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News roundup: the 2019 season begins tomorrow, last minute Steel signings and lots of MLS Cup predictions

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Union

Tomorrow’s the day! The Union’s first match of the 2019 season against Toronto FC is tomorrow at 1pm at home.

The condensed version of yesterday’s 2019 season opening press conference.

If you’ve ever wondered why Ernst Tanner joined the Union, here’s his explanation on why he left one of European soccer’s most interesting jobs to come to Philadelphia.

Curtin presented the Union’s 10th season “Inspired Kits” to the Eagles players at the SheBelieves Cup match against Japan on Wednesday night.

Here’s everything you didn’t want to know about food deals and other Union merch at Talen Energy Stadium, but there are pizza cones now and that’s definitely important to know.

Steel

Despite three losses during a preseason road trip, the Steel are talking about the positives.

In another late move, the Steel signed Walter Cortes yesterday. Note that Burke said “we are excited for him to challenge the core of first-team left backs in the coming months.” Cortes is the 11th player on the Steel’s 2019 roster.

MLS

CCL match results yesterday:

  • Atlanta 4-0 Herediano
  • Toluca 0-2 Sporting KC

The top 5 most improved clubs in the league have been ranked.

Everyone from MLSsoccer.com shared their predictions on which club will win the 2019 MLS Cup. Spoilers, nobody picked the Union and most of them picked Atlanta.

The MLS’ podcast, Extratime discusses which match is a must watch this weekend and MLS Cup winners, including which club is this year’s Leicester City.

And the British panel of writers at The Guardian made some predictions about the 2019 MLS season too. Spoilers, nobody talks about the Union, excepct that they all think the Union will make it to the eastern conference playoffs.

Here are the top 20 preseason signings in the MLS. Marco Fabian is ranked third.

Zlatan announced on national television that he’s going to break Josef Martinez’s single-season goal record this year.

US

Seems like it’s not just Germany and the US who can win the Women’s World Cup anymore.

What the USWNT can take from their disappointing start to the SheBelieves Cup.

World

Olivia Moultrie, a 13-year-old girl was the youngest girl’s soccer player to publicly accept a college scholarship at age 11, and is now the youngest to turn down a scholarship to go pro after signing with Nike.

Man City signed a 10 year kit deal with Puma to replace Nike worth £65m per season.

The hater’s guide to soccer rivalries around the world, which kicks off tomorrow.

Barcelona’s left back, Jordi Alba agrees to a contract extension through 2024.

2 Comments

  1. A. I saw the exchange you had with Tim the other day about the Steel. It led me to Tasey’s twitter feed. I found two comments from Curtin further down that gave me hope and depressed me a bit. Just wanted to say thanks for that link.
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    Here were the quotes:
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    “The diamond four that we played against D.C. is as talented as any midfield in our league when you talk about Haris, Bedoya, Ilsinho, and Marco.”
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    “You have Cravalle and Jones to be more of the ball winners and break things up. We got to that maybe on the road a bit more.”
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    The hope comes from the second quote and the depression from the first one. I hope the second one isn’t only limited to away games and am depressed with the first one as it doesn’t provide enough defense or young legs IMO. We shall see.

  2. That hater’s guide is pretty fun. I think the one missed, and I get why, is Liverpool – Man. United. A Guardian writer earlier this week (I can’t recall who) said it really is/should be the Old Firm Derby of the Premier League. United has claimed the top tier title 20 times. Liverpool 18. Next best is Arsenal with 13.

    That said, last weekend’s match didn’t really live up to that history… And come the next Manchester Derby, I’ll be rooting for United.

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