With the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft to take place on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. ET, teams around the league were required to release a list of players available for new MLS members Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Portland Timbers to choose from.
Each of the 16 teams giving up players put some great names up for grabs, and Portland's and Vancouver's inaugural season could hinge on a couple of smart moves.
NEW YORK — The Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps now know the players they have to choose from in Wednesday's MLS Expansion Draft.
The list of unprotected players available in the draft was released by MLS on Monday afternoon, and among the various big names are San Jose DP Geovanni, Sporting KC's Jimmy Conrad, Chicago attacker Nery Castillo, and veteran Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad. Though with the salary cap to take into account, high-priced names are rarely coveted.
WASHINGTON — This week’s MLS Expansion Draft for the Portland Timbers and
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will present conundrums for most every team in the
league, but D.C. United may occupy the most unenviable position of the 16 other
After all, it’s hard enough to rebuild your own team without
the prospect of an old coach swooping in to claim one or two of his favorite
AMSTERDAM — Aris FC are attempting to cancel the remainder of Freddy Adu's loan contract with the Hellenic Football Federation, MLSsoccer.com has learned.
The U.S. international has yet to appear for the club this season, having been deemed surplus to requirements by manager Héctor Cúper, and is currently slated to return for the final year of his Benfica deal next summer.
"We want to cancel the rest of his contract with the Greek federation," Aris press officer Christanthos Tsaltidis told MLSsoccer.com. "We are in the courts with Freddy."
Slightly more than two months ago, the Colorado
Rapids lost 3-1 to the New York in what appeared to be a relatively
comfortable win for the Red Bulls and their famous Designated Players.
Yet after the game, it was the Rapids and their
coach, Gary Smith, who were talking tough, insisting the game was closer
than the score suggested, and saying how much they’d love another crack
at a New York team that was then in ascendancy.
TORONTO – The MLS Cup Playoffs will expand to 10 teams in 2011, and even bigger changes may be down the road.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced the tweaks to the postseason format before kickoff of Sunday’s MLS Cup final at BMO Field and explained a new system in which the playoffs will be open to two additional clubs in 2011.
On Monday, November 22, D.C. United's technical staff will submit a list of eleven protected players in advance of Wednesday's Expansion Draft.
As Technical Director, Chad Ashton noted, "It's a very strategic game. You try and figure out who you think Portland or Vancouver will pick, and you try and protect those guys."
Just two days after the House of Representatives passed a resolution supporting the United States' efforts to bring the World Cup to America, the Senate followed suit on Thursday.
TORONTO – With the US World Cup bid in the final stretch ahead of FIFA’s Dec. 2 announcement of the 2018 and 2022 hosts, MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced that the league and its marketing arm, Soccer United Marketing, will make a $2 million donation to the US Bid Committee.
“We hope it will help our federation to be able to use additional resources both to build the sport but also to bring home the bid in the next couple of weeks,” Garber said at a US Bid Committee luncheon on Friday.