Daily news roundups

Mapp talks. WC = more harm than good? More news.


KYW talks to Justin Mapp.

From head coach of the soccer team at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark to vice president of business development and international affairs for the Philadelphia Union, here’s a profile on Rick Jacobs.

Big Soccer has a mock 2011 Expansion Draft thread going for the Union.


Heather Mitts, Lori Lindsey, Joanna Lohman and Amy Rodriguez have been named to the 30-player preliminary roster for the USWNT’s upcoming friendlies against China on October 2 and 6. The October 6 match will be at PPL park.


The Must Read This Article Winner of the Day goes to this piece by sports economist Dennis Coates which asks if Philadelphia being selected as a World Cup host city could do more harm than good.

PIAA, the governing body of high school athletics in Pennsylvania, wants all high school girls soccer to be played in the fall.

Penn State are ranked 10th in Soccer America’s top 25. They come in at 15th in the NSCAA rankings.

In local college soccer, Lehigh’s women’s soccer team had a 3-2 win over Quinnipiac thanks to a hat-trick from Liz Carlos, The La Salles men’s team was whooped 5–0 by Penn, while the Penn women beat Villanova 3–0. The Saint Joseph men lost 3–2 to Towson while the Saint Joseph women beat NJIT 3–0. Temple men drew 0–0 with Colgate and then lost 1–0 to Lafayette in a match in which 46 fouls were called and 10 cards were awarded.

Penn’s Stephen Baker, with three goals and one assists after two games, was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, the Ivy League Player of the Week and the Philadelphia Soccer Six Player of the Week.

Saint Joseph’s Jen Pfeiffer and Mo Hawkins were also lauded. Pfeiffer, with five goals in the last two two games, was named Co-Player of the Week and Hawkins, with two goals and three assists on the year,  Co-Rookie of the Week by the Atlantic 10.

Drexel’s Andrew Goldberg, with three goals in two games, was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week.


I’m not sure if we already mentioned this, but all-American hero Brian McBride will retire at the end of the season.

Adidas has signed a new $200m deal with MLS through 2018.

For further evidence of how soccer is destroying the fabric of America, the minor league baseball team in Portland, the Beavers, are for sale and without a home since the city agreed to support the conversion PGE park into a soccer-specific stadium for the Timber’s entry into MLS. Or, as this blog puts it, “Finally, proof that Portland hates America.”

For further evidence of how soccer is strengthening the fabric of America, Chester’s high school football team coach has asked the Union for help in how to kick a ball. “What we need is the Union to come over and do a soccer clinic for us so we can get a kicker,” Charles Crews said. “If we can get the Union to come over and spend 10 minutes with us a day … we’ll be all right. I’ve left several messages and have not heard back yet.”


FIFA inspectors will visit Washington DC today as part of their five city tour that also includes New York, Miami, Dallas and Houston. Just who will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be announced on December 2.

The South African FA has approached USSF about playing in a charity friendly in Cape Town in support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in November.


Australia’s A-League is struggling. Can an 80-year old sugar daddy come to the rescue? Again?

A French player has been denied a license from the club he played for for 14 years because he is gay.

In today’s apology roundup:

  • the head of Scotland’s FA has apologized to Liechtenstein after Scottish fans booed the country’s national anthem before Tuesday’s Euro 2012 qualifier. The music for Liechtenstein’s anthem is the same as that of England.
  • the parents of the 21-year-old prostitute linked to Wayne Rooney have apologized to Rooney’s wife.

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