News roundup: Union set for USOC semifinal, D.C. United get new ownership, more

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Philadelphia Union

The Union face Chicago at Talen this evening for their U.S. Open Cup semi-final match.

This won’t be the Union’s first Open Cup semifinal appearance – not by a long shot. Here’s a look back at their past semis.


In addition to being named PSP’s Player of the Week for his two-assist standout performance against Richmond Kickers, Olivier Mbaizo was named to the USL Team of the Week.

Speaking of Steel, Bethlehem also has a match this evening against Charlotte Independence.

ICYMI: Week 1 winners and losers from the Philadelphia Unity Cup. Match results here.


D.C. United have new ownership, including American stakeholders in Swansea City.

Columbus Crew have received an offer from Blackburn for Wil Trapp.

Around the globe

An American billionaire and owner of the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Rams bought the majority stake of Arsenal.


  1. Twitter chatter that Minn. United are interested in Jones but Union are not looking to deal.

    • That would have been great before they dealt Ramirez (who I’m not sure will have a great role in a very crowded group of LAFC attackers).

    • Honestly, seeing as Medunjanin was resigned and bedoya is going nowhere, I don’t think I’d have a problem with this. I’d like Jones to stay but the team doesn’t seem to value him.

  2. So the Union are set to hire a Sporting Director from RB Salzburg according to a story at The Athletic. Ernst Tanner is his name. I wonder about the wisdom of going with another director whose focus has been in Europe. Best value or MLS seems to really be South America. Just wondering out loud at this point. …

  3. John O'Donnell says:

    We’re trying to be Red Bull without signing any DP’s of quality. Meh

    For all those people who want Curtin gone, I don’t think this hiring points to that direction.

  4. OneManWolfpack says:

    I like the idea of the hiring. I would’ve been happier with Curtis, but it just shows this team is not spending any real money anytime soon. Which obviously SUCKS. I mean Tanner seems to have a pedigree and connections, so that’s solid, but an experienced MLS guy would’ve been better. Sugarman isn’t spending any money anyway, so whatever. Stay the course till he sells, I guess.

  5. Dan c(formerly of 103) says:

    Maybe he’s not being brought in to find players. He’s an established youth director for a European selling team. Maybe he’s being brought in to sell the homegrown……

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