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Corner Kick – Third Spartan Drafted, Second Heading to Canada

With the 58th pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, the Vancouver Whitecaps selected former Michigan State forward, Adam Montague.
On this episode of Corner Kick, Montague joins host, Brooks Laimbeer, and Red Cedar Rowdie, Luke Ferris, to discuss being drafted by the Whitecaps and what he needs to do to prepare for the MLS.

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MSU Men’s Soccer Season Recap

A few weeks removed from the end of the men’s soccer season, it is only natural that a little nostalgia creeps through the cracks of the shut door. For the Spartans, it was a very successful season, reaching their second Elite Eight in two years, although they were undoubtedly crushed not to progress further in the College Cup. Throughout the season, they endured many evenly-contested games and individual players received the accolades that they deserved, on the field and off.

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Corner Kick – Jay Chapman

After signing a homegrown contract with Toronto FC, Jay Chapman starts training with the first team this Saturday.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, discusses with Chapman what it was like to be at the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and to watch his teammate, Fatai Alashe, get drafted No. 4 overall.

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Montague Joins Alashe and Chapman in MLS

Adam Montague became the latest Spartan to join the increasingly prestigious MLS on Tuesday. It had been unclear whether Montague would be drafted, but the Vancouver Whitecaps vanquished any doubts when they chose the Michigan State graduate with the 58th pick of the MLS Superdraft.

The pick was acquired via a trade with D.C. United in which Vancouver sent 24 year-old Long Tan to the Capital City for a third-round pick. Read More…

No. 4 Overall Pick Alashe Ready for MLS

After the San Jose Earthquakes traded up to take him with the No. 4 overall pick, Fatai Alashe, is set to leave for training camp on Wednesday.

What does he need to work on to better prepare himself for the MLS? How much did playing at MSU and for the U23 Portland Timbers help his skills? How much is he looking forward to possibly playing against his former MSU teammate, Jay Chapman?

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A Day to Remember for MSU Soccer

Even for draft day, Michigan State had an inordinate amount of success. Having one player go professional in a day is a success for most teams; another player to put on the “Wall of Fame” and show recruits what they could become. The Spartans had two players officially go from player to picture on the wall, as Jay Chapman and Fatai Alashe turned pro yesterday.

Alashe will be headed out west to San Jose after the Earthquakes gambled on the senior midfielder with the fourth pick in the MLS SuperDraft. Although Alashe went higher than many expected, the Earthquakes never thought about anyone else. They were in dire need of a defensive specialist, and Alashe was the best in the draft. Read More…

The Pact – 1/12/15

MSU men’s basketball reporter, Andrew Hayes, recaps Sunday’s overtime win over Northwestern and discusses the retirement plans of Breslin Center PA Announcer, Terry Braverman.

MSU men’s and women’s soccer reporter, Brooks Laimbeer, and Michigan State men’s soccer head coach, Damon Rensing, talk about Fatai Alashe and Adam Montague, who are currently down in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for the 2015 MLS Combine, and discuss where they may be drafted in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft on ThursdayRead More…

Corner Kick – 2015 MLS Combine

The MLS Combine is from January 9-13 and 55 seniors are competing to raise their draft stock for the MLS SuperDraft on January 15.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and J.R. Eskilson, reporter for topdrawersoccer.com, discuss the six Big Ten soccer players going to the MLS Combine as well as other players from college soccer conferences around the United States.

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Changing the Rules: A Conversation about Modifying College Soccer

The game of college soccer has given the U.S. Soccer Federation and Major League Soccer talented players, but with the creation of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in 2007, college soccer needs to be tweaked.

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Corner Kick Exclusive: Post-MLS Draft Podcast with Kevin Cope & Rauwshan McKenzie

Former Michigan State men’s soccer defender Kevin Cope was selected 25th overall by the Philadelphia Union in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday. Today, Kevin joins Corner Kick reporter, Brooks Laimbeer, in an exclusive post-draft audio interview. Former Spartan standout and current member of the MLS’ Portland TimbersRauwshan McKenzie, as well as Michigan State men’s soccer assistant coach Ben Pirmann join in on the post-draft conversations.

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Special Report on Lansing United: Part 3 — The Franchise’s First Signing

Lansing United’s first signing has quite a story behind him.

From South Africa to the MLS to Lansing, 33-year-old Thabiso “Boyzzz” Khumalo was revealed as Lansing United’s first-ever signing and the key building block that the team’s predicted success will be built around.

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