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High School Soccer
PIAA 4A Playoffs
No. 24 Penn Wood was edged by No. 9 Unionville, 1-0, in the opening of the PIAA District I 4A Playoffs on Tuesday night. Unionville senior forward Tom Kelly added the game’s winning goal. Kelly’s goal came inside the first 11 minutes.
Penn Wood (12W, 7L) outshot Unionville (14W, 1L, 1D) nine to seven on the night, but the Patriots were unable to break the Indians’ staunch backline through the remaining 80 minutes of Tuesday’s game. Penn Wood finishes its season having won the DelVal Title for a fifth time in six years while Unionville advances in the tournament.
Next up for the Indians is a pivotal match on Thursday night against No. 8 Harrison, the lowest ranked of the remaining four Central Athletic League teams represented in this year’s tournament.
No. 20 Haverford fell to Cesar May and No. 13 Downingtown East, 2-1, on Tuesday night. May played both hero and helper, scoring on a free kick in the 54th minute before assisting on the game’s eventual winner later in the contest. Fords’ senior Alex Reardon notched the lone goal for the visitors in the 80th minute.
Downingtown East (14W, 1L, 1D) advances to play No. 4 Abington on Thursday night while Haverford’s (11W, 8L) season comes to an end.
Entering the District One tournament along with top-seeded Conestoga on Thursday are Central Athletic League rivals No. 5 Lower Merion, No. 7 Radnor and No. 8 Harriton.
Conestoga will begin its quest for another PIAA State Championship when it hosts No. 16 Council Rock North at Teamer Field on Thursday night.
Lower Merion will play host to No. 12 Owen J. Roberts.
Radnor will host No. 10 West Chester Henderson, in what is a touted matchup of two district giants.
Harriton will welcome in-form Unionville.
Check out the rest of the PIAA District I 4A bracket here.
Nothing Separating Temple, Penn on Tuesday
There was nothing to separate the men’s soccer teams of Temple University and The University of Penn after 110 minutes of scoreless, grueling soccer played at Temple’s Sports Complex on Tuesday night.
Temple nearly notched the game’s winning goal in the 110th minute, but senior Belal Mohamed was deemed offside just moments after. Penn edged Temple in shots (16 to 14) on the night, but the Quakers were unable to beat Owls’ keeper Simon Lefebvre. Lefebvre earned his sixth clean sheet of the campaign.
Temple (4W, 8L 4D) will play its last game of the season on Saturday, October 27, an American Athletic Conference game against Tulsa. Before the game, the Owls’ program will recognize its six seniors for Senior Night. Kick off is slated for 7:00 PM EST.
Next up for the Quakers (2W, 4L, 6D) is an important Ivy League game at Rhodes Field against Brown. Penn currently sits winless at the bottom of the Ivy League. A win would see the Quakers move past the Bears in the league.
Senior Day, Soccer Six Showdown Between Drexel and St. Joe’s
Drexel University Men’s Soccer team will recognize its seniors tonight, at 6:00 PM EST, before hosting their season finale at Vidas Field. Tonight’s game is a crucial Soccer Six showdown with city rivals Saint Joseph’s University.
Drexel (8W, 5L, 3D) will be playing for more than just pride and its seniors in the Dragons’ last game. A share of the Philadelphia Soccer Six league championship is still at stake.
Saint Joseph’s (8W, 5L, 2D) enters tonight’s contest having won eight games during the current campaign. It is the program’s most wins in a season since 2003. Saint Joe’s offense features three of the four best scorers in the city and is led by Alvin Dahn. Dahn has bagged seven goals and eight assists this year.
Drexel leads the all-time series with Saint Joseph’s, with 30 wins, 13 defeats and four draws. In the last meeting at Vidas Field, on September 22, 2015, the Hawks and Dragons settled for a scoreless draw.
Homegrown Trio Receive Under-20 Call-Ups
On Tuesday, Philadelphia Union’s Homegrown triumvirate, comprising defenders Matt Real and Mark McKenzie as well as midfielder Anthony Fontana, received call-ups to the United States Under-20 National Team. Philly’s trio will represent the U20s in their upcoming World Cup qualifying campaign. Qualifying will run from November 1 to 21 in Florida.
Head coach Tab Ramos selected the three Union players to his list of 20 players that have been called upon to represent the USYNT in its campaign to qualify for the 2019 U20 World Cup.
Real, McKenzie and Fontana will link up with former Philadelphia Union Youth Academy teammate, goalkeeper C.J. dos Santos who is currently plying his trade in Portugal with the S.L. Benfica U19 team.
Philadelphia, with three players in Ramos’ squad, is the most represented of any Major League Soccer team. Only FC Dallas has more than one player selected to represent the top-seeded Americans in the qualifying tournament.
Only the top-four teams, in the qualifying campaign that consists of 34 nations, will qualify for U20 World Cup in South Korea. The World Cup will be played from May 23 to June 15.
Major League Soccer
MLS Players’ Association Releases Updated Salary Guide
Last night, the MLS Players’ Association released its updated Players’ Salary Guide for the current season. It is the sixth straight year that the MLSPA has disclosed the Guide.
MLSPA’s Players’ Salary Guide contains salary information of every player under contract in the league (as of September 15). Check out the complete guide, comprising MLS players’ base salary and annual average guaranteed compensation here.
Atlanta’s Martino Denies Contract Extension
Ending weeks of speculation, Atlanta United announced that head coach Tata Martino will not be returning to The Five Stripes in 2019. Martino has denied a contract extension that was proposed by the club.
Following United’s playoff run, Martino and Atlanta will part ways and explore other options. According to the club’s release, Martino made the decision to move on due to “personal reasons.”
No further comments have been made regarding his future. Martino has been rumored for the Mexican National Team job. Atlanta United is currently first in the Eastern Conference with 69 points and on pace to win the MLS Supporters’ Shield.
Sargent Scores Game-Winner in Bremen Friendly
Weeks after scoring the lone goal for the United States Men’s National Team in its friendly against Peru, Josh Sargent, 18, scored a winning goal for his club, Werder Bremen.
Sargent’s goal came in the 86th minute of a friendly against Bundesliga 2. outfit DSC Arminia Bielefeld, and it looked a little something like this:
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