Set Pieces: No Match, Plenty of Coverage

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

The big news of the week was the announcement that Union
fans clicked their way to a $50,000 grant that will be used to build a
brand-new soccer field in the City of Chester. The press release offers a few
initial reactions, but stay tuned for more to come, including construction timing, photos of the chosen location and reactions from those who
will benefit most. If there was ever any debate over which club has the best
fans in MLS, we now have a verdict.

Despite the off week, there was plenty of interesting Union-related coverage. Gordon from 94 WYSP sat down
with Justin Mapp
to discuss a variety of topics and field some fan questions
posed on Twitter.

CSNPhilly.com
profiles another new Union member, defender Sheanon Williams.

Author of The Beckham Experiment, Grant Wahl, talks Union and a host of other topics on KYW’s Philly Soccer Show.

In an interview with Soccer America, Union Manager Peter
Nowak discusses how he
built the foundation for the Union’s inaugural season.

The Portland Timbers took an important step towards their
own inaugural season in 2011,
breaking ground on PGE Park’s renovation. A live
construction webcam can be found
HERE. Remember those days? 

Playing at PPL Park, Widener University’s Women’s and Men’s
teams
earned a win and a draw, respectively, last week, while the Union’s home
will be hosting a major lacrosse tournament in conjunction with Drexel
University.

A different type of tournament is currently playing out in Brazil,
namely the
2010 Homeless World Cup. Amazing how soccer literally has the power
to change lives
. We’re beginning to see it happen right here in Chester.

While the future is looking up for soccer in the immediate vicinity of PPL Park, it's also bright for U.S. as a nation. Here's who will be leading the charge.

Bob Bradley will be at the helm of the U.S. National Team at least through the 2014 World Cup, but just how close were we to having someone else in charge?

Thierry Henry may have been ruled out of Friday's still-star-studded affair against the LA Galaxy, but his injury didn't stop him from landing a $14.85 million triplex apartment in SoHo.

Henry's absence has some wondering if MLS is cursed in highly-anticipated TV matchups. The Union's own Nowak had a little something to do with spoiling another mountain of hype in 2004.

Despite considerably less build-up, two MLS clubs had successful showings against Mexican competition in CONCACAF Champions League action Tuesday.

The Philadelphia Independence had a triumph of their own Sunday, advancing to the WPS Superfinal with a 1-0 win over the Washington Freedom. Next up are the Boston Breakers Thursday night at 8:00pm on Fox Soccer Channel.

For a few parting gifts, check out some new Union desktop wallpapers, a FIFA '11 demo (who's ready to play with the Union when the game comes out September 28?) and try out the Union browser skin if you haven't already. Be sure to stop back in the coming days for another batch of new wallpapers.

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