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Posts Tagged ‘MLS SuperDraft.’

Portland re-signs Mwanga to MLS contract for 2013

 

Danny Mwanga (courtesy MLS)

The Portland Timbers re-signed forward Danny Mwanga, a homegrown fan favorite to a new contract.

Mwanga played collegiately at Oregon State University.

The Zaire native scored three goals in 18 games in 2012.

The 2010 MLS SuperDraft #1 pick has scored 15 goals with nine assists in 79 career games.

He has also played for the Philadelphia Union in the MLS.

 

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LA Galaxy’s Gonzalez top MLS defender

 

Omar Gonzalez (courtesy of MLS)

Omar Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Galaxy is tough to get past with the soccer ball. The reason is, at 6’5, he is not easy to move past by kicking the ball or using the head or body.

With his toughness in defending, it makes sense that he has been voted the 2011 Major League Soccer Defender of the Year.

The 23-year-old was a 2009 3rd round pick of the Galaxy in the MLS SuperDraft.

Gonzalez has dual citizenship of Mexico and the United States.

Gonzalez received 94.5 of the vote from club officials, media and players groups. Finishing second was Jamison Olave of Real Salt Lake who finished with 50.7.

The percentage totals are from all the votes added together.

 

Info compiled from MLS & Los Angeles Galaxy news

 

 

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: Tony Tchani, Columbus Crew midfielder

The Columbus Crew on Friday acquired midfielder Tony Tchani from Toronto FC in exchange for defender Andy Iro and midfielder Leandre Griffit.  As a Generation adidas player, Tchani will not count against the Crew’s salary cap this season.

The 22-year-old Tchani, a native of Duola, Cameroon, Tchani was drafted by the New York Red Bulls in the first round (#2 overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. In his first professional season, he appeared in 27 matches, starting 17, scoring a goal and adding three assists.

Tchani made his MLS debut as a second half substitute in a 1-0 win over Chicago on March 20, 2010 and his first MLS start a 4-0 loss to San Jose on May 8 of the same season. He recorded his first career MLS goal against the Crew on May 20 and his first career assist on a Rafa Marquez goal at Toronto on August 21.

Tchani started the 2011 season in New York, then he was dealt to Toronto FC on April 1, as part of the Dwayne De Rosario trade.

While at Toronto, he started in 13 matches, compiling 1,032 minutes and scoring one goal, against the Crew, on April 23, in a 1-1 draw at BMO Field.

Tchani, who is 6’4, is out of the University of Virginia where he spent two years before entering the MLS SuperDraft. During his time at UVA he helped lead the Cavaliers to the 2009 NCAA Men’s College Cup, was a First Team All-American selection by the NSCAA, earned spots on the ACC and NCAA College Cup All-Tournament teams and earned 2008 ACC Freshman of the Year honors after recording nine goals and three assists.

 

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Second half scoring sends Crew past expansion Vancouver, 2-1

 

Josh Gardner Crew Midfielder

The soccer match between the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Columbus Crew on Saturday came down to a 20-minute stretch in the second half.

During that span of time, there were three goals scored in 20 minutes, two by Columbus’ Emilio Renteria in a space of nine minutes to give his team the winning margin of 2-1.

Omar Salgado gave Vancouver hope in the game with his first career MLS tally in the 70th minute and made for an exciting finish with the Crew making several key defensive stops to gain its third win.

Salgado is the 17-year-old superstar-in-the-making, a forward who was selected first overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.

Renteria scored both goals off of his “left foot for the first time in his career”, he said.

Renteria converted a penalty kick in the 50th minute, then scored off a pass from Dejan Rusmir nine minutes later for his thrid goal of the season by slotting the ball past a stunned goalkeeper Jay Nolly from about 12 yards out.

Renteria has been hot, scoring all three of his goals this season in the past two games.

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The Whitecaps kept up their relentlessness, as Salgado tried to tie the game at 2-2 in the 79th, but Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer stopped his shot.

Earlier, there was a close call, as Crew defender Josh Gardner made a goal line block on Nizar Khalfan’s shot.

The Crew ups their record to 3-1-3 while Vancouver drops to 1-4-3.

The attendance was 11,298 and the game lasted 1 hour, 51 minutes.

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS GAME NOTES:

* The Whitecaps have not earned any points on the road as of yet.

* Vancouver beat the Crew during the pre-season in Arizona, 2-1 on February 8.

* As a United States League team, the Whitecaps never lost to an Ohio team.

* The Whitecaps are only the third MLS expansion team to win their inaugural league match, after beating Toronto FC 4-2 on March 19. The others include Chicago in 1998 and Seattle in 2009.

* On Thursday, April 28, Vancouver signed ten-year MLS veteran and former US international midfielder #33 Peter Vagenas. The 33-year-old played the last two seasons with the Seattle Sounders FC and before then, eight seasons with the LA Galaxy.

* This is Vancouver’s 36th season of professional soccer, and 25th consecutive season. They are the longest running pro soccer club in the US and Canadian history.

* Whitecaps FC are the 17th team admitted to the MLS. This is the league’s 16th season, having started up in 1996, and it now has 18 teams. When Vancouver joined the NASL in 1974, that league was starting its seventh season, and had 15 teams.

* Vancouver are looking to qualify for the playoffs for the 15th consecutive year. The Whitecaps have reached the playoffs 31 times in 35 seasons, failing only in 1974, 1975, 1994 and 1996.

COLUMBUS CREW GAME NOTES:

* Eddie Gaven is a new dad.

* Josh Gardner made his first MLS start.

COLUMBUS CREW POST-GAME LOCKERROOM INTERVIEWS

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Robin Fraser, Ex-Columbus Crew fan favorite, named Chivas USA coach

Robin Fraser (courtesy of MLS)

MLS member, Chivas USA recently announced that Robin Fraser, a dominating player during his 10-year Major League Soccer career and a respected assistant coach in four seasons with Real Salt Lake, has been named as their new head coach.

The 44-year-old Fraser, will get ready for the MLS SuperDraft, training camp and the 2011 regular season, which has Chivas USA kicking off Saturday March 19 against Sporting Kansas City at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Fraser has become one of the most widely respected Assistant Coaches in Major League Soccer due to his work in four seasons with Real Salt Lake and head coach Jason Kreis.

Since Fraser joined RSL in 2007, the team has won an MLS Cup (2009) and has set a record for most consecutive home matches without a loss, currently at 25 league games and 33 matches in all competitions.

In 10 MLS seasons as a player, Fraser established himself as one of the league’s top defenders, earning two MLS Defender of the Year awards in 1999 and 2004, as well as earning five appearances on the MLS All-Star Team and MLS Best XI (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004).

The first-ever pick of the LA Galaxy in the 1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft (fourth overall), Fraser played in 260 games (256 starts) with three teams, the Galaxy from 1996-2000, Colorado Rapids 2001-2003 and the Columbus Crew (2004-2005).

Fraser was born in Kingston, Jamaica, but attended high school in Miami, Florida and went to Florida International University.

After receiving his United States citizenship in 1986, the central defender made 27 appearances for the United States National Team, from 1988 to 2001.

Fraser and his wife Ashley, have two daughters, Danielle and Nicola.

Info courtesy of Chivas USA and Columbus Crew news

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