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The Union lost 3-2 against DC United in their preseason finale. They dug a 3-0 hole in the first half, and their comeback effort in the second half came up short. Watch the full replay here. Official recap here.
Despite 10 yellow cards, the Union left with no injuries and anticipate full health for the roster (with the exceptions of Yaro and Edu and possibly Fafa Picault) for the season opener. Onyewu and Epps had the two goals for the Union. Epps was interviewed after the game.
Kinkead provided his observations after the game. He questions whether the Union should be playing a more traditional 6 and who should be playing the 10 among other things. He also continues to push for the 3-5-2 on Twitter.
Harrisburg City Islanders won 1-0 against Lehigh University in their first preseason game.
Former Union man Michael Farfan officially announced his retirement in order to pursue non-soccer activities. Best of luck to him in all his future endeavors.
PRO revealed four points of emphasis for the upcoming season: holding and pushing in the penalty area; acts of visual dissent; delayed restarts; and persistent infringement.
DC United signed Canadian National Maxim Tissot. He came on as a sub against the Union, so he appears to be working his way in quickly.
LA Galaxy’s Ashley Cole is out at least a few weeks due to a calf strain.
The Columbus Crew are now sponsored by Acura.
DC United will be breaking ground on their new stadium today.
Orlando City held their first game on their new pitch.
FC Dallas had the largest victory of any MLS team in a CCL knockout round in their 4-0 whomping of Panama’s Arabe Unido.
NYCFC’s Mix Diskerud … maybe just take a look/read. He does not appear to be in agreement with NYCFC management.
Matthew Doyle has been updating his outlook for MLS teams all off-season. His latest on the Union: “No new additions, but here’s a new twist: Homegrown midfielder Derrick Jones has looked very, very good over the last three weeks, and the 19-year-old is very much in the mix for a starting job. He has the same kind of field-shrinking, nuclear athleticism that Jermaine Jones has put to such great use in MLS, and would be a pretty natural fit next to/in front of a more stationary player like Medunjanin.”
World Soccer Talk took a stab at predicting the final MLS standings, and have the Union dead last in the Eastern Conference: “The Union still have some very good young talent, but the beginning of the season has disaster written all over it. With the East improving, the Union might just have fallen behind.”
Around the globe
The USMNT U-20 has their second round group set at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, meeting Mexico and El Salvador. They need to place at least second in the group of 3 to qualify for the U-20 World Cup.
USA lost to Panama 6-4 in the Quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship. The USA goalie scored two nice goals.
Former England international Shaun Wright-Phillips joined USL side Phoenix Rising FC.
Manchester United won the EFL Cup (formerly the League Cup) with a 3-2 win over Southampton.
Highlight of the day
Marcus Epps makes it 3-2 with a strong cut and low shot.