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Perkins deal too good for Portland to pass up

Timbers jump on chance to acquire GK from DC, exchange Cronin
Perkins deal too good

PORTLAND, Ore. – The deal to acquire Troy Perkins from D.C. United in exchange for counterpart Steve Cronin fell right into the Timbers’ lap, and it was just too mouth-watering for Portland’s management to pass up.

“[Perkins] is wanting a fresh start and we want a phenomenal goalkeeper,” Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson said.

Friday’s deal also included allocation money sent from Portland to DC. Additionally, D.C. United will retain a portion of Perkins’ salary budget number for the 2011 season.

D.C. United acquires goalkeeper Steve Cronin

United sends Troy Perkins to Portland in exchange for Cronin and allocation money
Steve Cronin acquired

Steve Cronin

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Washington, D.C. – D.C. United announced today that the club has acquired goalkeeper Steve Cronin. United sends fellow goalkeeper Troy Perkins to Portland in exchange for the MLS veteran and allocation money. Cronin returns to the Black-and-Red following a brief stint in Washington during the 2009 season. This is United’s second offseason transaction with the Portland Timbers in 2010, as the club sent defender Rodney Wallace and a 2011 SuperDraft selection to the expansion side in exchange for midfielder Dax McCarty on November 24.

Timbers swap Cronin for DC stalwart Perkins

Former Goalkeeper of the Year set to man the net in Portland
Timbers trade for Perkins

The Portland Timbers made a dynamic move to shore up their position in goal for 2011 on Friday, trading current netminder Steve Cronin to D.C. United for former MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Troy Perkins.

Perkins, who was named the league’s top goalkeeper in 2006 and won back-to-back Supporters’ Shields with D.C. in 2006 and 2007, also spent two seasons in Norway, where he helped lead Vålerenga IF to the 2008 Norwegian Cup. He also won an MLS Cup with D.C. United in 2004, starting 16 games during the regular season that year.

Wolff ready for leadership role at D.C. United

Veteran striker relishes opportunity to help turn around new team
Wolff ready to lead DC

For the third time in his 12-year MLS career, Josh Wolff will be playing for a new team.

After starting his career with the Chicago Fire back in 1998, Wolff’s second stop was Kansas City, with a stint in Germany sandwiched in the middle. On Wednesday, he was acquired in the Re-Entry Draft, and will call Washington his home in 2011.

For Wolff, it’s a change of scenery and a chance to help turn around D.C. United, a club coming off one of its worst seasons in club history. The 33-year-old is optimistic about his new club — and the new season.

Steve Cronin highlights

Steve Cronin highlights

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US U-18s draw Israel 0-0 at tournament

Sporting 'keeper Kempin posts shutout; US face Germany on Friday
U-18s draw with Israel

Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jonathan Kempin backstopped the United States U-18 squad to a 0-0 draw with Israel on Thursday in their second match of the Traditional Winter Tournament in Tel Aviv.

The Chicago Fire's Victor Pineda played 78 minutes in the midfield before giving way to D.C. United Academy product Marcus Salandy-Defour.

The tie comes two days after Mike Matkovich's side fell 4-0 to France in their opening match. The Americans close out the tournament on Friday against a German side that beat Israel 7-0 in their opening tilt.

McInerney strikes in US U-20s win over Canada

Union forward ices 2-0 victory over MLS-heavy Canadian side
Mac on target for U-20s

Jack McInerney

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In the first of a two-game series between the two CONCACAF rivals, the United States U-20s came away with a 2-0 victory over Canada. Soony Saad and Jack McInerney tallied for Thomas Rongen's side in the match played at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL.

University of Michigan freshman sensation Saad scored the game-winner three minutes past the half hour mark before the Philadelphia Union striker doubled the advantage in the 49th minute.

Four MLS venues to host 2011 Gold Cup matches

KC Soccer Stadium and Red Bull Arena to stage first-round matches
Gold Cup to 4 MLS venues

NEW YORK – The CONCACAF Gold Cup will debut in four American cities after Thursday's release of dates and venues for the 2011 edition of the regional championship.

Detroit, Charlotte, Tampa and Kansas City will all host Gold Cup matches for the first time, joining seven other US markets in one of the most expansive Gold Cup tournaments to date.

Andy Najar es el Jugador Sorpresa del Año

Novato del Año se tomó la MLS , y dejó perplejo a más de uno
Najar: Sorpresa del 2010

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Muchos jugadores en la MLS se dieron a conocer este año por su buen juego y su estilo, pero ninguno lo hizo tan sorpresivamente ni con tanta adversidad como el atacante hondureño Andy Najar de D.C. United.

Wondolowski the Breakout Star of the Year

Former reserve's meteoric rise leads to Golden Boot title
Wondo the Breakout Star

The editorial staff at MLSsoccer.com is looking back over the year with out Best of 2010 awards, running Dec. 13 through Jan. 2. Each day we'll hand out an award in a variety of categories culled from the storylines of Major League Soccer and US international players, including Biggest Controversy, Broadcaster Call of the Year and the Moment of the Year.

Today the focus falls on the Breakout Star of the Year, and there was little argument that San Jose's Chris Wondolowski was the man of the moment in 2010.

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