Daily news roundups

News roundup: Strike force, expected goals, WCQ call-ups, more

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Philadelphia Union

Happy snow (ice?) day, everyone.

What we learned from Saturday’s draw.

The strike force cometh.

Fabian Herbers moves up the Union’s all-time assist leaderboard.

Kevin Kinkead’s player ratings from Week 2.


A cool look at what scorelines miss – and expected goals can tell us – from Week 2. The Union, it should be noted, had the fifth-highest xG.

Power rankings! Soccer America, ESPN FC, Once A Metro.

SBI’s Week 2 breakdown.

MLS’ team of the week. (There’s a lot of black and red.)

Meet the investor behind St. Louis’ MLS bid.

The ever-melodramatic Simon Borg’s weekly review of controversial calls. Of course, the Union’s match features heavily.


CONCACAF Champions League action continues tonight with Vancouver visiting Mexican power Tigres UANL.

Amidst the Dynamo’s hot start, three players have been called up for Honduras’ March 24 World Cup qualifier versus the US. The USMNT has yet to release their roster.


  1. I love that a player’s 8th career assist is celebrated. He’s headed for the rarefied air of Marfan territory.

  2. Is there anyone on Minnesota worth getting in exchange for Gaddis?

  3. Also LA made a video celebrating Portland’s “skills”

  4. Pragmatist says:

    Who wants a flashback? I just had this lineup appear on my Timehop from 2 years ago:
    LINEUP: Mbolhi; Gaddis, Vitoria, White, Williams; Edu, Nogueira; Wenger, Maidana, Le Toux; Aristeguieta.
    How far we have come. Only 2 are even on the roster.

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