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Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 2:45 PM
We start today with some bad news and some good news. Let's get the bad news out of the way first. I was told at this afternoon's local football coaches luncheon that Dan Staffieri, known to Penn fans as "Coach Lake," is not in good health. This is why he was not at the Villanova game Saturday... Read more

Independence draft five more players

Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 8:58 PM
Construction in all its forms continues for the region's soccer teams. We had the news last week about the Union's stadium situation, and prior to that there was the Independence's expansion draft. Now comes another event on the women's side, as the Independence picked up five new players in an international... Read more

UPDATED: Will the Union open their first season at the Linc?

Thursday, September 17, 2009, 5:13 PM
UPDATE: Kerith Gabriel of the Daily News talked to Philadelphia Union president Tom Veit this morning and sent along some quotes that I have permission to post here: “Right now everything is running on schedule construction-wise, but we are on a real tight schedule and with MLS yet to announce... Read more

Independence get a big name in expansion draft

Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 8:43 PM
I haven't had much to say in a while about the Philadelphia Independence, the women's soccer team that will start playing in Chester next spring. But this afternoon's expansion draft for the Independence and Atlanta Beat brought some notable news. You will want to remember the name Lori Lindsey. The... Read more

U.S. Soccer accepts Philadelphia's World Cup bid proposal

Thursday, August 20, 2009, 1:25 PM
The U.S. Soccer Federation whittled its list of potential World Cup cities from 38 down to 27 this afternoon, and Philadelphia made the cut. Among the notable markets that did not make it were Columbus, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. Salt Lake City came as a surprise to me... Read more

ESPN lands English Premier League broadcast rights

Saturday, August 15, 2009, 12:18 AM
For the record, the press release went out at 10:11 p.m. on a Friday night. ESPN has struck a deal with Fox Soccer International, which owns Fox Soccer Channel, to air 48 English Premier League soccer games on ESPN2 in the 2009-10 season. As in the season that starts in just over seven hours as I... Read more

New soccer stadium photos

Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 7:17 PM
If you're bummed about the U.S. national soccer team's 2-1 loss to Mexico this afternoon at the Azteca, maybe this will cheer you up. The Philadelphia Union front office sent along a batch of new photos this afternoon of the soccer stadium under construction in Chester. If you look close enough you... Read more

Local TV viewership for the Gold Cup final

Thursday, July 30, 2009, 11:14 PM
You may have heard that Univision’s broadcast of the U.S.-Mexico Gold Cup final this past Sunday drew 5.4 million viewers nationwide according to Nielsen Media Research. That total set a new record for Gold Cup games on Univision. So I figured I should try to find out how many of those viewers... Read more

Linc width problem "solvable" for World Cup

Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 6:54 PM
This afternoon, U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati held a conference call with reporters in which he talked about the just-completed Gold Cup and the upcoming American bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. I asked Gulati about Philadelphia’s chances of hosting World Cup games, and... Read more

Gold Cup fan videos

Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 10:22 PM
I said in my last post that I wanted to put together a collection of fan videos from the Gold Cup games over the weekend. A few of you responded with good clips, and here they are. If you have a video that you'd like added to the mix, send me an email and I'll post it here. I'm still looking for footage... Read more
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Soft Pretzel Logic is's college sports blog, with a primary focus on the University of Pennsylvania. You'll also see coverage of the Big 5, other major college sports events in the region, and the annual Penn Relays track and field meet.

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