more problems

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With the signing of Porfirio Lopez yesterday, the Philadelphia Union continued a busy offseason that has already addressed many glaring needs.

Since the 2011 season ended in defeat at Houston, the Union have parted ways with Justin Mapp, purchased the rights to a Costa Rican striker, a Costa Rican fullback, and a Panamanian utilityman, signed a Tanzanian winger through the re-entry draft, and added a homegrown player.

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers Trade Troy Perkins to Montreal Impact for Donovan Ricketts - Stumptown Footy

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Portland Timbers Trade Troy Perkins to Montreal Impact for Donovan Ricketts - Stumptown Footy

Is this the start of a fire-sale/complete rebuild for the Portland Timbers? With a new coach coming it's going to happen soon, so why not start now and stockpile draft picks and allocation money?

Timbers pass on selection in quiet first round of MLS re-entry draft, give assist to Sunshine Division

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The Portland Timbers chose not to use their first round pick in the first round of the MLS -Re-Entry Draft on December 5, but three teams made selections. Other clubs have been busy with various trades of players or future draft picks, while rumors of upcoming signings for the Timbers continue to gain some steam.

That Could Have Been Us

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When you worry about missing the playoffs this year, just take a look at Vancouver and remember, that could have been us.

The Timbers didn't get the benefits of being a lone expansion team in 2011, but instead had to split a lot of things with Vancouver: dividing up expansion draft picks and the top MLS draft slot, as well as all kinds of other obscure rankings and allocations.

Houston Dynamo

Importance of the Sounders' Tactical Depth

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Three home games. Three very different opponents. Three wins.

On a superficial level this is an impressive statistic in its own right. Historically MLS squads do not feature tactical flexibility. But reviewed in the context of the injury report, this result takes on a different significance.

Sporting Tie Montreal

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In a game that featured reserves, Sporting KC kept their undefeated start to preseason alive with a 1-1 draw with the Montreal Impact in the second game of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic. Only 3 players that saw the field in the opener against the Houston Dynamo were even dressed for the game today against the expansion Impact.

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The Roster As Is

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The roster compliance deadline passed for Sporting KC without incident last week. KC is currently sitting below the roster max of 30 players, and is set on internationals currently. As of this moment, KC has 28 players currently on their roster. That only includes the players that are currently under contract, even if they are not in camp currently, and will likely not play a role in the team this year.

Union sign Jordan, Gaddis, Witkowski, Hoppenot & Harrison

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The Philadelphia Union announced on Tuesday the signing of the remaining draft picks in camp—Greg Jordan, Raymon Gaddis, Krystian Witkowski and Antoine Hoppenot—and goalkeeper Chase Harrison.

Jordan and Gaddis were selected by the Union in January's SuperDraft, with Jordan being selected 32nd over all Gaddis 35th overall.

Practice Report: Drills, Small Sided and Wide Field Games

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Roster flux continues though all under contract players are still with the team, some of the Supplemental Draft picks and trialists are now in a different phase of their soccer journeys. Joshua Mayers, of the Seattle Times, compiled the list of missing names. Harlinton Guiterres, Real Espana reservist, is still in camp.

Busy Week for SKC

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It's going to be a busy week for KC in the last week of the offseason. There's plenty of information that looks like it will be coming out this week. Let's take a look real quick chronologically.

Tomorrow, as I posted earlier today is the Supplemental Draft. KC will possibly add 5 more players that would be coming into preseason this year.

Open Thread For Pre Protected List Trades

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Already two trades have become known. Ryan Smith goes to Chivas USA for 1st and 3rd Round Supplemental draft picks. That's picks 43 and 81 overall. so we're talking no-risk, flyer types in a draft that constantly adds more picks. Also, it came out today that the Portland Timbers loan of Ryan Pore also included an international slot and a promise from the Montreal Impact that they wouldn't take a player who ended the year on Portland's active roster.

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Colorado Gets New Players And New President

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Busy day in Commerce City as the organization has a new face, a returning face, and a promoted face.
Let's start with the roster moves. In today's re-entry draft the Rapids selected Chicago midfielder Baggio Husidic and Houston defender Hunter Freeman. Husidic is a 24 year old former Generation Adidas player who's been with Chicago since leaving college 3 years ago.

Red Bulls Hot Stove Heating Up: Ream to West Brom?

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Ream: West Brom Bound?Following a turbulent 2011 regular season for the New York Red Bulls, General Manager Erik Solér and Head Coach Hans Backe have played their cards very close to the vest as they look to reshape and add depth to the squad for 2012. Apart from sanctioning the departure of a half dozen fringe players and exposing highly-paid veterans such as Carlos Mendes, Bouna Coundoul and Chris Albright to this year's Re-Entry Draft (Mendes has since been snapped up by Columbus), there has been little to no action to report.

The Rest

Why Isn't Collin Cowherd Talking Seattle Sounders?

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What's the deal with Collin Cowherd? He's one of the most influential sports talkers in the biz, he's from Seattle, he talks about Seattle sports all the time, but he never mentions what is happening with the Sounders.

They had more than 55,000 people attend over the weekend to see Seattle stamp out the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0.

Tebow Saga Not Over; NFL Draft to Provide More Drama

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Tim Tebow playing for the New York Jets this upcoming NFL season is not a sure thing. There is a lot of time between now and the start of the season for things to transpire.

There just seems like too much of a possibility for some kind of change to happen.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Inside on a Nice Day Edition

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Despite being a closed session today without any tasty tidbits from John Spencer to chew on, today's Timbers practice was an interesting one none the less.

Although Kris Boyd was, not surprisingly, not yet practicing we were told that he would likely join the team in around ten days while they are in California.

Dynamo Open 2012 Pre-Season Camp

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It seems like just yesterday the Dynamo played for the MLS Cup in Los Angeles, in fact it was only 66 days ago, but time waits for no one and the new season must get underway. Yesterday at the team's training facilities, the Dynamo did just that, kicking off the 2012 season with the opening of pre-season camp.

Some Business Thoughts on the SuperDraft

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The MLS SuperDraft was held on Thursday and broadcast live on ESPN2. After two hours of televised coverage, the feed switched to ESPN3.com. Adrian Healey manned the desk while Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman handled much of the commentary heavy lifting and despite some hiccups, the broadcast was generally well done.

Does Kobe Team Up with Dwight in Orlando?

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His team is getting a divorce and so is his wife. The might Los Angeles Lakers are in transition and so is Kobe Bryant's personal life.

The Lakers could be supplanted by the Los Angeles Clippers this season for best team in Hollywood.

What I Want For Christmas | Part II

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In the first part of this series, we ran the rule over the current United roster. In this second part, we'll compile a list of wants by position, setting us up for the grand finale, where we put those wants in order...


Would you trust this man with your roster?

GOALKEEPER

Needs: Hamid and Willis are solid in the first two spots on the depth chart, so there shouldn't be much work to do here.

Marsch wants Hainault and draft picks for Ching

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Marsch wants Hainault and draft picks for Ching

Montreal coach Jesse Marsch, according to Fox Sports, covets Canadian national team defender Andre Hainault and the framework of any deal will begin with him and also include draft picks.