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Whitecaps FC acquire MLS All-Star striker Kei Kamara! Whitecaps FC acquire MLS All-Star striker Kei Kamara! 

VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC made their second significant attacking addition of the offseason on Sunday, acquiring striker Kei Kamara from the New England Revolution.

"Kei is a player that brings goals and experience to the table," said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. "He's a big body and he thrives off crosses. Most importantly, he's a good character and he's driven to win. We firmly believe that Kei can help lead this team into exciting times next year."

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The Top Showmen in MLS Presented by Target...First Wave’s Kei Kamara!The Top Showmen in MLS Presented by Target...First Wave’s Kei Kamara!

In the fourth installment of MLS Round Table pres. by Target, MLS Veterans discuss the greatest characters MLS has ever seen. 

In part two of our discussion, Marcelo Balboa, Herculez Gomez, Dan Gargan and Sebastian Salazar join host Susannah Collins to talk about the showmen who've taken MLS to another level. Than man...First Wave’s Kei Kamara!

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First Wave’s Nick Lima up for yet another Award...MLS Rookie of Year! First Wave’s Nick Lima up for yet another Award...MLS Rookie of Year! 

Each voting group, representing one-third of the total vote, will have until Monday, October 23 at 5 pm ET to submit their votes.

Below is the list of 17 players named to the ballot for the 2017 AT&T Rookie of the Year award. All players on the Rookie of the Year ballot are nominated by their respective club, with a maximum of three nominations permitted per team.

Complete ballots for the other awards will be released over the coming days. Finalists (three per award) will be announced on Tuesday, October 31. Nick Lima needs your vote!

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Vote for First Wave’s Nick Lima and Leonardo for MLS Defender of the Year!Vote for First Wave’s Nick Lima and Leonardo for MLS Defender of the Year!

Award season is fast approaching in MLS.

Players, technical staffers (technical directors, GMs and coaches) and a select group of national and regional media will begin voting for each of the awards on Tuesday, October 17.

Each voting group, representing one-third of the total vote, will have until Monday, October 23 at 5 pm ET to submit their votes.

Below is the list of 33 players named to the ballot for the 2017 Defender of the Year award. All players on the Defender of the Year ballot are nominated by their respective club, with a maximum of two nominations permitted per team.

Complete ballots for the other awards will be released over the coming days. Finalists (three per award) will be announced on Tuesday, October 31. Leonardo and Lima need your vote!

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Please Donate now to the Heart Shaped Hands Emergency Flood Fund | Flood Relief | Kei Kamara Heart Shaped Hands Foundation

Please Donate now to the Heart Shaped Hands Emergency Flood Fund | Flood Relief | Kei Kamara Heart Shaped Hands Foundation

On August 14, 2017, massive flooding caused mudslides and devastation in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown, leaving over 400 people dead and hundreds more homeless. 

To aid recovery efforts, please DONATE now to the HeartShapedHands emergency flood relief fund to help those victims of the tragedy. All donations made now through the end of August will be matched by HeartShapedHands President Kei Kamara. 

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First Wave's Kei Kamara hits his stride! 4 goals in 3 matches for the MLS All-Star!

First Wave's Kei Kamara hits his stride! 4 goals in 3 matches for the MLS All-Star!

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It’s a small sample size, but in the past three games Kei Kamara has found the goal-scoring form that has often eluded him during his time with the New England Revolution.

Kamara, who found the back of the net 27 times in 41 regular-season appearances with Columbus Crew SC, has scored 15 goals in the same amount of appearances with New England.

The goals have been flowing for Kamara in recent weeks, however, as he’s struck four times in the past three games to match his scoring output through the entire first half of the season.

So, what’s changed? According to Kamara, it’s a matter of service.

“You put the ball in the box, I can score goals,” Kamara said after scoring the Revs’ lone goal in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Fire last weekend. “That’s how all the goals have happened.”

Indeed, three of Kamara’s four goals in recent weeks have been from crosses that he met with first-time finishes inside the box. Most promising for the Revs is that all three of those crosses came from different players: Andrew Farrell, Kelyn Rowe and Lee Nguyen.

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MLS Week 21: Kei Kamara and Rookie of the Year Favorite Nick Lima up for MLS Goal of the Week!

MLS Week 21: Kei Kamara and Rookie of the Year Favorite Nick Lima up for MLS Goal of the Week! 

