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Union

Here’s a look at tonight’s game Dan Walsh predicts a 1–1 draw.

And here’s a look at the playoff picture. Could it be that the Union’s recent run of form has come too late?

Philly.com has a piece talking up the importance of tonight’s game against Colorado, who currently hold the final play off spot. Unfortunately, the piece describes Sheanon Williams as being expected to “fill in for Arrieta” (who hasn’t had a start since I don’t know when) and says that Williams’ former team, the Harrisburg City Islanders, plays in the Premier Development League (they play in the USL Second Division). Nice job.

Just in case you had any doubts about Brad Knighton’s status as starting goalkeeper, here’s what Nowak has to say: “I think right now he has all the confidence to be No. 1, and he will stay in goal as well.”

One sharp as a whip reporter at the Inquirer has a news flash: naughty words are being chanted at Union games. Or not, depending on whether the listener has a predilection for hearing naughty words even if they haven’t been chanted. Aside from a buried mention of the real problem of congestion in the concourse during halftime, just about the only interesting thing about the article are the neanderthal soccer haters in the readers comments section. The Union took this otherwise forgettable article seriously enough to send an email out to season ticket holders.

General seating tickets for the LA Galaxy and New York Energy Drinks matches have sold out.

The latest version of FIFA 11 was released yesterday—and the Union are in it. Now you’ll be able to see what the season might have been like if Knighton had replaced Seitz in, say, June.

From the Sorry We Missed This One Department, here’s Shea Salinas talking about his road to recovery from a broken fibula in a piece published last week.

Local

The Penn men’s team gave up a goal in the last minute of time to lose 1–0 to Adelphi on Friday. They bounced back on Sunday with a 2–1 win over Richmond on Sunday.

Penn drops out of the top 25.

The Penn women’s team came from behind three times to beat Harvard 4–3 on Friday night. After scoring both of Penn’s goals in their 3–2 loss to Navy on Sunday, freshman Kerry Scalora was named Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week.

Saint Joseph’s men’s team broke a 24-game losing streak with a 1–0 victory over Iona on Saturday. Michael Moulton was named the Philadelphia Soccer Six Co-Player of the Week for keeping the clean sheet. He shares the award with Max Kinderwater, who recorded three assists in Temple’s victory over Rider last Wednesday, their first win of the season. Ryan Bradbury was named Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Rookie of the Week.

Temple goalkeeper Bret Mollon gets a profile.

The La Salle women’s team beat the Saint Joseph’s women’s team on Saturday 4–1. The La Salle men lost to Marist 4-2 the same day.

Goldey-Beacom College men’s team got it’s first win of the season with a 2–1 victory over Caldwell on Saturday.

Chestnut Hill College topped Post University 1–0 on Saturday.

Philadelphia University women’s team lost 3–2 to Molloy in a rain shortened game on Friday. On Tuesday they dropped another, losing 3-2 to Wilmington University. The men’s team beat Felician College 2–0 on Saturday.

Soccer notes from the Inquirer on Southeastern PA boys soccer. Plus a roundup of Tuesday’s action for PA boys and PA girls soccer as well as South Jersey.

MLS

Rumors have been circulating that Petr Cech has been linked to the Vancouver Whitecaps, supposedly saying “I will play in MLS within 2 years.” The source of these rumors is the English tabloid the Daily Star. This piece describes the dubious nature of the Daily Star sensationalist soccer stories.

WPS

The struggling women’s professional league is looking for subsidies from USSF.

US

A deal in the making? England will drop its bid for the 2022 World Cup if the US drops its bid for the 2018 World Cup. The head of the US bid denies the reports.

Soccer America says there is too much ado about Klinsmann.

Eric Wynalda talks about why US soccer is in a “state of stagnation.”

Yanks Abroad looks at the “Sobering Reality” of US soccer.

Goal.com wonders if the solution to the USMNT problems up front can be found in MLS.

Elsewhere

FIFA is implementing a new online system to manage transfers. Hopefully it will work better than the ticketing system at the last World Cup.

Mexico captain and Energy Drinks defender Rafael Marquez has been named as the leader of a player revolt in the Mexico team. Thirteen players have reportedly asked not to be selected for the national side “until there is a change in attitude at the Mexican Football Federation.”

Today’s Footy on the Telly™

Rubin Kazan v Barcelona, 12:30pm on FSC
Valencia v Manchester United,  2:45pm on FSC
Tottenham v FC Twente,  2:45pm on FSP (FSC at 5pm)
Colorado Rapids v Philadelphia Union, 9:30pm on Live Well Network HD (Comcast Channel 245)/My Network TV – WQMY
Seattle Sounders v Marathon, 10pm on FSC

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