Set Pieces: Will's first

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

Though the union may have fallen to D.C. United this
weekend, there are still plenty of positive signs coming from the organization
on and off of the field.   One
cause that should buoy the Union faithful is the recent support to win a
$50,000 Pepsi Refresh grant that would allow the Union to build two soccer
fields in Chester.  These fields,
used for Chester City United, a newly formed soccer organization serving more
than 300 youth would provide a valuable space for the beautiful game and the
community of Chester to grow together.




In other Union news, The Goalkeeper discusses the Union’s
success at the ticketbooth, where the support has remained strong despite some
recent poor form.  The Union
currently rank third in ticket sales behind only Seattle and Toronto, both of
whom have more seats.


One reason the fans have flocked to see the Union this year
is to experience the sights and sounds of PPL park.  Since its opening on June 27
th, PPL has received
sterling reviews from critics and fans alike. Former New England Revolution
player and current commentator Taylor Twellman called it the best stadium in


Reviewers of the stadium have not only raved about the
beautiful views of the water, the atmosphere, and the sightlines, but also
adult beverages.   The beer
selection at PPL is far from typical. 
PPL park offers beers such as
Victory Hop Devil, Golden Monkey,
Sierra Nevada, Hoegaarden, and Stella Artois.


One thing the Union don’t have yet is a DP, but the best way
to build might not be through high profile names. With more DP’s signing than
ever before,Nick Rosano, argues that smaller teams should look past the glamour
signings like Henry, Beckhamm, and Marquez and focus on finding players like
Columbus’s Guillermo Barros Schelloto.




Meanwhile, one high profile player who played in the recent
world cup for the US squad looks like he won’t be coming back home to MLS.    Word is that Damarcus
Beasley has received interest from Hannover in the top flight of German
football, where current USMNT player Steve Cherundolo currently wears the


Another American abroad, Fulham’s Eddie Johnson, speaks his
mind about the challenges Americans face breaking into squads in the Premier
League and believes the perceptions of Americans abroad still have a ways to go.


Steve Goff looks at the current status of Bob Bradley as
Coach of the National team and also touches on the upcoming Woman’s National
Team Game at PPL park.


In MLS news, has a recap of last night’s CONCACAF
champions league games for the Crew, as MLS teams continue to struggle in


One MLS team who seems to have no problems winning is FC
Dallas, who are currently on a 11-game unbeaten streak, including 9 games
unbeaten on the road.   The
hoops have been led by David ferriera and U.S.-under 20 player Brek Shea.



FC Dallas also have two other noteworthy players, with Jair
Benitez and George John making a modest $42,000 and $40,000 Respectively, they
crack top five list of bargains in the league.


As the playoff picture begins to take a shape in the MLS,
Kyle McCarthy takes a look at the favorites as well as other teams that could
cause a stir come November.



Andrea Canales, Luis Bueno, Seth Vertelney,
Allen Ramsey discuss
the Yanks who are mostly likely to break out this season


Noah Davis suggest four goals the USMNT should try to
accomplish during the October friendlies against Poland and Colombia.



As the transfer window is coming to a close in Europe,
rumors are flying about big name players.   One player who may not have a big name yet, is current
Harrisburg Islander Sheanon Williams’ who has been seen on trial with the Red