Chicharito signs with LA Galaxy

Great news for Major League Soccer! After departures from several big names from the league during the off-season, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Bastian Schweinsteiger, MLS will have a new big name signing that could help boost the league. According to Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Galaxy have agreed a three-year contract with Javier […]

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Colorado Rapids add young Argentine winger Braian Galván to attacking corps

COMMERCE CITY, Colo.— The Colorado Rapids made a third addition to their attack in as many days, signing attacking midfielder Braian “Brian” Galván on Thursday. 

The 19-year-old Argentinian winger will join Colorado at the start of the secondary transfer window in July as a young designated player. 

“Braian is a highly touted prospect whose development we’ve been monitoring for some time now,” Rapids executive vice president and GM Padraig Smith said in a statement. “He’s a fast, skillful and talented player who has already made his professional debut and has been a part of the Argentine youth national team system. We see great potential in him and couldn’t be more thrilled to have him join our club.”

Galván joins Colorado from Argentine first division side Club Atlético Colón, where he made eight appearances over three seasons, scoring one goal. Galvan debuted professionally at the age of 17.

A native of San Miguel de Tucumán, Galván has spent time with both the Argentina U-20 as well as the senior team, where he was called up ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Earlier in the week, Colorado announced the additions of midfielders Nicolas Benezet and Younes Namli as new attacking options under head coach Robin Fraser, who enters his first full season with the Rapids. 

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Colorado Rapids add Dutch midfielder Younes Namli as Designated Player

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The Colorado Rapids have signed attacking midfielder Younes Namli on loan, with a club option to buy, the club announced Wednesday.

The Danish attacking midfielder fills one of the three vacant Designated Player slots the Rapids have entering the preseason.

“Younes is a talented and technically gifted playmaker that we’ve had our sights on for the past two years,” Colorado Rapids Executive VP of Operations and GM Pádraig Smith said in a statement.  “He’s been a consistently strong performer in the Eredivisie, a league we believe translates well to MLS, and has shown a great ability on the ball and in creating clear scoring opportunities for his teammates as well as getting on the scoresheet himself. We’re excited to finally have him join the club and expect him to be a difference maker for us.”

The 25-year-old has spent his career playing in The Netherlands, Denmark, and Russia, with clubs AB, Heerenveen, PEC Zwolle as well as Russian Premier League club FC Krasnodar, scoring 16 goals in 165 appearances across seven seasons.

Namli joins Colorado as the second international signing the club has announced this week. The Rapids added former Toronto FC midfielder Nicola Benezet yesterday in another move bolstering the team’s attack.

Colorado now has two Designated Player spots ahead of its preseason, which begins next week.

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Colorado Rapids sign French winger Nicolas Benezet from Toronto FC

The Colorado Rapids have signed French winger Nicolas Benezet from Toronto FC, pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa, the club announced on Tuesday. 

The Rapids acquired his rights from in exchange for $50,000 in General Allocation Money. Toronto will receive an additional $50,000 in GAM should Benezet starts 75 percent of all games this season. 

“We’re delighted to add to our attack someone of Nicolas’ quality,” Rapids Executive Vice President and General Manager Pádraig Smith said in a release. “He’s a goal-dangerous, dynamic player who excels out wide, while also offering us positional depth with his ability to play multiple positions in attack.”

Benezet, 28, helped Toronto reached its third MLS Cup final in four seasons last year. He arrived on loan from Guingamp of France’s Ligue 2 midway through the 2019 season.

He played eight games — five starts — for Toronto, scoring two goals. Benezet started all four playoff games and scored in Toronto’s 2-1 win over Atlanta United in the Eastern Conference Final.  

Before joining Toronto, Benezet made 86 appearances across four seasons with Guingamp. He scored 12 goals and had 10 assists for the club. The winger began his professional career with Nimes Olympique, making 59 appearances and registering 12 goals and 10 assists. 

The Rapids begin the 2020 season at D.C. United on Feb. 29 and their first home game is against Orlando City on March 7.

