Featured image courtesy of UNC/Jeffrey A. Camarati
NCAA College Cup
University of North Carolina defeated UNC Charlotte 1–0 on Sunday to win the College Cup. Ben Spea’s goal was a cracker.
Soccer America’s Paul Gardner has an interesting take on the final.
UNC’s win prompted a funny Twitter exchange that began with a tweet from UNC product Sheanon Williams:
Williams: “Want to congratulate
@UNCmenssoccer. On winning there second national championship…something I wish I had done when I was there”
Gabrial Farfan: “
@sheanonwilliams u graduated high school??”
Jordan Harvey: “
@sheanonwilliams You were only there two seconds”
@JordanCHarvey damn hater…still got to the finals”
@Gfarfan88 got farther then you b”
@sheanonwilliams haha joking bro. Just bitter my Bruins lost. Congrats!”
Ahead of today’s Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft, SBI reports the field of available players lacks stars but is dominated by veteran role players. The report says Stefani Miglioranzi “could still have a couple good years left but is more likely to be a dependable veteran coming off the bench.”
More on the USMNT U-23 training camp that opens on Thursday. The Union will have five players at the camp, the most of any MLS team.
The Union announced on Friday that they will pay a pre-season friendly with USL-side Orlando City. You may recall that the Union lost 1–0 to Orlando last pre-season in a game that saw Carlos Valdes receive a red card in the 17th minute.
“How is Peter Nowak going to shoehorn all that attacking talent into Philadelphia’s 2012 lineup?” wonders MLSsoccer.com. “Playing time up top already looks like a prized commodity in ‘12 – a good problem for Nowak to have.”
The Goalkeeper has extended quotes from last week’s Union press conference with Peter Nowak.
Former USWNT midfielder Lori Chalupny will sign with the Philadelphia Independence. Chalupny spent last season with Atlanta Beat. Magnusdottir and Boquete.
The Independence concluded its two-day player combine on Friday. Select players will be invited to participate with a second combine on Jan. 26 and 27 that will include players from WPS, W-League, WPSL, and college seniors.
The Bond Buyer looks at how backing the building of Red Bull Arena has resulted in the city of Harrison having its bond rating drop eight notches from A1 to Ba3.
Goal.com looks around the world for “potential hotbeds of transfer activity.”
The LA Times completely misses the ball with a piece entitled, “Premier Soccer League in US is English.”
Sunday’s scheduled Pennsylvania Cup final between West Chester United and Salone FC was postponed due to delay with a failed protest. (This news is from Twitter so just what the delay or the failed protest was all about is still unclear.)
La Salle’s Kelsey Haycook and Renee Washington were named to the NCAA Women’s All-American second team.
Temple’s Tyler Witmer and Cody Calafiore were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Men’s Division I All-Mid-Atlantic second team.
St. Joseph’s Mo Hawkins was named to the NSCAA Women’s Divisions I All-Mid-Atlantic First Team, becoming the first player from the school to be so honored.
Lehigh Valley’s The Morning Call has announced its All-Area Boys Soccer Team.
More on the effects of heading from the viewpoint of youth soccer.
Jonathan Wilson explains how Barcelona defeated Real Madrid on Saturday.
The Footy Blog asks are Napoli’s players are being targeted by criminals.