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Jack Elliott finishes third in MLS Rookie of the Year voting

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Atlanta United midfielder Julian Gressel garnered more than 50 percent of votes

For the second straight year, a Philadelphia Union player has been passed over for the Rookie of the Year award.

Jack Elliott finished third in voting behind Minnesota United striker Abu Danladi and Atlanta United midfielder Julian Gressel, who received an average of 53.

Hackworth Reveals Schoenle, Kafes Cut, Vidal Still With Team

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Another draft pick bites the dust.

Eric Schoenle, a standout defender at West Virginia University last year, was let go by the Philadelphia Union, head coach John Hackworth told reporters on a conference call today. Drafted in the first round of the 2013 Supplemental Draft, Schoenle was expected to compete for a roster spot, but apparently fell short of that goal.

Adu to shoot it, rankings, disappointing imports, more

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Freddy Adu tells the Goalkeeper he will shoot more.

In this week's Inside Doop column, Dave Zeitlin wonders what can be done about the Union offense: With Kai Herdling joining the the attacking midfielders set, where will Keon Daniel fit in after his return from suspension?

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Philadelphia Union draft small strikers, big defender in second phase of SuperDraft

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Syracuse attacker Chris Nanco, West Virginia's big defender Jack Elliot, and Pfeiffer's Santi Moar filled out the Union's 2017 SuperDraft class when rounds 3 and 4 took place Wednesday.

WVU head coach Marlon LeBlanc on Raymon Gaddis

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West Virginia head coach Marlon LeBlanc spoke to The Philly Soccer Page about coaching Raymon Gaddis for the past four years. With 2012 Olympic qualifying running from March 22 April 2 and Sheanon Williams in the middle of the national team's plans, there is a good chance Peter Nowak will scratch Gaddis' name on the lineup card sooner rather than later.

West Virginia at USF women

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When: Today, 1pm
Where: USF Soccer Stadium

The South Florida (3-4-1) women are gunning for their first Big East Conference win today against the Mountaineers (4-2-4). This marks USF's first home conference game and features schools at opposite ends of the table. WVU is in second place in the Big East American Division, while South Florida is next to last in the same division.

Mountaineers upset Bulls 1-0 in OT

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A large crowd of over 1,500 turned out on a cool Friday evening in Morgantown to watch West Virginia (3-2-2) shock the number three ranked Bulls barely a minute into overtime. Ninety minutes of regulation time yielded a poor effort from South Florida (5-1-1) as they failed to get one of their just three shots on the Mountaineer goal.

USF men at West Virginia

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When: Tonight, 8pm
Where: Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, Morgantown, WV

South Florida (5-0-1) travels tonight to take on the Mountaineers (2-2-2) in the Bulls' third Big East game of the season. USF has a number three ranking in the latest NSCAA poll to defend and would like to improve its position in the Big East Red Division, where the Bulls are in third place after two matches.

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Chris Canetti gets three-year extension from Dynamo

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Dynamo president Chris Canetti, who handles the club's business operations, has signed a three-year contract extension one year after coach-general manager Dominic Kinnear signed a multi-year extension.

Canetti, who played college baseball and was a minor-league baseball official early in his career, has been in charge of the Dynamo front office since Oliver Luck left in May 2010 to become athletics director at West Virginia University.

Three days to go: A Tri-umphant Three

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There are now three days until the Houston Dynamo open the 2012 season against some goatherd or something out in Los Angeles at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 11.

(Not to make any bad statements about goats. I love goats. They make great stew, and like the ones out in LA, they are not at all gamey.

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Union Get Defensive With 2013 Supplemental Draft Picks

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The Supplemental Draft typically is even more hit or miss than the SuperDraft when it comes to acquired talent, making it difficult to judge success early into the preseason process, but the Philadelphia Union may have maximized their player returns from this year's edition.

Philadelphia had three picks in the first two rounds, five overall, and the team's focus was clear from the first pick onward.

SBI College Preview: Focused Schoenle returns ready to lead West Virginia

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For West Virginia University centerback Eric Schoenle, a junior season that started out with so much promise and potential did not exactly end in the most ideal manner.