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Youth Affiliate Coaches Summit brings expanded MLS presence to United Soccer Coaches Convention

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26 players selected in final rounds of 2020 MLS SuperDraft

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Chicago Fire targeting Nemanja Matic

Chicago Fire have lost a lot of players since the end of the last season and the new campaign in Major League Soccer is set to start on 29 February. That means the Illinois based club must find new signings very fast and one of those could be Nemanja Matic. Serbia international is being targeted […]

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Joe Hart could go to MLS

Things are getting interesting in the United States. The new Major League Soccer season is getting closer, as the new campaign is set to start on the last day of February and teams are slowly starting training in the new year. There has been a lot of talk about new franchises Nashville and, more importantly, […]

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Colorado Rapids bolster defense with top picks in 2020 MLS SuperDraft

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – In the opening rounds of the MLS SuperDraft, the Colorado Rapids focused on bolstering its defense, consistent with the club’s earlier moves this offseason.

Colorado’s highest pick was 11th overall, which it traded to expansion franchise Nashville SC for $75,000 in General Allocation Money, and Colorado later traded that same amount to the Montreal Impact in exchange for right back Jeremy Kelly from the University of North Carolina. Montreal had originally selected Kelly with the ninth overall pick.

“I didn’t expect anything else to happen once I was picked by Montreal, but then my agent told me I had been traded to the Rapids,” Kelly told the Rapids website. “I’m excited to be with the Rapids.”

Kelly is expected to be a depth piece at right back behind Keegan Rosenberry. In Rosenberry’s first season with Colorado last year, he started all 34 games, logging 3060 minutes.

“(Kelly) is a tenacious defender,” executive vice president and GM Pádraig Smith said. “He is very smart and intelligent, plays with a lot of urgency and looks to play out of the back. That is very important to us. He also played in the midfield as well, so that showed his versatility.”

Later in the draft, Colorado selected defender Robin Afamefuna in the second round with the 37th overall pick. A product of Borussia Monchengladbach’s youth acadamey, Afamefuna was one of two UVA players to start all 17 regular season games for the Cavliers, who finished NCAA runners-up in 2019.

The MLS SuperDraft concludes with the final two rounds Monday, where Colorado holds the 63rd and 87th overall picks.  

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2020 MLS SuperDraft selections Rounds 1 & 2

The 2020 Major League Soccer SuperDraft began at 12:30 p.m. ET Thursday. The draft took place remotely this year, with selections revealed during a live broadcast produced by MLS and ESPN. You can watch a replay of the broadcast above. A full list of draft selections is below.

The broadcast included Rounds 1 and 2 of the draft viewed through 20 video feeds from various locations across the country. Nine top draft prospects were followed by cameras, including the No.1 overall pick for Inter Miami, Robbie Robinson, a junior forward out of Clemson who won the 2019 MAC Hermann Award.

Cameras were also embedded in the draft rooms of clubs, including Inter Miami, Orlando City, Houston Dynamo, Montreal Impact, FC Dallas, New England Revolution, Toronto FC and Atlanta United. Rounds 3 and 4 of the draft will take place via conference call Monday.

See the full list of eligible players.

2020 MLS SuperDraft

ROUND 1:
No.TeamPlayer  College
1Inter Miami CFF Robbie RobinsonClemson
2Nashville SCD Jack MaherIndiana
3Inter Miami CF (via CIN)D Dylan NealisGeorgetown
4Vancouver Whitecaps FCF Ryan RaposoSyracuse
5Orlando City SCF Daryl DikeVirginia
6New England Revolution (via SKC)D Henry KesslerVirginia
7Columbus Crew SCF Miguel BerrySan Diego
8Houston DynamoF Garrett McLaughlinSMU
9Colorado Rapids (via MTL)D Jeremy KellyUNC
10New York Red Bulls (via CHI)D Patrick SeagristMarquette
11Nashville SC (via COL)D Alistair JohnstonWake Forest
12San Jose EarthquakesD Tanner BeasonStanford
13Nashville SC (via NER)GK Elliot PaniccoUNC-Charlotte
14FC DallasD Nkosi BurgessSeattle
15New York Red BullsM Cherif DieyeLouisville
16Portland TimbersM Aaron MolloyPenn State
17FC Dallas (via DC)F Cal JenningsUCF
18Minnesota United FCD Noah Billngsley UC Santa Barbara
19Toronto FC (via LAG)D Nyal HigginsSyracuse
20Real Salt LakeM Dayonn HarrisUConn
21DC United (via PHI)GK Simon LefebvreTemple
22New York City FCM Jesus PerezUI-Chicago
23Atlanta UnitedD Patrick NielsenMichigan State
24LAFCGK Paulo PitaMarshall
25Toronto FCM AcharaGeorgetown
26Chicago Fire FC (via SEA)D Jonathan JimenezPacific
 
