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Kerith Gabriel writes that while Peter Nowak says a report in the Edinburgh Evening News that says he has applied for the manager’s job at SPL club Hearts is “absolutely false,” the author of the original report, Barry Anderson tells him, “I’m not sure of his chances. I just know he applied.”
Anderson later tweeted in response to a question about Nowak’s denial, “Yeah I saw that. Interesting. His CV is with Hearts at the moment, that is 100% definite.”
Goal.com says the Hearts rumors are the last thing Nowak and the Union need.
CSN Philly’s Rob Rabena writes that if the Eagles or the Flyers had traded away their most recognizable players as the Union have done, the result would be “the villagers at the gates demanding someone’s head on a stake. City-wide panic would ensue. People would be lining up on the Walt Whitman. Talk radio would be even more unbearable.” Rabena wonders, “Will the crowds that filled PPL Park support a team with no identity? … By the time we find out, will anyone still care?”
In case you missed it, read our report on the Union’s 3-2 win over Reading United in Saturday’s friendly. The Reading Eagle and the Union website have more on the game. Here are video highlights of the game from the always awesome barbcvphilly:
Zac MacMath says of the recovery process with a concussion, “It’s hard because there’s not much you can do except rest and be patient. And that’s what I tried to do.”
The friendly marked Roger Torres’ return to play for the first time since his knee injury at the beginning of April.
Today is the last day to buy tickets for Tuesday’s friendly at HersheyPark against Harrisburg City Islanders at advanced ticket prices. Call 717-441-GOAL.
Chris Vito has three suggestions for the anemic Union offense.
Steve Simmons, Danny Mwanga’s coach at Oregon State, says, “I’ve coached college soccer for 27 years and probably my best coaching was not coaching Danny and letting him do his thing.” Simmons says of Mwanga’s return to Oregon via the Portland Timbers, “The adjustment here might be a healthy one on the field because he potentially is going to play with two strikers instead of playing up top by himself. You’ve got a whole cast of good people around him, so I think it’s going to be exciting for him…Part of performing at a high level athletically in any sport is to get your head right and being in a good place mentally.”
David Sakata of Panamanian news outlet Dario Pro tells the Brotherly Game that Gabriel Gomez is recovering well from his thigh injury and is likely to play when Panama faces Cuba in Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifier.
Michael Lahoud is the guest on the latest Union Sound podcast.
Don’t forget to vote Union for the All-Star game.
The Fever battled Boston Breakers hard but lost 1–0 after a first half goal from Australian international Kyah Simon. Fever goalkeeper Michelle Dalton had a monster of a game.
In other WPSL Elite League news, Chicago Red Stars remain undefeated after a 5-0 win over Chesapeake Charge. New York Fury defeated FC Indiana 1-0. Chicago defeated New York on Friday, 2-1. Also on Friday, WNY Flash topped New England Mutiny 3-1.
Before their friendly against the Union on Saturday, Reading United traveled to face Ocean City Nor’easters in a game that would decide first place in the PDL’s Mid Atlantic Division. Reading came out the 2-1 winners with Olutolani Ibikunle scoring the go-ahead goal.
An eight-game unbeaten streak that included two wins over MLS clubs came to an end on Saturday when Harrisburg City Islanders fell 2-0 at home to Wilmington Hammerheads, who managed just two shots the entire game. “Sloppy,” said Harrisburg coach Bill Becher.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Toyota Park has saddled Bridgeview, IL with $230 million in debt and resulted in three property tax rate hikes over the past ten years. The reports says the stadium is “a model of what can go wrong when a little town takes massive development gambles in a state with loose borrowing and ethics laws: Politicians and insiders benefit, while taxpayers are stuck covering budget-busting losses.”
Vancouver Whitecaps striker Long Tan has been suspended indefinitely after complaining about a lack of playing time via Twitter. Tan is the first MLS player from China.
In case you missed it, read our report on the USMNT underwhelming win over Antigua and Barbuda.
Soccer America looks at the short and long term problems the US has with outside backs.
Sporting News says not to fret over the US performance – the road to qualification is tough for all.
MLS Talk explains the real meaning of Jurgen Klinsmann’s “nasty” comment.
USA Today talks to Heather O’Reilly, which is very cool because she’s my favorite USWNT player.
US Soccer has announced the formation of a “Selection Panel of former or current professional and FIFA officials to assist the Referee Identification and Training Initiative.”
Another Messi hat trick? Must be a Saturday in New Jersey.