MLS Combine

Philadelphia Union

Veteran goalkeeper coach with Union staff at MLS Combine

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Union are in the process of "finalizing an agreement" with Tim Hanley

Veteran goalkeeper coach Tim Hanley is with the Philadelphia Union technical staff for the MLS Combine in Orlando and appears to be on his way to filling the vacancy on the technical staff.

A Union spokesman said Sunday that the club is "in the process of finalizing an agreement with Tim.

SuperDraft Preview: The Reading United standouts

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Seven former Reading United players were invited to the Combine. Sean Doyle looks at how each of these players could fit in with the Union.

Major League Soccer

SBI MLS Draft Big Board (Version 2.0)

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The 2018 MLS Combine kicks off on Saturday in Orlando, and scouts from all 23 MLS teams will begin moving players up and down their charts as they evaluate their performances at Orlando City Stadium over the course of the next week.

The announcement of the Generation Adidas class, which is now at seven players after the signing of Virginia forward Edward Opoku, has set the draft up with a good collection if younger prospects, though the lack of starting caliber rookie options in the draft pool should leave teams considering youngsters who are longer-term projects.

A modest SuperDraft proposal

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How to increase the diminishing returns of the MLS SuperDraft

With the annual release of the initial list of MLS Combine invitees behind us, it's time again to talk about the coming MLS SuperDraft and the unnecessary limitations associated with it that reduce opportunity for teams and players alike.

Everything you need to know about the New England Revolution ahead of 2016

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With only a few days until MLS First Kick 2016, Matty Jollie was feeling a little nostalgic. As only he can, here's a completely random season preview after almost a year away from The Bent Musket.

I was literally thinking the other night just how quickly the MLS offseason seems to go by these days.

SBI MLS Draft Big Board (Version 4.0)

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The 2016 MLS Draft is almost here, and if you are wondering how players in the draft pool are stacking up after the MLS Combine, look no further.

The final SBI MLS Draft Big Board is your guide for where players are being projected to go in the draft. After conversations with more than two dozen coaches and general managers, as well as scouts, college coaches and players, we feel pretty good about offering a good glimpse into how teams see the talent in this year's draft.

2016 MLS Combine: SBI Live Day Three Commentary

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. The final chance for MLS hopefuls to make an impression on coaches and scouts is here.

Day 3 of the MLS Combine is set to take place on a rainy and chilly morning in South Florida, but the weather is not stopping the action. Team Ace will take on Team Control in the first game of the day at 10 am while Team Chaos battles Team X at 11:45 am.

MLS Combine: Observations after first two rounds of games

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. More goals, better soccer, and less nerves.Day 2 of the 2016 MLS Combine is in the books, and it was drastically better than the first round of matches.

This year's batch of MLS hopefuls took to the field for their latest opportunity to impress MLS coaches and scouts on Sunday, and not even a lightning delay early into the first game could stop the prospects from delivering improved play.

The SBI MLS Draft Big Board (Version 2.0)

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The 2016 MLS Combine kicks off on Friday afternoon, with more than 60 college and youth international players vying for a spot on the draft boards of the 20 MLS teams in attendance.

The initial Generation adidas class has been announced, with all five top prospects expected to be first-round picks, with a sixth in Omar Holness expected to be officially announced very soon.

Six collegians and five youth internationals added to MLS Combine

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Sounders Academy product Jordan Schweitzer among the players who previously dropped out.

Leading up to Friday's MLS Player Combine, Major League Soccer announced that six college players and five youth internationals would be added to rosters for the pre-draft event in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

MLS Ticker: Nyarko, Sporting KC, MLS Combine and more

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With the 2016 MLS Combine is just days away,here's some more news regarding the event as well as other tidbits from around Major League Soccer:

D.C. United is set to acquire Chicago Fire winger Patrick Nyarko via trade after the Ghanian recently asked for a mov away from the club. Nyarko, who reportedly requested a move away from the Fire prior to the club's regime change, is expected to be dealtin exchange for a combination of draft picks, allocation money or other considerations.

MLS announces teams, roster changes for 2016 MLS Combine

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With the2016 MLS Player Combine drawing nearer, the league announced the final roster and team placement for the aspiring pros.

Five players have been taken off the initial roster that was released in early December: Brandon Allen (Georgetown), Bradley Bourgeois (Tulsa), Brendan Hines-Ike (South Florida), Jordan Schweitzer (Denver) and Andrew Souders (Akron).

South Florida defender Brendan Hines-Ike turns down MLS interest to join Orebro

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Scratch one name off the MLS Combine List.

USF centerback Brendan Hines-Ike has signed a four-year deal with Swedish club Orebro. The move was officially announced last week, but that still did not stop MLS from including him in the initial list of players that were invited to the 2016 MLS Combine.

MLS releases initial 59-player list for 2016 MLS Combine

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A select group of college players have been invited to have thechance to prove themselves at the 2016 MLS Combine.

