NEW YORK — Much of the big-name talent was overlooked in the first stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft on Wednesday, but the day turned out just fine for Joseph Ngwenya and Aaron Hohlbein.
D.C. United opted to pick up the contract for Ngwenya and the Columbus Crew picked up Hohlbein as the only two selections of the league’s inaugural event. All other teams in the draft passed and did not take a shot on one of the 35 players eligible for selection.
Back in March, when the relieving news that a new CBA had been reached came down, few recognized how this MLS offseason would differ from others.
At that point, the Expansion Draft was still a foggy event sometime in the future. The expanded homegrown rules were exciting for their potential, but we all knew they needed time. The Re-Entry Process was still being fully baked, its ramifications for teams and players still more theoretical than concrete.
“Joe is a guy that I thought always posed big problems for defenses in our League,” said United Head Coach Ben Olsen. “He is an athletic guy that knows how to play the game, and I really do believe that his best days are ahead of him.”
Washington, D.C. – D.C. United announced today that the club has selected forward Joseph Ngwenya with the first pick in Stage 1 of the 2010 MLS Re-Entry Process. Per Re-Entry Process rules, D.C. United exercised the option on Ngwenya's contract and the player has been added to the club roster. The Black-and-Red also hold the first pick in Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Process on December 15.
Almost 3,000 youth players took part in the 2010 Development
Academy Showcase out in Phoenix, Ariz., over the past five days. The 78 Dev.
Academy sides featured youth squads from a number of MLS teams from around the
A handful of those MLS Academy teams fared particularly well
in the three games each contested out in Arizona.
MADRID — Playing their second game in 24 hours, the Generation adidas side saved their best performance for last, thumping the Atlético Madrid reserve side 4-1 on Thursday.
Two goals from Sporting Kansas City’s Teal Bunbury, one from the New York Red Bulls’ Juan Agudelo and an own goal from Atlético’s Míchel did the damage before Pichu Atienza struck a late penalty for the hosts.
If Dema Kovalenko has to leave the Los Angeles Galaxy, he’d at least like to find himself back in the company of friends.
The veteran Galaxy midfielder said on the eve of Wednesday’s first-ever MLS Re-Entry that if he’s picked up by another club, he’d like to once again ply his trade in the Eastern Conference, either with D.C. United, Philadelphia or Chicago.
WASHINGTON – Bill Hamid’s future looks as bright as any goalkeeper’s in Major League Soccer.
Rising from the D.C. United youth academy to sign a senior contract last year, the 20-year-old promptly jumped on the fast track this past season, challenging veteran Troy Perkins for the top job and showing ample ability with 20 saves and a 1.25 goals-against average in eight league starts. Furthermore, his presence and promise have drawn comparisons to US national team stalwart Tim Howard, an MLS alum presently performing at the top echelons of the English game.
MADRID — Heavy rainfall and a physical match threatened to undo the Generation adidas side in their friendly with the Rayo Vallecano reserves, but a second-half goal from FC Dallas’ Peri Marosevic gave the MLSers a 1-0 win on Tuesday.
Marosevic powered home a header in the 51st minute, getting on the end of Dilly Duka’s corner kick after freeing himself from his marker. The FCD striker had been given the starting nod over New York’s Juan Agudelo.
Happy Holidays from Ben Olsen!
Beginning Wednesday, December 8 and for six days after, Ben Olsen will send a holiday card and D.C. United scarf to two lucky fans that follow D.C. United on Facebook or Twitter. Here is how you can enter to win: