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It was a unified refrain from the Union locker room after Saturday night’s drab scoreless draw with New England: “Frustrating.”
John Hackworth said, “There were really some opportunities to jump on this game and would have opened it up a lot and it I think it would have been a much different second half, so it’s frustrating. A frustrating night.”
“I think if you look at our record and you look at the way we’ve played, we’ve had some difficulties scoring goals, but I’ll take our soccer any day,” Hackworth said. “I’m encouraged by that. I’m encouraged by the way we’re playing. We just have to continue it, and the last part is that we have to execute. We have to take our chances.
“There are some growing pains here, for sure. And as well as we play sometimes, we make some bad mistakes. (There are) little places where we need to be more mature, more disciplined, we lose our heads in moments where we make bad decisions and that’s growth. We have to mature to get better.”
Sheanon Williams said, “Like the stats show, they didn’t really have much and we had a lot (in the first half). But you can pass the ball around all you want and if we don’t score goals, then it means nothing. So, we just have to work on getting a bit more dangerous and finishing off our opportunities. It’s good that were making opportunities. Now we just have to make sure we finish them.”
Amobi Okugo said, “It’s frustrating (not scoring). I feel like it’s coming, it’s coming. But I still have to make up for my own goal, so I’m still trying to get a goal whenever I can. But it’s unfortunate because you’re getting closer and closer, so your just hoping it’s going to come sooner or later or whatever to help the team to get a win.”
Nick Sakiewicz said after the game, “You’ve gotta finish.”
The draw was the ninth time the Union have been shut out this season and their sixth winless game in a row. The Union have shutout opponents seven times, four of which were wins. The game was New England’s tenth game in a row without a win.
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Here’s a postgame quote sheet.
The SB Nation recap consisted of three sentences. “It finished 0-0. It was bad. Nobody cared.”
ProSoccerTalk wrote, “this was 90-plus minutes all of us would love to have back.”
MLS UK says the Union have made a “huge mistake” in removing the interim manager tag from John Hackworth.
The La Salle women’s team, in Seattle for the Husky/Nike Invitational, had a tough time at the tournament, losing 2–0 to Washington on Friday and then losing 3–0 to No. 20 ranked University of Portland on Sunday. They next face Seton Hall in the Villanova tournament on Friday at 1:30pm at Villanova.
University of Penn’s women’s team defeated Temple 2–0 on Sunday.
Look for our men’s college soccer roundup later in the week.
Reading United will be hosting a bus trip to PPL Park for the last game of the season on Oct. 27 against New York and made this nifty video to promote it:
If you’re interested in tickets, click here or call 610-376-2100 Ext. 228.
In Eastern Conference play, No. 1 Kansas City extended its lead over No. 2 New York, who had the weekend off, to four points with a 2–1 win over last place Toronto. Chicago Fire moved into third place with a 3–1 win over Houston, who are now in fourth place. Columbus moved into fifth place with a 2–1 win over seventh place Montreal. DC dropped to sixth place with a 1–0 loss at Real Salt Lake. The Union remain at No. 8 after their 0–0 draw with ninth place New England.
If you’re someone who prefers to think of the standings in terms of a single table, the Union are currently in 17th place, level at 26 points with No. 16 Colorado with two games in hand, and one point behind 15th place Portland with one game in hand.
Grant Wahl looks at the breakout season San Jose’s Alan Gordon is having.
Is Swedish international Christian Wilhelmsson about to join the Galaxy?
USWNT coach Pia Sundhage will not be renewing her contract with the team, which was set to expire on Nov. 30, so that she can return home to coach the Swedish WNT. She will be leaving after the friendly against Australia on Sept. 19.
US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said of finding a replacement for Sundhage, “I’m sure there are a lot of names out there. We will set up a search committee like we did last time and we’ll announce that in the next couple of days. Then we’ll start the process pretty quickly. We have the luxury of games coming up that aren’t qualifying games. She’ll be with us for some of those. She’s got a great staff around her. There’s not a short-term time constraint.”
The first match of the Olympic gold medal winning USWNT’s “Fan Appreciation Tour”—an 8–0 win over Costa Rica (quote sheet here)—was an opportunity to discuss the future of women’s professional soccer in the US. The players themselves recognize their own part in seeing that a new league is formed. Abby Wambach says in an article at the New York Times, “I’m not getting any younger. At the end of the day, I want to leave a legacy, and part of that legacy is to build a sustainable professional league.”
Megan Rapinoe says, “We have the 10 victory tour games and I think the national team will always be popular, but the height that it is at now is going to be hard to sustain fully, in terms of bringing that right into a league. So there has to be more than just the national team hysteria.”
Gulati says, “What we’ve been talking about and looking at is a different economic model – a model that is sustainable. We’ve been talking with a number of people, stakeholders in the game, people that have had professional teams in the past, people that run professional leagues now at different levels, players, so I think if you see something come together it will be a very different economic model. Sustainability is far more important than getting it started.”
Fox Soccer has an overview of some of the issues facing women’s soccer in the US.
HispanicBusiness.com talks to Amy Rodriguez, who makes clear that she hopes to play pro soccer in the US rather than overseas.
The US U-20 WNT will face Nigeria in the semifinals of the Women’s U-20 World Cup on Tuesday (3am, ESPNU, ESPN3).
Here’s a look at Del Ran native and Cabrini College standout Kara Hinkelmon’s time with the Philadelphia Fever.
Jurgen Klinsman has named his 24-player roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers on Sept. 7 and Sept. 11 against Jamaica. As was expected, Landaon Donovan and Michael Bradley, both of whom are injured, are not on the roster. Clint Dempsey, who had no participated in pre-season training with Fulham before being signed by Tottenham on Friday, is on the roster.
One player not on the roster is Time Ream. Despite earlier reports, Klinsmann clarified that Ream was only part of the preliminary roster.
Klinsmann says the US will go for “maximum amount of points” against Jamaica. That’s encouraging.
ProSoccerTalk has some initial thoughts on the US roster.
You will recall the stir that resulted when Klinsmann said that US players needed to be tougher. Jozy Altodore says, “I understand where he’s coming from—you have to make it harder for teams to beat us…I don’t think he’s saying we need to be nasty, just that we have to have this intensity. As people, we can be great guys off the field, but when we step on the field we have to be tough. That doesn’t define you as a person, but on the field we don’t have to be nice guys. I don’t mean stepping and guys and things like that. But people have to understand that we’re here to win and make a statement. We have a ways to go.”
The LA Times says that Dempsey’s success in England is a big part of why US players are getting more respect there.
Dempsey’s move to Tottenham makes him the highest-paid US player ever.
US U-20 player Cody Cropper has signed with Premiership side Southampton.
US Development Academy Director of Scouting Tony Lepore answers questions about the soon to be launched U-13/14 academy program.
Cristiano Ronaldo refrained from celebrating after scoring two goals in Real Madrid’s 3–0 win over Grenada. “The people know the reasons why I didn’t celebrate the goals. I don’t do so when I am feeling sadness. It was due to a professional motive. The appropriate people inside the club know why I’m sad. I won’t say anything more.”
The Guardian has ten talking points from the weekend’s Premiership action.
The FA has announced that Nike will replace Umbro as England’s new kit designer beginning in the Spring of 2013.