MLS announced on Friday that59 players comprise the initial invite list for the 2016 MLS Combine, which is set to be heldin Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from Jan. 7-12. The players, all of whom have completed their college eligibility, were selected by acommittee of MLS coaches and NCAA Division I coaches.

Hungover Dispatches from America: MLS Combine Edition

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Futfanatico regrets to inform you that, with out modest budget, we were only able to send a single correspondent to the MLS combine. He wrote for us at the World Cup, and, after heavy editing, one of his three filed articles was publishable. This particular post turned out.....well, judge for yourself.

MLS Draft 2015: D.C. United selects University of San Francisco forward Miguel Aguilar in the first round

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United went out west for the second year running, taking Miguel Aguilar of the San Francisco Dons.

With the 17th pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United selected Miguel Aguilar, a forward out of the University of San Francisco. Aguilar likely projects as a wide midfielder more than as a striker in MLS, and was played on the right wing at the MLS Combine.

Previewing the 2015 MLS Superdraft through the MLS Combine

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It's time to start looking ahead to the 2015 MLS Superdraft.

Major League Soccer's list of 55 invitees to the annual pre-draft combine, released last week, provides an early glimpse at some college seniors whose names we'll be hearing more of over the next month as the MLS Superdraft approaches.

MLS Combine: Bekker Strikes Again, Chivas USA Eyes Alvarez at #2

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Boston College's Kyle Bekker scored for the second straight game in MLS Combine action on Tuesday.

After hisadiZero squad fell into a two-goal hole to PRIME, Bekker drilled a 25-yard free kick that found the back of the net at the 43rd minute.adiZeroearned a 2-2 draw in the end.

The second match of the day, and final match of the Combine, pitted adiPure against adiPower, with the former earning three points ina 2-1 win.

Mock Draft

Exploring several possible SuperDraft options for the Dynamo

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The MLS Combine is ongoing in LA right now, and as part of this week's Soccer Woodstock, the SuperDraft is on Friday. The Dynamo own the fourth pick, the 30th pick, and the 36th pick. You can see who they selected in SB Nation's two-round mock draft here.

Assuming for a minute that Houston decides to keep their first-round pick (it's been reported that teams are putting in offers), they'll have a pretty wide selection of players at their disposal.

MLS Mock Draft 2017: Portland Timbers Grab Jonathan Lewis and Jordan Wilson

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Last Sunday, just as the 2017 MLS Combine was kicking off, all of the editors of SB Nation's MLS blogs got together for our annual Mock Draft. With no trades or timeouts allowed, the picks came quickly and with only minimal cursing, and now we are free to share them with you.

With the Portland Timbers' picks firmly in the middle of both rounds, there was always going to be someone of interest available, even if the most exciting names in the draft were snapped up in the early going.

MLS SuperDraft

MLS Draft Spotlight: From West Ham to Combine success, Louisville's Johnson takes winding road to MLS

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The road to the MLS Combine and Draft is direct for many, but Daniel Johnson has taken the circuitous route around a minefield of speed bumps to reach the showcase week for college prospects. The University of Louisville midfielder's journey has taken him to England, back home to the States and then to two different colleges before landing in California for the combine and draft.

Jordan Morris, MLS Homegrown players, and NASL: Freedom Kicks for 14 January 2016

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Happy draft day!

Today is the first and second rounds of the MLS SuperDraft, so take all of your draft talk to our open thread. Everything else? This is always your open thread for any and all soccer news of the day, so have at it.

MLS combine notebook includes Jordan Morris intrigue - ESPN FC: There is some juicy news about Jurgen Klinsmann supposedly trying to push Jordan Morris to Germany, but there is also D.

Stewart and Curtin impressed with talent at MLS Combine

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Earnie Stewart and Jim Curtin held a press conference leading up to the MLS SuperDraft.

In preparation for the Union's upcoming SuperDraft, new Sporting Director Earnie Stewart and Head Coach Jim Curtin have been scouting at the MLS Combine, which started last Thursday. The Union currently hold their own third pick and the sixth pick from Houston, which they received as part of the trade for Cristian Maidana.

Two Sounders academy standouts invited to MLS combine could still sign as Homegrown Players

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Ryan Herman and Jordan Schweitzer aren't necessarily headed for the MLS Superdraft, after all.

The initial list of invitees to the 2016 MLS Player Combine was announced Friday, including some familiar Sounders academy names, but the door isn't closed for Home Grown deals for those players with the Sounders first team, Sounder at Heart has learned.

The latest on FCD and Pareja’s 2nd marriage

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As we tweeted last night, we continue to hear from sources, that FC Dallas has reached an agreement with Oscar Pareja for personal terms and that the club has bought out his contract with Colorado.

This is very consistent with what we originally reported back a week ago Monday.

2016 MLS Draft

Rapids likely to address position of need in MLS Draft

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. The MLS Draft always comes down to one of two principal philosophies: Address a need or take the best player available.

