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Alex Roldan excited for opportunity with his brother Cristian, Sounders

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In the sports world, not many siblings get the chance to play together on the professional level. Every now and then you may see it occur, but the chances are very slim that it actually happens.

Alex Roldan will be one of those lucky siblings entering the 2018 Major League Soccer campaign, after being selected 22nd overall by the Seattle Sounders in the first round of Friday's MLS Draft, setting him up to play with his older brother, standout U.

SBI MLS Spotlight: Redding seizing opportunities as Orlando City starter

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Tommy Redding remembers the moment vividly. He remembers walking out of the tunnel in front of more than 60,000 Orlando City SC fans clad in purple. He remembers the combination of nerves and excitement, and the feeling of honor in representing a club that put so much faith in him at just 19 years old.

SBI MLS Spotlight: After five years with Galaxy, Brian Rowe relishing chance to start

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Five years.

Come July, that's how long goalkeeper Brian Rowe will have been a member of the LA Galaxy. While he has yet to cement his place as the first-choice option since joining the Western Conference club many years ago, Rowe has performed impressively well in goal for the team through four games in 2016.

SBI Spotlight: Jordan Allen learning to become RSL's No. 10

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Since joining Real Salt Lake in December 2013, Jordan Allen has played as a right back, central midfielder and wide forward.

Proving to be a jack-of-all-trades, the 20-year-old will be playing as the No. 10 in 2016.

"I'm confident in myself that I can really excel in this position," Allen told SBI.

SBI Spotlight: David Bingham wants to solidify USMNT spot

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The goalkeeping position for the U.S. Men's National Team has long been a battle between Tim Howard and Brad Guzan. Yet, both veterans have struggled for playing time with their respective clubs in recent weeks, raising the question: who starts in goal for the U.S. against Guatemala on March 25 and 29?

SBI Spotlight: Rookie experiences key in Matt Polster's growth with Fire

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As an MLS rookie, Matt Polster was asked to make significant contributionsfor a Chicago Fireteam that saw many bumps in the road.

Despite his team's failures last season, Polster gained a tremendous amount of experience both on the club and international stages.

SBI Spotlight: Kendall Waston remains hungry to grow for club, country

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Kendall Wastonwas one of Major League Soccer'spremier centerbacksin 2015. He helped the Vancouver Whitecaps finish tied for the least amount of goals given up, and ended up second in the voting for the league's Defender of the Year award.

Regardless, he cravesto accomplish even more in 2016.

SBI Player Spotlight: Davis embraces change with move to Sporting KC

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Brad Davis is comfortable in Kansas City.

You may not have guessed that a player moving from a club where he's played for nine seasons would feel so comfortable in different colors, but to Davis, the move from the Houston Dynamo to Sporting KC hasn't been difficult.

SBI MLS Spotlight: Crew's Saravia realizing dream of playing for both club and country

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Ever since he was a kid in Guatemala City, Rodrigo Saravia has had two dreams. The first was to represent his countryon the highest level. The second was to follow several of his childhood heroes to MLS while forging his own professional career.

In the first several months of a whirlwind 2016, the 23-year-old midfielder has accomplished both.

SBI Spotlight: Ignacio Piatti in search of more goals despite playing out wide

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Ignacio Piatti may not spend much time this yearas central or close to goal as he did at the start of 2015, but that does not mean he expects his goal-scoring totalto decrease.

In fact, despite his positional change, he is looking to do even better statistically this year than he did last.

SBI MLS Spotlight: Fire rookie Shipp making case for

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By DAN KARELL

On May 10, 2013, Harrison Shipp was just an average student-athlete at the University of Notre Dame preparing for his upcoming season.

One year and 90 minutes later, Shipp had appropriately announced his arrival in MLS with a hat-trick performance in his club's first win of the season.

MLS Spotlight: Findley returns to RSL in pursuit of comfort zone

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By THOMAS FLOYD

In Robbie Findley's mind, this sluggish phase of his once-vibrant career should be cured by a simple dose of consistency.

There sure wasn't much of that going around during his past two seasons with second-tier English side Nottingham Forest FC. Flipping through five managers in two years will do that.

MLS Spotlight: Agbossoumonde ready for fresh start to career after disappointing early years

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By FRANCO PANIZO

American soccer has had no shortage of players who have failed to live up to high expectations. Young players with exciting ability who never quite managed to live up to the promise and potential they showed early on in their careers.

Gale Agbossoumonde readily admits that, at the moment, he falls into that category, but age is on his side.

SBI MLS Spotlight: Nine months after ACL surgery, Gonzalez has sights set on another MLS Cup and a USMNT spot

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By IVES GALARCEP

CARSON, Calif. The small scar on Omar Gonzalez's left knee might be easy to miss on his imposing 6-foot-5 frame, but it offers the Los Angeles Galaxy defender a constant reminder of just how much has changed for him and the Galaxy in the past year.

MLS Spotlight: Journeyman Steele coming through in the clutch

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Jonny Steele was just 12 years old when he first visited the United States. Little did he know how influential that trip would ultimately be.

Traveling stateside for the USA Cup youth soccer tournament, Steele met some friends that he stayed in touch with over the course of his budding career.

MLS Spotlight: MacMath bounces back from rough start between the posts

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Zac MacMath is nothing if not resilient.

