Daily news roundups

News roundup: Sounders reach MLS West final, Greg Vanney leaves Toronto, USWNT partially settle lawsuit

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Philadelphia Union

Former Union-er Amobi Okugo made Forbes’ 30 Under 30. Totally forgot he turned pro at age 18.


Seattle Sounders edged FC Dallas, 1-0, to reach the Western Conference Final for the fourth time in five years.

Greg Vanney stepped down as coach of Toronto FC.

LAFC picked up Carlos Vela’s option, but declined five others, including Bradley Wright-Phillips.

Sporting KC keeper Tim Melia didn’t reveal much about his penalty shootout secrets to ESPN, but  Brad Friedel and Nick Rimando did.


The Washington Spirit acquired USWNT’s Kelley O’Hara in a trade with Utah Royals, reports The Washington Post.

The 2021 draft will take place on Jan. 13 and be livestreamed exclusively on their Twitch channel.

U.S. Soccer

USWNT players and U.S. Soccer reached an agreement on venues for games, charter flights, hotels, and support staff behind the scenes. No deal on equal pay yet.

Former USWNT defender Rachel Buehler Van Hollebeke is now an ICU doctor, battling Covid.

Around the globe

With Brexit comes changes to which players English clubs can sign and a work permit point system to go along with all of it.

The Premier League hasn’t had to postpone or cancel a match because of coronavirus just yet, but an outbreak at Newcastle may change that.

The FA’s director of the women’s professional game, Kelly Simmons, was honored on Tuesday and predicts an even brighter future.

Stephanie Frappart will be the first woman to referee a men’s Champions League match.

Highlight of the day



  1. What is Montreal thinking? The story suggests team officials think the name change will help distance the team from recent poor performances…. What? Mind boggling.

    • “We’ve decided to rename *bad thing* so that it will not longer be a bad thing. We’ve renamed it *good thing* so now it will be a good thing.”

  2. Union Hulk is hands down a top 3 all time Twitter follow.
    Montreal is making an absolutely ridiculous name change. Just awful. Boring and bland.

  3. Looks like there should be some actual Union news in tomorrow’s update as Corey Burke got a 2 year extension with a club option for a 3rd year. Hopefully he won’t have Visa issues.
    They also exercised 2021 options on Blake, Fontana, Real, Ilsinho, Gaddis, Mbaizo, and Wagner. Bendik and Collin are free agents but the Union are negotiating with both. The options were declined for Creavalle, Ngalina, and Wooten.

    • Union Academic says:


      Not WOOTEN!!!!

      He was my favorite striker who scored all of those goals for us — waitaminit

      Who was Wooten again?

      Oh yeah, he will be the union striker’s who’s only credit will be letting a goal not happen… I mean it was a heck of a save… and it will be noted in the “fun facts” section of the uni-cyclopedia right next to Corben Bone’s fastest red card ever, but not sure he was worth the money or effort.

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