Monday, September 22, 2014

Sockers Defender O'Connor Announces Retirememt

The Major Arena Soccer League's San Diego Sockers announced Monday defender Brian O'Connor, who spent the last five seasons with them and was on all four of their Professional Arena Soccer League championship teams, has retired.

In 49 games over those season, he scored nine goals and 14 assists.

He also played on the 2007 San Diego Fusion's National Professional Soccer League championship team.

MLS Expansion Teams Orlando City, New York City FC To Hold Priority Draft Wednesday

2015 Major League Soccer expansion franchises Orlando City Soccer Club and New York City FC will take part in a Priority Draft Wednesday in New York City to determine which team will get the higher pick in each of the league's player acquisition methods as they build their rosters.

After supporters of each club participate in a draw to determine who gets the first choice in all picks conducted that day, Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath and New York City FC head coach Jason Kreis will alternately make their selections.

The eight player acquisition methods and the choice of picks they will have are:

- Expansion Draft (overall first or second pick)
- MLS SuperDraft (overall first or second pick)
- USL PRO/NASL Player Priority Ranking (overall first or second pick)
- Designated Player Ranking (overall first or second pick)
- Allocation Ranking (overall first or second pick)
- Discovery Ranking (Pick 20th or 21st)
- Waiver/Re-Entry Draft Ranking (Pick 20th or 21st)
- Lottery Ranking (Pick 20th or 21st).

The process is the same one the league used with the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps joined in 2011 and the Montreal Impact joined in 2012.

The event will be streamed live on at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

Nominees Announced For Week 28 MLS Save Of The Week

Voting opened Monday for fans to select the Week 28 winner of Major League Soccer's Save of the Week contest for the 2014 season, which honors the goalkeeper who makes the most outstanding save.

Fans can go to to view the nominees and cast their vote before 11:59 p.m. Pacific time Thursday.

The nominees for Week 28 are Bobby Shuttleworth of the New England Revolution, Steve Clark of the Columbus Crew, Luis Robles of the New York Red Bulls, Bill Hamid of DC United and Tyler Deric of the Houston Dynamo.

NASL Names Ibarra Fall Season Week 11 Player Of The Week

The North American Soccer League Monday named Minnesota United FC midfielder Miguel Ibarra, who braced in their 2-0 road win at Toyota Park Saturday over the San Antonio Scorpions, their Player of the Week for Week 1 of the 2014 season.

The win snapped San Antonio's eight-game home unbeaten streak.

NASL Names Fall Season Week 11 Play Of The Week Nominees

The North American Soccer League announced Monday the nominees for Week 11 of their Play of the Week competition for the 2014 Fall Season.

Fans can go to to see the Week 11 nominees, then vote on the winner before 9 a.m. Eastern time Thursday.

The nominees are Leo Osaki (Carolina RailHawks), Jimmy Maurer (New York Cosmos), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lance Laing (FC Edmonton) and Fafa Picault (Fort Lauderdale Strikers).

MLS Announces Week 28 Goal Of The Week Nominees

Major League Soccer Monday announced the five nominees for the Goal of the Week award for Week 28 of the 2014 season.

Fans can view the scoring plays of the nominees by visiting Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time Thursday with the winner to be announced Friday.

The nominees are Diego Valeri of the Portland Timbers, Joao Plata of Real Salt Lake, Jose Mari of the Colorado Rapids, Luis Silva of DC United and Bradley Wright-Phillips of the New York Red Bulls.

Week 28 MLS Team Of The Week Announced

Major League Soccer announced Monday the members of the league's Team of the Week for Week 28 of the 2014 season, which is compiled each week by staffers at and honors the outstanding players and performances of the previous week.

Steve Clark - Columbus Crew

Eric Gehrig - Columbus Crew
Omar Gonzalez - LA Galaxy
Robbie Rogers - LA Galaxy

Diego Valeri - Portland Timbers
Luis Garrido - Houston Dynamo
Tony Tchani - Columbus Crew
Javier Morales - Real Salt Lake

Fanendo Adi - Portland Timbers
Bradley Wright-Phillips - New York Red Bulls (MLS Week 28 Player of the Week)
Luis Silva - DC United

Caleb Porter - Portland Timbers

Luis Robles - New York Red Bulls
David Horst - Houston Dynamo
Maurice Edu - Philadelphia Union
Dilly Duka - Montreal Impact
Robbie Keane - LA Galaxy
Joao Plata - Real Salt Lake
Gilberto - Toronto FC