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Before we get to the news I thought I'd take a second to introduce myself. I'm Timm and I'm sure
you've seen me around the in the comments - and I now have the privilege to be one of the
contributors to Sounder At Heart. I'm a ECS member and a supporter that is behind enemy lines. Yes,
I live in Oregon though I'm about 45 minutes to the south of said city.
The MLS Combine starts this afternoon and the four teams have been released. Below is where
everyone will be playing with this weekend.
Last First Pos. School/Note Meara Ryan GK Fordham Singh Shawn LB UCLA Rodriguez Charles CB
Charlotte Bates Mykell RB Santa Calra Maund Aaron CB ND Walker Kenney DM Louisville Ubierna
Benjamin DMF Youth International Creavalle Warren CM UCF Ibarra Miguel CM UC Irvine Martinez Enzo
CM GA / UNC Cascio Tony FWD UCONN James Evan Mid/Fwd Charlotte Rolfe Colin FWD Louisville Ownby
Brian FWD UVA Frimpong Evans FWD Delaware Bonfigli Emiliano MF Youth International Dwyer Dom FWD
It is the week of the MLS Combine, which means it is time for one final mock draft before things
get real interesting here.
I debated long and hard over the New Year weekend on whether or not to post this before the
Combine or wait for the Combine to take place. What I decided to do was just to post this now and
then have one final mock draft after the Combine.
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.
One of the big weekend stories involves America's most well known soccer player, Landon Donovan,
and his decision to accept a short term loan deal to English side Everton.¬ Though not a business
story in the traditional sense, Donovan's temporary move has the added benefit of shining a global
light upon Major League Soccer and bringing attention to the league.
Teal Bunbury was having a terrific off-season. After his first year with
Sporting KC where he scored 7-goals for his club, he was called up to the U.S. Men's National Team.
He flew to South Africa where he received playing time in the second half of a game in the Nelson
Today's guest is Manny Lagos. It's been a busy January for the former MLS and US National team
player who has now turned his attention to coaching. Lagos was first in Fort Lauderdale, FL. in
early January for the MLS Combine and while there was able to observe the US U-20 Men's National
team team train.
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- That a Dartmouth player is at the MLS Combine is an accomplishment in
itself. That a Dartmouth player shone on the first day of the event, which is notorious for being
rough for most participants, is even more impressive.
Former D.C. United striker Blake Brettschneider is the latest free agent hoping to earn a spot
on the New England Revolution for the 2012 season. Brettschneider is set to join the team on trial
next week the Revs confirmed to New England Soccer Today on Thursday afternoon.
Brettschneider, a 22-year-old who can also play in midfield, played in 15 league games,
including nine starts, for D.
The quest for college soccer's top individual award has been narrowed to three competitors.
Duke's Andrew Wenger, North Carolina's Billy Schuler and Creighton's Ethan Finlay were named
finalists for the Hermann Trophy, emerging from a list of 15 semifinalists that was released
earlier in the week.
For a team coming off of a championship run, the Los Angeles Galaxy have had plenty of major
moving parts over recent weeks.
Between Landon Donovan going back to Everton on a short-term loan, Juninho returning to Sao
Paulo, Donovan Ricketts being dealt to the Montreal Impact, Sean Franklin re-signing and David
Beckham, well, still making a decision, the Galaxy remain the talk of MLS deep into the
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Most of the positive talk during the 2012 MLS Combine has surrounded the
forwards and attacking midfielders, but one player who has performed well and does not play either
of those positions is Chris Blais.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound goalkeeper was one of the more consistent performers through the event,
showing good command of his area and making a handful of fine saves in the process in all three of
his team's games.
The final match day of the 2012 MLS Combine has kicked off as MLS coaches and scouts make their
final observations and preparations ahead of Thursday's MLS Combine.
The day's first match features the Blue and Green teams, and while there are some interesting
prospects in this game, the main event features the talent-laden and undefeated red team against
the equally impressive white team.
