MLS to unveil 2011 home openers will reveal First Kick matchups at 3:30 p.m.
Home openers

NEW YORK — The MLS offseason is about to feel a little bit shorter.

At 3:30 pm ET today, will reveal the dates of the home openers for every team in the league, including details for First Kick in the league's 16th season.

"First Kick 2011" will feature a week of action among an unprecedented 18 clubs as expansion franchises in Portland and Vancouver join the fold. This coming season, all clubs will play a 34-game balanced scheduled in which every team will face every other team twice, home and away. Ten teams will qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Monday Postgame: Reload, rebuild, re-sign

A Re-Entry Draft, the offseason silly-season and keeping 'keepers
Monday Postgame

Monday Postgame: Juan Pablo Ángel

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Like a lopsided, multi-levered contraption out of Dr. Seuss, the two-stage Re-Entry Draft was a little bit unwieldy and it took some getting used to, but in the end, it did its job.

That job was to provide veteran players with more flexibility and leverage regarding their futures, and to give teams a chance to acquire players they otherwise might not have considered.

D.C. United anuncia partido de apertura de la temporada 2011

Conjunto capitalino recibe a Columbus Crew el 19 de marzo en el RFK
D.C. United anuncia parti

Washington, D.C. – D.C. United anunció hoy que el club iniciará la temporada 2011 el sábado 19 de marzo contra el Columbus Crew a las 7:30 p.m. (hora del Este) en el Estadio RFK de Washington, D.C. Esta será la primera vez que ambos clubes se enfrentan para dar inicio a una nueva temporada.

El segundo partido del equipo capitalino está programado para el sábado 26 de marzo de visita ante New England Revolution, la hora esta por definirse.

MLS celebrates 17th anniversary of formal debut

League was first introduced to the world on Dec. 17, 1993
MLS celebrates 17th b-day

NEW YORK – December 17 may fall during the
offseason, but there it is still reason to celebrate if you’re an MLS fan: It’s
the most important birthday in league history.

This year marks the 17th anniversary of the first
formal unveiling of Major League Soccer to the world. Back on Dec. 17, 1993,
the chairman and CEO of the World Cup USA 1994, Alan I. Rothenberg, presented the framework
for America’s new league and unveiled the logo in an event held in Las Vegas in conjunction with the World Cup final draw.  

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.

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