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The Union's Stefani Miglioranzi on defense

Rookies J.T. Noone and Jack McInerney scored today to lead Philadelphia Union to a 2-2 draw against Chivas Guadalajara.

McInerney had a hand in both goals, scoring in the 50th minute and feeding Noone for the second goal less than five minutes later to push the Union out in front. Chivas’ Marco Fabian, however, evened the score up for Chivas by knocking a rebounded shot past Union rookie goalkeeper Brian Perk in the 65th minute.

McInerney’s goal was his third of the preseason, while Noone’s goal was the first for the Temple University product. While McInerney was a first round pick, Noone is an undrafted trialist who, if he keeps scoring goals, could be the only local product to make the Union roster.

Sunday’s training session took place at Chivas’ practice facility, and Chivas fielded a squad made up of first-teamers, reserves and U-20s. The Union will play another friendly Tuesday against against Universidad de Guadalajara.

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Philadelphia Union lost an exhibition match that ended 12 minutes early Thursday to avoid an all-out brawl.

Three Union players were sent off in the club’s 3-1 loss to the Atlas U-20 squad, while Atlas saw two players ejected.

Few details beyond that were available from the match in Guadalajara, Mexico, and even that bit came from a Google translation of a report from a Mexican publication.

Philadelphia is training at the University of Guadalajara, along with the Chicago Fire. (Chicago has been a tad bit more open about their training efforts.)

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Sure, in the lead-up to matches charged with a side-show backdrop, there’s always going to be the reflexive rhetoric about professionalism, such as what Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti recently spilled ahead of his side’s match against Manchester City on Saturday(7:45 a.m. EST).  Perhaps the aftermath of John Terry’s purported shagging of the mother of Wayne Bridge’s child will stay clear of the pitch, even with Bridge’s recent refusal to join the England side in South Africa, with the words “untenable” and “potentially divisive” in his announcement being particularly telling. (more…)

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Caroline Seger throws up Thomas Payne's famous "Horns of Independence" sign

The Philadelphia Independence will play five matches on Fox Soccer Channel this season, beginning with a game in Boston on April 18.

The Independence have a packed preseason schedule including an autograph session on March 11 and a March 20 match against University of North Carolina. We will keep you up to date on other Independence events as they approach. On a brief aside, it seems strange that the autograph session is four days before the roster is trimmed from 28 to 24. I guess at least four signatures will quickly become collector’s items.

Full list of Independence TV matches after the jump.

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Major League Soccer’s collective bargaining agreement expired last night. Still no strike. Goal.com has a look ahead at what happens next,  and Soccer America has a solid read as well.

The Harrisburg Patriot has a brief Q & A with goalkeeper Sam Bishop, who’s in camp with Philadelphia Union.

Should Charlie Davies’ replacement on the U.S. National Team be a midfielder in a new 4-5-1 formation? This writer at ESPN thinks so.

Clint Dempsey expects to return from his knee injury in March, Goal.com reports.

Portsmouth today became the first English Premier League team to go into financial administration.  They’ll get a nine-point deduction in the standings, and the club has already developed a list of workers to lay off. Click here for a great primer on what administration is and means to Portsmouth.

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Major League Soccer’s collective bargaining agreement expires tonight, but the players won’t be striking — yet.

The players union released this statement today:

Bethesda, MD (Thursday, February 25, 2010) – The Major League Soccer Players Union (the “Union”) today announced that the collective bargaining agreement between the Union and Major League Soccer (“MLS”) will not be extended past the February 25 deadline previously set by the Union and MLS.

“Effective at midnight tonight, our collective bargaining agreement with MLS will expire,” said Union Executive Director Bob Foose.

Foose added that, “while we expect that negotiations with MLS will resume at some point, there simply hasn’t been enough progress made in the negotiations to date to warrant an extension of the old agreement. We have advised our players to keep working for the time being, but as of Friday they will be doing so without a CBA. In the meantime, all options are being considered as the process continues. We are completely committed to forging real changes to the way MLS players are treated.”

In response, the league reiterated its previous stance by releasing this statement today.

Basically, nothing happened. The deadline came. The deadline went. They didn’t extend the contract. The possibility of a strike still lingers above everyone’s head. Go us. Feel free to rant in the comments below.

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Dan Walsh already put up the roster for the US v. Netherlands, so I don’t want to repeat it. However, I did have some more thoughts on it.

I think we all know how good Tim Howard is, so I would like to see Brad Guzan and Marcus Hahneman each play one half of the game to see what they have. I would also like to see if Heath Pearce can improve on his performance against El-Salvador by playing well against a quality opponent like the Netherlands. If he can do that, then he belongs on the plane to South Africa. I am not holding my breath because he has let me down before.

It would also be nice to see what Jonathan Bornstein, Clarence Goodson, and Frank Simek can do against the Dutch. I don’t expect them to start, but it would be nice to see them come on as substitutes. In a friendly I think there should be at least 6 substitutions, so this shouldn’t be a problem. (more…)

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