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In his final press conference of the year, John Hackworth largely reiterated what is already known about the Union’s intentions in the offseason. “We don’t think that we need a lot of changes here. We feel really good about the foundation and the core players that are here. That said, it’s no secret that we need somebody to come in here that we feel can score goals…We are shaking every bush and lifting every rock possible to find that.”
Much of the coverage of the press conference has been focused on the status of Freddy Adu, an exercise that is somewhat akin to reading tea leaves. While SBI emphasized that there’s “a good chance” Adu could return in 2013, The Inquirer was less optimistic and placed more focus on the mixed signals Hackworth seemed to be sending about Adu’s status.
The mixed signals were obvious. On the one hand, Hackworth said, “It’s not like we’re unhappy with his performance on the field.” On the other hand, he said, “The fact that he did not reach the level that other people expected of him, including his coaches and teammates, is an issue.” On the one hand, Hackworth said, “The reality is that he has to focus and he has to change some things in order to reach that full potential and that’s what this club needs. We don’t want any part of a player that doesn’t understand all those demands.” On the other hand he said, “I think that’s the biggest misconception is that people have this idea that there’s problems between Freddy and myself or that we feel like Freddy hasn’t played to his capability. It’s not so much the case, the case is that there are unrealistic expectations on Freddy.”
Jack McInerney and Amobi Okugo were selected to SBI’s MLS Under 23 Best XI. Receiving honorable mentions were Zac MacMath, Raymon Gaddis and Sheanon Williams. McInerney paired with Will Bruin? I like it.
Danny Cruz lays out some Philly love. “I loved my time here with the Union. I wasn’t here too long, but it’s been special. The organization, my teammates, the coaches and the fans have been incredible. I heard about the passion here in this town and until you experience it, you don’t really know. This is where I want to be and I hope to be here in this jersey for a long time.”
ProSoccerTalk uses the news of Zac MacMath’s training spell with Everton to examine the USMNT goalkeeper pool.
New York Red Bulls blog Once a Metro picks up on fellow SB Nation blog The Brotherly Game’s suggestion that, according to unnamed sources, a deal for Sebastien Le Toux is either as good as done or still being discussed and concludes, “If the Union want Le Toux, and Le Toux wants the Union, this could’ve waited, right?”
The Brotherly Game reports that Roger Torres’ former club America de Cali owes him 3,744,826 Colombian pesos. Easy now, that’s just over $2,000.
The Union will be holding open tryouts on Saturday, Nov. 17 at YSC Sports. Beware the beep test.
After capturing the Atlantic 10 championship, the La Salle women’s team have drawn the Virginia Cavaliers for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Wimington University has earned a berth for the first time in the programs history in the NCAA Division 2 women’s soccer tournament after defeating Philadelphia University 1–0 to win the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championship for the first time.
PhillyBurbs.com rounds up the area schools taking part in the first round of the PIAA boys’ state soccer tournament. Class AAA play begins today with Class AA games taking place tomorrow.
In case you missed it, the Archbishop Wood girls’ team won the District 12-AA title last Thursday, defeating Philadelphia Public League Class AA champion Benjamin Rush by the eye-popping score of 11–0. The Lady Vikings out shot their opponent 42–0.
With many communities in New Jersey still struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, NJSIAA has pushed back the dates for the boys’ and girls’ state finals matches by two weeks. The public school boys’ final will take place on Dec. 1 with the girls’ final on Dec. 2. The non-public school boys’ final is now scheduled for Nov. 27 with the girls’ final on Nov. 28. All of the games will take place at The College of New Jersey.
MaxPreps.com profiles George Todt, the Archbishop Ryan boys’ coach who has retired after 44 seasons, amassing a 649-162-117. A true Philadelphia soccer legend.
The New York Times previews the upcoming final series of conference semifinals.
Soccer America says the MLS playoffs are a good idea and all. But you know what they need is more pizza. I’m sorry, I misread that, what the playoffs could use is more pizazz.
Speaking of the NASL, here’s one look at some NASL players who could make it in MLS.
The draw for the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF’s 2014 World Cup qualifiers will take place at 8pm on Wednesday. You can follow the draw live here.
At Goal.com, Avi Creditor looks at the value January’s USMNT training camp holds.
US Soccer announced on Monday that the USWNT will play China three times in the span of eight days beginning indoors at Detroit’s Ford Field on Dec. 8, Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium on Dec. 12 and FAU Stadium in Boca Raton on Dec. 15. Three thoughts: How did PPL Park miss out on this Fan Tribute tour? Anyone from the defunct WPS not associated with magicJack must be shaking their heads at Boca Raton being selected to host a game. Get a league together already so the US women can play in some meaningful games.
Cristiano Ronaldo on the Ballon d’Or: “If I could, I’d vote for myself. I am what I am and I’m happy with that. Being too humble isn’t good. In Portugal we say that too much humility is vanity.” What do they say in Portugal about having no humility?
Forbes suggests that goal-line technology is but a red herring considering the greater need for recourse to video replays.