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Monday Postgame: The league that never sleeps

MLS preseason is well underway as another sport comes to a close
Monday Postgame

We’re not saying that Whitecaps defender Jay DeMerit broke training last night, but, well, if he’s a little bleary-eyed on the pitch this morning, maybe Vancouver brass can simply look the other way.

DeMerit’s beloved Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV yesterday, capping off an epic ‘Tweet-down’ between the Whitecaps defender and Chivas USA midfielder Ben Zemanski, a staunch Steelers fan.

D.C. United's Jakovic excited about Canada call

Central defender will hope to feature vs. Greece on Feb. 9
DC's Jakovic on CAN call up

Dejan Jakovic (DC, 2009-)

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Training camp is only two weeks old for Dejan Jakovic and the rest of D.C. United, but the 25-year-old defender will break camp for a few days and head to Greece to meet up with the Canadian national team.

The Canucks will clash with the Pirate Ship on Feb. 9 in Larissa, Greece. For Jakovic, getting named to the 18-man roster was exciting.

“It’s always an honor to represent your country,” he told MLSsoccer.com over the phone. “I’m looking forward to it, it’s going to be a great game.”

MLS to unveil regular season schedule on Feb. 10

After addition of 2 new clubs, teams will play 34 matches in '11
MLS to show sked Feb. 10

MLS ball

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NEW YORK – Major League Soccer announced on Friday plans to unveil the 2011 MLS regular season schedule next Thursday, Feb. 10.

“Assembling the schedule begins after MLS Cup and involves several interdependent factors including competitive fairness, international competitions, stadium availability, broadcast windows, and club preferences,” the league said in a statement released Friday. “The 18 home openers were announced Dec. 20, and we have waited until the entire schedule is complete before making it public.”

Commentary: Davies' return fixes gaze on DC

With talent and turmoil, CD9's story intrigues wide group of fans
Comment: Davies' return

Washington is a town built on big talk and big promises, and but there's always an expectation that no matter who’s running the show, the people will get what they want it they simply make enough noise.

And soccer fans in Washington want Charlie Davies. American soccer fans want Charlie Davies. They want the Charlie Davies of 2008, or maybe even the Charlie Davies of 2011. Just as long as the kid who everyone's been openly adoring for two years shows up and does his thing the way we expect him to. The way we think he can.

More importantly – the way we hope he can.

Why D.C. United get first crack at Charlie Davies

Allocation rankings set priority for acquisition of USMNT players
MLS allocation rankings

NEW YORK – A look at the 2011 league player rules explains why D.C. United had first dibs at acquiring Charlie Davies.

United, who finished in last place in the overall league standings last year, are currently at the top of the MLS allocation rankings, the mechanism which determines the team with first priority to acquire US national team players based overseas.

The allocation rankings are determined by reverse order of finish for the 2010 season, taking playoff
performance into account.

Davies llega a D.C. United en busca de resurgimiento

Afición capitalina emocionada de recibir al internacional de EU
Davis busca renacer en DC

NUEVA YORK. –  El último año ha sido realmente de arduo trabajo e interminable sesiones de recuperación para el delantero internacional estadounidense Charlie Davies, quien en octubre del 2009 sufrió un terrible accidente automovilístico que detuvo casi por completo su prometedora carrera deportiva.

Davies excited about "wonderful opportunity" with D.C. United

Striker glad to play for Olsen, who came back from injuries too
Davies' "opportunity"

Charlie Davies and Dejan Jakovic

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Less than 18 months after a car wreck nearly claimed his life and ended his career, US international Charlie Davies is trying to get back on track with a week-long training stint with D.C. United. Should things work out for the Sochaux striker, a 12-month loan agreement has already been negotiated and agreed to.

On a Friday afternoon conference call, the 24-year-old expressed his expectations and thrill at playing for United coach Ben Olsen.

Dejan Jakovic convocado a Selección de Canadá

Canadá enfrentará a Grecia el 9 de febrero
Jakovic convocado a Canadá

Washington, D.C. - D.C. United anunció hoy que el defensa Dejan Jakovic ha sido convocado a la Selección de Canadá para el partido amistoso internacional contra Grecia el próximo 9 de febrero. El partido se disputará en el A.E.L. FC Arena en Larissa, Greece.

La reciente convocatoria llega luego de que Jakovic participará en tres partidos internacionales con la selección canadiense en el 2010: frente a Perú, Honduras y Ucrania.

Dejan Jakovic recalled into Canadian National Team

D.C. United central defender will face Greece on February 9
Jakovic recalled into CNT

Washington, D.C. - D.C. United announced today that defender Dejan Jakovic has been recalled into the Canadian National Team. Manager Stephen Hart has named Jakovic to his squad ahead of an international friendly against Greece on February 9, 2011. Canada will face the 2004 European Champions at the A.E.L. FC Arena in Larissa, Greece.

Top NCAA programs reload ranks on Signing Day

MLS academies play large role in restocking of top college teams
Top NCAA teams reload

Akron won its first-ever NCAA title

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On National Signing Day, the top college soccer programs officially began to build towards the 2011 fall season. According to NCAA rules, Wednesday marked the first day players could sign letters of intent, essentially confirming where they’ll continue their playing career.

Official announcements will be revealed over the coming weeks, as international players are enrolled, transfers confirmed and last-minute issues sorted out.

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