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San Jose Earthquakes sign First Wave's Nick Lima as Homegrown Player! Weinress and Miglioranzi negotiate the contract.San Jose Earthquakes sign First Wave's Nick Lima as Homegrown Player! Weinress and Miglioranzi negotiate the contract.

The San Jose Earthquakes have signed their second Homegrown Player in team history, announcing on Wednesday the signing of defender Nick Lima to a multi-year contract.

The 22-year-old played collegiately at Cal, and was a All-Far West Region First Team and First-Team All-Pac 12 selection the past two seasons.

"We're very excited to add a promising young player like Nick to our roster," said interim general manager Chris Leitch in a team statement. "We have worked closely with Nick since he was in high school, through his time at Cal and with the First Team and PDL. He will make a great addition to the Quakes' talented young core."

Read more on MLSSoccer.com

 

LA Galaxy acquire the rights to First Wave winger Miguel Aguilar from D.C. United!LA Galaxy acquire the rights to First Wave winger Miguel Aguilar from D.C. United!

LA Galaxy acquire the rights to midfielder Miguel Aguilar from D.C. United. Aguilar was a First round Draft Pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.
LA Galaxy have acquired the rights to the exciting young midfielder and a 2019 Natural 4th Round MLS SuperDraft pick from D.C. United in exchange for the club’s 2018 4th Round MLS SuperDraft pick, the club announced today. Aguilar, 23, has made 23 appearances for D.C. United

Read more on the LAGalaxy.com

 

Sporting Kansas City sign Goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas to MLS contract! Kevin Weinress inks the deal.Sporting Kansas City sign Goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas to MLS contract! Kevin Weinress inks the deal.

Born and raised in Chula Vista, California, Zendejas, 21,  previously played for Club Tijuana in Mexico from 2014-2015. He featured extensively for Tijuana’s U-20 side, totaling 31 league appearances while helping the Xolos reach the 2015 Apertura final and 2016 Clausura final. The 6-foot-5 goalkeeper made his first-team debut for Tijuana in a friendly against Club Leon on July 3, 2015 — claiming a 1-0 shutout win — before playing three additional preseason matches that summer.
 

Zendejas, joined the Swope Park Rangers last June. He debuted in a 2-1 win over LA Galaxy II on Aug. 27 and started five of the team’s final seven regular season matches, amassing a perfect 5-0-0 record with three shutouts, 13 saves and a 0.40 goals against average. Zendejas carried his great form into the postseason, earning two more clean sheets as the Rangers rattled off three straight victories en route to the USL Cup Final.

Zendejas finished the 2016 USL campaign with a 0.86 goals against average, five shutouts and 22 saves (including playoffs). The Rangers went 8-1-0 when he started, with the only loss coming in the USL Cup Final at New York Red Bulls II on Oct. 23.

Read more on the Sporting KC Website

 

Galaxy Year in review for First Wave's Daniel Steres!Galaxy Year in review for First Wave's Daniel Steres!

The 26-year-old Steres was a natural partner for Belgian central defender Jelle Van Damme as his ability to find himself in the right positions complimented the adventurous style of the Belgian. In turn, Van Damme provided a leadership presence that appeared to get the most out of the former Galaxy II captain.

Steres also offered a valuable offensive element on set pieces and ended the year with a goal (in the season opener vs. D.C. United in March) and an assist. The central defender finished the season as the club leader in minutes played, appearances and starts across all competitions.

Read more on the LA Galaxy Website

 

AT&T Goal of the Year voting is here. Vote for First Wave Clients!AT&T Goal of the Year voting is here. Vote for First Wave Clients!

You've seen hundreds of goals in MLS this year, and with the 2016 regular season in the books, it's time to decide which First Player was your favorite!

Voting for the 2016 AT&T Goal of the Year will kick off on Tuesday, featuring 64 of the best strikes of the 2016 MLS regular season (as selected by the MLSsoccer.com editorial and video staff) in a knockout competition. Each goal will be paired up with another worthy candidate, and then it'll be up to you, the fan, to watch and decide which goal moves on to the next round. All First Wave clients need your vote!

Read more on the MLS Soccer.com Website

 

With National Team choice decided, First Wave's Derrick Etienne ready to keep growing as a player.With National Team choice decided, First Wave's Derrick Etienne ready to keep growing as a player.

