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.
Thanks to our friends at Toronto FC, we now have an idea of when the MLS offseason events are.
While the Philadelphia Union were busy promoting their futsal tournament and trying to get people to come to the Union Shop on Black Friday, Toronto FC was busy publishing an easy-to-use list of upcoming important MLS events.
Orlando City and New York City FC, who are getting ready for their first MLS season in 2015, will go head-to-head in the Expansion Priority Draft on Wednesday. The event will be streamed live on MLSsoccer.com at 2 pm ET.
After a draw conducted by supporters of both clubs to determine which club goes first, head coaches Jason Kreis (New York City) and Adrian Heath (Orlando City) will then alternate selections for priority among the following eight player acquisition mechanisms:
Toronto FC completed their first season sweep of the Columbus Crew last Saturday, and a big reason for their latest road win was rookie defender Nick Hagglund.
The No. 10 overall selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft started and playedthe full 90 minutes in TFC's 3-2 victory over the Crew, neutralizing forwards Adam Bedell, Jairo Arrieta, and playmaker Federico Higuain through the run of play.
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.
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.
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.
The New England Revolution traded the rights to Michael Parkhurst for the fourth overall 2014 SuperDraft Pick and allocation money from the Columbus Crew. (Photo by Art Donahue/artdonahue.com)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€“ 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.
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.
On this latest installment of Black & Red United's Season Review, we look at defender Jeff Parke.
Veteran center back Jeff Parke was brought to D.C. United this season in part to serve as the final piece of a completely retooled defensive back line. Acquired from the Philadelphia Union a week before this year's MLS Superdraft in exchange for Ethan White and the top spot in the allocation order, Parke was a proven MLS defender in his years with Philadelphia and the Seattle Sounders.
The Chicago Fire exercised contract options on six of their players today, which means they also declined to exercise the options on eleven of their players today. As reported by our friends at Hot Time in Old Town earlier this month, there are quite a few recognizable names on the list.
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 [...]
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 6'4â€³ 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 [.
With the 15th pick in the MLS SuperDraft Philly goes with Midfielder/Forward Ribeiro.
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.
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 [.
D.C. United's Steve Birnbaum is the clear choice for 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year.
With the end of the regular season behind us and playoffs coming up soon, it is time for us to reflect on the season that was and talk about the year's awards. D.C. United have candidates for many of these awards, but today we will start with Rookie of the Year, and D.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The move will allow Mwanga to see the field more, as the Congolese forward has only received 214 minutes of first team playing time this season.
The Colorado Rapids have confirmed that Danny Mwanga will soon join the New York Cosmos on loan. Since joining the Rapids in 2013, he's only played 770 minutes, and he's failed to score a goal in that time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.