Anything but a win will spell disaster for World Cup qualifying
After a disastrous start to their U20 World Cup qualifying campaign on Saturday, the United States U20 team will look to rebound against a team it is expected to and will have to beat to keep its hopes of advancing alive.
If everything goes right, this is what the Union could look like this season.
I am the staff geezer and the staff curmudgeon. These two facts, I believe, allow me to claim the title of staff realist but there would be a few ruffled feathers if I squawked that too loudly. Perhaps my colder approach was caused by decades of blind hope that I've carried into countless sports seasons.
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Scarves are an integral part of soccer fandom for a great part of the world. Not every place uses them due to the climate, but in most of the world they're an accessory that most fans have. I don't know how many I have - all but a handful of mine are in storage, although I'd put the number somewhere around 50.
The Union worked in 21 players in their first official preseason game.
A second-half goal from Derrick Jones was all the Philadelphia Union needed to open up their Rowdies Suncoast Invitational campaign with a win. 21 Union players took part in the 1-0 victory over the host Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Here's how I see Union's order of preference in their back line
When last the Philadelphia Union lined up, in their MLS Playoff match at BMO Field in Toronto, their back line consisted of Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Ken Tribbett, and Keegan Rosenberry. 2017 has brought changes to the roster and changes in health status, therefore changes on the depth chart.
Four second half goals sparked the U16s to a 4-1 win
Seth Kuhn broke open a scoreless tie with his second goal of the tournament and the Philadelphia Union U16 offense exploded for three more second half goals to pick up a crucial three points in the second leg of Generation adidas Cup qualifying on Friday.