News Roundups are posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning with quick hits on what you may have missed and what is still to come in The Beautiful Game.
Here’s what you may have missed and what is still to come, helping keep you, the fan, ahead of the game:
ICYMI: Union Fall in Last Preseason Match to Tampa Bay
Playing in their final preseason match on Saturday night, the Philadelphia Union fell 2-1 to USL side and Sun Coast Invitational hosts Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Jochen Graf put the home side up early in the 19th minute. Michael Nanchoff scored the eventual match-winning goal in the 35th minute that fired Tampa Bay up two goals at the half.
Union midfielder Haris Medunjanin did rescue a goal for the visitors in the 84th minute, with a brilliant free kick that bent around the wall assembled by Tampa Bay and into the top corner.
Cool as you’d like from the Bosnian.
Yes, it’s a preseason match. No, the Sun Coast Invitational isn’t on par with the UEFA Champions League or World Cup. But if you’re a Union fan, this is probably not the type of performance that is going to ease the Negadelphian feelings heading into a new season, with the first match this Saturday.
Dockal on the Bench
Another potential bright spot for Union fans to takeaway from Saturday’s final preseason match was the sight of Czech international and newest rumored signing Bořek Dočkal.
The Union confirm that was indeed Borek Dockal on the bench tonight, but I’m told the deal is not officially done yet.
— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) February 25, 2018
We The People Podcast Wants YOU
We The People Podcast, powered by UnionFanTV, is ramping up its production for this upcoming Philadelphia Union season. Hosts of the show, John and Jason, want to hear from you, the fan.
Each week, the guys break down recent Union results, preview upcoming matches, and discuss the hottest topics keeping fans up at night.
This season, John and Jason are looking to talk with one to two Union fans each week, to get a better sense of how fans are feeling ahead of an upcoming match, after a result, or regarding anything related to the club.
Major League Soccer
New Season, New Kits
MLS clubs certainly did not disappoint, dropping some really clean kits for this upcoming season.
Barnes’ Rumor Radar — Feb. 26, 2018
Each week, during this current preseason, Philly Football Daily MLS contributor Noah Barnes has followed, speculated, and compiled his list of top-five league transfer rumors in his column, Rumor Radar.
See the link above for Barnes’ final top-five before the start of the 2018 MLS season.
Jordan Morris Out With ACL Tear
On Saturday, FOX Sports’ Stuart Holden confirmed the worst via Twitter.
Hearing Jordan Morris torn right ACL and will miss 6-9 months. Tough run for Morris- hamstring end of 2017 and now ACL.
Really sad to see and hope to see him back on pitch soon.
— Stuart Holden (@stuholden) February 24, 2018
Morris sustained the injury during the Seattle Sounders opening match in the CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday, which ended in a 2-1 defeat to Santa Tecla of El Salvador.
The 23-year-old went down untouched in the 85th minute and had to be carried off the pitch.
From everyone at PFD, we would like to wish Jordan a swift and successful recovery.
Manchester City Defeat Arsenal, Win Carabao Cup
Sergio Aguero’s 18th minute loft over Arsenal keeper David Ospina, along with second-half goals from veterans Vincent Kompany and David Silva, powered Manchester City to a Carabao Cup final victory over the Gunners.
The win saw Pep Guardiola lift his first trophy since taking charge of the club in 2016.
So, Gooners, #WengerOut?
Sunday’s English league cup final didn’t exactly live up to the casual football fan’s expectations in terms of flair and drama.
And if you’re an Arsenal fan, a three-nil loss to City was certainly not written in the pre-match script. Arsenal, who have almost come to expect cup wins at Wembley during the Arsene Wenger era, were visibly not up for the challenge posed by Guardiola’s side.
Perhaps the most frustrated by the lopsided result was Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, who slammed the “spineless” Gunners during and after the match.
Here are just some of Neville’s “constructive criticisms.”
Usain Bolt Signs for a Football Team
Usain Bolt, according to Bolt himself in a Tweet on Sunday morning, has officially signed for a professional football team! We just don’t know where and for whom the Jamaican has signed on for.
I've signed for a football team! Find out which one this Tuesday at 8am GMT 👀 pic.twitter.com/iFTlWxfy7x
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) February 25, 2018
Bolt has never tried to hide his fandom for Manchester United. But then again, it may be safe to assume the Jamaican has been hiding his support for the Philadelphia Union all this time.
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