Following the Union’s 1-1 draw against Colorado Saturday, there was plenty of talk about a certain non-call in stoppage time. After review, the Philadelphia Daily News and The Goalkeeper blog on Philly.com have handed in their verdicts.
Despite the call, the match wasn't spoiled for the700level.com thanks to the Sons of Ben, beautiful weather, yet another hook up between Danny Mwanga and Sebastien Le Toux that resulted in a goal, and, oh yeah, the Captain Morgan's Party Deck.
Speaking of ties, we may not be seeing them at future World Cups. Period.
With goals in his last two matches, Mwanga has vaulted himself into a chase for the MLS rookie scoring record.
For his impressive accomplishments in relatively limited minutes, one prominent soccer writer is already prepared to hand Rookie of the Year honors to the number one overall pick.
Assisting on Mwanga's most recent goal was none other than Le Toux, who has amazingly had a hand in 18 out of 23 goals in league play for the Union (nine goals, nine assists). While the MLS Insider blog is mentioning the Le Toux-Mwanga combination in the same breath as Donovan-Buddle and Henry-Ángel, one MLSsoccer.com beat writer wonders if the Frenchman -- a Goal.com Week 20 Best XI member -- can possibly challenge for MLS MVP honors on a club looking at a steep climb to make the playoffs (in Week 20 Notes at bottom of article).
Henry may still be without a goal in four MLS matches, but the world-class striker has some advice for American soccer fans: Stop selling your domestic league short.
Sooner or later, even the most anti-MLS soccer -- or football -- fans will have a hard time denying the league's ever-improving quality, boosted yet again Monday when the San Jose Earthquakes signed the first Designated Player in club history.
The influx of DPs has clearly helped MLS’ image both worldwide and domestically, but the league can also invest in its own as a method of fostering growth and convincing up-and-coming stars that staying put is just as attractive as fleeing to Europe.
On the topic of American soccer competing on the global stage, Goal.com looks at why many U.S. fans see Bob Bradley as an impediment to the USMNT’s ultimate goal of winning a World Cup and emerging as a world power.
Heading back to Philadelphia and PPL Park, the Sons of Ben are receiving plenty of media attention, in part for controversial chants, but more so for the spirited displays of fandom that help make the Union’s new home an authentic and enthralling soccer experience.
For their efforts and unyielding support of the Union, one blog named the supporters group one of the top five 'Best Philadelphia Fans,' calling them the “main reason you have to get yourself to a Union game this year.”