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Nebraska-Omaha travels to Dayton for first-ever meeting with Flyers

The Omaha men’s basketball returns to the road this week, opening with Dayton on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+ with Dwight Burgess and Tony White on the call.

Quick Hits
• Omaha is in the midst of a three-game road stretch at Colorado State (Nov. 13), Dayton (Nov. 19) and Washington State (Nov. 21).
• Matt Pile needs one blocked shot to enter the top 10 in school history for career blocks. Bryan Muellner (1985-89) currently sits in the 10th spot with 68 blocks to his credit.
• KJ Robinson enters the week needing just one 3-pointer to reach 100 threes in his career.
• The 2019-20 season is the 107th overall in program history and the ninth of the Mavericks’ Division I era. All-time, the program is 1,183-1,188.
• The Mavericks have shot 50.0% as a team twice this season and have 15 straight wins when shooting 50.0% or better.
• JT GibsonKJ RobinsonAyo Akinwole and Matt Pile will serve as first-time team captains this season.

Scouting the Dayton Flyers
Dayton is 2-0 (0-0 Atlantic 10) on the season after a 90-61 win over Charleston Southern on Saturday. Defending A-10 Rookie of the Year Obi Toppin scored 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting with 11 rebounds to lead UD. Four other Flyers scored in double figures: Rodney Chatman (14), Ryan Mikesell (14), Jalen Crutcher (12) and Trey Landers (10).

Toppin, who was a first-team Preseason A-10 pick, averages a team-leading 25.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Dayton was picked third in the Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll released last month.

Head coach Anthony Grant has compiled a record of 37-29 in three seasons at Dayton and has a 230-139 career mark over 12 years.

All-Time Against Dayton
Tuesday marks the first meeting between Omaha and Dayton.

Against the Atlantic 10
Tuesday’s meeting at Dayton marks the second contest of Omaha’s Division I era against Atlantic 10 competition. All-time, Omaha is 0-1 against members of the conference, having fallen 120-112 to Duquesne in the first round of the 2016 CBI postseason tournament. The game included an 80-point second half for the Mavericks.

Last Time Out: Mavericks Drop Road Decision at Colorado State, 80-65
Omaha cut it to a six-point deficit in the second half but came up short last Wednesday at Colorado State, falling 80-65 at Moby Arena. Marlon Ruffin had a breakout performance off the bench, posting a team-high 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting with four triples. He added a team-leading eight rebounds, matching teammate Matt Pile on the glass. JT Gibson hit three 3-pointers and had 15 points, and Ayo Akinwole added 10 more alongside a game-high six assists.

CSU shot 47.5% (29-of-61) from the field and held Omaha to 35.4% (23-of-65). The Rams had a 43-37 advantage on the boards and a 34-18 edge in the paint.

Up Next
Omaha heads to Washington State on Thursday, Nov. 21, with tipoff set for 6 p.m. CT at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Wash.



Andre Shinyashiki, Colorado Rapids rising star, named 2019 MLS Rookie of the Year

NEW YORK – Major League Soccer announced today that Colorado Rapids forward Andre Shinyashiki has been named the 2019 AT&T MLS Rookie of the Year.

The 22-year-old Shinyashiki flourished in his first professional season, registering seven goals to lead all rookies, while also tallying three assists. Shinyashiki established himself as an impact player for Colorado as the club compiled an unbeaten 6-0-3 record in regular season matches where he recorded either a goal or an assist.

  • Video soundbytes from Andre Shinyashiki and Rapids Head Coach Robin Fraser are available HERE.

Drafted with the No. 5 overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft 2019 presented by adidas, Shinyashiki becomes the second Rapids player to win the AT&T Rookie of the Year award, following in the footsteps of 2013 winner Dillon Powers.

Shinyashiki showed a flair for the dramatic in his professional debut, coming off the bench to score for the trailing 10-man Rapids in the waning moments of the match to salvage a 3-3 draw against the Portland Timbers on March 2 in the coldest game in MLS history (watch goal). The rookie then scored the game-winning goal on May 19 against the LA Galaxy in yet another substitute appearance to secure a 1-0 victory ( watch goal). Shinyashiki recorded his first professional assist on May 29 in a 1-1 draw against Philadelphia, providing the equalizing helper in the 71st minute (watch assist).

The highlight of Shinyashiki’s season came on Sept. 7 when he scored his first professional brace in a 2-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC, which led to him being named the MLS Player of the Week. Overall, Shinyashiki recorded five equalizing or game-winning goals and assists this season.

The São Paulo, Brazil native appeared in 31 regular season matches for Colorado this season, registering 1,670 minutes over 18 starts. Shinyashiki won back-to-back national titles while playing at Monte Verde Academy in Florida before attending the University of Denver. While at Denver, Shinyashiki led the program to its first ever College Cup appearance in 2016 and scored 28 goals in his senior season in 2018, the most in NCAA men’s soccer in 20 years.

