Daily news roundups

Area teams in USOC 2nd round play, Ruiz wants out of DC, Wembley spoilsports, more

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Philadelphia Union

At the Union website, Andy Jasner looks at the growth of Zac MacMath.

The Inside Doop has three observations from last week’s games and three observations looking ahead to Saturday’s game in Montreal. Two observations that stand out: Given Bakary Soumare’s strong play, and the real possibility that Jeff Parke and/or Amobi Okugo could get a Gold Cup call-up, is it safe to assume that Sourmare is no longer being shopped? And the matchup between Jack McInerney (league-leading goal scorer) and Montreal Impact striker Marco Di Vaio (tied for second place) could be interesting.

Power rankings! At Soccer America, the Union move up one spot to No. 7. At ESPN, the Union remain at No. 11.

Local

US Open Cup play continues today for three area teams. Reading United, who last week defeated LVU Sonic 2-0, host fellow Union affiliate Harrisburg City Islanders  for a 7pm kickoff at Exeter High School’s Don Thomas Stadium ($5 presale, $7 walk-up). The winner will face New York at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday, May 29 at 7:30pm.

At the Patriot Times, Michael Bullock reports that Harrisburg is not taking Reading lightly.

Ocean City Nor’easters defeated New York Red Bulls U-23s 2-0 and now host Pittsburgh Riverhounds with a 7:30pm kickoff tonight at Carey Stadium in Ocean City ($10 at the gate, U-16 and under free). If Ocean City wins, the Union will host the Nor’easters in the third round on May 28 at 7pm. Should Pittsburgh win, the Union will travel to face the Riverhounds at Highmark Stadium.

The Atlantic City Press has more on tonight’s battle down at the shore.

MLSsoccer.com notes that Cristhian Hernandez used his 80 minutes for Harrisburg to cause “havoc for the Orlando backline” in Friday’s 2-2 draw.

MLS

Carlos Ruiz wants out of DC: “Never in my career I had lived the experience I lived in DC” (original, crappy translation). Who can blame him?

Eddie Johnson has been named MLS Player of the Week.

Which MLS manager is in the most trouble in the job security department? ProSoccerTalk considers.

The Guardian takes five lessons from Week 12.

MLS and Microsoft have partnered on a new Windows 8 powered app or something, buzz, buzz, zip, zip, technology, blah, blah, blah.

Titus Bramble to MLS?

Real Salt Lake has no comment on pending litigation alleging financial mismanagement involving the founding partners of its shirt sponsor, Xango.

Orlando City club officials have been meeting with Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs in an effort to keep the proposed new stadium plans on track after the state failed to vote on a subsidy package to help fund the stadium.

Orlando City investor Flávio Augusto da Silva said he could increase his stake to help finance the stadium and additional outside investors could be found.

Fairness Coalition of Queens will be holding a press conference on Wednesday morning on “the complexity of approvals for a proposed corporate sports stadium” that MLS wants at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens.

NWSL

At ProSoccerTalk, Richard Farley recaps last week’s games.

US

At Goal.com, Avi Creditor examines Jurgen Klinsmann’s roster selection process.

Tab Ramos has released his 22-player U-20 roster for the Toulon Tournament in France, May 28-June 8. The U-21 Toulon Tournament will be the team’s last warmup before the U-20 World Cup in Turkey, June 21-July 13.

Ramos says John Anthony Brooks was left off of the roster because he couldn’t get his paperwork together in time for the FIFA dealine. Brooks, who plays for Hertha Berlin, said, “I would like to go, but I need a holiday to recover for the Bundesliga. I had just eight days last summer vacation. At some point, the body needs some rest. At this time, I’ll not go to Toulon.”

A goal from Conor O’Brien helped secure a Champions League return for Danish club FC Nordsjælland.

MLSsoccer.com has an American’s Abroad Team of the Season.

Elsewhere

The suits at Wembley and UEFA are a bunch of spoilsports.

Real Madrid have confirmed that Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season by mutual consent. Hello Chelsea!

Jonathan Wilson says the era of the super club has begun with domestic leagues becoming predictable and the Champions League being contested by just a handful of clubs.

Planning on attending a match in England some time soon? The New York Times has a guide.

The owners of the 18 teams in Mexico’s top flight have voted to prohibit one person or one company from owning more than one club.

Looks like Qatar may need to dial back some of its global soccer spending with a drop in the price of oil.

One Comment

  1. I love how the crappy translation calls Carlos Ruiz ‘Fishie’.

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