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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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Shea Salinas, on the move vs. UNC

What did we learn from Philadelphia Union’s match against the University of North Carolina? A few things. (Not nearly as much as if I was actually there, instead of dodging three feet of snow, but I digress.)

The Union are much better than a good college team.

Yay! No, really. That may not seem like a big deal, considering the massive wins other MLS teams got in friendlies against colleges. (FC Dallas 7-1 over University of Tulsa? Ouch.) But before Saturday’s 5-0 win, let’s be honest: We just couldn’t know. You could hope, you could say they looked good on paper, but the Union hadn’t played anyone out in the open. UNC is a national title contender. That counts for something. The Union did what they were supposed to do.

Sebastien Le Toux can score.

Well, we know he can do it in USL, and now we know he can do it against college players after Saturday’s hat trick. Will he do it in MLS? He netted just once last year for the Sounders in his first MLS season, when he spent a lot of time at midfield. Given more time up top, maybe he can pair with Moreno so that rookie Danny Mwanga only has to ease into action.

Temple University’s J.T. Noone could make the team.

Noone made the trip and got playing time Saturday. We wrote a few weeks ago about his joining the Union, and it looks like he has a legitimate shot to make the team. If so, he might be the only local guy who does. (Drexel’s Dan Zajac apparently made the trip too, though it’s not clear if he played.) The Union have 20 players listed on their roster, and they get another four developmental roster slots as part of their final 24-man roster, all of whom are eligible for league play.

Get used to seeing Alejandro Moreno hit the deck.

The Venezuelan forward is known as a diver, but sometimes, he really does earn those penalties, like the one he drew Saturday that led to the first goal. That’s important to have on a team.

Videos and more after the jump.

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Philadelphia Union dominated the University of North Carolina in a 5-0 win Saturday in the team’s first formal exhibition match.

Sebastien Le Toux rang up a hat trick in the first half to lead the Union, while Shea Salinas and Jack McInerney netted in the second half to round out the scoring. Goalkeepers Chris Seitz and Brad Knighton each played a half in goal to record the clean sheet.

The match took place in Greensboro, N.C., out of reach for many Union fans, but word has it some made the trip. If you’re one of them, give a shout and share what you saw. Observations, impressions, whatever — spill the beans. Let’s hear it.

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Mock drafts are a mockery, so you won’t get one from me.

But you will get an exploration the top prospects available to Philadelphia Union when they make their first amateur draft pick on Jan. 14 at the Major League Soccer SuperDraft here in Philadelphia.

Ike Opara

The Union own the first pick in each of the draft’s four rounds, including the top pick overall.

Wake Forest defender Ike Opara comes in as, according to many, the top player in the draft. The junior out of Wake Forest has starred both for one of the nation’s best college soccer programs and played as a youth international. He has size, speed, and the on-field performance to draw the eyes of MLS scouts.

The question is whether Union manager Peter Nowak and assistant coach John Hackworth want to take a run at yet another defender. If there are any positions the team seems to have locked up right now, it’s the defense, with occasional U.S. international Danny Califf joining two players who started for their MLS teams last season, Shavar Thomas and Jordan Harvey.

That may be why some are predicting the Union will go for Oregan State forward Danny Mwanga or Akron forward Teal Bunbury. (more…)

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So you were selected in the MLS expansion draft, but what now?

Shea Salinas can move this for you.

If you are former San Jose Earthquake winger Shea Salinas, you now have to sell all your furniture and move across the country. Shea was recently featured on news site MLS Daily when his Craigslist posting for “Used Ikea Furniture” turned up. What’s more, Shea is even offering to help move the furniture anywhere in the Bay area to assist potential buyers. No word on whether there were any takers or not. (The ad has, sadly, been deleted.)

If you are former New England Revolution goalkeeper, Brad Knighton, it’s the off-season as usual: trips to golf in Florida, a stop-in to see the grandparents in Carolina, and dinner out with some old college buddies (bbknighton is a very active tweeter). Brad is also an avid gamer and reportedly will play any aspiring Philadelphia fan, in Call of Duty 2: Modern Warfare on XBOX Live.  If you are interested in challenging the net-minder, his XBOX player ID is DUBSCR0.

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The inaugural Philadelphia Union roster has been taking shape over the last month, and fans have good reason to be excited. Via the expansion draft, they picked up a highly experienced (if a bit dive-y) striker in Alejandro Moreno, a tenacious forward ala-Dirk Kuyt in Sebastien Le Toux, and a very promising young winger in Shea Salinas, among others. Soon after the draft, a solid core was cemented with the acquisitions of Chris Seitz, one of the highest rated young goalkeepers in MLS, and centerback Danny Califf, who has experience playing in Europe and for the USMNT.

This team is certainly well on its way to being competitive, at least on paper, but there are still many holes to fill. Some of these holes will inevitably be filled during the upcoming MLS SuperDraft, where the Union holds the first overall pick, but the big question is whether or not the organization will take the plunge on a Designated Player (you know, like that Beckham dude).

Let’s have a look at a few of the possibilities coming out of Europe.

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Philadelphia Union selected the following players in the expansion draft today:

Brad Knighton (NE), Dave Myrie (CHI), Shavar Thomas (CDUSA), Jordan Harvey (COL), Shea Salinas (SJ), Stefani Miglioranzi (LA), Andrew Jacobson (DC), Nick Zimmerman (NY), Alejandro Moreno (CLB), and Sebastien Le Toux (SEA).

Most notable picks: They went for Salinas over hometown favorite Bobby Convey, picking potential (and performance?) over place of origin. Le Toux was a Seattle favorite. Moreno is probably the biggest name here, and Thomas has been a decent center back for Chivas. 

More on this later (when the paying job allows some time). MLS is theoretically streaming manager Peter Nowak discussing this live online, but the live-streaming isn’t working for many. 

What do you think about the players picked? Weigh in below in the Comments section.

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