Peter Nowak said after Saturday’s loss, “It’s never easy to be in this situation like we are right now after three games. I think from last week, we played much better. We need to be more opportunistic.”
He added, “I don’t think overall we had any kind of problems. The only thing missing right now is the results.”
He also said, “They are pushing very hard. I can’t say one bad thing about the effort. They did a good job with that, trying from different angles to score the tying goal. What we need to do now is believe it. We are a very good team, young but very good. We have the quality to win the games. That’s my job right now to inject the confidence and the security that they are still a good team.”
He continued, “It’s not easy for the guys in the locker room, but life goes on.”
Zac MacMath tried to look on the bright side. “It was a full 90 that I think I didn’t make any big mistakes like the previous games so I was happy about that. It’s still very disappointing with the result.”
Gabriel Farfan said, “You always want to get three points and, right now, we need three points more than ever. But we don’t feel the pressure too much. Obviously there is [pressure], but I think all of the guys in the locker room can handle it.”
SB Nation asks, “How many weeks will it be before Peter Nowak says, ‘You know what? I ruined this team and it’s all my fault.’” They conclude, “Truth be told, we’ll probably never hear those words out of his mouth, but all of it looks true in the early going, as the Philadelphia Union struggle to resemble a competent soccer team.”
Philly Union Talk says “the salad days are over.”
Union Dues says, “This is very much a team on the ropes.”
USA 10 Kit says the Fire v Union game was the best MLS match of Saturday. The other two must have been dreadful.
Bleacher Report has the Union at No. 17 in their power rankings.
Sebastien Le Toux Watch
The Goalkeeper has a transcript of an interview Sebastien Le Toux did with Vancouver Whitecaps daily radio show Team 1410. Le Toux says he’s looking forward to playing at PPL. “They know me as a player and who I am as a human, too, so they liked me for that. I like them too, because they always never gave up on us during two seasons.”
When asked about the difference between Vancouver coach Martin Rennie and Peter Nowak, Le Toux replied. “Yes, they are totally different. For Martin Rennie, it’s very important to communicate with a player, and be honest, and know exactly what you want and what he wants from you. Every time we take a decision, he comes to talk to you, and his door is always open. It’s a little bit different. I know, I lived with Peter Nowak, and it’s sometimes how a manager is.”
Le Toux is No. 9 on this list of soccer players who were treated as badly by their club as Peyton Manning was.
The New York Times says the early dominance of the Western Conference has more to do with a scheduling imbalance that has Eastern Conference teams doing most of the long traveling.
John Smallwood says that MLS needs to make an example of Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark, who called a ball boy an anti-gay slur for not getting him the ball fast enough. “Clark needs to be whacked, not just slapped on the wrist.”
MLS has endorsed the anti-racism campaign that was recently launched by the Independent Supporters Council.
Women’s Pro Soccer
Boston Aztec have dropped out of the WPSL Elite League. They will be replaced by New York Fury, the team led by former Philadelphia Independence gaffer Paul Riley. The Fury recently announced the signing of three former Independence players, Estelle Johnson, Nikki Kryzysik, and Tina Di Martino as well as 2012 WPS Draft pick Jasmyne Spencer.
Jeff Kassouf writes that WNY Flash will sign former Independence forward and 2011 WPS league MVP Veronica Boquete. He says former Independence midfielder Laura del Rio is also likely to sign with the Flash.
Chicago Red Stars have signed former Philadelphia Independence defender/midfielder Lauren Fowlkes.
Kristine Lilly, the most capped player in US National Team history, has joined Boston Breakers as an assistant coach.
Former Philadelphia Independence goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc remains optimistic after going through a turbulent year-and-a-half.
Final renovations to Sahlen Stadium, home to Western New York Flash and the USL’s Rochester Rhinos are nearly complete. Rochester city officials are looking for someone to manage the stadium.
As if Saturday wasn’t bad enough, the U-23 men lost 2–0 to Canada to drop to third in their group. They must defeat El Salvador tonight (9pm, Universal Sports Network, mun2, universalsports.com, CONCACAF.com) in order to advance to the semifinals and a chance to play in the London Olympics. In case you were wondering, Freddy Adu played the full 90, Amobi Okugo came on in the 76th minute, and Sheanon Williams was an unused substitute.
Freddy Adu said after the match, “In all the games we’ve been in, when we have bad games, we always respond. We have pretty good character as a team, so I think we’re going to respond.”
Soccer America says the US looked unprepared and lost against Canada. “[T]here may have been fewer eggs in the under-23 basket Porter took to Nashville than we previously imagined.”
Jurgen Klinsman is the fourth highest paid national team coach in the world.
The USWNT will participate in an event in Sendai Japan on Tuesday as part of the US State Department’s “Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Initiative.”
US Soccer Players looks at soccer and the US military.
The Independent Governance Committee has said that FIFA should expect a tough report corruption in the organization. The report is die to be delivered on Friday.
Fabrice Muamba has been able to leave his bed for the first time since his collapse nine days ago. He remains in serious but stable condition in intensive care.