Ce jeudi 17 janvier aura lieu le SuperDraft de la MLS, grande séance de recrutement annuelle permettant aux clubs d’embaucher des talents en herbe, pour la plupart issus des universités américaines. Vous avez envie de suivre l’événement en direct ? Ça tombe bien, il sera retransmis dans le monde entier !
Alors que le premier choix sera diffusé en direct à l’émission ESPN SportsCenter, la séance sera retransmise dans son intégralité sur ESPN3, ESPNFC, MLSsoccer.com, les sites des clubs de MLS et YouTube, le tout en haute définition et commenté par Alexi Lalas et Taylor Twellman.
« Nous prenons une voie plus progressiste et centrée sur les supporters pour notre façon de diffuser et de produire le SuperDraft 2013 de la MLS, a déclaré Howard Handler, directeur commercial de la MLS. Nous avons une base de supporters jeune, diversifiée et friande de nouvelles technologies, qui regardera l’évènement de la maison, du bureau, du café ou de n’importe où ailleurs. Le soccer est un sport planétaire et cette nouvelle initiative nous permet également de continuer à nous adresser aux passionnés de la MLS à travers le monde. »
Votre club favori va peut-être profiter de l’occasion pour recruter le prochain Nick DeLeon, Austin Berry, CJ Sapong ou Darlington Nagbe. Les recrues potentielles sont actuellement réunies en Floride pour l’Évaluation annuelle des espoirs de la MLS et se produisent devant les prospecteurs et entraîneurs des 19 clubs. Ces derniers connaissent les joueurs à surveiller, car ils les suivent depuis plusieurs mois. Si vous souhaitez les découvrir, lisez ce qu’en disent les experts de MLSsoccer.com qui ont fait leurs prévisions de recrutement.
Exciting times for Mikey Lopez.
The kid's a GA, projected to be a top 10 pick and getting ready to head off with the US Under-20s in the next week.
Lopez showed exactly why he's so highly touted in the first match of the MLS Combine on Friday, holding down the midfield for adiPower in the first half of their 2-2 draw vs. adiPrime.
MLSsoccer.com's own Armchair Analyst, Matthew Doyle, caught up with Lopez after the match, where the 19-year-old gave some interesting tidbits on his team's performance, as well as the reason why he had to come off. Video below.
The clubs have had an incredibly busy week - a week that started off with Soccer Night in Newtown, an event that saw all MLS clubs coming together to support the community in Newtown. Read first-hand accounts from MLS players who attended the event and other impactful community stories in the highlights below.
For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS W.O.R.K.S. news section.
Rumors have been flying about the future of the US international and Chivas USA striker Juan Agudelo ever since he trained at Celtic in November. Now, it seems the 20-year-old's future could be close to decided.
Although vague and unsourced, Sky Sports reported Friday that Celtic are close to signing one of MLS' most-promising forward prospects. While nothing has been confirmed by Agudelo or Celtic, Agudelo's retweet of the Sky Sports article seems to add some veritas to the rumor.
Chivas USA, meanwhile, told Big Apple Soccer back in November that they weren't interested in transferring the young talent. Agudelo, who is currently training with West Ham before arriving in US camp, would likely welcome the move, if his comments while with the Glasgow club are any indication.
Agudelo told STV at that time that he would love to play for Celtic: "This kind of move has been on my mind for as long as I can remember playing soccer. Going and playing in Europe is what I would like to do. This is, right now, where the best football is being played. I would love to play here."
What do you think? Is it just a matter of time before Agudelo makes the move? Is it the right move for the young striker?
Welcome to Florida.
The weather is warm and the sun is shining, which can only mean one thing: The MLS Combine has arrived, and so have we.
Unfortunately, Day One at the Combine is relatively slow in terms of action. The games kick off Friday, so Thursday was a time for all the players to check-in, introduce themselves to one another and get settled in for what are now the most important three matches of their career so far.
Here's what we saw, what we heard, and what we're looking forward to on Day Two:
Hotel Lobby = Combine Headquarters
It's true. If you entered the player's hotel anytime between 2 and 6pm ET on Thursday, you were greeted by a throng of this country's top college soccer talent, congregated in the lobby waiting for their entrance physicals.
All the while, agents came and went (Damani Ralph was everywhere today), a few coaches stopped by (Thomas Rongen is here representing TFC) and we asked pretty much every player: If you could have dinner with four people, alive or dead, who would it be?
The responses, as you might imagine, ran the gamut. There were a few Bob Marleys, some Biggies, Messi and then a lot of Taylor Swift, Kate Beckinsale, Mila Kunis, Kate Upton and Megan Fox.
Big Man on Campus
While the vast majority of the Combine prospects gave off a nervous energy on Thursday, there was one who already looks the part of a pro: Eriq Zavaleta.
Son of a former El Salvador national teamer, nephew of Greg Vanney, national champion and newly-minted Generation adidas signee, Zavaleta cruised around like a guy who knows his spot in professional soccer is already booked. We'll see if the swagger translates on the pitch, and how much he can help his stock.
Meanwhile, across the street....
Literally, across the street, coaches and GMs for every club were arriving, and getting straight down to business. While the players met each other with jokes and bro-hugs, there was no nonsense at the "adults" hotel.
We saw Caleb Porter and Gavin Wilkinson looking awfully stern watching opposition technical staff file in, while Frank Klopas and his staff had already commandeered a massive conference room next to the lobby for two reasons: One, so the Fire braintrust could discuss their next moves as a group. Two, so everyone else could see them discussing their next moves as a group. This is fun.
Meet the Press
After the players were treated to a welcome dinner and an introductory speech from Alfonso Mondelo, eight of the top prospects sat down with MLSSoccer.com to talk a little soccer, a little family and whatever else came up.
