Player Pool

Major League Soccer

The return of The Crew

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Aug 22, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Federico Higuain might be the best of all Designated Player signings. In the short history of the DP rule, we've seen our share of marquee players come and go. Outstanding quality is a rarity when it comes to a player pool mined by bigger leagues in Europe.

Development League?

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Interesting to contrast this...
M.L.S. has become a popular way station for young talent from throughout the Western Hemisphere seeking passage to Europe's top ranks.

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In 2006, M.L.S. counted 36 players from the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

No Country for Klinsmann

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (June 21, 2012) US Soccer Players -- One of the more intriguing, and often overlooked, aspects of Bob Bradley's stint in charge of the National Team was his willingness to help members of his player pool secure opportunities overseas. In several instances, Bradley provided a bit of extra playing time for those being scouted by European clubs, granting timely exposure and lending extra legitimacy for Americans ready to move.

Problems with Violence to Soccer Players in Eastern Europe and Russia

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Problems with Violence to Soccer Players in Eastern Europe and Russia

SSFC should make the best out of the bad situation with soccer in Eastern Europe and Russia and scout more there. The problem appears especially acute in Greece, where 2/3 of the players are not paid on time and 1/3 are regularly subjected to violent acts.

USA eliminated from Olympic Qualifying

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A stoppage time equalizer was the difference in Nashville on Monday night, with the United States Under-23 National Team failing to advance out of the group stage in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament. After Cuba came up with a stoppage time equalizer against Canada in the early game, Canada advanced in second-place.

CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying: MLS Involvement

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 22, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Why is the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament so important to Major League Soccer that they buck the trend seen elsewhere in the world and make sure that the best age-appropriate MLS players are made available? Simple, for a league founded in part to improve the player pool for the United States National Team, MLS realizes that providing the bulk of the players.

United States unveils Olympics squad

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On Monday, U.S. Olympic Team Head Coach Caleb Porter announced his roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament, taking place later this month.

Of the 19 players named to the roster, 13 are currently playing in Major League Soccer.

On Tuesday the 13th, the team will assemble in Nashville to begin training camp.

MLS Supplemental Draft: A Look Ahead

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Had the MLS SuperDraft not been shortened to two rounds, then a lot more scrutiny would be applied to some of the early selections in Tuesday's MLS Supplemental Draft, with those picks typically being included among teams' draft hauls from last week's main event. Â Â

As it stands, the upcoming four-round affair provides another chance for teams to bolster their rosters as training camps open across North America.

Re-Entry Draft field continues to shrink, leaves few options ahead of first stage

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By AVI CREDITOR

Don't expect to be wowed by the second edition of the MLS Re-Entry Draft now that most of the big names initially available are off the table.

Between Bobby Convey being traded to Sporting Kansas City, Bobby Boswell re-signing with the Houston Dynamo, Ante Jazic re-signing with Chivas USA and Santino Quaranta retiring, the quality of the draft pool has dropped immensely.

United States

Pregaming: USMNT vs Mexico

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"Es Mas Facil Ganar en Mexico." – Landon Donovan Ladies and Gentlemen, we may well be living in the early days of the Golden Age of Mexican Soccer. El Tri hold every Men's regional title, are Olympic gold medalists, and are headed to the 2013 Confederations Cup.   The fact that they've achieved this with an almost entirely homegrown player pool following a decade of American dominance, and in the midst of a near civil war,.

U-20 Camp Announced

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The United States Under-20 National Team will be in camp from April 9th through the 16th, the US Soccer Federation announced on Monday. U-20 coach Claudio Reyna has called in 24 players for a camp that will include two games against club teams. "We've had three camps this year and taken advantage of the opportunity to cast a wide net in evaluating the player pool," Ramos said.

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Summer Transfers 2012: Shalrie's Gone, Now What?

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Most of us are still smarting after this morning's news of the Shalrie Joseph trade broke. The New England Revolution will never be the same, and whether you agree with the trade or not, you can't say it doesn't send shockwaves through this community.

That said, the world is not going to end.

Shea, Adu, Agudelo headline U.S. Olympic Qualifying squad

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U.S. men's national team veterans Brek Shea, Juan Agudelo and Freddy Adu headline a strong 19-man roster for the U.S. Men's Olympic Qualifying squad.

U.S. Under-23 head coach Caleb Porter announced the team on Monday and the only real surprise was the omission of Hertha Berlin midfielder/defender Alfredo Morales, whose release was not mandatory for the tournament.

Camp Concludes With Second Intrasquad Scrimmage

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The December camp for the U-23 Men's National Team came to a close after eight days in Florida that included eight training sessions on the field and two 90-minute intrasquad scrimmages. U-23 head coach Caleb Porter and the coaching staff got a birds eye look at much of the player pool, and spent significant time educating the group
Terence Boyd and Sebastian Lletget (pronounced leh-JET) put in two nice finishes in the game at the IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Donovan set for national team return after lengthy absence

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By ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif. -- In the last 264 days, Landon Donovan has played for two teams. The U.S. men's national team is not one of them. He has played against Clint Dempsey, but the two have not suited up for the same side since Bob Bradley was the one roaming the U.

U.S. U-23s set to begin Olympic qualifying

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What started with the appointment of a new coach and an evaluation a deep U.S. Under-23 player pool five months ago is set to culminate in meaningful games on the field starting tonight.

The favored U.S. U-23 national team kicks off its quest for the London Olympics at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.

Hines open to US switch

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Jurgen Klinsmann may soon have another central defender in its player pool as Middlesbrough central defender Seb Hines indicates he would be willing to play for the United States

3 Scenarios on Klinsmann and the National Team Player Pool

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I have no verdict on Klinsmann yet, but I have splashed some thoughts in the comments area. In short, I'm not exactly thrilled and the reasons have nothing to do with score-lines.