The 19-year-old midfielder was eligible to play for the U.S., but has made the decision to play for Haiti's senior team ahead of Caribbean Cup qualifiers this week.

Christian Pulisic isn't the only American-born teenager preparing to play national team soccer in the Caribbean this week. New York Red Bulls rookie Derrick Etienne Jr. is also preparing to play his first senior international matches after making the decision to play for the country of his family's roots and the national team that has shown him consistent interest.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder is one of the most creative young attacking players in the Major League Soccer pipeline, but despite his outstanding freshman season at the University of Virginia in 2015 and stellar showings with the Red Bull's, Etienne has not caught the eye of the U.S. youth national team setup.

One program that has continued to take notice is the Haiti, which made him an alternate for its Copa America squad last June. After representing Haiti in the youth ranks and subsequently turning down a call-up to play for the senior team in World Cup qualifying in September, Etienne Jr. has now accepted a call-up from the Haiti senior team for this week's Caribbean Cup qualifiers against French Guiana and St. Kitts and Nevis, matches which would cap-tie him to the Caribbean nation.

Read more on the Goal.com Website

 

Montreal Impact Striker Michael Salazar called up by the Belize national team!Montreal Impact Striker Michael Salazar called up by the Belize national team!

Forward Michael Salazar has been selected by the Belize national team to take part in a friendly game against Honduras on Saturday, October 8, at FBB Stadium in Belmopan.

Salazar has appeared in four games with the Belize national team, taking part in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Read more on the Impact Montreal Website

 

Another successful preseason tour concluded by First Wave.MLS All-Star Sebastien Le Toux happy to join Colorado after trade from Philadelphia


The 32-year-old MLS All-Star acknowledged that he can be a key addition for the Rapids, who have the best defense in MLS but have struggled to score goals.

"It's a good trade for me and I'm very happy to be here. They have the expectations of a first-place team and I'm hoping to be a part of that," Le Toux told MLSsoccer.com.

"I think I'm a team player and I've proved throughout my career that I can score goals and make assists. I can attack and defend; I'm not lazy. If I need to play different positions, I will."

"We were trying to figure out what would help us get better and an opportunity presented itself," Rapids technical director Paul Bravo said. "Sebastien has experience in this league and has a proven goal scoring record, and we liked that sort of production. He scores a goal or adds an assist in just about every game."

The Rapids once again find themselves in contention to win another MLS Cup in 2016. Le Toux figures to be a key piece for Colorado in their quest for yet another MLS Championship!

Read more on the ESPN FC Website

 

Another successful preseason tour concluded by First Wave.Another successful preseason tour concluded by First Wave.

First Wave and PSC worked together to bring Swansea City of the EPL to the east coast for their 2016/17 preseason tour. Learn how their training and games in the US went, and keep up with all of their preparations for the upcoming season on the Swansea City FC website.

Read more on the Swansea City FC Website

 

First Wave brokers deal for Dhanpal Ganesh with Chennaiyin of the ISLFirst Wave brokers deal for Dhanpal Ganesh with Chennaiyin of the ISL

Central midfielder Ganesh was signed by Chennaiyin on loan from Pune FC last season after being the first draft pick of CFC in the 2015 ISL domestic player draft. But Ganesh suffered an ACL injury while on India team duty in September 2015 and thus missed the entire ISL. Chennaiyin have now signed him on a permanent basis.

Read more on the Indian Super League Website

 

 

Congrats to all First Wave clients for being named to the MLS Team of the Week!Congrats to all First Wave clients for being named to the MLS Team of the Week!


Congrats to all 3 First Wave clients:

GK: Bill Hamid, DC (#13): 1 goal conceded, 7 saves
D: Rodrigo Ramos, CHI (#126): 4 chances created, 2 clearances, 2 tackles
D: Walker Zimmerman, DAL (#15): 1 goal, 3 shots, 2 tackles
D: DaMarcus Beasley, HOU (#57): 89% passing accuracy, 6 interceptions, 2 tackles
M: Jack Harrison, NYC (#14): 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 chances created
M: Mauro Diaz, DAL (#1): 2 assists, 7 chances created, 4 shots
M: Steven Gerrard, LA (#5): 2 assists, 4 chances created, 84% passing accuracy
M: Graham Zusi, SKC (#3): 1 goal, 4 shots, 2 chances created
F: Michael Salazar, MTL (#8): 2 goals, 2 shots
F: Ola Kamara, CLB (#4): 2 goals, 4 shots, 4 fouls won
F: Kei Kamara, NE (#2): 2 goals, 4 shots, 80% passing accuracy

Read more on the MLS Soccer Website

 

First Wave Rookie Michael Salazar shines with brace for Montreal in comeback win!First Wave Rookie Michael Salazar shines with brace for Montreal in comeback win!

