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The Philadelphia Independence drafted six players in Friday’s WPS draft, with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee forward Sarah Hagen being the top pick. The big question is whether they’ll get her to move over from Bayern Munich, where she’s under contract.

The Independence then took UC-Irvine defender CoCo Goodson and Florida State defender Toni Pressley in the second round, Santa Clara goalkeeper Bianca Henninger and Portland forward Danielle Foxhoven in the third, and Maryland forward Jasmyne Spencer in the fourth round.

Here’s coverage from:

All White Kit has the best coverage, with a pick by pick analysis of the draft, so check there for the most detailed look.

On the men’s side of the ledger, the Union web site has in-depth features on newly drafted right back Raymon Gaddis and center midfielder Greg Jordan.

Brian Ching finally has something more to say about the whole Montreal fiasco. “I see it as a cat and mouse game that I’m caught in the middle of,” Ching told MLSSoccer.com. Good interview, worth checking out.

No trades in MLS after the draft either. Disappointing. Nothing to link to there. So on to other things.

Jermaine Jones is suspended for eight weeks, so he’s going to spend some of it in Camp Cupcake with the U.S. National Team.

Zonal Marking has an interesting look at Freddy Adu’s potential future club, Rayo Vallecano, laying out how the Spanish side intercepts more passes than any club in the top European leagues.

Darron Gibson decided he finally wants to play soccer, so he’s moving to Everton on a transfer from Manchester United. Apparently, Wayne Rooney sold him on the move there.

Alexandre Pato became the latest big name to turn down Paris St. Germain.

Former Chelsea coach Avram Grant will coach in Belgrade, of all places.

Could Sepp Blatter get forced out of FIFA leadership this year? One can hope.

There’s an interesting debate in German soccer about how young is too young for players to be treated like professionals.

U.S. international Brad Guzan may have won the starting goalkeeper job at Aston Villa, at the expense of the injured Shay Given.

Here’s a shocker: Brazil may not finish the stadiums in time for the 2014 World Cup. 

Here’s a funny piece on Manchester United and how one player’s head is too firmly fixed up his rear.

This one’s for you, Adam.


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