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Danny Califf says of the hype leading into Saturday’s game, “I think there was a lot of hoopla leading up to the game but once the game got underway, Union fans were cheering for the Union.”
Califf, in the starting lineup after a two game layoff, was named to Goal.com’s Best XI for Week Four.
Goal.com credits Zac MacMath for his part in ensuring Vancouver was kept scoreless.
ESPN notes how Peter Nowak and Peter Vermes have switched seats in terms of how their teams have started the 2012 season compared to 2011.
“Today, Vermes is 4-0-0 and looking unbeatable while the Union is 0-3-1 and lacking all pop, crackle and fizz. The difference? Vermes has had an amazingly steady hand. His lineup has been virtually unchanged all season, and is almost unchanged from last season too. His squad has adopted his system, developed great chemistry and evolved as a group.
“Nowak has cycled players in and out through his revolving door, shipping off star forward Sebastien Le Toux and continually tinkered with lineups and tactics.
“Nowak and Vermes have demonstrated that slow and steady wins the race.”
The headline blares “Williams given OK to make runs.” What does the Sheanomenon say in the article? “I don’t think the coaching staff has ever limited my runs or how much I get forward; they encourage it.” C’mon, Chris, you’re better than that.
CSN Philly’s The Inside Doop names Keon Daniel its Player of the Week.
After two home games, the Union rank eighth in the league in announced attendance (“Attendance figures, provided by MLS, reflect tickets sold and distributed”) with an average of 18,132. The average for the 2011 season was 18,259.
In Twitter fun, there was this exchange on Monday between Sheanon Williams and Jordan Harvey about Gabriel Farfan:
@sheanonwilliams This happens to G and he’s rolling around asking for a red. You saw he moved as far away as possible after this happened.
— Jordan Harvey (@JordanCHarvey) April 2, 2012
West Chester United were eliminated from US Open Cup qualification after being defeated by Aegean Hawks 3–1 on Sunday.
West Coast Radio profiles Harrisburg City Islanders and former Gambia youth international striker Sainey Touray.
Goal.com observes that Sebastien Le Toux—and the Vancouver Whitecaps—going scoreless is becoming a trend.
You might think it’s a little early in the season—or a little early in the Union’s bye week—but the Goalkeeper offers some All-Star roster guessing.
Current USWNT and former Independence midfielder Lori Lindsey has signed with Western New York Flash. The Flash also signed Spanish international Adrianna.
Former Independence assistant coach Staci Wilson is now an assistant coach at Florida Atlantic University.
The USWNT defeated Brazil 3–0 today in the Kirin Challenge Cup tournament in Japan. Former Philadelphia Independence forward Amy Rodriguez was among the goalscorers, as was Delran-native Carli Lloyd.
Some moron thinks that the best way to promote soccer in the US would be to move a Premiership club to New York. Save reading this piece of garbage for when you are in need of a good laugh.
The head of the international players union FIFPro, Theo van Seggelen, says, “In certain countries in eastern Europe, clubs are buying their position in their competition. They know in advance who will be one, two, three, four and five etc. They deal with each other. I heard it from the players. It happens in Serbia, it happens in Croatia, and other countries.”
Comments made by Bob Bradley to the BBC about who may have been behind the violence after the game in Port Said have resulted in a controversy.
SI has a “meditation on the scourge of diving.”
In today’s Champion’s League action, Barcelona hosts AC Milan (2:30pm, FSC) and Bayern Munich hosts Marseille (2:30pm, Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Soccer 2Go; replay on FSC at 5pm).