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MLS Unprotected Players List for Expansion Draft

Jay DeMerit signed with the Vancouver Whitecaps after enjoying a successful World Cup with the U.S. men's national team in South Africa. He was not offered a new contract with his former club, Watford, this year. Courtesy Vancouver Whitecaps

Posted By Kevin Koczwara

The Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps have already made some moves to shape their squads. The Whitecaps signed U.S. men’s national team player Jay DeMerit as its top-defender and brand name player. The Timbers have already traded for New York Red Bulls defender Jeremy Hall for a third round MLS Super Draft pick.

The the 2011 Major League Soccer  expansion teams have sured up their defense with two quality players. DeMerit, a strong leader who recently captained Watford of the English Championship – England’s second division, will give the Whitecaps a rock solid, no nonsense center back in a tough league. The Timbers went after Hall – a young and promising defender that the Red Bulls were more than likely going to lose in the draft anyways – to give them a quick and promising talent to build on.

Next is the expansion draft for the latest additions to the MLS. Portland and Vancouver will have a chance to draft players from the existing clubs in the MLS in an expansion draft to sure up their line-ups. Each team in the MLS can protect up to 11 players on its rosters from the draft. Three of the protected players must be international players and Generation Adidas and homegrown players are already protected and do not have to put on the list. Once a team has a player selected it can protect another player from the draft. No team can have more than two players selected.

Here are the unprotected players lists for each team:

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What the Future Holds for the USMNT

By Kevin Koczwara

It has been over a week since the United States Men’s National Team was humbled by a young Ghana squad – the youngest team in the World Cup Finals – in extra time at the World Cup in South Africa. I have had enough time to soak in the pain, the misery and the confusion of seeing my country lose at the World Cup when I truly thought it could advance in the tournament and make major strides, you know, kind of like how the Italians, Argentines and Brazilians must feel right about now.

Then I got to thinking about the future of U.S. soccer and how bright it may be. The squad that went to South Africa was a good mix of veteran players and up-and-coming talent. The roster manager Bob Bradley took with him had a good mix and set a good framework for the next World Cup – 2014 in Brazil.

The Yanks will have major questions to answer during the qualifying for the 2014 World Cup: who will their core defenders be? And who will supply the much needed goals?

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Key Players for the U.S. Against England

By Kevin Koczwara

I recently wrote about the Americans keys to victory on Saturday when they open the World Cup against England. They weren’t ground breaking keys, but they are important, and should not be taken lightly.

Now I am going to expand on the keys to the game for the Yanks and look at three players the U.S. Men’s National Team needs to show up in a big way on Saturday.

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England's Three Players The Yanks Need To Stop

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By Ryan Fleming

The United States Men’s Soccer Team are used to being underdogs. It’s a role they are starting to marvel in. If the Yanks want a chance against England, one of the favorites to win the World Cup, there’s a few players they’ll have to shut down.

First and foremost Oguchi Onyewu and Co. will have to eliminate Wayne Rooney. Rooney, one of the best strikers in the world, will have just as much, if not more pressure on his shoulders than say, Kaka of Brazil, or David Villa and Fernando Torres of Spain. So, his effort will be unmatched.

Rooney has the type of body to nudge defenders off the ball and the type of speed to glide by them and finish off opportunities never mind the power to drive the ball by an opposing keeper in a blink of an eye. He should be priority No.1 for Onyewu, Jay DeMerit and the Yanks.

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A Closer Look at The Yanks World Cup Roster

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By Ryan Fleming


Bob Bradley didn’t have much of a choice. He was forced to leave Charlie Davies, the star forward of the United States Men’s National Team and French-side, Sochaux, out of the 30-man preliminary roster, which the USMNT’s manager presented yesterday at 2 p.m.

The young, fiery striker has not played a competitive match since he was seriously injured in a fatal car accident last October. Recently, he has been fueled by a possible World Cup placement on the US squad, but now he’ll have to wait.

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USMNT Announces 30 Man World Cup Roster

By Kevin Koczwara

Today United States Men’s National Team manager, Bob Bradley, announced the 30 players he is taking to Princeton, NJ to train and try-out for the squad for that will be going to the World Cup in South Africa in 30 days.

The USMNT’s final roster can only have 23 players on it come June, but Bradley would like to evaluate what he believes are his best 30 options and see who fits where. Then he will have to make his final cut. Why not just the name 23 he wants to go to South Africa now like some countries are doing? Well, Bradley has a lot of injury concerns to address within the squad. So, he needs time to assess each and every player before he names his final roster.

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Bradley Needs to Drop Bornstein

By Kevin Koczwara

After watching yesterday’s international friendly between the United States and the Netherlands I examined Jonathan Bornstein’s game. I watched him closely as he lined up as the USMNT left-back, once again, and saw nothing new from him. There was little improvement and there were so many major mistakes on his part, one cost the Untied States a goal.

So what happened and why wasn’t Bornstein subbed earlier in the game?

The issue of left-back will haunt the United States until the squad gets to the World Cup if Bornstein continues to get chances out on the left flank. He has shown, time and again, that someone else needs to step up in place of him. And Bradley needs to finally get it through his thick skull that this guy cannot compete on the international level, right now.

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