ROUND 2:
No.
Team
Player
   College
27
San Jose Earthquakes (via MIA)
M Jack SkahanUNC
28
Nashville SC
M Tanner Dieterich
Clemson
29
FC Cincinnati
F Rey Ortiz
Portland
30
New England Revolution (via VAN)
D Simon Lekressner
Cal
31
Orlando City SC
M Joey DeZart
Wake Forest
32
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (via SKC)
GK Daniel Gagliardi
FIU
33
Toronto FC (via CLB)
D Malik Mbaye
Clemson
34
Houston Dynamo
M Luka Prpa
Marquette
35
Seattle Sounders FC (via CHI/MTL)
D Danny Reynolds
UNC-Wilmington
36
New York Red Bulls (via CHI)
GK Wallis Lapsley
UC-Davis
37
Colorado Rapids (via SKC)
D Robin Afamefuna
Virginia
38
San Jose Earthquakes
D Jon Bell
UMBC
39
Orlando City (via NE)
D Jonathan Dean
Central Florida
40
FC Dallas
M Manuel Ferriol
James Madison
41
New York Red Bulls
F Deri Corfe
Wright State
42
D.C. United (via POR)
F Josh Fawole
Loyola-Maryland
43
New England Revolution (via DC)
GK Keegan Meyer
Hawaii Pacific
44
Orlando City SC (via MIN)
GK Austin Aviza
Providence
45
LA Galaxy
D Tom Smart
Akron
46
Real Salt Lake
D Michael Wetungu
Michigan State
47
Columbus Crew SC (via PHI)
GK Remi Prieur
Saint Mary’s College
48
New York City FC
D Felicien Dumas
Notre Dame
49
Columbus Crew SC (via ATL)
M Danny Griffin
Providence
50
LAFC
F Jack Hallahan
Michigan
51
Toronto FC
D Simon Waever
Indiana
52
Seattle Sounders FC
M Timo Mehlich
UNLV

 

 

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Beckham´s Inter Miami select prolific Robbie Robinson in MLS SuperDraft

David Beckham’s Inter Miami selected striker Robbie Robinson with the first overall pick of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. Inter – co-owned by former England captain Beckham – are one of two expansion franchises preparing for their first MLS season, with Nashville SC the other. The Florida club had the first selection in the draft and […]

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David Beckham’s Inter Miami selected striker Robbie Robinson with the first overall pick of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. Inter – co-owned by former England captain Beckham – are one of two expansion franchises preparing for their first MLS season, with Nashville SC the other. The Florida club had the first selection in the draft and […]

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Cushing leaves Manchester City Women for MLS chance with New York City FC

Manchester City Women boss Nick Cushing will end his six-year reign next month to become assistant manager of New York City FC. Cushing said it was “incredibly difficult” to reach the decision to leave, as he prepares to join the City Football Group’s Major League Soccer outfit. Appointed at the end of 2013, Cushing led […]

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Inter Miami CF selects Robbie Robinson of Clemson

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Ex-Colorado Rapids boss Anthony Hudson named US U-20 national team coach

Anthony Hudson has been named the head coach of the U.S. Under-20 national team, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday.

It is Hudson’s first coaching job since being fired after a dismal spell with the Colorado Rapids, in which he was 8-26-9, including an 0-7-2 start to the 2019 season. He replaces Tab Ramos, who stepped down in late October to become the new Houston Dynamo coach.

