Red Bulls acquire veteran defender Talley

New York shore up back line in trade with D.C. United
Talley moves to RBNY

Carey Talley, D.C. United (DL)

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NEW YORK -- The New York Red Bulls have shored up their bench ahead of what
they hope to be a deep run in the MLS Cup playoffs, acquiring veteran MLS
defender Carey Talley from archrivals D.C. United for a conditional second round
pick in January’s SuperDraft.

The deal took place before the roster freeze deadline on
Wednesday, but was officially announced by the two clubs on Thursday morning.  

Postcard from Europe: Bradley's checklist, Part 2

A shake-up of the status quo should push the US to the next level
Postcard: Checklist Pt. 2

AMSTERDAM – US National Team boss Bob Bradley has been signed up for another World Cup cycle, which of course means it's time for another round of entirely unsolicited advice.

Though there is a great big forthcoming slate of activities before that next chance at the big stage, let's focus on what needs to happen for greater success at that next World Cup in Brazil, which represents both the culmination and crunch time pinnacle of any four-year cycle.

D.C. United ficha al mediocampista brasileño Junior Carreiro

Jóven de 19 años es el hermano del ex-jugador del United Fred
Carreiro se une a DC

Junior Carreiro

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D.C. United anunció el fichaje del mediocampista brasileño Junior Carreiro. El joven de 19 años ha estado entrenando con el conjunto capitalino la mayor parte del 2010 como jugador invitado. Carreiro estará disponible para jugar una vez se reciba su certificado de transferencia internacional.

“Junior es un jugador joven quien nos ha demostrado que tiene el potencial para ser un buen profesional”, dijo el Gerente General de United, Dave Kasper. “Tiene buenas cualidades ofensivas y puede jugar varias posiciones en el mediocampo. Nos entusiasma tenerlo en el equipo”.

DC's Graye learning, returning to form

United rookie on rollercoaster ride in first season with club
Graye back on form

WASHINGTON — The final stages of D.C. United’s season probably won’t include a late run to the playoffs. But individual players will certainly have opportunities to prove themselves and find a measure of redemption after so many months of struggle.

Last weekend, Julius James seized just such a chance, scoring a late winner in a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC. He later described the goal as vindication after several coaches and GMs showed meager faith in his abilities over the past two years.

Dasovic ready to right the Toronto FC ship

Praised by former players, new interim coach set for challenge
Dasovic set for TFC test

TORONTO – Nick Dasovic aspired to be a professional head coach. But it was unlikely that the opportunity would come this early, this way, he thought.

On Tuesday, Toronto FC cleaned house and dismissed head coach Preki and director of soccer Mo Johnson. Then, TFC named Dasovic interim head coach, entrusting him with the tough task of salvaging the club’s downward spiraling season.

The former Canadian international said yes and thank you, and is looking forward to the difficult task ahead.

VIDEO: D.C. United FIFA 2010 Xbox Challenge

Jordan Graye won the Xbox tournament by defeating teammates and United fans
VIDEO: Xbox Challenge

A recap of the FIFA 2010 Xbox Challenge. Jordan Graye won the inaugural FIFA 2010 Xbox Challenge over fellow teammates Bill Hamid, Andy Najar and Julius James and D.C. United fans.

Talento español para la media del DC

La Tribuna

Carlos Varela - bio photo

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MLS developing sales-savvy personnel

MLS National Sales Center aims to develop individuals' skill set
MLS forming sales staff

NEW YORK — Ticketing is the life force behind any professional team, yet very little training is offered for this trade. Major League Soccer, however, went about changing this.

Earlier this spring, MLS announced the launch of a ticket sales academy, the MLS National Sales Center, and carefully selected 10 applicants from across the country to relocate to Blaine, Minn., this summer for the inaugural class.

D.C. United ink Spanish winger Varela

Swiss league veteran finally joins United through 2010 season
DC ink winger Varela

Days after earning just their fifth win of the season, D.C. United made a move that could help continue the side’s improvement.

A day before the roster-freeze date, DC announced on Tuesday the signing of Spanish winger Carlos Varela from Swiss Super League club Neuchâtel Xamax for the remainder of the 2010 season.

“We are pleased to have come to an agreement with Carlos,” United GM Dave Kasper said in a statement. “He is an experienced midfielder who has excellent attacking qualities.”

Strength of schedule

Which clubs have the easiest remaining schedules in MLS
Strength of schedule

NEW YORK -- They say that stats don't lie. If the numbers hold true, the San Jose Earthquakes stand a good chance of holding on to their playoff spot. 

The Quakes currently sit in the seventh playoff spot and are set to play the weakest remaining schedule of any team in the league based on opponents' winning percentage. It also helps that half of San Jose's final eight matches will be played at home.

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