Photo: Paul Rudderow
The boys in blue played Toronto FC to a 2-2 draw in a game that reminded PSP readers why the Player Ratings include a “Geiger Counter”. Highlights and post-match quotes. The takeaways at the home site include both strikers scoring and Gooch playing like vintage Gooch. More from PSP, PhillyVoice, CSNPhilly, BrotherlyGame, Section215, and PattisonAve.
Bedoya and Curtin were upset about the PK awarded to Jozy Altidore. “‘Knowing him, he tends to go down easily in the box,” said Alejandro Bedoya, a U.S. Men’s National Team teammate of Altidore, who also labeled it a makeup call from a penalty kick given to the Union earlier in the half. “So we’ll just leave it at that.'” Jozy Altidore was unhappy about the comments. Not sure Ale should be making comments about PKs, given that he missed his opportunity.
The Union are currently tied for 6th in the Eastern Conference with Toronto FC, with 2 points from 2 games. After 2 games last season, the Union had 3 points. Let me know if you want me to update this all season – I thought it might be interesting to track and compare.
ICYMI: The Union signed GK Jake McGuire.
Bethlehem Steel has rearranged a few friendlies due to the expected inclement weather.
MLS has seen many good expansion teams recently, but Minnesota United is proving to be a cautionary tale after losing 6-1 this weekend and they are now on pace to allow 170 goals this season. Maybe putting a target on their jersey was not the best idea.
See the rest of this weekend’s MLS scores here.
Tim Howard returned from injury.
LAFC will be entering MLS in 2018 with no counterpart.
Around the globe
The Canadian Men’s National Team is set to take on Curacao in a Gold Cup warmup. It will be the CanMNT’s first game in Montreal in seven years.
Tottenham advanced easily to the FA Cup semifinals but lost Harry Kane to an ankle injury, and Millwall fans used some racist chants. Arsenal and Manchester City will be joining them, and Chelsea and Manchester United are competing for the final spot.
Liga MX did not play games this weekend due to a referee strike. Two players made intentional physical contact with referees during last week’s games and the referees felt the imposed punishment was not harsh enough.
Kazuyoshi Miura became the oldest professional goal-scorer as he notched the only goal in a 1-0 win in Japan’s second division. Miura is 50 years old. Wow.
Is Samuel Umtiti the most important player on Barcelona?
Highlight of the day
Memphis Depay turned and fired into the net. From midfield.