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Jack Mac on double digit goal: “Not a problem,” more news

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Philadelphia Union

Dave Zeitlin talks to Jack McInerney about his reaction,when told by John Hackworth in his end of season exit interview that the club expects him to score 10-15 goals in 2013. “When he first said it, I thought it would be higher,” McInerney said. “I had eight this year and only played in about half of the games—and I went seven straight games without scoring. So I think that’s not a problem.” Confident striker = a good thing.

McInerney says he believes the Union will go with a 4–4–2 next season and his preference for the kind of forward the Union should be looking for to partner with him is someone like Kenny Cooper, “Someone who’s big, good with his feet and who’s a team player who’s not going to make it all about himself.” McInerney would be happy if the Union acquired Cooper. “Yeah, why not? I think he’d be great.”

Zac MacMath is heading back to Philly today from his training stint with Everton. He tweeted this morning, “Huge thank you to @Everton for the amazing hospitality while training the last couple of weeks An unbelievable club with even greater people,” adding, “Also thank you to David Moyes, Chris Woods, and especially Tim Howard for the invaluable learning experience while @Everton #thankyou.”

Someone had some fun with Sebastien Le Toux’s Wikipedia page, which on Friday included this line: “A November 15, 2012 announcement confirmed that Le Toux will be rejoining his former club, Philadelphia Union for the 2013 MLS season,” as well as, “Le Toux was traded back to the Philadelphia Union at the end of the 2012 MLS season. He will start with his former club in 2013.” BigAppleSoccer.com reports, “A source close to the situation tells BigAppleSoccer.com that ‘There is no truth to that whatsoever.'” Whew, I thought I had missed something.

The Philadelphia Union and Harrisburg City Islanders will be holding an open tryout Dec. 18-19 at the In the Net Sports Complex in Palmyra, Pa. Click here for more information.

The Union have announced the new Summer Select training program for U9-U13 boys and girls. Click here for more information about the program and tryouts.

Union Dues assesses 2012’s roster moves.

Local

Several former Reading United players have been performing very well in the NCAA championship tournament:

  • A goal from Keegan Rosenberry powered third-seeded Georgetown to a 1–0 win over UNC Charlotte on Sunday to advance to a Sweet 16 match up against Syracuse next Sunday.
  • Pedro Ribeiro struck twice in Coastal Carolina’s first round 3–0 victory over Elon on Thursday. The Chanticleers then defeated Wake Forrest 2–1 with an overtime goal and will face Maryland in the third round.
  • Reading’s Dante Marini scored the lone goal in Northeastern’s 1–0 first round win over Boston College but his team fell 1–0 to No. 4 seed Connecticut on Sunday.
  • A header from Will Bates put Virginia past Lafayette for a 1–0 win on Thursday but the Caviliers would fall 3–1 to New Mexico in the second round.
  • Lucas Baldin scored in the penalty shootout that saw South Florida past Florida Gulf Coast, 5–3 but the Bulls would fall 1–0 to Tulsa in the second round.

You can view the complete tournament bracket here.

A post on the Union website counts nine players at six schools with Union academy connections in the opening field of schools in the tournament.

The Conwell Egan girls’ team fell 5–1 to Greensburg Central in the PIAA Class A championship. In the PIAA Class AA state final, Archbishop Wood lost 1–0 to Moon.

Brian Ombiji would score a hat trick, and Tyler Witmer would net a goal of his own, but it would not be enough as Harrisburg Heat fell 7–4 to Cincinnati Kings in the the Heat’s home opener of Professional Arena Soccer League play on Saturday.

MLS

For the second year in a row, the MLS Cup will feature LA Galaxy  against Houston Dynamo. Houston drew 1–1 with DC to win the Eastern Conference final 4–2 on aggregate. LA lost 2–1 in the second leg of the Western Conference final but advances 4–2 on the aggregate.

The housecleaning in Colorado includes the departure of Conor Casey.

Tim Cahill would like to return to Everton during the MLS offseason.

It looks like Giovanni Savarese will be named manager of the New York Cosmos.

US

Elsewhere

FIFA has confirmed it will investigate new corruption allegations over Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid.

Well, well, well, Snoop Dogg wants to buy into Celtic.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Had fun this weekend watching the live feeds of some NCAA games, such as VCU – Syracuse and Maryland- Brown. Was not aware of this feature before, but when a game is being played you can click on the bracket at the NCAA website and it takes you to the live feed (although sometimes it actually did not work and one had to go to the school’s main soccer website to get the video feed). Was fun hearing the pro-VCU and pro-Maryland commentators. Syracuse’s Nick Bibbs from Ardmore, PA looked awesome and helped Syracuse upsetting VCU.

  2. I would love to know what the Wiki-bomber would have listed as trade material for Le2.

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