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At MLSsoccer.com, Dave Zeitlin has more on John Hackworth’s comments in Wednesday’s press conference about squad rotation. Hackworth said, “We have options right now. I think that it depends on our opponent and it depends on the tactics that we want to employ in a game. I would suspect that you’re going to see more changes. So if everyone out there wants to see the same 11 week in week out, I don’t think you’re going to see that.”
Brotherly Game looks at the Union’s strength of schedule and how it relates to their playoff chances.
More power rankings? If we must: At ProSoccerTalk, the Union plummet five spots to No. 17 (“I’m still a believer in what John Hackworth has in his squad, but a loss at Montréal shines a light on all the Union’s problems…They’re a few tweaks away, but right now, they’re capable of losing to anyone.”). At SBI, it’s a three-spot drop to No. 16 (“Alarm bells are ringing throughout Philadelphia after the Union stunned their fans with a defeat at Montreal.”).
At the Union website, Kerith Gabriel talks to Chris Abright about the Union’s efforts to discover emerging talent from the Philadelphia area. Albright says, “There are a lot of established clubs that have name recognition and in the past, it’s just been easy to pluck kids right from there. What we are trying to do is find the kid that doesn’t have a mechanism to get themselves easily discovered but has that raw talent. We bring them in and subject them to a high level of coaching, a high level of games, decent fields and hope that we can make this player even better…I think [many of these players] aren’t always in environments where they are able to succeed on a regular basis. Those kids are tougher to find and aren’t as obvious, so it’s more important to scan those areas and spend more time there.” Albright says one of the areas the team is focusing on is Northeast Philadelphia, an area with a rich soccer history that most recently has produced players like Bobby Convey, Jim Curtin, and Albright.
Also at the Union website, Gabriel recaps the fine month of April for Union Academy teams.
A Union spokesperson told PSP on Wednesday that Pedro Ribeiro, who is on loan to Harrisburg, has been playing centerback with the City Islanders only to cover for the injured Coady Andrews, and not because any effort is underway to convert him into a defender.
In SBI’s USL PRO power rankings, Harrisburg City Islanders come in at tenth out of 14. “Out of their first four-games, the City Islanders have only played once at home. Credit the fact that they were able to enter last Saturday’s match at Sacramento, a place packed with Republic supporters and were able to leave with three points, that’s something you don’t see in this league very often.”
The University of Delaware men’s team has announced three incoming freshmen, Brett Giuliana (M, Lincoln Park, NJ), Kenny MacArthur (CB, Upper Dublin, Pa.) and Matt Mossbarger (Bridgeport, Conn.).
Daniel Heinze, the former treasurer of the Horsham Soccer Association, is facing charges of “felony theft, receiving stolen property, forgery and other offenses” after allegedly stealing $64,292 from the association.
Tony Cascio, on loan to Houston from Colorado, is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL.
Business Wire reports that 13 area mayors and vice mayors have registered their opposition to the Beckham plan.
Toronto will host Tottenham on July 23.
ESPN announced on Wednesday that all 64 games at the World Cup will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio. A network press release says, “All matches will also be streamed online on ESPNRadio.com and available via the ESPN Radio App. All of ESPN Radio’s FIFA World Cup broadcasts will also be featured on SiriusXM, with 56 of the games airing on SiriusXM Channel 84. In cases where two matches are airing simultaneously, one will air on SiriusXM 84, with the other on SiriusXM 85.” JP Dellacamera will be among the announcers calling games.
CONCACAF and CONMEBOL are scheduled to hold a joint press conference today that is widely expected to announce that the US will be the host of the 2016 Copa America. At ASN, Brian Sciaretta says the US hosting the tournament could be a “game changer.”
US Soccer announced on Wednesday that it will live stream one game from each round of the the upcoming US Open Cup.
Geoff Cameron tells ESPN’s Kevin Palmer that he’s optimistic about the USMNT’s chances at the World Cup. “We might be the underdogs, but we are happy about that. We love playing the role of the underdog.”
Interim USWNT coach Jill Ellis has announced the 23-player roster for the friendly against Canada in Winnipeg on May 8 (8 pm, ESPN3 and espnW.com).
Soccer America continues its series looking at how US Soccer is working for more inclusion of Latino players.
It will be an all-Madrid Champions League final after Atletico Madrid went down a goal in the 36th minute at Stamford Bridge and roared back to leave the 3-1 winners over Chelsea. The final is on Saturday, May 24.
Atletico coach Diego Simone said after the game, with hands spread wide, “I want to thank the mothers of these players we have at Atlético Madrid because they gave birth to them with balls this big.”
Europa League semifinal play continues today at 3 pm with Juventus vs Benfica (Fox Sports 1, ESPN3, Fox Soccer 2Go, Fox Sports GO, SiriusXM FC), and Valencia vs Sevilla (Fox Sports 2, ESPN Deportes, Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Soccer 2Go, Fox Sports GO, SiriusXM FC).
UEFA president Michel Platini is pleased with the work being done to combat match-fixing and says working along with governmental bodies is essential. “It is only by working hand in hand with government authorities and law enforcement bodies that we can eradicate this scourge once and for all…The challenges are numerous. Match-fixing is a complex phenomenon, because it doesn’t have a strict format. There are many situations that need to be looked at and it is with initiatives of this type that we are seeking to find some common ground, especially with regards to this collaboration between judicial authorities, who investigate the crimes, and UEFA.”
MLSsoccer.com reports on a Brazilian poll that found that 73 percent of workers in that country will see their work schedules altered so that they can watch the World Cup. And rightly so.