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Vancouver Whitecaps Striker Darren Mattocks Focused On Achieving Success in MLS

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Think Darren Mattocks and the term ‘outspoken' will often be found in his midst. A confident player, who sometimes falls into the realm of cocky, his explosion onto Major League Soccer started as soon as he was overlooked by the Montreal Impact in the 2012 MLS Superdraft.

"They didn't choose me No.

Quick Update On Union's Salary Situation

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All of a sudden the Union have so much news its difficult to absorb! We take a quick pause to catch our breath and see how all this has impacted their all-important financial standing.

The Union are now the center of so many MLS story lines, and we're trying to digest it all. Roger Torres and Gilberto were quietly removed from the roster.

Revs Draft SNHU’s Omanga in 3rd Round

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Jay Heaps and Mike Burns didn't have to look long or hard to find their third-round pick on Tuesday.

The New England Revolution selected Southern New Hampshire University forward and Division II Player of the Year Pieree Omanga with the 50th overall pick in the final two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft.

D.C. United select Zach Barnes and Travis Golden in the MLS SuperDraft

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With its picks in the MLS Supplemental Draft third and fourth rounds of the MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United selected Zach Barnes and Travis Golden.

While D.C. United is often said to have a penchant for good drafts, the third and fourth rounds of the MLS SuperDraft (formerly known as the first two rounds of the MLS Supplemental Draft) are not likely to produce players that stick on MLS teams.

Kyle McCarthy & Travis Clark | Episode 401

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TopDrawerSoccer.com's Travis Clark discusses the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and MLS expert Kyle McCarty talks about the issues facing the league ahead of the 2014 season.

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MLS expected to announce Beckham’s expansion plans in February

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer's return to Miami could be just around the corner.

Even though David Beckham and his ownership group missed an agreed deadline with MLS of Dec. 31 for officially joining the league, MLS Commissioner Don Garber revealed at the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday that although the league isn't ready to declare Miami as the newest MLS franchise, there should be an announcement on Beckham's future expansion plans within the next 30 days.

MLS SuperDraft: Blake selected first overall but defenders, trades steal the headlines

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By DAN KARELL

With a bevy of defensive players available, the 2014 MLS SuperDraft lived up to the expectations as the "Year of the Defender".

The Philadelphia Union swapped picks with D.C. United and selected UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake with the No.

Where to Watch the MLS Super Draft On US TV and Internet Today

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The 2014 MLS Super Draft kicks off today in Philadelphia as club officials and prospective players from around the country converge on the NSCAA Convention.

For viewers in the United States, you can watch the MLS Super Draft live on ESPNEWS beginning at Noon ET, as well as online live at WatchESPN.

Revs Acquire Fourth Pick for Parkhurst

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The New England Revolution traded the rights to Michael Parkhurst for the fourth overall 2014 SuperDraft Pick and allocation money from the Columbus Crew.
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Former New England Revolution star and Rhode Island native Michael Parkhurst is heading back to MLS, but it won't be with his hometown club after the Revolution traded his rights to the Columbus Crew in exchange for the fourth overall 2014 MLS SuperDraft Pick and allocation money.

After whirlwind few days, Mullins delivers equalizing assist in solid MLS Combine debut

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By FRANCO PANIZO

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. It had been a whirlwind 72 hours for Patrick Mullins prior to Sunday, and yet he still managed to have a solid debut at the MLS Combine.

After flying to St. Louis on Thursday andmissing the opening day of the combine to claim a rare second consecutive Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy on Friday, Mullins slept less than he wanted before waking up at early on Saturday to head to South Florida.

A Look at Sporting KC's Draft Position

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The MLS Superdraft is this week. It's not going to be an incredibly busy day for Sporting KC, especially in the early going. KC's first pick isn't until the last pick of the second round, the 38th pick overall. The team traded their first round pick, 19th overall, to New England in the trade that brought Benny Feilhaber to Kansas City.

Soccer Mills - The Schools and Semi-Pro Clubs That Produce MLS Players

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Every year, players are drafted by MLS clubs. But where did they come from before getting their big break?

Over the past few days, I've written a series of articles exploring the MLS SuperDraft, the players that come out of it, the managers that select them, and the picks themselves. In this article, I'd like to take a look at where these players came from before signing with MLS and their clubs.

Analyzing D.C. United's 2014 MLS Schedule

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With the MLS SuperDraft scheduled for next week, and preseason camp opening shortly thereafter, let's take a moment to break down D.C. United's 2014 MLS schedule to see what's in store for the Black-and-Red come Mar. 8th. Let's just say we should be thankful the season will ramp up slowly for the hometown team, because the last third of the season is going to be congested with big games.

