MLS Draft 2012

MLS Combine 2012

SBI 2013 MLS Mock Draft (Version 1.0)

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With the flurry of trades going on around Major League Soccer in the two weeks since the 2012 season ended, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that the 2013 MLS Draft is just five weeks away.

Teams have already commenced improving their rosters via trades, signings and the recent Re-Entry Draft.

SBI 2013 MLS Draft Big Board (Version 3.0)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2013 MLS Combine is now just a month away, and as we draw closer to that important event, we are seeing plenty of shifting and maneuvering on the SBI MLS Draft Big Board.

Today features our third edition of the Big Board, and we have some new additions to the board after some players previously considered Homegrown Players for MLS teams were made available in the draft.

BREAKING-Timbers set to trade first-round pick to TFC for Johnson, Kocic

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Portland Timbers continue to re-shape their roster under new head coach Caleb Porter as they are ready to make another major deal to add some quality veterans to a squad with its share of young talent.

The Timbers and Toronto FC are set to complete a trade that will send Jamaican forward Ryan Johnson and Milos Kocic to Portland for the No.

Bocanegra helping next generation of pros with MLS Combine prep camp

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By IVES GALARCEP

Thirteen years ago, Carlos Bocanegra was a 20-year-old college kid who had chosen to leave school early to pursue his dream of being a professional soccer player. He signed a contract with MLS and headed to Florida to play in the MLS Combine.

Powers, Alvarez and Bennett among seniors invited to MLS Combine

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By IVES GALARCEP

Notre Dame midfielder Dillon Powers, UConn playmaker Carlos Alvarez and Coastal Carolina forward Ashton Bennett were among the top players invited to the MLS Combine.

Indiana University goalkeeper Luis Soffner is fresh off winning an NCAA title with the Hoosiers and will be the lone representative from Indiana at the Combine, while Georgetown, the team Indiana defeated, will send Tommy Muller, Jimmy Nealis and Ian Christianson to the Combine.

MLS Combine 2012's good and bad performers

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By FRANCO PANIZO

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The 2012 MLS Combine has come to a close, but not before several players used the event to help their stock while others did not.

In a class dominated by attacking talent, several forwards and creative midfielders enjoyed strong combines, showcasing their goal-scoring and playmaking abilities.

Silva heads into SuperDraft as one of best combine performers

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By FRANCO PANIZO

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- If you were to ask MLS coaches which players at this year's combine helped their cause the most, David Silva would surely be among the more common names mentioned.

The Mexican-born attacking midfielder from UCSB was one of the brightest spots at the combine, showing the playmaking ability that his him considered a top prospect.

USF forward Dwyer enjoys his strongest performance on MLS Combine's final day

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By FRANCO PANIZO

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Dom Dwyer did not know he was heading to the 2012 MLS Combine until a day before the event kicked off, but that did not stop him from having a decent showing at the event that he capped off with a goal.

Dwyer helped adiZero (blue) to a 3-1 win over Prime (green) on Tuesday morning, scoring an insurance goal in the 52nd minute of the game when he pounced on a rebound and knocked the ball into the back of the net.

Charlotte's James wraps up combine with strong third-day showing

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By FRANCO PANIZO

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Historically, players typically improve with each passing day at the MLS Combine, and that was certainly the case for Charlotte forward Evan James this year.

MLS Combine Spotlights: Sam Garza, Nick DeLeon and Tony Cascio

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Skillful wingers in the player pool are at a premium ahead of Thursday's MLS SuperDraft, but three of the top players available at the position are some of the more sought-after attackers eligible for selection.

Sam Garza, a Generation adidas signing out of UCSB who can play up top or on the wing, helped his stock considerably with his showing while playing for the adiPure team at the Combine and had a big hand in helping set up Ethan Finlay as part of the Creighton forward's hat trick.

MLS Combine: Day Three Commentary

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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.

MLS Combine Breakdown: Sigi Schmid

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MLS Combine Spotlights: Ryan Meara, Callum Mallace and Ethan Finlay

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The big names at the 2012 MLS Combine have for the most part lived up to expectations through two Combine match-days, but there have also been some lesser-known players who have also boosted their stock in Fort Lauderdale.

Three of the players to help boost their draft stock are Fordham goalkeeper Ryan Meara, Marquette midfielder Calum Mallace and Creighton forward Ethan Finlay.

Finlay dazzles with hat-trick on Day 2 of MLS Combine

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

MLS Combine Breakdown: Dom Kinnear

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MLS Combine Breakdown: Peter Vermes

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MLS Combine: Day 2 Commentary

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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.

MLS Draft

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Generation adidas update: Martinez signed, three offered deals

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And then there were six.

North Carolina playmaker Enzo Martinez signed has signed a Generation adidas contract, becoming the sixth member of the 2012 Generation adidas class, but teammate Billy Schuler passed on the final MLS offer, and ultimately signed with Hammarby.

