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Union wins $50k for Chester & more news

Union

The Union have won the $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant for the Chester City United soccer organization. The money will be used to build a full-sized grass soccer field for the Chester Upland School District. The award was determined based upon fan voting so, if you took the few seconds took to vote, give yourself a pat on the back—you did good.

Le Toux and Mwanga and chemistry. “We can really do better. So we are still working on it,” says Le Toux. I love that guy.

MLS.com says the Union need to “regroup” after the loss to San Jose. Is regroup French for “start scoring goals?”

Friend of the PSP and WYSP DJ Gordon’s Union Sound podcast features Justin Mapp. Need I mention that it is rockin’?

CSN Philly looks at Sheanon Williams’ journey to the Union.

PPL Park and Drexel University will host the 2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals.

Independence

The Equalizer podcast looks back at Sunday’s victory over Washington and ahead to Thursdays Super Semifinal against Boston.

Local

Wondering where Haverford School grad Jeremiah White ended up after leaving Suadi Arabian side Al-Ettifaq? He’s in Poland with GKS Belchatow.

Nationaly ranked Penn men’s team got a reality slap with a 1–0 home loss to Villanova on Friday night. Villanova continued its winning ways with a 2–0 win over Princeton on Sunday. On Friday, Princeton drew 1–1 with Georgetown. Penn bounced back from its loss on Friday by beating Georgetown 3–1 on Sunday. Stephen Baker’s two goals in that match earned him Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks.

Penn drops three spots to 25th in the NSCAA national rankings while Penn State moves up three spots to 20th.

Drexel women’s team lost 3–1 to George Washington.

Lehigh University women’s team defender Leah Kulp was named Patriot League Player of the Week.

Widener’s double header at PPL Park last Friday kicked off with a 1–0 win for the women’s team over Wilkes. The men battled to a 2–2 tie with Neumann in a match that went to double overtime, whatever that is.

Whatever it means, it’s catching. West Chester lost 1–0 to Philadelphia University after “double overtime,” also. Philadelphia University scored three second-half goals to beat Goldey-Beacom 3–1 on Tuesday.

Holy Christmas, it’s afflicted La Salle, too, as they draw 4–4 with Niagara, their third straight “double overtime” game!

This week’s Inquirer rankings are in. For Southeastern Pennsylvania, La Salle are the number one ranked boys team. In New Jersey, St. Augustine are number one for boys, Lenape are number one for girls.

Bucks County’s Conwell-Egan Catholic’s boys team lost 2–1 to Arch Bishop Ryan last Thursday after four of its players were issued red cards for fighting.

The Inquirer looks at the high expectations for Delran’s boy’s team.

Here’s a look at the Delaware County-based Multicultural Community Family Services. Their soccer program, made up of immigrant and refugee children aged 4–14, is but one of their social service tools.

MLS

Thierry Henry will miss Friday’s New York Energy Drinks match against the LA Dietary Supplements.

The Los Angeles Times looks at Jonathon Bornstein’s upcoming move to Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon as an example of what the MLS is doing wrong: failing to keep top US talent in the States. Hmm. I will say nothing.

WPS

Outgoing WPS commissioner Tonya Antonucci sees better days for the struggling league. “The model can work. It needs improved economic conditions.” What it needs is people to show up at game.

CONCACAF Champions League

Columbus tops Santos 1–0 at home. Toronto packs the defense for a scoreless draw against Cruz Azul away.

US

Oh my! What big hands you have, Mr. Howard.

Want to know more about why Jurgen Klinsmann isn’t the US coach and what people think about it? Just enter “US Soccer” into Google. Then duck.

It’s official: the US will play a friendly in South Africa on November 17, just four days before the MLS Cup final. Could be a good opportunity for some World Cup bid lobbying, no?

USWNT goalkeeper Hope “Cute As A Button, Crazy As A Bat” Solo will miss World Cup qualifying as she undergoes shoulder surgery. She will be out of action for five to six months but should be fit in time for the World Cup.

Tim Howard has posed in the nude for ESPN Magazine. Well, not totally nude. He is wearing gloves.

Yanks Abroad talks to Stuart Holden.

As the rumors that Jay Demerit is headed to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg diminish, new rumors that he will join MLS expansion side Vancouver begin.

Elsewhere

Footy on the Telly envy from Europe: When Saturday Comes looks at America’s smorgasbord of televised soccer. “The opportunity to waste so much leisure time is almost overwhelming.” Too true, too true.

David Moyes alleges Brentford supporters threw bottles after Everton was knocked out of the Carling Cup. Ed Farnsworth alleges Everton’s Phil Jagielka bottled it after his missed penalty kick caused his club’s exit.

Bryon Moreno, the ref in charge of the controversial Italy v South Korea match at the 2002 World Cup, was arrested at New York’s Kennedy Airport for—get this—smuggling heroin!

The Mexico FA bans Carlos Vela and Efrain Juárez for six months after accusing them of organizing a party following his national team’s friendly against Colombia last month. Eleven other players, including the Energy Drinks’ Rafael Marquez, have been fined.

Togo’s FA says former coach Tchanile Bana was responsible for taking a fake national team to a friendly against Bahrain. The Togo federation has banned Bana for three years.

Cover photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Union.

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