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MLS Preseason Power Rankings

Galaxy lead the pack into 2011; RSL, New York close behind
Preseason Power Rankings

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.

MLS clubs turning to academies for players

FC Dallas lead batch of teams taking advantage of Home Grown rule
MLS turning to academies

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.

VIDEO: Santino Quaranta interview

The veteran midfielder is ready to start the 2011 season
Santino Quaranta interview

Armchair Analyst: US came up short

Besides a few bright spots, the Nats failed to impress vs. Chile
Analyst: US dull in draw

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.

Five questions with Dax McCarty

The D.C. United, US mid aims to make the 2014 World Cup team
5 Qs with McCarty

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.

"Mix" a key ingredient in blossoming US team

Diskerud quietly impresses as Bunbury, Agudelo own headlines
"Mix" a key ingredient

Mikkel Diskkerud

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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.

Monday Postgame: A Glimpse into the Future

Breaking down Week 9 of the MLS offseason
Monday Postgame

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.

Josh Wolff discusses joining the Black-and-Red

The veteran forward is excited to start the 2011 season
Josh Wolff interview

US player ratings in Chile draw

Loyd, Agudelo, Bunbury impress, but CB isn't place for Wynne
US player ratings

Teal Bunbury

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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.

Young US side rallies to draw Chile 1-1 at HDC

Bunbury converts PK to force result; seven get USMNT debuts
US rally, draw Chile 1-1

Mikkel Diskkerud

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CARSON, Calif. – A young United States side showed pluck, guile and determination in coming back to draw 1-1 with Chile in front of 18,580 fans at the Home Depot Center in Saturday night's friendly.

The equally green Chileans opened the scoring early in the second half before Teal Bunbury provided the American strike, converting from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute after Juan Agudelo was taken down in the box.

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