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. http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/thegoalkeeper/Rank_and_File_Union_at_DC__United.html
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 27th, 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 MLS.
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. http://www.goal.com/en-us/news/1110/major-league-soccer/2010/08/24/2085908/mls-comment-dps-not-necessarily-bank-breakers
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 armband.
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, Goal.com has a recap of last night’s CONCACAF champions league games for the Crew, as MLS teams continue to struggle in Mexico.
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. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/steve_davis/08/23/mls.review/index.html
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, and 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 Bulls.