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“It feels a bit like Europe”

Soccer365 talks to Danny Califf. Califf says of Saturday’s win, “It was huge, not only to win, but because the fans and the city are really behind us. We get recognized on the street and everything. It is cliché, but it feels a bit like Europe.” Is Philly awesome or what?

Goal.com’s Andrea Canales has a bizarre post in which she recalls a conversation “with a friend who generally never misses a chance to comment negatively on Major League Soccer.” In the conversation the Philadelphia Union come to represent everything that is good about the MLS. Or something. I’m not really sure.

The Toronto Sun talks to Cristian Arrieta ahead of the Union’s visit to BMO Field. Arrieta played on the Puerto Rico Islanders team that knocked Toronto out of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Predictions for tomorrow’s Union match in Toronto are starting to appear. The 90th Minute Soccer Blog calls a 2-1 win for Toronto in what will be their first home game of the season. Toronto FC is currently 0-2 and their fans are pissed, if this blog is any indication.

The deal for the Houston Dynamo’s new stadium has gone through.

Former US MNT U-20 player Sheanon Williams is training with the Harrisburg City Islanders and could be signing with the club soon. In related news, the CI Hecklers, the City Islanders supporters group, say they will also support the Union.

Pitch Side View has a nice post on visiting the debut Independence game against Atlanta Beat, while WPS Fan Corner has some random impressions.

Atlanta Beat goalie Allison Whitworth is Goal.com’s player of the week. Whitworth stopped 11 shots by the Independence including Amy Rodriguez’s one-on-one shot in the closing seconds of the match.

Goal.com wonders if all of the injuries suffered by USMNT players are a blessing in disguise.

MLS Talk wonders “Is there anything more useless than the new MLSnet website?” Some might answer with, “Yes, the new FSC website.”

500,000 unsold World Cup tickets will go on sale at South African supermarkets.

The Red Knights, the consortium that is attempting to buy Manchester United from the Glazers, is meeting to finalize its takeover plan.

Arsenal shareholder Stan Kroenke is buying the St. Louis Rams. This after news that Lady Bracewell-Smith, who owns 16% of Arsenal’s shares, is looking for a buyer. Were Kroenke, who is the largest shareholder at Arsenal, to buy her shares, he would cross the 30% share ownership threshold and have to make a formal takeover bid to buy Arsenal. Meanwhile, CNN wonders if English clubs are worth the investment.

Arsenal have been assured by Barcelona that they will not attempt to acquire Cesc Fabregas.

Photo by Rafael Stoian

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