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News roundup: Jim Curtin signs contract extension, “The Octagonal” lineup set

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Philadelphia Union

The Union announced Wednesday that the club has signed head coach Jim Curtin to a multiyear contract extension.

The Inquirer’s Jonathan Tannenwald reported yesterday that Union midfielder Daniel Gazdag has withdrawn from Hungary’s Euro squad due to a minor knee injury

Off the field, the Union’s partnership with Subaru of America, which aims to make Subaru Park the first ‘zero landfill’ stadium in Major League Soccer, is drawing criticism from some local Chester residents.


MLSsoccer.com’s Tom Bogert gives 5 MLS teams to watch in the summer transfer market.

Inter Miami forward Gonzalo Higuain on coming to MLS:“I thought I would come here and play with a cigarette in my mouth.”

Houston Texans running back Mark Ingram has joined the ownership group at D.C United.


The teams competing in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, known as “The Octagonal,” are now set. (You might remember it as “The Hexagonal,” but the number of competitors has increased from six to eight this year.” You can check out the complete schedule of matches here.

MLSsoccer.com’s Peter Galindo provides three takeaways from Canada’s 3-0 win over Haiti.


Italy are the first team to book their place in the knock-out stage with an impressive 3-0 win over Switzerland.

Wales all but secured their progression to the knock-out stage with an historic 2-0 win over Turkey.

A Greenpeace protester’s parachuting into Allianz Arena ahead of the France-Germany match didn’t go quite as planned, injuring himself and others.


  1. Forza Italia! Love this tournament so far. Watching Denmark boss Belgium right now. Phenomenal for a team that suffered that trauma on Saturday. Can’t help but pull for them.

    Think Jim deserved the extension for sure. Glad for him.

    • Ink hadn’t dried on that comment before Lukaku to DeBruyne to Hazard for a helluva goal.

      • el Pachyderm says:

        Belgium put them in a brazilian gogoplata and choked them out.
        I mentioned to a friend… the Italians 29 consecutive matches without a loss and the French 30 consecutive matches without a loss…
        … are on an immovable object meeting the irresistible force trajectory I think.

  2. Andy Muenz says:

    In addition to Jose Martinez, former Union striker Fernando Aristeguieta is starting for Venezuela and wearing the captain’s armband. (He also played 77minutes Sunday against Brazil.)

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