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News roundup: Cincinnati’s expansion draft, MLS Cup trophy likes to party, Zack Steffen transfer official

Photo: Donna Tinneny Persico

Philadelphia Union

FC Cincinnati’s expansion draft was yesterday. No Union players were picked. Not sure what to make of that.

The Union’s 17-man roster at the moment:
Goalkeepers (1): Andre Blake.
Defenders (6): Jack Elliott, Olivier Mbaizo, Mark McKenzie, Matt Real, Keegan Rosenberry, Auston Trusty.
Midfielders (8): Brenden Aaronson, David Accam, Alejandro Bedoya, Ilsinho, Anthony Fontana, Derrick Jones, Haris Medunjanin, Fafa Picault.
Forwards (2): Cory Burke, CJ Sapong.

The Union added JisForJeff as its second eMLS competitor.

Apparently, kits news is dropping this morning.


U.S. Soccer Federation’s Ryan Mooney is leaving to join a new project run by Union co-owner Richie Graham.

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has vacated the Wilson boys soccer team’s state championship due to the use of an over-age player.

Former Lone Star FC defender Joseph Aidoo has signed a two-year contract with FC Llapi of the IPKO Superleague of Kosovo.

The Bucks County Courier Times named Holy Ghost Prep’s Nkosi Graham as its Player of the Year.

The Lehigh Valley SoccerFest is returning for the Women’s World Cup in June.


Joe Tansey broke down Cincinnati’s moves yesterday in the draft, but if you want to cut to the quick:

Speaking of the draft, here’s how the MLS teams stand now.

Zack Steffen‘s transfer from the Columbus Crew to Manchester City is official now, though it won’t go down until July. But some believe he’ll never play for Pep.

Atlanta sure like to party. Their MLS Cup trophy wound up at a strip club on Monday. Guess they were still celebrating that Saturday night’s broadcast almost averaged 2 million viewers.

Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson says he’s leaving Twitter. To quote Moe the bartender when Homer Simpson stopped drinking, “You’ll be back.”

Wayne Rooney visited the White House . . . interesting that Barron Trump has played for D.C.’s youth team.

U.S. Soccer

Stu Holden on Gregg Berhalter and his brother Jay’s influence at U.S. Soccer.

ICYMI: the U-20 Women’s National Team beat China, 1-0, in Nike Friendlies.

Wait, there’s a National Soccer Hall of Fame? I’m off to Frisco!

Around the globe

Tottenham, Liverpool, and PSG advanced in the Champions League.

Josh Sargent‘s coach at Bremen believes people should have realistic expectations of the 18-year-old.

Christine Sinclair has been named Canadian women’s soccer player of the year for the 14th time in her career.

Highlight of the day



  1. el Pachyderm says:

    is it me or is the second Union eMLS Competitor’s name totally inappropriate?
    in more pressing matters…. of all the clubs ZSteffen could play for where he’d be the man and get untold opportunity to develop into a world class talent, why ‘choose’ the team with a world class goalkeeper in front of you.
    …over my head.

    • That was my first thought with the new e-Player. Maybe that says more about us… ha.

    • J is for Jeff is in appropriate? Maybe you both need to get your heads out of the gutter (bit tongue and cheek here). It honestly didn’t strike me as anything until I read your comments. Mostly because I find the e-sports part of the Union irrelevant and quickly scanned over the new guy’s name.

    • “is it me or is the Union eMLS totally inappropriate?”

      fixed it for you…

  2. So after a few trades and the expansion draft, FCC’s striker pairing of Adi and Mattocks is already far more dangerous than anything we have to offer

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