What seems to surface time and again, is the notion that the national team player pool "is what it is".

United States v Venezuela: Friendly Gamethread

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The January friendlies are usually for the hardest of die hards. Being held outside of a FIFA sanctioned window means that player pool is reduced for both sides, and tonight's game isn't against the highest profile of opponents. Venezuela is decent, currently ranked 31st and slightly ahead of the United States by ESPN's Soccer Power Index.

The National Team, Men and Boys

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Adu had some moments.The U.S. Men's National Team opened up 2012 with some very interesting talking points. Certain call ups, certain omissions, scrimmages and of course the obvious questions that accompany such things. First up would be the scrimmage between the full team and the Under 23's.
The senior squad paid a lesson to the U23 Olympic team with a 4-0 dismantling of their younger brothers.

New York Red Bulls

Timbers, Impact extend MLS presence in U.S. Soccer Development Academy

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Two of the newest MLS franchises are extending the league's presence in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday that the Portland Timbers and Montreal Impact have been approved to have teams entered into the Development Academy, giving MLSÂ 17 teams in the 80-team academy system.

Report: Robles to Red Bulls called off

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One-time U.S. national team goalkeeper Luis Robles won't be manning the nets at Red Bull Arena after all.

Robles' proposed move to the New York Red Bulls has been called off after the league ruled that Robles would have to go through the allocation order after initially claiming he could be added as a discovery signing, according to the Washington Post.

Red Bulls Notebook: Robles in talks, Cooper scores in Tecos draw and more

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

Through three preseason matches, it has become quite apparent that second-round MLS SuperDraft pick Ryan Meara has taken the early lead over Jeremy Vuolo in the Red Bulls' starting goalkeeper race.

Who’s this Konopka fellow?

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The Union confirmed on Wednesday through the team's Twitter account that Zac MacMath is joined in preseason training by Chase Harrison, who had temporarily joined the club late last season when Faryd Mondragon and Thorne Holder were both out with injuries before the club declined the option to sign him in November to make him available for the Re-Entry Draft.

Training Camp

Report: Guido signs with Tijuana

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Alejandro Guido is the latest American heading to Club Tijuana.

The U.S. Under-20 attacking midfielder will join the contingent of Americans at the top-flight Mexican club after signing his first professional contract on Wednesday. According to Yanks Abroad, the 18-year-old Guido signed a three-year deal with Xolos, where he'll team with Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo and Greg Garza.

Williams gets new deal with Union

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The Philadelphia Union have taken another step in their commitment to locking up their young nucleus for years to come.

Defender Sheanon Williams was rewarded with a new contract on Wednesday, extending his time in Philadelphia as he enters his second full season with the club.

U-23 Camp Roster Announced

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On Thursday, United States Under-23 National Team coach Caleb Porter named a 28-player roster for the December 15th-23rd training camp in Florida. "At every camp we expect to push the group forward by continuing to evaluate the player pool while imprinting the concepts of how we will play as a team on both sides of the ball," Porter said in the press release.

Caleb Porter Calls Three Dynamo Players to USMNT U-23 Camp

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It's always a good sign about the your club's future when three players, well three and a potential fourth future Dynamo star, get called in to a US Men's National Team U-23 training camp. Danny Cruz, Kofi Sarkodie and Will Bruin head to Florida starting next week for a week long camp with new U-23 head coach Caleb Porter.

MLS Draft 2012

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.

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.

The Rest

USMNT Daily Update: The defender pool may look thin, but there is plenty of talent in the pipeline

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For the better part of a decade, Steve Cherundolo and Carlos Bocanegra have been key figures for the U.S. Men's National Team, but now as both have moved past 30 and closer to the end of their careers we are faced with the harsh reality that there haven't been all that many players to emerge in recent years to pose serious challenges to their positions.

Corinthians in Philly

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Visits to Philadelphia by English touring teams were important events in the wider popularization of soccer in the city. An exhibition game against the touring B. J. T. Bosanquet cricket team in 1901, the first international friendly to be played in Philadelphia, garnered approving coverage in the Philadelphia Inquirer and resulted in a boom of the game locally.

Wooten to sign deal with Kaiserslautern

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Add Andrew Wooten to the list of young U.S. internationals who will have their club futures secured for the next few years.

Wooten, a German-American forward who was part of the U.S. Under-23 player pool leading up to Olympic qualifying, will sign his first professional contract, a three-year-deal, with FC Kaiserslautern this week, according to reports out of Germany.

Morgan to the Third Power

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The odds that a 20-player roster for a CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying tournament would feature three players with the same first name are pretty high.

Yet, meet the USA's Morgans: Morgan Andrews, Morgan Reid and Morgan Stanton (a.ka. Lil'Mo).

There is just one Morgan in the entire 2012 U-20 Women's National Team Player Pool (sublimely skilled center midfield Morgan Brian) and one in the U-23 WNT Player Pool (current Santa Clara striker Morgan Malborough) and none in the full WNT Player Pool (unless you count Alex Morgan?

The Union’s approach to today’s Super Draft

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Philadelphia Union assistant coach John Hackworth spoke to reporters via conference call on Wednesday night ahead of today's SuperDraft. He discussed the Union's approach to the Players Combine, the possibility of trades, particularly for an international spot, and how the Union are in a different position going into the 2012 SuperDraft compared to 2010 and 2011.

MLS Notes: Sounders find Keller's successor, Fire cut Ferrari and more

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The Seattle Sounders' search for Kasey Keller's successor has been completed.

Seattle announced the long-rumored signing of Austrian goalkeeper Michael Gspurning on Wednesday, ushering in a new era between the posts at CenturyLink Field.Â

"First off, you don't replace Kasey Keller.