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Want to take a look at predictions for Saturday’s Union match against FC Dallas? You can start with our very own. Then you can take a look at the preview at goal.com. You can buy tickets for the game here. Let’s get another huge crowd people – the team needs us!

MLS Insider wonders if certain keepers can keep their job.

Gordon from WYSP has a new Union Sound podcast episode featuring an interview with Fred, which is something of a score given how rare one-on-one interviews with the Brazilian are. Also on the podcast are Sebastien Le Toux and Tom Veit’s appearances on the Danny Bonaduce Show.

The Inquirer has a feature on young Roger Torres. Torres said through an interpreter, “The rhythm of the game has been the most difficult. The game in Colombia is more tactical and here is it more physical.” Welcome to Philly!

The Union wonders how do you fit 35,000 people into an 18,500 seat stadium? While the article on the Union website is actually about selling tickets for Saturday’s game, there are some nice quotes from Union players about the impact Philly Union fans made on the team during the first home game.

Speaking of the stadium, the Daily News talks to Union president Tom Veit about the status of construction at PPL Park. To recap: the stadium is more than 80% done; the on and off ramps on the Commodore Barry Bridge won’t be done before next season; extra trains will be added on the R2 line on game days with buses shuttling fans from the Chester Transportation Center to the stadium; Parking for season ticket holders will be pre-assigned. Can you say “potential stadium transportation cluster f**k?”

The Union has announced more additions to their ongoing youth soccer partnership program. Thirty local clubs are now a part of the program. Saturday’s game is Youth Soccer Recognition Night.

While the Sun is reporting that Thierry Henry has signed a “pre-contract agreement” with the New York Red Bulls, Match Fit USA looks at “the mystery of the Red Bulls and their half empty stadium.”

The latest installment of Independence goalkeeper Val Henderson’s WPS Foot-notes is available at goal.com. You can also take a look at a preview of Saturday’s away match against Chicago Red Stars.

The Philadelphia Independence is looking for candidates to become part of their “street team.” The street team attends events throughout the Philadelphia area “distributing information and promoting the Philadelphia Independence” as part of the club’s grassroots outreach efforts.

Today is the day US Soccer submits its Bid Book to FIFA for hosting either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. Support Philly as one of the host cities by signing the GoUSABid petition.

If you like rooting for the underdog, tomorrow’s FA Cup final, live on FSC from 10am, features relegated Portsmouth against Premiership champs Chelsea. On Sunday. the Serie A and La Liga titles will be decided. You can watch Barcelona against Real Valladolid (ESPN2) and Malaga v Real Madrid (GolTV), both at 1pm.

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