The AT&T Rookie of the Year was voted on by MLS club technical staff, media and current MLS players. Below is a breakdown of the voting results:

AT&T Rookie of the Year Player % Club % Media % Final %
Andre Shinyashiki (COL) 32.41% 31.31% 34.01% 32.58%
Brenden Aaronson (PHI) 15.52% 32.32% 25.51% 24.45%
Hassani Dotson (MIN) 14.48% 14.14% 16.60% 15.07%
Frankie Amaya (CIN) 5.86% 2.02% 4.05% 3.98%
Chase Gasper (MIN) 5.52% 3.03% 2.83% 3.79%

All-Time AT&T Rookie of the Year Winners
2019: Andre Shinyashiki – Colorado Rapids
2018: Corey Baird – Real Salt Lake
2017: Julian Gressel – Atlanta United
2016: Jordan Morris – Seattle Sounders FC
2015: Cyle Larin – Orlando City SC
2014: Tesho Akindele – FC Dallas
2013: Dillon Powers – Colorado Rapids
2012: Austin Berry – Chicago Fire
2011: C.J. Sapong – Sporting Kansas City
2010: Andy Najar – D.C. United
2009: Omar Gonzalez – LA Galaxy
2008: Sean Franklin – LA Galaxy
2007: Maurice Edu – Toronto FC
2006: Jonathan Bornstein – Chivas USA
2005: Michael Parkhurst – New England Revolution
2004: Clint Dempsey – New England Revolution
2003: Damani Ralph – Chicago Fire
2002: Kyle Martino – Columbus Crew
2001: Rodrigo Faria – MetroStars
2000: Carlos Bocanegra – Chicago Fire
1999: Jay Heaps – Miami Fusion
1998: Ben Olsen – D.C. United
1997: Mike Duhaney – Tampa Bay Mutiny
1996: Steve Ralston – Tampa Bay Mutiny



MLS September-October Player of the Month goes to LAFC’s Carlos Vela


Los Angeles Football Club Forward Carlos Vela Voted
MLS Player of the Month presented by EA SPORTS

Vela honored with special FUT item in EA SPORTS FIFA 20

NEW YORK – Los Angeles Football Club forward Carlos Vela was voted the MLS Player of the Month presented by EA SPORTS™ by members of the media for the months of September-October of the 2019 MLS season. This is the third honor this season for Vela after winning the MLS Player of the Month award in March and April.

As part of every MLS Player of the Month award this season, EA SPORTS FIFA 20 will release a special FUT item to honor the winning player, this month recognizing Vela for his tremendous September and October performance. Vela can be unlocked via a special Squad Building Challenge now live in FIFA 20 Ultimate Team.

The Club’s captain finished September and October with seven goals over five matches. Vela led the league in goals, breaking the MLS single-season goalscoring mark with 34 goals this season. LAFC finished atop the Supporters’ Shield standings (21-4-9 overall record) and secured a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs.

The Mexican international missed the first two matches of September but scored in his return to the field in a 1-1 draw at the Philadelphia Union on Sept. 14 (watch goal). Vela then scored a penalty kick at the death to salvage a 1-1 LAFC draw when hosting Toronto FC on Sept. 21 (watch goal).

LAFC defeated the Houston Dynamo and clinched the Supporters’ Shield at Banc of California Stadium with a 3-1 victory on Sept. 25, with Vela converting a penalty kick for the first goal of the match (watch goal). Vela then scored in the 70th minute to help LAFC to a 1-1 draw at Minnesota United FC on Sept. 29, tying the MLS single-season goalscoring mark (watch goal).

Vela capped his tremendous month with a hat trick in LAFC’s 3-1 home victory over the Colorado Rapids on MLS Decision Day presented by AT&T on Oct. 6. Vela broke the goalscoring record in the 28th minute with a long-range rocket (watch goal) before giving LAFC a 2-0 lead with an outstanding scissor kick in the 31st minute (watch goal ). LAFC capped the day with another Vela goal in the 51st minute (watch goal). Vela is now tied for second in MLS history with a goal in nine consecutive regular season matches.

LAFC will next host either Minnesota United FC or the LA Galaxy in the Western Conference Semifinals in the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs on Oct. 24 at Banc of California Stadium (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/TSN/TVA Sports).

MLS Player of the Month presented by EA SPORTS is voted upon by a panel of select national media members in a process conducted by MLS Communications.



