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Podcast: Byline 2 Backpost 2013 Episode 3

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Leo Gibson #14 of the Comets about to score another goal on his way to a record breaking night In this episode: In this first segment we discuss: MLS partnership with USL GOLD Cup qualifier locations Ivy Funds jersey sponsorship Kei Kamara receiving interest from Norwich The MLS draft and Sporting KC drafting Mikey Lopez The MLS supplemental draft and SKC drafting Chris Duke and 3

Podcast: Byline 2 Backpost 2013 Episode 2

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FC Kansas City's Lauren Cheney (#12) being tackled by FC Kansas City's Lauren Sesselmann (#16) In this episode we discuss: The SKC - LIVESTRONG divorce The MLS All Star Game announcement The MLS draft SKC Jersey sponsor Espinonoza, Cesar and Kempin news FC Kansas City's allocated players The NWSL draft The Missouri Comets and more.

VIDEO: VCU's Jason Johnson, MLS SuperDraft Prospect

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VCU Soccer's Jason Johnson is headed to the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. Here are some highlights of Johnson on the field for the Rams.



SBI 2012 MLS All-Rookie Best XI

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Teams searching for talent in the 2012 MLS Draft found quite a few quality gems. Several players who were able to step right in and make smooth transitions from college to the pros.

Some high draft picks lived up to their draft hype, like Darren Mattocks and Luis Silva, while some other rookies emerged to surprise and impress, like Connor Lade and Ray Gaddis.

The Business of the Draft and League Networks

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Just some ramblings tonight. On Monday night I was flipping the remote when I stumbled across the MLB First Year Player Draft on the MLB Network. I'm certainly not a frequent viewer of the station, but as a Mets fan (and yes the Santana no-hitter was an enormous moment in my personal sports history), I happened to catch the portion of the broadcast leading up to the Mets' first pick and I was struck by the low quality of the telecast.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Andrew Wenger

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When Andrew Wenger was selected with the first pick in the 2012 MLS Draft, the biggest question about him was what was his best position.

A standout defender, midfielder and forward at Duke, Wenger made a good case for being able to score goals in the pros when he delivered a classy finish on what wound up being the game-winning goal in Montreal's 2-1 victory against TFC on Saturday.

MLS Preseason recap: TFC's Silva shines, Johnson scores in Seattle debut, & more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Toronto FC rookie Luis Silva drew raves heading into the 2012 MLS Draft, and is beginning to show why as he establishes himself as a real threat for TFC, which posted a 5-1 victory against South Florida in pre-season MLS action.

The dynamic playmaker found himself on the score sheet early in the fifth minute as he slotted home a 1-on-1 opportunity with the USF keeper to make it 1-0.

Agbossoumonde passes on MLS move

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U.S. Under-23 national team defender Gale Agbossoumonde has endured a rough road in his quest for regular playing time since turning pro two years ago. With a recent stint at Eintracht Frankfurt failing to deliver him playing time, Agbossoumonde looked poised for a move to Major League Soccer.

MLS Supplemental Draft Day

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Yay, another day, another MLS draft. Today should be the last one for a while (that is unless there is a lottery taking place which could very well happen here soon too). The MLS SuperDraft was cut a round for the second straight season and because of that the Supplemental Draft's first round will still feel like the SuperDraft's third round to some.

Timbers Tid Bits: It Begins Edition

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This Friday the Portland Timbers will officially convene back here in Portland to begin their training for the 2012 season. With the SuperDraft behind us and a few weeks left open in the international transfer window there's a lot expected to go on, but the beginning of the training is probably the most exciting for the simple fact that it means.

MLS Draft: 2012 SB Nation Mock Draft - results & thoughts on the Chicago Fire draft picks

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The 19 blogs that individually cover each Major League Soccer team on the SB Nation network came together on Sunday to conduct the annual mock MLS Draft. It's a very imperfect science as no one has the long term plan of any front office at their disposal. We don't know if a big striker signing is in the works so a team will pass on a talented ready to start forward and go defense surprising everyone.

Galaxy roster update & MLS SuperDraft preview

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Galaxy GM and Coach Bruce Arena gave a handful of reporters an update this afternoon ahead of Thursday's MLS draft (9 a.m. live on ESPN2). First, let's talk roster since that's likely to have more of a bearing on the coming season: *Robbie Keane's pending loan to Aston Villa is

The Monday After

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The MLS Combine got under way on Friday with hopeful MLS draftees descending on the Fort Lauderdale areas to showcase their wares in front MLS coaches, executives and more. MLS' official website has really ramped up the coverage of the pre-draft events, including live streaming of all of the combine matches and video features.