First Wave's Kei Kamara and Nick Lima battle for this weeks crown!

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Congrats to First Wave Clients! 2017 MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer

Congrats to First Wave Clients! 2017 MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer

MLS's premier, young "Homegrown" players take on Chivas de Guadalajara’s Under-20 team. Chicago natives Brian McBride and Mike Magee will coach the MLS Homegrowns.

MLS Homegrown Team head coach Brian McBride and assistant coach Mike Magee named their 18-man roster for the 2017 MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer on Wednesday, gathering some of the league’s most accomplished young stars to take on the defending Liga MX Under-20 champions Chivas de Guadalajara on Tuesday, August 1 at 8 p.m. ET (UDN, facebook.com/univisiondeportesMLS LIVE in Canada) at Toyota Park.

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Vote for First Wave Players in the 2017 MLS All-Star Game Fan XI!Vote for First Wave Players in the 2017 MLS All-Star Game Fan XI!

Cast your ballot now by using the all new online ballot for 2017 MLS All-Star Game Fan XI presented by Target and by playing EA SPORTS FIFA 17.

From now until Saturday, June 3, fans can vote for the Fan XI exclusively using the free MLS app. You can vote once per day and everyone that submits a ballot is entered to win a VIP trip to the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target. Also, you can earn a bonus contest entry if you share you picks after voting. So voting in the app gives you the most chances to win.

We will extend voting to mlssoccer.com and club websites on Saturday, June 3. All voting ends at midnight pacific time on June 30.

The online Fan XI ballot consists of 176 players (eight per team) who were nominated by media members. Fans can vote for 10 players – a goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and two forwards.

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Sporting Kansas City sign 22-year-old defender, First Wave's Amer Didic to an MLS contract! Weinress inks the deal.Sporting Kansas City sign 22-year-old defender, First Wave's Amer Didic to an MLS contract! Weinress inks the deal.

Sporting Kansas City has signed defender Amer Didic to an MLS contract for the 2017 season with options for 2018, 2019 and 2020, the club announced Wednesday.

Didic made 32 appearances for the Swope Park Rangers during his first professional season in 2016, receiving USL All-League First Team honors as a Defender of the Year finalist after appearing on USL’s Team of the Week a league-high six times. In addition to leading SPR to a Western Conference championship and an appearance in the USL Cup Final, the 6-foot-4 defender played all 90 minutes in three CONCACAF Champions League matches for Sporting Kansas City.

Before starting six matches this season for the Rangers, Didic kicked off 2017 with his debut for the Canada U-23 Men’s National Team in March. He started and played the full 90 minutes in consecutive shutout wins over Uzbekistan and Qatar as Canada was crowned champion of the U-23 tournament in Doha, Qatar.

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10 things about Toronto FC sensation, First Wave's Raheem Edwards!10 things about Toronto FC sensation, First Wave's Raheem Edwards!

TORONTO – With the majority of the squad who reached MLS Cup last season in place for Toronto FC it was going to take something, or someone, special to crack into the starting eleven.

His name is Raheem Edwards.

The 21-year old Mississauga native, a suburb of Toronto, has earned rave reviews for his energetic, dynamic attacking play up the left-touchline this season.

Through nine appearances, he has amassed four assists, including two in a 12-minute cameo last week against Columbus Crew SC, both converted by Tosaint Ricketts, that helped turned the tide, converting a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory. 

MLSsoccer.com caught up with Edwards on Tuesday after training to better get to know the latest Toronto Academy product.

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MLS's Stejskal 'My MLS All-Star starting XI to take down Real Madrid'...First Wave's Nick Lima!MLS's Stejskal: "My MLS All-Star starting XI to take down Real Madrid"...First Wave's Nick Lima!

I really like the San Jose rookie. He’s got as good of a shot against Bale and Ronaldo as Keegan Rosenberry, Harrison Afful, Scott Sutter, Tony Beltran, Alvas Powell or any other right back in the league – I’d like to see him tested. He's in the conversation for best right fullback in the MLS and in the conversation for a call-up with the USNT.

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First Wave's John Hackworth guides the U17 U.S. Men's National Team to a historic 4-3 win versus Mexico!First Wave's John Hackworth guides the U17 U.S. Men's National Team to a historic 4-3 win versus Mexico!

