Written by Will Parchman

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Google ‘Stuart Pearce psycho.’

I’ll wait.

….

Sufficiently terrified yet?

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Robert Earnshaw’s been at this soccer thing for a minute. As of today, that’s all over. Earnshaw is retiring.

The Welshman began his career with a six-year stint with Cardiff, but when he left he turned into the definition of a journeyman. There were a staggering 11 clubs in 10 years, including six in the UK, one in Israel for 10 games (!), and three in MLS. He spent the final year of his career with the Whitecaps, and he’ll now be helping with the academy and the strikers.

Earnshaw’s always been a serviceable forward for the right price, but he managed just 18 total goals in the last five years of his career. And, importantly, he produced the single greatest free kick of all time.

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The 2015 season snapped shut on the Colorado Rapids like a rabid dog closing his jaws around a ragged piece of dumpster meat.

MLS titled its final regular season match day ‘Decision Day,’ aligning every Eastern Conference and Western Conference game to go off at the same time. In practice, this created a decidedly intriguing finale as teams flipped into and out of playoff seeds throughout the course of the day.

One team that had nothing to decide was Colorado. The Rapids were picking crumbs off the floor of the Western Conference basement before the day began, and a limp 4-1 loss to eventual champion Portland on Oct. 26 brought their season to a merciful conclusion. The poor dog had been run over.

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The fanfare surrounding Jordan Morris’s decision to sign with the Sounders was visible from space (probably).

Think what you will of how it was handled, but the Morris deal kicked the Homegrown initiative into a new stratosphere. Oh, young players will still sign (at times) anonymously, and the flame-out rate will still hover somewhere between 60-70 percent, but Morris gave it more cachet than it’s ever had. If you don’t think young players find value in the spectacle, visit a couple high school gyms on college football signing day and see what happens.

Today, we split our focus to the past, present and future. We’ll look at the top five Homegrown prospects, and our caveat is they can’t have yet played for the first team. And then we’ll move to the top five of all time, a list on which I have omitted Morris for the sake of our sanity.

Here we go.

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Written by Will Parchman

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I don’t know if our hype machines can take this much stress, but once more into the breach my dear friends! Try we shall.

Pulisic’s accomplishments for Borussia Dortmund are mounting by the week. First, he was promoted to the BVB first team during its winter hibernation in Doha. A week later, he put in an assist for Shinji Kagawa in a friendly against Eintracht Frankfurt. Three days after that, Pulisic scored his first goal for the club in a friendly against South Korean leader Joenbuk Motors.

Now he has his second.

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The U.S. U17s certainly seemed to enjoy themselves during their trip to Turkey this month.

The tournament marked the first official event since John Hackworth was named the group’s full-time coach following the Nike Friendlies. If we were unsure as to what we were planning on seeing, well, the narrative took a pretty severe detour over the Anatolian Peninsula.

But it didn’t get them over the final hump.

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It’s been quite the week for Mallory Pugh.

The UCLA commit made headlines last week when rumors dropped that she was set to bypass playing soccer in school to join the NWSL.

Those rumors were ultimately put to rest, as she elected to turn down the pro offer and will officially ink her NLI to play for the Bruins on Signing Day.

In the meantime, Pugh was involved with the full women’s national team over the past few weeks. She came on to make her debut on Saturday against Ireland, scoring a brave header from close range to make it 5-0 in the second half.

Look out, Pac-12.

 

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This week we’ve been publishing a three-part, in-depth interview with new U19 coach Brad Friedel (you can find part one here and part two here). Now, finally, we come to the end.

The third part of this chat is probably the most prosaic. The Messi question found its way in (OH NO), in addition to concerns about Hispanic inclusion in U.S. Soccer, playing style, our reliance on English soccer coaches and more.

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Jordan Morris cleared the final step to the showroom floor at Seattle’s The Ninety and the flashbulbs popped and crackled like fireworks. Flanked by Adrian Hanauer, Garth Lagerwey, Sigi Schmid and Chris Henderson – the club’s most visible and influential decision makers in matters of player personnel – Morris sheepishly walked to the middle seat of the dais.

Morris, wearing a blazer and a button-down shirt and facing a packed room of about 100 people, settled into his seat and readied to hear the announcement he’d been waiting to hear for years. The kid who’d been in the stands for Seattle’s first ever MLS game in 2009 almost couldn’t believe he was here at all.

“It’s hard to put into words,” Morris said.

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It would seem the John Hackworth era is off to a decent start.

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