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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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Hugo Ivan Muñoz/DCUnited.com

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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Courtesy of Univ. of Akron

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.

Najar desmiente reportes de compromiso con Honduras

Novato del Año dice que revelará su decisión más adelante
Najar desmiente reportes

Najar

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NUEVA YORK – A pesar de los reportes circulando en la prensa hondureña, el Novato del Año de la MLS Andy Najar no ha declarado su alianza con la selección de Honduras.

El miércoles pasado Radio América, una estación radial de Honduras, reportó la noticia de que Najar había dicho en una entrevista que vestiría los colores de la selección catracha.

Najar refutes reports of Honduras commitment

Rookie of the Year says he will reveal his decision later
Najar denies HON report

NEW YORK – Despite reports in the Honduran press, reigning MLS rookie of the year Andy Najar has not declared his allegiance to the Honduras national team.

On Wednesday, Radio América, a Honduran radio station, reported that Najar had said in an interview that he would represent Los Catrachos.

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO OF THE INTERVIEW WITH RADIO AMÉRICA

Conference call: Ben Olsen & Charlie Davies

Conference call to discuss Davies’ potential loan to D.C. United at 1:00 PM
Teleconference: Olsen/Davies

Three For Thursday: Uruguayans in MLS

Nation has a patchy past – and a compelling future – in MLS
3 For Thursday: Uruguay

The South American nation of Uruguay may be comparatively tiny — its population is 3.5 million — but it has always produced talent in numbers that belie its size, having won two World Cups and finished fourth in the 2010 edition.

From the great José Nasazzi in 1930 to Diego Forlán, winner of the 2010 Golden Ball, sons of Uruguay have always found a way to out-perform expectations.

MLS clubs have recently gotten in on the act, with D.C. United signing defender Rodrigo Brasesco in January and the Chicago Fire adding forward Gastón Puerari on Thursday.

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