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Union news

Philadelphia soccer fans are a buzz with the news that Manchester United will play the Union on July 21 at the Linc. After the pre sale for Union season ticket holders the event is likely to sell out in minutes, something the Glazers, perhaps the most hated owners in the world of soccer today, have said they have no intention of doing. According to the London Times, among the takeover offers rejected is a “£1.5 billion offer from the Middle East.” That’s $2,201,045,909.92 in American money.

A reminder: Saturday’s Union match against Real Salt Lake has been rescheduled for 4pm because the Utah Jazz (best non sequitur in American sports) are in the bounce ball playoffs. Pregame coverage starts at 3:30pm on 6abc.

thinks it could be a draw.

The Daily News wonders if a goalie controversy is brewing for the Union. Meanwhile, Seitz tells MLS.com that he’s committed to earning the respect of his critics.

American Soccer News looks at Union player’s ratings over the course of the first five matches.

The away match to Colorado Rapids, originally scheduled for July 21 and now postponed because of the Manchester United visit, has been moved to September 29 at 7pm MT.

Montreal Impact have scheduled a press conference for Friday morning at 10am where it is expected that they will announce that they are joining MLS as the 19th team in the league in 2012. Inside Minnesota Soccer have some good questions about what the movement of clubs from he USL and NASL may mean for the future of second division soccer in North America. Portland and Vancouver will join MLS in 2011, following Seattle, who joined the league in 2009.

JT Noone, the Temple product who was on trial with the Union and has been training with them for the past month, has signed a 21 day contract with the Harrisburg City Islanders. The City Islanders are 0-1-1 so far this season and are away to the Charlotte Eagles tonight.

Independence news

The Philadelphia Independence look to become the first team in WPS history to start he season with a five game unbeaten streak when they face St. Louis Athletica away on Saturday.

Independence keeper Val Henderson continues her behind-the-scenes look at life in the WPS.

Atlanta Beat open their new soccer specific stadium this Sunday against 2009 WPS champions Sky Blue FC. The stadium, located in Kennesaw, Georgia, is the first of its kind for women’s soccer. You can take a look at the new stadium on the live broadcast of the match starting at 7pm on FSC.

World soccer

A possible visit by Barack Obama to the World Cup is causing concerns for the South African police. So far, 43 heads of state have “provisionally confirmed that they would attend the tournament.”

You have just witnesses the birth of an urban legend: On Wednesday reports starting circulating around the Web about a 32-year-old Croatian defender named Goran Tunjic who was given a yellow card when he suffered a heart attack in the 35th  minute of a county-level match in Croatia. Reports indicated that the ref gave the defender a card because he thought he was faking the heart attack and that the player died in hospital. Turns out that, while the unfortunate man did die, he had not been shown a card, which a spokesperson from his club, Mladost FC,  called the yellow card story “pure fabrication.”

Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Union

3 Comments

  1. Brion Shreffler says:

    I’ll have my Man U jersey on under my Union shirt. While I won’t be in for any turncoat business- I won’t take off my Union shirt should United go up- I definitely will cheer should Giggs, the ginger gentleman Paul Scholes, or Nani score. Will go ape shit if Rooney puts one away, of course, but let’s hope he sees significant time at least and that there are enough Union goals to lose it over. Would love to see our boys get a surprise result. As for now, Godspeed to Wigan Athletic and The Union this weekend.

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