Shades of 2011 last night as the Union rode a beautiful goal to an ugly victory. Freddy Adu is off the mark, Michael Farfan should be on Sportscenter, and Philadelphia is up to 6th in the Eastern Conference standings. Gabe Farfan and Keon Daniel were both sent off, and Peter Nowak joined them in the locker room, with supplemental discipline possible for all.
Peter Nowak didn’t have much to say after the match, but he clearly had some strong opinions. “I think the game went a little bit in the other direction after we scored our goal,” the Union manager said. “You don’t want to see this kind of stuff. Chivas was trying to pull every single trick out of their sleeve to make us suffer.
PSP has the full match report and all the highlights, but here are a few more reports to read with your morning coffee: Nothing from Philly.com, but the LA Times and the LA Daily News are on top of things. Goat Parade have the best lede of the bunch with the question: “Perhaps Chivas USA are planning on moving out of the Home Depot Center a season too late?” Philly Soccer News saw good, bad, and ugly in the match. MLSsoccer gave Carlos Valdes man of the match, though distinguishing him from Sheanon Williams hardly seems fair. Both were fantastic. 700 Level is impressed by Zac MacMath’s 332 minute shutout streak, and Ray Gaddis’ second straight big showing at right back.
It would be nice if the news was all groovy, but that’s hardly the case. ESPN quotes Chivas goalie Dan Kennedy, and the goalie says he had nothing to do: “Really, it was one of the easiest nights I’ve had,” he said. “I wasn’t very busy at all.”
Post-match Twitter chatter was all positive from the Union’s side. Ray Gaddis was glad to get the points,while Sheanon Williams was glad to get something else. The Sheanomenon also tagged Michael Farfan “vicious,” a label few could disagree with after last night’s performance. Some may argue his brother should have the same adjective for different reasons, but I’m not one of them.
Kevin Kinkead did the dirty work and found out that this is the first time the Union have used the same lineup in back-to-back matches since June 2011. Only five players from that lineup remain with the team.
101greatgoals has highlights from around the league. Kansas City lost their first of the year while San Jose went top in the west. Camilo’s fine finish lifted Vancouver from the doldrums and Columbus played to a 2-2 draw with Houston. The Galaxy returned to the win column with a 2-1 victory over Colorado.
A Japanese soccer ball washed up on Alaskan shores, debris from the Japanese tsunami last year.
The LA Times worries about heart attacks in soccer.
If you slept in this morning, more power to you. But you missed an unbelievable match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford. Everton twice came back from two down to earn a point with a 4-4 tie. And many of the goals were gorgeous pieces of team play finished off with perfect strikes. The real losers are Wolves. Now if Manchester City beat them today, the Manchester teams will be separated by only three points. And they play each other April 30. Yikes.