Polak, Dwyer and Jean-Baptiste sign Generation adidas deals

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The MLS Generation adidas class will feature nine players after the league secured the signings of three players on Wednesday night.

South Florida striker Dom Dwyer, Creighton fullback Tyler Polak and UConn central defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste were all signed to Generation adidas contracts after being made offers on Tuesday.

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Harrington To Portland Also Confirmed

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The Portland Timbers off season looks to be in full swing as they announced another trade just as rumors of Eric Brunner to Houston surface. Michael Harrington was the number 3 overall pick in the 2007 MLS Draft and started almost every game since that time. Once Chance Myers grabbed the starting spot at Sporting Kansas City Harrington become a bench warmer.

Mwanga pleased with Portland debut

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By ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif. -- The result did not go according to plan in Danny Mwanga's debut for the Portland Timbers, but the flashy forward had plenty to be pleased about in his first match for his hometown club.

Lucky 8

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Interestingish article here on the Portland Timbers website. (yes, this is Rich, but I like American things, too).

So while recent history suggests the Number 8 [pick in the MLS draft] has produced some promising young players, perhaps the most famous MLS Number 8's of all time was the New England Revolution's Number 8 selection in 2004: Clint Dempsey.

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State of the MLS Run In: 8 Weeks to Go

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Finally! We started publishing the odds over a month ago and since then the same roster of 10 playoff teams have been favored to make the playoffs, and by a pretty good margin. In the first edition I pointed out that the best chance at a shakeup was Columbus displacing Chicago.

MLS 2012 Draft photos

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The full gallery from the draft Sporting KC's first round pick. @DDwyer14

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2012 SBI College Soccer Season Preview: Rankings, Players to watch and more

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The 2012 Men's College soccer season is ready to kick off tonight around the country and the best teams and players in America will give soccer fans plenty of added entertainment to go along with their usual pro soccer fix.

Defending champion North Carolina is back, and despite all the new faces, the Tar Heels should be in contention again.

SBI Live Q&A (Jan. 17th Edition)

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It's that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in the first SBI Live Q&A of 2012.

We have plenty to talk about today, from the MLS Draft, to the U.S. national team camp and upcoming friendlies, to the U.S. Under-23 training camp and upcoming Olympic qualifiers.

We don't have to stop there.

SBI Live Q&A set for Noon Today

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It's that time again. With the new year upon us, and plenty to discuss in the soccer world, it's time for the latest SBI Live Q&A.

Join me at Noon today as I answer questions on all things soccer (and pop culture). Want to talk about the MLS Draft? The U.S. national team camp?

2012 MLS Draft: The Pre-Game

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The 2012 MLS Draft is set to kick off in a few hours as teams from across the league look to add those missing pieces to the puzzle.

The 2012 draft class is a strong one, with depth at a variety of positions, such as centerback and attacking midfielder. There are quality prospects available that have teams trying to trade up into the top four, where the likes of Luis Silva, Kelyn Rowe, Enzo Martinez and Sam Garza have drawn considerable interest.

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Mattocks shines as Whitecaps topple Dynamo

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Rookie Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks came into the league with high-expectations as a speed goal-scoring threat and on Sunday he showed just what all the hype was about.

The No. 2 pick in January's MLS Draft torched the Dynamo defense to the tune of two goals as the Whitecaps posted a 3-1 victory at BC Place.

Vancouver rookie Mattocks sidelined after suffering burns in cooking mishap

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Vancouver Whitecaps rookie forward Darren Mattocks has been sidelined indefinitely after suffering burns while cooking dinner this past weekend.

According to a Whitecaps press release, Mattocks was preparing dinner on Sunday when he suffered burns to his upper right arm and shoulder.

Some Weak Gruel News for Friday, January 13, 2012

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Yes, Brucio is still away. Sources say he's exploring restaurant franchise opportunities in Newfoundland. Please be patient with me. I am an amateur.

So how did everybody fare in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft?

Over at No Short Corners, Will Parchman is apoplectic that Enzo Martinez fell all the way to 17th, where Salt Lake scooped him up.

2012 MLS Draft: Live Commentary

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The Montreal Impact will make the first draft pick of their MLS history today as the league's 19th team kicks off today's 2012 MLS Mock Draft.