“We’re excited to bring Anthony on-board to lead our U-20 men’s national team as it prepares for this summer’s Concacaf Championship,” U.S. Soccer Sporting Director Earnie Stewart said in a statement. “We’ve enjoyed great success with the U-20s over the last few cycles and the team has been instrumental in advancing players to our senior men’s national team. We believe that Anthony’s experience in the international game and at the club level make him a great choice to continue that success.”

Hudson has a wealth of international experience in a 12-year managerial career, having coached the Bahrain U-23 national team before leading the New Zealand senior national team that reached the inter-confederation playoffs for the 2018 FIFA World Cup before falling to Peru.

The 38-year old Seattle, Wash. native holds a UEFA Pro License.

“I’m very proud to be joining U.S. Soccer,” Hudson said. “It’s a really exciting time with the game’s rapid growth in this country and especially with so many talented young players coming through the ranks. I can’t wait to work with them and help develop these players into contributors at the highest level.”

Hudson, who will oversee all aspects of the U-20 program while managing the programming of the U-18 and U-19 teams, will hold his first training camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. this week.

The U-20 team will begin preparations for this summer’s Concacaf U-20 Championship, where it will face Costa Rica, Jamaica and St. Kitts and Nevis in the group stage.

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MLS SuperDraft 2020: List of players eligible for selection

The MLS SuperDraft may not be what it used to be, but for the young players vying for a spot on a Major League Soccer team, it matters all the same.

MLS announced Tuesday its list of 141 college players eligible for selection in the draft, which will take place over four rounds and see up to 104 players picked, though teams are expected to forgo their picks in the later rounds.

The 2020 MLS SuperDraft will be the first that will not be held as a live event, and instead it will be conducted via conference call. The first two rounds will be held Thursday at 12:30 p.m. ET and will be streamed online, while the remaining two rounds will be held Jan. 13.

Here are all the college players eligible for the draft:

