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Atlanta United signed 16-year-old Efrain Morales.
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It's widely seen as one of the biggest problems in North American pro soccer: How can teenage academy products be converted into everyday MLS starters more efficiently? With their prolific youth system, the New York Red Bulls have been particularly vexed by this issue and hope to address it with a new venture in 2015.
Shawn Kuykendall, a beloved coach, trainer and former D.C. United, American University and Braddock Road Warhawks midfielder, lost his battle with thymic cancer last week, passing away at the age of 32. But the Washington, D.C.-area soccer luminary has left a rich legacy of friendship, faith and strength, as his spirit and bravery has been hailed by many at all levels of the game.
In England, the route into pro soccer is very simple, but can be very cruel. The alternate career paths taken by Englishmen turned MLSers Dom Dwyer and Luke Mulholland suggest that North America offers surprising opportunities for players from supposedly superior soccer nations, writes James Kilpatrick.
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber announced Tuesday that a partnership of global sports powers, Manchester City Football Club and the New York Yankees, has acquired MLS' 20th expansion club. The new team will be named New York City Football Club (NYCFC) and expects to begin play in 2015.
College coaches are adjusting their recruiting strategies.