What will the US national team look like in 2014?

Greg Seltzer looks into his crystal ball to see who made the cut
Future US roster?

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.

Allsopp's exit underlines changes to come in DC

As United attack falters in 2010, front line revamp in the books
Changes to come in DC

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.

MLS focused on making NY club its 20th team

Commissioner also envisions league will expand beyond 20 teams
Garber: MLS to go over 20


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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.”

MLS expands rosters, relaunches Reserve Division

Unlimited homegrown players and 30-man rosters designed incentivize player development
MLS expands rosters

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.

Commissioner reveals details of Reserve Division

Teams will be split into divisions, may also play USL, NASL teams
Reserve Div. details

NEW YORK – MLS Commissioner Don Garber on Tuesday announced details of the relaunch of the MLS Reserve Division for the 2011 season.

Capital Construction: DC alums offer cautionary tale

United being careful in development of exciting young players
Capital Construction

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.

Donovan, Ferreira lead MLS Best XI

LA lead league with four Best XI selections; RSL have three
LD, Ferreira lead Best XI

The 2010 MLS Best XI was announced on Tuesday.

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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.

Commissioner Garber set for State of the League teleconference

Call with media to be streamed live on at 1:30pm ET
State of the League


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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.

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.

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