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Major League Soccer

Fabian Herbers receives his green card, Zlatan to LA Galaxy?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 7/14/17

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Almost time for weekend links.

Philadelphia Union News

Winter is not coming: A less-than-serious preview of the Philadelphia Union's 'Game of Thrones' night
When you play the game of soccer, you win, lose or draw.

Philadelphia Union: Fabian Herbers receives his Green Card
The Philadelphia Union will now have extra international spots as Fabian Herbers has received his Green Card.

Bradley Wright-Phillips gets his green card, Dom Dwyer gets U.S. citizenship: Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/17/17

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The links are here and they're wearing green for St. Paddy's Day.

Philadelphia Union News

Union's Jay Simpson 'coughing up blood' after scoring debut MLS goal
Don't be surprised to see C.J. Sapong in Saturday's starting lineup.

Oguchi Onyewu more than holding his own on the back line
When Josh Yaro went down with his torn labrum and underwent should surgery, there were questions about who would fill his void.

Official: Union Trade With Vancouver To Sign Bakary Soumare

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The Philadelphia Union and Vancouver Whitecaps officially announced a trade that brought Bakary Soumare back to Major League Soccer.

Vancouver sent a second rounder SuperDraft pick in 2013 to Philadelphia in exchange for allocation money and the Union's 2013 first round SuperDraft selection.

FOX Soccer: Union Acquire Former MLS Defender Of The Year Nominee Bakary Soumare

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The Philadelphia Union addressed a glaring need by adding a veteran center back with a successful history in Major League Soccer.

According to a report on FOX Soccer, by Ives Galarcep of Soccer By Ives, the Union acquired Bakary Soumare, formerly of the Chicago Fire. Soumare was a nominee for MLS Defender of the Year in 2008, when the Fire only gave up 33 goals in 30 games and finished second in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia Union Decline Options On Stefani Miglioranzi And Chase Harrison, Both Available In 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft

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The Philadelphia Union revealed today that veteran central midfielder and defender Stefani Miglioranzi and emergency back up goalkeeper Chase Harrison are both available in December's 2011 Re-Entry Draft. Both players had their options declined by the Union for the upcoming 2012 season.

Miglioranzi was acquired by the Union in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft after spending time in England and with the Columbus Crew and Los Angeles Galaxy.

Trials and tribulations that go with being a young pro

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It is obviously challenging for a player to move from the youth ranks to the professional level, and where there are more examples of this happening now in Major League Soccer than ever before, there is certainly ups and downs with this process.

Steven Goff of the Washington Post writes of the challenges that young phenom Andy Najar is facing in his second season with DC United.

Galaxy acquire international roster slot from D.C. United

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But that doesn't mean another international signing is on the way.

The slot comes in exchange for allocation money.

That gives the Galaxy eight international slots with the additional spot, which expires after the 2012 season.

And how many international players does the Galaxy have on its roster?

Coach Califf, green cards, more news

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Danny Califf has been keeping busy in the offseason. Last month the Union captain took a nine-day US Soccer Coaching License Course. Also of note in the piece, Califf says he's not up to date with the club's offseason plans—"I find out the news over the Internet"— and doesn't know what's going on with Michael Orozco Fiscal's loan from Mexican club San Luis.

Seattle Sounders

Tyrone Mears' green card means two open international spots

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Now that Tyrone Mears is a permanent resident of the USA (holds a green card) the Seattle Sounders have two international spots open. The club also has roster space for two signings of any kind, as well as space for another Designated Player.

Today's announcement means that the following players are considered internationals - Oalex Anderson, Oniel Fisher, Erik Friberg, Andreas Ivanschitz, Joevin Jones, Román Torres and Nelson Haedo Valdez.

Mauro Rosales, Alvaro Fernandez Receive Green Cards

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Adrian Hanauer's international roster slot math gets easier today as two of Seattle Sounders FC's Designated Players receive their U.S. Green Cards per team release. This grants them legal permanent residency status in the United States and also means that per MLS rules they no longer count as "internationals.

Philadelphia Union

Andre Blake receives his Green Card

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Andre Blake obtained a Green Card, giving the Philadelphia Union an open international spot.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake has been busy at the Gold Cup with the Jamaican National Team this summer, but that has not stopped him from getting a Green Card. The Number One Pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft has seen little playing time in his professional career due to multiple injuries and a glut of goalkeepers in Philadelphia, but his talent was undeniable in his three years of college at the University of Connecticut as well as his stint with Jamaica during the 2014 Caribbean Cup that saw him win the Golden Gloves award for best goalkeeper in the tournament.

