WASHINGTON – Every preseason camp in MLS is usually accompanied with a tinge of optimism, and the vibe around D.C. United is no different as preparations for 2011 get underway.
Players reported for preseason last Friday and, after a weekend of fitness testing and physicals, began training indoors at the Greenbelt Sportsplex in Maryland on Monday.
Too early for Power Rankings? Never. With preseason camps getting
underway across the league, the editors at MLSsoccer.com have convened
after a long winter to bring out the first rankings of 2011. And there's
little surprise that the team who made the single biggest splash this
offseason tops our list.
In the past four years, the methods of developing talent in the United States have seen drastic changes. Most MLS teams have academy programs of various shapes and sizes up and running, and 27 players produced through these academies have signed Home Grown deals.
This week, Maryland midfielder Matt Kassel became the latest MLS player to sign under the Home Grown rule when he agreed to terms with the New York Red Bulls.
There are several different ways to look at a performance like the United States’ 1-1 draw with Chile Saturday night.
First, there is the fact that you always play to win. That’s the point of sport, the point of competition, and by that measure, the US came up short. And it wasn’t just on the scoreboard, but in the body language of the players on the field for the first 45 minutes. There was a distinct lack of urgency from nearly the entire side.
In a way, that’s understandable. It was just a friendly against something less than the Chilean first team.
Dax McCarty played a starring role in the United States national team's 1-1 draw against Chile on Saturday night, showing the tenacity and touch that had many questioning why FC Dallas left him unprotected in the Expansion Draft.
McCarty – now with D.C. United – knows the middle of the field is a crowded place on the American squad, but he's prepared to fight for a position. A day before earning his fifth cap for the Stars and Stripes, he answered five questions for MLSsoccer.com.
CARSON, Calif. – When your nickname is Mix – a moniker you've encouraged wholeheartedly – you might expect to blend into the background.
In his first two appearances in a United States uniform, Mikkel "Mix" Diskerud hasn't exactly been invisible in the attack, but his strong play has been overshadowed by the exploits of agemates Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbury.
Saturday night’s international friendly between the US and Chile—which featured nine MLS players in the Yanks’ starting XI—was the centerpiece of yet another buzzing week of the 2010-11 offseason.
The past seven days saw the long-awaited signing of an out-of-contract MLS superstar, a splashy front-office acquisition by the club aspiring to be the second New York-area franchise and the usual complement of hot-stove developments.
Several US national team players' parents will be happy with the report card from Saturday night's 1-1 rally draw with Chile at the Home Depot Center.
Three debutants put on enticing displays, while Red Bull New York teammates Tim Ream and Juan Agudelo continued forcing their way into the US picture. Here are the ratings for the game:
Nick Rimando (7) - The Real Salt Lake backstop didn't have a great deal to do, but handled a couple of tricky assignments with great ease.