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Players Union moves to dismiss Nowak lawsuit, Cubo is a Dynamo, fun with emojis, more

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Philadelphia Union

Philly.com’s Jonathan Tannenwald tweeted on Wednesday morning,

Presumably, further details are forthcoming. In the meanwhile, look at the conversation on Twitter between Tannenwald and PSP contributor Steve Holroyd, who just happens to be a very well respected labor attorney, for more context.

Soccer America rounds up its MLS positional rankings for 2014. Sebastien Le Toux came in at No. 2 for right midfielders, Cristian Maidana at No. 8 for attacking midfielders, Maurice Edu at No. 10 for central midfielders, Amobi Okugo (sigh) at No. 8 for defensive midfielders, and Sheanon Williams at No. 9 for right fullbacks.


From NBC10: “A 42-year-old suburban mother of three is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old soccer player.” Talk amongst yourselves.


It’s official: Erick “Cubo” Torres has joined Houston Dynamo as a Designated Player on what is reportedly a five year deal. The announcement on the Dynamo website notes, “As part of the transfer agreement, Torres will spend up to six months on loan with Chivas de Guadalajara for the 2015 Liga MX Torneo Clausura, which begins Jan. 9.”

MLSsoccer.com reports, “Following the expiration of his loan deal at the end of the 2014 season, MLS came to an agreement to acquire Torres on a permanent basis from Chivas Guadalajara. The league then approached all 20 MLS clubs with the financial terms and the Dynamo were the only team interested in Torres that was also ready to meet the transfer arrangements and player salary.” Why only one taker? Probably because Torres cost, according to reports, somewhere between $7 million and $7.5 million. More from Houston Chronicle (1), Dynamo Theory, Orange in the Oven, MLSsoccer.com, ESPN, Fox SportsSoccer America, and ProSoccerTalk.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful the Frank Lampard situation will be resolved in the next few days. More from ESPN.

How close was NYCFC to signing Barcelona’s Xavi Hernandez over the summer. The Barcelona midfielder says he had “the suitcase packed to head to New York.” More from the Guardian and Empire of Soccer.

Sporting Kansas City has signed Tim Melia, a League Pool Goalkeeper who was last on the books at Chivas USA.

It’s official: Ali Curtis is the new Sporting Director of New York Red Bulls.

The NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks have named former Colorado Rapids head coach Gary Smith as the team’s new head coach.

Think Progress on the DC United stadium deal.

A blog post at Minneapolis Star Tribune says the Minnesota United plan to secure a MLS franchise may be a secret but is plain to see.

Former Hibernian goalkeeper Sean Murdoch is training with NYCFC. He’s also dancing and proposing and such.

Leaked 2015 USA away kitUS

CONCACAF has announced its year-end awards. Abby Wambach was named Female Player of the Year, Tim Howard was named Goalkeeper of the Year, and Mark Geiger (cough) was named Referee of the Year.

Soccer America has some takeaways for the USWNT following the International Tournament of Brasilia.

How to set US Soccer fans into a tizzy on Twitter? Set up an account that claims to be the official account of Gedion Zelalem and then tweet an emoji of a US flag. Works every time. More from ProSoccerTalk.

Footy Headlines has released a leaked image that purports to be the 2015 USA away kit. It’s terrible. Just terrible. Like 90s-era terrible.

The Wall Street Journal on NFL players who played soccer. It isn’t exactly the angle of the article, but is anyone else tired of these “What if” storylines?


ESPN on the uncertain future of Brazil’s World Cup stadiums.

Here’s our post from 2010 on the Truce.

Boring James Milner. He’s a good sport.


  1. dan c (formerly of 103) says:

    I like the jersey, but then again I grew up in the 90’s!

    • OneManWolfpack says:

      Ha so did I… I also believe that site was correct when it revealed the red & white stripe USMNT jerseys early, so I’m thinking it’s accurate.
      Happy Holidays to everyone who writes, runs, and comments on this fabulous site!!! Let’s hope 2015 is a good one for our Union!!

  2. Everytime I see Peter Nowak I check my back pocket. Would he be considered shady, shifty or all the above?

  3. If he was an 18 year old soccer player having sex with a mother of 42 I’d say way to go dude. privately of course so as not to ostracize myself from the group.

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