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On Sunday, Union sporting director Diego Gutiérrez was not wrong when he said of the Danny Califf trade rumors, “Whether he’s here tomorrow or not—my guess is he will be.” Did anyone think to ask him if Califf would still be a member of the Union on Tuesday?
There was expectation on Monday after first one than another outlet reported that Chivas would be holding a press conference to announce a deal for Califf. Chivas general manager Jose Domene said via his Twitter account, “I heard there was a press conference today at 10am. Really? Because nobody here knows about it…” A press conference did not happen.
At Goal.com, Shane Evans looks at the Union’s drop from being one of the best teams in the league in 2011 to being “a complete shambles.” He continues, “Just think, only six month ago you could attach words like ‘playoffs’ and ‘promise’ and ‘excitement’ to this team. After the trading of the franchise’s star player, over a dozen new players and a miserably slow start, what does it have now?” For now, at least, the answer to that question is the fans.
More on the Adu dismissal. In the piece, Adu tries to “look at the positives from this game. The positive is, even though we lost this game, this was the best game we have played as a team all year long, plain and simple.”
Adu expressed his appreciation for the support he received from fans as he walked the sidelines to the locker room after his red card.
In this week’s power rankings roundup, the Union fall from No. 15 to No. 16 at ESPN and SBI. The drop is from 14th to 17th at Sporting News, 15th to 17th at Goal.com. The Union remain at No. 18 at Soccer America.
Philly Union Talk eloquently recaps Sunday’s game and suggest that Peter Nowak should be judged by the same utilitarian and unsentimental standards by which he apparently judges his players.
The latest Inside Doop offers nothing you don’t already know or haven’t already thought about.
The Sons of Ben have announced open tryouts for the 18 spots on the 30-player squad that will face the Union Front Office in the 2nd Annual River Cup. The remaining 12 spots will be chosen by the SoB board. You must be a SoB member by May 20 to tryout.
The Philadelphia Business Journal and the 700 Level have also picked up on the Delco Times article by Timothy Logue about the proposed taxes on tickets and parking at PPL Park, a move that Nick Sakiewicz says “would effectively put us out of business over time.”
The Chester Spirit, which apparently thinks ticket prices “range from $10 to $25,” spoke to Chester city council member Nafis Nichols. “All agreements are on the table,” Nichol’s said. “We”re looking at everything and we’re trying to make sure we do whatever we can to ensure our residents get the best bang for their buck.” He continued, “I saw a figure in what they’re making in parking. They can spare it. We can make a whole lot more money and everyone in the city will benefit.”
The Delco Times article notes, “Sakiewicz said the city’s decision to issue temporary permits to landowners along the Industrial Highway to use their lots for parking has already cost the club about $500,000, 10 percent of which would have gone to the city.”
Sakiewicz tells the Inquirer that the Union have halted plans for developing a $10 million office complex as a result of the new tax proposal. He earlier told the Delco Times that the proposal had put a halt on plans to expand the stadium.
As the Chester City Blog says, “Posturing has already begun on the entertainment and parking tax increase proposed by the City of Chester…It’s going to come down to who has the bigger guns when it comes to negotiating business tax changes in Chester, city government or big business.”
Another piece in the Delco Times concludes, “Stay tuned. This one could get ugly.”
US Open Cup play begins tonight and three area teams are in the mix.
- Union-affiliate Reading United will host four-time Open Cup winners New York Greek American Atlas (USASA) at Fleetwood High School’s Ray Buss Field with a 7pm kickoff.
- FC Sonic (NPSL) will host PDL side Long Island Rough Riders at Lehigh University’s Ulrich Sports Complex in Bethlehem. Kickoff is at 7:05pm and the winner will face Union-affiliate Harrisburg City Islanders in the second round on May 22. The Sonics open their 2012 regular season on Friday against Philadelphia’s Junior Lone Star.
- Farther afield, Lakewood, New Jersey’s Jersey Shore Boca are in Pontiac, Michigan to face the Michigan Bucks of the PDL. Did you know that Union goalkeeper Chris Konopka used to play for Jersey Shore Boca? You can learn more about them here.
Harrisburg have signed former Reading United goalkeeper Brian Holt.
The Soccer Observer calls New York’s win over the Union unconvincing. It has some excellent illustrations that show where the Union defense broke down and the offense missed golden opportunities.
Here’s a match report on Sunday’s loss from a New York perspective. If that didn’t hurt enough, here’s another, another still, and one more for good measure. For the gluttons out there, here a some pap praising Rafa Marquez’s return to action and here’s a little more level-headed assessment. Meanwhile, SBI names Red Bulls keeper Ryan Meara its Rookie of the Week.
New York Red Bull’s center back Wilman Conde was arrested at 5:30am on Sunday for aggravated assault on a police officer. Conde is returning from injury and woukld not have been available against the Union had he not been arrested. Red Bulls manager Hans Backe said after Sunday’s game at PPL Park that the club was aware of the arrest but had chosen to focus on the game.
The massive turnout for the Montreal v LA game over the weekend—nearly 61,000—managed to (temporarily) knock Seattle out of the top attendance spot.
The Goalkeeper reports from behind the scenes to see what goes into ESPN’s broadcasting of a game.
Promotion/relegation and why it won’t happen in the US according to Soccer America.
FIFA.com rounds up women’s soccer league news from around the world.
Josh McKinney, a 33-year-old midfielder on the US Paralympic team, earned his 100th cap when the team played Russia on Sunday.
In ratings news, the Manchester City v QPR match drew a 0.5, slightly better than the 0.3 that the Philly v NY game got in the ratings. Early broadcast, Mothers Day, nine other Premiership games going on at the same time, and so on.
The Patriot-News looks at the growing popularity of the Premiership among American sports fans.
Hope Solo is on the upcoming Olympic-themed cover of Vogue.
Gracious winners they ain’t: After Manchester City won the Premiership title, Samir Nasri mocked Arsenal for finishing in third and Carlos Tevez held up a “RIP Fergie” sign during the celebration parade through the streets of Manchester.
Lionel Messi wins the European Golden Shoe award, having scored 50 goals in league play this season, four more than Christiano Ronaldo.