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News roundup: Union roll, Brujo brouhaha, MLS diversity, USWNT camp, more

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Philadelphia Union

The Union overcame a sluggish start to beat FC Cincinnati 3-0 at home. It was a good win (and nice to see Haris back in Philly), but fans should keep in mind Cinci is on their way to the worst goal scoring record in MLS history.

So…apparently FIFA forced the Union’s hand to send Jose Martinez to Venezuela for his national team call-up. Hopefully this won’t sour relations between El Brujo’s club and home federation.

The boys in blue will also be the first professional team in Philadelphia to allow fans back in stadiums since March.


Another busy Wednesday in MLS has made it clear it’s a two-horse race in the Western Conference.

The real eye-popping scoreline was Portland’s 6-3 thrashing of the hapless LA Galaxy.

MLS must continue to push for diversity. Great piece.


The women’s national team will be back together on the field in just a few weeks.

Must read: Crystal Dunn’s journey of adaptation and world-class success.


  1. Andy Muenz says:

    Ale is up for Goal of the “Week”. I’m guessing the voting will end before it makes it into the recap on PSP tomorrow.
    Curtin’s subs didn’t do too badly as Ilsinho made Team of the “Week” and Elliott is on the bench.

  2. i watched that Portland-LA match. valeri’s goal equaled or surpassed Ale, but i voted for the homer. LA’s Araujo low shot from distance was sweet too.

  3. For purposes of comparing statistics, remember that 2020 will be a 23-game regular season as opposed to a 34-game one.

  4. Worth keeping in mind that the Union already have 8 of 8 international roster spots filled.
    So if Cory Burke is physically in Philly and passes his tests and serves his quarantine, and does not have a green card, Ernst Tanner has to find another international slot for him.
    The length of his quarantine will be important, but so will his immigration status.
    Only then do we start to focus on his readiness to play.

  5. Andy Muenz says:

    Looks like Curtin is now either 2nd or 3rd currently tenured manager in MLS (depending on whether you count the time he was interim coach). Ben Olson is out in DC.

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