2014 MLS SuperDraft, final rounds: UMBC, New Mexico, Akron well-repped

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Rounds three and four of the MLS SuperDraft were conducted over conference call this afternoon and there were some interesting selections in the books.

Who’s the next diamond in the rough? UMBC forward Pete Caringi is off to Montreal, where the UMBC coach’s son will look to stay prolific with the Impact. Crafty left-footed midfieleder Aodhan Quinn moves from Akron to Philadelphia, while once highly-touted teammate Reinaldo Brenes has to wait until pick No. 76 to go to Sporting KC.

ROUND THREE:
39. POR: George Fochive, MF, UConn
40. CHV: Kris Tyrpak, MF, Houston Baptist
41. SKC: Peter Schmetz, MF, Houston Baptist
42. CBS: Fifi Baiden, MF, UCSB
43. DAL: Nicholas Walker, DF, Fairleigh Dickinson
44. PHI: Richard Marquez, DF, Redlands
45. CBS: Adam Bedell, MF, Detroit-Mercy
46. PHI: Alex Sweetin, MF, St. Louis
47. SJ: AJ Corrado, MF, Indiana
48. MTL: Pete Caringi, FW, UMBC
49. COL: Tolani Ibikunle, DF, Wake Forest
50. NWE: Pierre Omanga, FW, Southern New Hampshire
51. VAN: Michael Kafari, MF, New Mexico
52. PHI: Aodhan Quinn, MF, Akron
53. RSL: Joey Dillon, MF, Georgetown
54. HOU: Michael Lisch, GK, New Mexico
55. SEA: Stefano Rijssell, MF, Westside Connection
56. DCU: Zachery Barnes, MF, Creighton
57. SKC: Alex Martinez, MF, NC State

FOURTH ROUND:
58. VAN: Mackenzie Pridham, FW, Cal Poly
59. CHV: Michael Nwiloh, DF, Georgia State
60. TOR: Kene Eze, FW, Rutgers
61. CHI: Zach Bolden, MF, Denver
62. DAL: Ronny Santos Mendoza, DF, Ecuador
63. PHI: Luca Gimenez, MF, Wake Forest
64. VAN: Michael Calderon, MF, New Mexico
65. CHI: Kadeem Dacres, MF, UMBC
66. SJ: Devante Dubose, DF, Virginia Tech
67. MTL: Jordan Ongaro, FW, San Diego State
68. COL: Albert Edwards, DF, Lindsey Wilson College
69. DCU: Travis Golden, DF, Campbell
70. RSL: Daniel Jackson, FW, Coker College
71. POR: Victor Chavez, FW, UCLA
72. LA: Pass
73. POR: Nikita Kotlov, MF, Indiana
74: SJ: Billy Knutsen, GK, American
75. CHI: Bryan Ciesiulka, MF, Marquette
76. SKC: Reinaldo Brenes, FW, Akron
77. SEA: Fabio Pereira, MF, Michigan

Bartra error emphasizes Dortmund’s latest Bundesliga woes

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Christian Pulisic sat out Friday’s 2-1 Dortmund defeat against Stuttgart. Coincidence? Perhaps.

However, the club’s struggles are apparent as Dortmund’s winless run extended to four matches and their gap from Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich could be up to nine points by the end of the weekend.

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BVB was without several of its top talents for the match, including U.S. Men’s National Team star Pulisic and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but it’s Dortmund’s defending that continues to be the side’s biggest issue.

Stuttgart struck after five minutes when Chadrac Akolo broke the deadlock off of an embarrassing blunder by Marc Bartra and the Dortmund defense.

Bartra attempted a routine back pass to goalkeeper Roman Burki during the early moments of the match, but his ball back proved to be way too strong and deflected off of Burki and into the path of Stuttgart forward Akolo (video below).

Dortmund atoned for the former Barcelona man’s mistake just prior to halftime when Maximilian Philipp equalized, but it took just six minutes into the second stanza for Josip Brekalo to restore the Stuttgart advantage.

Moyes: Chicharito could miss two weeks with hamstring strain

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David Moyes has given Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez assurances that he’ll have the opportunity to compete for a starting role with the Hammers, but the Mexican international will have to wait a bit for a chance.

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Hernandez, 29, is currently nursing a hamstring strain, leaving his status for this weekend against Watford in doubt.

“I think everyone knows he [Chicharito] has got a hamstring injury,” Moyes said during Friday’s press conference. “It could take a week, it could take two weeks.”

Moyes didn’t mince words recently when speaking about Chicharito and other players within the squad, essentially pointing out that no player will be awarded a starting role simply because of their stardom.

Hernandez has scored four goals in 13 matches this season for West Ham, who currently sits 18th in the Premier League. The Hammers have won just two matches to start the 2017/18 campaign and sit on nine points.

Alessandro Nesta steps down with NASL side Miami FC

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Miami FC quickly put itself on the U.S. soccer map in two short seasons, and much of the club’s success can be attributed to manager Alessandro Nesta.

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The former Serie A defender has managed the club in its first two years of existence, but Nesta’s time in South Beach is coming to an end.

Nesta revealed on Friday that he won’t be returning to the NASL club in 2018, as he prepares to fnd a “new challenge” in his managerial career.

With NASL’s future as a league very much up in the air, Nesta could be seeking a more stable position entering 2018, especially given that his name has been thrown around with several MLS jobs over the last few months.

Orlando City raised over $300,000 in friendly for Puerto Rico hurricane relief

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It isn’t always the score at the end of the match that matters, and Orlando City proved that with its recent friendly to benefit those affected by hurricanes in Puerto Rico.

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Orlando City faced off with the Puerto Rico national team on Nov. 4, which the Lions won 6-1, but it was the club’s humanitarian efforts that proved to be the real story from the event.

The club announced that it raised $327,530 from the match, with all proceeds from the event going directly to the Puerto Rican people.

“I’m very proud of what our Club and our partners were able to accomplish,” Orlando City SC owner Flavio Augusto da Silva said in a team statement. “What we did meant more than just raising funds for Puerto Rico. Once again, we came together as a community to rally behind something bigger than us all.”