Daily news roundups

Daily news roundup

Individual and group tickets for first two Union’s home games at Lincoln Financial Field go on sale today at 10 a.m. You can purchase tickets for the April 10 game against DC United here, for the May 15 game against FC Dallas here.

The Union’s first game, away to the Seattle Sounders on March 25, has sold out. The Sounders say that fewer than 1000 tickets remain for each of the remaining home games. Ticket sales for Sounders games at Qwest Field are capped at 36,000.

The Inquirer reports on the opening of training camp for the Independence.

The Independence announce a strategic partnership with the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association (EPYSA): “This alliance, which directly unites the youth soccer community to Philadelphia’s women’s professional soccer franchise, gives over 130,000 youth players direct access to professional-level soccer, training, and instruction.”

The Boston Globe reports on MLS commissioner Don Garber’s comments from the Soccerex Convention in England on the ongoing labor negotiations: “We will not lock them out, and we are confident they will not go on strike.”

The Telegraph reports that David Beckham will return to the L.A. Galaxy after the World Cup. The Union’s first match against the Galaxy is away on May 1. Oh, shucks. But the Galaxy visit the Union on October 7. Yea!

U.S. National Team and other international news after the jump.

New USMNT assistant coach Lubos Kubik rubs his hands with grim expectation while Coach Bradley demonstrates how to properly crush the opposition's head.

Ahead of today’s friendly against the Netherlands (2:30 p.m. on ESPN2), USMNT coach Bob Bradley hires former Czech international Lubos Kubik as a new assistant coach for the national team, filling in the last of two vacancies opened when Peter Nowak resigned to manage the Union. Interestingly, the USA Today headline on the hiring, taken from an AP story filed from Amsterdam, reads, “Kubik hired as assistant coach of US football team,” no doubt confusing tens of thousands of Americans.

In other international friendly news, England will play Egypt. While the Guardian reports that fans won’t be able to resist booing John Terry, the Telegrapgh wonders if booing Terry is acceptable.

The Wall Street Journal ponders if the “paradinha”-style penalty kick should be banned.

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