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The 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup saw a lot of young faces in competition, and one name that really seemed to stick came from Canada’s national team.
Vancouver Whitecaps attacker Alphonso Davies has been doing it for both club and country since making his Major League Soccer debut in 2016, and now the young Canada international could be making a massive leap.
According to CTV Edmonton, the 17-year-old has been contacted by Premier League side Manchester United for a trial in January.
Davies would need clearance from the Whitecaps to join the Red Devils to train, however, with it being MLS’ offseason it’s hard to imagine the Cascadia club not allowing the former Edmonton Strikers player to seize the opportunity.
In 2017, Davies appeared in 26 matches for the Whitecaps and registered one assist for Carl Robinson’s side.
Davies has already become a regular with the Canada national team, after previously receiving call ups from the Under-15, U-18 and U-20 teams.Follow @MattReedFutbol
Los Angeles FC will take another big step towards its entry into Major League Soccer next season on Tuesday when the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft commences.
Bob Bradley and his side will have the opportunity to select up to five players during the Expansion Draft, however, the team can only choose one player per club.
[ MORE: Rimando, Pontius among MLS free agents ]
MLS sides had to select their list of 11 protected players by Sunday evening in order to put them off limits from LA FC. Any player not protected by their club is available for selection.
After exploring some of the names of those left unprotected, PST takes a look at five players LA FC should select in Tuesday’s Expansion Draft.
Maxime Chanot — (CB from New York City FC)
He’s 28 years old, and helped build one of the better central defensive partnerships in MLS last season with Alex Callens, prior to his injury. NYCFC could be banking on the fact that his injury will prevent him from getting back to his previous level, but there’s no question Chanot is the sort of player that could anchor the LA FC back line for five-plus seasons.
David Ousted — (GK from Vancouver Whitecaps)
Made 90-plus saves in four of his five seasons with the Whitecaps, and overall one of the top goalkeepers in MLS. The Denmark native has recorded 36 shutouts in his time with the Cascadia side, and helped guide the Whitecaps to the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference in 2017. With Real Salt Lake not picking up Nick Rimando’s contract, the veteran USMNT shot-stopper could also be an option for LA FC, however, Ousted is younger and arguably better at this stage of his career.
Marco Urena — (FWD from San Jose Earthquakes)
The 27-year-old may not be on many people’s radars, but the Costa Rican had five goals and three assists last season for the Quakes. Urena was tied for second on the team in goals, and provides a solid veteran player on a new LA FC side. While Carlos Vela will be the focal point up front for the newcomers, Urena is the sort of player that could player a very important supporting role.
Osvaldo Alonso — (MID from Seattle Sounders)
The Designated Player contract could scare LA FC away because Alonso is 32 years old, but this is the type of guy you want in the center of the park. For nine seasons, Alonso has anchored the Sounders midfield, and he does all the dirty work that could very well help the transition of the expansion side’s back line in 2018.
Chris Tierney — (DEF from New England Revolution
Similar to Alonso, Tierney isn’t going to be the sexiest pick, but he’s had the MLS experience, and he’s likely a player that could move on from a team where he’s spent his entire career. His versatility in the midfield and defensively allows Tierney to be a highly-coveted asset, especially as a player that is capable of delivering a quality cross from down the left flank.Follow @MattReedFutbol
Ahead of Tuesday’s Free Agency period, Major League Soccer released a list of 40 eligible players on Sunday.
Veterans over the age of 28 and who have played at least eight seasons in MLS qualified for the list, as well as players out-of-contract and those who didn’t have their options picked up.
MLS was busy earlier in the day on Sunday when several clubs announced blockbuster trades, including Kei Kamara’s move to Vancouver and expansion side Los Angeles FC’s addition of Walker Zimmerman.
A number of notable MLS veterans are included on the following list, such as Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, Chris Pontius of the Philadelphia Union and New York Red Bulls defender Sal Zizzo.
NOTE: The MLS Expansion Draft will also take place on Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET as LA FC has the opportunity to select up to five players ahead of its inaugural MLS season in 2018.
Below is the full list of candidates for this offseason’s free agents.
|Alexander, Eric||HOU||Out of Contract|
|Alston, Kevin||ORL||Out of Contract|
|Barrett, Chad||RSL||Option Decline|
|Beasley, DaMarcus||HOU||Out of Contract|
|Beitashour, Steven||TOR||Out of Contract|
|Boswell, Bobby||ATL||Out of Contract|
|Burling, Robert||COL||Out of Contract|
|Clark, Ricardo||HOU||Option Decline|
|DeLaGarza, AJ||HOU||Option Decline|
|Deric, Tyler||HOU||Option Decline|
|Duka, Dilly||NY||Option Decline|
|Evans, Brad||SEA||Out of Contract|
|Francis, Shaun||MTL||Option Decline|
|Franklin, Sean||DC||Option Decline|
|Gordon, Alan||COL||Option Decline|
|Harrington, Michael||CHI||Option Decline|
|Harris, Atiba||DAL||Option Decline|
|Harvey, Jordan||VAN||Out of Contract|
|Hernandez, Jason||TOR||Out of Contract|
|Jacobson, Andrew||VAN||Out of Contract|
|Knighton, Brad||NE||Out of Contract|
|Kronberg, Eric||MTL||Out of Contract|
|Larentowicz, Jeffrey||ATL||Option Decline|
|Loyd, Zachary||ATL||Option Decline|
|Moor, Andrew||TOR||Out of Contract|
|Morales, Javier||DAL||Out of Contract|
|Neagle, Lamar||SEA||Out of Contract|
|Nyarko, Patrick||DC||Out of Contract|
|Pontius, Chris||PHI||Out of Contract|
|Reynish, Kyle||ATL||Out of Contract|
|Rimando, Nick||RSL||Out of Contract|
|Saunders, Joshua||ORL||Option Decline|
|Schuler, Chris||RSL||Option Decline|
|Seitz, Christopher||DAL||Out of Contract|
|Wingert, Chris||RSL||Out of Contract|
|Zemanski, Ben||POR||Out of Contract|
|Zizzo, Sal||NY||Option Decline|
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