Breaking Down The Value Of MLS Drafts

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The Philadelphia Union are set with 2 of the top 10 picks and 7 overall picks. But how valuable are these picks? And how have the Union been historically at the SuperDraft and Supplemental Draft?

Stats have a way of telling a story regardless of any preconceived notions you might have about something.

Rolfe signs new contract to remain with Fire

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Forward Chris Rolfe is staying put with the Chicago Fire, the only Major League Soccer club he's played with since going pro in 2005.

Rolfe re-signed with Chicago, the club announced Wednesday, one day after removing his name from the MLS Re-Entry Draft list.

MLS invites 50 seniors to 2014 adidas Player Combine

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The MLS offseason is not even a full three days old yet, but teams can already begin preparing for the 2014 adidas MLS Player Combine.

MLS released details about its annual combine on Wednesday afternoon, including the dates of the event and the names of 50 NCAA Division 1 seniors that have been invited to participate.

D.C. United

Fabian Espindola rumored to have signed a contract with D.C. United

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After weeks of negotiations, rumors point to D.C. United and Fabian Espindola having agreed to a contract.

It has now been a week since the MLS SuperDraft, where Dave Kasper said that D.C. United was close to reaching an agreement with Fabian Espindola. The Argentine striker was taken in the second stage of the Re-Entry Process, which required the team and the player to come to a new contract agreement.

MLS SuperDraft, Continued: D.C. United steps up to the roulette wheel with third and fourth round picks

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It's not likely that D.C. United's two picks in the extended SuperDraft this afternoon will become big names, but with a packed schedule in 2014, every chance to add a competent contributor counts. With that in mind, we're looking at a few names that just might be able to make the roster.

Believe it or not, last week's three-plus hour trade bonanza was not the entire MLS SuperDraft.

D.C. United's 2014 MLS SuperDraft: Television, streaming, mock drafts, and OpenThread

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Join all of your Black and Red United friends and find out who D.C. United ends up taking with the first pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

It is time for the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, or at least the first two rounds of it. While their are articles every year that predict the end of the relevance of college soccer and the SuperDraft, that is not yet the case.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for 14 January 2014

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For those of you in the military or of a more European persuasion of date-writing, we've reached the first palindromic-ish date of the new year: 14/1/14. It doesn't really work, but it kind of does. And that's good enough for today.

Happy Tuesday, boys & girls! We're two weeks into the new year, and if your resolutions aren't well and truly busted, then what's wrong with you?

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Filibuster podcast episode 64: Floating through space and time

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On tap tonight: Evan Williams Single Barrel and a Henry McKenna Old Fashioned.

In an abbreviated episode of Filibuster - The Black and Red United Podcast, Ben and Jason are yet again without Adam, who is apparently lost in some quirk of the space-time dimension. We start first with a discussion of the trade of Ethan White and Jeff Parke, now with the benefit of a week of hindsight on the trade.

Filibuster podcast episode 63: MLS SuperDraft SuperCoverage with Travis Clark, plus Maurice Edu rumors

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On tap tonight: An old-fashioned Old Fashioned, Guinness, and a Henry McKenna bourbon-and-coke.

The Filibuster crew is down a member for this episode, with normally fearless leader Adam away to fight criminals and put out fires (or at least one of those is true). Ben and Jason try and keep the show going without him, and have Travis Clark of Top Drawer Soccer on the podcast to talk all things SuperDraft.

Philadelphia Union

MLS SuperDraft. Rounds three and four.

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Rounds three and four of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft are under way. The Philadelphia Union will have the 6th, 8th, and 14th, pick in Round three.

Stay with Brotherly Game for continuing coverage of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

Union select defenders Kevin Cope and Robbie Derschang in Round 2 of SuperDraft

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The Philadelphia Union traded both of their first round draft picks, one to move up and one to move down (twice). They stayed put in Round 2, selecting Michigan State central defender Kevin Cope at #25 and Akron left back Robbie Derschang at #27. The pair look to be the [...]

Union trade down twice, select midfielder Pedro Ribeiro at #15

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Photo: Myrtle Beach Online With the fifteenth selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, the Philadelphia Union selected Coastal Carolina's Pedro Ribeiro. Ribeiro is a 6'4″ do-it-all player. He has average speed but makes up for it with superb technical ability and an eyebrow-raising passing range. As a second team All-American [.

Philadelphia Union select Midfielder/Forward Pedro Ribeiro

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With the 15th pick in the MLS SuperDraft Philly goes with Midfielder/Forward Ribeiro.

