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.
If you have yet to pick up the January edition of Washingtonian, make sure to do so this week as D.C. United defender Devon McTavish is featured as one of the magazine's 2010 Washingtonians of the Year.
The final two months of 2010 were an unexpected whirlwind for Dax McCarty.
Just a few days after starting in the 2010 MLS Cup Final for FC Dallas, the 23-year-old midfielder was picked up by Portland in November’s Expansion Draft. He would be a Timber for just a few hours before getting shipped across the country to D.C. United in exchange for Rodney Wallace and a draft pick.
“It all happened really fast,” McCarty told MLSsoccer.com. “Definitely a little bit surprising, and you don’t expect it. I’ve been in Dallas five years and was pretty happy there.”
The editorial staff at MLSsoccer.com is looking back over the year with our "Best of 2010" awards, running Dec. 13 through Jan. 2. Each day we'll hand out an award from a variety of categories culled from the storylines of Major League Soccer and the North American soccer scene.
The US's headline-grabbing fortunes at the World Cup were clearly the Story of the Year in 2010.
Levi Houapeu is ready for his next challenge – becoming a professional soccer player in MLS. He’s come too far to give up now.
Born and raised in the Ivory Coast, Houapeu moved to Germantown, Md., when he was 12. A strong high school career in the D.C. suburbs preceded college at the University of Maryland (Baltimore County) campus.