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Seattle Sounders

How S2 can help the forward situation

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Chenkam, Estrada, and Olsen offer forward depth. It's not enough to rescue the season, but it can help.

With the transfer window closed there are only a handful of ways that Seattle Sounders can add talent until July 10. They can sign a player who was not under contract as of May 1 at 8:59 p.

2016 Player Profile #24: Darwin Jones

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The Homegrown Player earned his 3rd major trophy in 2016.

While we write player profiles recapping the 2016 season, a season with an MLS Cup, it is also important to recognize that Seattle Sounders players and staff go through real life just as we do. In 2016 Darwin Jones lost his father. The team wore black armbands in support of one of their own in their April 16th win over the Union.

USMNT waits until late to secure a win against Canada

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USA wins 1-0, with Jozy Altidore scoring the game's lone goal in the 89th minute.

In a fairly tepid friendly, in which the United States Men's National Team had numerous chances against Canada but failed to capitalize on them until late on, Seattle Sounders' homegrown player Jordan Morris started and played nearly the entire match in Carson, California.

Talking with Jordan Schweitzer, Seattle's latest Homegrown Player

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Everett native is the 6th HGP in the club's history

Former Seattle Sounders academy player Jordan Schweitzer officially signed a Homegrown Player contract with the club on Thursday after opting out of the MLS SuperDraft. Schweitzer played four seasons at the University of Denver after playing his high school soccer in Everett and spent three years in the Sounders academy.

2015 Player Profile #23: Aaron Kovar

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The former Stanford student and Sounders Academy product is entering his third year. It's time to break out.

Seattle's less known Stanford attendee, Aaron Kovar was either the second or third ever Homegrown Player. He is now the longest tenured HGP as both Yedlin and Okoli are no longer in Seattle.

What's next for Seattle's Homegrown Players?

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Garth Lagerwey gives updates on Kovar, Mansaray, and Jones

Seattle Sounders had three players with the Homegrown Player (HGP) designation last season, but all three failed to make much of an impact on the Seattle first team. Aaron Kovar, Victor Mansaray, and Darwin Jones all played significant minutes for S2 and impressed staff in training, but they were unable to be make more than a handful of appearances for the Sounders.

Major League Soccer

Major Link Soccer: Goodbye Ronaldinho

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Also: Fredy Montero leaves MLS again, and is a Premier League transfer in the cards for Christian Pulisic?


The Sounders' move to sign Handwalla Bwana to a Homegrown Player contract is one of the top 5 MLS acquisitions of the last week. Read why.

Sounders Academy product Trey Muse has decided to return to Indiana University for his sophomore year instead of going pro, where the Sounders were interested and could have signed him as a Homegrown Player.

Around The Forest: Tigres deny Andre-Pierre Gignac is going to the LA Galaxy

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NYCFC sign their first homegrown player, Zlatan move to LA leaked? Oh and it's rivalry week!


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A little over a year ago, a brick-colored barbecue cart showed up on a cyclone-fenced lot in industrial Northwest Portland. With its handsome stack of split oak, boombox playing Hank Williams tunes and hand-written menu of smoked brisket, meat-stuffed kolaches and hulking dry-rubbed beef ribs, the cart, Botto, seemed like it could be the missing link.

Scott Caldwell becomes third MLS homegrown to play 10,000 minutes

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Two of three most seasoned homegrowns play for the Revolution

In the 72nd minute of Saturday's 2-0 loss to Columbus Crew SC, Revolution midfielder Scott Caldwell became just the second homegrown field player—and third homegrown player overall—to eclipse 10,000 regular-season minutes played.

Major Link Soccer - NYCFC’s Third DP

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Also: Gyasi Zardes gets surgery, Bob Bradley speaks out, and a lot of players with unethical hair.


There is no doubt that Fredy's move to Vancouver is a pretty big deal in a significant rivalry, but he is not the first major MLS player to defect to a perceived enemy.

While it's not entirely clear what brought on the emotion, Brad Evan made it clear on twitter that he isn't interested in going anywhere.

Portland Timbers Sign Left Back Marco Farfan as Homegrown Player

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This morning the Portland Timbers made their fourth homegrown player signing since since joining Major League Soccer, adding former Timbers Academy and Portland Timbers 2 player Marco Farfan to the first team.

A left back by trade, Farfan has been turning heads with his play for T2 this summer, showing that he had the skill to hang with the professionals as he made eighteen starts for the Timbers' USL side in the 2016 season.

Will the U.S. Ever Truly Master the ‘Art’ of Soccer?

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In Soccer in Sun and Shadow, Eduardo Galeano proclaims the United States to be "the home of baseball" and sarcastically describes efforts by the American media to herald soccer as "the sport of the future" during the 1994 World Cup. However, Americans do not necessarily appreciate soccer to a lesser extent than others.

Jordan Morris bypasses draft, allocation ranking to sign with Seattle

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"The next great American star" has signed with Seattle, bypassing hurdles that other clubs had set in front of their Homegrown Player signings.

