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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
First 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 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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Montreal Impact have selected midfielder, Eric Verso.
A four year player at Stanford University, Eric appeared in 72 games and finished his college career in 2015 with memorable year, helping to lead the Cardinals to their first NCAA Men’s Soccer National Championship in Program history. Eric recorded a goal and assist in the College Cup final to secure a 4-0 win over Clemson. Eric’s 13 assists in 2015 rank him third in all of Division 1 Soccer. Verso's versatility and work rate attracted the Impact to the dynamic two-way midfielder.
FC Dallas sign First Wave's Aaron Guillen to a Homegrown Contract!
FC Dallas continued their tradition of signing players from their academy by adding center back Aaron Guillen as the club's 14th Homegrown Player on Tuesday. Guillen, 22, recently completed a stellar four-year career at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida.
Guillen is the second Homegrown Player signed by FC Dallas via its affiliate program in El Paso, Texas, joining teenager Alex Zendejas. After Dallas established the program in 2011, Guillen was one of the first players to take advantage, playing in 34 games for the FC Dallas U-18s and helping them to the 2011-12 US Soccer Development Academy. FC Dallas expecting big things from Guillen.
First Wave's John Hackworth named United States National Team Under 17 Head Coach. The ex-Philadelphia Union Boss looks to make an impact on the international stage.
U.S. Soccer has named John Hackworth head coach of the U-17 national team, his second stint in charge of the squad.
Hackworth coached the U-17 national team from 2004 to 2007. He led the team to the quarterfinals of the 2005 U-17 World Championship, and the round of 16 of the 2007 U-17 World Cup. After leaving the U.S. program, he coached the Philadelphia Union from 2012 to 2014.
“This program is near and dear to my heart, I’m excited and honored to be back working with the U-17 national team,” Hackworth said in a U.S. Soccer release. “This is an important age group on the national team pathway and I’m looking forward to overseeing the training environment that will allow them to maximize their potential at this stage of their careers.”
Ex-Chicago Fire man Frank Yallop named Arizona United Head Coach. Miglioranzi inks the deal for the two-time MLS Coach of the Year.
On Wednesday, Yallop was named head coach and president of soccer operations for USL side Arizona United SC. His contract is for three years.
“Entering our third season of play, we wanted to show our fans and our players that we were committed to putting a winning and championship product on the field, and we couldn’t think of a better way to communicate it than hiring someone like Frank Yallop,” Arizona United SC co-chairmen Kyle Eng and Brett Johnson said in a release. “Frank’s experience and success speaks for itself and he’ll immediately raise the bar and put the rest of the league on notice that Arizona United SC is serious about being the best club in USL.”
Yallop, who spent 13 combined years as a coach in MLS, won two MLS Cup titles and was also honored as MLS Coach of the Year twice during his tenure.
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