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The Union's Shea Salinas

FC Dallas blog reports on Sunday’s 2-0 victory over the Union. The match saw three Union players sent off, multiple yellow cards and “a second-half scuffle at midfield.”

CSN talks to the Philadelphia Union’s Shea Salinas.

Kasey Keller wants everyone to know that if the players strike it will be about rights, not money.

David Beckham ruptures his Achilles tendon and will likely miss the World Cup.

The New York Times talks about the unlikely love Landon Donovan has received from English soccer fans. Meanwhile, Goal.com debates whether Donovan is a hypocrite.

US international Lee Nguyen expects to keep playing in Asia despite interest from MLS, notably FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders.

Joey Saputo, owner of the Montreal Impact, expects an announcement in the next few weeks about his team entering the MLS.

The Miami Herald describes the emotional aftermath of the USWNT U17 victory over Haiti last week in the opening round of the CONCACAF Under-17 women’s championship. The game marked the first international appearance by any Haitian team in any sport since the recent devastating earthquake which killed some 30 members of the Haitian football association, including the coach of the U 17 team.

The Philadelphia Independence will face 2009 NCAA champs University of North Carolina on March 20 in a preseason friendly at United Sports in Downingtown.

Fara Williams of the England and Everton women’s team declines move to the Philadelphia Independence and will stay in England.

MLS Insider wonders how US soccer can compete with the abundance of European soccer on TV.

Former Germany and Arsenal goalkeeper and highly entertaining crazy man, public urinator and spectacle thief Jens Lehman to make move to MLS? One can only hope.

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Sounders Insider reports that the Players Union strike “will be effective 12:01 a.m. March 23 if a new collective bargaining agreement is not reached with the league.”

The media fallout from the news that the MLS Players Union has voted to strike is ongoing. There is some discrepancy in the numbers: while some report that the vote is 350 to 2 in favor of a strike, apparently based on the Washington Post saying “more than 350” supported the strike, seattlepi.com puts the number at 383-2, noting that the numbers are “more than the typical roster limit in the league, because clubs have not trimmed back rosters since no agreement is in place.” Here’s some of the best of the web so far:

In an open letter to the MLS and the Players Union about the possible strike, Match Fit USA talks to the Sons of Ben.

Amid all of the strike talk, let us not forget that, on Sunday at 7 p.m., the Union will face a MLS club for the first time in team history when they play FC Dallas at the University of Tampa’s Pepin Stadium.

Seattle Sounders poor pre season form, Philadelphia Independence video, Landon Donovan, Charlie Davies comeback, and Manchester United gag players after the jump. (more…)

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Two days of CBA negotiations ended yesterday with no agreement. The MLS and the Players Union will continue discussions with federal mediator George Cohen at a yet to be determined time.

Toronto FC defender Nick Garcia says MLS players are prepared to strike. “We’re anticipating not having the season starting [on time]. As of now, for us, we’re very far apart — even with the mediator there in D.C. We’re hoping things can get done, but quite frankly I don’t think we’re confident things will.” Great. Just great.

Bill Archer makes the interesting point that the Players Union desire for “basic rights” and concern about “restrictive MLS rules” only applies to American players given the foreign player quota.

Soccerlaw.com says that Landon Donovan’s success in England means that the MLS business model is at a crossroads with respect to contracts.

The rebel without conviction

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak says that the European model of football cannot be sustained: “I am a fan of the American model.”

2011 MLS expansion team the Vancouver Whitecaps hire Paul Barber, former executive director of Tottenham Hotspur, as their new CEO.

The Bleacher Report examines what’s new in the upcoming WPS season.

Clint Dempsey, recovering from a knee injury since January, should be on Fulham’s bench today in the Europa League match against Juventus.

David Beckham, who made his return to Old Trafford in AC Milan’s loss on Wednesday to his old club Manchester United, gets the loudest cheer of his homecoming for wearing an anti-Glazer scarf when leaving the pitch. Later he distanced himself from the gesture saying “I’m a Manchester United fan and when I saw the scarf I wanted to put it round my neck . . . It’s the old colors of United but, to be honest, it’s not my business. I’m a United fan and I support the club. I always will, but it’s got nothing to do with me how it’s run. That’s all to do with other people.” What a pillock.

Today’s Europa League matches are Hamburg v Anderlecht at 1 p.m. and Juventus v Fulham at 3 p.m. Both matches are on GolTV.

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Kicks Soccer has a preview of the MLS Eastern Conference and predicts a sixth place finish in the conference for the Union.

Philadelphia Union CEO and Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Host City Bid Committee Nick Sakiewicz tells City Council that increasing the number of international terminals at the airport would boost Philadelphia’s chances of becoming one of the 2018 or 2022 World Cup host cities.

The new goalie for the Independence, Karina LeBlanc, talks about her move from the now defunct LA Sol to Philadelphia.

