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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
Now that Major League Soccer has its first openly gay player , the league is launching a new effort to tackle anti-gay attitudes and encourage inclusion in its ranks. Through a partnership with the You Can Play Project, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting LGBT discrimination in sports, the MLS and MLS Players Union hope to build on existing anti-discrimination efforts to offer greater support for gay players and fans. "The diversity found in our League has always been a point of pride for us," MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a statement released today.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
After the pain of Towson cutting its men's soccer program in March 2013 had subsided, Kay Banjo was faced with a life-changing decision: He could go pro and try out for Major League Soccer or finish his undergraduate degree and then use his final year of eligibility elsewhere. It was a no-brainer. "My dad has always been big on education, and I know I'm not going to play soccer my whole life, and I need to have something to fall back on," Banjo said. "I had one more semester to graduate.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 20, 1995
Major League Soccer finally is beginning to stir.This week, Alan Rothenberg is expected to be replaced as chairman and chief executive officer. The need for a hands-on leader will be cited for the switch, Rothenberg being viewed as having spread himself too thin between MLS, his law practice and the presidency of the U.S. Soccer Federation.The shake-up is said to be a mutually agreed-upon move.Coaches, too, are being named. There are two already in place -- Kansas City's Ron Newman and Tampa Bay's Thomas Rongen.
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By David Driver | June 22, 2014
After graduating from the University of Delaware, Michael Kammarman and his twin brother, David, spent part of the next two years backpacking around the world. The brothers, who played soccer at Laurel High and graduated in the Class of 1989, spent time in Europe, the Middle East and the South Pacific, setting foot in 35 different countries. Nearly 20 years later Michael Kammarman, a product of the Laurel Boys and Girls Club soccer program, is still getting a lot of stamps in his passport.
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By Jeff Barker | December 28, 2007
Soccer superstar David Beckham, about to make his Major League Soccer debut last summer, was talking about the advantages of playing on the grass field at Washington's RFK Stadium. He said he loathed FieldTurf, a brand of artificial surface that is popular in the United States and is used on the Toronto field where Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy had played its previous game. He said FieldTurf stresses athletes' bodies. Oops. It turned out that three fields at Beckham's California youth academy are FieldTurf.
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By Sports Digest | November 17, 2009
Los Angeles Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez , a former Maryland standout, was named Rookie of the Year by Major League Soccer. Gonzalez was one of only 14 players in the league to play in all 30 regular-season games and ranked second among rookies with 2,672 minutes played. Gonzalez helped the Galaxy surrender 31 fewer goals compared with 2008, the largest defensive turnaround in league history. The 6-foot-5 defender scored one goal and added an assist. Maryland alumnus Maurice Edu won the award in 2007 as a member of Toronto FC.
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Sports Digest | July 9, 2012
Et cetera Hogg wins third BMGC Amateur Stroke Play championship Serge Hogg , tied for the lead after a second-round 68, recorded a 1-over-par 72 and a 54-hole total of 210 in winning the 45th annual Amateur Stroke Play championship of the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation at Mount Pleasant Golf Course. It was his third win in the event, and the first since 1997. Three-time champion Billy Wingerd (71) followed at 212, trailed by Brett Williams , whose opening-day 66 was the low round of the tournament (75-213)
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | August 24, 1998
Time will tell, but over the weekend the man who may prove to be American professional soccer's Moses left office.Alan I. Rothenberg's transition from eight years as U.S. Soccer Federation president to owner of the Major League Soccer franchise in San Jose, Calif., was compressed in most places to a sentence or two.He deserves better.Because Rothenberg, 59, used his maximum two terms to revitalize at the pro level a game that, when he became its leader in August 1990, was at its nadir in the United States, toying with bankruptcy, devoid of leadership and run by amateurs.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | January 20, 1998
University of Virginia sophomore forward Brian West said yesterday that he will sign a professional contract with Major League Soccer through Project 40.The former Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year at Centennial High will forfeit his final two years of eligibility at Virginia. He will be the third Cavalier to sign with Project 40 this year, joining juniors Ben Olsen and Scott Vermillon.Project 40 is a plan by U.S. Soccer to identify the 40 most promising players in the United States and to get them playing experience at the professional level with the goal of winning the World Cup by 2010.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | September 18, 1996
They came from all over the world, from Finland, Argentina, Ghana and Puerto Rico, at their own expense. Eight paid minimal expense, since they had a Baltimore connection.Spirit coach Mike Stankovic greeted 36 players at a tryout that marked the opening of training camp this week at the Baltimore Arena. The most notable no-show was midfielder Tim Averell, a third-round draft selection out of Muhlenberg who has an injury.Things are going pretty well, according to Stankovic."Some of these guys can definitely play," he said.
