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Union ties a blended Chivas squad, 2-2 [Updated]

Posted on 28 February 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The Union took a blended Chivas squad (first-team, reserve, and U-20s) on at the same MultiGol complex they recently played the Atlas U-20 squad, losing 3-1 on Thursday, February 26th and finishing the game with only 8 players.

It was a different story this morning, however. This is all pulled from a shoddy translation so please refer to the Chivas press release and correct me if I’m way off. They played 2 halves of 40 minutes each, no word on tactics, personnel (except for the goalscorers). Chivas struck first and the Union were on the backpedal most of the first half. They came out in the second half, however, with renewed vigor – pushing forward and attacking the Chivas net. The pressure led to a five-minute double salvo with two rookies, Jack McInerney (3rd of the postseason) and J.T. Noone (undrafted, Temple trialist) putting the Union in front for the first time. The Goats were able to equalize half way through the second half all thanks to Marco Fabian.

FINAL: Philadelphia 2, Chivas 2

11:30AM, Sunday, February 28th

Goals:

Omar Arellano (CHV) 16th minute

Jack McInerney (PHL) second half (Zimmerman assist)

J.T. Noone (PHL) second half (Stahl assist)

Marco Fabian (CHV) 60th minute

If you can take any more out of that press release, please add it in the comment section! We are less than a month away from first kick…are you ready yet?

NOTE: If you haven’t seen it already, the Union have announced the forming of partnerships with area youth soccer clubs. Check to see if your old club team is one of the 18! The partnerships will include clinics, game day experiences, and all sorts of other good stuff.

UPDATE: The Union’s formal release on the 2-2 tie.

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ASN Twitter account standings, round five

Posted on 28 February 2010 by ASN Staff

It’s been one month since round four and almost exactly two months since first look at the number of followers each Major League Soccer team has through its ASN Twitter account. Time to revisit!

1. (1). LA Galaxy: 815 followers (17 more than on Feb. 1)
2. (2). Seattle Sounders FC: 583 (+27)
3. (3). New York Red Bulls: 520 (+51)
4. (5). Toronto FC: 416 (+65)
5. (4). Chicago Fire: 386 (+21)
6. (6). Houston Dynamo : 366 (+17)
7. (7). Chivas USA: 323 (+14)
8. (8). DC United: 309 (+18)
9. (10). Columbus Crew: 297 (+41)
10. (9). New England Revolution: 284 (+10)
11 (11). Real Salt Lake: 258 (+6)
12. (13). Philadelphia Union: 254 (+30)
13. (12). FC Dallas: 236 (+7)
14. (14). San Jose Earthquakes: 234 (+12)
15. (15). Kansas City Wizards: 205 (+25)
16. (16). Colorado Rapids: 170 (+26)

There was a clear winner this month and it was Toronto FC, where ASN’s designated twitterer has been anything but passive. TFC booked the most number of new followers (65) of anybody and leaped into fourth place at the expense of the Chicago Fire. That’s the good news. The bad news for them is the team they trail for third place, the New York Red Bulls, added the second-most number of followers, 51. If New York keeps it up, it may close to the Seattle Sounders, whose growth has slowed somewhat in recent months. The Columbus Crew also had a very productive period, adding 41 followers to leapfrog the anemic New England Revolution into ninth place. Lower down on the table, we were glad to see strong growth in Colorado and Kansas City, while Philadelphia continues its upward march, albeit with just a little more than half the new followers of last time.

There are obvious many factors affecting the number of followers each team has. What are the biggest ones, in your opinion?

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New York Red Bulls trounce TFC for Disney trophy

Posted on 27 February 2010 by ASN Staff

Juan Pablo Angel ©Julia Harper/ASN

The Hans Backe era is officially off to a great start. The New York Red Bulls defeated Toronto FC 4-0 Saturday night in the final of the inaugural Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic tourney. Juan Pablo Angel scored a hat trick and rookie Conor Chinn, a second half substitute, added the fourth for good measure. There was a scary moment late in the match after a harsh foul on Angel by Julian de Guzman.

ASN’s RBNY page has more.

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Red Bulls trounce TFC for Disney trophy

Posted on 27 February 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The Hans Backe era is officially off to a great start. The New York Red Bulls defeated Toronto FC 4-0 Saturday night in the final of the inaugural Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic tourney. Juan Pablo Angel scored a hat trick and rookie Conor Chinn, a second half substitute, added the fourth for good measure. The trophy is the team’s fifth in its 15-year history.

Juan Pablo Angel ©Julia Harper/ASN

Besides this milestone, what stood out most was the manner in which the victory was accomplished. The Red Bulls dominated possession almost from the first minute of play. Before Angel’s first goal in the 23rd minute, it had several chances that could have resulted in goals. More than that, the team played an imaginative, entertaining style that should serve it well in its new showcase stadium.

Individual player performances also left reasons for optimism, none more so than Angel’s. The 34-year old striker appeared invigorated, in top shape and quicker on his feet than at any time since the team’s improbable run to the 2008 MLS Cup final. Roy Miller looked terrific as a left wing back and Joel Lindpere brought flair and creativity to the midfield.

After the third goal, the Red Bulls backed off a bit, content to defend and play breakaways, which is what teams are expected to do in those situations (less so at the start of games or with a goal deficit, as was the case with Juan Carlos Osorio’s teams last seasons).

The second half was also marred by a vicious foul by Julian de Guzman on Angel, which left the Red Bulls captain writhing on the pitch. He was able to leave by his own accord. De Guzman was shown straight red and seemed genuinely sorry about his act. Angel was treated on the sideline but the team offered no further updates on his status.

ASN will continue to monitor the situation. In the meantime, provide your thoughts on the victory in the space below.

