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Le Toux wants to score and more morning news

All-Star Game

Le Toux is looking forward to a rematch with Man Utd, “I’m hoping to score this time against them.” Do it for the Union and for Philly! The game is on ESPN2 at 8:30pm.

Here’s a head-to-head look at tonight’s match by position.

USSoccerPlayers.com takes a look back at the record of MLS All-Star teams against international opposition.

The Wall Street Journal wonders if playing top European clubs boosts the ratings of the All-Star game.

A coin flip at half time will determine whether Portland Timbers or Vancouver Whitecaps will get the first pick in next year’s Expansion Draft, SuperDraft, as well as priority in other player acquisition mechanisms.

Union

Coming off of a hard a full recap of which by our very own Tim Ulrich you can read here. The game ended as a 1–1 draw thanks to a Jordan Harvey own-goal just moments after Danny Mwanga put the Union on the board. The Union “opened with a representative lineup that featured all of its starting defensive backfield and several other regulars,” with Seitz starting the game and Knighton between the posts in the second half. JT Noone played the first 30 minutes for Harrisburg and the final 29 minutes for the Union.

Chicago Fire All-Star Marco Pappa says the Mapp transfer was no surprise.

Brad Knighton is enjoying playing against the likes of Celtic and Man U.

Soccer365.com has five reasons why the Union are important to MLS and US Soccer.

Independence

The Inquirer looks at Independence and US national team star Amy Rodriguez. The Independence host Boston Breakers tonight.

Caroline Seger is Goal.com’s WPS player of the week.

Local

Soccer America’s Paul Gardner takes a swipe at the McGuire Cup, which FC Delco lost to Crew Juniors over the weekend: “typical of the white, middle-class suburban soccer that has become the staple feeder line for college soccer. Unimaginative, frantic, monotonous in its banality and its inability to show even a flash or two of something different, something other than honest running and hard work and scrappy battles to gain possession of the ball.” C’mon Paul, what do you really think?

MLS

Sir Alex Ferguson sees a fast improvement in the quality of soccer in MLS: “We realized that in the game against Philadelphia.”

LA Galaxy were thumped at home by USL side Puerto Rico Islanders in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League preliminary-round series, 4–1. Yes, Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle both played for the Galaxy, whose lone goal was actually a Puerto Rico own-goal.

London’s The Telegraph looks at the Thierry Henry move to the Energy Drinks, “just the latest step on MLS chief Don Garber’s path to world domination.”

Garber is reportedly focused on making sure the league’s 20th team in New York. You know, because attendance has always been so great for the one that’s already there.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, who played for Seattle Sounders in the old NASL, says he would be willing to loan players to MLS: “if a player needs experience, this is a good league to get it.”

Kansas City Wizards has seen a dramatic increase in season ticket sales following their victory over Manchester United. Here’s a peek at their new stadium, set to open in June 2011.

US

Ajax, Besiktas and Fenerbahce are reportedly interested in Jozy Altidore, as well as several Premiership clubs, including Fulham. Clint Dempsey has reported to Fulham for training.

Here’s a look at how the playing style of the US national team is shaped by youth coaches.

ESPN looks at Herculez Gomez’s plans at Pachuca.

Sir Alex Ferguson thinks highly of Bob Bradley.

US midfielder Anton Peterlin, released by Everton in June, has joined Plymouth.

Etc.

Maradona’s contract with Argentina will not be renewed, causing footy journalists all over the world to weep.

Will he or won’t he? Fernando Torres will. Stay in Liverpool, that is. At least he says he wants to.

Here’s a look at Portsmouth’s absolutely terrible North American tour. Yeah, I didn’t know they were visiting either. Pity poor Pompey.

FSC has canceled Fox Football Fone-In.

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