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UConn Product Larin wins MLS ROY

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University of Connecticut alum Cyle Larin, who was selected by Orlando City SC with the first overall pick in January, was named 2015 MLS Rookie of the Year on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old forward set the rookie goalscoring record with 17 tallies, and became the first MLS rookie to net two hat tricks.

Podcast: Austin Berry on ‘Rookie of the Year’ Race

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With just a few weeks left in the Major League Soccer regular season, Chicago Fire defender Austin Berryseems to have emerged as the favorite for the "Rookie of the Year" award.

Austin Berry

He leads the most recent Rookie of the Year rankings on the MLS website and Soccer by Ives.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Austin Berry

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When the Chicago Fire selected University of Louisville centerback Austin Berry with their first-round pick in January's SuperDraft, they hoped they were getting a player who could come in and contribute immediately. While injuries across the Fire back line may have accelerated his growth curve, Berry has certainly proved that he was ready for the rigors of MLS all along.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Austin Berry

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The Chicago Fire needed to come from behind to defeat Toronto FC this past weekend, and it was Austin Berry who delivered the goal that secured the three points for Chicago.

Along with helping limit Toronto FC to one goal inside of a soaked Toyota Park, Berry headed home the winner in the Fire's 2-1 victory on Saturday.

Ben Olsen: Swagger and redemption

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FC Delco product Ben Olsen never fulfilled the lofty expectations some had for the former NCAA player of the year and MLS rookie of the year. But now he has another chance, as a coach. Can the Pennsylvania native reclaim a role as a face of U.S. soccer? A new PSP contributor -- and longtime D.C. United fan -- takes a look.

2012 MLS, Week 21: Power Rankings

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After a weekend that saw the home sides go unbeaten, the road teams in Week 21 decided to make sure it wouldn't happen again.

The San Jose Earthquakes remained the top dog in the rankings but teams 2-10 pretty much all moved around after that. It was just that kind of week folks.

Team Rank (Last) Record (W-L-T) Comments Top Tier (teams seen to be head and shoulders above the rest) 1 (1) 13-5-5 44 pts.

Top NASL Rookies So Far in 2012

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A little past the midway point of the season, IMS gives you a list of the top rookies in the league to keep your eye on. Not only for possible NASL Rookie of the Year honors but as top prospects to move on to MLS or other leagues above Division II. # 1) Mark Anderson [...]

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2012 MLS, Week 19: What To Watch For

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Toronto is finally finding their form but will it be enough against New England? (Getty Images)

We are rolling on in July as Major League Soccer heads into Week 19 another busy week to say the very least.

Last night Toronto edged out rivals Vancouver 3-2 thanks to a late goal. The Whitecaps got a brace from rookie Darren Mattocks, a guy that may be working his way up the Rookie of the Year ladder.

Cristman Retires

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Adam Cristman (middle) scored ten goals in two seasons with the Revs. (Photo: Art Donahue/

Former New England Revolution striker Adam Cristman announced his retirement from professional soccer on Tuesday due to concussion-related issues after just six years in professional soccer.

SBI Mid-season MLS Rookie of the Year: Ryan Meara

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If the MLS season were to end today, few could argue that New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara has been the top rookie of the 2012 class.

Meara has performed consistently well through the first half of his first year as a professional, avoiding the type of blunders that are associated with young goalkeepers while playing every minute for a Red Bulls team fighting for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Mo Returns

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Maurice Edu has been the go-to guy for the folks here in Toronto, the midfielder returning to the city where he began his professional career.

Edu on the field against Italy on February 29th, 2012

Selected as the No. 1 pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, Edu appeared 25 times in his inaugural season and went on to earn MLS Rookie of the Year honors.

HIGHLIGHTS: Toronto FC 1 - 0 Philadelphia Union

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  • 00:32 - Kickoff.
  • 00:41 - A high kick by Raymon Gaddis to Joao Plata's face puts the young Ecuadorian forward on the ground. Toronto charges forward with the advantage and Reggie Lambe gets a shot on goal that is saved well by Chris Konopka. Lambe gets a second chance on the rebound, but puts it straight across the goal mouth.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Ryan Meara

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The month of May seems to be Ryan Meara's for the taking.

The New York Red Bulls goalkeeper continued his string of strong performances for the club in a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday, and his five-save performance in that game earned him SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors for a third consecutive week.

D.C. United

Release the Kraken: It's Time for Gargan To Start Again

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Last Wednesday's game against DC United reinforced a point that many Fire fans have come to the conclusion of: it's time for Dan Gargan to be re-inserted into the starting XI. Although the team as a whole had an off game against DC, Jalil Anibaba was especially deficient at the RB position. He had a large share of the blame on a couple of DC's goals, and ever since moving to RB to make room for Austin Berry in the starting lineup, he has struggled to be honest.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Nick DeLeon

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Nick DeLeon's campaign for Rookie of the Year took another step in the right direction this past weekend, with the D.C. United midfielder putting together a solid outing in the club's lopsided win over FC Dallas.

That won DeLeon the SBI MLS Rookie of the Week award, as his game-winning goal gave United their first win of the season, a 4-1 triumph over FC Dallas at RFK Stadium on Friday.

New York Red Bulls

Ryan Meara out for the season

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Ryan Meara's magical rookie season has come to an abrupt end.

SBI has learned that the former Red Bulls starting keeper will undergo hip surgery that will effectively end his first professional season.

"Yes, it will be a season ending (surgery)," Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe confirmed after Thursday's training session

Meara, a New York native and Fordham University product, started 18 matches for the team this season, accumulating 1620 minutes in net, and allowing all of 27 goals against for a respectable 1.

Tactics Talk: Would Michael Farfan in Freddy Adu’s Role Improve the Offense?

