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Young Sounders Score: Young Sounder Academy player Aaron Kovar scored in his debut for the U.S. U-18 team. The goal was within minutes of Kovar coming on in the 2nd half against regional rivals the Vancouver Whitecaps. Young midfielder Miguel Montaño scored in warm-up game off an assist from new right back Roger Levesque

MLS Academies Increasing Competition: The new academies are putting serious pressure on professional youth teams. In the article, Darren Sawatzky, the technical director for the Sounders Academy, talks with J.R. Eskilson about the widening gap between the MLS academies and the many youth soccer clubs.

Carrasco Playing With Both Feet: Servando Carrasco is one of a growing number of young soccer players whom learned the game in both Mexico and the United States. He grew up with one foot in San Diego and one in Tijuana. He learned a lot about the tactics of the game in the U.S. while refining his technical skills in Mexico. He hopes to put both to good use backing up Osvaldo Alonso this season at the defensive midfielder spot.

Revolution Send Best Players Home: In a surprise disciplinary move the New England Revolution have sent home midfielder Shalrie Joseph and defender Kevin Alston. The two were often the best players on the pitch for a Revolution team that missed the post-season last year. 

DCU Bring Back Fred: DC United continues to add depth to their midfield with the acquisition of Brazilian midfielder Fred from the New England Revolution. The Revolution traded their 2nd round pick in 2013. Fred was a member of the inaugural Philadelphia Union team before being exposed by the Union during the 2010 Re-entry draft.

El Pescadito Back in MLS: In other news, the Union appear to have come to terms with Guatemalan forward Carlos Ruiz as a replacement for the departed Alejandro Moreno. Ruiz is known as el pescadito (the little fish) due to his flopping all over the pitch. However, one can't argue with his ability to get the ball in the back of the net often in spectacular fashion.     

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