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Player of the week: Adam Najem

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With the Union looking for answers, one may reside in Bethlehem. Adam Najem shined against NYRBII last weekend. Is our player of the week Philadelphia's next attempt to solve the no. 10 riddle?

MLS Spotlight: Nagbe developing a flair for the spectacular

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Darlington Nagbe may only have five MLS goals to his name, but he has sure made the most of them.

Last year, the Portland Timbers midfielder-forward saw his first career strike -- a spectacular juggle-and-volley effort against Sporting Kansas City -- claim league Goal of the Year honors.

'Where do we go from here' with US soccer player development?

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Player Development is such a hot-button topic right now in the United States, and as US Soccer and Major League Soccer moves forward with youth development models and curriculums, Leander Schaerlaeckens of ESPN caught up with some of the top minds in US soccer to discuss 'where do we go from here?'

Bob Bradley, head coach, Egypt national soccer team

"It still comes down to how many good people get with clubs and are working with young kids to make sure things are done right.

Speas Signs With Columbus

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As expected, the Columbus Crew signed two-time National Champion and Soccer America's College Soccer Player of the Year for 2011 Ben Speas as a homegrown player. Speas won the 2010 College Cup with the University of Akron before transferring to UNC and winning it again in 2011. Speas scored the only goal in the 2011 final, winning the MVP award.

D.C. United’s Perry Kitchen will be on Jared Montz Soccer Podcast

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This week's guest on the Jared Montz Soccer Podcast is Perry Kitchen. Perry was a 2011 top draft pick for D.C. United and he recently won a collegiate National Championship with the University of Akron. Perry is a 19 year old Generation Adidas player, U-20 USMNT player and is one of the rookies most expected to have a great rookie season.

2011 MLS SuperDraft shots

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I've been in and out of the stadium this week with flu, and found some great shots from this year's Major League Soccer SuperDraft on my hard drive. As many of you know, we selected defender/midfielder Perry Kitchen from the University of Akron. Below is the best of the bunch from the festivities in Baltimore, Md.

College or Academy?

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That's the question that Jason Davis of US Soccer Players Newsletter asks about the best way to find talent for the US National team, referencing the emergence of US internationals Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbury.

Agudelo comes out of the US Soccer Development Academy from the New York Red Bulls, where Bunbury comes out of the college soccer factory at Akron University.

2011 MLS SuperDraft Results

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Major League Soccer held their 2011 SuperDraft today at the NSCAA Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

The expansion team Vancouver Whitecaps had the first choice overall and took 17-year-old forward Omar Salgado which seemed to surprise everyone but the Whitecaps.

D.C. United

Some Soccer News for Wed Aug 29, 2012

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Portland has announced that Caleb Porter from the University of Akron has been hired as their new head coach.
-The team's official announcement.
-Geoffrey Arnold of the Oregonian with lots of quotes from Timbers owner and management on the new hiring.
-George Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal with the story from the Akron Zips point of view.

D.C. United Notes: Korb set to step in for Russell, Willis gets another shot and more

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Chris Korb's likely reintroduction to D.C. United's starting lineup could not come at a more convenient time for the Ohio native.

With Robbie Russell suffering a foot injury at Houston Sunday and out for "somewhere in the month-plus region," according to D.C. United coach Ben Olsen, Korb will be looked at to fill in at right back starting with Saturday's match at the Columbus Crew.

With club role defined, United's Kitchen looks forward to possibilities in 2012

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WASHINGTON -- Perry Kitchen had just about everything including the kitchen sink thrown his way in 2011.

As a rookie, Kitchen started 30 of a possible 34 games for D.C. United, splitting time across three positions.


Rumor Confirmed: Porter to Coach Portland Next Year

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The waiting is over! I can't tell you why but i really think this could be a great hire. Porter turned down an MLS head coaching position once before in 2009 but this time Caleb felt if was a better fit and a much better situation. Hopefully his instincts are correct. This also explains why Portland has gone to a 4-3-3 and has started using Darlington Nagbe differently.

Official: Porter Named Timbers Coach

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The Portland Timbers today named Caleb Porter as the club's head coach for the 2013 season. The 37-year old will remain the head coach at Akron through the 2012 NCAA season.

Porter will assume his role with the Timbers and be introduced formally as the club's second MLS head coach at a news conference in Portland in December.

Report: Porter offered Timbers coaching job

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The Portland Timbers aren't wasting time when it comes trying to find the head coach that will guide the team into the next era.

The Oregonian is reporting that the Timbers have offered their coaching job to University of Akron head coach and former U.S. Under-23 head coach Caleb Porter.

Caleb Porter To Be Portland’s Next Coach?

