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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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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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The US loses to the Netherlands in Holland by one goal. Coming away with a 2-1 loss to a full strength Dutch side at home without some of your key players is a pretty good result in my book. I thought that there were positives to take away from the game. I also like that Bob Bradley was able to use all of his 6 substitutions.

The positives were that the US walked out of Holland only having lost by one goal, especially when both Dutch goals were a bit lucky. The foul on Sneijder was foolish, but Sneijder obviously dove on the play. I think the referee could easily have waved play on. In addition Klaas Jan Huntelaar’s goal went in off an unlucky deflection. Beyond that I liked how the US pressured over the entirety of the field on many occassions. I thought the US looked like it could play against the Dutch even if they were on their heels a bit. Furthermore, I like that the US showed again how they will fight the whole game and not give up. It is nice to see the attacking flurries even at the end of the game when you are two goals down. (more…)

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There has been some chatter this past week about the US changing its formation. Leander Schaerlaeckens over at Espnsoccernet wrote a pretty interesting article about why he thinks the US National Team ought to change its formation. I was intrigued, so I put together some thoughts of my own about this possibility.

Schaerlaeckens advocated changing the US National Team formation from a 4-4-2 to a 4-5-1. To summarize his thoughts, the idea is that the US does not have many quality strikers but has a surplus of quality midfielders. Why not take off a forward and put on an extra midfielder? While a 4-4-2 with Charlie Davies and Jozy Altidore worked well during the Confederations Cup, it hasn’t worked that well since losing Charlie Davies. (more…)

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Philadelphia Union tickets will go on sale to the general public starting at 10 a.m. on March 3.

South Philadelphia Soccer Club wins $1000 cash giveaway from Sunbelt Snacks.

Representatives from MLS and the Players Union failed to meet on Tuesday, two days before the current contract extension is set to expire. Thanks guys, thanks a lot. You can read Match Fit USA’s cheeky translation of the propaganda coming from both sides here.

Luis Gil, who went to Kansas City Wizards in the allocation draft, will play for Real Salt Lake.

DC United and Washington Freedom will play a doubleheader on May 1. Very cool idea.

Landon Donovan tells evertonTV that he doesn’t think his loan will be extended.

Ricardo Clark returns to training at Eintracht Franfurt.

Premiership debt, Wayne Bridge, matchfixing scandal in China, today’s Champions League fixtures, USA v El Salvador and Monty Python philosophers football rematch after the jump. (more…)

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