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Check out PSP’s match report and report on Peter Nowak’s post-game press conference. Look for our analysis and player ratings as well as photo essay later this morning.
OK, let’s get this out of the way. Here’s Le Toux on the reception he received at PPL Park on Saturday: “There was a lot of emotion before the game, especially when I came on the field and at the end. The fans were chanting my name and saying good things. It was more than I could ask for. I am thankful for everything they did for me.”
He added, “I knew it would be something special, but I was not thinking as much. I’m just thankful for the fans.”
Now, on to the game.
Like Captain Califf said, “If you can’t win, it’s better not to lose.”
The offense is still absent but the defense looked better on Saturday. Said Danny Califf, “All was right in my end of the world. Obviously, we’re disappointed that we didn’t get three points but getting the clean sheet, especially for our confidence is really key. Tonight was a real solid team performance and if we play games like this we’ll see results.”
Califf appreciated the support the fans gave him when his name was announced before the start of the game. “It was amazing. It was great to get back out there and feel comfortable and know that I had all that support behind me.”
Chandler Hoffman talks about his MLS debut.
ProSoccerTalk notes how Zac MacMath is settling down in goal and then says, “It’s hard to see what the Union attack is all about. It’s not really about getting wide and supplying crosses. It’s not about counter attacking. It’s not about slow-build and possession, or not about playing into a target. The real problem is…Philly needs a playmaker something fierce.”
Describing the match as being “as dull and drab as Saturday’s Chester, Pa., weather,” SI says the Union should “be beside themselves for not snatching three points against an opponent missing three key starters.”
The Guardian says the significance of Saturday’s draw is simple: “stopping the rot.”
Chris Vito’s reports that Carlos Valdes was wearing protective headgear as a precaution after taking a couple of hits to the head against Portland and Chicago.
More match reports from the Union website, the Inquirer, SBI, Philly Soccer News, Philly Union Talk, the Mercury, the Courier-Post, NJ.com, the Province, the Vancouver Sun (which uses a photo of the Whitecaps playing DC), the AP.
The Union are now at No. 17 in the Bleacher Reports player ratings.
NJ.com profiles Jason Thurston, the winner of the 2011 Fan of the Year award.
National Premier Soccer League’s AC Crusaders will play four of its home games at Egg Harbor Township High School.
Philadelphia Business Journal profiles Starfinder Foundation.
In the weekend’s Eastern Conference results, Kansas City remains undefeated in first place with 12 points with a 1–0 road win over Chivas USA. Four teams are now on six points: New York defeated Montreal 5–2, who are tied with the Union on one point, with Thierry Henry getting a hat trick; Columbus topped last place Toronto 1–0; New England pulled off a stunner, defeating LA 3–1 on the road; Houston had the weekend off. DC and Chicago are both on four points, DC crushing Dallas 4–1 on Friday while Chicago lost 2–0 at Colorado.
Sporting News looks at how MLS plans to crack down on diving and dangerous play.
Members of Sky Blue reflect on their recent exhibition games in Japan.
In case you missed it, the USWNT will play China at PPL Park on May 27. The Equalizer remembers the guy with the hot dog from the last time the US Women played in Chester in 2010, which was also against China. Here’s our photo essay from that game.
On Sunday, Alex Morgan equalized for the US against Japan in the Kirin Challenge Cup to prevent a three-game streak of defeats to the World Cup champion.
El Salvador’s Alexander Lavin has been suspended for three games by CONCACAF following the 3–3 draw against the US U-23 team. Camera’s caught Lavin punching Terrence Boyd in the face, even if the ref didn’t. If your interested, it’s Mexico and Honduras who will be going to the Olympics from our region. Yeah, I’m not really interested either.
US Soccer Players takes a look at the Independent Governance Committee’s report on how to reform FIFA.
Former Italy, Lazio and New York Cosmos striker Giorgio Chinaglia has died at the age of 65.