Much of the country spent this Monday morning either digging
out of a blizzard or pounding hi-test coffee to shake off a long weekend of
There was no such break in the action in Major League
Soccer, where there was a flurry of activity. Young players signed new deals,
veterans locked down uncertain futures, a trio of foreign stars expressed
an interest in joining the league and a handful of MLSers tested the market across the pond.
The editorial staff at MLSsoccer.com is looking back over the year with our "Best of 2010" awards, running Dec. 13 through Jan. 2. Each day we'll hand out an award from a variety of categories culled from the storylines of Major League Soccer and the North American soccer scene.
The Celebration of the Year - which goes to all the US fans who erupted after Landon Donovan's game-winning goal against Algeria at the World Cup - was one of the easiest picks we made.
When D.C. United announced the signing of University of Maryland defender Ethan White under the homegrown rule, it marked a first for MLS.
This was the first time that a player who was groomed and trained in a club’s youth academy signed a contract after heading off to a top collegiate program.
The 19-year-old central defender is raw, but he’s an exciting prospect with an MLS-ready physique. After emerging as a standout with D.C. United’s U-18 side, he spent the last two seasons playing under head coach Sasho Cirovski at the University of Maryland.
D.C. United spent the final day of the "10 Days of Giving" campaign by returning to the Salvation Army to assist with the final day of their Angel Tree program. The Black-and-Red distributed toys and spread holiday cheer to the Angel Tree participants. In addition to the donated toys, each family received a goody bag and wrapping supplies to complete the ensemble. Over a five day period, the Salvation Army expects to distribute toys to over 6,000 underserved kids in DC.
D.C. United spent the ninth day of the "10 Days of Giving" campaign by heading to Capitol Hill for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton's Annual Holiday Party for disadvantaged youth. D.C. United staff and supporters entertained the guests, served lunch, and provided resources to make the party possible. This was the Black-and-Red's fifth consecutive year of participation in the event. Representatives from DC public schools and non-profit organizations were also in attendance.
U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has finalized a 25-player roster for the upcoming training camp to be held from Jan. 2-13 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Fourteen players return from the team’s most recent training camp that included a pair of wins against Canada in Sunrise, Fla., including Joe Gyau, who netted three goals in the Dec. 18 game versus Canada.
Bob Bradley isn't the only American coach holding a January camp. U-20 manager Thomas Rongen on Wednesday called 25 players into a 12-day training session, held from January 2-13 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Washington, D.C. – Tras el anuncio sobre un estudio de la ciudad de Baltimore sobre la posible construcción de un estadio de fútbol para el D.C. United en dicha ciudad, el Presidente del club Kevin Payne hizo el siguiente comentario:
Washington, D.C. – Following the release of a soccer stadium feasibility study by the City of Baltimore, D.C. United President and CEO Kevin Payne issued the following statement:
Washington, D.C. – D.C. United anunció hoy que el joven mediocampista hondureño Andy Najar ha firmado un nuevo contrato con el club capitalino. Por política del club y la MLS, los términos del nuevo pacto no fueron divulgados.
“Andy tuvo una brillante temporada como novato y es uno de los jugadores con mayor promesa en la Liga”, dijo el Gerente General Dave Kasper. “Una de nuestras mayores prioridades era de renovar el contrato de Andy para reconocer sus contribuciones y a la misma vez asegurar su futuro con D.C. United”.