No one wants Major League Soccer to be successful more than I do. Having a domestic league full of great talent is great for everyone - fans get to see better soccer, quality players attract quality players, more people want to read online sports blog articles.

Seattle Sounders Sign Jordan Morris

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While New England Revolution fans are waiting for the naming of their recently signed Designated Player, the Seattle Sounders have been busy signing arguably the best American soccer player anywhere.

On Thursday the Sounders officially unveiled Jordan Morris, the 21-year-old reigning Hermann Trophy winner and U.

Sounders prospect dropped from MLS Draft Combine

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Jordan Schweitzer is one of three potential Homegrown Player signings that will no longer be at the Combine. Replacements have been named.

MLS found six new players to attend the Combine in a couple weeks. Currently each Combine team will consist of just 15 players, but Generation Adidas signings and international prospects will eventually expand those roster.

If Jack Harrison signs with NYCFC, we riot

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NYCFC is trying to claim the Wake Forest star as a homegrown player in the wake of the Union being denied rights to Keegan Rosenberry.

In the world of smoky backroom wheeling and dealing over undisclosed rules associated with the MLS Homegrown Player Rule, Wake Forest phenom Jack Harrison could end up being a New York City FC homegrown player because he was a part-time player for a youth affiliate of the second-year MLS club.

Sounders just got nearly $2M of new money to spend on players

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League injects $37 million into Targeted Allocation Money and Homegrown Player budgets

Just as it was looking as though the Seattle Sounders' hands were going to be somewhat tied this offseason, now comes some potential relief. Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday an infusion of nearly $2 million of off-cap money to be spent over the next two seasons.

Revolution’s Diego Fagundez Cap-Tied to Uruguay, Ineligible to Play for USMNT

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This past Thursday, New England Revolution youngster Diego Fagundez started for Uruguay in the South American Under 20 Championship, which, under current FIFA rules, will permanently exclude him from suiting up for the United States Men's National Team in the future [1]. Many fans of the USMNT were hoping that the 19 year old would choose the US, a country he has lived in for most of his life, over Uruguay, the country in which he was born in.

Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union announce protected list

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These are the 11 players that LAFC won't be getting from the Union

The Philadelphia Union announced their list of the eleven players they would protect during the 2017 Expansion Draft. Players signed via the Homegrown Player and Generation adidas mechanisms are automatically protected.

Protected: Alejandro Bedoya, Andre Blake, Jack Elliott, Marcus Epps, Fabinho, Fabian Herbers, Ilsinho, Haris Medunjanin, Fafa Picault, Keegan Rosenberry, CJ Sapong, Anthony Fontana (Homegrown Player), Derrick Jones (Homegrown Player), Adam Najem (Homegrown Player), Auston Trusty (Homegrown Player), and Josh Yaro (Generation adidas).

The Union just had one of their best weeks ever

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They signed their highest paid player ever -- and he looks to deserve it -- and their first truly homegrown player, and they returned to form and showed they are a legitimate MLS Cup contender. PSP's Dan Walsh lays it out.

A farewell for Zach Pfeffer

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The Philadelphia Union's first homegrown signing didn't quite live up to expectations, but he was still one of us.

It was announced yesterday that Zach Pfeffer was traded to the Colorado Rapids along with general allocation money for the second overall draft pick that eventually became Joshua Yaro.

D.C. United

D.C. United reportedly pursuing Chris Durkin as next Homegrown signing

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The Black-and-Red are apparently considering a move to add a fourth Homegrown player to the current roster

Steve Goff's latest for the Washington Post says that D.C. United is making "a serious push" to sign Academy player Chris Durkin to the first team roster. The 16-year old Durkin plays primarily as a center back or defensive midfielder, and captained the United States at the 2016 AIFF Youth Cup in India.

D.C. United 2016 Countdown: 27 days - Will we remember this as Collin Martin's breakout year?

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The homegrown midfielder is coming off a rough 2015 marred by injury and illness. Will 2016 be the year he breaks out?

Collin Martin is many things for many D.C. United fans. Promise, the future, a missed opportunity, hope. It's a lot to put on a 21-year-old homegrown player who has all of 13 first team appearances since signing in 2013.

D.C. United season review: Defender Conor Shanosky

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We take time to look at D.C. United's third homegrown player, Conor Shanosky.

Conor Shanosky's post was supposed to go up yesterday, but I think that something got in the way of that. The team's third homegrown player has already had his option declined, and it doesn't seem like United will try to re-sign him because there basically isn't a lower rate to which they can.

D.C. United season review: Defender Jalen Robinson

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D.C. United's newest Homegrown player spent almost the entire season in USL PRO, which makes judging his season harder.

Jalen Robinson, D.C. United's newest homegrown player, was signed in January; after that, he played 15 games in USL PRO and in the US Open Cup debacle against the Rochester (Ragin') Rhinos, where it was his man who beat him for the goal.

Jordan Morris

Details of Jordan Morris' Homegrown Player contract

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Sounders' newest player will make about $225,000 a year for the next three seasons, according to Grant Wahl.