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As I touched upon in an article on Saturday, Freddy Adu has not lived up to his role as a playmaking winger enough this year. A few games, specifically his pre-second yellow card play against the New York Red Bulls, have shown that he has the mindset and ability to properly adjust to the role he thrust himself into this offseason, but Adu has disappointed routinely out of a high spot in the Philadelphia Union's offense.

Red Bulls Notebook: Gaudette to challenge for starting spot, Cahill debuts, Jide speaks, more

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Friendly matches are not usually a barometer for judgment when reflecting on regular season play, but one New York Red Bulls player put an impressive exclamation point after weeks of dominant performances by stoning Tottenham in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to the Premiership club.

Red Bulls Notebook: Injury report, Cahill silence and more

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From the season opener to the present day, the Red Bulls have been steadily fighting (and overcoming) injuries all year long. Saturday's match against the Union continued that trend as comeback player Brandon Barklage fell with a hamstring injury despite New York's victory.

D.C. United vs. Red Bulls: Match Night Commentary

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Eastern Conference rivals D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls face off tonight at RFK Stadium, with second place in the East on the line in this battle of arch-rivals.

The Red Bulls come in unbeaten in four matches, and boast MLS goal-scoring leaders Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper.

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Higuain leads Crew past Toronto FC

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The days of the Columbus Crew being criticized for their lackluster offense may be over.

First the arrival of Jairo Arrieta provided a good spark to the team's forward line, and now Federico Higuain has begun his MLS career in style.

The Argentine newcomer notched a goal and assist to help lead the Crew to a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC at Crew Stadium on Wednesday night.

Dunfield burns former club with winner to keep TFC rolling in Canada

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On a night when Vancouver Whitecaps rookie Darren Mattocks served notice that he has every intention of being the MLS Rookie of the Year this season, it was a seasoned veteran who stole the show late.

Terry Dunfield punished the team that traded him away a year ago, scoring a stoppage-time winner to give Toronto FC a 3-2 victory over the Whitecaps at BMO Field on Wednesday.

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Several Reading United Players Barely Miss Out on End of the Season Awards

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Reading United AC's Deshorn Brown Named League MVP Finalist, Loses to Sullivan Silva
After being named to both the 2012 PDL All-League and Eastern Conference squads earlier in the week, the end of the season honors for the Reading United AC's Deshorn Brown kept on coming. The PDL named Brown as one of the league's Most Valuable Player finalists along with Thunder Bay's Sullivan Silva, and Mark Sherrod of Portland.

2012 PDL award finalists announced; Sherrod finalist for two awards

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2012 PDL award finalists announced; Sherrod finalist for two awards

Portland Timbers U23s Forward Mark Sherrod, a redshirt Junior at the University of Memphis, has been named a finalist for PDL Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year.

The awards for Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year and Coach of the Year will be presented at Saturday's awards ceremony at the 2012 PDL Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Seattle Sounders

Four Academy Alumni Named to PDL All-League; Ibeagha Set for Title Game

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Former Houston Dynamo Academy defender Sebastien Ibeagha (left) is playing for a PDL title on Saturday with the Carolina Dynamo.

The USL Premier Development League is holding its championship game on Saturday as Houston Dynamo Academy alum Sebastien Ibeagha and his Carolina Dynamo side face Forest City London at 7 p.

Impact Of Fernandez For Tiffert "Swap"

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With today's Summer transfer window closing the Seattle Sounders made two moves to dramatically shift their "Ideal XI." With Alvaro Fernandez heading to the Chicago Fire for allocation money and the newly official signing of Christian Tiffert as the team's sixth Designated Player the full impact won't be felt for a few weeks.

Major Link Soccer: The Lower Division Edition

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Another game at Starfire, another rousing victory. Yes, as bad as the last few weeks have been, the Sounders seem to have found their health and form, and sit a game away from being the first team ever to four-peat the Open Cup. The Sounders will now face Sporting Kansas City in August, but leave it to the ECS to try to turn it into a pseudo home game by aggressively promoting travel opportunities for the game.

The Rest

Carlos Tevez’s debut as a British Open caddy didn’t go so well

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When Carlos Tevez took his unapproved mid-season sabbatical from Man City last season, he spent his time playing golf. He even won a pro-am tournament with fellow Argentine and 2008 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Andres Romero. And after spending all that quality time together, the two seem to have formed a friendship because for the final round of the 2012 British Open, Romero let Tevez serve as his caddy.

Anthony Davis Fantasy Basketball Preview

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Anthony Davis will be the first pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets. We all know he's a highly talented player who will likely win the NBA Rookie of the Year. However, how will Anthony Davis do in fantasy basketball?

First of all, Anthony Davis is going to get a lot of minutes.

Mattocks shines as Whitecaps topple Dynamo

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Rookie Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks came into the league with high-expectations as a speed goal-scoring threat and on Sunday he showed just what all the hype was about.

The No. 2 pick in January's MLS Draft torched the Dynamo defense to the tune of two goals as the Whitecaps posted a 3-1 victory at BC Place.

Kawhi Leonard Deserved More Recognition for NBA Rookie of the Year

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How do you play starting swingman/small forward on the best team in the NBA and not get more consideration for Rookie of the Year? The vote for this year's ROY proves it's just a political exercise to try and make stars.

Two point guards were ahead of Kawhi Leonard, Ricky Rubio of Minnesota got second place and Kyrie Irving of Cleveland won the award.

Sounders Women vs Seattle U Game Thread & Live Blog

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Monday's first preseason friendly was an unqualified success both on and off the field. If tonight's game is going to match it it's going to have a little more competition off the field, as it's also the home opener for the Mariners. But people are already filing in an hour before and it looks to me like if tonight doesn't match Monday's crowd, it'll be close.