Daily news roundups

Convey’s a scapegoat in San Jose, other news

So much worth reading today. Here’s the rundown:

Philly product Bobby Convey continues to have a tough time with the San Jose Earthquakes, according to this report.

“When a team loses, there always has to be a scapegoat, and that was me,” Convey said. “And unfortunately it happened in that first game again.”

Fullback Cristian Arrieta could sign with Philadelphia Union any day now, based on a report from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Philadelphia Union’s Andrew Jacobson, Sebastien Le Toux, Jordan Harvey and Nick Zimmerman will swap jerseys with Philadelphia Flyers players on the bench during the Flyers’ game tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. Yes, this is true. It’s April 2, not April 1. (It gets better: “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is filming an episode at the game.)

More on the Peter Nowak – Freddie Ljungberg war of words. (Seriously, we can’t get enough of this.)

The Philadelphia Daily News takes a closer look at Toni Stahl’s red card from the game. (OK, actually, I changed my mind. We can get enough. We get that it’s a team-building exercise and that this is to show the world how Philadelphia Union plays. Let’s move on.)

Or not:

Notts County striker Luke Rodgers wants to join the New York Red Bulls, but his criminal record may not let that happen. I’m sure the Union could find a way around that, no?

Goal.com’s Kyle McCarthy looks at the affect of the Designated Player rule change, as does SI’s Grant Wahl.

U.S. international Brian Ching injured his hamstring Thursday, the latest in a stunning string of injuries to U.S. players.

As for the guy who could replace Ching on the U.S. roster if Ching’s out long enough — Fox Soccer News’ Ives Galarcep has an he was available in the expansion draft.)

Here’s another potential addition to the U.S. player pool — New Kansas City Wizards signing Ryan Smith says he would play for the U.S. after crossing the pond from England, Match Fit USA reports. The former Arsenal product is applying for dual citizenship. (His father is America, and his mother is English.) If this means nothing to you, then you didn’t see how ridiculously awesome he was in the Wizards’ 4-0 destruction of D.C. United.

On that note, Goal.com looks at the new MLS players most worth watching, and Ryan Smith is on the list.

Mexico has the world’s best soccer referees, Soccer America’s Paul Gardner says. Really.

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