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Archive: January, 2011

Union's Hackworth criticizes MLS scouting combine

Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 9:00 AM
On a number of occasions during the MLS SuperDraft, I heard coaches say that the player scouting combine which took place before the draft was not a great way to evaluate players. I especially heard that criticism applied to creative players such as Union draft pick Michael Farfan. When a player only... Read more

Reports: No Mintal deal yet, Union pursuing another Colombian

Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 8:26 PM
There was a flurry of reports in the afternoon about the Union's pursuit of Marek Mintal, the Slovakian striker currently playing at FC Nurnberg. All of the reports I've seen have been in German, but with some help from readers and the magic of the Internet I've been able to figure a few things out... Read more

Union take two area natives in Supplemental Draft

Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 1:49 PM
The Union made three selections in today's MLS Supplemental Draft. All three players have some kind of tie to the region, either having grown up in the area or attended college in the area. With their first pick, the fifth overall, the Union selected La Salle midfielder Ryan Richter. The Southampton... Read more

Video: Roundtable discussion on the Union's draft picks

Saturday, January 15, 2011, 8:57 PM
After Thursday's MLS SuperDraft, the Union and its large contingent traveling fans headed up the street to a nearby bar to celebrate. The event included a roundtable discussion about the club's picks, which you can watch below. The discussion was moderated by Union TV play-by-play announcer J.P. Dellacamera... Read more

Independence trade Heather Mitts to Atlanta

Saturday, January 15, 2011, 8:28 PM
One of the most popular players in recent years on the Philadelphia soccer scene, Heather Mitts, has left town again. I've been told that the Atlanta Beat acquired Mitts from the Independence on Friday, in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2012 draft. Mitts played for the Independence for one... Read more

High expectations for Independence draft picks

Saturday, January 15, 2011, 12:30 AM
High expectations for Independence draft picks It's okay if you hadn't heard of any of the seven players the Philadelphia Independence picked in the WPS Draft prior to yesterday. To most outside observers, there were only two really big names in the pool: U.S. national team forward Alex Morgan and Mac... Read more

Live blog: 2011 Women's Professional Soccer Draft

Friday, January 14, 2011, 1:52 PM
BALTIMORE - With their first pick in the 2011 Women's Professional Soccer Draft, the Philadelphia Independence selected a hometown girl. Paul Riley and his staff chose Virginia midfielder Sinead Farrelly, a Haverford, Pa., native and Haverford High School alumnus. Farrelly was a semifinalist for the... Read more

Union could face another controversy in net

Friday, January 14, 2011, 10:19 AM
Zac MacMath, the Union's first-round SuperDraft pick, on stage after the selection was announced. (Jonathan Tannenwald/Philly.com) BALTIMORE - When the time came for the Philadelphia Union to make their first-round MLS SuperDraft pick yesterday, there were a lot of quality players to choose from... Read more

Sound tracks: 2011 NSCAA Convention interviews

Friday, January 14, 2011, 8:24 AM
One of the really great things about being at the NSCAA Convention is that it brings together people who represent many different parts of the American soccer landscape. If you are relatively new to American soccer, then the names Earnie Stewart, Claudio Reyna and April Heinrichs might not mean much... Read more

Sound tracks: 2011 MLS SuperDraft interviews

Friday, January 14, 2011, 2:45 AM
In addition to the video interviews from the SuperDraft that I've posted on the blog, I recorded audio interviews with a number of other coaches and executives who were present yesterday In the player below you can hear from: - Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber - Red Bull New York manager... Read more
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