The most charming? Carlos Alvarez of UCONN, whose big smile is sure to be a hit wherever he ends up. The most interesting, though? Kekuta Manneh. A native of Gambia, Manneh just turned 18, and you could tell. Manneh spoke softly, almost trembling at times, but everyone here says his game does the talking for him, so I guess that's sufficient.
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Scottish striker Kenny Miller might be on his way out of MLS if he doesn’t prove he’s worth the Designated Player spot in the coming months.
The Vancouver Whitecaps' prized striker joined the team last July and didn’t quite live up to the goalscoring star club president Bob Lenarduzzi was hoping for. Miller scored just two goals in 13 games and had what Lenaruzzi described a “disappointing” season.
According to Lenarduzzi, Miller's future, "really depends on how well he does."
If Miller’s contract is terminated early, a certain Ibrox side is rumored to have their eye on their former forward. Could this mean another return to the Rangers for Miller? Is three times a charm?
Thierry Henry simply can't be stopped.
Even though the quality isn’t great, this video of Henry in Brazil shows why he is truly one of the best in Major League Soccer.
We're sure Red Bull fans hope Henry brings some of those quick tricks back to New York for the 2013 season.
Stuart Holden is back on the field for Bolton, even if he still waiting to step onto the pitch with the first team.
Holden played 65 minutes for Bolton's reserves against Oldham Athletic on Tuesday, a huge step in his quest to return from a knee injury that's kept him out for more than a year. Check out the footage above and comments from Holden after the match below. Needless to say, he's itching to get back but also understands it's still too early to know exactly what the future will hold.
The National Women’s Soccer League has released the list of 55 American, Canadian and Mexican players that will be allocated to the eight clubs in the newly formed league. Club assignments will be announced on Friday, January 11.
“The allocation will provide each club with a foundation of talent to build a competitive roster," said NWSL executive director Cheryl Bailey. "Ultimately, the goal is to pair the teams and players in such a way that we achieve a fair distribution of talent across all eight teams.”
To ensure the teams are as balanced as possible, each club will be assigned two Canadian national team players, two Mexican national team players, and all clubs but one will receive three US women’s national team players. The inaugural season is set to kickoff this spring.
Here’s the list of available players:
Pos., Player Name
GK, Nicole Barnhart
M, Shannon Boxx
D, Rachel Buehler
M, Lauren Cheney
GK, Ashlyn Harris
M, Tobin Heath
D, Ali Krieger
D, Amy LePeilbet
F, Sydney Leroux
M, Lori Lindsey
M, Carli Lloyd
GK, Jill Loyden
D, Heather Mitts
F, Alex Morgan
D, Kelley O'Hara
M, Heather O'Reilly
D, Christie Rampone
M, Megan Rapinoe
F, Amy Rodriguez
D, Becky Sauerbrunn
GK, Hope Solo
F, Abby Wambach
M, Keelin Winters
Pos., Player Name
D, Alina Lisi Garciamendez Rowold
M, Veronica Raquel Perez Murillo
M, Teresa Noyola Bayardo
F, Maribel Dominguez Castelan
F, Monica Ocampo Medina
GK, Aurora Cecilia Santiago Cisneros
M, Lydia Nayeli Rangel Hernandez
F, Renae Nicole Cuellar Cuellar
M, Teresa Guadalupe Worbis Aguilar
F, Anisa Raquel Guajardo Braff
M, Dinora Lizeth Garza Rodriguez
D, Jennifer Marie Ruiz Brown
D, Luz del Rosario Saucedo Soto
D, Rubi Marlene Sandoval Nungaray
GK, Pamela Tajonar Alonso
D, Marylin Viridiana Diaz Ramirez
Pos., Player Name
D, Melanie Booth
D, Robyn Gayle
M, Kaylyn Kyle
GK, Karina LeBlanc
M/F, Adriana Leon
M, Diana Matheson
D/M, Bryana McCarthy
GK, Erin McLeod
D, Carmelina Moscato
M/F, Jodi-Ann Robinson
M, Sophie Schmidt
M, Desiree Scott
D, Lauren Sesselmann
F, Christine Sinclair
D, Rhian Wilkinson
D, Emily Zurrer
Ça y est, le calendrier de la saison régulière 2013 est sorti ! Je vous invite à le consulter ici.
Le coup d’envoi sera donné le 2 mars à 16h00 avec Philadelphie - Kansas City. Le format de compétition est identique à celui de 2012, avec l’inversion du lieu des rencontres entre les clubs qui s’affrontent une seule fois.
Le week-end des 16 et 17 mars promet d’être particulièrement palpitant puisque huit des neuf rencontres au programme opposeront des clubs rivaux. Parmi elles, l’incontournable Seattle - Portland, mais aussi New York - DC United, Dallas - Houston ou encore Montréal - Toronto.
Comme de coutume désormais, il sera possible de regarder en direct chacune des 323 rencontres, que ce soit à l’antenne des partenaires de télédiffusion nationale, sur des chaînes de télévision locales, via le bouquet Direct Kick ou MLS Live. Certaines rencontres retransmises par ESPN et ESPN2 seront même en 3D !
L’élaboration du calendrier a été effectuée en veillant à ne pas entrer en conflit avec les matchs des éliminatoires de la Coupe du monde. En été, les coups d’envois seront rarement donnés avant 16h00, pour éviter qu’un soleil de plomb n’assomme le stade.
Au soir du 27 octobre, après 35 semaines de compétition et 34 matchs pour chaque équipe, le classement final de la saison régulière sera établi. Pourra alors commencer la phase finale de la compétition, qui durera une semaine de plus que l'an dernier puisque la finale de la Coupe MLS se jouera le 7 ou le 8 décembre.