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Posted at 3:29 PM ET, 12/ 7/2010

MLS draft news & notes

By Steve Goff

While we await the inaugural MLS re-entry draft Wednesday afternoon and the possibility of prominent veterans moving to new clubs, the build-up to the Jan. 13 SuperDraft continues.

The latest buzz on the Maryland quartet weighing the future is that all four are exploring an early exit from school but are waiting to see what MLS would be willing to offer through Generation Adidas contracts and how many clubs are genuinely interested. They are junior goalkeeper Zac MacMath, who is also looking at European opportunities; junior forward Casey Townsend; sophomore defender Ethan White; and junior midfielder Matt Kassel.

White (D.C. United) and Kassel (New York Red Bulls) rose through the youth academies of MLS clubs, who would have the first option to sign them to homegrown contracts. Otherwise, they, like MacMath and Townsend, would be available in the Jan. 13 draft in Baltimore. Maryland's leading scorer, senior forward Jason Herrick, is also a draft candidate.

Why is the draft being held in Baltimore? No, it's not a community relations initiative by the league to smooth the transition for United's move there in 2039. For years, the draft has been held in conjunction with the annual National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention. Future sites: Kansas City (2012), Indianapolis (2013) and Philadelphia (2014-15).

*The preliminary list of college players invited to the MLS scouting combine, Jan. 8-11 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., should become available Thursday. More players, including Generation Adidas recruits, will be added in the coming weeks.

For the first-round draft order on Jan. 13.....

According to the MLS player personnel department, the order for the first of the four rounds is:

1. Vancouver
2. Portland
3. D.C. United
4. Chivas USA
5. Philadelphia
6. New England
7. Houston
8. Vancouver (from Toronto)
9. Chicago
10. Kansas City
11. Seattle
12. Columbus
13. New York
14. Real Salt Lake
15. San Jose
16. Los Angeles
17. Dallas
18. Colorado

By Steve Goff  | December 7, 2010; 3:29 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer, D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Comments

We would be smoking crack if we didn't lock up White on a homegrown contract.

Posted by: gocaps2 | December 7, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, everyone, that's my work server being crap. I only sent that comment once!

Posted by: gocaps2 | December 7, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, everyone, that's my work server being crap. I only sent that comment once!

Posted by: gocaps2 | December 7, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, everyone, that's my work server being crap. I only sent that comment once!

Posted by: gocaps2 | December 7, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully White doesn't think United is smoking crack when he asks them to show him the money. If I was a young kid from the area, I'd probably be much more interested in a GA contract in another city, especially one with a certain future. Portland and Vancouver have a lot to offer a young pro soccer player and even Kansas City's future would look more attractive to me than toiling away close to home in a leaky creaky RFK.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 7, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Dadryan, love ya, but that's bat guano insane. Kansas City????

Posted by: JkR- | December 7, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Why do people diss the RFK? For as bad as WE think it is, it is still 1 million times better then stuff you'd find in south america (unless you are a Boca or Sao Paulo), or hell, alot of europe.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | December 7, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

@BolivianDCFan: to answer your question, stadia in South America should not be used as a barometer for U.S. facilities. Though I understand the point you're trying to make -- it's still a workable stadium.

Anyway, we dis RFK because DC United can't make money while playing there -- and we all want DC United to succeed.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 7, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

GA contracts are through the league, not through the team - they don't even count against a team's salary cap number. There is no reason for United not to sign White unless he steadfastly refuses to play in DC and absolutely wants to enter the draft.

Posted by: TheAMT | December 7, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

GA contracts are through the league, not through the team - they don't even count against a team's salary cap number. There is no reason for United not to sign White unless he steadfastly refuses to play in DC and absolutely wants to enter the draft.

Posted by: TheAMT | December 7, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

GA contracts are through the league, not through the team - they don't even count against a team's salary cap number. There is no reason for United not to sign White unless he steadfastly refuses to play in DC and absolutely wants to enter the draft.

Posted by: TheAMT | December 7, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

GA contracts are through the league, not through the team - they don't even count against a team's salary cap number. United won't be paying anything to a GA contract, and odds are good that White would be pulled into the program even if United sign him as a homegrown (as with Hamid and Najar). There is no reason for United not to sign White unless he steadfastly refuses to play in DC and absolutely wants to enter the draft.

Posted by: TheAMT | December 7, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Why would White, a local kid who came up through the academy, not want to play here? He went in - and stayed in - the DC United academy. His family is presumably here. It's not like there's some other coach doing "negative recruiting" on him. I'd expect the only reason DC wouldn't get him would be if they didn't offer enough.

