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MLS adds Edu, Boswell, Franklin to upcoming AT&T All-Star Game



Seattle’s Chad Marshall and LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez replaced

NEW YORK (Saturday, August 2, 2014) – MLS All-Star Head Coach Caleb Porter has selected Philadelphia Union midfielder Maurice Edu and D.C. United defenders Bobby Boswell and Sean Franklin as replacements for Seattle Sounders FC defender Chad Marshall, LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane and LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez for Wednesday’s 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich (9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, UniMas, TSN, RDS).


Edu made his return to MLS this year from Premier League side Stoke City, signing with the Union on January 27th. He has started in each of the 18 matches he’s played in at midfield and defense, contributing three goals and two assists while helping Philadelphia stay in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.


Boswell, a seasoned MLS defender, returned to D.C. United this year after spending six seasons with the Houston Dynamo; Franklin, a seven-year MLS veteran, spent his past six seasons with the LA Galaxy earning the MLS Rookie of the year in 2008. Both Boswell and Franklin have helped D.C. turn around its season – going from last place in MLS last year to one of the top three teams in the league this year.


“Given the limited minutes that Omar and Robbie would need to play due to having a game on Friday and the injury to Chad, I felt we needed to bring in Sean, Bobby and Maurice to provide us with more cover in the back,” Porter said. “This will also allow us to manage the other players’ time so everyone is ready for their matches on the weekend.”



MLS hands down Week 18 disciplinary action on Shane O’Neill

Shane O'Neill (courtesy MLS & Colorado Rapids)

NEW YORK – Colorado Rapids defender Shane O’Neill has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for serious foul play which endangered the safety of an opponent in the 11th minute of the match on July 12 against the Philadelphia Union (VIDEO).


Columbus Crew midfielder Bernardo Anor was issued a red card in the 84th minute of the match on July 12 against the New York Red Bulls (VIDEO). Through the MLS Players Union, Anor submitted an appeal, which was upheld. Anor will be available for the game against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, July 16.



MLS All-Star roster set with World Cup stars

MLS All-Stars to take on German Bundesliga champions F.C. Bayern Munich

NEW YORK (July 16, 2014) – Eight players who took part in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil highlight the list of athletes named to Major League Soccer’s 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Fan XI that will compete against German giants Bayern Munich in the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday, August 6 at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon.  The match will be televised live on ESPN2, UniMas, and in Canada on TSN and RDS starting at 9:30 p.m. ET.


U.S. men’s national team captain Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC) features alongside World Cup teammates Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy) and Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake). The Fan XI is rounded out by 2010 World Cup hero Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), former French World Champion Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), and AT&T/EA SPORTS “More Than a Vote” Challenge winner Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC).


In what could shape up to be a stateside World Cup showcase, MLS All-Star opponents Bayern Munich currently field seven players that took part in Germany’s World Cup winning team. In total, 14 Bayern players represented their countries in Brazil, more than any club in the world.


The Fan XI received the most votes at their respective positions from combined fan voting on two platforms – online at and via Twitter. The ballot consisted of eight players from each club, as chosen by the media.


Martins earned his place on the Fan XI through the innovative AT&T/EA SPORTS MLS All-Star ‘More Than a Vote’ Challenge. Fans scored more than one million goals with Martins in FIFA 14, with one goal equaling one vote. Other players who finished in the top five of ‘More Than a Vote’ Challenge were Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls) and Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy).


A 3-4-3 formation was selected for this year’s Fan XI. Bios for the 11 All-Stars named today are at the bottom of this release.


2014 MLS All-Star Fan XI

Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)


Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)


Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)


Forwards: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC – AT&T/EA SPORTS “More than a Vote” Challenge winner)


Players who were close to the leading vote-getters at their positions, but finished outside the Fan XI include, in alphabetical order by last name: Steven Beitashour (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Júlio César (Toronto FC), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Aurelien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC) and Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City).


The Fan XI are not necessarily included on the game day roster. MLS All-Star coach Caleb Porter will select the roster based on player availability and tactical considerations, but all Fan XI players are All-Stars.


Two selections by MLS Commissioner Don Garber, and Porter’s complete 20-man game day roster, will be announced on Saturday, July 19 during ESPN2’s broadcast of Sporting Kansas City vs. LA Galaxy.


