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Vote Union, PSP & more morning news

U.S. Soccer has opened the voting for its Best of 2010 US Soccer awards. Among the categories is best soccer blog. You can vote for the Philly Soccer Page here. (Registration is not required to nominate PSP.) Voting ends Friday, November 19.

Union

The Philadelphia Union have confirmed what John Hackworth revealed on the KYW Philly Soccer Show podcast, recorded Monday night and released Tuesday on the PSP: Danny Mwanga retains his Generation Adidas status, thus freeing up a spot on the Union’s protected list. If you haven’t listened to the interview, do so. Hackworth is a fount of fascinating information and sounds like a really great guy.

Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Mwanga and Shea Salinas are all up for MLS Goal of the Year. (SBNation thinks the Salinas goal is the best and I’m inclined to agree.)  You can cast your vote here. Voting ends at 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, November 11.

Soccer365 has an excellent piece on the fall and rise of everyone’s new favorite right back, Sheanon Williams.

OregonLive.com takes a look at what Danny Mwanga has accomplished in his first MLS season, his plans for the off-season and beyond.

Fred tells MLS Brazil that he believes playing in MLS requires much more strength than playing in Brazil. “The football here is very fast, all brand [brawn?] and use[s] real physical strength. While in Brazil the game is more technical and more rhythmic.” He says he does not know yet where he will be in 2011 “since my contract ends in December this year. ”

Local

Penn drop five spots to No. 18 in the NSCAA rankings following their loss to Princeton last Saturday. Princeton moves up five spots to No. 11.

La Salle’s Ryan Richter and John McCarthy earned the final weekly Atlantic 10 honors of the season. Richter, who scored four goals in the last two games of the season, was named Co-Player of the Week. McCarthy recorded shutouts for those two games and was named Rookie of the Week.

Last week, St. Joseph’s Prep won its first Catholic League title in the forty year history of the soccer program at the school, when it beat Archbishop Wood. The Inquirer takes a look at how it happened and what it means for the school.

MLS

Citing an anonymous source, Soccer America have posted details of what “some of the league’s new player mechanisms will look like.” The article, entitled “Blueprint for new age of MLS, “ includes an extended transfer timeline. “Starting Nov. 22 — the day after MLS Cup, when teams must submit their lists of players for the Expansion Draft — and ending Dec. 15 with Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft, the league will undertake its most complex, if not necessarily volatile, offseason.”

Philadelphia native son Bobby Convey is getting some much deserved attention for his role in San Jose reaching the Eastern Conference Finals. The “Comeback Kid” is “having fun again.”

One week he isn’t, another week he is: Ronaldinho is in talks with LA Galaxy. The Galaxy are reportedly “offering him €7 million per year wages to get him out of Milan.”

New York Energy Drinks midfielder Seth Stammler has been named MLS W.O.R.K.S Humanitarian of the Year. Sporting Chance, the charity he founded, has done extensive work in Haiti.

Several players and one coach from Montreal Impact, set to join MLS in 2012, have been fined and suspended for their conduct following the loss to Carolina RailHawks in the recent USSF D2 Pro League semifinals. Here’s the video.

US

Soccer America says the loss to Mexico in the CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2011 Women’s Wold Cup is a wakeup call for the state of women’s soccer development in the US.

Bill Clinton will speak on behalf of the US bid to host the 2022 World Cup when final presentations are made on December 1 in Zurich.

Elsewhere

Didier Drogba has malaria. Wesley Sneijder has anemia. Manchester United have a virus.

Gay rights organizations in Croatia are planning to sue the country’s football federation president and lodge a complaint with UEFA after he said he would not allow a gay player on the national team. When asked if he had ever encountered a gay player, he replied, “No. Fortunately, only healthy people play football.” Asshole.

Robert “Le Snub” Pires is now linked with Thai Premier League champions Muangthong United.

Top Swiss sides FC Basel and FC Luzern met on Sunday. Unfortunately, a major tennis tournament was also taking place. Fans were not pleased about having to decide which event to watch.

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Today’s Footy on the Telly™

2:30pm: Chelsea v Fulham (FSC)
2:45pm: Wigan v Liverpool (FSP)
2:45pm: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Arsenal (ESPN3)
2:55pm: Manchester City v Manchester United (ESPN2)

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