The Union went down two goals in the first half of Wednesday night’s friendly against Harrisburg City Islanders before answering with five second half goals to finish 5–3. Tweets from fans at the game say that Peter Nowak made the starting XI—MacMath; Williams, Miglioranzi, Califf, G. Farfan; Okugo, Adu, Daniel, Le Toux; Paunovic, Mwanga—run laps after the first half.
He did the same with the “entirely new” squad that took the field for the Union in the second half after a hard tackle from Michael Farfan resulted in the tackled City Islanders player forcefully taking offense “and the benches cleared like the Phils!“. Another tweet says a second bench clearing just before the end of regulation resulted in the match official blowing the whistle with no stoppage time.
Pennlive.com confirms the tweets: “The friendly was marred by two bench-clearing incidents in the closing moments, the first ignited when Michael Farfan blasted [David] Schofield right in front of the Harrisburg bench. Once play resumed, Schofield responded by nailing Farfan near the midfield stripe.”
While the Union did not tweet the second half lineup, the goal scorers were Justin Mapp, Ryan Richter, Zach Pfeffer, Roger Torres, and trialist Joe Tait. Joe Tait, you ask, who’s that? He’s a 6′ 1″ defender who apparently can head a goal from a corner—what a smashing idea! The 21-year-old hails from England and played for Lindsey Wilson College, a small Methodist college in Kentucky, and for PDL side Baton Rouge Capitals, where he scored six goals in 12 appearances and won the PDL Defender of the Year award in 2010. He turned professional when he signed with USL Pro team Dayton Dutch Lions in April, 2011. Tait has made at least one appearance with the Union reserves and Union supporter par excellence BarbCV has the picture to prove it.
While Septa has scheduled additional train service for Sunday’s game, Unholy Union’s looks at the weather forecast and says, “This match won’t get played.”
Here’s a very interesting look at how local youth players are choosing to enter the Union academy system rather than play for their high school team. The times, they are a’changing.
The Union Dues has a piece from a Union fan who was born in Colombia.
The latest YSA podcast, produced and engineered by PSP photographer and bearfighter Earl Gardner, is now available.
The Inquirer looks at the Independence’s attacking double threat, Tasha Kai and Amy Rodriguez. “Tasha and I work well together,” says Rodriguez. “We are both dynamic; a lot of running goes into our game. We’re both pretty quick on and off the ball, and it causes defenders to pick and choose which player to defend. When defenders match up Tash, that opens me up and vice versa, and that situation is really good.”
Here’s a look at Philadelphia’s opponent in Saturday’s WPS Championship final, WNY Flash.
Former Union and now Vancouver defender Jordan Harvey knows what it means to be on an expansion team. Harvey has three assists in five games with the Whitecaps.
This feature from MLSsoccer.com’s ongoing series from the North American Soccer Almanac looks at the explosion of TV viewing options for soccer fans.
Apparently a proposal was floating around the offices of the NFL in 2007 to start a rival league to MLS. The motivation behind the proposal appears to primarily have been to make use of American football stadiums that are otherwise largely dormant between March and August/September. The rival league reportedly would have used “new, contemporary rules made to enhance scoring and give fans a better experience.” To get a sense of these “new, contemporary” rules, check out this nonsense.
Fox Soccer will be the home of the Europa League beginning in 2012-13. Fox replaces GolTV as the US broadcaster with the new three season deal.
Mexican clubs and the Mexican national team are scouting for players in the US. “Considering how much Mexican-American talent there is in the USA, it makes perfect sense for us to look here,” says Enrique Echeverria, the Mexican federation’s scout for its U-17 team. “Whenever we hear a rumor about a Mexican-American talent, whether in Dallas or anywhere in the USA, we come and check him out.”
The La Liga season will commence on Saturday after the Spanish players’ union and the league reach an agreement to avoid a second week of strike action. Too bad the opening of play in Serie A may be postponed by a strike this weekend after clubs voted down the collective bargaining agreement approved by the players.
Putting an end to a seven-year huff, Sir Alex Ferguson will now talk to the BBC.
Ousted FIFA executive Mohamed Bin Hammam has formally launched his appeal of the decision to ban him from soccer for life.