WASHINGTON, D.C. — Many players find it difficult to get
excited about the postseason practices currently being conducted by D.C. United
and several other MLS sides not involved in the playoffs.
But these ‘lame-duck’ training sessions have real value for
Julius James and other Caribbean internationals who are still participating in
important matches for their countries. James is one of several MLS players
involved in the Digicel Caribbean Cup, the regional competition whose top four
finishers earn berths in next summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.
When the United States Soccer Federation announced the national team would play a meaningless, midweek match in South Africa, questions arose as to who would make the 10,000-plus mile trek.
The travel would be hard on players getting playing time on clubs in Europe, and four Major League Soccer teams would still be challenging for MLS Cup. Those restrictions ruled out virtually the entire American starting lineup.
So what did Bradley do? He took chances. He went for youth and potential. Just as he should have.
WASHINGTON – D.C. United’s
expectations for Rodney Wallace this season could be measured by the sheer size
of the banner that bore his likeness on the east side of RFK Stadium, one of
several massive promotional signs nearly as tall as the building itself that
stared down at passing cars on East Capitol Street.
But his season lasted less than
1,000 minutes, thanks to a broken leg sustained against Real Salt Lake on June
5 and a rehabilitation setback two months later that kept him from
playing again in 2010.
During his fantastic career, Bolivian international Jaime Moreno scored 133 regular-season goals in Major League Soccer.
He also managed to find time to secure his "B" Level coaching license, which will help him in his next venture. MLS' all-time leading scorer will join the United States U-20 squad as a "guest" assistant coach as the squad prepares for and plays in the Torneo de Las Americas from Nov. 21-28.
NEW YORK – As has become customary, the MLS Player Combine will take place in the days leading up to the 2010 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas. The league announced on Thursday that the combine will be held January 8-11 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the SuperDraft will take place at 12 noon on January 13.
The SuperDraft will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center, in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, January 7
Player arrivals and physicals
With most of his first-teamers busy with European club duty or Major League Soccer playoffs, Bob Bradley was expected to call a young group of players to compete against South Africa in a friendly on Nov. 17 in Cape Town (2 p.m. ET, ESPN2/Galavision)
Bradley, known for his unpredictable selections, surprised again, calling an even less experienced collection than anticipated.
Six players, including New York Red Bulls' Tim Ream and Juan Agudelo and Kansas City Wizards Teal Bunbury, will have a chance to earn their first cap.
D.C. United kicked off the United Builds program’s 10 Days of Giving on Tuesday and Wednesday November 9 and 10 volunteering at Bread for the City. Over 15 D.C. United staff were on site at the Bread for the City Southeast location to participate in their annual Holiday Helpings program to prepare and bag “turkey bags” for distribution to local community residents. Over the two-day period, D.C. United packed close to 700 bags full of food to enable families to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.
NEW YORK – It is shaping up to be a busy offseason for MLS
clubs with an unprecedented five player drafts taking place between the end of
the MLS season and January.
The league on Tuesday unveiled dates and details of the new
Re-Entry Draft, which will make its debut in 2010 as part of the new Collective
Bargaining Agreement between MLS and the MLS Players Union.
Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena might have taken the words out of everyone’s mouths when he said that the 2010 conference semifinals were “the craziest thing I’ve ever seen.”
Certainly, the four teams left should be prepared for anything, and if the MLS Cup Playoffs have not done enough to convince the conference championship hosts to be on upset alert, history will.
MLSsoccer.com takes a look back the league’s long history of upsets in the second round of the playoffs.
El futuro internacional de la joven estrella de D.C. United Andy Najar es una incógnita todavía, ya que el mismo jugador ha dicho que aún no ha tomado una decisión en cuanto a que selección nacional le gustaría representar. La situación del futbolista ha tomado mayor interés luego de que el catracho rechazara una nueva convocatoria a la selección de Honduras.