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The Philadelphia Union, with a pick trade with Toronto FC, The Union select Midfielder/Forward Pedro Ribeiro from Coastal Carolina. At 6-4 208lbs, Ribeiro was a 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, NSCAA and Soccer America Second Team All-American.

After trade, United select Birnbaum with #2 pick in MLS SuperDraft

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D.C. United this afternoon selected University of California defender Steve Birnbaum with the #2 overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. United swapped their #1 pick with the Philadelphia Union literally seconds before the Draft began. United received allocation money for the swap with the Union knowing full well that United would not be selecting [.

Philadelphia Union go with Blake!

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With the first pick of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft The Philadelphia Union select GK Andre Blake.

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In a trade with DC United, the Philadelphia Union select first in the SuperDraft and selected GK Andre Blake from the University of Connecticut. At 6-1 and 168lbs, Blake posted 10 shutouts in 2013.

Union trade up to #1, select UConn goalie Blake

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The Union traded up to #1 and took the consensus best player available in the draft: UConn goalie Andre Blake.

New England Revolution

New England Revolution Dominate MLS SuperDraft

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For the third consecutive year the New England Revolution has to be celebrating another terrific MLS SuperDraft.

In 2012 the Revs picked Kelyn Rowe with the third pick overall and last year they moved up to take Andrew Farrell with the first pick overall.

Entering the draft today, New England had three picks in the first round and were expected to pick striker Patrick Mullins with their first pick, fourth overall.

Audio: Cardillo Talks SuperDraft on 1510 NBC Sports Radio Boston

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New England Soccer Today contributor Julian Cardillo talks Revolution, SuperDraft on 1510 NBC Sports Radio Boston (link)

FC Dallas

Clavijo interview – Part 2

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This is the second of three parts from an interview Steve had with Fernando Clavijo. Here he talks about theclub's biggest needs and status of current FCD players. Part 1covered FC Dallas' view of the MLS Superdraft. Coming up, a discussion about Homegrowns and FCD's place in the room when the recent big MLS signings where going down.

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.

The Rest

38 players chosen in final 2014 MLS SuperDraft rounds

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The 2014 MLS SuperDraft came to a close on Tuesday afternoon, but not before 38 more players were chosen in advance of the upcoming MLS season.

UConn midfielder George Forchive and Indiana midfielder AJ Corrado were among the players selected during the final two rounds of the draft on Tuesday which were dominated by and large by midfielders and forwards.

United wraps up MLS SuperDraft selections with Zach Barnes and Travis Golden

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D.C. United wrapped up their participation in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft with the third and fourth round selections of midfielder Zach Barnes and defender Travis Golden respectively. Barnes, a box-to-box midfielder from Creighton, was selected 18th overall by United in the third round courtesy of their trade with RSL last season for Brandon McDonald.

A Star Is Born: Andre Blake

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In case you hadn't heard, Andre Blake was drafted number one by the Philadelphia Union in MLS SuperDraft on Thursday.

Who is Andre Blake? He is a Jamaican-born goalkeeper with three years of college soccer experience at the University of Connecticut. While at UCONN, he played in 36 shutouts (clean sheets) and received all-american honors.

Fire add right back Franco via draft

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The Fire went for a position of need in the annual MLS Superdraft and selected the best right back available with the 13th pick overall. UC-Irvine defender Marco Franco, who played his first three years in school at right back before moving to the middle in his senior year describes himself as an "attack minded right back who likes to get forward.

Freedom Kicks for 16 January 2014: Xavi, flip throws, and the Charlotte Eagles

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Today, we have Xavi going to New York (maybe), a trade that makes me sad all over again, and the oldest USL PRO franchise is going away.

Freedom Kicks are back, once again, on this the day of the MLS SuperDraft. There will be a separate open thread for the SuperDraft and all of its coverage, so let's use this thread to talk all things non-draft-related.

Monday After

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After some quiet times in the American soccer world during the holiday season, things are ready to accelerate over the next few weeks. The Combine is less than two weeks away and the MLS Superdraft is also around the corner. The draft is scheduled for a three hour time block on ESPNNews (the days of an hour on one of the bigger networks has come and gone), and the 2014 MLS preseason will soon follow.

Dynamo acquire centerback Horst from Timbers

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Houston Dynamo may have just found someone capable of filling the void left behind by centerback Bobby Boswell.

Less than a week after allowing Boswell to leave the club via Stage 1 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft, the Dynamo announced they acquired the rights to central defender David Horst from the Portland Timbers via a trade on Tuesday.