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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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The Union lost their first game against MLS opposition 0-2 on Sunday night in Tampa.

Not so bad when you consider that Alejandro Moreno, Danny Califf and Michael Orozco were issued red cards.

The first FC Dallas goal came after only 10 minutes when Dax McCarty beat Chris Seitz after a trip down the right sideline.

A free kick by David Ferreira in the 76th minute was headed in by Ruben Luna.

While details are sparse at the time of writing about the red cards, the best Union scoring chance happened just before half time when Stefani Miglioranzi passed the ball to Roger Torres at  the top of the box. Torres then delivered the ball through the Dallas defense to Sebastien Le Toux. One-on-one with Dallas keeper Kevin Hartman, Le Toux sent the ball over the crossbar.

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Philadelphia Union topped the University of Guadalajara 1-0 Tuesday on a second half goal from Fred.

Temple University product J.T. Noone assisted on Fred’s goal in the 65th minute with a long setup pass, bolstering Noone’s hopes of making the team as an undrafted trialist. Fred scored from the left edge of the box.

The Union will return from Mexico on Friday before heading to Tampa, Fla. for a pair of friendlies against FC Dallas and the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

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How soon before we see the Union line up like this in Philly?

If Major League Soccer players strike, it could be a disaster for Philadelphia Union.

An expansion franchise needs momentum from the get-go. Right now, the Union have it. Opening day is a month away. Their stadium in Chester is progressing. Philadelphia’s going to host the final World Cup tune-up for the U.S. National Team. People are excited. Philadelphia soccer is on the way up.

But a strike that delays the MLS season could kill that.

When sabers rattled this weekend over the league’s failure to meet the players’ demands for free agency and guaranteed contracts,  it became very clear that a strike remains possible. The league responded by saying they’ve offered to spend another $60 million on players and pledging to start the season without a new labor contract. (For more on free agency and the other key issues, click here.)

None of this is good for soccer fans in the Delaware Valley.

Philadelphia isn’t Seattle or Toronto, with a stadium accessible by public transit in the heart of an international city. The real models for the Union are the Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas. Like the Union, each has a stadium outside the nearest major city, has major league teams in the big four sports, and isn’t what you’d call an “international city.” For each, the stadium is a singular destination. (Check out my 2007 story for more on the comparison.)

Chicago’s Toyota Park, for example, sits in the middle of an industrial nowhere. You go there, and then you go home. Few dinner options afterward, no walking to the train, one lonely pub on the drive home.  It’s out of the way for most people. It’s a great place to watch a game, but that’s about it.

Sound at all like Chester? (more…)

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Philadelphia Union will play FC Dallas and the USL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies during training in Tampa, Fla. next month, the Union announced today.

The FC Dallas game is set for 7 p.m. on March 14 at the University of Tampa’s Pepin Stadium.

The Rowdies match takes place at 7:30 p.m. on March 19 at the same stadium.

Tickets for both games will be $8 for adults and $5 for children. For ticket information, call 813-257-3100.

Snow is predicted. (Just kidding.)

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Fred's cross set up a Sebastien Le Toux goal against UNC

The Philadelphia Daily News has some details on Philadelphia Union’s friendly with FC Dallas, likely set for sometime around the second week of March in Tampa.

Goal.com has a good look at what the New York Red Bulls are doing to improve. Basically, they’re raiding the Scandinavian leagues.

The CBC’s Jason de Vos has a good breakdown of the prospect of MLS’s salary cap increasing.

Freddy Adu scored his first goal in Greece to bolster Aris Thessaloniki’s 2-1 win Saturday. A video of the goal and more European news are after the jump.

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The Union will return the favor of Seattle hosting their first game by hosting the Sounders at the first game at the new Union stadium on Sunday, June 27th.

Ten of the first twelve games of the season will be away. Union president Tom Veit told the Daily News, “We wanted to make sure that everything was in order for our home opener to ensure that our fans will receive the best experience possible in our new stadium.”

The April 10th game against DC United and the May 15th game against FC Dallas will be at Lincoln Financial Field.

The opening game at the new stadium, which will start at 5pm and is one of 17 nationally televised Union games in 2010, will be on ESPN2.

Be there. Be proud. Be loud.

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