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A Union spokesperson confirmed to PSP on Monday that Amobi Okugo will be suspended for both the home game against Montreal on Saturday and the road game against San Jose on Sept. 8 for yellow card accumulation and the red card he received after his second yellow of the day against New England.
In the latest Inside Doop, Dave Zeitlin writes of the loss to New England, “In truth, the biggest problem for the Union wasn’t the referee, it was the team’s shoddy midfield play…Turning the ball over and allowing so much space on counter-attacks is a problem that the Union need to quickly address.”
At the Delco Times, Matthew De George has a laundry list of concerns that John Hackworth must address before Saturday’s game against Montreal.
You will recall last week that stat site SportsClubStats.com had the Union’s chances of making he playoffs at 72.6 percent. Following the loss to New England, the site dropped the Union’s chances to 58.8 percent.
Good news Union fans! San Jose Earthquakes stars Victor Bernardez and Marvin Chavez have been called up by the Honduran national team for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers and will be out of town when the Union visit on Sept. 8.
Montreal Impact head coach Marco Schallibaum will not be on the sidelines when his team visits PPL Park this Saturday while he serves the second game of a two-game suspension. The Impact crushed Houston 5-0 without Schallibaum last Saturday. Montreal midfielder Patrice Bernier said, “You never get used to that, but we were able to deal with it. It was our first victory with [assistant coach] Mauro Biello at the helm. It’s proof that the group is strong. The coach is there during the week, so it doesn’t change the preparation. It was a nice way to answer — that we’re able to perform without the coach being there. And also to show the league that it doesn’t affect us to much if you knock a person out of our club.”
After Saturday’s big win, Biello described former Union midfielder Justin Mapp as “probably our most consistent player all year.” He continued, “Every time he gets the ball, something’s happening. He’s able to go inside, he’s able to go outside, he puts defenses on their heels. He’s been really effective so far.”
The Brotherly Game recaps how former Union players did last week.
When he isn’t captaining Reading United, Council Rock North grad Steve Neumann plays at Georgetown where he is described by MLSsoccer.com as part of “the most fearsome strike tandem in college soccer.”
La Salle’s Kelsey Haycook is the Atlantic 10′s first Player of the Week of the new season. This is the fifth time Haycook has been named the conference’s player of the week.
Drexel’s women’s team defeated Marist 2-1 in their home opener on Monday night. The match went to two overtime periods.
New England’s Kelyn Rowe, who struck for two goals against he Union on Sunday, has been named Player of the Week by MLSsoccer.com and ProSoccerTalk. Rowe is also up for Top 3 Performer of the Week and Goal of the Week.
The Revolution were named SBI’s Team of the Week.
Former Philadelphia Independence coach Paul Riley has confirmed that he’s pursuing the newly open job of manager of the Engand women’s national team.
FC Kansas City’s Vlatko Andonovski has been voted NWSL Coach of the Year.
Soccer Insider projects the US roster as the latest cycle of World Cup qualifiers draws nearer
Soccer America looks at the ongoing makeover of the US backline.
At ASN, Jon Godfrey argues that Aron Johannsson will claim a spot on the US roster for the 2014 World Cup. Incidentally, Godfrey says that Jack McInerney needs “more seasoning” and he expects him to be a part of the 2018 US World Cup team.
ESPN checks in on how USMNT players did over the past week.
The Atlantic says that NBC’s Premier League deal doesn’t mean America loves soccer and may prove to be detrimental to MLS.
Jonathan Tannenwald talks to Brian Kweder, the Perkiomen High School graduate who is ESPN’s senior director of programming and acquisitions about the network’s commitment to soccer.
Play football in the River Windrush at Bourton-on-the-Water in England? Why not, they’ve been doing it for a hundred years.