The US, coached by former Philadelphia Union coach John Hackworth, now face one more test against already-eliminated El Salvador on Saturday before they gear up for the next stage. In that second round, dubbed the Classification Stage, the US will be placed in a group with the runners-up from Groups A and B of the first round, with the top two teams in the second-round group advancing to the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India this fall. The group winners will also play for the CONCACAF title on May 7.

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The Video Room: First Wave's Raheem Edwards Creates a Spark!The Video Room: First Wave's Raheem Edwards Creates a Spark!

With the home opener in the books, let’s head back to the video room to dissect the impressive play of Homegrown Rookie Raheem Edwards in his first MLS start.

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First Wave Rookie Nathan Smith find his groove in the LA Galaxy defense!First Wave Rookie Nathan Smith finds his groove in the LA Galaxy defense!

Nathan Smith is just a rookie, but the LA Galaxy's young outside back is already making a name for himself.

Smith, 22 made his second start and third appearance of his fledgling Major League Soccer career last Saturday during the team's 4-2 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Facing a talented Whitecaps attack on the road, Smith did not shrink from the opportunity as he seemed at ease on both sides of the ball. Head Coach Curt Onalfo is pleased with the rookie's performance.

That said, Onalfo isn’t the only one to compliment the youngster’s guile as captain Jelle Van Damme; a left back by trade, has always been impressed with Smith’s start.

“He did well. He can only get better and improve. He’s a young kid with a good mentality,” Van Damme said. “He’s getting more mature with more games that he plays. He’s a good young kid who wants to learn and that’s a very good ability to have as a young soccer player.”

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April Fools! Dwyer, Vermes, Saad prank Sporting KC rookie, First Wave's Colton Storm!April Fools! Dwyer, Vermes, Saad prank Sporting KC rookie, First Wave's Colton Storm!

Sporting KC rookie Colton Storm thought he had a date at a Kansas City coffee shop.

Dom Dwyer, Soony Saad and Peter Vermes thought otherwise.

The SKC manager and forward duo engineered a pretty excellent April Fools prank on Storm, who, lest it be forgotten, has a back tattoo of a lightning bolt flanked by his initials.

 Happy April Fools, rook.

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10 MLS young players who could make an impact in 2017! First Wave's Nick Lima!10 MLS young players who could make an impact in 2017! First Wave's Nick Lima!

Signed as just the second Homegrown player in San Jose history in December, Nick Lima has the chops to make an immediate impact as a rookie. The Cal product earned plenty of playing time during the preseason, and figures to play a significant role at right back for San Jose’s stingy defense.

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LA Galaxy sign Jean Jospin Engola and Andre Ulrich Zanga from First Wave partner, Kadji Sports Academy!LA Galaxy sign Jean Jospin Engola and Andre Ulrich Zanga from First Wave partner, Kadji Sports Academy in Cameroon!

LOS ANGELES, California – LA Galaxy have signed midfielder Andre Ulrich Zanga and defender Jean Jospin Engola, two 19-year-old products from the Kadji Sports Academy in Cameroon, ahead of the 2017 Regular Season, pending receipt of their ITC and P-1 Visa as well as league and federation approval.
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Engola and Zanga each sign their first professional soccer contracts with the Los Angeles Galaxy after spending time at Kadji Sports Academy in Békoko, Douala in Cameroon. Kadji is the home of former Barcelona and Inter Milan forward Samuel Eto’o.

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LA Galaxy sign First Wave's Nathan Smith to a Homegrown Contract! Weinress inks the contract.LA Galaxy sign First Wave's Nathan Smith to a Homegrown Contract! Weinress inks the contract.

The LA Galaxy have signed former Galaxy Academy defender Nathan Smith as a Homegrown Player, the club announced today. The LA Galaxy have 20 total players across LA Galaxy and LA Galaxy II that have come through the club’s developmental system.

Smith, from Clovis, Calif., is now one of eight LA Galaxy Homegrown Players, including Gyasi Zardes, Jose Villarreal, Raul Mendiola, Bradford Jamieson IV, Jack McBean, Hugo Arellano and Jaime Villarreal.

Before joining UCLA, Smith spent time on the international scene with U.S. Soccer’s U-17 National Team, earning 23 caps. He competed for the U-17’s at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup and later helped lead the team to the 2011 U-17 CONCACAF Championship where he scored the game-winning goal in the final against Canada.