For a couple months now, the Seattle Sounders have made no secret about the fact that they had offered Jordan Morris the richest Homegrown Player contract in league history. It even appears as though MLS created a new fund from which teams could draw, partly in order to accommodate the Sounders' efforts.

Jordan Morris training with Werder Bremen: Updates, news, rumors

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All Sounders can do is sit and wait at this point.

Because no good transfer saga is worth its salt without a few twists, turns and unexpected developments, it appears the Jordan Morris signing isn't quite as close to final as it appeared. Just a day after a report suggesting Morris was in the process of finalizing a deal that would have made him a Sounders Homegrown Player, now comes word from Grant Wahl that the 21-year-old will train with Bundesliga club Werder Bremen.


Fagundez Earns Weekly Honors

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Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez earned a spot on the MLS Team of the Week for week 20 after an impressive performance against New York City FC on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Homegrown Player assisted on Lee Nguyen's game-winning goal in the 12th minute, and also completed 83.

Herivaux Reaches for His Dream

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Most teenagers who've played soccer for as long as they can remember would jump at the chance to sign a pro contract. But Zachary Herivaux is more cerebral than your average 19-year-old.

Herivaux inked a Homegrown Player deal with the Revolution on Saturday, but not before the club's Youth Academy product carefully weighed his options, one of which included a full scholarship to Providence College.

PHOTOS: Zachary Herivaux’s 1st Official Training

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New England Soccer Today photographer Chris Aduama (aduamaphotography.com) brings you the scenes from Revolution training on Monday, which featured newly-signed Homegrown Player Zach Herivaux.

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The Rest

2016 Player Profile #18: Aaron Kovar

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Aaron Kovar earned a lifetime treble with the MLS Cup victory in 2016.

Aaron Kovar was Seattle's first Homegrown Player that won Gatorade Washington State Player of the Year. He was in the Academy for a couple of years, and then went to Stanford. Now, he is a young champion, regularly getting invites to training in the UK.

A Closer Look at Homegrown Player Marco Farfan

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The Gresham, OR native and Centennial High School senior is now a Portland Timber.

When you heard 'the Portland Timbers signed a homegrown player' today your first thought might not have been Marco Farfan.

Farfan was heavily involved in the first half of the season, but went quiet once school started up at the end of August just as fellow academy prospect Blake Bodily started to grab the attention of Timbers fans.

Youngest/Oldest to Appear for Kansas City

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More stats for you, this time it's the youngest and oldest players to play or start a game for Kansas City in league or in all competitions.

In 2015 unfortnately there was no movement on any list as no player that debuted for Kansas City jumped on the list for the youngest player to appear in a game.

Letting Ryan Herman enter draft was 'moral obligation'

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Highly regarded goalkeeper was picked in first round by FC Dallas, while Sounders got nothing.

How well the Seattle Sounders did in this year's SuperDraft is still very much to-be-determined, yet one of the more notable bits of news to come out of the Sounders' draft was the signing they ultimately decided not to make.

The Rapids Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

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A couple of pieces of news and then a wrap-up of one of the more eventful weeks in Rapids history.

First, the player to be named later in the Philly trade for the #2 pick is midfielder Zach Pfeffer. He's a homegrown player that's gotten minimal playing time with the Union. Some of their fans say its due to the Union not doing a good enough job of finding a spot for him, others say its because while he has some skills he's still raw and undeveloped.

Sounders sign Jordan Schweitzer as Homegrown Player

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The HGP list grows to Yedlin, Okoli, Kovar, Jones, Mansaray and Schweitzer.

Yedlin and Morris get most of the headlines out of the Seattle Sounders Academy. Victor Mansaray gets some mention because he's so young. Now joining Darwin Jones as a senior signing a Homegrown Player contract with his hometown club is Everett's own Jordan Schweitzer.

Report: Revolution Sign Fagundez to Multi-Year Extension

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Amid rumors the wingers is being courted by Serie A teams, the Revs have locked up their first ever homegrown player.

A week ago their were rumors that several Serie A teams were interested in bringing Diego Fagundez to Italy. While the rumors were likely untrue, perhaps the New England Revolution decided to take no chances on their first ever homegrown player.

English FA Intends to Take Action on the Ease of Work Permits

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English Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke has long soughtto change the current work permit system that allows for a large number of non-European Union internationals the chance to compete in England.The BBC reported that in 2013, English players playedunder one-third of the minutes in the Premier League, in aggregate.

Fire add Patrick Doody as Homegrown Player

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Frank Yallop and Brian Bliss continue to shape the 2015 roster with the addition of Indiana University defender Patrick Doody as the fourth Homegrown Player on the current roster. Doody joins Harry Shipp, Chris Ritter, and Collin Fernandez as HG players under contract going into 2015. Doody, a 6'-0" defender has made several appearances with the Fire Reserves over the last few seasons while playing collegiate soccer at Indiana University where he was a member of the school's 2012 NCAA Championship team.