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Benny Feilhaber rips Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT selection process

Photo by Orlin Wagner/Associated Press

Photo by Orlin Wagner/Associated Press

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber brought some hot takes to MLS Media Day on Tuesday, expressing his displeasure with the way U.S. men’s national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann selects his players.

Feilhaber, who had the unfortunate pleasure of celebrating his 31st birthday answering questions in a room full of journalists, said he doesn’t understand Klinsmann’s criteria for selecting players for national team call-ups, saying “I don’t think that Jurgen calls in the best players that are available to him.” Continue reading

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LA Galaxy draft Georgetown’s Josh Turnley

Josh-TurnleyThe Galaxy made their first and only selection in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft on Tuesday, taking Georgetown defender Josh Turnley in the third round.

Turnley was selected with the 42nd overall pick after a four-year college career at Georgetown during which he started three seasons and was named a All-Big East second teamer after his senior year.

The Galaxy passed on their two fourth-round picks and traded their first-round pick to Colorado for targeted allocation money last week.

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CSUDH product Tony Alfaro drafted by Seattle Sounders

Tony Alfaro

Tony Alfaro

The Seattle Sounders selected Cal State Dominguez Hills All-American Tony Alfaro in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft with the 27th overall pick.

Alfaro is the first player to be picked in the MLS draft since Kei Kamara went in the 2005 class and the fourth player ever from CSUDH. The left-footed defender played a team-high 1,954 minutes for the Toros this year, starting every match but one. He scored six goals, five coming on penalty kicks.

Alfaro was named a first-team All-American by the NSCAA and a second-team All-American by Division II CCA after his senior season when he was named the California College Athletic Association’s Defensive Player of the Year.

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Galaxy sign 21-year-old Emmanuel Boateng

Emmanuel Boateng

Emmanuel Boateng

Although the LA Galaxy didn’t make a selection on the first day of the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, the club announced two new signings, including 21-year-old forward Emmanuel Boateng.

After featuring for Sweden’s Helsingborgs IF, Boateng, a native of Ghana, will be added to LA’s roster as international, pending visa and transfer certificate approval.

The Galaxy have 26 of their 28 roster spots filled for 2016 after also signing forward Mike Magee on Thursday.

“Emmanuel is a talented, young, attacking player who will add valuable depth to our offense,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said in a statement. “He will continue to develop as a player and we are excited to add him to our roster.”

Boateng was named 2012 Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year while attending the Cate School, a boarding school in Carpinteria. He earned a scholarship to the school at 15 years old after joining the Right to Dream Academy, a soccer development program in Africa.

He played one year of soccer at UC Santa Barbara and signed his first professional contract with Helsingborgs in 2013. He scored four goals in 37 appearances with the club.

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Galaxy trade SuperDraft pick, pick up TAM

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Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena traded his highest MLS SuperDraft pick since 2009 on Thursday, shipping the 12th overall selection to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for targeted allocation money (TAM).

TAM was introduced last year to add financial flexibility for clubs to sign players for more money without affecting the salary cap. Continue reading

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Mike Magee returns to LA Galaxy

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The LA Galaxy announced the signing of forward Mike Magee on Thursday, welcoming the MLS veteran back to the team for his second stint.

Magee played in LA from 2009-13, winning two MLS Cups with the Galaxy before joining the Chicago Fire. He returns to LA after three years with the Fire, including a MLS MVP-winning campaign in 2013.

“Mike has shown that he is one of the most versatile and effective players in our league,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said in a statement. “He is familiar with our club and will be a key part of our team on and off the field. We look forward to Mike joining to our roster.”

Magee was traded to the Fire, his hometown team, in 2013 in exchange for Robbie Rogers, who recently signed a contract extension with the Galaxy. Magee has scored 64 goals in 286 MLS appearances in his 13-year career, adding 34 assists.

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