Photo: Paul Rudderow
The Union posts photos of indoor practice after the whole Delaware Valley is shrouded in snow.
Alejandro Bedoya has been called up to the U.S. national team for upcoming World Cup qualifiers. More below.
The Brotherly Game’s Matt Ralph does some detective work on Eric Ayuk and whether he’s going to Sweden on loan.
FourFourTwo ranks Talen Energy Stadium as the 12th best soccer stadium in the U.S.
ICYMI: Chris Sherman’s prediction engine, SEBA, drops the Union’s playoff chances in response to the Union earning only a point for the second straight match. The article looks at Harrisburg and Steel’s shot at playoff appearances and glory as well.
ICYMI: Paul Rudderow’s photos from the Union’s home opener. Included are a number of close looks at the opening goal scoring sequence.
Major League Soccer
FC Dallas played at home to Mexican side Pachuca in CONCAFA champions league play. While the Texas team went down early when Franco Jara scored, they were able to win the game 2-1. Kellyn Acosta continues his fine form (which has earned him a call up) by scoring, and Maxi Urruti added another.
Bruce Arena released his list of the 24 called up for the upcoming qualifiers. Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard return. MLS notes that 14 are from the homeland’s league. From his armchair, Matthew Doyle questions the decision to leave off Benny Feilhaber, Sacha Kljestan, or Lee Nguyen, but sees the logic in the end. He anticipates Clint Dempsey as a difference maker, but Bruce implies Dempsey will be coming off the bench (likely starting behind the rampant pair of Bobby Wood and Olympic highdiver Jozy Altidore).
Around the globe
March 13, 2017- Playing in the national cup of Germany against lower tier Lotte, Christian Pulisic ran fast, then sped up, and earned a just reward. Perhaps greater credit goes to his teammate Ousman Dembele for a fantastic nab and run, but he is French, not American. According to this synthesizer heavy YouTube clip compilation, the two carry the banner of the Yellow Army forward into a glorious future. If you are more discerning than me, you may find it to be flashy hype.
In Champions League action, Manchester City only needed to not lose to Monaco by two. They lost by two.
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