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News Roundup: Union win, as do Steel, Orlando City gets disciplined, and Griezmann to Barcelona

Photo by Earl Gardner

Philadelphia Union

The Union won, beating RSL for the first time ever with a convincing score of 4-1.

Local, Utah, and national coverage of the game.

Rubilio Castillo rumors are back.

If you read between the sections clearly lifted from a press release, the real headline here might be that the Union are in business with 76ers minority owner Michael Rubin.


Bethlehem Steel FC traveled to Indianapolis to beat the Eleven 2-1.

Prosper Chiluya with the long-range goal that set Steel up for their first win-streak of the season.

Local, Indy, and national coverage of the game.

Reading United beat Evergreen FC.


In an effort to #SaveTheCrew, local fans have begun circulating a petition promising to buy 2019 season tickets if local owners are found that allow the team to stay in Ohio.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee came down hard on Orlando City, issuing fines to Will Johnson for simulation and Lamine Sané for instigating a mass confrontation.

I’m not trying to judge but why is that man’s tattoo on fire? The article below the picture, which goes into the unique culture Atlanta United have created, is worth a read even if it isn’t groundbreaking.

Now it looks like maybe Wayne Rooney won’t be coming to DC United. Which apparently wouldn’t be good news for Everton.

The Timbers continue their admirable tradition of doing cool stuff for kids in need of medical treatment.

Ryan Meara started in goal for the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, meaning Luis Robles missed a start for the first time since 2012. The record for consecutive starts in MLS is now 183.

New acronym incoming.

Patrick Viera to Nice?

US Soccer

Counting chickens before they hatch is bad. But counting chickens after you broke the eggs and cooked them into an omelette is just stupid.

Alex Morgan isn’t done yet.

Dave Sarachan is going with a youth-focused squad for the USMNT match vs Bolivia.

CCV is staying with Spurs.

Alfredo Morales will be playing in the Bundesliga with newly-promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf.

Get a better understanding of the multiple, competing, women’s development leagues trying to build the next generation of USWNT stars.


Parma have been promoted for the third year in a row and will play in Serie A next season.

Germany may be the headline, but the interesting part of this “10000 simulations predict the World Cup” article is Italy’s 1.6% chance of winning despite missing the tournament.

Antoine Griezmann becomes the latest big-budget signing in Barcelona, strengthening the side but killing the “built not bought” argument against Real Madrid.

Jamie Vardy rumored to replace Griezmann at Atletico.

Hey Chelsea won somethingWow.

I have to imagine this doesn’t make Claudio Bravo feel particularly important.


  1. “If you read between the sections clearly lifted from a press release, the real headline here might be that the Union are in business with 76ers minority owner Michael Rubin.”




    • IT’S HAPPENING !!!!

    • It’s a bit of a stretch. Like the size of a stretch limo. Keep dreaming.

      • I hate to be a downer on this one, because we all know that we need another investor, but…
        Fanatics is taking over all of MLS’ gear sales. They already run MLS Shop, so it’s not surprising they are moving into all the stadiums as well.
        But hey, who knows what happens the next time Rubin is in town and wants to check out how the new store looks…

    • John P. O'Donnell Jr says:

      I have a conspiracy theory that MLS is moving toward some sort of compensation for solidarity payments. Maybe allowing teams to start a second team in the new USL3 starting next year. Which is where the Sixers come in.

      “The complex is a joint venture of the Buccini/Pollin Group and the National Basketball Association’s Philadelphia 76ers, who will move their Gatorade League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers, to the new facility. They hope to break ground in early 2018 and open in late 2018”.

      This line caught my attention when I read this article back in November.


      Next was MLS owner’s complaining about losing players from their academy with no return.

      USL could end letting academy players play in USL and shift them to USL3. Basically creating a minor league system that could raise the level of play for USL.

  2. Every time new fake funds are created in MLS I get a little excited, Bc if our owners aren’t footing the bill then they may spend some money. Then I remember that other teams can use this same money and will most likely use all of it and get players that the Union won’t…..
    Someone please buy us.
    Also, has there been any idea of a timeline on when the turnover in US soccer will begin in terms of a coach and possibly a GM type role? When would we want that to happen?

    • Re US Soccer coach

      I’ve heard it bandied about that it will probably happen after the world cup. That’s when a lot of working national team coaches suddenly become available for new opportunities. Or want to spend less time with their families.

    • I am somewhat surprised they haven’t filled the GM role by now. It sounds like that role only has one thing to do, and that’s to hire a coach, so why have we not hired that guy yet?

  3. Ever since Adam Cann joined the Union they started playing better and winning. Coincidence?! Don’t think so!

  4. I love the idea of Vardy and Costa up top at Atletico. That might make me a La Liga regular.

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