Salazar, selected in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft (No. 24 overall), scored his first goal 40 minutes in, cutting New England's lead to one after Revolution striker Kei Kamara's brace left the Impact trailing 2-0 in the 33rd minute.

"As a little kid this is always what I dreamed of, moments like these," Salazar said. "But the most important thing is to help the team win, and we got the win today."

The 23-year-old rookie's second goal of the game, in the 48th minute, tied the match at 2-2.

"In training every single day, balls [are] getting served into the box, [I'm] chesting things down, [It's] just "Be strong," because I'm a big guy," Salazar said. "So I just try to be strong in there every single time and this is what I do every time in training and it paid off.
Salazar, a Belize international is a player Head Coach Mauro Biello believes has a very bright future in Major League Soccer.
"Yeah, no pressure," said Impact coach Mauro Biello. "He knows it's about understanding your defensive responsibilities and expressing yourself offensively, play simple and get in the box. He scores in practice and I'm glad he was able to score tonight."

Read more on the MLS Soccer Website

 

First Wave's Blas Perez scores a brace as Panama beats Bolivia 2-1 in Copa America group play!First Wave's Blas Perez scores a brace as Panama beats Bolivia 2-1 in Copa America group play!

He's done it again. MLS teams know full well what Blas Perez is capable of. Now, Bolivia do as well.

Perez scored a brace that included an 87th-minute winner to push Panama past Bolivia, 2-1, in their Copa America Centenario opener on Monday. The Vancouver Whitecaps' forward had scored 11 minutes into the physical and rainy Group D game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, but needed to find the back of the net again late to lift his nation to victory.

Read more on the MLS Soccer Website

 

LA Galaxy hail First Wave's Daniel Steres and Van Damme as budding center-back duo!LA Galaxy hail First Wave's Daniel Steres and Van Damme as budding center-back duo!

The task was managed by a budding partnership in central defense for LA, with experienced veteran Jelle Van Damme and rookie Daniel Steres holding Wondolowski off the scoresheet in a tense 1-1 draw at StubHub Center. 

“You know you’re playing against them,” Steres said. “You know you’ll be against [Wondolowski], and since he’s their main threat, we have to make sure he doesn’t get on the scoreboard. We did a good job of that today.”

Afterwards LA head coach Bruce Arena declared his satisfaction with Steres, who joined the first team in the offseason with his veteran Belgian colleague Van Damme. Arena sees a bright future for the young central defender who has become a key piece for the Los Angeles Galaxy in their 2016 MLS Championship run.

Read more on the MLS Soccer Website

First Wave's Sebastien Le Toux has cemented his Philadelphia Union legacy, scoring his 50th goal!First Wave's Sebastien Le Toux has cemented his Philadelphia Union legacy, scoring his 50th goal!

Of course, Le Toux’s legacy in Philly was already secure long before the Union’s 2-1 loss in Seattle on Saturday. The Frenchman not only leads the club in just about every statistical category—including goals, assists, games played and minutes. But he's also provided a main face for the franchise ever since logging a hat trick in the club’s first-ever home game in 2010. The MLS Veteran continues to be a fan favorite throughout Major League Soccer.

Read more on the MLS Soccer Website

 

With soccer in his blood, First Wave's Derrick Etienne Jr. stirs the pot for New York Red Bulls.With soccer in his blood, First Wave's Derrick Etienne Jr. stirs the pot for New York Red Bulls.


HANOVER, N.J. – For many kids, the chance to play their favorite sport at the professional level is just a dream. But for Derrick Etienne Jr., it felt more like destiny.

A New Jersey native of Haitian decent, the 19-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks, as the world’s game continues to take him places he could have only dreamed of as a child. From academy product, to USL standout, to MLS Homegrown Player, Etienne Jr. has always had soccer in his blood and destined for greatness.

