Set Pieces: Union Stay Fit, US to Face SLV

UNION STAYING FIT, U.S. SET TO FACE SLOVENIA, MORE FROM THE WORLD CUP
With PPL Park set to open in just 10 days, Union players are spending the “break” staying fit. With 13 of Philadelphia’s 20 remaining MLS matches at home, there’s plenty of room for optimism. 

The Molly Cam captured the first time Founding Members were able to see PPL Park. Some fans are already beginning to recognize The Molly Cam, which will be out interacting with fans at every home game. 

The Union added another sponsorship partner, Anheuser-Busch, to a growing list ahead of PPL Park’s opening. 

Philadelphia Union is out and about during the World Cup and wants you to join in on the viewing party fun. 
 
Slovenia may be a small country, but their World Cup team is determined

Reporting from South Africa, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Kate Fagan weighs in on the host country and what the U.S. needs to do to beat Slovenia on Friday. 

Jokes about soccer in the U.S. have grown old, with the sport gaining more and more momentum domestically.
 
Philadelphia soccer fans have flexed their muscles in Goal of the Week and Save of the Week voting so far this year. Next challenges? Bringing the World Cup to Philadelphia in 2018/2022 and 2010 MLS All Star Voting

MLSsoccer.com continues their extensive World Cup coverage with a positional breakdown and preview of U.S.-Slovenia. And there’s more

U.S. head coach Bob Bradley pointed out two players in particular ahead of Friday’s matchup, Slovenia captain Robert Koren and 6-foot-3 striker Milivoje Novakovic. 

ESPN.com has a message for the Bradley and his World Cup squad: Beware of the Green Dragons.

Late U.S. World Cup roster additions Robbie Findley, Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez have become key players for Bradley’s side, something that few would’ve expected months ago. 

Slovenia smells blood against the U.S., approaching the match as a do-or-die despite currently leading Group C. 

What do the favorites in tomorrow’s U.S.-Slovenia match need to do to emerge victorious? Act like the favorites

According to the hotel staff at the Irene Country Lodge, where the U.S. is staying, there’s one star who towers above the rest.

Clint Dempsey’s goal celebrations are driven by more than just the emotions from the goals themselves.

Maradona rarely manages to stay out of the news, but recently he’s been far more lovable as Argentina’s head man.

Herculez Gomez and Jay DeMerit have taken unlikely paths to the World Cup.

Why exactly have World Cup ratings been so strong thus far? Time.com explores

SI.com sees Slovenia as a mirror image of the U.S.

With the host country on the verge of elimination from the World Cup, South African officials are asking local fans to find other World Cup teams to root for.

Italy's star goalkeeper Gianlugi Buffon is out with a herniated disk, giving 27-year-old Federico Marchetti the biggest chance of his life in Sunday's World Cup match against New Zealand.

Javier Hernandez and Cuauhtemoc Blanco scored to give Mexico a 2-0 win over France on Thursday. The Mexicans now only need a draw against Uruguay on Tuesday to reach the next round. 

The Greeks claimed their first World Cup win by rallying to beat 10-man Nigeria 2-1 in Group B after Vasilis Torosidis netted a loose ball in the 71st minute.

After Gonzalo Higuain’s hat trick gave Argentina a 4-1 win over South Korea, Maradona's side is on the brink of advancing. 

The Delaware County Times has launched a new soccer blog during the World Cup, just in time for PPL Park’s opening on June 27th.