Schuler's decision to bolt for Europe has opened the door for MLS to expand the class, with the league extending Generation adidas offers to Creighton fullback Tyler Polak, South Florida striker Dom Dwyer and UConn centerback Andrew Jean-Baptiste.

The latest Fox Soccer MLS Mock Draft (and a look at the draft pool)

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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.

Rowe signs Generation adidas deal with MLS

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With the 2012 MLS Draft just two weeks away, the 2012 MLS Generation adidas class took a step closer to being completed after the signing of the highest-rated unsigned underclassman.

UCLA playmaker Kelyn Rowe has signed a Generation adidas deal, sources told SBI on Wednesday. Rowe is the fifth player to sign a Generation adidas deal, joining Andrew Wenger, Darren Mattocks, UCLA teammate Chandler Hoffman and Sam Garza.

Wenger, Mattocks sign with MLS

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The 2012 MLS Draft is less than a month away and Major League Soccer has secured the services of the two highest-rated prospects coming out of college this year.

Sources have told Fox Soccer that Duke standout Andrew Wenger and Akron star Darren Mattocks have signed Generation adidas contracts, with MLS expected to announce the first of its Generation adidas signings on Tuesday.

The latest on the 2012 Generation adidas class

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As we draw closer to the 2012 MLS Draft, Major League Soccer is moving closer and closer to trying to secure the services of the players who will make up its Generation adidas draft class, and things are still very much in flux with less than a month to go before the draft.

MLS is expected to announce the first of its signings in the coming week, and offers have already been sent out to most of the top targets.

The first Fox Soccer 2012 MLS Mock Draft (and an in-depth look at the draft pool)

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With the 2012 MLS Draft now less than a month away, I have unveiled my first Fox Soccer 2012 MLS Mock Draft in an attempt to give people a sense of how things just might shake out when teams start making their selections in Kansas City four weeks from now.

European clubs lining up bids for Schuler

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The NCAA College Cup Final always has its share of scouts tracking the top talent, and last weekend's matches in Hoover, Alabama drew extra attention from foreign clubs interested in the handful of top pro prospects on display.

At the top of that list was North Carolina striker Billy Schuler, who helped lead the Tar Heels to their second NCAA title after scoring the vital equalizer in the semifinal win against UCLA last Friday.

MLS Draft Notes: Mattocks ready to skip MLS for Europe, Ownby trial in Germany

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The 2012 MLS Draft is a month away, and the Montreal Impact's options with the No. 1 overall pick are ready to get a lot weaker.

Akron University striker Darren Mattocks, a consensus pick to be among the first two players selected in January's MLS Draft, is ready to pass on the Generation adidas contract offered to him by MLS to sign in Europe.

The Fox Soccer MLS Draft Big Board (& more on the GA class and MLS draft pool)

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The latest Fox Soccer MLS Draft Big Board is out, and with six weeks to go, there have been plenty of changes to the list of Top 25 prospects heading into Janaury's MLS Draft.

The very top of the Big Board is largely unchanged, with Duke's Andrew Wenger and Akron's Darren Mattocks remaining at the top, with UCLA's Kelyn Rowe and North Carolina's Billy Schuler following them.

MLS SuperDraft

Generation adidas signings Dwyer, Martinez, Polak slip into solid situations

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By AVI CREDITOR

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Generation adidas tag typically translates into high MLS SuperDraft position, but for three of this year's nine signings, that did not turn out to be the case.

Not like it matters all that much. All three fell into pretty ideal club situations from individual perspectives.

Impact take Wenger with first pick of 2012 MLS SuperDraft

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By AVI CREDITOR

KANSAS CITY, Mo. --Â The Montreal Impact made Duke centerback Andrew Wenger the first selection in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, taking the versatile, U.S. Under-23 defender with its first-ever draft pick.

Wenger, the 2011 MAC Hermann Trophy winner, is the reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Year, a year after he captured the conference's Defensive Player of the Year honors.

MLS Draft Spotlight: Silva overcomes adversity, eager to succeed in MLS

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By ADAM SERRANO

It's not hard to recognize the talent of UCSB midfielder Luis Silva.Â

A dynamic playmaker with a penchant for scoring goals from anywhere on the field, Silva is considered to be a top-10 pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.

Chicago Fire

MLS Combine Breakdown: Frank Klopas

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Report: Schuler bound for Hammarby

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Another young American attacking talent appears to be taking his game overseas.

According to a report out of Sweden, University of North Carolina forward Billy Schuler will sign with top-flight club Hammarby -- the team coached by former U.

MLS Combine

South Florida's Blais enjoys strong MLS Combine with three steady performances

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Rosters released for MLS Combine

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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 Rest

Montreal takes Charlotte's James with first pick in MLS Supplemental Draft

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The Montreal Impact wasted little time in making it known who they would take with the first pick in Tuesday's MLS Supplemental Draft.

With their selection, which is akin to the first pick in the third round of the SuperDraft had the main event not been shortened, the Impact took Charlotte winger Evan James, a skilled, Canada-born midfielder who performed well at the combine after helping the 49ers to the NCAA championship game.