“When I was in my crib, my dad would put at soccer ball at my feet and I’d constantly kick at it,” Etienne Jr. said with a smile. “He always told me that I didn’t have to be a soccer player; I knew he’d love me either way. But going to practice with him at a young age and seeing what a professional life in soccer was like, I knew I wanted to be a part of that environment.”

From a young age, Etienne Jr already had a leg up on most of his friends and classmates. On the pitch, he was a natural, and it should come as little surprise given his pedigree. Looking to follow in his father’s footsteps, there was little else to do but find the best place for a young Derrick to hone his skills.

From there, it didn’t take the Etienne Jr.’s long to settle in the Red Bull system. 2016 should be the start of a promising career for the NYRB Homegrown star.

Read more on the New York Bulls Website

 

First Wave's Adam Jahn's late equalizer wins AT&T MLS Goal of the Week!First Wave's Adam Jahn's late equalizer wins AT&T MLS Goal of the Week!

With teams returning from an international break, there were plenty of goals in Week 5, but fans voted for Adam Jahn's crucial late-game equalizer, which helped the San Jose Earthquakes split points with D.C. United and earns AT&T MLS Goal of the Week!

Read more on the MLS Soccer Website

 

First Wave’s Rodrigo Saravia starts and delivers a solid 90 minutes for Guatemala in their 2 x 0 victory against the USA in a crucial World Cup Qualifying match.

Columbus Crew SC midfielder Rodrigo Saravia, a native of Guatemala City, has yet to make a name for himself – he has one cap with the Guatemala national team and has yet to feature for Columbus – but tonight looks like it could be a breakout opportunity. Reports out of Guatemala suggest the 23-year-old is slated to start in the all-important World Cup qualifier against the US tonight.

Read more on the MLS Soccer Website

 

Being drafted just the beginning for First Wave Rookie, Jordan McCrary | The Prospect.

Defender Jordan McCrary aims to be more than a prospect in Major League Soccer, and knows being drafted was just the first step in his professional journey. McCrary was selected by the New England Revolution with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

Read more on the MLS Soccer Website

 

Sounders FC sign 2016 SuperDraft pick, First Wave's Tony Alfaro! Kevin Weinress negotiates the deal with the club.

SEATTLE, WASH. - Seattle Sounders FC today announced the signing of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft pick Tony Alfaro. The 22-year-old was a Division II All-American last season at Cal State Dominguez Hills before Seattle made him its first pick in January. Additionally, Sounders FC has made two other transactions, loaning third-year centerback Damion Lowe to Minnesota United of the NASL and acquiring Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) and an international roster spot from Toronto FC in exchange for General Allocation Money (GAM).
“We’re pleased to add a talented player like Tony to our roster as the 2016 season gets going,” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “He’s obviously a player we liked in the draft when we selected him and we’re looking forward to continuing his development.”

Read more on the Sounders FC Website

 

Montreal Impact sign 2016 SuperDraft pick, First Wave's Michael Salazar. Kevin Weinress inks the deal.

The Montreal Impact announced on Tuesday that they’ve signed SuperDraft pick, forward Michael Salazar to an MLS contract.

The No. 24 overall selection in the January SuperDraft, Salazar began his college career with California Baptist University, playing the 2011 and 2012 seasons there before transferring to UC-Riverside for the 2014 and 2015 campaigns.

He distinguished himself with amateur club PSA Elite in the 2015 US Open Cup, registering three goals and four assists in four games to take home Player of the Tournament honors. He has four career caps with the Belize National Team, and was on the country’s roster at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Read more on the MLS Website

First Wave's Miguel Aguilar: the most politically significant player in MLS.

A year ago Miguel Aguilar had just seen a dream come true.

After overcoming huge obstacles he was a professional footballer, picked in the first round of the MLS draft by DC United.

Twelve months on, with the US presidential race in full swing, he is one of the most politically significant sportspeople in the USA.

Read more on the Guardian

First Wave's Blas Perez lands in Vancouver!

Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Tuesday that the club has acquired  Panamanian international striker Blas Pérez from FC Dallas in exchange for midfielder Mauro Rosales. Perez has agreed to a one-year contract pending receipt of his international transfer certificate.

Read more on Whitecaps Site

 

 

FW client Rodrigo Saravia gets called up to full Guatemalan national team.

There’s been no shortage of good news for Columbus Crew SC midfielder Rodrigo Saravia this week.

