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
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
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.
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.
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 plansâ€”"I find out the news over the Internet"â€” and doesn't know
what's going on with Michael Orozco Fiscal's loan from Mexican club San Luis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
I was there for five years and loved every minute.
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.
AfterÂ the dust finally settled on the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, several promising college prospectsÂ
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
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.
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.
Remember when I said that it was MLS Cup or bust for New York this year?Â Well
folks, that sentiment should be felt now more than ever.Â 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.