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I want to open this up with saying I don't like the idea of this move at all, for either side. is reporting this morning that the Portland Timbers are set to offer their head coaching position to Akron head coach and US U-23 national team head coach Caleb Porter.

The Portland Timbers have offered their head coaching job to University of Akron coach Caleb Porter, according to sources.

Rumor: Reports are pointing to Caleb Porter as next Head Coach

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This will more than likely be correct, as signs have been pointing to Caleb Porter being the lead candidate for the job, but we're still calling it a rumor. Here is what we know right now.

There was a tweet a week ago from Steven Goff, which broke the news that Porter and the Portland Timbers were in talks:

Getting word Timbers and Akron/U23 coach Caleb Porter like one another.

Klinsmann speaks out on Porter, the U.S. U-23s, Gomez and more

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Caleb Porter's failure to guide the United States Under-23 men's national team to an Olympic berth led some to speculate whether he has a future in U.S. Soccer.

Not Jurgen Klinsmann.

During a media conference call, the U.S. senior national team coach emphatically stated that Porter's place within U.

Tactical inflexibility cost the US U23 an Olympics spot

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Caleb Porter's tactics came under fire in the U23 failure

The CONCACAF region will be represented by Mexico and Honduras at the 2012 London Olympics as the qualifiers drew to a close on Monday with Mexico beating Los Catrachos with a late Miguel Ponce strike in the finals.

The glaring omission: The USA.

Caleb Porter - interview

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U.S. Under-23 national team Caleb Porter is one of the most highly-regarded young coaches in American soccer, and his appointment to lead the United States through Olympic Qualifying didn't come as much of a surprise to those familiar with his success at the University of Akron.

Ives Galarcep interviews Porter on his philosophies of the game-


"I'm a guy that never wants to go into a game and sit back and wait and worry and wonder and hang on," Porter said.

With Olympic Qualifying set to kick off, Porter talks coaching style & much more

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U.S. Under-23 national team Caleb Porter is one of the most highly-regarded young coaches in American soccer, and his appointment to lead the United States through Olympic Qualifying didn't come as much of a surprise to those familiar with his success at the University of Akron.

TYAC Olympic Qualifying Position Breakdown: Holes in the Back ?

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Connor Walsh Caleb Porter has just wrapped up the second of what will be four U-23 training camps ahead of 2012 Olympics Qualifying which begins for the United States this coming March. The teams' first camp, this past November, was held in Duisberg, Germany and due to Porter's commitment to the University of Akron, the [.

Gil, Bunbury added to U.S. Under-23 camp

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Real Salt Lake's Luis Gil and Sporting Kansas City's Teal Bunbury saw their MLS seasons ended on Sunday as their teams suffered conference final defeats, but neither will have much time to sulk after being called into the U.S. Under-23 national team camp in Germany.

Gil and Bunbury bring the total number of players in the camp to 37 players.

U.S. Men’s National Team U-23 Training Camp Roster Call-Ups

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U.S. Men's U-23 National Team Coach Caleb Porter has named his roster for the upcoming training camp to be held between November 6-17 in Duisburg, Germany. Porter was recently appointed by the USSF as the U-23 coach, but will not actually be present at the camp as he will be leading his University of Akron [.

Caleb Porter Named U.S. Men’s National Team U-23 Coach; Tab Ramos U-20 Coach

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U.S. Soccer announced today the naming of University of Akron coach Caleb Porter as the new U-23 Men's National Team coach. Porter's appointment is effective immediately. US Soccer said he will continue his job as head coach at Akron. "I am honored and feel extremely privileged to be given this once in a lifetime opportunity [.

Caleb Porter Named U-23 Head Coach

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Caleb Porter will now lead the U-23 National team. (Photo via Akron Athletic Department)

A bit of news we heard about yesterday over on Twitter. University of Akron head coach Caleb Porter has been officially named the US U-23 head coach more importantly the Olympics head coach for the US.

Reading is the new Akron

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Much has been made of the record breaking selection of seven players from the University of Akron in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft.

Rightly so. After all, five of them were among the first eight picks in the draft.

That coach Caleb Porter and his staff have gotten it right when it comes to player development is only underscored when you recall that five of this year's Generation adidas class of nine also played at Akron.

The Akron Experiment

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Akron's Darlington Nagbe is a projected top three pick in the MLS SuperDraft

by Stanley Holmes

With seven players entering the MLS SuperDraft– and six projected to be first-round selections on Thursday – University of Akron has emerged from relative college-soccer obscurity five years ago to powerhouse today.

Is Akron re-shaping the college game?

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Glenn Davis seems to think so. Read the link to his blog from the MLS Combine, as well as an excerpt of it below.

Some might believe that the University of Akron could be re-shaping how we see the game of college soccer. Others may not be so quick to support this theory but one thing is for sure, Zips coach Caleb Porter is definetly clear on the philosophical way his team will play the game and is stirring the pot directly and indirectly with his peers.

