With the 2011 MLS SuperDraft rapidly approaching (Jan. 13, 12 pm ET; ESPN2), our experts have differing views on who's headed where and which teams and players will make the biggest splash.
As the MLS Combine gets underway in South Florida on Jan. 8, senior content producer Simon Borg, director of video Jason Saghini and NCAA and D.C. United beat writer Travis Clark present their mock drafts for the first round.
Comcast SportNet's Russ Thaler conducts an extensive interview with Ben Olsen. United's head coach discusses the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, the addition of veteran players in the offseason, and his plans for the 2011 MLS season.
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Washington, D.C. – D.C. United announced today that the club has re-signed midfielder Kurt Morsink and acquired defender Daniel Woolard. Morsink will return to the Black-and-Red in 2011 for his second season with the club, after arriving on March 5, 2010 from Sporting Kansas City (formerly Kansas City Wizards). Woolard comes to Washington having spent a portion of the 2010 preseason on trial with the Black-and-Red. The Texas native has three years of MLS experience with the Chicago Fire and most recently featured for the Carolina Railhawks of the USSF Second Division.
WASHINGTON – After his eighth season in the league came to an end last year, Pat Onstad’s career reached a crossroads.
The 42-year-old goalkeeper was negotiating a possible new deal to extend his playing career for one more season with the Houston Dynamo, but the opportunity failed to materialize. That’s when he reached out to D.C. United coach Ben Olsen about possibly starting his MLS coaching career with an old friend in a new place.
PORTLAND — Goalkeeper Troy
Perkins does not mince words.
The Portland Timbers’ new goalkeeper said Wednesday that not only does he feel
like he was made a scapegoat of D.C. United’s tough season last year, but
that he’s eager for a fresh start with the expansion club that made him a priority.
“It’s not the beginning of a
new chapter,” Perkins said. “It’s a whole new book.”
NEW YORK – Major League Soccer officials announced Wednesday that the MLS SuperDraft will return to a three-round event this year, and the following Supplemental Draft will also consist of three rounds.
The 2011 MLS SuperDraft will be held at the NSCAA Convention in
Baltimore on Jan. 13, and MLS clubs will have the opportunity to make additional player selections
in the annual Supplemental Draft, which will be held via conference
call on Tuesday, Jan. 18.
WASHINGTON – The 2011 MLS SuperDraft is just over a week away, and as the offseason reorganization of D.C. United’s roster continues, head coach Ben Olsen and his technical staff are preparing for a trip to Florida.
The future of MLS talent will be on full display this coming weekend as the 2011 adidas MLS Player Combine gets underway.
On Tuesday the league announced the full rosters and coaching assignments for the showcase, scheduled for Jan. 7-11 at Central Broward Regional Park in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and it also added seven more college seniors and five non-college players to the list of players initially invited to the annual Combine.
The group of more than 70 prospects will be split into four squads, with each roster led by a top national coach.