All-Star: Portland Timbers Under-23 team offers a glimpse of what US soccer can become

Borg: Timbers U-23s offer glimpse of what US soccer can become

PORTLAND, Oregon – The fact that the inaugural 2014 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game even took place — the MLS version of a "Futures Game" — was in itself a clear sign of the upward trajectory of soccer development in the US and Canada.

But you can make the argument that the bigger statement made on Monday night was the fact that the Homegrown team of MLS professional players were at times outplayed by the Portland Timbers Under-23s — a team of Timbers academy products and college players, some who only joined the PDL side last week.

All-Star: Portland Timbers DP defender Liam Ridgewell in for injured Kyle Beckerman on MLS roster

All-Star: Timbers DP Ridgewell replaces injured Beckerman on MLS roster

Tweak this. Trade that. Nobody said building an All-Star roster would be easy.

All-Star | El volante Kyle Beckerman se pierde el Partido de las Estrellas por lesión; el inglés Liam Ridgewell lo reemplazará

Kyle Beckerman se pierde el Partido de las Estrellas por lesión; Liam Ridgewell lo reemplazará

Liam Ridgewell on his Timbers debut

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PORTLAND, Oregon – El Director Técnico de las Estrellas de la MLS, Caleb Porter, ha convocado al defensa Liam Ridgewell de Portland Timbers como remplazo del mediocampista lesionado de Real Salt Lake Kyle Beckerman, para el Partido de las Estrellas de la MLS, presentado por AT&T, que se disputará el miércoles contra el Bayern de Múnich (9:30 p.m., hora del Este por UniMás en EE.UU. y por ESPN HD en Latinoamérica).

Primer Plano | Buscando la clave del éxito para forjar a un campeón con Pep Guardiola

Primer Plano | Buscando la clave del éxito para forjar a un campeón con Pep Guardiola

Primer Plano: Pep Guardiola

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PRIMER PLANO es la serie de reportajes especiales de En esta entrega, el Editor Asociado de, Diego Pinzón, analiza qué tan viable es la adaptación del método alemán en el fútbol, particularmente el de Estados Unidos, utilizando a Pep Guardiola - entrenador del Bayern de Múnich - como la principal variable.

Combinado de Fuerzas Básicas de la MLS iguala 0-0 ante la sub23 de Portland Timbers

Combinado de Fuerzas Básicas de la MLS iguala 0-0 ante la sub23 de Portland Timbers

La acción el Partido de las Estrellas de la MLS en la cancha arranco este lunes con el partido de las Fuerzas Básicas Chipotle.

Los mejores jugadores de las fuerzas básicas de la MLS se enfrentaron a la sub-23 de Portland Timbers en un duelo que tuvo mucha acción pero que termino en un empate a cero goles, en el amistoso disputado en el Providende Park la noche del lunes.

All-Star: Inaugural Chipotle Homegrown Game represents a big stride for youth development

Homegrown Game an important benchmark in development, says MLS coach Mondelo

PORTLAND, Ore. – Highlighting the growth of MLS, US and Canadian player development is one of the most widely-discussed topics in North American soccer today.

As the league grows and the US national team continues to become a player on the international stage, club academies and youth national teams have become of the focal point of that bottom-to-top approach. And MLS director of player programs Alfonso Mondelo said there’s no reason why the Chipotle Homegrown Game can’t be a part of that development – even if it is a fun part.

All-Star: Sporting KC goalkeeper Jon Kempin gets his chance to shine in Chipotle Homegrown Game

With no goals to be found, SKC's Kempin takes chance to shine in Homegrown game

PORTLAND, Ore. – With not a goal to be found in the inaugural Chipotle Homegrown Game, it was a night for the goalkeepers to shine.

And MLS Homegrown ‘keeper Jon Kempin, who came on in the second half Monday night at Providence Park, shined the brightest. The Sporting Kansas City product came up with two diving saves to preserve the scoreless draw against the Portland Timbers U-23s and received the game's MVP award for his efforts.

All-Star: New York Red Bulls' Thierry Henry believes Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller don't get enough credit

Who are Henry's favorite players in the world today? They play for Bayern

PORTLAND – When New York Red Bull star Thierry Henry takes the field on Wednesday night against Bayern Munich — possibly his last MLS All-Star Game — he'll go up against two of the soccer players he admires the most on the world stage.

MLS Homegrown Players 0, Portland Timbers U-23 0 | Chipotle Homegrown Game Match Recap

HGP 0, POR23 0: Timbers' youth stands tall against Homegrowns

PORTLAND – MLS All-Star Week's on-field action got underway Monday as the league's top Homegrown products took on the Portland Timbers’ U-23s in the inaugural Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game, which featured plenty of action but no score as the two sides played to a scoreless draw on a steamy evening at Providence Park.

All-Star: Re-live the Men in Blazers live show at Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square

RE-LIVE: Men in Blazers take on the Rose City with special All-Star guests

The "Men In Blazers" had a grand old time in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square on Monday night, entertaining fans packed in at the city landmark with over an hour of their trademark wit, and plenty of special guests, from local hero Will Johnson to US women's national team star Alex Morgan.

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