The Union News
The big news of the day is the Union’s trade for Justin Mapp. Mapp has the pedigree to slot into the distributing midfield role that can’t finder an owner on the current Union squad. Many have had a cup of coffee as the more offensive central midfielder but nobody has put their stamp on it the way Miglioranzi has grabbed the reins of the defensive role.
CityPaper continues to seek answers about the public money that was allocated to PPL Park. Apparently that money was supposed to go to mixed-use development, which would produce jobs and an economic boost for Chester. Instead, CityPaper reports that almost all of the $30 million went directly to the stadium. Additionally, the Delaware County Council has upped a hotel tax to cover the $30 million, despite initial promises that the money would be covered but Harrah’s Casino gambling revenues.
Soccer365’s John McGregor lists 5 reasons the Union are important to MLS. They include all three of the Union’s top 10 SuperDraft picks. MLS must see things differently since they left the Union off the All-Star pennant. Also, how did “rivalry with New York” beat out “fans that actually attend games, unlike New York”?
McGregor praises Nick Sakiewicz for his commitment to youth development. Check out PSP and KYW’s interview with Sakiewicz here.
The MLS News
The MLS All-Star jam takes place today. Read all about it in the Houston Chronicle, but here is the highlight: “Phife from Tribe Called Quest will coach Team I, and he’ll be assisted by Dynamo midfielder Lovel Palmer. His roster will include World Cup vet Alexi Lalas , former Oiler Bubba McDowell, rappers Slim Thug, Baby Bash, Chingo Bling, and Women’s World Cup veteran Brandi Chastain.” The italics are all mine. Any time Smugmug Lalas, Slim Thug, Baby Bash and Chingo Bling get together, even the font deserves special treatment.
The International News
FIFA has only built four of the 20 Centers for 2010 it promised as part of its commitment to develop soccer and promote social change in Africa. NPR reports that even when all 20 centers are complete, the total cost of the project will be $10 million. That is one-third of 1% of FIFA’s revenue from the 2010 World Cup. FIFA is only building the centers, other community groups have to come in and administer them. So while FIFA insists it is at the forefront of using soccer to promote social justice, unless there are other groups very involved in using the sport for good, FIFA is actually planting twenty roses and moving to Brazil without watering them.
Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Ramires and Robinho are the only four players new Brazil coach Mano Menezes will keep for the squad’s upcoming friendly with the United States. In a positive sign for Brazil fans, Menezes will bring Pato and Luis Fabiano’s hands, which are magically outside the laws of the game.
GfK AG reports that German consumer confidence is up thanks to, “warm summer weather and Germany’s third placing in the World Cup soccer tournament…” France’s economic minister immediately turned on Le Channel du Weather upon hearing the news.
FIFA visited Australia, which is bidding for the 2022 World Cup. FIFA was impressed by the South Korean bid earlier this month and released a statement that read, “Money money money money. Money money, money money money. Money.”
The Independence News
Caroline Seger is the WPS Player of the Week. Paul Riley’s response to the news: “Great call.”
Boxscorenews gives a state of the league assessment of the WPS season and off-the-field achievements.
The Awesome/Awful News
Seattle’s Best defeated the Michigan Motion in the over-55 women’s soccer championship game. That is awesome.
ESPN found that almost every US sports stadium investigated had numerous food safety violations. The Linc had 33% of vendors in violation while Citizen’s Bank Park is at 29%.