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 4, Toronto FC 0, Feb. 27, 2010
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex; Kissimmee, Fla.

Scoring Summary:
NY: Angel (Lindpere) 32’
NY: Angel (Miller, Ream) 37’
NY: Angel (da Luz, Stammler) 49’
NY: Chinn (da Luz, Tchani) 85’

Disciplinary Summary:
TOR: Nane (caution) 54’
TOR: de Guzman (red card, ejection) 69’

Lineups:

Toronto FC – Stefan Frei, Joseph Hane, Ty Harden (Gabe Gala 68’), Nick Garcia (Emmanuel Gomez 46’), Dan Gargan* (Marvell Wynne 46’), Jim Brennan (Vincent Kayizzi 46’), Julian de Guzman, Dwayne De Rosario (Martin Saric 61’), Sam Cronin, Kosta Bajic (Ali Gerba 46’), Peter Ijeh (O’Brian White ‘46’)

New York Red Bulls (4-0-3) – Bouna Coundoul (GK) (Caleb Patterson-Sewell 46’), Roy Miller, Tim Ream, Mike Petke (Carlos Mendes 61’), Enar Jaager* (Luke Sassano 46’), Ernst Oebster (Austin da Luz 46’), Joel Lindpere* (Tony Tchani 61’), Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Seth Stammler 46’), Jeremy Hall (John Wolyniec 76’), John Agudelo* (Conor Chinn 46’), Juan Pablo Angel (Irving Garcia 71’)

* – Denotes Non-Roster Player

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Chivas @ ASN Twitter feed

Posted on 26 February 2010 by ASN Staff

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Rapids’ Smith defends quality of play in MLS

Posted on 26 February 2010 by pshea

Gary Smith is about to start his second full season in charge of the Rapids

ASN caught up with Colorado Rapids head coach Gary Smith over the offseason. Amid discussions about the team, talk turned to the level of play in Major League Soccer, where the former Fulham man was quick to defend the U.S. league. “Even in the past two years I’ve been here, you can see tremendous improvement in our organization and throughout the league,” he said. “The players are performing at a very high athletic level.”

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Gary Smith defends MLS standards

Posted on 26 February 2010 by pshea

The Colorado Rapids are currently training in Arizona this week, but then they’ll head to England for another week of training.

Gary Smith is about to start his second full season in charge of the Rapids

“It’s early in the preseason,” noted Colorado head coach Gary Smith. “It’s good to change perspective and get away from the home training ground for a few weeks.”

Smith arrived in Arizona with almost 30 players, but he plans to continue to England with a roster of 24. In England, he hopes to have good workouts with “a very different style.” Plus, being at a top-notch facility might, Smith hopes, “give some of the players a bit of a lift.”

During the off-season, three unrelated people from the Colorado soccer community shared similar reasons for not watching Rapids games. One was a seasoned coach, one was a veteran player, and a couple with two young players shared the same view. To them, MLS contests look like exhibition games until the playoffs start.

When he heard this sentiment, coach Smith asked, “When was the last time they saw a game?”

He’s right. Assessing the level of play in any MLS club (or the league as a whole) is like reading graffiti on the side of a moving train. Since 1996, the improvement is irrefutable, although some might argue that the train isn’t moving fast enough. Regardless, the conservative approach has safely kept the entire MLS enterprise from derailing.

“Even in the past two years I’ve been here,” Smith said, “you can see tremendous improvement in our organization and throughout the league. The players are performing at a very high athletic level. I encourage them [aforementioned nay-sayers] to go and watch, and then decide.”

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Philadelphia Union training match in Mexico gets chippy

Posted on 26 February 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The Union played a training match vs. the Atlas U-20 squad yesterday, losing 3-1. It was a 10:30AM match at the MultiGol complex. Things got ugly apparently with three Union players being sent off and two for the Atlas U-20s. The match had to be stopped 12 minutes before time so as not to get out of control. ASN Philly is gathering intel on the developing story.

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Union scrimmage vs. Atlas U-20s gets a little chippy

Posted on 26 February 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The Union is in Mexico for their second phase of preseason and already there’s some drama!

According to the link below and my Spanish is horrific (not to mention Google Translate doesn’t help much), so bear with me and help me out if I missed any details. The Union are based at the University of Guadalajara (UdeG) along with the Chicago Fire and will be there for the duration of their trip. The Fire have been rather open about the matches they have set up with Chivas among others but the Union still stays mum, providing only scant details about what they’re up to. So we did a little digging…

The Union played a training match vs. the Atlas U-20 squad yesterday, losing 3-1. It was a 10:30AM match at the MultiGol complex. Things got ugly apparently with three Union players being sent off and two for the Atlas U-20s. The match had to be stopped 12 minutes before time so as not to get out of control.

I’ll try to get details but it’s a vault down there. Most certainly can’t promise anything. An attempt to get some details was met with a member of the communication department stating, “Since I am not in Mexico with the team, I have no knowledge of any scrimmages or exhibition matches”.

LINK TO STORY

Damn! A bunch of U-20 guys really ticking our veterans off? How are we going to be able to handle a leg-breaker like Dema Kovalenko if we can’t handle a chippy Atlas U-20 squad? Let’s not look too much into it. It was, after all, a pretty stressing day yesterday with all of the labor talk and the possibility of a strike. There really isn’t much to take out of this I’m sure and, at the least, it’s good to see these guys getting fired and passionate up in a scrimmage.

In other news, Alejandro Moreno was called up yet again earlier this week as the Venezualan National Team prepares to face Panama and North Korea next week on March 3rd and March 6th respectively.

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Friday audio news update

Posted on 26 February 2010 by ASN Staff

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