Photo: Earl Gardner
Danny Califf, Brian Carroll and Zac MacMath are participating in the Easter Egg Roll at the White House this morning.
The Union will play their PDL-affiliate Reading United on Saturday, June 9 at at Albright College’s Shirk Stadium. The game comes during the two week break for World Cup qualifiers.
For those of you who have been living under a rock, Amy Fadool’s Union Talk column notes that fans are scratching their heads in puzzlement that Sebastien Le Toux and Faryd Mondragon are no longer with the Union. So I guess that young guy, Seitz-something has taken over for Mondragon? What, the Union have only scored two goals? Is Ruiz injured or something? What’s going on here? Why is my head itchy? (Sorry Amy, you’re the unwitting victim of my bye week withdraw agonies. Is it Saturday yet?)
Are you too suffering from bye week withdraw? This from Philly Union Talk may cure what ails you. It turned my frown upside down.
The magnificently named Cumberland Valley High School, and former Philadelphia Union Academy midfielder, Colton Storm has verbally committed to North Carolina.
The Philly Soccer Page asks if it is Saturday yet.
Injuries are hitting the Harrisburg City Islanders hard with Sainey Touray out after surgery on a wrist fracture and Phil Tuttle, Chase Harrison’s backup last season and thought to be in line to succeed him, out for the season with a torn ACL.
In the weekend’s Eastern Conference action, Kansas City continued their winning ways by beating LA (last place in the West with three points) 1–0 on the road to remain the only undefeated team in the league. New York moved into second with a 4–1 road thumping of fourth place Columbus with both Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper adding two more tallies to their account. DC is at sixth after a 0–0 draw with Seattle at home. And Montreal is in eighth after their first home win in a 2–1 victory over last place Toronto.
SI has five thoughts on the weekend’s action.
ESPN LA says very different moods prevail in the camps of that city’s two MLS teams.
The New York Times looks at some of the rather significant hurdles that are in the way of the league putting a stadium at Pier 40 on Manhattan’s West Side.
Univision’s new Deportes channel launched on Saturday with the Columbus v New York game. The channel is currently available on Dish Network.
Raliegh, NC’s News-Observer says, “The only question MLS should be asking with regard to the Triangle is not ‘if?’ or ‘how?’ but merely ‘when?’ The logistics can be worked out later.” While it is true that I did not go to business school…
The NASL’s Minnesota Stars wanna move up.
Soccer America’s Paul Gardner accomplishes the neat trick of commenting on the weekend’s poor officiating in the Premiership and connecting it to a warning about the prospects of the league’s efforts to improve the work of its own referees since those efforts will be led by a former English ref. Weak, Paul, weak.
The list of women’s team’s that have partnered with MLS teams continues to grow as Salt Lake United join forces with Real Salt lake.
Clint “The Truth” Dempsey scored twice for Fulham to set a new single season club record and is now the fifth highest scorer in the Premiership this season (15 goals in the Premiership—none from the penalty spot—21 in all competitions. He is awesome. Fulham plays Chelsea today at 2:55pm, which you can watch on ESPN2.). Michael Bradley scored for Chievo to become the first American to score in Serie A in five years.
The Free Beer Movement asks of American soccer fans, when it comes to the soccer haters, why give the trolls any credence by responding?
The Wall Street Journal notes that, when it comes to top goal scorers, penalty kick goals can lead to some deceptive inflation of the numbers.
Roberto Mancini suggests that Mario Balotelli, sent off in stoppage time against Arsenal on Sunday, will not play again for Manchester City this season and, perhaps, never again. Didn’t he say that about that Tevez guy?
Want to know something of the absurd lengths to which sectarian support can go? Read this about how the color green is a no-no in Larkhall, a Rangers supporting town outside of Glasgow.