The following appeared in Sunday, January 13 editions of The Dallas Morning News. SportsDay columnist Kevin Sherrington wrote about Zach Loyd and Bobby Warshaw's recent trip to Connecticut for Soccer Night in Newtown.
NEW YORK – The 2013 MLS SuperDraft, presented by adidas, will be broadcast to a global audience through an innovative distribution approach featuring ESPN SportsCenter and a number of online streaming partners including ESPN3, ESPNFC, MLSsoccer.com, YouTube and FCDallas.com.
The SuperDraft will take place on Thursday, January 17 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind., in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention. Starting at 11 a.m. CT, the first overall selection will be broadcast live on ESPN SportsCenter.
FC Dallas fans will be able to watch the official live-stream of the draft on FCDallas.com. Fans will also be able to follow along and particiapate in a live chat hosted by FCDallas.com's Mark Norris and Scott Brown, who will provide behind-the-scenes photos and updates from the draft site in Indianapolis along with all the details on FC Dallas' selections.
“We are taking a more progressive and fan-centric approach to how we’re distributing and producing the 2013 MLS SuperDraft,” said MLS Chief Marketing Officer Howard Handler. “We have a young, diverse, digitally active fan base who will watch from home, from the office, from coffee shops, or just about anywhere. Soccer is a worldwide sport and this new initiative also allows us to continue catering to MLS fans across the globe.”
“We looked at the numbers from last year and draft day is the busiest day of the year for MLSsoccer.com. We thought this would be the right opportunity to step out, innovate, and do something more forward-looking.”
Fans of MLS will also be able to watch the entire draft live on ESPN3, ESPNFC, MLSsoccer.com and YouTube. Additional online media outlets may be added to the list of broadcast partners in the coming days.
The HD broadcast will feature ESPN soccer commentators Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman, who will provide the thorough analysis that MLS fans have come to expect. They will be joined by members of the MLSsoccer.com editorial team and other guests.
The 2013 MLS SuperDraft will include two rounds and 38 overall selections. The first nine selections are currently held by clubs that did not qualify for the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs, in reverse order of regular season finish. The remaining 10 positions currently belong to clubs that were eliminated in the same round of the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs, in reverse order of regular season finish. FC Dallas has the No. 7 and No. 20 overall picks in this year's draft.
CHICAGO – U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has called 20 players for a week-long training camp from Jan. 14-22 in Puebla, Mexico.
During the camp, the U.S. will face Panama twice in closed-door matches on Saturday, Jan. 19, and on Monday, Jan. 21.
Puebla is the site of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, in which the team will be competing Feb. 18-March 3. The event serves as the qualifying tournament for the CONCACAF region and will determine the four regional berths to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
At the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, the U.S. will face Costa Rica and Haiti in Group A, while Canada, Nicaragua and Cuba make up Group B. Group C is comprised of Jamaica, Panama and Puerto Rico, while Mexico, El Salvador and Curaçao make up Group D.
U.S. U-20 MNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City; Overland Park, Kan.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Mikey Ambrose (Maryland; Frisco, Texas), Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Unattached; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Mikey Lopez (North Carolina; Mission, Texas), Daniel Metzger (Maryland; Holmdel, N.J.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (6): Brandon Allen (Georgetown; Old Bridge, N.J.), Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), Darius Madison (Virginia; Philadelphia, Pa.), Jonathan Top (FC Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)
Photos courtesy Major League Soccer
Representatives from numerous MLS teams along with past U.S. Soccer men's and women's national team players gathered in Newtown today - site of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary - for Soccer Night in Newtown. The event was organized by Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti to bring some much needed joy and fun to the residents of Newtown.
FC Dallas players Bobby Warshaw and Zach Loyd are the FC Dallas players in attendance and are pictured on the bottom left in the first row.
Pictured below is Zach Loyd spending time with a young Newtown student.
NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer today announced that Eriq Zavaleta, a member or the 2012 NCAA Division I College Cup winning Indiana University team has, signed a Generation adidas contract. Additionally, MLS has signed five college seniors in advance of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas: Carlos Alvarez (University of Connecticut), Ryan Finley (University of Notre Dame), Dillon Powers (University of Notre Dame), John Stertzer (University of Maryland) and Kyle Bekker (Boston College).
Since stepping on campus at Indiana University, Zavaleta, son of former El Salvadoran national team player Carlos Zavaleta, has been one of the best college players in the country. The Westfield, Ind., native capped off his sophomore season by assisting on the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Georgetown to win the national championship. Nephew of former MLS and U.S. National Team defender Greg Vanney, he was named to the College Cup All-Tournament team as well as a College Soccer News First-Team All American thanks in part to his 18 goals on the season.