Goal.com looks at the financial dilemmas faced by veteran players and MLS clubs when older players reach the end of their contract.

Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po, noted Manchester City supporters, have been silent about Gary Neville's proposed new home.

MLS Talk examines why the MLS is losing the American TV war.

Tickets are now on sale for the Mexico national team US tour. Locally (sort of) they will play Ecuador at the New Meadowlands Stadium on May 7 at 9pm.

8000 people show up for a high school soccer game in Santa Barbara.

Gary Neville’s plans for a £6 million flower-shaped “Teletubby” home in a greenbelt area overlooking Bolton are opposed by his neighbors.

The Swiss Parliament upholds the tax-free status of FIFA and UEFA.

Today’s Champions League matches are Manchester United v AC Milan at 2:30 p.m. and Real Madrid v Lyon at 5pm. Both matches are can be seen on FSC.

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Talks between the MLS and the Players Union should resume today with the help of a federal mediator.

MLS in England: San Jose Earthquakes beat West Ham reserves 2-0 yesterday. They will face Tottenham reserves on Wednesday. On Friday they will play Colorado Rapids, who have been training at Arsenal’s facilities. The Rapids will play Arsenal reserves today.

The Daily Times of Delaware County reports from a panel discussion held on Monday at Widener University’s Latham Hall that the Union is excited to be a part of Chester. The article includes video from the seminar.

Jeff Cunningham of FC Dallas pretends to be Freddie Adu in an interview.

Every MLS match this season will be produced in high definition, although not every match will be broadcast that way.

The New York Times reviews an “optimistic” WPS as it prepares to start its second season.

US women’s national team coach Pia Sundhage has announced her 24 player roster for the upcoming friendlies against Mexico. Heather Mitts, Lori Lindsey and Amy Rodriguez from the Philadelphia Independence, who were all part of the squad that won the Algarve Cup last week, are on the roster. The Inquirer talks to Lindsey about the Cup victory, where she had a team high three assists.

World Cup accused of violating human rights, the IFAB rejects modern technology, England bugged and today’s Champions League matches after the jump. (more…)

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When the MLS and the Players Union meet this week to resume contract negotiations they will be joined by George H. Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. ESPN discusses this possible “glimmer of hope.”

Peter Nowak discusses the upcoming third stage of pre-season training. Focusing on tactics, the third stage will include the Union’s first game against MLS opposition when they play FC Dallas on Sunday in Tampa.

Michael Orozco discusses how motivated he is to play for the Union.

Philadelphia Magazine asks if soccer can save Chester.

A Manchester City blog speculates on possible interest in the Union from City’s owners. Emphasis on ‘speculates’.

Independence goalkeeper Mallori Lofton-Malachi played her high school soccer at Central.

The Independence announces its preseason roster. US national team members who were in Portugal for the Algarve Cup will start training with the team today. In a controlled scrimmage on Sunday, the Independence lost 1-2 to Rutgers.

The Daily News talks with Independence goalie Mallori Lofton-Malachi, who grew up in Philadelphia.

The Independence partner with the Delaware Youth Soccer Association.

The Drexel women’s soccer team signs eight new players.

Following his terrific home finale at Goodison Park, rumors emerge that Chelsea is interested in acquiring Landon Donovan over the summer for £10m. The report says that Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti “believes Donovan would fit perfectly into a front three with Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.” Crikey!

ESPN has announced its television commentators for the World Cup. J. P. Dellacamera and John Harkes are out, to be replaced by veteran English commentators Ian Darke, Adrian Healey, Derek Rae and Martin Tyler. Dellacamera, who will call Union games this season, will still announce the World Cup games on ESPN radio where he will be joined by, shudder, Tommy Smith.

The Guardian reports that sources claim that  Sir Alex Ferguson is supportive of the Red Knights, the consortium that is attempting to buy Manchester United from the Glazers.

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PPL Park under construction, photos courtesy of Philadelphia Union

Another sponsorship deal for Philadelphia Union, with Coca-Cola and Dasani set to be the soft drink and bottled water sold at games. Meanwhile, you can see more photos of the Union’s stadium here.

U.S. international Stuart Bolden will get a contract extension at Bolton despite breaking his leg in Wednesday’s international friendly vs. the Netherlands.

The Seattle Sounders have signed Swiss international Blaise Nkufo, who has scored 111 goals in 213 games for Dutch club FC Twente. Big signing for the Sounders, otherwise known as the new favorite to win the 2010 MLS Cup.

Landon Donovan and Jozy Altidore will share the same field Sunday for the first time since Altidore left MLS as Everton and Hull City face off. Here’s the weekend TV rundown.

Manchester United’s Michael Owen is out for the season after leaving Sunday’s League Cup final with a hamstring problem. When you’re Michael Owen. , hamstring injuries require operations.

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