Under the CBA, a total of 32 players will be named All-Stars. After the game day roster, the remaining players receiving the All-Star honor will come from voting among MLS players.

Bios for 2014 MLS All-Star Fan XI:

(Listed by position in a 3-4-3 formation)

Nick Rimando                     Goalkeeper          Real Salt Lake                     Nationality: USA                 Born: June 17, 1979

In his 15th MLS season, Rimando earns his fourth All-Star selection (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014). He has 111 career shutouts, which is one shy of the MLS record of 112. A two-time MLS Cup Champion (2004, 2009), he was named MLS Cup MVP in 2009 with Real Salt Lake. Following his standout 2013 season, Rimando was selected as a member of the U.S. men’s national team World Cup squad.

Matt Besler                          Defender              Sporting Kansas City        Nationality: USA                 Born: February 11, 1987

The 2012 MLS Defender of the Year and two-time Best XI selection earns his third MLS All-Star selection (2011, 2013, 2014). Besler was at the heart of the Sporting Kansas City defense that helped the team win MLS Cup 2013. The Overland Park, Kan. native was an integral part of the U.S. men’s national team’s defense at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, starting all four matches as the team advanced to the Round of 16.

Omar Gonzalez                   Defender              LA Galaxy                             Nationality: USA                Born: October 11, 1988

A fixture for the U.S. men’s national team in World Cup Qualifying, Gonzalez made 14 appearances in 2013 and was second on the team in minutes played with 1,172. Since the Galaxy selected Gonzalez third overall in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, he has been named MLS Rookie of the Year, Defender of the Year and to three MLS Best XI’s, while helping the Galaxy win two MLS Cups (2011, 2012) and two Supporters’ Shields (2010, 2011).

DeAndre Yedlin                   Defender              Seattle Sounders FC         Nationality: USA                 Born: July 9, 1993

In 2013, Yedlin became the first Homegrown Player signing in the history of the Seattle Sounders FC. This is his second All-Star selection (2013, 2014) after being named an All-Star by Commissioner Don Garber in 2013. After a standout rookie season, Yedlin became the first Homegrown Players to make the U.S. national team’s World Cup roster, appearing in three of the team’s four games in Brazil.

Clint Dempsey                    Midfielder             Seattle Sounders FC         Nationality: USA                 Born: March 9, 1983

After returning to MLS last August, Dempsey has led Sounders FC to the best record in the League so far in 2014, contributing nine goals and three assists. The captain of the U.S. men’s national team, Dempsey scored the team’s fastest goal in World Cup history at 29 seconds in the 2-1 win over Ghana, making him the first American player to score in three consecutive World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014).


Michael Bradley                  Midfielder             Toronto FC                           Nationality: USA                 Born: July 31, 1987

Returning to MLS after playing nine seasons abroad. Bradley is the engine of Toronto FC’s midfield. He started and played every minute of the U.S. men’s national team’s four games during the World Cup. This is Bradley’s first MLS All-Star selection, but second appearance after playing for AS Roma in the 2013 All-Star game.

Graham Zusi                        Midfielder             Sporting Kansas City        Nationality: USA                 Born: August 18, 1986

A six-year MLS veteran, Zusi was named to the U.S. men’s national team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup; played in all four games in Brazil and assisted on goals in the 2-1 win against Ghana, and the 2-2 draw against Portugal. Named to the Fan XI in 2013, and recorded six goals and eight assists while helping Sporting KC win MLS Cup 2013. Has scored one goal and added four assists so far in 2014.

Kyle Beckerman                Midfielder             Real Salt Lake                     Nationality: USA                 Born: April 23, 1982

Playing in his 15th MLS season, Beckerman is among MLS all-time leaders in games and minutes played. He made his FIFA World Cup debut in Brazil, starting all three group stage games for the U.S. and helping the team advance to the Round of 16. He captained RSL to its first ever MLS Cup title in 2009 and this is his eighth straight All-Star nomination.

Landon Donovan                Forward                LA Galaxy                             Nationality: USA                 Born: March 4, 1982

The all-time leading goal scorer in MLS history with 137 goals and second in assists with121 assists, Donovan has been named an MLS All-Star for his 14th consecutive season. The all-time leader in goals (57) and assists (56) for the U.S. men’s national team has won five MLS Cup titles, three with the LA Galaxy.