Union swap Mwanga for Timbers' Perlaza

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Two teams near the bottom of their respective conferences have made a trade involving a pair of talented forwards.

The Portland Timbers and Philadelphia Union finalized a deal that will send Danny Mwanga to Portland and Jorge Perlaza to Philadelphia, the clubs announced on Wednesday.

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Nagbe Approved for Green Card per MP on Twitter

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Nagbe Approved for Green Card per MP on Twitter

The good news is that he'll be eligible for USMNT selection in 2015 which would be more than enough time to play qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. He's still young enough that he'll have plenty of time to develop and grow as a Timber well by then.

New green card carrying players: Chara, Perlaza & Futty. While we do not need them for roster...

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New green card carrying players: Chara, Perlaza & Futty. While we do not need them for roster compliance, two more expected in next 2 wks.

MP as always giving the Fans a little transparency, best owner in sports!

Honduras

Player News

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Some quick Sporting KC player news for today.

Julio Cesar gets green card.

In the weekly news update that the team puts out, they announced that the team has opened up an international spot. The team announced that midfielder, Julio Cesar has received his green card. As a green card holder, Cesar will no longer take one of Kansas City's international spots.

Honduras > USMNT

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In a seemingly surprising blow, Andy Najar has finally made his NT decision. Honduras. The 18yo is a mere 2 months from finishing high school and is already starting for MLS's DC United.Najar moved to the US from Honduras when he was 13 and has since received his green card, with vocal aspirations of getting his US citizenship.

Chicago Fire

Alvaro Fernandez - A bit of analysis

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As you are all now well aware of Alvaro Fernandez has been acquired by the Chicago Fire for allocation money. This can only be described as a huge boost for the Fire organization. Fernandez has been a main stay in the very good Seattle offensive attack over the last few years. His production has fallen off from last season to this season.

Breaking News: Chicago Fire sign striker Kheli Dube

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The Fire have made official the signing of Kheli Dube, their lone pick in the 2011 MLS re-entry draft. This builds on the busy offseason the Fire have had, with Dube becoming their fifth player added to the Fire roster this offseason. Follow me after the break for a couple of comments and some info on Dube.

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Smith Activated, Yamada Waived

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Just a quick note that the Rapids just waived Yamada and activated Jamie Smith for tonight's game. My guess is they were hoping to get Smith's green card papers in by today but since they didn't they needed to waive Yamada so that they had an international slot to activate Smith with. Waiving Yamada also keeps the team with 10 non-salary cap players after yesterday's signing of homegrown player Shane O'Neill.

Roster Moves and Player Updates

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A couple of roster notes from the last couple of days.

  • Yesterday Colorado released Josh Janniere in order to make room for Edu on the roster.
  • They also placed Ross LaBauex on IR
  • Today they announced that Wynne and Cummings will be out about 4 weeks.
So that leaves us with 31 rostered players.

Roster Reset #12

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Hmmm. Thought we would have had the roster wrapped up by now, but United are apparently still auditioning new trialists with the addition of left winger Lewis Neal to the party. Unfortunately, none of the remaining guys getting a look is a left back a position that is probably United's weakest from the standpoint of starters, and one at which they have zero depth[1].

Sporting KC News to End Your Week

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No major news out today, but here are some quick hits news wise for you on your Friday.

Sporting KC vs LA game time changed

Sporting KC's match up with LA on April 7th at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park has changed times and stations. Yesterday the team announced that the game would now kick off 1 hour earlier at 3pm Central time.

Roster Reset #3

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Praying for goals.

Movement at last! Maicon Santos makes it 15 for Salary Budget players, and United drops a 14-trialist bomb as pre-season camp gets underway. Of course, the majority of the trialists are guys with limited to no MLS experience, but such was always going to be the major source to roster depth1.

Colorado Selects Two In Supplemental Draft

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The Rapids had two picks in today's 4 round Supplemental Draft, in the 3rd and 4th rounds. In the 3rd round they picked Kohei Yamada, a Japanese midfielder who was an international invitee to this year's MLS Combine. He was considered one of the standouts of the first combine game but his play faded in the other two games.

Citizenship

Osvaldo Alonso Gains US Citizenship

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Via a couple of tweets, first by Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times and then confirmed by Matt Gaschk from the front office, we learn that Osvaldo Alonso has gained his United States citizenship. This really doesn't have a Sounders roster impact, since he's had a green card for a number of years now and hasn't taken up an international slot, but given that he's a Cuban refugee I'm sure it's a special achievement for him personally.

