Daily news roundups

Le Toux an all-star, Chicago inks a DP, other news

Union/Independence/Local

The Independence lost 2-0 this weekend, dropping them further behind the first place Gold Pride.

Philadelphia Union’s Sebastien Le Toux will be an addition to the MLS all-star team, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.  (The info is buried at the bottom of a feature on Danny Mwanga.)

The Delaware County Times had a feature we missed on local product Jon Conway, the backup goalie for Toronto FC.

MLS

MLSSoccer.com has all the roundups and highlights of the weekend’s games in Major League Soccer. A few international matches were going on, but notably, Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan scored to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-1 win over D.C. United. (Yes, Donovan is still with the Galaxy. No, he hasn’t signed with Everton yet. Unfortunately.)

The Chicago Fire signed 26-year-old Mexican international Nery Castillo as a designated player.  Castillo has struggled the last three years in stints at Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk. He sealed his fate at Shakhtar by stealing a penalty kick from a teammate and then missing the shot. He never played again for the the Ukrainian giant. If Castillo returns to form with Chicago, still, it could be a big coup, particularly since Cuauhtemoc Blanco isn’t coming back. Goal.com breaks down the team’s tactical options.

International

Fulham has begun negotiating with Martin Jol to fill their vacant manager’s seat. U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley had been considered a front-runner for the job.

The Guardian has a feature on Manchester United’s young players, some of whom could play Wednesday in a friendly against the Union here in Philadelphia.

Here’s a real interesting look at Watford’s youth program and how it could serve as a model for other English clubs. Sounds awfully similar to the U.S. residency program in Bradenton, eh?

More fallout in the so-called “Capello Index” fiasco. Honestly, is it really that big deal that a manager rates players? Yeah, it’s public, but big deal? It’s not like it’s a secret that Diego Forlan was awesome in the World Cup while Robert Green wasn’t.

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