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December 29, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Getting ready for the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, and other links

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This offseason keeps flying by. Remarkably, the draft is in about two weeks. Training camp will likely open a couple weeks after that.

To start with this batch of links, eight college stars (including five from Akron, pictured above after winning the College Cup) and one other top prospect have signed Generation Adidas contracts with the league:

— F Will Bruin, Indiana

— F Corey Hertzog, Penn State

— M Perry Kitchen, Akron

— G Zac MacMath, Maryland

— M/F Darlington Nagbe, Akron

— M Michael Nanchoff, Akron

— F Omar Salgado, unattached

— D Kofi Sarkodie, Akron

— D Zarek Valentin, Akron

Lot of Zips, eh? Think anyone from this list will be available to Seattle at No. 11? Perhaps the goalkeeper? Some other top college seniors have also already signed with MLS. Here’s an early mock draft.

In some other news regarding the draft, I saw here on Monday that the league will scrap the fourth round of the SuperDraft — instead making it the first round of a supplemental draft. Confirmation later seen here. Nothing official from the league yet, but it sounds reasonable enough.

Also, John Rooney — who trained for a week in Seattle — has also signed with MLS and will join the league through the SuperDraft. Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid talked about this possibility back in August and it appears to have brought back a new wrinkle to the draft by including young foreign players.

Many more links after the jump:

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A couple notes involving Sounders FC

Here’s a story on some Jamaicans in MLS, notably Seattle’s newest forward O’Brian White. After a bad injury and some underachievement in Toronto, White’s agent called the move to Sounders FC a “great opportunity for him.”

Also, this Spanish report checks in on Fredy Montero and his academy in Colombia. Lastly, a local blogger has some probing offseason questions for the team and others in the area.

Catching up with league-wide happenings

First off, rumors involving international stars are getting a bit ridiculous. It’s why some call this the silly season. But if those crazy links are to your tase, here are some well-known names “rumored” to be interested in coming to America: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Harry Kewell, Adrian Mutu, Marco Materazzi.

In something more official, it looks like Omar Cummings is headed to Aston Villa on loan. Paul Tamberino, a former U.S. Soccer’s director of referee development, is joining MLS. And here’s a look at some academy kids who could have an impact in the future, with mention of a couple young Sounders.

For those wanting to keep up with Portland news, here’s a feature on traveled defender Jeremy Hall and one Timbers beat writer says a move for goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann seems unlikely.

Lastly, here’s a list of updates on new MLS stadiums coming in 2011, the Wall Street Journal has a profile on up-and-comer Juan Agudelo and lastly some Goal of the Year nominees.

On the international scene

Some quick hitters here:

— The L.A. Times has a look at the bizarre year in soccer.

— There could be some pre-Euro 2012 issues in Poland.

— Looks like Juan Carlos Osorio will stay coaching in Colombia instead of coming to head Chivas USA.

— Here’s a look at some global options for USMNT midfielder Benny Feilhaber.

— There’s also been plenty of raving over Freddie Ljungberg at Celtic and many believe that signing will happen, all but ensuring an extra second-round draft pick for Sounders FC.

— Lastly, a couple links from 101 Great Goals: I would not like to be this referee and old guys like Romario and Zico show off some skills in a Brazilian all-star game.

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To close, some crazy impressive juggling…


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