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Sueño MLS!

The 12 finalists for Sueño MLS 2009 will begin gathering in Los Angeles tonight for three days of competition to determine the winner of the player search. Each of this year's participating clubs, D.C. United, Chicago and Los Angeles, selected four players apiece from local workouts.

More than 600 players were involved at United's camp at Maryland SoccerPlex. The survivors were midfielder Cezar Bazan of Derwood, Md., a native of Peru; forward Max Ferdinand of Reading, Pa., a native of Haiti and a former Chicago trialist; defender Manfredis Hernandez of Mount Rainier, Md., who has Salvadoran roots; and Moroccan-born goalkeeper Oussana Maukran (6 feet 5) from Alexandria, Va. Maukran played in Morocco and for two years at a small U.S. college.

The winner, to be announced Sunday around noon ET on Univision, will have an opportunity -- without any guarantees -- to train with the club that he represented at the original workouts. Judges include former USA World Cup defender Marcelo Balboa and Peruvian legend Teofilo "Nene" Cubillas.

The 2007 winner, Jorge Flores, went on to join Chivas USA's under-19 team before signing a pro contract and scoring three league goals last year.

By Steve Goff  |  April 8, 2009; 9:48 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Love the concept. While they are at it, they should have a Sueno Presentador to find some decent soccer announcers in this country so we don't have to rely on Balboa, Lalas, Miles, and Bretos among others.

Posted by: Pedalada | April 8, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: gregegeg | April 8, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

No, Christopher Sullivan is the worst.

Posted by: DWE4 | April 8, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I was looking through yesterday's MLB box scores -- some games didn't even come close to selling out in their second game.

For example:
Stadium: Petco Park, San Diego, CA
Attendance: 20,035 (47.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
Weather: 63 degrees, clear

Posted by: Reignking | April 8, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Weather: 63 degrees, clear

Posted by: Reignking | April 8, 2009 10:21 AM

Isn't that crappy weather for San Diego...

Posted by: laur84 | April 8, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

great program to find some young talent.

Posted by: RM27 | April 8, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

The other day we were speculating about the local baseball home openers. The Orioles drew a record opening day crowd. I know the Orioles have a larger local fan base than the Nats but that is still pretty impressive. Unlike most Yankee games, the crowd was also overwhelmingly an Oriole crowd. Loved the irony of the fan interference.

Posted by: blackandred777 | April 8, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

When I was stationed at Camp Pendleton (just 20-30 minutes north of San Diego), it rarely got above 80 degrees. Sunny and 63 in early April is as good as it gets.

Posted by: alecw81 | April 8, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

It has nothing to do with your comments; it has to do with your "name", which i find highly inappropriate for this forum. (apologies if i haven't deleted previous comments by you.) if you'd like to discuss it further, please e-mail me your real name and phone number. many thanks!

Posted by: Steve Goff | April 8, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

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