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Major League Soccer's player combine, SuperDraft, inspires debate's Rachel Bonnetta shares what you need to know about the 2016 MLS schedule.

LAUDERHILL, Florida -- Every January, Major League Soccer teams head to South Florida for the annual player combine. A couple of days later, the MLS SuperDraft is held in some northern clime (2016's is Thursday afternoon in Baltimore, with the first overall selection airing live on ESPN's SportsCenter at 1 p.m. ET). And along the way, the relative value of both events is debated.

The combine in particular seems a relic from a bygone era. The homegrown player rule, by which teams can choose to sign...

United Soccer League players take step toward unionization

Players from the United Soccer League are one step closer to becoming formally unionized, according to union organizers.

In a news release sent out by the USL Players Association, 53 percent of the league's professional players have signed authorization cards, satisfying the majority threshold required by federal labor law, and the USLPA has now requested voluntary recognition from the USL.

In the event that the USL, which represents the third tier of the U.S. soccer pyramid, decides to withhold...