MLS Draft 2013

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Inside the 2013 MLS SuperDraft: Episode 2

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Inside the 2013 MLS SuperDraft: Episode 1

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SBI’s 2013 MLS Draft Team-by-Team Grades

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2013 MLS Draft was one filled with wheeling and dealing, and plenty of surprises, but the actual draft picks made were, for the most part, fairly reasonable and this year's draft lacked the true head-scratching selections of year's past.

Trade winds swirling as MLS Draft approaches

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By IVES GALARCEP

FORT LAUDERDALE- Trade talk is a regular staple of the week leading up to the MLS Draft, and this week has been no different.

Toronto FC is in control of the top of the draft, with the No. 1 and No. 3 picks. With Chivas USA already publicly expressing their plans to select Carlos Alvarez as the No.

SBI 2013 MLS Mock Draft (Version 2.0)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2013 MLS Draft is officially just a month away, and teams all across Major League Soccer are preparing their draft boards and doing their final scouting ahead of the MLS Combine and draft.

The draft class is beginning to take shape as the Generation adidas class comes into focus.

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The Final SBI 2013 MLS Draft Big Board

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By IVES GALARCEP

INDIANAPOLIS The 2013 MLS Draft is set to kick off shortly but before we hear the first pick of the day I wanted to drop the final SBI MLS Draft Big Board.

No, it's not as big as the previous Big Boards, but it should help give you a sense of how players are rated heading into today's first round.

2013 MLS Draft: SBI Draft Day Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

INDIANAPOLIS The 2013 MLS Draft is here and there is promising to be some serious action on the trade front as teams jockey for position in a draft with some good depth, if not star power.

The New England Revolution hold the top pick now after completing a trade with Toronto FC on Wednesday and all signs point to the Revs grabbing Louisville defender Andrew Farrell.

The Final 2013 SBI MLS Mock Draft

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By IVES GALARCEP

INDIANAPOLIS The 2013 MLS Draft is a day away and teams all over the league are working the phones to try and secure the right trade to potentially move up or down the draft order in search of the right player to boost their roster.

Rumors are flying about nearly every pick at the top of the first round, with only Chivas USA's selection of Carlos Alvarez with the No.

MLS Combine 2013

MLS Combine: Day Three Live Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

LAUDERHILL, Fla. The final day of the MLS Combine takes place today as MLS coaches and scouts from across the league take their final notes and make their final decisions on the players vying for one of the 38 places in the 2013 MLS Draft on Thursday.

It is a cold (by Florida standards) and cloudy morning at the Combine, meaning easier conditions for the players here to navigate as they try to make some lasting impressions in the third set of games.

MLS Combine: Off-Day Observations

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By IVES GALARCEP

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The MLS Combine took a break today, the day before players have their final chance to impress scouts with Tuesday's Combine-closing matches.

Players went through their final round of meetings with interested teams as team officials looked to get to know the prospects they have been watching over the past few days (and months).

The SBI Podcast: Episode 1 (with Andrew Farrell and Walker Zimmerman)

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By IVES GALARCEP

After more than five years of waiting, the SBI Podcast is finally here.

We have put off running a podcast for some time but now we will be featuring a regular twice-weekly podcast co-hosted by myself and Garrett Cleverly (@azkicksit on Twitter).

Generation adidas class enduring mixed Combine performances

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By FRANCO PANIZO

LAUDERHILL, Fla. No matter how they perform at the MLS Player Combine, the seven players in this year's Generation adidas class are safe bets to all be snagged in the first round when the MLS SuperDraft takes place on Thursday.

Canadians Bekker and Welshman turn their reunion into a chance to shine at the MLS Combine

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By VINCE MADURI

Playing next to familiar faces is nothing new at the MLS Combine. Former college and club teammates cross paths all the time, but for Kyle Bekker and Emery Welshman, the chance to play together one more time has provided an even more special experience.

MLS Combine: Day Two Match Highlights

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Here are the match highlights from the MLS Combine's second day of action. The first match featured plenty of goals, while the second match wound up a scoreless draw:

adiPower 3, adiZero 2

PRIME 0, adiPure 0

Defenders impressing at MLS Combine

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By VINCE MADURI

LAUDERHILL, Fla. MLS teams attending the Combine in hopes of finding a centerback or two to try and grab for depth have been treated to a pleasant surprise. What they have found is an impressive pool of centerbacks that

The general consensus is that Andrew Farrell is the top talent in this draft and he has done nothing to disprove that theory in Ft.

MLS Combine Day Two: A Look Back

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By IVES GALARCEP

LAUDERHILL, Fla. The second match day of the 2013 MLS Combine featured two very different matches. The first was a goal-fest that provided plenty of action for MLS scouts to consider when weighing the quality of the draft pool, while the second match was a far less impressive goal-less draw that did few favors for the players who participated.

MLS Combine: Day Two Live Commentary

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The second day of the 2013 MLS Combine will be an extremely important one for several top players. Some will be looking to build on strong first-day showings, while others will be trying desperately to erase the memory of poor opening match performances.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today's Combine matches so please feel free to follow along with the action here.

