NEW YORK — A few major names from the senior class in the college ranks have signed with MLS, the league announced on Wednesday.
Michael Farfan, the talented attacking midfielder from the University of North Carolina, and a AJ Soares, a big centerback from Cal, have agreed to contracts with MLS and will head to Ft. Lauderdale for next month's MLS Combine.
They will be joined by two of Farfan's Tar Heels teammates, defender Jalil Anibaba and midfielder Stephen McCarthy, who have also signed with the league.
John Rooney, the 20-year-old younger brother of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, headlines a list of young international players who will join the college seniors and Generation adidas signees invited to participate in the annual MLS player combine in January.
The English midfielder, who trialed with the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers in August, has signed an MLS contract and will be available for selection by all MLS clubs via the SuperDraft in Baltimore.
MLSsoccer.com caught up with Rooney back in England as he prepares to embark on his American dream.
When a player gets traded across the country, it can
certainly come as a big surprise. For new DC United goalie Steve Cronin, the
news that he had been shipped from new MLS side Portland to the nation’s
capital came when he was on his way for a vacation south of the border.
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
Former New England Revolution and current Fulham star Clint Dempsey ran away with the Export of the Year, recognizing the American who made the biggest waves outside the United States.
Much of the country spent this Monday morning either digging
out of a blizzard or pounding hi-test coffee to shake off a long weekend of
There was no such break in the action in Major League
Soccer, where there was a flurry of activity. Young players signed new deals,
veterans locked down uncertain futures, a trio of foreign stars expressed
an interest in joining the league and a handful of MLSers tested the market across the pond.
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 Celebration of the Year - which goes to all the US fans who erupted after Landon Donovan's game-winning goal against Algeria at the World Cup - was one of the easiest picks we made.
When D.C. United announced the signing of University of Maryland defender Ethan White under the homegrown rule, it marked a first for MLS.
This was the first time that a player who was groomed and trained in a club’s youth academy signed a contract after heading off to a top collegiate program.
The 19-year-old central defender is raw, but he’s an exciting prospect with an MLS-ready physique. After emerging as a standout with D.C. United’s U-18 side, he spent the last two seasons playing under head coach Sasho Cirovski at the University of Maryland.
D.C. United spent the final day of the "10 Days of Giving" campaign by returning to the Salvation Army to assist with the final day of their Angel Tree program. The Black-and-Red distributed toys and spread holiday cheer to the Angel Tree participants. In addition to the donated toys, each family received a goody bag and wrapping supplies to complete the ensemble. Over a five day period, the Salvation Army expects to distribute toys to over 6,000 underserved kids in DC.
D.C. United spent the ninth day of the "10 Days of Giving" campaign by heading to Capitol Hill for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton's Annual Holiday Party for disadvantaged youth. D.C. United staff and supporters entertained the guests, served lunch, and provided resources to make the party possible. This was the Black-and-Red's fifth consecutive year of participation in the event. Representatives from DC public schools and non-profit organizations were also in attendance.
U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has finalized a 25-player roster for the upcoming training camp to be held from Jan. 2-13 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Fourteen players return from the team’s most recent training camp that included a pair of wins against Canada in Sunrise, Fla., including Joe Gyau, who netted three goals in the Dec. 18 game versus Canada.