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Freddy Adu tells The Goalkeeper he will shoot more.
In this week’s Inside Doop column, Dave Zeitlin wonders what can be done about the Union offense: With Kai Herdling joining the the attacking midfielders set, where will Keon Daniel fit in after his return from suspension? Will one attacking mid be dropped so Pajoy can finally get a partner? How will the Union make the playoffs if they keep dropping games at home?
The Union remain at No. 13 in the Sporting News power rankings, while they remain at No. 14 at Goal.com. At Soccer America, the Union drop to No. 18, as they do at Bleacher Report (“PPL Park was supposed to be a tough place to play. Instead, the Union seem all too welcoming of opponents.”). The Bay Area News Group has the Union at No. 8 in the East.
Soccer America looks at the 51 foreign players who joined MLS for 2012 with no previous time in the league, five of whom are with the Union. “Panamanian Gabriel Gomez and Colombian Lionard Pajoy have combined for four of the Union’s five goals, but Costa Ricans Porfirio Lopez and Josue Martinez have been disappointments.”
The Guardian refers to Gomez as “increasingly talismanic” in their match recap of Saturday’s loss and credits the Union as “beginning to look a more stubborn proposition as the week’s go on.”
Philly Union Talk says, “[I]f we’re gonna go down like we did this weekend, I’d prefer to do so swinging.”
The Union’s paid attendance of 18,581 on Saturday was the third sellout out of four home games this season. The 2012 season average of 18,343 remains above the 2011 average of 18,259 and puts the Union at ninth in the league.
Ocean City Nor’easters have announced six new player signings: defender Paul Ehrenworth (West Virginia University); midfielders Robert Crowley (Rollins University) and Nate Bourdeau (Rutgers University); forwards Thomas Obasi (Central Connecticut) and Jason Wells (Farleigh Dickinson University); goalkeeper John Fogarty (Villanova).
Here’s a look at players from the Nor’easters who have advanced to the professional ranks in MLS, NASL, USA as well as abroad in Vietnam and Sweden.
Great Valley High School goalkeeper Hector Palos was one of six Sueño MLS 2012 finalists selected from the Seattle round of the competition.
Fox Soccer looks at Steve “Union Killer” Lenhart, who was named MLSsoccer.com’s Player of the Week. Says Chris Wondolowski, “He’s one of those guys that if you’re playing against him you hate it, but if he’s on your team then you love the guy.”
Sounder at Heart says of Lenhart, “Do teams actually scout him, or is he so good at his magic that it doesn’t matter?”
The New York Fury continue to look more and more like Philadelphia Independence North as former Indy and current Fury coach signs former Indy defender Leigh Ann Robinson. Also signed is defender Jazmyne Avant, who would have joined the Independence this year if the 2012 WPS had not been cancelled.
Northern Arizona University forward Sam Monahan, who impressed during the Independence trials held before the season cancellation, has signed with second division Finnish club Ekenäs Idrottsförening (EIF).
Manchester City keeps the Premiership title race interesting with their 1–0 win over Manchester United. You can watch Liverpool host Fulham today from 2:30pm on ESPN2 while Stoke City hosts Everton on Fox Soccer at the same time.
German sports officials are urging the country’s politicians not to boycott visits to Ukraine during Euro 2012 over the treatment of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. German Olympic Sports confederation chief Thomas Bach said, “Boycotting major sports events has proved to be unsuccessful and senseless in the past…Sports cannot and should not be political. It must always be neutral. Only then can it be unifying and help build bridges instead of erecting walls.”
The Spanish football league denies reports that it has asked for investigations of match-fixing in first and second division games.
With Pep Guardiola leaving, US Soccer Players asks, “Does Barcelona continue to pass?”
There’s debt and then there’s debt. The Swiss Ramble looks at Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Manchester United.