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The second day of the MLS Combine was the first day for Ethan Finlay,
who had arrived to the Sunshine State on Saturday. He had missed the first day of the event on
Friday to attend the Hermann Trophy Award ceremony in St.
The MLS Combine resumes action today as MLS Draft prospects look to give scouts and coaches more
to think about as we draw closer to the MLS Draft on Thursday.
Day One saw several players boost their stock, while some others struggled to make an impact.
UCSB playmaker Luis Silva, UCLA striker Chandler Hoffman, Marquette midfielder Calum Mallace,
Louisville's Austin Berry and Indiana's Tommy Meyer were just some of the players who enjoyed
strong first days.
The 2012 MLS Combine is set to kick off this afternoon in Fort Lauderdale, and SBI will be
providing coverage throughout the next five days, as players look to improve their stock ahead of
the MLS Draft.
The Combine will be live-streamed on MLSSoccer.com, while Fox Soccer and SBI will feature
extensive coverage, including game recaps, player rankings, video interviews and breakdowns of all
The MLS Combine gets underway in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., later this afternoon, and MLS has
released the rosters for the four teams that will compete in front of coaches and scouts for the
next four days.
Seven foreign players were invited to participate in the combine, which is otherwise comprised
of NCAA seniors and Generation adidas signings.
The forward class in the 2012 MLS Combine is an intriguing one, as teams try to figure out who
the top strikers will be on the board once Akron star Darren Mattocks is taken, as expected, with
the first or second pick in the draft.
Three of the most likely candidates to go early from the forward pool are UCLA product Chandler
Hoffman (pictured), Maryland standout Casey Townsend and South Florida star Dom Dwyer.
The 2011 MLS Draft is set to begin Thursday at Noon and while we have a good idea who the first
two players picked will be, it isn't a stretch to call this year's draft one of the toughest to
predict in recent memory.
I will be posting a Final 50-player MLS Draft Big Board, as well as a full three-round MLS Mock
Draft later on tonight (They would have been sooner if I hadn't fallen ill on Tuesday).
We have a little over a week until the MLS SuperDraft takes place. In this short span, MLS will
conduct it's "Scouting Combine" over the next few days. The good news is that a high-speed internet
connection will get you ...
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The MLS Combine is about a month away, but we already have a good idea of who will be trying to
wow scouts ahead of the MLS SuperDraft after MLS released a list of 52 players who will compete in
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Among those included on the initial list are highly rated players such as South Florida standout
goalkeeper Chris Blais, North Carolina centerback Matt Hedges, Louisville attackers Nick DeLeon and
Colin Rolfe, Maryland forward Casey Townsend and Creighton striker Ethan Finlay.
The Fire landed University of North Carolina defender Jalil Anibaba with the ninth pick in today's
MLS SuperDraft. Anibaba, the MVP of the MLS Combine, was ranked by many as a top five pick and the
Fire were understandably surprised to find him available at number nine. According to Technical
Director Frank Klopas, Anibaba can play both central defense and right back equally well.
It's been a bit quiet lately on the TFC newsfront. The MLS Combine began on Saturday, so most of
the staff is down in Florida checking out the young players on display. Tomorrow is the big MLS
SuperDraft. It starts at Noon ET and will be on GolTV if you want to watch. I will be covering it
live on twitter, so you can follow me there for up to date news.
Robin Fraser knows a thing or two about being a part of and overseeing a strong defense, and he
used that knowledge when making Chivas USA's first pick in the draft by picking up Akron's Zarek
After picking at No. 4, Chivas traded back into the first round, acquiring Real Salt Lake's
first-round pick (No.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Today was an off day at the MLS Combine, but only in the sense that there are no games being played. There is still plenty of activity going on, with players being interviewed by interested teams and team officials engaging in trade talk.
So, we at New England Soccer Today decided to make your life simpler by creating a one-stop,
no-frills forum highlighting what went down in New England soccer during the past week and allow
you to catch up on anything you may have missed.
Without further ado, here's a snapshot of what happened during the past week: