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Set Pieces: Celtic Tonight at PPL Park

When Celtic FC come to PPL Park tonight, The Goalkeeper blog thinks there will be a fair amount of green and white, but still a decidedly home atmosphere for the Union. The Sons of Ben may also have a few unique chants ready for the international opponent.

There's no rest for the weary, as the Union play four matches in a span of 12 days.

In addition to MLS matches, a friendly against an international club may be just what the doctor ordered for fans having a hard time getting over the end of the World Cup. 

For the Union, tonight’s match is more about building for the future than bragging rights

While some of the older Union players aren’t as excited as one might think to face a club with so much history, rookie Danny Mwanga feels quite differently.

The friendly will be Celtic’s first preseason test, and they admittedly don’t know much about the home side.

American Soccer News has a preview of the Celtic match, in case the preview wasn’t enough for you.

The worst-kept secret in soccer has finally been made official today, as the New York Red Bulls announced the signing of Thierry Henry. While the move doesn’t help the Union or other MLS clubs on the field, it’s a downright coup for Major League Soccer.

In fact, ESPN Soccernet wonders if the Henry signing is even bigger for the league than Beckham’s arrival a few years back.

While one DP has entered MLS, another has been released after an unsuccessful stint with Houston.

There may be even more movement on the DP front, with rumors suggesting that a powerhouse trio of Henry, Juan Pablo Angel and Freddie Ljundberg may be close to forming in New York. has an interview with Manchester United star Darren Fletcher, who will be coming to Philadelphia for a July 21 friendly against the Union at Lincoln Financial Field.

After Sebastien Le Toux’s snubbing from the MLS All Star First XI, makes a case for his inclusion on the 23-man roster.

Philly Soccer Page takes a look at potential needs on the Union roster, as the international transfer window gets set to open tomorrow.

Following their World Cup performance, the U.S. have moved up one spot in the FIFA rankings to 13th in the world. Guess who’s number one.

After the previous announcement that the World Cup Final was the most watched soccer match in U.S. history, figures were also released that indicate World Cup viewership on ABC/ESPN rose 41 percent as compared to 2006.

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