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News roundup: Baird wins RoY, USL Cup set, U-20’s romp, more

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Hey, it’s Election Day — so VOTE! Apathy is bad! Empathy is good! Vote like your life depends on it because, for many people, it actually does. Now onto the soccer.

Philadelphia Union

The Union Academy squads all handled Red Bulls vaunted youth setup over the weekend.


West Chester University’s men’s and women’s teams both earn #2 seeds in the NCAA Division II tourney.

Meanwhile, Rutgers – Camden, Neumann University, and Wesley College all made the ECAC tournament.

Picks and previews of all 40 New Jersey high school women’s soccer semifinals.


Corey Baird snags MLS Rookie of the Year honors from Mark McKenzie.

Who should be worried going into the second leg of the Conference Semifinals or, as we like to call it around here, why Red Bulls should be worried.

The implications of some ballot measures today on MLS expansion. Phoenix Rising is one team with an eye on California’s votes.

MLS Panic Rankings at The Athletic.

Who will stick around in Cinci as they move up to MLS? Apparently Union legend Corben Bone is a lock.

Zlatan says the Premier League is overrated (Amen). And reports say Zlatan could go back to AC Milan (boo).


Phoenix Rising and Louisville City meet on Thursday to decide the USL Cup.

Should be a really great game, with Didier Drogba and Rising trying to deny the favorite Louisville from hoisting the cup two years in a row.

No Bethlehem Steel players make USL’s teams of the year.

U.S. Soccer

Mark McKenzie and Matt Real (wearing the armband) went the full 90 in the U.S. U-20 MNT’s 5-1 drubbing of Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup qualifying. Anthony Fontana stayed on the bench. At least one U.S. team can get the job done against the Soca Warriors…

More on the goal-fest here.


  1. Matt Real captaining makes me happy. I thought he looked good in preseason, but was hesitant once he was starting real games. This confidence boost will do him well going into next season – I really want to see him out there for Opening Day.

  2. The U-20s are a good look for our academy. Gotta love having 2 lock starters (including the captain) and another guy starting some (most?) games.

  3. John O'Donnell Jr says:

    Vote like your life depends on it because, for many people, it actually does.

    Please remember, “if you’ve gone too far left or too far right, you have gone just to far”.

    Richard Jani

  4. Credit to New Jersey for recognizing the need to separate public and private school in sports competition. Meanwhile here in Pennsylvania…..

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