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Welcome to Wednesday’s News Roundup. Here’s what you may have missed, and what is still to come, in the world of soccer.
US Coaches Release All-American Teams
On Monday, the United Soccer Coaches organization released its high school All-American selections. Among those selected from Southeastern, Pennsylvania was Conestoga High School senior forward, Chris Donovan.
Donovan is a Drexel University commit who scored 56 career goals for the Pioneers. Donovan fired Conestoga to its second straight PIAA Class 4A State Championship on Nov. 18. The forward bagged all four goals in the Pioneer’s 4-0 triumph over Hempfield High School.
NCAA College Cup (Division I)
Akron University Men’s Soccer Program to Cover Cost of Students’ Trip to College Cup
STUDENTS: Don't forget to bring your deposit to @TheAKROWDIES office in Spicer or to their table at the Union today! Limited number of spots remaining for the FREE trip to the #CollegeCup! pic.twitter.com/tqNtBqWjGo
— Akron Zips M Soccer (@ZipsMSoc) December 5, 2017
This rumor popped up Monday evening. Presented without further comment.
— Union Rumors (@UnionRumors) December 5, 2017
Philadelphia Union U17, U19 Academies Finish Showcase Unbeaten
ICYMI: U19s finished unbeaten: Monday Roundup — Dec. 4, 2017
On Monday, the U17 side competed in its final match of the Development Academy Winter Showcase, which was held outside of Tampa, FL. The U17s handily defeated Sporting Kansas City 4-1.
Four players got on the scoresheet for the Union. Shanyder Borgelin got the Blue-and-Gold on the board early in the 6th minute. Matt Myers grabbed a goal near the end of the first half (32′). Michael McKeown joined the party in the 68′ minute while Axel Picazo capped off a dominant performance for the Union youth, with a goal in the 90′ minute.
In its three matches, the U17 side drew Sockers FC (IL) 0-0 on Friday and ousted Seattle Sounders 4-2 on Saturday, before defeating SKC on Monday.
For more information regarding scores, rosters, and results, we suggest you check out the Philadelphia Union Academy’s website here.
ICYMI: Gulati Says He Won’t Run For Re-Election
On Monday, current president of the US Soccer Federation, Sunil Gulati told ESPN that he will not seek another term.
“I spent a lot of time thinking about it and talking about it with people in many different positions — many of whom told me I should run. But in the end, I think the best thing for me personally, and for the federation, is to see someone new in the job.”
Gulati has occupied the position for the last 12 years. For more on Gulati, his decision to step down, and time as US Soccer president, we suggest you give this article a read.
Kathy Carter Officially Announces Candidacy For US Soccer Presidency
On Sunday, Soccer United Marketing president Kathy Carter confirmed she was “exploring the opportunity” of running for the US Soccer Federation presidency. On Tuesday, a day after Gulati’s announcement, Carter confirmed on Twitter that she was entering the race.
Carter, who assists in the marketing of Major League Soccer, has since taken a leave of her position at SUM.
For more on Carter, her announcement, and a glimpse at her vision for the future of the federation, we suggest you read this article.
Major League Soccer
Under the Radar Signing for Vancouver Whitecaps FC
With the January Transfer Window fast-approaching, Vancouver announced on Thursday, Nov. 30 its most recent signing of Venezuelan striker, Anthony Blondell, from Venezuelan Primera División side Monagas SC.
Blondell, 23, led the Primera División with 23 goals in 2017, and on Nov. 13, the striker debuted for his country.
Note From the Editor: Maybe you saw this signing, maybe you didn’t. I missed the news of it, and I believe this signing, as well as the rumored signing for Atlanta United below, are indicative of the changing tide in MLS. Exciting times.
It is rumored that Atlanta United are on the verge of signing 18-year-old, Ezequiel Barco, from Argentinian club, Independiente.
Ezequiel Barco se va al #Atlanta de la MLS. En horas, se firma un preacuerdo entre clubes y post final de Sudamericana, se rubrica el pase. A #Independiente le quedan u$s 12M, de los cuales 6 son al contado y los otros antes de fines de 2018. pic.twitter.com/61yoYNKnp7
— César Luis Merlo (@CLMerlo) December 4, 2017
Dirty South Soccer did the dirty work of translating this Tweet.
Crystal Palace Planning Selhurst Park Renovations
English Premier League side, Crystal Palace are planning a massive £100m renovation of Selhurst Park, which would raise the seating capacity of the park to 34,000, in an effort to make the stadium large enough to host international football.
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish said the renovations will serve to, “create a new Crystal Palace for the modern era.”
For more information on the proposed renovations, cost, and a timeline for proposals, we suggest you give this article a read.
And last, but not least, here’s an updated look at league tables, from around the world.
Thanks for reading the latest News Roundup. Check back on Friday morning for the latest in the world of football.