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Sports Digest | May 28, 2014
Belmont Stakes 'Chrome' 'much more sharp' in 2-mile gallop California Chrome had his connections raving about his form after his 2-mile gallop Tuesday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Alan Sherman , assistant to his father, Art Sherman , said the colt, who will attempt to win the Triple Crown when he competes in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7, expressed his eagerness Tuesday before setting foot on the track....
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Sports Digest | August 11, 2013
Little League World Series Berlin falls in regional semi to Lionville, Pa. Berlin lost to Lionville, Pa., on Saturday, 9-3, in a Mid-Atlantic semifinal of the Little League World Series in Bristol, Conn. Losing pitcher Hayden Snelsire went three innings and allowed seven runs on six hits. He was replaced in the fourth by Matt Kinsey , who allowed two runs. Lionville did most of its damage in a five-run fourth inning. Snelsire, Billy Wheatley and Cole Gursky all scored on errors after the fourth.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
Now that Major League Soccer has its first openly gay player , the league is launching a new effort to tackle anti-gay attitudes and encourage inclusion in its ranks. Through a partnership with the You Can Play Project, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting LGBT discrimination in sports, the MLS and MLS Players Union hope to build on existing anti-discrimination efforts to offer greater support for gay players and fans. "The diversity found in our League has always been a point of pride for us," MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a statement released today.
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Sports Digest | April 5, 2013
Major League Soccer D.C. United renews contract with Comcast SportsNet D.C. United has reached a long-awaited - and long-term - agreement with Comcast SportsNet, but coverage will not begin until May 8 and no matches are currently on the outlet's schedule after Sept. 15. The three-year deal calls for at least 16matches annually. Every other U.S.-based Major League Soccer club, except Chivas USA, will have 21 or more games on local channels this season. More United: Captain Dwayne De Rosario will miss tonight's match at Sporting Kansas City with an adductor strain.
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By Steven Goff and The Washington Post | January 26, 2013
D.C. United acquired former Maryland star Casey Townsend from Chivas USA on Friday for a second-round pick in the 2014 Major League Soccer draft. Tied for third on Maryland's career goal-scoring list, Townsend was the fifth overall selection last year and had a goal and two assists in 17 regular-season appearances. "We were quite surprised that Casey was available for a trade and we pounced on it," United general manager Dave Kasper said in a written statement. "He is an exciting striker who brings a ton of energy to the attack, and we think he will be a great fit with our side.
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Sports Digest | December 16, 2012
Women's college volleyball Webster MVP as Texas wins national crown Junior two-time All-America outside hitter Bailey Webster (St. Paul's School for Girls) was named Most Valuable Player as third-seeded Texas (29-4) won the NCAA championship with a 25-11, 26-24, 25-19 victory over Oregon (30-5) on Saturday night in Louisville, Ky. Playing before the second-largest NCAA-final crowd, 16,448, the Longhorns won their second national title in eight Final Four trips. Webster led Texas in kills (14)
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Sports Digest | April 5, 2013
Major League Soccer D.C. United renews contract with Comcast SportsNet D.C. United has reached a long-awaited - and long-term - agreement with Comcast SportsNet, but coverage will not begin until May 8 and no matches are currently on the outlet's schedule after Sept. 15. The three-year deal calls for at least 16matches annually. Every other U.S.-based Major League Soccer club, except Chivas USA, will have 21 or more games on local channels this season. More United: Captain Dwayne De Rosario will miss tonight's match at Sporting Kansas City with an adductor strain.
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By Steven Goff and The Washington Post | January 26, 2013
D.C. United acquired former Maryland star Casey Townsend from Chivas USA on Friday for a second-round pick in the 2014 Major League Soccer draft. Tied for third on Maryland's career goal-scoring list, Townsend was the fifth overall selection last year and had a goal and two assists in 17 regular-season appearances. "We were quite surprised that Casey was available for a trade and we pounced on it," United general manager Dave Kasper said in a written statement. "He is an exciting striker who brings a ton of energy to the attack, and we think he will be a great fit with our side.
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Sports Digest | November 9, 2012
Colleges Terps' Cirovski, Mullins receive ACC men's soccer honors Maryland's Sasho Cirovski and junior Patrick Mullins were named the Atlantic Coast Conference men's soccer Coach and Offensive Player of the Year, respectively. Senior John Stertzer was named to the first team for the second straight season and seniors Taylor Kemp and London Woodberry , in addition to freshmen Mikey Ambrose and Schillo Tshuma , made the second team. Ambose and Tshuma also represented Maryland on the ACC All-Freshman Team.
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Sports Digest | August 30, 2012
Major League Soccer Namoff sues United for $12M over concussion Bryan Namoff , a long-serving D.C. United defender whose career was cut short by a concussion three years ago, filed a $12 million lawsuit Wednesday against the Major League Soccer club and former coach Tom Soehn , claiming they failed to properly evaluate his injury and cleared him to play too soon. The complaint, filed in District of Columbia Superior Court, alleges United was "negligent in its management, care and treatment" of Namoff after he was injured in a game at RFK Stadium on Sept.
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