It seems likely that the Colorado Rapids will go with the former.

The Rapids are a day away from entering the MLS Draft with the No.

The 2016 SBI MLS Mock Draft (Version 2.0)

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We all know how futile mock drafts can be, and even moreso in a draft primed for a plethora of trades, but that won't stop us from trying to figure out which players might wind up with which teams.

As always, we remind everyone that the purpose of this mock draft is to give you a sense of the sort of players who will be going around the time your team picks so you have an idea of where plays are being valued.

MLS Draft Spotlight: Tarbell ready to prove he's the best GK in the class of 2016

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Andrew Tarbell's talent in goal has been obvious to some for a long, long time.

While most passionate followers of the college game, especially of the Clemson Tigers, know just how good of a goalkeeper Tarbell was throughout his collegiate career, many people really started to take notice after his Man of the Match performance against Syracuse in the College Cup semifinals.

2015 MLS Combine

Machado Shines in Final Day at Combine

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Providence College forward Fabio Machado shined on MatchDay #3 of the MLS Combine by scoring and assisting in a 5-1 win for Team adiZero over Team Predator on Tuesday.

Machado assisted on Cameron Iwasa's 60th minute goal, then scored one of his own in the 75th minute. The Revolution Academy product went 49 minutes after spelling fellow former Real Boston Ram Dominique Badji in the 41st minute.

Quiet Day at Combine for Locals

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It was a quiet day for the local collegians during MatchDay #2 of the MLS Combine on Sunday in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Team adiZero, which featured Dominique Badji (Boston University), Sergio Campbell (Connecticut) and Fabio Machado (Providence College), dropped a 2-0 loss to Team Nitro Charge 2-0 in the first match of the day.

Locals Get Looks at Combine

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Friday's start of the MLS Combine marked the first opportunity for a number of local college prospects to improve their stock ahead of next week's SuperDraft.

Typically, Matchday #1 matches are often disjointed affairs, with players who've never played together trying to get acclimated to each other on the fly.

Carlos Valdes

Maidana update, Valdes “very relaxed,” report says Union bid $15m on Bradley, Combine news, more

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A Facebook comment from Maidana on Union transfer. Valdes "very relaxed" as he awaits deal. Union reportedly bid $15 million for Bradley. Combine news. More.

Sante Fe announces Valdes loan, Combine/SuperDraft news, NWSL allocation, more

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Statement on Santa Fe website announces Valdes returns to the Colombian club on a one year loan, no confirmation yet from the Union. Combine updates. Portland big winner in NWSL allocation, more news.

The Rest

Must See Goal: Andre Morrison at MLS Combine

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The MLS Combine is rolling in down in Orlando and providing fans with electric goal scoring.

Hartford defender Andre Morrison smacked this one home on the half-volley top put his Team X ahead of Nemeziz, 1-0:

Morrison sits at number 40 on SBI's latest Big Board ranking the top prospects in the upcoming MLS Draft.

Odds & Ends from the MLS Combine

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The latest crop of college prospects got their final chance to impress MLS coaching staffs on Tuesday as the league's annual player combine wrapped up in earnest with the final matchday at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Fla.

Among the coaching staffs who paid particularly close attention during the showcase was that of the Revolution, which is set to pick 10th overall at Thursday's SuperDraft.

Revs Academy Product Set for MLS Combine

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Mitch Taintor will participate in the MLS Combine.

New England Revolution Academy product Mitch Taintor is set to participate in the MLS Player Combine, which will take place in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. from Jan. 7-12.

Taintor spent four years at Rutgers University and earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors as a senior.

Major Link Soccer: Silly Season in full effect

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The English press have identified Osvaldo Alonso as a possible short term fix in the January transfer window.

Seattle

With seven picks in the 2016 SuperDraft, the Seattle Sounders are surely going to get younger. But will they do better than their 2015 haul?

We knew that Sounders academy alumni Jordan Schweitzer dropped out of the MLS Combine, but did you know that academy coach Junior Gonzalez will be part of the coaching staff at the combine?

Revs Academy Alum Taintor on Initial Combine List

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Revolution Academy product Mitchell Taintor is among 59 NCAA division 1 players onthe initial list of invitees for the 2016 MLS Player Combine, which will take place in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. from Jan. 7-12.

Taintor, who recently completed his senior year at Rutgers University, wasa Second Team All-Big Ten pick in 2015 after scoring five goals and notching five assists for the Scarlet Knights in 2015.

Plano Native Van De Casteele On MLS Combine Invitee List

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When the 2014 adidas MLS Player Combine takes place between January 10 and 14 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, there will be one Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex product among the 50 college seniors participating, Plano native Grant Van De Casteele.

Van De Casteele, a former center back at Notre Dame, just completed his fifth season with the Fighting Irish, a campaign where he started 22 games and had one assist.

2013 MLS Combine: Off-Day Observations

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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.