Thierry Henry                      Forward                New York Red Bulls          Nationality: France            Born: August 17, 1977

In his fourth full season with the New York Red Bulls, Henry has four goals to go along with a MLS-best nine assists in 15 games played. He has been named to the MLS Best XI twice (2011, 2012). Henry helped France win the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and reach the tournament final at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. This is his fourth MLS All-Star Team selection.

Obafemi Martins                 Forward                Seattle Sounders FC         Nationality: Nigeria            Born: October28, 1984

After signing with Seattle as a Designated Player in 2013, Martins has tallied eight goals and six assists in 16 appearances this season.  Prior to joining Seattle, Martins spent six seasons with Italian giants Inter Milan and four seasons in the Barclay’s Premier League with Newcastle United. He has scored 18 goals for the Nigerian national team and made two appearances at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.



Rosters announced for Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game on August 4


League’s top homegrown players to converge in Portland ahead of 2014 AT&T All-Star Game

NEW YORK Twenty of Major League Soccer’s top Homegrown players have been named to the inaugural Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game roster, which will compete against the Portland Timbers U-23s at Providence Park in Portland, as part of the festivities leading up to the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. The game will kick off at 10 p.m. ET on Monday, August 4 and will be streamed live onWatchESPN and Fans can secure free tickets to the game by clicking here. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis and quantities are limited.


All MLS clubs were asked to nominate eligible players for the game, and based on availability, the 20 were selected in consultation with MLS Director of Player Programs Alfonso Mondelo, who will coach the Homegrown team. Players representing 12 MLS clubs will make up this year’s Homegrown team, including Seattle Sounders FC defender DeAndre Yedlin who recently represented the U.S. at the World Cup in Brazil and Chicago Fire midfielder Harry Shipp who is currently a leading candidate for AT&T Rookie of the Year.


2014 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Roster*

Goalkeeper: Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Matt Lampson (Columbus Crew)

Defenders: Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls), Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Karl W. Ouimette (Montreal Impact), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin(Seattle Sounders FC)

Midfielders: Steven Evans (Portland Timbers), Wandrille Lefevre (Montreal Impact), Chris Ritter (Chicago Fire), Harry Shipp (Chicago Fire), Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew)

Forwards: Caleb Calvert (Chivas USA), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy), Sean Okoli (Seattle Sounders FC), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)


Bios for 2014 Chipotle Homegrown Team:

Caleb Calvert                      Forward                                                Chivas USA                                         Born: October 22, 1996

Scored seven goals in 12 games with the U-18 team this 2013-14 USSDA season; the youngest player to sign a professional contract in Chivas USA history


Steven Evans                      Midfielder                             Portland Timbers                               Born: September 19, 1991

The University of Portland product starred for the Timbers U-23s from 2009-2012 and helped the team win the 2010 PDL Championship;  earned All-West Coast Conference honors in all three of his collegiate seasons.

Bradford Jamieson IV        Forward                           LA Galaxy                                             Born: October 18, 1996

The sixth player to be signed as a homegrown for the LA Galaxy, Jamieson IV has thrived with LA Galaxy II scoring five goals in 13 appearances. Named to the USL PRO Team of the Week on May 27 after scoring his first two goals as a professional for LA Galaxy II against OKC Energy FC; earned his second USL PRO Team of the Week honors on June 10.

Jon Kempin                         Goalkeeper                          Sporting Kansas City                        Born: April 8, 1993

Currently on loan with Sporting Kansas City’s USL PRO affiliate OKC Energy FC where he was named to the Team of the Week for week 12; member of the U.S. U20 men’s national team squad

Connor Lade                        Defender                              New York Red Bulls                          Born: November 16, 1989

Made four appearances for the Red Bulls this season after being a regular contributor to the team during their 2013 Supporter’s Shield run

Matt Lampson                     Goalkeeper                          Columbus Crew                                 Born: September 6, 1989

Named  the Crew’s 2013 Humanitarian of the Year; made 13 starts in goal for the Crew, recording five shutouts

Wandrille Lefevre               Midfielder                             Montreal Impact                                 Born: December 17, 1989

Made his MLS debut on April 27, 2013 against the Chicago Fire and recorded an assist in the 2-0 victory; played his way onto the field in 2014, starting and playing in a full 90 minutes in five consecutive games from May 10 – June 11.