Read more on MLS Soccer

 

 

 

Columbus Crew SC sign first-round MLS SuperDraft pick, First Wave's Rodrigo Saravia! Miglioranzi negotiates the deal.

Saravia, 22, was selected No. 19 overall out of Florida Gulf Coast University. The 2015 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year, Saravia has trained with the Guatemala national team and played for the country’s U-23 and U-20 sides. He will occupy an international slot on Crew SC's roster.

Read more on MLS Soccer

 

 

FW's Stefani Miglioranzi, Coritiba Foot Ball Club, and Gustavo Sabino of GR2 Esportes join forces to broker a deal that brings Brazilian U-20 National team right back Rodrigo Ramos to the Chicago Fire for the 2016 season.

Read more on MLS Soccer

 

 

 

First Wave Sports Marketing Announces the Promotion of Stefani Miglioranzi to Managing Director

First Wave Sports Marketing is pleased to announce the appointment of Stefani Miglioranzi to the position of Managing Director.

Stefani has been diligently operating as a players' agent for the past 4 years, and has been duly recognized as the person to continue the solid progress the organization has made since its inception on the US market over 25 years ago.

Stefani will retain and add to his portfolio of clients, while ensuring that First Wave remains the agency of choice for those players seeking the personal attention of a bespoke company.

First Wave’s continued presence as a broker of exhibition games and a provider of consultancy services to sports bodies worldwide will remain intact with the onset of this new position.

We are also pleased to announce that former agent, Matt Cohen, will take up a new position with Wyscout to develop its reach in the match/player analysis market. We congratulate Matt and thank him for his excellent contribution over the past years.

 

Revolution sign defender Jordan McCrary! The New England Revolution have announced that the club has signed the #10 2016 MLS SuperDraft pick to a contract. Weinress inks the deal.

McCrary was selected by the Revolution with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. The defender was a four-year starter at the University of North Carolina, where he started all 86 games in which he appeared. McCrary helped the Tar Heels to an NCAA College Cup as a freshman in 2011, earning All-ACC Freshman Team and College Soccer News Freshman All-American selections for his standout performance. After redshirting in 2014 due to a knee injury, McCrary returned in 2015, and tallied a career-high five assists.

The Marietta, Ga., native has also played for the U.S. National Team program at the U-15, U-17, U-18, and U-20 levels. The Revolution expect the defender to compete for a starting position from day one.

Read more Revolution Soccer

 

First Wave has 5 players selected in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft! First Wave congratulates Jordan McCrary, Rodrigo Savaria, Michael Salazar, Tony Alfaro and Eric Verso!

The New England Revolution have selected defender, Jordan McCrary.

McCrary, a four year starter at the University of North Carolina, was a key member of the 2011 National Championship squad. McCrary has been a part of the United States National Team Program throughout his career, playing on the U17, U20 and U23 levels. Considered the top right fullback in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, McCrary will compete for a starting position from day one with the Revs.

The Columbus Crew have selected Guatemalan National Team player, midfielder, Rodrigo Saravia.

A four year starter and standout player midfielder at Florida Gulf Coast University, Rodrigo played in all 67 games, starting in 65, during his time at FGCU. Additionally, Savaria was named 2015 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year as well as Atlantic Sun All-Conference First Team. In 2015, Saravia received call-ups for the Guatemalan U-23 Olympic Qualifying squad and Full National Team for its 2015 Gold Cup preparations. Savaria is expected to contribute in the midfield with the Crew in his rookie campaign.

The Montreal Impact have selected Belize National Team player, striker, Michael Salazar.

Michael played collegiately at UC Riverside, where he was named All-Far West Region as well as All-Big West in 2015. Salazar is considered one of the top strikers in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft because of his great pace and power. Salazar made his international debut for Belize in June of 2013 in a 0-0 draw against Guatemala. Two weeks later, he was named to their 23-man roster for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Montreal has high expectations for the Belize International.

The Seattle Sounders have selected defender, Tony Alfaro.

Alfaro, an athletic, left footed Central defender, is considered one of the top defenders in the 2016 SuperDraft. Alfaro was named NCSAA First Team All-American, First Team All-Far West Region as well as the CCAA Defensive Player of the Year. Alfaro can play both left fullback as well as central defender and is expected to be a part of the  Sounders backline in his rookie season.