Written by Will Parchman

Crossbar challenges are fun, because they’re open to wild, imaginative and utterly hyperbolic streams of thought. “Is the winner a better soccer player? Does this relate to touch? Should I jam a crossbar into my house and start practice immediately?” The answer to all these questions is yes.

FIFA hosted one of these grand competitions between LA Galaxy man Gyasi Zardes and Minnesota United’s Miguel Ibarra. The two tied 3-3 through the initial 10 balls, which triggered a SUDDEN DEATH round. Tasty. Zardes hit his first two, but Ibarra faltered on the second to bow to MLS’s might. Or something.

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Written by Travis Clark

ZardesOne of the many oddities about MLS is that on a semi-regular basis, the MLS Players Union releases the salaries of every single player in the league.

And whether or not the numbers listed are accurate, the release of these figures always generates a lot of discussion, and is a fascinating insight into how much (or how little) players in MLS actually make on a yearly basis.

In the light of this, it’s an interesting exercise to extract the salaries of players signed to homegrown contracts (Academy products). Whether players sign directly from the Academy or after a year or more of college, the numbers are of a wide variety.

There are a few notables from this week’s announcement: the reported salary of what former Indiana striker Tommy Thompson makes is third highest among homegrown signings, behind Gyasi Zardesand Will Trapp. Jordan Allen isn’t doing too bad for himself after a season playing at Virginia, while the same can be said for Harrison Shipp, who has looked like well worth his salary so far. New TFC homegrown signing Jordan Hamilton certainly had a solid offer to go to when he decided not to play for Maryland.

For comparison’s sake, here are the salaries of homegrown players from last year. The full list of homegrown player salaries from this week’s report is after the jump.

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5v5: College season review poll

Written by Jahmal Corner

Just like that, and we’re halfway through the college soccer regular season. That went fast. Today’s 5v5 will review what we’ve seen thus far as you vote for the best teams and players at the halfway point.

Don’t see your favorite program or player? Disagree with those mentioned? Leave us a comment below and tell us who should have been included.

Which men’s program has most impressed you thus far?

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Which women’s program has most impressed you thus far?

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Who has been the men’s player of the year thus far?

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Who has been the women’s player of the year thus far?

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Which program is most likely to win the national title?

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