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News roundup: Union-Rapids primer, Sarachan’s mindset, and the Ronal-do-over

Philadelphia Union

Hey, the Union play this weekend! Here’s the match preview for Saturday’s 9pm tilt in Colorado.

Matthew De George breaks down how David Accam is making an impact, even if it isn’t showing up on the score sheet.

You need reason to watch this weekend? The Union have reasons to watch.

Local

Bethlehem Steel face Nashville SC for the first time Sat. at 2pm at Goodman Stadium

Penn FC travel to the western part of the state to play Pittsburgh Riverhounds as well.

What’s in a name? Get the story behind the names of some USL clubs, including the Steel.

MLS

Revenge is best served immediately. Sacha Kljestan is eager to beat his former team this weekend.

Minnesota welcomed their soon-to-be-first designated player, Darwin Quintero.

Portland Timbers head coach Gio Savarese reflects on his less-than-ideal start in MLS.

Is dealing with adidas dulling down MLS’s kit creativity? The Union were one of the examples given.

U.S. soccer

Here’s an awesome story exploring the growing risk of collegiate soccer. Topics:

  • Revamping the schedule to avoid three games per week
  • The economics of amateurism among top talents
  • The relationship between MLS academies and the universities

The tamest word to describe head coach Dave Sarachan’s usage of substitutions in a meaningless friendly would be curious. Grant Wahl and Brian Strauss attempt to answer what the interim coach was thinking.

Which young U.S. players will be around in 2022? More importantly, does the team have any direction?

Around the globe

We all remember the Cristiano Ronaldo bust. Bleacher Report provides the fantastic story of the sculptor’s initial disgrace and heartwarming redemption. Watch the video.

Looks like the U.S. will be represented in the World Cup, after all.

ESPN FC met with Morocco officials to get some answers on their 2026 World Cup bid.

From riches to rags: The rebirth of Gold Coast United. It tells the story of an Australian club’s epic collapse under the weight of an owner’s ego, only to rise from the ashes through a grassroots movement.

4 Comments

  1. re: adidas kits

    aside from being called out for losing it’s identity, i’m sure Union fans can identify with this:
    “And yet for all the hype around the release of the first jersey, some were critical of what LAFC and adidas came up with. More accurately, they were critical of the “YouTube TV” logo splashed across the chest. Rather than adhering to the distinctive black and gold color palette, the well-known brand name is printed in its usual white and red.

    “The sponsorship of a team can destroy a jersey,” McVittie said. “I don’t personally enjoy the red on that kit. It grabs your eye when you don’t want your eye to be grabbed. It’s about 75 percent of what it could have been.'”
    ———
    my take on this blah period in MLS kits is both team and designer are at fault. team compromises designs and designer doesn’t challenge them. it hits close to home: i deal with it all the time.

    • Regarding the kits, I really think redesigning them so damn often has a negative impact much more than the league-wide deal with adidas.

  2. Ronaldo bust story a good read.

  3. give the 2026 Cup to Morocco. i’m all for more intimate vs excessive.

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