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It was 80 minutes of crap followed by ten minutes of some of the greatest excitement I’ve ever experienced at PPL Park. At the Daily News and Inquirer, however, two columnists seemed to think the story of last night wasn’t the game but the absence of David Beckham. At the Daily News, John Smallwood wastes your time with the 1,057 article ever written about how Beckham hasn’t delivered as the “Face of MLS.” Yawn. At the Inquirer, the pathetic provocateur John Gonzalez uses the absence of Beckham to demonstrate once again how lamely boring and utterly irrelevant he is. “Five or six area soccer fans,” “The L.A. Galaxy played the Union/Bimbos on Wednesday,” “soccer/football/futbol/ foot-to-ball”—yes, Gonzo, you are a dolt.
Meanwhile, the Inquirer’s Bob Ford gives evidence that he actually watched last night’s game in an entertaining piece that is worth reading if only because he refers to Beckham as “the gaudy L.A. Galaxy hood ornament.”
Said Danny Mwanga of his goal, “You need to get that first one out of the way, and now I can focus on trying to get more goals to help the team.”
“Tonight was kind of throwing [in] the kitchen sink,” said Jack McInerney, “but it worked, and we got a result.”
Faryd Mondragon played the last 20+ minutes of the game hurt after suffering a groin strain in the 72nd minute. Hackworth praised Mondragon for playing hurt. “By him staying in the game it allowed us to bring in Jack [McInerney] into the game. You can’t say enough about what he did.” Hackworth said Mondragon would be evaluated today and is questionable for Saturday’s match against Dallas.
Hackworth elaborated, “I told our trainer that if he went out there, he had to tell him that he had to stay in the game, somehow, someway he’s got to stay in this game. We have another attacker that we have to bring on, we have to get one back here. To Faryd’s credit, he really said that ‘I’m not going to be close to 100%, but my team needs me at this point.’”
This match report notes that the Union did not have a shot on goal until the 73rd minute.
The Goalkeeper shares his thoughts on last night’s game.
Goal.com says the Union could use “a more mobile striker than Ruiz to facilitate play centrally.” Tell us about it.
Harrisburg City Islanders forward Jose Angulo has been named to the USL-PRO Team of the Week.
Marcos Mondaini was given a three game suspension on top of the one game suspension from the red card he was shown for the ankle breaking challenge on Javier Morales. This piece argues the suspension was not enough.
magicJack have been deducted a point for repeated violations of league policy. They also no longer have a head coach.
Long Island Fury plan to compete in WPS as the New York Fury in 2013.
WPS attendance is struggling. This piece wonders if USWNT players will have a league to return to after the Women’s World Cup.
The European Union will make reforming FIFA a “key priority.”
Kenny Dalglish has signed a three year contract to manage Liverpool.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon was attacked by a fan during a game against Hearts on Wednesday night. On Thursday morning, police were called to Parkhead, Celtic’s home ground, to investigate a suspicious package addressed to Lennon. The package was found to contain a bullet.