MLS 2019 Golden Boot Award goes to LAFC’s Carlos Vela


Carlos Vela breaks goalscoring record with hat trick
to capture 2019 MLS Golden Boot presented by Audi

Mexican international breaks MLS single-season goalscoring record with 34 goals;
Vela’s hat trick on MLS Decision Day presented by AT&T places
him among top five global goalscorers including Messi and Mbappé
NEW YORK – Los Angeles Football Club forward Carlos Vela tonight won the 2019 Major League Soccer Golden Boot presented by Audi, establishing himself among the global game’s scoring elite, with an MLS record-breaking 34 goals this season. Vela scored a hat trick on MLS Decision Day presented by AT&T to decisively overtake the goalscoring record. 

The 34 goals tallied by Vela is tied for third worldwide alongside the reigning Golden Boot winners from both La Liga (Lionel Messi – 36 goals for FC Barcelona) and Ligue 1 (Kylian Mbappé – 33 goals for Paris Saint-Germain).

With a goals-per-game average of 1.10, Vela finishes the season above Messi (1.05) and in near reach of Mbappé’s per-match production (1.13). Vela becomes the first player in MLS history to finish a season with a goals-per-game average higher than 1.0, joining Zlatan Ibrahimović who finished 2019 with a goals-per-game average of 1.03.

  • Select highlights of Vela’s record-breaking season can be found here.
  • Soundbyte reactions of Vela capturing the MLS Golden Boot presented by Audi will be uploaded here following the match.

Vela broke numerous records this season, surpassing Atlanta United forward Josef Martínez’s mark of 31 goals in an MLS season set last year. Additionally, Vela’s 49 combined goals (34) and assists (15) shatters the MLS record of 38 set by Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco in 2015.

By scoring 34 goals this year, Vela has raised $34,000 for the LAFC Academy through the ‘Audi Goals Drive Progress’ program, a multi-year initiative launch by Audi and dedicated to expanding the breadth of academy resources through contributions toward player education, housing and transportation. The funds raised by Vela – $1,000 per goal scored during the 2019 MLS season – will be used by the LAFC Academy to ensure young players are supported as they endeavor to maintain excellence on the pitch and in the classroom.

“Since 2015, Audi has been proud to support MLS and its journey to showcase the best soccer talent in the world,” said Loren Angelo, vice president of Marketing, Audi of America. “We’re thrilled to congratulate Carlos Vela on his Golden Boot win, and look forward to both his continued success on the pitch, but also the success of the ‘Audi Goals Drive Progress’ program and its pursuit to grow the sport of soccer in America.”

Vela helped LAFC break the MLS record for points in a season, finishing the year with 72 points (21-4-9 overall record). Vela was also named captain for the MLS All-Stars for the second consecutive year, leading the league’s biggest names against Atlético de Madrid at the 2019 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target.

Major League Soccer Golden Boot/Scoring Champion winners

Season Player Team Goals/Points (G/A)
2019 Carlos Vela Los Angeles Football Club 34 goals
2018 Josef Martínez Atlanta United 31 goals
2017 Nemanja Nikolić Chicago Fire 24 goals
2016 Bradley Wright-Phillips New York Red Bulls 24 goals
2015 Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC 22 goals
2014 Bradley Wright-Phillips New York Red Bulls 27 goals
2013 Camilo Sanvezzo Vancouver Whitecaps FC 22 goals
2012 Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes 27 goals
2011 Dwayne De Rosario D.C. United 16 goals
2010 Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes 18 goals
2009 Jeff Cunningham FC Dallas 17 goals
2008 Landon Donovan Los Angeles Galaxy 20 goals
2007 Luciano Emílio D.C. United 20 goals
2006 Jeff Cunningham Real Salt Lake 16 goals
2005 Taylor Twellman New England Revolution 17 goals
2004 Amado Guevara MetroStars 30 (10g, 10a)
Pat Noonan New England Revolution 30 (11g, 8 a)
(TOP 3: Amado Guevara, MetroStars (10g, 10a = 30 pts); Pat Noonan, New England Revolution (11g, 8a = 30 pts); Brian Ching, San Jose Earthquakes (12g, 4a = 28 pts)
2003 Preki Kansas City Wizards 41 (12g, 17a)
(TOP 3: Preki, Kansas City Wizards (12g, 17a = 41 pts); Carlos Ruiz, L.A. Galaxy (15g, 5a = 35 pts); Ante Razov, Chicago Fire (14g, 6a = 34 pts); Taylor Twellman, New England Revolution (15g, 4a = 34 pts)
2002 Taylor Twellman New England Revolution 52 (23g, 6a)
(TOP 3: Taylor Twellman, New England Revolution (23g, 6a = 52 pts); Carlos Ruiz, Los Angeles Galaxy (24g, 1a = 49 pts); Jeff Cunningham, Columbus Crew (16g, 5a = 37 pts)
2001 Alex Pineda Chacón Miami Fusion 47 (19g, 4a)
(TOP 3:  Alex Pineda Chacón, Miami Fusion (19g, 4a = 47 pts); Diego Serna, Miami Fusion, (15g, 15a = 45 pts); John Spencer, Colorado Rapids, (14g, 7a = 35 pts)
2000 Mamadou Diallo Tampa Bay Mutiny 56 (26g, 4a)
(TOP 3: Mamadou Diallo, Tampa Bay Mutiny (26g, 4a = 56 pts); Clint Mathis, Los Angeles/MetroStars, (16g, 14a = 46 pts); Ante Razov, Chicago Fire (18g, 6a = 42 pts); Diego Serna, Miami Fusion, (16g, 10a = 42 pts)
1999 Jason Kreis Dallas Burn 51 (18g, 15a)
(TOP 3: Jason Kreis, Dallas Burn (18g, 15a = 51 pts); Roy Lassiter, D.C. United, (18g, 11a = 47 pts); Ronald Cerritos, San Jose Clash (15g, 9a = 39 pts)
1998 Stern John Columbus Crew 57 (26g, 5a)
(TOP 3: Stern John, Columbus Crew (26g, 5a = 57 pts); Cobi Jones, Los Angeles Galaxy (19g, 13a = 51 pts); Welton, Los Angeles Galaxy (17g, 11a = 45 pts)
1997 Preki Kansas City Wizards 41 (12g, 17a)
(TOP 3: Preki, Kansas City Wizards (12g, 17a = 41 pts); Jaime Moreno, D.C. United, (16g, 8a = 40 pts); Raul Diaz Arce, D.C. United (15g, 6a = 36 pts)
1996 Roy Lassiter Tampa Bay Mutiny 58 (27g, 4a)
(TOP 3: Roy Lassiter, Tampa Bay Mutiny (27g, 4a = 58 pts); Preki, Kansas City Wiz (18g, 13a = 49 pts); Eduardo Hurtado, Los Angeles Galaxy, (21g, 7a = 49 pts)

