WASHINGTON – After a marathon of a regular season and pressure-packed playoffs, most MLS players are doing everything they can to take it easy and recover from the deep toll suffered by body and mind. The holiday calendar usually offers such rare respite from a heavy workload.
But the short break will soon give way as the daily grind resumes in a few short weeks and personal workouts ramp up in advance of the 2011 preseason.
Thomas Rongen called in 24 players for the final US Under-20 camp of the year, and the ranks include three MLS players: Philadelphia Union duo Amobi Okugo and Jack McInerney, as well as D.C. United midfielder Conor Shanosky.
The squad will train in Sunrise, Fla., from Dec. 12-19 and play will play friendlies against Canada on Dec. 16 and Dec. 18. The group features 11 players from the college ranks, 10 professionals and three who are unattached.
Mike Matkovich and 20 players from the United States' U-18 squad are headed to Tel Aviv, Israel, to play in a three-match tournament next week. They will battle Germany on Dec. 13, France on Dec. 14 and Israel on Dec. 16.
Goalkeeper Jonathan Kempin, who backstopped the U-20 side to two 1-1 draws during the two-match Torneo de las Americas, will lead the defense. In August, the 17-year-old signed as Sporting Kansas City's first-ever Home Grown Player.
With the MLS SuperDraft just a month away, MLS announced on Thursday morning the initial list of college seniors who have been invited to the 2011 adidas MLS Player Combine.
The 54 college seniors named come from 36 Division I schools. They were selected by a panel of Division I coaches in conjunction with MLS coaches.
The initial list of college seniors invited to the 2011 adidas MLS Player Combine was released on Thursday morning. More names will be added over the coming weeks.
Once the player list is set, they will report to Ft. Lauderdale, where they will be divided into four teams and play in a round-robin tournament. Games will take place on the Main Event Field at Central Broward Regional Park.
NEW YORK — Much of the big-name talent was overlooked in the first stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft on Wednesday, but the day turned out just fine for Joseph Ngwenya and Aaron Hohlbein.
D.C. United opted to pick up the contract for Ngwenya and the Columbus Crew picked up Hohlbein as the only two selections of the league’s inaugural event. All other teams in the draft passed and did not take a shot on one of the 35 players eligible for selection.
Back in March, when the relieving news that a new CBA had been reached came down, few recognized how this MLS offseason would differ from others.
At that point, the Expansion Draft was still a foggy event sometime in the future. The expanded homegrown rules were exciting for their potential, but we all knew they needed time. The Re-Entry Process was still being fully baked, its ramifications for teams and players still more theoretical than concrete.
“Joe is a guy that I thought always posed big problems for defenses in our League,” said United Head Coach Ben Olsen. “He is an athletic guy that knows how to play the game, and I really do believe that his best days are ahead of him.”
Washington, D.C. – D.C. United announced today that the club has selected forward Joseph Ngwenya with the first pick in Stage 1 of the 2010 MLS Re-Entry Process. Per Re-Entry Process rules, D.C. United exercised the option on Ngwenya's contract and the player has been added to the club roster. The Black-and-Red also hold the first pick in Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Process on December 15.
Almost 3,000 youth players took part in the 2010 Development
Academy Showcase out in Phoenix, Ariz., over the past five days. The 78 Dev.
Academy sides featured youth squads from a number of MLS teams from around the
A handful of those MLS Academy teams fared particularly well
in the three games each contested out in Arizona.