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In 2010, we embarked on a new journey. Our league debut was nationally televised. Our home opener drew nearly 35,000 fans. Then, while we waited for the opening of our new stadium we began an extended string of away games that demonstrated what can only be described as the season-long woeful state of our away form. A magnificent home debut in our new stadium was soon undermined by persistent questions about the state of our defense and the competence of our goalkeeper. Yet we struggled onward, finishing the home season with a magnificent victory over our main rivals, the New York Energy Drinks.

Our of season began with what some have described as missteps: not protecting Shea Salinas in the Expansion Draft, then protecting Chris Seitz when Salinas was taken by Vancouver, only to see Seitz taken in the Re-Entry Draft. Now, Brad Knighton has been waived.

Still, as we look forward to the start of our second season, there is great promise to be seen. Off the field, we have acquired a shirt sponsor—long, and internationally, associated with soccer—with deep pockets and a strong commitment to our success. We have drafted a young goalkeeper with great promise. To mentor that promise, while at the same time ensuring stability and experience in the present, we have signed a goalkeeper with a long and impressive international career. To buttress the new stability between the posts we have made moves to strenghten our defense. We continue to develop young talent for the attack. And new signings are yet to be made that will further provide the talent and experience necessary to make us stronger.

My fellow soccer fans, it gives me great pleasure to report—with no hesitation or reservations—that the state of your Philadelphia Union is strong.

Will he be the Union's number three goalkeeper?

Union

In the wake of Brad Knighton’s departure, this piece on the Union website looks at how Faryd Mondragon and Zac MacMath will help each other. Even they describe Knighton as being “abruptly waived.”

Somebody please dig up more on goalkeeper trialist Thorne Holder than this and this.

In case you missed it, Jonathan Tannenwald reports that he has received “confirmation from a source in Germany that FC Nurnberg striker Marek Mintal officially has turned down the Union’s contract offer.”

The Shin Guardian has ten minutes with Brian Carroll. The highlight for me is Carroll’s description of Peter Nowak’s training regimen: “Well, I think the way he trains his squad creates a lot of competition which brings a lot of sharpness everyday. The fitness level that he creates with his team from player one all the way down to the bottom, has them the most fit they can be and it’s usually more fit than other teams. Just skill and tactics that he employs for the formations he wants to play, put the overall team in the best position to get a result and that’s what you takeaway.”

Andrew Jacobson is hungry. And sporting a new hairdo.

Too early to speculate about how the Union will fare in 2011. Apparently not. This power ranking places the Union at tenth in the league.

Aside from a small number of premium Field Level seats, individual and group tickets for the home opener against Vancouver have sold out. The only way to attend the game now is by purchasing a full or partial season ticket plan.

The Meet the Team event scheduled for tonight at the stadium club at PPL Park has been postponed due to the weather. I’m not sure about today’s training session.

MLS

Chivas USA have a new shirt sponsor: Corona Extra.

How Portland Timber coach John”He’s a Goofball” Spencer relaxes his players.

Here’s a preseason primer on the Galaxy.

Thierry Henry’s goal for 2011 is clear: to win the MLS Cup.

In more Energy Drinks news, Ze Roberto is not joining the team.

This piece argues that MLS should strive to be more fan friendly, not more family friendly.

ESPN is reportedly behind a move that would bring teams from the Australian A-League, Japan’s J-League, South Korea’s K-League and MLS to play a tournament in Hawaii.

Montreal Impact will join MLS in 2012. Here’s a look at what they are doing to get ready. (Your fun fact for the day: when the Philadelphia Fury of the old NASL folded operations in Philly in 1980, they moved to Montreal where they became the Montreal Manic, which, it must be admitted, is probably not the most encouraging of names.)

With US Soccer denying the present NASL sanctioning as Division 2 soccer in the US, here’s a look at why MLS needs the NASL almost as bad as why NASL needs MLS. More on what’s going on with the sanctioning of NASL and USL Pro League here.

Independence/WPS

After assisting Carli Lloyd’s goal in the first half, Amy Rodriguez of the Philadelphia Independence sealed the USWNT 2–0 victory over China on Tuesday with a second half goal to give the team the Four Nations Tournament championship. New Independence signing Megan Rapinoe came on in the second half.

Here’s a profile on recent Philadelphia Independence draft pick Teresa Rynier, who graduated from Connestoga Valley High School in Lancaster County.

The WPS is abuzz with the news that expansion team WNY Flash have acquired five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta after picking up her contract from the now defunct FC Gold Pride, who inherited that contract from the now defunct LA Sol. Questions remain about how exactly the Flash will pay the cost of her salary, reportedly in the $500k range. Maybe the Flash will simply go bust, just like every other WPS team Marta has played on. More on the signing here.

For some insight into what the hell they are thinking at WNY Flash, here’s an interview with team president Alex Sahlen.

US

Soccer America wonders who should play in the upcoming USMNT friendly against Egypt.

Charlie Davies wants a winter loan move.

Brad Guzan will be at Hull for a little while longer.

Elsewhere

Sky Sports match commentators Richard Keys and Andy Gray have apologized for sexist remarks they made about a female referee over the weekend. While admitting the “probability or possibility” that he, like Gray, will be fired, Keys says “dark forces” have conspired against him.

Three women who have held high positions at Sky Sports describe a corporate culture that looks down on women. They also describe Keys and Gray as bullies who are hated by their crew.

A group of American investors is set to buy AS Roma.

Lionel Messi has been fined for dedicating a goal to his mother, the naughty boy.

11 Comments

  1. I like and appreciate your stuff Ed, but as I wrote in Mike’s article, Brad Knighton was never protected in the expansion draft

  2. Training was cancelled at YSC today for the Union do to the risks travel in inclement weather posed to players and fans, per Union twitter.

  3. http://www.zolonation.com has pictures, insight, and guesses into our unnamed trialists.

    Outside sources confirmed trialist Thorne Holder (T&T U20 Keeper), Union fans on scene have confirmed the presence of sort-of Philadelphia local Jeremiah White (M/F, Wake Forest, Aarhus), there is a striking resemblence between two players present as Gabriel Farfan (M, twin brother of Michael, US U17, Club America) may also be in camp, as well as a player now being identified as Keon Daniel (M/F, T&T NT, PR Islanders) as well as two other yet unidentified trialists. [Daniel is proposed to be the player we previously speculated might have been Harrisburg's Ombiji].

    Team policy here makes being 100% sure about anything impossible, but check the posts for yourself:

    http://www.zolonation.com/2011/01/who-are-we-identifying-players-22.html

    http://www.zolonation.com/2011/01/who-are-we-identifying-players-12.html

    • Smallish M/F supposedly identified as US U-20 Chris Agorsor (University of Virginia, left school early for Euro trials). Gatorade High School Player of the Year in 2008, GA Target for 2010 draft. His draft class has not graduated yet (he should have just finished his junior year), meaning that trying to sign him might be tricky unless Nowak has already gotten MLS’ blessing. One trialist pictured still sending bloggers on the hunt.

      • Andy Dillon says:

        Yeah, mystery man is really bugging me. Thought he could be a local college player, so went through the current rosters of Penn, Drexel, Temple, La Salle, Phila U, and St. Joe’s … none of the guys over 6 feet tall closely resemble him. The hunt continues …

  4. I’d say with a 99.9% certainty that Keon “Schillaci” Daniel is on trial with the team, based on this side-by-side comparison image I threw together. http://i53.tinypic.com/16lei6x.jpg

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