Development Academy

By the Numbers: SLSG Missouri in Group 2 Driver's Seat

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Two match days are in the books for the U-15/16 age group. The U-17/18s playing their final group games tonight.

After two match days in the U-15/16 age group, the New York Red Bulls and St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri have ground out results and taken the lead in their respective groups.

Home Grown Hopefuls: Union Affiliates Torn Apart by Red Bulls Academy

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This past weekend, two of the Union's youth development affiliates faced off against one of the premier teams in the entire country. In fact, the past round of games could be thought of as something of a rivalry week for FC Delco and PA Classics.

One thing is for sure, though: it was a weekend that Delco and Classics will quickly want to forget.

MLS SuperDraft

Darren Mattocks Hitting His Stride; Coming to Toyota Park this Weekend

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Darren Mattocks was selected by the Vancouver Whitecaps with the 2nd pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. The Jamaican born forward attended the University of Akron for two seasons before jumping to MLS. He only played one minute between March 10th and May 5th but has been featuring regularly since he debuted on May 12th against the New England Revolution.

Impact take Wenger with first pick of 2012 MLS SuperDraft

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --Â The Montreal Impact made Duke centerback Andrew Wenger the first selection in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, taking the versatile, U.S. Under-23 defender with its first-ever draft pick.

Wenger, the 2011 MAC Hermann Trophy winner, is the reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Year, a year after he captured the conference's Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Oreo Prose: The Maturation Of Zarek Valentin

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Former LA Galaxy player, NCAA Champion & brother Julian Valentin writing for TSG
You can follow Julian on Twitter here

January 13, 2011.

Sponsored by Men's Warehouse...twice...

Zarek and I certainly didn't plan it that day, but we ended up wearing the same black suit the buy one, get one half off special from Men's Warehouse.

MLS SuperDraft – the Portland Timbers pick up Nagbe, Taylor in a whirlwind day

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The Portland Timbers added two more players to their roster by virtue of the MLS SuperDraft, taking University of Akron forward Darlington Nagbe with the second overall pick and Tulsa defender Chris Taylor with pick 22. The Timbers also acquired an additional international player spot in a trade with the Seattle Sounders, and additional allocation money which can be used to sign players from Houston in draft day deals.

Whitecaps select Salgado as first overall pick

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VANCOUVER, BC The Vancouver Whitecaps surprised many by selecting 17-year-old forward Omar Salgado of El Paso, Texas, with the first overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday morning. Salgado is a 6-foot-3 member of the U.S. under-20 national team with great touch, but he's considered more of a project than the other [.

MLS Draft

Ryan Herman, DeAndre Yedlin, Nick Palodichuk Among Seattle Sounders Academy Players Officially Committing To Schools

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At some point today, we'll have a complete list of Seattle Sounders Academy players who signed National Letters of Intent, but we can confirm at least three players who did, as well as one who has not yet signed. Defender DeAndre Yedlin has officially committed to the University of Akron; defender Nick Palodichuk has already enrolled at Duke University; and goalkeeper Ryan Herman has committed to Santa Clara University.

Video – Akron University Joga Bonita

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In case you didn't hear the MLS draft was today and the University of Akron had 7 of it's players drafted. Yes, 7 players. If you do the math that's 64 percent of their starting 11 being drafted. Very impressive from the Zips.

I was reading up and youtubin them when I saw this video from one of their players doing a mock Joga Bonita.

The Rest

Portland Timbers complete trade with Chivas USA for Zemanski, acquire rights to Nanchoff from Vancouver

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Catching up with the Portland Timbers after a short break due to jury duty, the team continues to bolster their roster with players. Midfielder Ben Zemanski will be joining the Timbers via trade with Chivas USA, reuniting him with Coach Caleb Porter and midfielder Darlington Nagbe and trialist Michael Nanchoff.

Tuesday Kickoff: Kagawa joining Man. United, Ampai heads to Thailand & more

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After weeks of speculation, Shinji Kagawa will be joining Manchester United.

Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United agreed to a transfer fee, which may end up being as much as £18 million -- more than 18 times what Dortmund paid for Kagawa initially. The now-former Dortumund attacker and current Japanese international agreed to terms with the Red Devils as well, with the move being completed pending a physical and Kagawa being approved for a work permit, which should not be an issue considering his presence for the Japan national team.

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Eclipse Select Communications

CHICAGO -- Eclipse Select Soccer Club U-18 goalkeeper Klaire Adee has made a verbal commitment to play for the University of Akron women's soccer team beginning with the 2012-2013 school year.

The Rockford, Ill., native is in the midst of her 2011-2012 senior year at Boylan Catholic High School.