Union Notes: Williams call-up was surprise; Nowak, Califf make up and more

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Philadelphia Union right back Sheanon Williams is with the United States U-23 team as it prepares to open CONCACAF Olympic qualifying. While the call-up is an honor for Williams, Union coach Peter Nowak his staff aren't exactly thrilled with how the situation played out.

Union Sign Gaddis, Jordan, Witkowski, Hoppenot and Harrison

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The Philadelphia Union announced today that the team has signed five players, including four rookies from the 2012 MLS SuperDraft and Supplemental Draft.

SuperDraft selections Greg Jordan and Raymon Gaddis join fellow draftee Chandler Hoffman as members of the Union, while Krystian Witkowski and Antoine Hoppenot are the only two Supplemental Draft picks from any season under contract for Philadelphia.

2012 MLS Draft: Philadelphia Union Select Raymon Gaddis With The 35th Overall Pick

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The Philadelphia Union select Raymon Gaddis with the 35th overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. This pick was originally acquired from Sporting Kansas City in 2010 in the Shavar Thomas trade.

Gaddis was considered by some to be the best right back in the draft, even ahead of Aubrey Perry.

Iran national team coaching staff have very strong American ties

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Steven Goff of the Washington Post writes of the unique American ties that the staff of the Iran national team share.

During a recent lunch hour in Tehran, Carlos Queiroz, head coach of Iran's national soccer team, turned to his assistants and asked: "What do we all have in common?"

Omid Namazi knew the answer right away.

Gorman Named Dallas Technical Director

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FC Dallas announced this morning that they have named former Penn State head coach Barry Gorman as their new technical director. FC Dallas Investor-Operator and Hunt Sports Group Chairman Clark Hunt will introduce Gorman to the media before the club's training session today.

Gorman's duties will include directing the club's player personnel operations including international and domestic scouting, trades and acquisitions, player contracts, and team administration.

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Former United Academy Players Finding Success in NCAA

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Washington, D.C. (October 24, 2012) – About halfway through the 2012-13 NCAA season, the first year that MLS will graduate a class of homegrown players, several former members of D.C. United Academy teams are making significant contributions to their respective collegiate squads.

Uwem Etuk, a senior at West Virginia University, has tallied six assists this season, best (tied) among all players in the Mid-American Conference.

Union Release Four, Free Up Two International Roster Spots

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Levi Houapeu, Morgan Langley, Ryan Richter and Joe Tait will not be with the Philadelphia Union in 2012 after the group's contract options were declined by the team. Only Langley saw action in MLS regular season play last year, with Houapeu hurt most of the year, Richter learning how to play a brand new position (fullback) and Tait a late signing for center back depth.

Former Courtand High School standout Kerri Butler to sign with Atlanta Beat

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Date published: 2/22/2011

BY TOM LEISS of Fredericksburg.com

Former Courtand High School standout Kerri Butler is expected to sign a contract with the Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer this week.

Butler, 21, is a senior at West Virginia University.

Plenty Of Fresh Faces Called Into U-20 Camp

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Conor Doyle is a name plenty of USMNT followers will be eager to see.

There will be plenty of fresh faces at the upcoming U-20 US Men's National team camp next week in Florida. The camp will include two friendlies with Canada on December 16 and 18.

Four MLS players were called into the camp along with plenty of potential MLS players for next month's MLS SuperDraft.

Academy vs. High School

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More and more high school-aged players are forfeiting the opportunity to represent their high school teams in order to train on a year-round basis with their US Soccer Development Academy team.

Jackie Friedman of the Star Ledger writes about top high school players in New Jersey who are playing for their Red Bull Academy team opposed to their high school teams.

Bowden Rides Out A Winner

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It is hard not to be amazed by what Bobby Bowden has accomplished over his tremendous 44-year head coaching career in college football.

In his last game as the head football coach at Florida State University, the 80-year old Bowden led his Seminoles to a 33-21 victory over #18 West Virginia University in the Gator Bowl.

South Florida women upset Mountaineers 2-1 at home

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USF's leading scorer, Noelle Pineiro [left], secured a big win for the Bulls on Sunday with an assist and then a goal to defeat West Virginia (4-3-4) in front of just 267 at the USF Soccer Stadium. Pineiro, a sophomore from Bradenton, has been USF's most consistent source of scoring this season, while the team has lacked the finishing touch at times.