Daily news roundups

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Union

Nowak says he’s sticking with Seitz. Whether the fans continue to is another question.

The Trentonian previews the tonight’s match against Columbus Crew. Eddie Gaven, Hamilton Township native and former player for Steinert High School, will be unavailable for the Crew due to a concussion he suffered against Chivas last week. The match will be on ESPN2 from 8pm.

Here’s another preview from Goal.com.

The Union has a preview of the Crew on their website but you need Silverlight to view it. (This isn’t the Union’s fault, all MLS video content requires Silverlight. I can’t watch it, for example, because apparently the current version of Silverlight is not compatible with Mac PowerPC.)

The Columbus Dispatch looks at former Crew player and current Union forward Alejandro Moreno, “gone, not forgotten.”

Danny Califf says the team is ready for the Crew.

The Daily News wonders if the Union is ready for a playoff push.

The Gloucester County Times looks at the tough road ahead: four games in nine days, all against teams with winning records.

WYSP’s Gordon, friend of the PSP, has a new Union Sound podcast up. His guest? The inimitable Sebastien Le Toux!

The DelCo Times says Le Toux could get some help from Coudet and Mapp.

Wondering what has happened to Brian Perk? The LA Galaxy picked him up. He will begin training with the club on Friday and will be available to play against Real Madrid on Saturday.

Independence

Lianne Sanderson writes about how excited she was to see Manchester United in town.

The Independence game against Boston Breakers on Sunday will benefit the fight against breast cancer. The Independence will wear a special pink kit for the match and special Project Pink game ball will also be used.

MLS

FC Delco product Ben Olsen has been named interim-coach of DC United following Wednesday’s firing of Curt Onalfo.

Here’s a look at how Rafael Marquez’s signing by the Energy Drinks has been covered by the Mexican media.

Here’s a look at how MLS is losing the TV ratings battle. Apparently the WNBA has better ratings on ESPN2.

LA Galaxy are knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League by the USL’s Puerto Rico Islanders, 5-3 on aggregate.

US

The 18-player roster for the match against Brazil on Tuesday, August 10, has been released. No Altidore or Dempsey but 14 of the World Cup squad will be there. The German-born Jermaine Jones may make his US debut.

Etc.

According to a spokesperson for the Argetinian FA, Diego Maradona is on the list of possible replacements for himself.

ESPNsoccernet has confirmed that an investment arm of the Chinese government, China Investment Corporation, is backing Kenny Huang’s bid to takeover Liverpool.

The Premiership has a new “home-grown rule,” which says that each club must have at least eight players who have come out of the youth system in England or Wales. Wayne Rooney, for one, backs the idea. Other new league rules include a “25-man senior squad rule, with no club able to use any player over the age of 21 not named in that squad on September 1.”

Celtic has been knocked out of the Champions League.

Brazilian soccer player Bruno has been charged with ordering the murder of his ex-lover, who was trying to prove the Flamengo goalkeeper and captain was the father of her child. Eight others have also been charged, including Bruno’s wife and another woman, said by police to be the player’s current lover. The ex-lover was allegedly kidnapped, murdered, her body chopped into pieces, and then fed to dogs.

TV chef Gordon Ramsay and David Beckham are to open a pub in LA. The comic possibilities of this are so great that my head just exploded.

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