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In case you missed it, the Union selected Conor Casey in the second stage on the Re-Entry Draft on Friday.
The Union have until Friday to make an offer to Casey, one that is certain to be less than the $400,000 he made with Colorado last season. Should Casey turn down the offer, the Union retain right of first refusal.
John Hackworth says, “Conor is that big body we need here on attack and I believe he still has a lot to prove.”
Regarding concerns about Casey’s health, Hackworth says, “Look, we’ve done our homework inside and out. We talked to all of the trainers, all of the doctors. And he’s fit, he’s healthy and he gets a little bit of a fresh start with a team that needs the quality that he brings.”
Hackworth also said that expects Casey to challenge for a starting spot. “We wouldn’t have chosen him if we just thought he was going to be a role player…I would say now, much like we have at the center back position, we have legitimately tough decisions to make and we can play different ways with different personnel. All of those things are very important when you’re tactically trying to select players against an opponent and weigh the pros and cons of how a team plays and try to take advantage of that.”
Kyle McCarthy looks at the return of players such as Sebastien Le Toux to their former clubs.
The Union will be hosting a live chat on the club’s website on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm. No word on who will be hosting the chat.
The social media community of Union fans is filled with questions after an update of the team roster on the Union website shows Freddy Adu and Cristhian Hernandez with no jersey number. Sebastien Le Toux now has No. 11, the number previously worn by Adu.
The Union will be hosting a futsal tournament at United Sports on Dec. 27 (boys), Dec. 29 (girls), and Jan. 21 (boys & girls). Click here for more information.
United German Hungarians defeated Predators 1–0 in Sunday’s re-scheduled Eastern Pennsylvania US Open Cup qualification semifinal. West Chester United will host UGH on Saturday, Dec. 22 in the final at 2pm.
The Goalkeeper notes the debut of beIN Sport’s English-language channel at the expense of GolTV on Comcast and talks about what the loss of GolTV means for many area soccer fans: no German, Argentinian or Brazilian soccer and no US Open Cup final.
In case you missed it, Danny Califf was selected by Toronto in Friday’s draft and has already signed with the club. Explaining that Califf’s comments earlier this season when Peter Nowak was dealing him away from the Union that the last place he wanted to go was Toronto were “overblown a little bit,” Toronto director of team and player operations Earl Cochrane says Califf is “really excited about this. He’s looking at it as the next chapter in his career.”
LA Galaxy traded Edson Buddle to Colorado in exchange for allocation money and the Rapids’ first-round 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft pick less than an hour after selecting midfielder Colin Clarke and goalkeeper Will Hesmer in the Re-Entry Draft. Bruce Arena explained, “Unfortunately, as is the case basically every year, you’ve got to make moves to maintain the integrity of the salary cap.”
Mixx Diskerud’s father has confirmed that Portland has been in contact about signing the out of contract player but the league has yet to make an offer.
ProSoccerTalk says New York, Kansas City, and LA are the three teams doing the most to improve their rosters through their offseason moves.
If you’re into mock drafts, SBI has one.
The name and logo of the new women’s professional league were unveiled on Saturday during halftime of the USWNT v China match. The eight-team National Women’s Soccer League will begin play in April.
Interestingly, some big name USWNT players such as Alex Morgan and Hope Solo refrained from committing to the league when talking to reporters before Saturday’s game.
Megan Rapinoe said of the league, “There’s a lot we don’t know so far, so it’s hard to say what we expect out of it. I think having a league and having an opportunity to play consistently, if it’s sustainable and it’s something that’s good for not only this team but the next 100 players, would be good. We need to know a lot more.
At SB Nation, Ryan Rosenblatt says that for a league that has yet to play asingle game, “everything in the way of marketing and PR so far is as discouraging as possible.”
On the positive side, Canadian international Christine Sinclair has announced she will play in the new league. She. Is. Awesome.
The Seattle team is expected to announce their name soon but indications are that they will be called Seattle Reign. Ha ha, get it?
Logo Design Love has a look at previous women’s pro soccer league logos.
It doesn’t look like the US women will be facing quality opposition anytime soon after US Soccer announced on Saturday that the team will host Scotland (ranked 23rd in the world) in a friendly at Jacksonville’s EverBank Field on Saturday, Feb. 9. The game will mark the debut of the team’s new Scottish-born coach, Tom Sermanni. You will recall that the Union will play an MLS team that is to be announced at EverBank on Friday, Feb. 15.
You can vote for your USMNT 2012 Best XI at American Soccer Now.
Chelsea lost 1–0 to Corinthians in the Club World Cup Final.
Lionel Messi added two more goals to his 2012 tally in Sunday’s 4–1 win over Atletico Madrid.
A FIFA report says there is “compelling evidence” that match fixing took place in one or more exhibition games featuring the South Africa team ahead of the 2010 World Cup.
Football and Music takes a look at—and listen to—soccer Christmas songs. Who knew there were so many?