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Califf thinks about next year, more Monday news

Union

The Union may not have made the playoffs in their first year, but the Captain Califf is already focused making it there in their second year. Says Califf, should the Union fail in that goal, “I wouldn’t say it’d be a disaster, but it’d be pretty poor if we can’t make the postseason next year.”

Maybe you are studying accounting in college? Maybe you support the Union? Maybe you should apply for this internship, which runs from January through May. Ditto the same if you are studying marketing.

Local

With a 0–0 draw away Princeton on Saturday, the Penn women’s team won the Ivy League championship and an automatic bid into the 64-team NCAA Championship field. The tournament draw will be announced later today. The N0. 13 ranked Penn men’s team did not fare so well, losing 2–1 to Princeton. With the win, Princeton wins a share of the Ivy League title and the bid to the NCAA Championship. Penn can still grab a share of the league title if they beat Harvard on Friday and Princeton loses to Yale.

The Temple men’s team had a two match weekend and came out of it with two wins and an Atlantic 10 Championship tournament spot. On Friday they held off George Washington with a 2–1 win. On Sunday they topped Richmond 3–0. The Tournament draw will be announced later today.

La Salle’s earned a berth in the Atlantic 10 Championship tournament with a 3–0 win over Xavier on Friday. Their 1–0 defeat of Dayton on Sunday earned them a first round bye in the tournament. The absolutely on fire Ryan Richter scored all four of La Salle’s goals over the weekend.

In other Atlantic 10 men’s soccer action over the weekend, Saint Joseph’s ended their season on a sour note, losing 2–0 to Richmond on Friday and 4–0 to George Washington on Sunday.

The Drexel men’s team finished their season with a 3–2 loss to Old Dominion on Saturday.

MLS

With a playoff structure that defies geographical logic, the San Jose Earthquakes will travel to face Colorado Rapids for the Eastern Division Conference title on Saturday, November 13 at 9:30pm on FSC. For the Western Conference title, LA Galaxy will host FC Dallas on Sunday, November 14 at 9pm on ESPN2. MLS Talk thinks the playoff structure is a joke.

Real Salt Lake’s Jamison Olave has been named MLS Defender of the Year.

WPS

Soccer365 takes a deeper look at the troubles facing WPS.

US

Following the shocking USWNT loss to Mexico on Friday, it is becoming increasingly clear that US supremacy in the women’s game is fading, as this look at the loss makes plain.

The coach of FC Indiana has long voiced concerns about the future of women’s soccer in the US. “”Unless concrete steps are taken to boost women’s soccer at all levels, the game will stagnate…[W]e are bearing the fruit of 11 years lack of leadership and mismanagement at the highest level. The USSF is losing in the war for international supremacy, because the federation lacks a long term strategy and has ignored a long term investment in women’s soccer.”

It seems that Oguchi Onyewu and Zlatan Ibrahimović had a bit of a tiff during a practice last week. I’ve heard of fighting to make the squad…

Marcus Hahnemann is starting to think about returning to MLS.

Photo: Nicolae Stoian

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