Steve Zakuani Changing National Team Affiliations?

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Arsenal.com, the official website covering all things Gunners, has a long form interview with their former prodigy, Mr. Steve Zakuani. First noted by @joshuamayers on twitter, Zakuani addresses his national team affiliation as well as growing up within the Arsenal Academy. Considering the attention given lately to the idea of playing his as a forward here's his quote regarding where he played;

I was there for five years and loved every minute.

Aurelien Collin and Landon Donovan News

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Aurelien Collin made an interesting comment on Twitter the other day, saying that he is going to be an American citizen soon. It's an interesting comment and extremely odd at the same time. Collin hasn't spent near enough time in the country to be getting his citizenship. The more likely thing that is going on is that Collin is going to be getting his green card.

Supplemental talent

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After the dust finally settled on the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, several promising college prospects were left still looking for a team. In Tuesday's Supplemental Draft, they'll get a second chance to find an MLS home.

Northern Kentucky's Steven Beattie is among the top prospects still available in Tuesday's Supplemental Draft.

Thierry Henry

Red Bulls Notes: Soler hints at Rodgers return, Marquez out for Montreal & more

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

The high-profile news continues to pour out of Red Bull Arena.

On the heels of Thursday's trade that sent Juan Agudelo to Chivas USA for Heath Pearce, Red Bulls general manager Erik Soler told reporters Friday that Luke Rodgers may suit up for the New York Red Bulls this season after all.

Making Moves

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Remember when I said that it was MLS Cup or bust for New York this year? Well folks, that sentiment should be felt now more than ever. Erik Soler made a huge splash this afternoon in anticipation to their clash with Houston by trading away Tony Tchani, Danleigh Borman, and a first round draft pick in 2012 for five-time MLS Best XI midfielder Dwayne De Rosario.

The Rest

Copa Verde: Brazilian Cup Will Allow Referees To Show Green Cards For Acts Of Fair Play

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As you may recall, a new scheme to reward players for admirable sporting conduct was trialled in Italy's Serie B last year, which ultimately saw Vicenza strikerCristian Galano become football's first official recipient of the'green card'.

As approvedby FIFA, referees can administer the green card for 12 clearly defined "exemplaryacts of virtue", including (but not limited to) admittingto simulation and unseen handballs/fouls, preventing teammates from harassing officials, and generally owning up when incorrect decisions are given.

Obafemi Martins indeed has a green card

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That means he no longer occupies an international roster spot.

Although the formal announcement appears to have come in under the radar, Obafemi Martins obtained a green card at some point in 2015. The development first came to light when MLS released the roster updates for all 20 teams. A Sounders spokesperson later confirmed that the roster was accurate.

Vermes and Collin News

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Some news tonight involving Sporting KC's head coach Peter Vermes and central defender Aurelien Collin.

First KC's head coach. Today MLS announced the coach of the year award winner. Vermes finished second in the voting, but in a very distant second to winner Frank Yallop of the San Jose Earthquakes.

Nielsen Green Card, Rangers Fall

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Ahead of tonight's USA game, where Graham Zusi is set to earn his 4th cap as a starter tonight, here is some news for you.

Nielsen Receive Green Card

Today on Twitter, Jimmy Nielsen announced that he had earned his green card. With that, Nielsen will now no longer count as an international player on Sporting's roster.

The Gerard Depardieu Appreciation Society Proudly Draws Your Attention to X Player…

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Genius is not always recognized in its time. Genius is not even always recognized in its own language. We of the present must sometimes toil to correct the omissions, slights, and errors of the past. But above all, we must live fully in the present.

We can never turn back the pages of history to correct the sinking popularity of acting genius Gerard Depardieu.

Joe Tait Tweets That He's Set To Sign With The Philadelphia Union

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(H/T @Scotty10711)

Philadelphia Union trialist Joe Tait tweeted today that he's set to sign with the team.

The 21-year-old defender played in the Union's friendly against USL affiliate Harrisburg City Islanders and scored a goal for Philadelphia in the 5-3 win. An Englishman, Tait came over in 2009 to play soccer in America and was named the USL PDL Player of the Year in 2010, before moving up to USL PRO in 2011.

Leo Goes Green

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Leo Goes Green

Leo Gonzales gets Green Card, opens up additional international slot.