2013 MLS Combine: Off-Day Observations

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

MLS Combine: Day One Match Highlights

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Here are the match highlights for the two matches played on the opening day of the 2013 MLS Combine, a day that saw plenty of goals:

adiPower vs. Prime

adiZero vs. adiPure

MLS Combine Day One: A Look Back

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By IVES GALARCEP

There was some predictable first-day rustiness, and nobody is going to be archiving the video of Friday's matches for any how-to seminars, but there was still plenty for MLS scouts to chew on as they evaluate the talent pool.

What should be noted about the first day of any combine is that while you don't want to be starting off with a poor first day, it isn't the end of the world if you have one.

Midfielders shine on Day One of MLS Combine

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By FRANCO PANIZO

LAUDERHILL, Fla. Cohesion and comfortability are words not usually associated with the first day of an MLS combine, but you would have had a hard time coming to that conclusion after seeing how some of the midfielders stole the show on Day 1 of the 2013 MLS Player Combine.

GA forwards among those who struggled on Combine’s opening day

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By VINCE MADURI

J.J. Johnson and Deshorn Brown entered the first day of the Combine as perhaps the two highest rated forwards in the Draft. Neither played like it on Friday.

"I think what most coaches are looking for is of course physicality, how well you move off the ball, you're work rate, so I tried to build my game around that.

SBI 2013 MLS Mock Draft (Version 3.0)

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The 2013 MLS Draft is now less than a week away, and while the MLS Combine could do a lot to impact the ranking of some players, MLS teams have a pretty good sense of which players they like and which positions they think they can address at the draft.

Plenty could, and will change in the eyes of scouts over the course of the next five days at the Combine, but if you were wondering how the MLS Draft would play out without the Combine, we will offer you a glimpse of what that might look like.

2013 MLS Combine: Day One (Live Commentary)

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The 2013 MLS Combine kicks off today at Central Broward Regional Park as the nation's top college talent looks to impress scouts in the days leading up to the MLS Combine.

The Generation adidas class is set, and the final invitations and replacements have been established and the games get in full swing today.

SBI 2013 MLS Draft Big Board (Version 4.0)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2013 MLS Draft is now just a week away, and all 19 teams have converged on Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the MLS Combine, where they will put the finishing touches on their player draft rankings.

The Generation adidas class is now set, with all seven projected targets formally announced as signed.

MLS adds Brown and Manneh to GA class, 13 others to Combine player list

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By DARRELL LOVELL

Teams looking for a dynamic forward in the MLS Super Draft have two more options. Thursday Major League Soccer announced the addition of forwards Kekuta Manneh and University of Central Florida's Deshorn Brown as the sixth and seventh members of the 2013 Generation Adidas class.

MLS Draft Spotlight: VCU’s Johnson sets high bar for success

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Jason Johnson sure doesn't shy from lofty comparisons. In truth, he relishes them. When asked which player's game most resembles his own, the Virginia Commonwealth forward didn't hesitate.

"I would say Cristiano Ronaldo," he stated bluntly, before laughing as he added a caveat "but not the fancy stuff.

MLS formally announces first four Generation adidas signings

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By IVES GALARCEP

Major League Soccer took its time, but finally got around to announcing the first four members of the 2013 Generation adidas draft class on Thursday, several weeks after reaching agreements with the bulk of the class.

Andrew Farrell, Walker Zimmerman, Mikey Lopez and Jason Johnson were all announced as members of the Generation adidas class.

2013 MLS Draft Update: Lopez the latest GA signing, Finley inks senior deal, and more

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2013 MLS Draft class continues to take shape as we draw closer to the new year, and at least one more Generation adidas prospect has reached a deal with Major League Soccer.

Sources have told SBI that North Carolina midfielder Mikey Lopez has signed a Generation adidas contract and is now the fifth player to reach terms on a GA deal with MLS.

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Zavaleta signs Generation adidas deal

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2013 Generation adidas class moved a step closer toward completion on Friday with the addition of another top college star.

Indiana University sophomore standout Eriq Zavaleta has signed a Generation adidas deal and will be available in the 2013 MLS Draft, sources confirmed to SBI on Friday.

BREAKING- Farrell, Zimmerman among players to sign Generation adidas deals

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By IVES GALARCEP

Louisville centerback Andrew Farrell and Furman centerback Walker Zimmerman are among the players to have signed Generation adidas deals, sources have confirmed to SBI on Thursday.

Sourcestell SBI that Texas-based youth striker Kekuta Manneh and VCU forward J.

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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.

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The SBI Podcast: Episode 2 (with special guest Eriq Zavaleta)

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The 2013 MLS Draft is in the books and SBI breaks down the action on Episode 2 of The SBI Podcast.

We have No. 10 pick and Seattle Sounders rookie Eriq Zavaleta on the show to discuss joining the Sounders, being drafted in his hometown and playing for Sigi Schmid, who also coached his father and unclue.

TFC, Rapids line moves as looming trades are set to shake up MLS Draft

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By IVES GALARCEP

FORT LAUDERDALE- Toronto FC figured to have control of the 2013 MLS Draft as holders of two of the top three picks, and it appears the team is ready to pull off a series of moves to try and maximize that advantageous position.

Multiple sources have confirmed to SBI that TFC is preparing to trade the No.