The Impact are expected to pick between Darren Mattocks and Andrew Wenger as the top pick in this year's draft, with Mattocks expected to be the selection.

MLS Combine Spotlights: Chandler Hoffman, Dom Dwyer and Casey Townsend

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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.

2012 MLS Combine: A Look Ahead (and a final pre-Combine MLS Mock Draft)

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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 action.

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KC Select 4 in the Supplemental Draft

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Today was the second MLS draft, there was no ball room in Kansas City for the draft though. The Supplemental Draft took place on a conference call and took about as long as half the first round of the SuperDraft. After trading for Michael Thomas' rights, KC only had 4 picks, 1 in the first and second, and 2 in the third.

Sporting Acquire Rights to Michael Thomas

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The process that brought him in was a little unexpected, but the end result really wasn't. Today, Sporting KC acquired the rights to former San Jose Earthquakes draft pick, Michael Thomas for a 4th round Supplemental draft pick, the 73rd overall. The fact that Sporting had to give something to San Jose for Thomas is the surprising part.

Supplemental Draft Tomorrow

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The second MLS draft is coming up tomorrow, the Supplemental Draft is going to take place via conference call. Sporting KC hold 5 picks in the 4 round draft. KC have the 16th, 35th, 43rd, 54th, and 73rd picks in the draft tomorrow. KC currently has 27 players on their roster, although some players will still have to earn contracts, particularly Cyprian Hedrick who has not signed a contract as yet with the team.

Sporting KC Select Dwyer

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For the 3rd year in a row in the first round of the MLS draft, KC selected a forward. This year KC selected Generation Adidas forward from South Florida, Dom Dwyer. The native of Lonodon, England is smaller than KC's last two forward, Dwyer is 5'9", but another good addition to the team. Will have more, including quotes, later tonight.

MLS Draft 2012

A look back at the 2012 MLS Draft

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When people look back at the 2012 MLS Draft, they will surely look at it as the first draft that didn't feature a multitude of trades. What they might wind up really recalling of the draft, however, is the amount of solid MLS talent that was available.

There were no draft pick trades in this year's draft, but teams still came away with some good talent throughout the league after picking from one of the deeper draft classes in recent memory.

MLS Combine: Day 1 Commentary

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The 2012 MLS Combine kicks off today in Fort Lauderdale as the nation's top college talent (and seven random international players) look to impress MLS coaches and boost their stock ahead of the 2012 MLS Draft.

The MLS website is live-streaming today's matches, but SBI will be providing live commentary on today's action, so please feel free to follow along here.

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Some Business Thoughts on the SuperDraft

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The MLS SuperDraft was held on Thursday and broadcast live on ESPN2. After two hours of televised coverage, the feed switched to ESPN3.com. Adrian Healey manned the desk while Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman handled much of the commentary heavy lifting and despite some hiccups, the broadcast was generally well done.

Pre MLS Draft- All Fire Edition

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Fire fans have certainly had an exciting week already. From the rumored signing of Rafael Robayo becoming a concrete reality, to the report of Pavel Pardo re-signing with the Fire, there has been a lot of news, and it's only Wednesday. Well, the news will keep on coming Fire fans, as business is about to pick up even more with the MLS draft on Thursday.

The Rest

Cameron Ready for Call-Up

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Attleboro (Mass.) native Geoff Cameron knew from a young age that he wanted to be a professional soccer player.

Growing up just a stone's throw from Foxborough, the young Cameron got all the inspiration and motivation he needed by watching his hometown Revolution.

Fast forward through high school and a sterling college career with University of Rhode Island that included an NCAA tournament run and getting named Midfielder of the Year, Cameron found himself back in his home state on Saturday playing center back for the the defending Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo.

Piotr’s Poll: Juan Diego González?

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We are still have one international slot open on our roster. I was holding it for Robert Lewandowski, the great striker of Borussia Dortmund. I offered second-round MLS draft pick and box of slightly-used practice balls. They responded with demands of €9 million. I tried to sweeten the deal with Levi Houapeu and three more balls.

Seeing Red #73: Henry, Draft Review, RBNY President Chris Heck

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The SR boys are back to chat with Chris Heck, Red Bulls President of Business Operations. We discuss the 2012 home schedule, ticket sales trends, staffing changes, marketing plans, and success metrics for the season to come. First comes a review of Henry at Arsenal as well as roster additions in and around the MLS draft.