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Is this going to be the year of Kellyn Acosta?

Fresh off a call-up to the U.S. Men’s National Team for World Cup qualifying, the midfielder scored a tremendous free kick to lead FC Dallas to a 2-1 win last night against Pachuca.

The goal puts FCD up after the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal against the Liga MX side, and is a hint of things to come from the burgeoning midfielder.

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Heading into Friday’s MLS Draft, there’s a position of strength that the teams selection can draw from: right back.

One of those senior candidates also happens to have one of the best names in the pool of potential draftees, North Carolina defender Colton Storm.

Currently out in Los Angeles for the combine this week, TopDrawerSoccer.com recently caught up with Storm, to chat about players he looks up to, and the Pennsylvania natives hopes for the weeks ahead, how he improved at Chapel Hill and his ties to Christian Pulisic.

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thierjungLess than a week remains until the 2017 MLS Draft, with pro hopefuls getting one final shot starting this weekend at the Player Combine in Los Angeles.

California’s Christian Thierjung is among those players hoping to put his stamp with one final opportunity. After four solid years for the Golden Bears, the versatile attacker is looking to make an impression and climb the draft boards.

TopDrawerSoccer recently caught up with the California native ahead of the combine.

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The final stretch of the regular season is here for both men’s and women’s college soccer, as postseason play builds around the country. The women’s DI Tournament announcement is one week away, while men’s programs have two weeks to go.

Goals at this stage of the season can be critical. Whether keeping a postseason dream alive or extending a team’s chances of winning a conference tournament, nothing quite satisfies a striker like a big goal in a big game.

These four stunning strikes caught our attention, as the clock ticks on the 2016 campaign.

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USATSI_9635974_167117710_lowresHeading into Thursday night’s MLS playoff clash between D.C. United and Montreal, Didier Drogba dominated the headlines.

Much of that is the player’s stature in the global game. No matter what he does,  Drogba will generally draw the attention, whether good or bad. It’s part and parcel of the approach that Major League Soccer clubs seek with big name signings. Create the splash, by acquiring internationally recognized talent, and deal with the blow backs if conflicts arise

Whatever happened between Drogba and the Impact over the past few days (or weeks even), the Impact sure didn’t need his services in Thursday’s win. Thirty-two year-old Italian forward Matteo Mancosu scored twice and had an assist as Montreal’s lone striker, with Drogba watching on from the stands, sharing his delight on social media.

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It’s Monday, and that means one thing: College Goal of the Week is here, ready to sift out the best candidates from the past week of action in the college game.

A quartet of howitzers are on the menu this week, as conference play means that the stakes are raised even though we’ve yet to reach October.

Without further ado, this week’s fantastic quartet of options are here for your viewing (and voting) pleasure.

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The first three days of the 2016 European Championship proved at least one thing: teams will score goals in France.

Given the expanded nature of the tournament, which moved from 16 to 24 teams this year, the four best third-place teams will stay alive to the second round. Some voiced that could cause the goals to dry up, as teams sit back, absorb pressure and hope that is enough to advance.

Through the first three days of action, while goals haven’t been flooding in, there were some sensational strikes over the weekend.

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When Gatorade High School National Player of the Year Lucas Mendes opted to play high school soccer for the first time as a senior, part of the reason he cited was to bring a state championship to Washington Lee, his high school in Arlington, Va.

On Saturday, Mendes and his team accomplished that dream, defeating First Colonial 3-1 to capture the 6A VHSL championship.

After teammate Maycol Nunez scored twice in the first half (pushing his own total to 27 on the season), Mendes, a University of Virginia recruit for 2016, helped put icing on the cake in flashy fashion.

His rabona created a chance for Andrew Kamian, who saw his shot saved, before Benhur Gebretensaie cleaned up for the insurance goal.

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Giannis Maniatis incredible Goal… by smokantek

While 24 international teams are in Europe preparing for the start of Euro 2016, Greece, which didn’t qualify for the tournament, found its way Down Under for a friendly against Australia.

A seemingly mundane game turned on its head whne midfielder Giannis Maniatis won a ball in his own half, saw Adam Federici off his line… and you’ll have to see it to believe it.

Special mention to Federici for going on a walkabout with his team in possession.

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For soccer fans seeking a fix outside of the Copa America, the tournament’s break opens up the door for the USL and NASL to secure headlines.

Both leagues are powering through the competition, and on Sunday, Louisville faced Orlando City B down in Florida.

The game, which Louisville won 4-3, was ultimately decided by former Akron star Aodhan Quinn’s 68th minute free kick.

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