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Valencia trip to Philly in doubt and other news

The Washington Post is reporting that Valencia may not be coming to the States this summer. The Union had announced they would be playing Valencia at a yet to be determined time this summer.

Goal.com takes a look back at the Union’s first game and asks what went wrong. Let us count the ways . . .

Nowak response to accusations that his team played dirty against the Sounders: “If you want to avoid contact, I would suggest badminton or curling or chess maybe.”

In the “Be Warned: This is April Fools Day” Department, soccerwithchris.com reports Peter Nowak’s latest contribution to the ongoing war of words with Freddie Ljungberg: “Mr. Ljungberg  should stop falling down like he had been shot, and start playing like a real man. No wonder he could not play in England anymore.” Ljungberg had called Nowak’s post-game comments “low” and “pathetic.”

The Philadelphia Independence has announced its 22 player roster for the 2010 season. The roster includes nine players on the national teams of six countries. The Independence will play Penn State at 7:30 p.m. today in their final pre-season game at United Sports in Downingtown.

The US moves up two spots to number 16 in the FIFA rankings, one spot ahead of Mexico.

The Houston City council delays vote on approving construction of a soccer specific stadium over concerns that it may violate agreement with NBA team the Houston Rockets.

CBS reports that the The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport gives MLS an A for diversity and a C- for gender hiring in the front office.

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