Ashtone Morgan                 Defender                              Toronto FC                                           Born: February 9, 1991

A solid presence left back since making his MLS debut in 2011; named the Canadian U20 Player of the Year in 2011

Sean Okoli                            Forward                                                Seattle Sounders FC                         Born: February 3, 1993

Two appearances for the Sounders this season; scored in the team’s 5-0 win over PSA Elite in their U.S. Open Cup matchup

Shane O’Neill                       Defender                              Colorado Rapids                                Born: September 2, 1993

Has played in 41 of the last 43 Rapids matches for which he was eligible, starting all but two; scored his first career MLS goal against Montreal on 5/24/14


Karl W. Ouimette                Defender                              Montreal Impact                                 Born: June 18, 1992

Has nine appearances, including eight starts for the Impact; part of the lineup when Montreal won their second consecutive Amway Canadian Championship this year.


Erik Palmer-Brown            Defender                              Sporting Kansas City                        Born: April 24, 1997

The youngest player in MLS history to start a regular season match as a defender; appeared in three games this season, including two starts


Chris Ritter                          Midfielder                             Chicago Fire                                        Born: October 29, 1990

Made five starts for the Fire in his rookie campaign; named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and earned First Team All-Big Ten honors while at Northwestern


Dillon Serna                         Forward                                                Colorado Rapids                                Born: March 25, 1994

Scored his first career goal on April 26, 2014 at Seattle; also has two assists in 13 appearances (8 starts) this season after debuting in the final regular season match of 2013.


Harry Shipp                          Midfielder                                             Chicago Fire                                        Born: November 7, 1991

MLS Player of the Week after scoring a hat trick in Chicago’s 5-4 win against New York in Week 10; leading Rookie of the Year candidate has tallied six goals and four assists in 15 games this season.


Russell Teibert                   Midfielder                             Vancouver Whitecaps FC                Born: December 22, 1992

Had a breakout season in 2013 recording a team-high nine assists and scoring two goals while starting 19 of his 24 appearances.

Tommy Thompson             Forward                                                San Jose Earthquakes                     Born: August 15, 1995

First homegrown player in San Jose history; has tallied four assists in five appearances with the Earthquakes reserves in 2013.

Wil Trapp                              Midfielder                             Columbus Crew                                 Born: January 15, 1993

Featured prominently for the Crew over the last two seasons, starting all 29 games in which he’s played; member of the U.S. U-20 men’s national team, played in all three group matches at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup and was named U.S. Soccer’s 2013 Young Male Athlete of the Year.


DeAndre Yedlin                   Defender                              Seattle Sounders FC                         Born: July 9, 1993

Regular starter for Seattle, he is the first MLS homegrown player to play for the U.S. in a World Cup; recently helped the U.S. national team advance to the Round of 16

Gyasi Zardes                       Forward                           LA Galaxy                                         Born: September 2, 1991

A versatile attacking player, Zardes has tallied three goals and one assist over 12 appearances in his second year with the LA Galaxy.


* Should any of these players be selected to the game day roster for the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star game, then that player would not participate in the Homegrown game.



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Chivas USA’s Erick Torres earns MLS Player of the Week honors


NEW YORK – Chivas USA forward Erick Torres was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 17 of the 2014 MLS season.


Torres’ two goals propelled Chivas USA to two 1-0 victories, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes and Montreal Impact.

Erick Torres (courtesy MLS & Chivas USA)


Torres registered his first of two game winners in the 53rd minute against the Earthquakes in San Jose on Wednesday, July 2. Chivas USA midfielder Mauro Rosales played a cross into the box that the Earthquakes failed to clear, where Torres collected the loose ball kicked it into the left corner.


In Saturday’s 1-0 win against Montreal, Torres netted a dramatic Goal of the Year nominee. Chivas USA midfielder Marco Delgado’s shot from distance deflected off Montreal defender Matteo Ferrari and bounced towards Torres on the right side of the box, where Torres volleyed the ball to himself and deposited the ball past goalkeeper Troy Perkins with a bicycle kick.



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