Posted by: gocaps2 | December 7, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Why would White, a local kid who came up through the academy, not want to play here? He went in - and stayed in - the DC United academy. His family is presumably here. It's not like there's some other coach doing "negative recruiting" on him. I'd expect the only reason DC wouldn't get him would be if they didn't offer enough.

Posted by: gocaps2 | December 7, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

New Stadium, ownership looking to move forward highlighted by their rebrand (never mind the silly name), low cost of living to allow a young pro to live like a pimp, great food, some nice beers, jazz and blues... Fuggin' NASCAR in the same neighborhood as the Hooters and your new stadium! Sounds like a dream come true to a kid with a GA contract. Not to mention most of these kids probably spend most of their nights playing FIFA with their young team mates anyway...;)

Posted by: DadRyan | December 7, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Why would White, a local kid who came up through the academy, not want to play here? He went in - and stayed in - the DC United academy. His family is presumably here. It's not like there's some other coach doing "negative recruiting" on him. I'd expect the only reason DC wouldn't get him would be if they didn't offer enough.

Posted by: gocaps2 | December 7, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Why would White, a local kid who came up through the academy, not want to play here? He went in - and stayed in - the DC United academy. His family is presumably here. It's not like there's some other coach doing "negative recruiting" on him. I'd expect the only reason DC wouldn't get him would be if they didn't offer enough.

Posted by: gocaps2 | December 7, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I stopped dissin' RFK when the stadium gods dropped concrete on my head.

I stopped dissin' RFK when the stadium gods dropped concrete on my head.

I stopped dissin' RFK when the stadium gods dropped concrete on my head.

There. Got my triple post in.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 7, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

If DC United signed Ethan White to a homegrown contract would it have the same benefits to both parties as a Generation Adidas contract or would it be a different type of contract?

If, for instance, DC had to offer 6 figures to White to get him signed (I have no idea what he's actually valued at) it might make the team think pretty hard about whether it's the right move.

If NY can sign Kassel and DC can sign White to GA contracts with no competition from other teams it would seem ridiculous for them not to get it done.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 7, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Joel - he would be GA, so there would be no cap hit against DCU. But it might take 6 figures in terms of "in his pocket dollars" to sign him. I think that's what GA guys often get.

Posted by: gocaps2 | December 7, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Joel - he would be GA, so there would be no cap hit against DCU. But it might take 6 figures in terms of "in his pocket dollars" to sign him. I think that's what GA guys often get.

Posted by: gocaps2 | December 7, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Why do people diss the RFK?

Posted by: BolivianDCFa
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Because it:
(1) is falling apart;
(2) is too big;
(3) belongs to the city so DCU can't make $ with it;
(4) doesn't help sell the team to new fans;
(5) SUCKS.

Other than that, we love RFK.

(I actually am fond of that pile of rubbish but it needs to go.)

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | December 7, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

exactly six figures is a lot of money for anyone, and there's a chance he won't get it signing as a home grown in his first year or two.

I also doubt I'm the only kid that didn't want a whole lot to do with my "hometown" when it came time that I wasn't tied down to it. And I went to high school in Hawaii for fudrucker's sake! I moved to Seattle................................sigh...

Posted by: DadRyan | December 7, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I like those new Dynamo jerseys

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 7, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Approximately 103 days until United's first 2011 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | December 7, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

103

Posted by: Curious99 | December 7, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

103

Posted by: Curious99 | December 7, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I like the rays on teh Dynamo uniform and the link ot energy. United should weave in holograms of VW cars...or Washington, DC potholes.

Posted by: fischy | December 7, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Exploding potholes!

So why aren't the unis...green?

Posted by: Reignking | December 8, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

FIFA Club World Cup starts today...in UAE! Who would ever host a tournament there?

Posted by: Reignking | December 8, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Last!!! ?

Can we start a new thread, Steve?

I guess no news today because everyone is at their favorite Papuan bar watching Al Wahda v Hekari United.

Either that or Jack Warner's distaste for a free press has folks too scared to put forth opinions that might displease Our Dear Leader of Coconut Federations.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/dec/07/jack-warner-2018-world-cup-fifa

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 8, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

At least the UAE qualified for the World cup once in 1990, unlike Qatar, they have "some" World Cup pedigree... They didn't qualify with a "gimmee" AND have no World Cup pedigree at all.

Last week's rant by the TSRC guys on the Qatar silliness, if you're still brewing about it, it helps to let off some steam...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sILUxhG8Jyw

Posted by: dwreck1971 | December 8, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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