Set Pieces: Celtic Tonight at PPL Park

A round-up of Union, MLS and other soccer news

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When Celtic FC come to PPL Park tonight, The Goalkeeper blog
thinks there will be a fair amount of green and white, but still a decidedly home atmosphere for the Union. The Sons of Ben
may also have a few unique
chants ready
for the international opponent.

There's no rest for the weary, as the Union play four matches in a span of 12 days.

In addition to MLS matches, a friendly against an
international club may be
just what the doctor ordered for fans having a hard
time getting over the end of the World Cup. 

For the Union, tonight’s match is more about building for the
future than bragging rights

While some of the older Union players aren’t as excited as one might think to
face a club with so much history, rookie Danny Mwanga
feels quite differently.

The friendly will be Celtic’s first preseason test, and they
admittedly
don’t know much about the home side.

American Soccer News has a preview of the Celtic match, in case the philadelphiaunion.com preview wasn’t enough for you.

The worst-kept secret in soccer has finally been made
official today, as the New York Red Bulls
announced the signing of Thierry
Henry
. While the move doesn’t help the Union or other MLS clubs on the field,
it’s a downright coup for Major League Soccer.

In fact, ESPN Soccernet wonders if the Henry signing is even
bigger for the league than Beckham’s arrival
a few years back.

While one DP has entered MLS, another has been released
after an unsuccessful stint with Houston.

There may be even more movement on the DP front, with rumors
suggesting that a powerhouse trio of Henry, Juan Pablo Angel and Freddie
Ljundberg may be close to forming in New York.

MLSsoccer.com has an interview with Manchester United star Darren
Fletcher
, who will be coming to Philadelphia for a July 21 friendly against the
Union at Lincoln Financial Field.

After Sebastien Le Toux’s snubbing from the MLS All Star
First XI,
SI.com makes a case for his inclusion on the 23-man roster.

Philly Soccer Page takes a look at potential needs on the
Union roster
, as the international transfer window gets set to open tomorrow.

Following their World Cup performance, the U.S. have moved
up one spot in the FIFA rankings
to 13th in the world. Guess who’s
number one.

After
the previous announcement that the World Cup Final was the most watched soccer
match in U.S. history, figures were also released that indicate
World Cup viewership
on ABC/ESPN rose 41 percent
as compared to 2006.