AMSTERDAM – Every time a nation is sent home from World Cup, the thought is always the same: Now comes four long years of waiting for another chance.
It might make an observer feel a little better for just a moment to get in the time machine and see what their country could bring to the table next time out.
One cycle "dies" and the natural process begins anew with the seed-planting of promise. The player pool can move in many ways, with some set for impressive growth over four years' time.
WASHINGTON – Exits and upgrades are to be expected from a team that struggles to the extent that D.C. United did in 2010. But Monday’s announcement that striker Danny Allsopp is leaving the club by mutual consent, while not surprising, underlines the extent of the overhaul taking place along the DC front line this offseason.
NEW YORK – MLS Commissioner Don Garber provided an overview of the latest expansion candidates in his annual State of the League address, stating that he envisions a league with more than 20 teams.
“I don’t know when it will be when we go beyond 20, but I think at some point in our lifetime there will be more than 20 teams in MLS,” Garber said on Tuesday’s media teleconference call. “It’s a big country. We cross [four] time zones. … But we have a long way to go before we even can consider that.”
NEW YORK – The 2010 season is the first in which homegrown
players have left their mark in MLS.
D.C. United’s Andy Najar became the youngest Rookie of the Year
in US pro sports history, New York’s Juan Agudelo earned a US national team
call-up at 17, and 19-year-old Tristan Bowen made an important contribution to
the LA Galaxy’s Supporters’ Shield run.
Now the league's player development movement is poised for an even more aggressive push with the launch of the Reserve Division and the unveiling
of new roster rules by MLS.
NEW YORK – MLS Commissioner Don Garber on Tuesday announced details of the relaunch of the MLS Reserve Division for the 2011 season.
WASHINGTON — With their team’s once-routine participation in the
postseason now stalled for three years running, many D.C. United fans have
watched with interest as a number of their club’s former players occupy center
stage in the 2010 MLS Cup playoffs.
Nearly all of this year’s qualifiers have United alums on
their rosters but few have made a bigger impression than San Jose Earthquakes winger Bobby
Convey. One of the league’s original teenage prodigies, Convey was the youngest
player in MLS history when he joined DC a decade ago.
NEW YORK — The LA Galaxy, who had the best record in Major League Soccer, unsurprisingly dominate the MLS Best XI announced by the league on Tuesday afternoon.
The Supporters’ Shield winners boast four players—winger Landon Donovan, center back Omar Gonzalez, striker Edson Buddle, and MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Donovan Ricketts—on the list of the top 11 players, as voted by the media and their peers.
Donovan and Toronto FC midfielder Dwayne De Rosario are the only players on the list who have ever been named to the Best XI before.
As part of the run up to MLS Cup 2010, MLS Commissioner Don Garber is set to conduct his annual "State of the League" teleconference call on Tuesday, November 16, at 1:30 pm ET.
Garber will take questions from media members and announce competition-related rule changes, such as the change to the home-grown player rule that Todd Durbin, executive vice-president of competition, labor and player relations for MLS, explained on Monday's edition of ExtraTime Radio podcast.
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 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.