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The second stage of the Re-entry Draft takes place today at 3 pm with the Union having the sixth pick. As of this writing, 48 players are available for selection although three players on the list, including the Union’s Chris Albright, have announced their retirement.
You can read PSP’s full preview of the draft here. Notable names still available to the Union in the draft include Heath Pearce, Pennsylvania natives Dan Gargan and Corey Hertzog, Dwayne DeRosario, David Ferreira, Joel Lindpere, and Brandon Barklage. The Brotherly Game also looks at who the Union might be interested in among those left in the draft.
Dave Zeitlin tweeted,
From talking to Rob Vartughian earlier this week, I wouldn't expect the Union to pick anyone in Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft today.
— Dave Zeitlin (@DaveZeitlin) December 18, 2013
Santa Fe president Cesar Pastrana says the club “is currently negotiating for Carlos Valdes to stay” with the Colombian club.
Google has released its list of the most searched soccer teams in the US for 2013. Coming in at No. 5 after Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, and the Portland Timbers is your Philadelphia Union.
Nick Sakiewicz is pleased with how hosting the College Cup went. “I thought the crowd was good considering how poor the weather was with three storms on a single event being tough to deal with. But I thought our crew and our stadium staff did a great job. We pulled off a great event.” PPL Park will host the College Cup again in 2017.
The Brotherly Game rounds up how ex-Union players have fared.
Two area coaches have been honored by the NSCAA. Rutgers-Camden head coach Tim Oswald, who is also the head coach of the Ocean City Nor’easters, has been named the NSCAA’s NCAA Division III Coach of the Year. Yardley Makefield SC’s John Greaves has been named Youth Coach of the Year.
Ocean City will be holding open tryouts on Jan. 4-5 at Rutgers-Camden. Click here for registration information.
In other player movement news,
- Toronto FC have acquired Justin Morrow from San Jose in exchange for allocation money.
- Houston have acquired the rights to David Horst from Portland in exchange for a fourth round draft pick at the 2014 SuperDraft.
- Chicago’s Logan Pause and Chris Rolfe have opted out of Stage 2 of the Re-entry Draft.
Seattle GM Adrian Hanauer says a Clint Dempsey offseason loan is “likely, but until it’s done, we won’t report it as done. But I do think it’s likely.”
It looks like San Jose’s Steven Beitashour will leave the club to pursue opportunities in Europe.
FC Dallas hope to name a new head coach by the end of the week.
Soccer America looks at how Miami is “giddy” with the prospect of a new team and stadium while New York isn’t.
Is the US talent pool deep enough to support ongoing expansion in MLS, the NASL, and USL PRO?
Jurgen Klinsmann says Group G will be an opportunity for the US to show how much it has grown. “We don’t regard ourselves as outsiders in this group. We regard us a growing nation. We continuously improve on various levels…We know, that on a good day, we can give the biggest nations a good fight. We are no longer a small footballing nation.”
Stuart Holden is back in Bolton to visit with the team’s medical staff but club manager Dougie Freedman says “he’s still got a long way to go.” Freedman explained, “Stuart is back over here to spend a few weeks with our medical guys. We’ll see where he is, and then he’ll head back to the US to continue his rehabilitation…Once he has made significant progress on that front, probably about six to eight weeks, he’ll then come back to us to step up the work on the football side of things.”
Stars and Stripes on how US bases in Germany “feed US soccer team’s multicultural success.”
U-17 BNT’s coach Richie Williams talks to SBI about the “special” group of players that won the Nike International Friendlies. In addition to Hershey native and tournament MVP Christian Pulisic, the team included Kevin Silva (G: PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.), Matthew Olosunde (D: New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), and Allentown’s Danny Barbir, the defender and Lehigh Valley United alumni who is now with Manchester City.
The U-17s will be participating in the IMG Cup in Bradenton beginning today through Dec. 22. Info on how to watch livestreams of the games can be found here.
Carli Lloyd writes, “‘Playing with freedom’ is the main factor that helped me build my base as a youth soccer player, and it still is today.”
Striking construction workers at the World Cup stadium in Manaus where two workers died on Saturday say that pressure to complete the stadium in time for an end-of-the-year deadline is putting their safety at risk. One worker said, “The rating for safety in the building site is zero… and we’re under constant pressure to work.”
The managing director of FIFA’s World Cup Brazil Office, Ron DelMont, said “At no point” has FIFA suggested that worker safety regulations be loosened in order for stadium construction deadlines to be met, adding, “[E]verything that we ask for is within the legislation and the guidelines of the government.” DelMont said, “There is never a discussion that says you have to cut any corners to make sure that you deliver the stadium.”
FIFPro has announced it is preparing a legal challenge to the transfer system on the grounds that it impedes freedom of players’ movement and the rights of players as workers. More on the story from ESPN.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are among seven Spanish clubs under investigation to determine if the state aid they received was in compliance with European Union regulations.
At The Guardian, Jonathan Wilson considers the changing role of the holding midfielder.