In his time with the LA Galaxy Academy, Smith helped lead the U-17s to the 2011 Generation Adidas Cup while also earning time with the Academy’s U-18 team.

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MLS Cup Finalist Toronto FC sign Canadian National Team winger, First Wave's Raheem Edwards! Weinress negotiates the deal.MLS Cup Finalist Toronto FC sign Canadian National Team winger, First Wave's Raheem Edwards! Weinress negotiates the deal.

Toronto FC announced Thursday that the club has signed forward Raheem Edwards. He becomes the 14th player in club history to sign for the first team from the Kia Toronto FC Academy. The club has signed a total of 26 Kia Toronto FC Academy players to professional contracts for both Toronto FC and Toronto FC II, including 19 in the last three seasons.

Edwards earned his first call up to the Canadian Men’s National Team earlier this year. Edwards, 21 is a dynamic, attacking left winger who Toronto FC expects to have a major impact in 2017.

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 Five young up-and-comers who deserve playing time in 2017! First Wave's Memo Rodriguez!Five young up-and-comers who deserve playing time in 2017! First Wave's Memo Rodriguez!

Perhaps no one was more interested in Wilmer Cabrera’s ascension to the Dynamo head coaching position this offseason than scintillating midfielder Memo Rodriguez.

The Dynamo have not been volume Homegrown signers, preferring instead to take a slow and steady approach with the few they’ve locked up. So when they signed Rodriguez with the sixth Homegrown deal in club history before the 2015 season, no one was quite sure what to expect for lack of examples. 

Rodriguez quickly became a Cabrera favorite, logging more than 1,800 minutes and racking up six goals and seven assists. Rodriguez was so creatively influential that he largely kept Christian Lucatero, one of the more exciting young Homegrowns around, on the bench. Rodriguez, who’s appeared in the MLS Homegrown Game, is now 21, which is hardly kid status anymore. With no senior team minutes yet to his name, it’s time to see what he has.

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It's official! Sporting Kansas City sign SuperDraft First Round Selection, First Wave's Colton Storm. Kevin Weinress inks the contract.It's official! Sporting Kansas City sign SuperDraft First Round Selection, First Wave's Colton Storm. Kevin Weinress inks the contract.

Sporting Kansas City has signed rookie defender Colton Storm to a contract, the club announced Friday.

"I am very excited to sign my first professional contract with Sporting KC," Storm said. "Since the moment I got here, the players and staff have welcomed me with open arms. I look forward to continuing my progression as a player with the club and playing in front of the great fans at Children's Mercy Park."

Storm joined Sporting Kansas City in January as the No. 14 overall selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. He has since appeared in two preseason matches for the club in Tucson, Arizona, logging 75 total minutes.

“I believe that the MLS SuperDraft continues to provide opportunities for teams to build their rosters,” Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said. “Colton is a player that not only possesses very good qualities in his position, but when talking to people who have worked with him in the past, it’s clear he has a very strong mentality and work ethic. Those are things we value in players on our team and we look forward to continuing our work with Colton as he attempts to leave his mark on our club.”

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First Wave's Etienne ready for 2017 ride with NY Red Bulls, Haiti.First Wave's Etienne ready for 2017 ride with NY Red Bulls, Haiti.

TUCSON, Arizona – With the first leg of the New York Red Bulls' quarterfinal quickly approaching, midfielder Derrick Etienne feels the Major League Soccer team can continue making history in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.

The Red Bulls, who advanced to the knockout round for the first time in three attempts, host the Vancouver Whitecaps in the series opener on February 22. The second leg is set for BC Place on March 2.

"The last two years we've shown we are a very good team,” Etienne told CONCACAF.com. “I feel confident that if we go out there and play to the best of our ability, and get our tactics correct, we can beat almost anybody."

Etienne also made his Haiti debut in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup and tallied his first international goal in a 4-3 win over Trinidad & Tobago on January 8, which clinched a spot in a qualifying playoff for the last CONCACAF Gold Cup berth.

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D.C. United sign First Wave's Sebastien Le Toux to a one-year contract! Miglioranzi negotiates the free agency deal.D.C. United sign First Wave's Sebastien Le Toux to a one-year contract! Miglioranzi negotiates the free agency deal.

