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.
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