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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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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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The Philadelphia Union will play the New York Red Bulls in their first MLS Play-in match for the US Open Cup. The match will take place on a still to be determined date in April. The Union will have to win three consecutive matches to reach the round of 16. A description of the Play-in format, which is for unseeded MLS teams, can be found here.

The Philadelphia Union announced yesterday that the away game with the San Jose Earthquakes originally scheduled for Saturday, September 18 has been moved to Wednesday, September 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

JT Noone

The Daily News looks at how Union trialist and former Temple All-American JT Noone is impressing the Union, picks the brain of Fred and has some more to say about Noone.

The Offside Rules has a funny video by Jeff Dryer about “The Meast” – half man, half cheetah – the Union’s own Michael Orozco.

The Union’s manager Peter Nowak players Shea Salinas and Chris Seitzwill will be at Dick’s Sporting Goods Brandywine Store from 1:00pm-3:00pm this Sunday for autographs and photos.

The Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association Workshop will be held on Saturday at the United Sports Training Center in Downingtown, PA, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can save money by registering before hand at the EPYSA website.

MLS commissioner Don Garber wants English Premier League clubs to buy or invest in MLS teams. Yikes.

Stuart Holden’s injury, US women win Algarve Cup, 90,000 at the Rose Bowl for Mexico v New Zealand, and Tevez says Terry would be dead after the jump (more…)

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Major League Soccer’s player’s union fired back at management Sunday, blaming the league for a potential strike. Notable quote from union chief Bob Foose to the AP: “It will also be a shame if the league’s refusal to improve its system results in a work stoppage.”

More on strike talks from the Washington Post, Soccer America,  Soccer by Ives and Goal.com. They’re all worth reading.

Bleacher Report talks about what Lincoln Financial Field means to international soccer here in Philadelphia.  (If you haven’t seen a soccer match at the Linc yet, you’ll find it’s a good place to watch a game.)

CSNPhilly.com has a story on Philadelphia Union forward Sebastien Le Toux.

U.S. U-17 midfielder Luis Gil signed with MLS and will be allocated through a weighted draft today.

Soccer America has an interesting piece the crossing pass and its use around the world – and particularly in England, where it is loved.

Union defender Michael Orozco won’t play in this week’s friendly in El Salvador after not making coach Bob Bradley’s squad.

News from the rivals: D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls play to a scoreless tie in a Florida friendly. (more…)

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MLS labor negotiations postponed due to snow storm.

The Daily News reports on double duty for Orozco and Nowak’s fine-tooth comb.

MLSnet reports on building team spirit and the role of veterans in establishing leadership on the Union squad.

Landon Donovan gets assist and earns penalty kick in Everton’s 2-1 victory over first place Chelsea.

The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum is closing its building and transferring its collections and archives as it makes the “transition into a new and more sustainable operating model.”

Fox will broadcast the Champions League final. Taking place on a Saturday for the first time since the founding of the competition in 1955-56 as the Champions Clubs Cup, the final was originally scheduled to air on FX.

Manchester United mortgaged Old Trafford and club’s training ground to back recent £504m bond sale.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims alleged John Terry affair would be applauded in “Latin countries.” Meanwhile, as the world turns, Terry is off to Dubai to try to patch things up with his wife and kids and will miss Chelsea’s FA Cup tie this weekend.

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The Philadelphia Independence passed on the world’s best female player in the WPS dispersal draft. Instead, Marta goes to the San Francisco Bay area, while the Independence took goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, who led the league in clean sheets last year. Marta may make a lot of money, but something tells me she might have filled some seats.

Philadelphia Union play their their first friendly Saturday against UNC-Wilmington, weather permitting. Are you going? If so, let us know how it goes! We’ll be shoveling snow.

Union defender Michael Orozco made the U.S. roster for the Feb. 24 friendly against El Salvador. The team is comprised mostly of MLS players.

Some PPL customers aren’t too thrilled about PPL’s planned $20 million stadium sponsorship deal with the Union because they just got smacked with electricity rate hikes. Up in the Lehigh Valley, PPL is pretty much the only game in town, when it comes to buying electricity.

News from the rivals:

Estonian midfielder Joel Lindpere signs with the New York Red Bulls. No, I’ve never heard of him either, but he apparently played for his national team. Lindpere last played for Tromso IL in Norway and is another Scandinavian import courtesy of the vikings now running the Red Bulls.

Troy Perkins was apparently this close to joining the Union – or Peter Nowak totally bluffed D.C. United into making a fat trade that helped get the Union three players. That “In Nowak We Trust” thing may be annoying, but it may also be right.

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The Union’s Michael Orozco is “adjusting to the team.”

Steve Ralston, the MLS all-time games played leader, turns down contract with New England Revolution and joins the USSF Division 2 expansion side AC St. Louis as player/coach. St. Louis is his hometown.

US midfielder Ricardo Clark’s Eintracht Frankfurt’s debut could be delayed up for to four weeks thanks to a pulled muscle in his right calf.

The Portland City Council has approved a $31 million plan to remodel PGE Park, home of 2011 MLS expansion side the Portland Timbers.

Devann Yao signs short term deal with Roy Keane’s Ipswich Town

Hong Kong businessman Balram Chainrai becomes fourth owner of Portsmouth in a year.

In other Portsmouth news, manager Avram Grant will be questioned by police after being seen leaving a brothel. We first caught wind of the Premier League Manager Visits Brothel Story in December and frankly our money was on Phil Brown.

Tens of thousands of official documents related to the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster, in which 96 Liverpool supporters died, will be released.

England under-19 star Nathan Baker banned by his club Aston Villa from attending Carling Cup final against Manchester United after being caught selling tickets to the match on Facebook.

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