Set Pieces: Tough Stretch Ahead

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

One bad bounce isn’t affecting Union Manager Peter
Nowak’s confidence in his starting goalkeeper
. Chris Seitz, who has played well of late, will start tonight
against Columbus, a match Nowak rightfully considers critical for the Union’s
playoff chances.

It’s no secret that Sebastien Le Toux has been the
Union’s horse, but new additions Justin Mapp and Eduardo Coudet
are here to
help
. The early reviews are in, and Nowak and Co. are impressed.

According to Le Toux, the Union
are stronger now than earlier in the season because “sometimes
you have to go through tough times in order to get better."

Gordon from WYSP caught up with the Frenchman in his latest edition of Union Sound, getting a chance to speak about a potential MLS Goal of the Week.

JP Dellacamera sat down with Le Toux, Danny Califf and Stefani Miglioranzi to discuss the first half of the season and tonight's match against Columbus.

While goalkeeper Brian Perk is no longer with the
Union, his former teammates
will be following his career progress. It didn’t
take long for the 21-year-old to find a new home, with
LA claiming him off
waivers Wednesday
.

Thinking about taking SEPTA to Thursday’s match?
If you’re coming from Delaware, you’ll
have more options than ever. For a full train schedule to and from the match, check out The Goalkeeper blog
on philly.com.

With matches coming up against Columbus, red-hot FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake in the next seven days, the Union are entering perhaps their toughest stretch of the season.

The first match comes tonight against Columbus, Alejandro Moreno's former team. While Moreno was well respected in Columbus for his workmanlike attitude, his departure was somewhat contentious.

While there are plenty of potential benefits to expanding to a 34-game schedule next season, such as maintaining a balanced schedule with Vancouver and Portland entering the league, there's also at least one drawback.

On the subject of expansion, there are some unique plans in place that could lead to Detroit landing a team in MLS.

Soccer by Ives relives the 10 best moments in recent retiree Clint Mathis' career, which was filled with both inspiring and frustrating moments.