July 25, 2012 |
IT'S A BIG DEAL for the players, too. In 2002, Major League Soccer decided to dump the traditional East vs. West format of its annual All-Star Game and instead paired the league's best against international teams. In 2004, the league tried East against West one last time, and … It marked the only time in the last 7 years the event hasn't sold out. Thus the idea to keep MLS players against the world's best was affirmed. This year, the All-Star caravan sets up shop in Chester, where Chelsea, the club champion of Europe, will play Los Angeles' David Beckham, New York's Thierry Henry and the rest of the All-Stars at PPL Park Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
July 24, 2012
La Salle senior Pat Christensen was named to the Cape Cod Baseball League all-star team last week. Christensen, a reliever for the Orleans Firebirds, was named to the East all-stars, who take on the West contingent on Saturday at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, Mass. He is the only Atlantic Ten and Big Five player named to the CCBL all-star team. Christensen is 2-0 with a 1.90 ERA in 16 appearances for the Firebirds, who are 18-13 and a game behind Harwich for the top spot in the East Division.
July 24, 2012 |
MISSOURI AND Pennsylvania. First St. Louis, followed by Kansas City — both vs. Philadelphia. Twice the two areas have placed competing bids to Major League Soccer. Both times, Philly has won. The first was in 2009, when it was between St. Louis and Philadelphia to become MLS' 16th franchise. A year later, the Philadelphia Union made its debut. This year, Kansas City threw its name into the ring for Livestrong Sporting Park, just over the Missouri River, to host the upcoming MLS All-Star Game, as did Philadelphia.
July 22, 2012 |
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber sat in one of the box seats high above Lincoln Financial Field. Not far from him was Vice President Biden. It was April 2010, the Union's home opener, two months before the new team played its first game at PPL Park in Chester, and two years after Philadelphia was awarded an MLS franchise. Garber took notice of how far the league's 16th team had come in two years. Since awarding the area a team in 2008, Garber knew he wanted to bring a national event to Philadelphia.
July 20, 2012
By Kerith Gabriel Daily News Staff Writer NEW YORK - Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber is so immersed in his responsibilities of building the American soccer brand, he doesn't even see how far it has come. Since he made the move from the NFL in 1999 to become head of the longest standing top-tier professional soccer league in the United States, Garber has witnessed the expansion of nine additional teams, the growth of more soccer-specific stadiums in North America, and attendance numbers that continue to rival the NBA and nip at the heels of the NHL. But Garber still contends that even after 17 years of existence, MLS has a lot more work to accomplish its goal of becoming one of the world's top leagues.
July 16, 2012 |
FRESH OFF scoring his first goal of the season, Union captain Carlos Valdes was rewarded with his first MLS All-Star appearance. Valdes, 27, will be the lone representative for the Union when MLS' best challenge Chelsea on July 25 at PPL Park (8:30 p.m., ESPN2). Selected as one of two picks by MLS commissioner Don Garber, Valdes joins Sebastien Le Toux (2010) and goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon (2011) as all-time Union all-stars. Le Toux and Mondragon are no longer members of the team.
July 6, 2012
FIFA finally embraced goal-line technology for soccer Thursday, approving two systems for use, beginning in December, at the seven-team Club World Cup in Japan. FIFA also plans to use a system in Brazil at the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the approved Hawk-Eye and GoalRef systems would provide "99 percent security" that a notorious refereeing error which helped eliminate England at the last World Cup would not be repeated. "There is no 100 percent guarantee in life.
June 2, 2012 |
Union forward Lionard Pajoy was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount, Major League Soccer announced Friday. The MLS disciplinary committee suspended Pajoy as the result of his challenge on Toronto FC's Joao Plata in the 29th minute of a 1-0 Toronto victory last weekend.
May 19, 2012 |
PRINCETON - The Independence missed out on a Women's Professional Soccer championship in 2011 by the narrowest margin possible - a penalty shootout loss in the title game. It turns out that was as close as the franchise will ever come. WPS announced Friday that it has fully shut down, dashing any lingering hopes held by fans of a rebound for the league after the London Olympics. The news came by way of an e-mail news release and a post on the league's Facebook page.
May 10, 2012 |
Just because the Union host a Mother's Day showdown against Major League Soccer rival New York Red Bulls on Sunday doesn't mean they are overlooking Wednesday's friendly against Schalke 04. They can't afford to. This isn't a preseason match for the German visitors, but rather a U.S. visit three days removed from a successful campaign in the top-flight Bundesliga. Schalke's third-place finish secured a Champions League spot next season as one of the best in Europe. Although not a household name in the States, Schalke is no joke, and the Union know it. The club features some of the world's premier talent, including Dutch midfielder Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and veteran Spanish forward Raúl Gonzalez Blanco (known worldwide by just his first name)