NEW YORK (Monday, December 13, 2010) – Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced today that Kathy Carter has been named President of Soccer United Marketing (SUM), MLS’ commercial subsidiary. Carter, who most recently served as Executive Vice President, will manage the day-to day operations of SUM, as well as lead the strategic planning and vision for increasing commercial revenues for Major League Soccer, all MLS clubs and all properties represented by SUM.
The US national team will travel to Cairo to face African champions Egypt in a friendly on Feb. 9, the US Soccer Federation announced on Monday.
The match against the No. 10-ranked Pharaohs marks the second game for the US in 2011 as they prepare for next summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup. The No. 24-ranked Americans also take on Chile at the Home Depot Center on Jan. 22.
The Houston Dynamo shored up their back line on Monday by swinging a deal with the Portland Timbers to acquire Jordan Graye.
In exchange for Graye, the Dynamo sent their natural fourth-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft to the Timbers. The Timbers had selected Graye from D.C. United in the MLS Expansion Draft last month.
Graye, 23, completed his first professional season in 2010 with hometown club United, making 20 starts and playing 1,662 minutes in MLS play, fourth on the team. Graye can play either outside back position.
The editorial staff at MLSsoccer.com is looking back over the year with out Best of 2010 awards, running Dec. 13 through Jan. 2. Each day we'll hand out an award in a variety of categories culled from the storylines of Major League Soccer and US international players, including Biggest Controversy, Breakout MLS Star of the Year and, on Sunday, Jan. 2, the Moment of the Year.
D.C. United spent the eighth day of the "10 Days of Giving" campaign by helping it's own charity, United for D.C. Front office staff from the Black-and-Red where at the the Barnes & Noble in Georgetown (Washington, DC) offer gift wrapping services in exchange for donations to United for D.C. Money raised at the event helps the United Reads program.
United staff will make their annual trip to Eleanor Holmes Norton's Holiday party for disadvantaged youth on Tuesday, December 21.
What kind of website would we be without some end-of-year lists?
Beginning on Monday, Dec. 13, MLSsoccer.com and FutbolMLS will roll out the first of 21 Best of 2010 awards, as voted on by our editorial staff. You’ll get to see what we thought were some of the best plays, stars, matches and performances of the year, all leading up to the announcement of our Moment of the Year on Sunday, Jan. 2.
D.C. United completed its seventh day of the "10 Days of Giving" campaign with a visit to The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program. United's staff help sort the thousands of donated toys in preparation for the Angel Tree program's toy distribution.
The Salvation Army is still in need of Angels to be adopted, visit salarmydc.org to learn more or adopt.
D.C. United staff head to the Barnes & Noble in Georgetown on Friday, December 10 for the eighth day of volunteering. The Black-and-Red will wrap gifts for customers.
WASHINGTON – After a marathon of a regular season and pressure-packed playoffs, most MLS players are doing everything they can to take it easy and recover from the deep toll suffered by body and mind. The holiday calendar usually offers such rare respite from a heavy workload.
But the short break will soon give way as the daily grind resumes in a few short weeks and personal workouts ramp up in advance of the 2011 preseason.
Thomas Rongen called in 24 players for the final US Under-20 camp of the year, and the ranks include three MLS players: Philadelphia Union duo Amobi Okugo and Jack McInerney, as well as D.C. United midfielder Conor Shanosky.
The squad will train in Sunrise, Fla., from Dec. 12-19 and play will play friendlies against Canada on Dec. 16 and Dec. 18. The group features 11 players from the college ranks, 10 professionals and three who are unattached.
Mike Matkovich and 20 players from the United States' U-18 squad are headed to Tel Aviv, Israel, to play in a three-match tournament next week. They will battle Germany on Dec. 13, France on Dec. 14 and Israel on Dec. 16.
Goalkeeper Jonathan Kempin, who backstopped the U-20 side to two 1-1 draws during the two-match Torneo de las Americas, will lead the defense. In August, the 17-year-old signed as Sporting Kansas City's first-ever Home Grown Player.