After all, his first season as the Philadelphia Union's starter in goal didn't exactly get off to a splendid start, as the club kicked off the year with three consecutive losses, during which the 20-year-old experienced some notable growing pains.

MLS Spotlight: Iron-man Moor a model of consistency for Colorado

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Drew Moor may have enjoyed a career year last season, but he didn't expect anyone beyond the Rocky Mountains to really notice. And that's fine with him.

The Colorado Rapids defender, who has been about as dependable as they come in MLS since he debuted in 2005, scored four goals last year while playing across the back line and logging every minute of 32 league matches.

MLS Spotlight: Durable Parke embracing heavy workload for Sounders

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By THOMAS FLOYD

It's not terribly often that Jeff Parke contributes on the offensive end. The industrious Seattle Sounders defender, in fact, is quick to acknowledge as much.

In his seven MLS seasons, Parke has been one of the more durable commodities the league has to offer, starting at least 20 games each campaign.

SBI MLS Spotlight: George John

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SBI MLS Spotlight: Rosenberry off to ideal start with hometown Union

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For years, Keegan Rosenberry dreamed of taking the field as a member of the Philadelphia Union. That dream has become a reality, and Rosenberry's experiences have proven more ideal than even he could have hoped for.

A month-and-a-halfinto his rookie season, the fullbackhas firmly establishedhimself in the Union lineup.

SBI Spotlight: Blake poised for a breakout year with the Union

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Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake would like nothing more than to help the Jamaican national team return to the World Cup for the first time in two decades, and he's hoping a breakout year at the club level assists in that dream.

The 6-foot-4 Jamaican-born netminder grew up in the Caribbean dreaming of playing soccer at the professional level.

SBI Spotlight: Zac MacMath ready to be Rapids starter after tough 2015

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When Algerian goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi joined the Philadelphia Union in 2014, Zac MacMath knew the door was being shut on his No. 1 spot. Knowing he was good enough for a starting role, MacMath urged the Union to loan him out, instead of filling in as a backup to the new international netminder.

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SBI Spotlight: Fatai Alashe enjoying stellar rookie campaign for Earthquakes

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Dom Kinnear can still remember the conversation. Not long after drafting Fatai Alashe back in January, Kinnear was asked by a colleague whetherhe thought Alashe would help the San Jose Earthquakes in 2015.

Miller poised to realize World Cup dream after overcoming adversity with Red Bulls

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HANOVER, N.J. Roy Miller is playing some of the best soccer in his career right now and on the brink of playing in his first World Cup, but the road he traveled to get to this point in his career was a rocky one.

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SBI MLS Spotlight: Mike Magee

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SBI All-Star Spotlight: Kyle Beckerman

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SBI MLS Spotlight: Brek Shea

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SBI MLS Spotlight: Teal Bunbury

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SBI MLS Spotlight: Chris Pontius

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SBI MLS Spotlight: Jan Gunnar Solli

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SBI Postgame: Dom Kinnear after 1-1 draw with New York Red Bulls

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SBI MLS Spotlight: Dwayne De Rosario

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SBI MLS Spotlight: Juan Agudelo

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SBI Spotlight: Saunders hopes to improve NYCFC defense alongside revamped backline

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Josh Saunders was a busy man last season.

The New York City FC goalkeeper led Major League Soccer with 123 saves but also toppedthe categories of shots faced and goals conceded with 188 and 57, respectively. That type of workload put 13-year veteran through quite a battle with his body, so he prepared for this year's campaign with some particular conditioning.

SBI MLS Spotlight: Steve Birnbaum looking to emerge as leader following USMNT goal

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Following a goal-scoring performance with the U.S. Men's National Team, Steve Birnbaum enters the 2016 season with a bit of momentum. The D.C. United centerback is now looking to utilize that momentum to become a better player and leader on both the club and international stage.

SBI Spotlight: Will Johnson easing his way into leadership role at Toronto FC

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Toronto FC has made no secret of its desire to make drastic improvements defensively in 2016, and one of the offseason acquisitions that is really helping to change thatisveteran midfielder Will Johnson.

Acquired via a trade from the Portland Timbers shortly after the 2015 season concluded, Johnson has come into the group and quickly instilled a tougher mentality.

SBI Spotlight: McInerney looking to make mark with Timbers following MLS Cup loss

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Jack McInerney's first day of work with the Portland Timbers was a difficult one, to say the least. Reporting for duty for his first preseason session with his new club, the forward had to watch his new teammates try on championship rings that represented one of the more crushing moments of McInerney's career.

MLS Spotlight: Gonzalez more comfortable, confident but room to grow still remains

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By FRANCO PANIZO

UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. From being named MLS Cup MVP as his LA Galaxy successfully defended their 2011 championship in December to starting in all-important World Cup qualifiers, Omar Gonzalez has accomplished quite a bit during the past six months.

SBI MLS Spotlight: Clark makes seamless return to Houston

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Ricardo Clark understands the dramatic highs and lows his career hastaken him through. And he's fine with the cards he's been dealt. It'sthrough such challenges, after all, that one grows.

For the 29-year-old, the past three years have carried their fairshare of adversity.

SBI MLS Spotlight: Higuain enjoying life in America

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

To understand the Columbus Crew's Federico Higuain, you have to know where he is coming from.

The dynamic forward, and the Crew's newest Designated Playe, was born and raised in the bustling metropolis of Buenos Aires, and he comes from a culture where soccer is king.