D.C. United announced the signing of veteran free agent Sebastien Le Toux, formerly of the Colorado Rapids, to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

Since joining the league in 2009, the 33-year-old has made 247 MLS regular-season appearances, scoring 57 goals and recording 57 assists. Le Toux and Landon Donovan are the only currently active MLS players to reach the 50-50 milestone in both goals and assists. The Frenchman is also one of only 16 players to achieve the feat in MLS history. Le Toux, who has played in at least 28 matches in every one of his seasons in MLS, has scored 12 game-winning goals and recorded 20 game-winning assists.

Last season he made 21 appearances for the Philadelphia Union, scoring two goals and recording five assists before an August trade to Colorado, where he scored one goal and recorded two assists in 11 regular-season matches and three playoff games for the Rapids.

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First Wave's Colton Storm is headed to Kansas City. The defender was selected with the 14th pick of the first round in the MLS SuperDraft!First Wave's Colton Storm is headed to Kansas City. The defender was selected with the 14th pick of the first round in the MLS SuperDraft!

Sporting Kansas City selected 22-year-old defender Colton Storm with the 14th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday.

Storm, a senior right back out of the University of North Carolina, recorded two goals and eight assists in 69 games during his four-year collegiate career. As a senior in 2016, he was a Second Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree and earned NSCAA Third Team All-South Region accolades. He was also named to the NCAA College Cup Best XI, helping North Carolina reach the Final Four of the National Tournament.

"Colton possesses a lot of the qualities that we look for in players," Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said. " There is no doubt that he has ambition to be successful and pursue excellence every time he's on the field."

A native of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Storm started his final 41 matches in North Carolina colors, logging 20 appearances in 2015 and 21 in 2016. He captained the Tar Heels as a senior, leading a defense that notched 12 shutouts in 21 games. North Carolina finished the season with a 14-3-4 record and fell to Stanford in a penalty shootout in the national semifinals on Dec. 9.

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With the 22nd overall pick of the 1st round, 2016 MLS Cup Champions Seatle Sounders  select First Wave's Brian Nana-Sinkam in the MLS SuperDraft!With the 22nd overall pick of the 1st round, 2016 MLS Cup Champions Seatle Sounders  select First Wave's Brian Nana-Sinkam in the MLS SuperDraft!

The Seattle Sounders selected Stanford’s Brian Nana-Sinkam with the 22nd pick of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

Nana-Sinkam is a 6-foot, 180-pound defender who has started 67 games in his four years with the Cardinal. He was a 2016 NSCAA Second Team All-Far West Region selection, as well as First Team All-Pac-12.

Brian Nana-Sinkam didn’t have to do too much convincing. His resume speaks for itself.

The Cardinal senior captain finished his collegiate career with 67 starts and as a two time defending NCAA champion. He anchored one of the nation’s best defenses that allowed just 13 goals this past season.

Sounders General Manager and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey mentioned on Friday that he likes drafting winners, and Nana-Sinkam is confident he can contribute to the defending MLS Cup champions.

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Header:Sporting Kansas City sign First Wave's Cameron Iwasa! Weinress inks the deal.Sporting Kansas City sign First Wave's Cameron Iwasa! Weinress inks the deal.

On Tuesday, Sporting Kansas City announced they had signed Iwasa, who scored a club-record 12 goals for Sacramento Republic FC last year to help the club finish first in the USL Western Conference.

A 2016 USL all-league second team honoree, the 23-year-old forward signed a one-year deal with SKC with options for 2018, 2019 and 2010.

“Cameron is a player we saw at the MLS Combine in 2015 and who we followed closely during his time at Sacramento,” SKC director of player personnel Brian Bliss said in a release. “We think that he is a player with a high upside who can contribute at multiple positions in the attack.”

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Houston Dynamo sign First Wave and Ex-Galaxy man, defender Leonardo!Houston Dynamo sign First Wave and Ex-Galaxy man, defender Leonardo!

The Houston Dynamo front office has been busy at work during the offseason, adding a wide array of international players ahead of the 2017 MLS regular season. Their latest acquisition is very well-known in MLS circles as they announced on Wednesday the signing of three-time MLS Cup-winning defender Leonardo.

The Dynamo had selected former LA Galaxy defender in the second stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft on Dec. 22, looking to add experience from a player who was named as LA’s Defender of the Year in 2015.

The Brazilian joined the Galaxy in 2010, winning three MLS Cups with the club in that span.

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