* up to the 2004 season, the Scoring Champion was determined by total points, with a goal counting two points and assists counting as one. Beginning in 2005, the title was renamed the Golden Boot, and awarded to the leading goalscorer in the season. In case of a tie, the winner will be decided by the player with the most assists; if still tied, the winner will be the player with fewer minutes played.


MLS announces Inter Miami CF has #1 pick in Expansion Draft


Nashville SC secure No.1 ranking in Allocation Order
NEW YORK (October 6, 2019) – Major League Soccer expansion clubs Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC are strategically positioned to make key roster-building moves following their first official league event – the 2019 MLS Expansion Priority Draft on Sunday. The event kicked off an intense final day of the regular season as an introduction to’s “Matchday Central: Decision Day presented by AT&T Pregame Show.”

From midtown Manhattan, Inter Miami CF Managing Owner & CEO Jorge Mas with Sporting Director Paul McDonough joined Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre with General Manager Mike Jacobs to select priorities in the five available player acquisition mechanisms.

Media Assets:

  • Video Highlights: 2019 MLS Expansion Priority Draft
  • Nashville SC Soundbytes: CEO Ian Ayre and Mike Jacobs, General Manager
  • Inter Miami CF Soundbytes: Managing Owner & CEO Jorge Mas and Sporting Director Paul McDonough

An opening coin toss awarded Miami with the first pick, which was used to select the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 Expansion Draft on Nov. 19. With the second selection, Nashville took the No. 1 ranking in the Allocation Order. The two clubs alternated subsequent picks until all five roster-building mechanisms were selected.

MLS Expansion Priority Draft  Results

  1. No.1 pick in 2019 MLS Expansion Draft: Inter Miami CF No. 1, Nashville SC No. 2
  2. No.1 position in Allocation Ranking Order: Nashville SC No. 1, Inter Miami CF No. 2
  3. No.1 pick in 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas: Inter Miami CF No. 1, Nashville SC No. 2
  4. Penultimate position in MLS Re-Entry and End-of-Year Waiver Order: Nashville SC No. 25, Inter Miami CF No. 26
  5. Penultimate position in Discovery Player Ranking: Inter Miami CF No. 25, Nashville SC No. 26
Selection Nashville SC Inter Miami CF
1 2019 Expansion Draft
2 Allocation Ranking Order
3 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas
4 2019 Waiver Draft and Re-Entry Draft Ranking
5 Discovery Player Ranking

The momentum for Miami and Nashville to strengthen their inaugural MLS rosters continues on Nov. 19 with the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft, where the debutants will then have an opportunity to select up to five current players from other MLS teams. Each current MLS team may protect up to 12 rostered players (11 in previous years) from inclusion on the eligible players list.

The complete list of players eligible for selection in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft will be released on Saturday, November 16.

Exempt clubs with players selected by FC Cincinnati in the 2018 Expansion Draft are D.C. United, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo, and the New York Red Bulls.

MLS Expansion Draft HistoryMLS Expansion Draft Rules




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