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Home > Soccer America Daily > Friday, Jan. 11, 2008
Ridge Mahoney on the 2008 Combine Without extensive scouting networks, MLS coaching staffs rely heavily on the adidas MLS Combine, the annual showcase of college talent, to formulate their SuperDraft strategy. With the draft a week away, Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney examines who might emerge as the sleeper at this ... Read the whole story
[SUPERDRAFT COUNTDOWN] Last year, seven of the first-round picks in the MLS SuperDraft were Generation Adidas players. This year's initial pool is smaller yet still features some of the top collegiate talent. Read the whole story
Ohio State's Honduran-born Roger Espinoza was a late addition to the Generation adidas class of '08 and he took part in action at the adidas MLS Combine. He was teamed with Wake Forest's Julian Valentin, who needed 30 stitched after being kicked by Espinoza in the 2007 Men's College Cup ... Read the whole story
The expansion San Jose Earthquakes have the top pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, which will be held next Friday at the NSCAA Convention in Baltimore (TV: ESPN2, 2 pm ET). Four teams -- FC Dallas (No. 2 and 8), Real Salt Lake (No. 3 and 14), Chicago (No. 7 ... Read the whole story
[MLS] Head coach Frank Yallop and goalkeeper Joe Cannon have been reunited in San Jose for the second time and for the third time in their careers Read the whole story
Two long-time MLS stars left the Los Angeles Galaxy on Thursday when striker Clint Mathis signed with Crete club Ergotelis (last in Greece's top league) and goalie Joe Cannon was dealt to San Jose. For the team-by-team MLS offseason player moves ... Read the whole story
[GERMANY] Juergen Klinsmann, who coached Germany to third place at the 2006 World Cup, will take over as coach of Bayern Munich on July 1. Read the whole story
[ITALY WATCH] When play resumes this weekend in Italy after the holiday break, all eyes will be on 18-year-old Brazilian Alexandre Pato, who could debut for reigning European champion AC Milan in its game against Napoli on Sunday (TV: Fox Soccer Channel, live, 2:25 pm ET). Pato is only 18 ... Read the whole story

What They're Saying

"If Pato continues to do what he does in training, he will get 30 goals by June." -- AC Milan president (and former Italian prime minister) Silvio Berlusconi -- before his team's latest signing, 18-year-old Brazilian Alexandre Pato ("Alex the Duck"), has even played his first game. Alexandre Pato is eligible to play his first game for Milan on Sunday against Napoli. (He turned 18 two days after Europe's summer transfer transfer, making him ineligible to officially move from Internacional to Milan until January's transfer window.) ( ...More

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