GA = Generation Adidas | S.Sr = Signed senior

NamePositionUniversity
Achara, IfunanyachiFGeorgetown
Adams, ShakFFlorida Gulf Coast
Afamefuna, RobinDVirginia
Ahlinvi, JorisMIndiana
Avila‐Good, JulianMSeattle
Aviza, AustinGKProvidence
Awana, AdrienDManhattan College
Baynham, WillFUC Santa Barbara
Beason, Tanner (S.Sr)DStanford
Bell, JonDUMBC
Bentley, MatthewFMissouri State
Bergmann, JohannesDMaryland
Berry, MiguelFSan Diego
Billingsley, NoahDUC Santa Barbara
Blaskic, IvanDUMass Lowell
Booth, AndrewMFlorida International
Boudadi, YounesDCreighton
Boyce, DevinMSaint Louis
Brodacki, NiklasFCentral Arkansas
Burgess, NkosiDSeattle
Candia, ThibaultMUC Santa Barbara
Chaouche, TeddyMUNC Charlotte
Coan, JoshFMarquette
Colacci, AntonioMNew Hampshire
Corfe, DeriFWright State
Crognale, EliMMaryland
Damiani, DanielMGeorge Mason
Dean, JonathanDCentral Florida
DeZart, JoeyMWake Forest
Diaz, EricDOregon State
Dieterich, TannerMClemson
Dieye, CherifMLouisville
Dike, Daryl (GA)FVirginia
Dumas, FelicienDNotre Dame
Easterling, KorayDTulsa
Edwards, KyleMTexas Rio Grande Valley
Elias, StephenFSeton Hall
Engebretsen, AndersFSaint Mary’s College
Fala, JosephDRamapo College
Fawole, JoshFLoyola – Maryland
Fernandes, GustavoDStony Brook
Ferriol, ManuelMJames Madison
Gagliardi, DanielGKFlorida International
Garcia‐Herreros, SebastianDWest Virginia
Gilbey, JaredMStanford
Gomez, SamMCalifornia State – Bakersfield
Gomez, AndresMHoward
Gonzalez, JorgeMSIU Edwardsville
Goodrum, PhillipMUNC – Wilmington
Griffin, DannyMProvidence
Guhl, BrandonFButler
Haakenson, LukeMCreighton
Hallahan, JackFMichigan
Harris, DayonnFConnecticut
Harter, SkyeMAkron
Higgins, NyalDSyracuse
Jennings, CalFCentral Florida
Jimenez, JonathanFPacific
Johnston, AlistairDWake Forest
Jovanovski, DarioMUMass Lowell
Kasak, JamesDVirginia Tech
Kashani, KavianDUC Santa Barbara
Kelly, JeremyDUNC
Kessler, Henry (GA)DVirginia
Knox, AlexDUCLA
Kouma, EmmanuelMRider
Kristiansen, PederDRhode Island
Lander, HenryDSan Diego
Lapa, BrunoMWake Forest
Lapsley, WallisGKUC Davis
Lefebvre, SimonGKTemple
Lekressner, SimonDCalifornia
Leme, GuiFMidwestern State
Lobe, JustinDYale
Maher, Jack (GA)DIndiana
Masset, LoukaDLouisville
Matthews, LukeDElon
Mbaye, MalickDClemson
McGraw, ZacDWest Point
McKenzie, CarltonFSeton Hall
McLaughlin, GarrettFSMU
Megally, AidanMLoyola – Chicago
Mehlich, TimoMUNLV
Mejia, WillDVirginia Tech
Meyer, KeeganGKHigh Point
Molloy, AaronMPenn State
Moreno, MalcolmDIona College
Morse, JacksonDMemphis
Munts, FortiaMVCU
Mwembia, AnthonyGKBowling Green
Nealis, Dylan (S.Sr)DGeorgetown
Nielsen, PatrickDMichigan State
Nogueira, LeonardoMUC San Diego
Nus, SergiDDuke
O’Callaghan, NickDFlorida International
Oland, JoergenDFordham
Ortiz, ReyFPortland
Otim, DerrickMXavier
Panicco, ElliotGKUNC Charlotte
Pelaez, PabloMSan Diego State
Perez, JesusMUI – Chicago
Petridis, NikoMSt. John’s
Pieters, JelaniFUNC
Pita, PauloGKMarshall
Popovic, NebojsaFMichigan
Power, JeranimoMCoastal Carolina
Prieur, RemiGKSaint Mary’s College
Proch, DanieleMDuke
Prpa, LukaMMarquette
Prsa, RokoMUMass Lowell
Raposo, Ryan (GA)FSyracuse
Restrepo, MateoDUC Santa Barbara
Reynolds, DannyDUNC Wilmington
Robinson, Robbie (GA)FClemson
Rudel, JakeFSaint Mary’s College
Ryosuke, KinoFLouisville
Samake, AbdouDMichigan
Saramago, BrianFLoyola – Maryland
Scearce, JohnMCornell
Seagrist, PatrickDMarquette
Sharifi, BarryMLoyola – Maryland
Shimazaki, RyoDVCU
Siegfried, ParkerGKOhio State
Skahan, JackMUNC
Smart, TomDAkron
Smith, WillGKLehigh
Svehlik, JakubFSaint Mary’s College
Taneski, RokDDayton
Timmer, JaredMButler
Townsend, JaretMWashington
Turnbull, DuncanGKNotre Dame
Vargas, AdamMSan Diego State
Verdi, AndrewGKMichigan
Waever, SimonDIndiana
Waldeck, DerekMStanford
Wetungu, MichaelDMichigan State
Whelan, EamonFQuinnipiac
Williamson, BrandonMDuke
Zarokostas, StavrosFRhode Island

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Eligible Player List Announced for 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas

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Deila named New York City coach on three-year deal

Ronny Deila has been named the new head coach of New York City. The former Celtic boss has signed a three-year deal to take charge of the MLS club, who have been seeking a new coach since the departure of Domenec Torrent last November. “When the opportunity came up to join New York City FC […]

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