Zakuani, Bunbury among 25 MLSers called up

Najar declines Honduras; Zakuani picks Democratic Rep. of Congo
25 MLSers called up

Zakuani in 2009

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25 MLS players have been called up to international duty in this week's FIFA fixture date, though two will not report for their countries.

MLS Rookie of the Year Andy Najar declined an invitation from the Honduran national team, while New England Revolution and Gambia winger Kenny Mansally will not travel to Hebron due to a cancellation of the The Scorpions scheduled match against Palestine.

D.C. United, Allsopp part ways after one season

Australian forward scored three game-winning goals in 2010
DCU, Allsopp part ways

D.C. United announced Monday they have parted ways with forward Danny Allsopp after the Australian forward scored five goals in 23 league appearances with the club during his only season in Washington.

The club and Allsopp mutually agreed to terminate the forward’s contract. Allsopp made 18 starts for D.C. United and tied rookie Andy Najar for the team lead in goals, including three-game winning goals.

“We would like to thank Danny for his contributions to D.C. United and we wish him well in the future,” said United general manager Dave Kasper in a statement.

Moreno "still thinking about playing"

Former DC star enjoying coaching gig, but not about to retire
Moreno looking overseas

The sparkling playing career of Jaime Moreno might not be over even though his life as a coach is about to begin.

Thomas Rongen invited the former D.C. United star, who earned his USSF "B" coaching license in 1997, to assist at the American's U-20 training camp before the Torneo de Las Americas in late November.

The 36 year old was quick to tell that it's "just for the week" and that he doesn't want or expect the stint to turn into a full-time gig, but he's excited to help out his former manager.

United postseason training sessions helping James

T&T mainstay using 'lame-duck' sessions to help Soca Warriors
DC training helping James

Julius James

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Many players find it difficult to get
excited about the postseason practices currently being conducted by D.C. United
and several other MLS sides not involved in the playoffs.

But these ‘lame-duck’ training sessions have real value for
Julius James and other Caribbean internationals who are still participating in
important matches for their countries. James is one of several MLS players
involved in the Digicel Caribbean Cup, the regional competition whose top four
finishers earn berths in next summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Commentary: Bradley's roster choices brilliant

US coach did well to fill his team with young, untapped potential
Bradley's picks brilliant

Juan Agudelo

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When the United States Soccer Federation announced the national team would play a meaningless, midweek match in South Africa, questions arose as to who would make the 10,000-plus mile trek.

The travel would be hard on players getting playing time on clubs in Europe, and four Major League Soccer teams would still be challenging for MLS Cup. Those restrictions ruled out virtually the entire American starting lineup.

So what did Bradley do? He took chances. He went for youth and potential. Just as he should have.

D.C. United take cautious approach to Wallace rehab

Left back trying to avoid another setback to broken fibula
Wallace eyes return

WASHINGTON – D.C. United’s
expectations for Rodney Wallace this season could be measured by the sheer size
of the banner that bore his likeness on the east side of RFK Stadium, one of
several massive promotional signs nearly as tall as the building itself that
stared down at passing cars on East Capitol Street.

But his season lasted less than
1,000 minutes, thanks to a broken leg sustained against Real Salt Lake on June
5 and a rehabilitation setback two months later that kept him from
playing again in 2010.

Jaime Moreno to help out Rongen, US U-20s

Former DC star, Eskandarian will assist at Torneo de Las Americas
Moreno to assist Rongen

During his fantastic career, Bolivian international Jaime Moreno scored 133 regular-season goals in Major League Soccer.

He also managed to find time to secure his "B" Level coaching license, which will help him in his next venture. MLS' all-time leading scorer will join the United States U-20 squad as a "guest" assistant coach as the squad prepares for and plays in the Torneo de Las Americas from Nov. 21-28.

MLS combine to take place January 8-11 in Ft. Lauderdale

Prospects to showcase their skills in lead up to the SuperDraft
MLS Combine: Jan 8-11

NEW YORK – As has become customary, the MLS Player Combine will take place in the days leading up to the 2010 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas. The league announced on Thursday that the combine will be held January 8-11 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the SuperDraft will take place at 12 noon on January 13.

The SuperDraft will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center, in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention. 


Friday, January 7

Player arrivals and physicals 

Rookies Agudelo, Bunbury and Ream get US calls

Trio among nine MLSers to travel to South Africa for friendly
MLS rookies get US calls

ream DL

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With most of his first-teamers busy with European club duty or Major League Soccer playoffs, Bob Bradley was expected to call a young group of players to compete against South Africa in a friendly on Nov. 17 in Cape Town (2 p.m. ET, ESPN2/Galavision)

Bradley, known for his unpredictable selections, surprised again, calling an even less experienced collection than anticipated.

Six players, including New York Red Bulls' Tim Ream and Juan Agudelo and Kansas City Wizards Teal Bunbury, will have a chance to earn their first cap.

Bread for the City

D.C. United kicks off '10 Days of Giving'
Bread for the City

D.C. United kicked off the United Builds program’s 10 Days of Giving on Tuesday and Wednesday November 9 and 10 volunteering at Bread for the City. Over 15 D.C. United staff were on site at the Bread for the City Southeast location to participate in their annual Holiday Helpings program to prepare and bag “turkey bags” for distribution to local community residents. Over the two-day period, D.C. United packed close to 700 bags full of food to enable families to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.

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