Alvarez, a Los, Angeles, Calif. native, capped off his impressive four-year career with the University of Connecticut by leading his team to the 2012 Big East Regular Season Championship. Alvarez, whose father played professionally in Mexico with Chivas Guadalajara, has worked tirelessly to make himself one of the top players in this years’ draft. The 2009 Big East Freshman of the Year and 2012 Midfielder of the Year finished his collegiate career as third all-time at Connecticut with 42 assists.
Finley, a finalist for the prestigious MAC Hermann Trophy, was named the 2012 Big East Offensive Player of the Year for his contributions to Notre Dame’s season. Finley transferred from Duke University after being named the 2010 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and finished his last two seasons in South Bend. The NSCAA First Team All-American ranked second nationally in goals (21) and points (46) during his senior year with the Fighting Irish.
Powers has been a mainstay in Notre Dame’s lineup since his freshman year. A native of Plano, Texas, Powers was a two-time team captain for the Fighting Irish who is just as involved off the field as he is on it. An active participant in the Take Ten program – which aims to teach kids to practice non-violence – as well as the Salvation Army, Powers is a Finalist for the 2012 Senior Class Award. The U.S. Youth International started 64 of his 78 career games in South Bend.
After a breakout junior campaign, Stertzer returned to the University of Maryland for his senior season and was named a NSCAA All-American as well as First Team All-ACC. The Oakton, Va., native finished the season with seven goals and seven assists while starting 21 of 23 games for the Terrapins while leading his squad to the College Cup semifinals.
Bekker, an Oakville, Ontario native, has been a mainstay in Boston Colleges’ lineup since he started all 23 games his freshman season. The creative midfielder finished his college career ranking second all-time in assists (22) in Golden Eagles history. He led Canada to the semifinal of the 2012 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying tournament last March in his second stint with the U23 Canadian National Team and is a two-time All-ACC First Team member.
The 2013 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas will take place at the Indiana Convention Center on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 12 p.m. ET.
For matches with multiple goals, scorers listed by order of minute scored in particular match.
NEW YORK – Major League Soccer and adidas today announced the preliminary list of 2013 Generation adidas players. These players will participate in the2013 adidas MLS Player Combine and enter the professional ranks through the 2013 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas. Additional 2013 Generation adidas class members will be announced at a later date.
Among the 2013 Generation adidas class are three NSCAA All-Americans: Andrew Farrell, Mikey Lopez and Walker Zimmerman. Joining that group is Jamaican National Team member and Virginia Commonwealth University standout Jason Johnson.
A native of Lawrenceville, Ga., Zimmerman’s size at center back makes him one of the top prospects in the country after just two seasons at Furman University. The six-foot, three-inch teenager comes from a long line of athletic prowess as his grandfather and great grandfather were former captains in Auburn University’s storied football program. While his brother was a punter for the Atlanta Falcons, Zimmerman took his talents to the soccer field and became a regular for the U.S. U-20 National Team. A two-time NSCAA All-American and All-SoCon selection, the 19-year-old was also named to the College Soccer News All-America First Team this season.
After picking up the game in Lima, Peru while with his father on a mission trip, Farrell took the Louisville youth soccer scene by storm before committing to the University of Louisville. Farrell anchored the Cardinals defense in 2012 and was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year. After leading his team to a 0.62 goals allowed per game average, he was also named a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist.
Few in the college game play with as much heart and energy at as Mission, Texas native Mikey Lopez. Born in Dallas, the young midfielder played an integral role in North Carolina’s run to the National Championship last season, and the 2011 ACC Freshman of the Year didn’t disappoint this year in his sophomore campaign. The U.S. Youth International solidified the Tar Heels’ possession-based style of play in the midfield earning numerous postseason awards.
Johnson has combined his speed and strength with a relentless work rate to make him one of the most exciting forwards in the college game. A native of Happy News, Jamaica, he made his debut for Jamaica’s senior national team on February 10, 2010, coming on in the second half against Argentina.
Players who join MLS as part of the Generation adidas program receive the opportunity to develop their game and hone their skills at the professional level. In addition to training and playing with one of Major League Soccer’s 19 professional clubs, Generation adidas players receive educational grants to further their college education. Generation adidas players do not count against an MLS team’s salary budget.
Each year The Dallas Morning News' Editorial Board selects a Texan of the Year. When the winner is revealed, the paper also prints a list of nominations from its readers of people they thought were worthy of the honor for that year.
A DMN reader nominated FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz for his in-season bone marrow donation. The DMN published the letter nominating Seitz in its most recent Sunday editions and is pictured above. It reads:
"I nominate Chris Seitz. Chris is a goalkeeper for the FC Dallas soccer club and donated bone marrow to save a stranger's life. He made the decision to do this in September, even though he would miss the rest of the soccer season and without the guarantee of a contract for next season. In this age of professional athletes with huge egos and salaries to match, it takes a very special person to do what Chris has done."