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News roundup: Making noise, Jones at WCQs, Ocean City comeback, and a big de-Pugh

Photo courtesy: Ocean City Nor’easters

Philadelphia Union

Are the Union hitting their stride in time to make the playoffs? Technical director Chris Albright weighs in (video) at the CSN Philly studios.

John Smallwood says the Union are poised to make some noise in the league.

Derrick Jones’s first-half entrance for injured Gedion Zalalem changed the course of the game for the U.S. U-20’s in their 3-3 draw with Ecuador.

The Armchair Analyst compares Union fandom to Sartre. Sounds about right.

Even The Metro takes notice of the Union’s form.

Major League Soccer

Once an academy player alongside Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheeks, Mo Adams is following Dom Dwyer and Jack Harrison’s footsteps to the NCAA and, hopefully, MLS. A solid read on a rising trend.

Soccer America’s and ESPN’s weekly power rankings (Union at 12th and 11th, respectively).

From the Guardian: standing fan sections rule MLS.

Seven takeaways from Week 12 and 10 things we learned.

The three most improved teams from 2016.


Harrisburg City Islanders add former Portuguese international Rodolfo Correia to the coaching staff.

Eastern Conference power rankings.

League attendance eclipses 500k – a 30% increase from 2016.


Ocean City Nor’easters made a frankly ridiculous comeback over the weekend. Down 2-0 in the 85th minute, the Nor’easters went nuts and scored three goals in the next five minutes to earn all three points.


Your Week Six roundup.

Sydney Leroux returns to the field for FC Kansas City after the birth of her child.

In the same match – a 1-0 victory for FCKC – Mallory Pugh (the USWNT’s Pugh-lisic – so many puns!) made her professional debut.




  2. I missed a key phrase when I read that Rodolfo Correia joined HCI. Nearly had a stroke before I looked again and saw “to the coaching staff.” Whew.

  3. el Pachyderm says:

    I think Tab Ramos was sniffing glue or huffing when he considered putting Gideon zalelm in a holding type role.
    Only explanation I can think of.
    Jones did slow the game down for team USA yesterday and brought needed control and decision making. Nice to see. I’d like to see more availibity up the field in possession… seemed to me he was marking a man in case of a turnover instead of finding pockets of space to distribute or be available.

  4. pragmatist says:

    From the Mo Adams story:
    “That is definitely something that motivates me,” Adams said. “Seeing the likes of Dom and Jack [Harrison, the New York City FC winger] come out here and achieve something, it helps me realise there are different paths to the professional game.”
    In our ongoing debates about Academies versus college, this is the bottom line: “there are different paths to the professional game.”
    Summed up well. Not everyone fits into a single path. Good luck, Mo.

  5. pragmatist says:

    Just saw a fun alert come through:
    Who wants Joey Barton? This city would LOVE him!
    (Ok, probably not worth everything else, but damn would he be fun!)

  6. Roger Allaway says:

    Sydney Leroux returns to the field for FC Kansas City after the birth of her child. This is news? She did it more than a month ago.

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