If you park in the lot the entrance of which is at 15th and Highland, plan to get there before 3pm. A group led by two Chester residents will hold a rally and plan to disrupt entry to the lot in order to protest local politicos foot-dragging over bringing a grocery store to Chester. The protesters have singled out state Sen. Dominic F. Pileggi, R-9, of Chester, as the main problem. The city has not had a grocery store since 2001. (As near as I can tell from looking at the parking map on the Union website, the lot in question is Lot G, but I cannot confirm that.)
Goal.com have a head-to-head preview of Saturday’s meeting with the Energy Drinks. The Philly guy sees a 2–2 draw while the Energy Drinks guy sees a 2–0 win for the visitors.
As usual, our preview is better.
The Energy Drinks may rest some starters on Saturday, according to the New York Post.
The Australian edition of Four Four Two reports that the A-League side, the Perth Glory, are eager to sign Fred on loan. I lived in Western Australia for a year and Perth is a beautiful city. Also, the Glory wear a cool purple kit—do it Fred, do it!
Could Terry Foley, director of player personnel for the Independence, be leaving to take over Washington Freedom?
Soccer Insider has an informative brief guide to the fast approaching expansion draft, which will take place on November 24, the day before Thanksgiving.
Mavis Derflinger, the first female Board member of the US Soccer Federation and the the woman to be inducted into the CONCACAF Hall of Fame, has passed away.
The just-rescued Chilean miners are being deluged with invitations to visit leading European and Latin American teams. One of the miners, Franklin Lobo, once played professionally. Another, Omar Reygadas, displayed a Colo Colo banner after his rescue.
On Thursday, a British judge granted an anti-suit injunction to overrule the temporary restraining order current owners Gillett and Hicks were able to get from a Texas judge, which should allow the purchase of the club by New England Sports Ventures to go through. (You can read a running commentary from the Guardian here. If you must.) Depending, of course, on whether the Texas judge agreed to lift the restraining order in a hearing scheduled for 7am Friday morning, Texas time. (The Dallas Observer recaps Thursday’s developments on this side of the pond.) Before the hearing happened, Gillett and Hicks filed a motion to dismiss the restraining order. This was followed by rumors that Mill Financial had made a deal to cover the loan Gillette and Hicks were due to repay today to the Royal Bank of Scotland. If true, the Liverpool board would have to reject that payment in order for the NESV deal to go through. Around 8:45am our time, Hicks released a statement apparently indicating that he and his partner were conceding that the NESV sale would go through. But were they also saying they would drop their fight? Hell, no! The statement indicates that Gillett and Hicks “have no choice but to pursue every legal avenue possible” to recover “at least $1.6 billion in damages” they believe they will suffer from the sale of the club. (You can read a minute-by-minute update of all of today’s developments at the Guardian.) All of this is frankly a bit over my head and quickly becoming very boring. It also seems likely that this nonsense will drag on for months. What a run-up for Sunday’s Liverpool derby.
Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann offers some insight on the strange legal ramifications of the Liverpool saga, with a Dallas judge suddenly deciding he has authority over a British business.
Footy on the Telly™
Friday, October 15
Germany v Cologne-Dortmund, 2:30pm on GolTV
UMBC v Boston University, 8pm on FSC
UC Santa Barbara v Duke, 11pm on FSC
Saturday, October 16
Bayern Munich v Hanover, 9:30am on GolTV
Manchester United v West Brom, 10am on ESPN2
Arsenal v Birmingham, 10am on FSC
Fulham v Tottenham, 10am on FSP
Atletico Madrid v Getafe, 12pm on GolTV
AC Milan v Chievo, 12pm on FSP
Aston Villa v Chelsea, 12:30pm on FSC
Middlesbrough v Leeds, 2pm on FSP
Roma v Genoa, 2:30pm on FSC
Malaga v Real Madrid, 3:50pm on GolTV
Wolverhampton v West Ham, 4pm on FSP
Philadelphia Union v New York Energy Drinks, 6pm on FSC
Flamengo v Internacional, 6pm on GolTV
America v Qunidio, 8pm on GolTV
Newcastle v Wigan, 8:30pm on FSC
Sunday, October 17
Cagliari v Inter Milan, 6:30am on FSP
Everton v Liverpool, 8:30am on FSP
Juventus v Lecce, 9am on FSC
Bolton v Stoke City, 10:30am on FSP
Blackpool v Manchester City, 11am on FSC
Hoffenheim v Borussia Monchengladbach, 11:30am on GolTV
Bari v Lazio, 2:30pm on FSC
Gijon v Sevilla, 3pm on GolTV