In the latest edition of the KYW Philly Soccer Show podcast, Philadelphia Union striker Chandler
Hoffman joins co-hosts Greg Orlandini of KYW NewsRadio and Philly Soccer Page writer Eli
In part one, Hoffman talks about what it has been like fighting for playing time on the team and
working with the other young forwards.
Montreal looks to continue their quest for a playoff berth against D.C. United. (Getty
The make or break part of the season is here. At this point teams can earn a lot or nothing at
all. Most teams are hitting that final stretch of games that will either put them in the playoffs
or will put them in a position to have a high draft pick in next January's SuperDraft.
The wheeling and dealing north of the border continues.
The Montreal Impact dealt defender Tyson Wahl to the Colorado Rapids Friday, acquiring an
international roster spot for the 2014 season.Â The Impact originally acquired Wahl from the
Seattle Sounders for allocation money on the day of the expansion draft.
While Jack Mac may have garnered all the headlines for his two goals in the Union's 4-0 beating
of Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, the club's third round supplemental draft pick and Princeton
lad Antoine Hoppenot proved why he deserved the nickname "Spark Plug."
Coming on in the 59th minute in place of an off Adu, Hoppenot lit up PPL Park with his
unbelievable vision and pace.
It goes to show that if you are off Twitter for a few days, all hell breaks loose. The Union are
good at lulling you into a fall sense of security that nothing is happening, then executing a sneak
The Union traded under-performing forward Danny Mwanga for under-performing forward Jorge
Perlaza of the Portland Timbers on Wednesday.
Few would disagree that last year's New York Red Bulls were a tremendous disappointment. The
acquisition of French legend Thierry Henry, joining a cast of international players including Rafa
Marquez, Tim Ream, Juan Agudelo, and Joel Lindpere (and briefly Dwayne De Rosario), was supposed to
make the Red Bulls the LA Galaxy of the Eastern Conference.
Another player who found himself struggling for minutes with the Montreal Impact is on the
Forward Justin Braun was traded to his hometown Real Salt Lake in exchange for a conditional
2014 draft pick Wednesday, getting himself out of a situation that had become increasingly dire
north of the border.
Man in the middle: New Chivas USA midfield general Shalrie Joseph was already directing traffic at
his first practice with his new club since being traded by the New England Revolution. Chivas USA
midfielder Blair Gavin, a draft pick and cash went in the other direction (Photo courtesy Olivia
Tonight the New England Revolution will conclude their 2012 series against Sporting Kansas City
at home in Foxboro as they desperately seek a full 3 points before their playoffs dreams have fully
passed them by for the season. With a tough run on the road, playing 3 games and only securing 1
point (against Kansas City), the Revs will hope that they can return to winning ways back at
Most of us are still smarting after this morning's news of the Shalrie Joseph trade broke. The
New England Revolution will never be the same, and whether you agree with the trade or not, you
can't say it doesn't send shockwaves through this community.
Apologies for the delay in getting our usual preview interview up this week. Typically we try to
aim for the middle of the week now, but, since these are largely dependent on our fellow SB Nation
editors and their own schedules vary from person to person it's not always possible. Regardless,
though, huge thanks to Denz from RSL Soapbox for taking the time to answer these questions and
giving us a bit of insight into the team that many consider to be best in the league.
Sporting KC announced another signing today, officially agreeing to terms with 1st round
Supplemental draft pick, Shawn Singh to a contract. The UCLA product makes 29 players currently
under contract right now. Although with Eric Kronberg currently on IR, they have 28 open roster
spots at the moment.
Like it or not, everyone with any knowledge of the Union going into Saturday's game against
Vancouver will be watching to see how the fans at PPL Park react to the return of Sebastien Le
Toux. The Inquirer's Marc Narducci reports that Peter Nowak says, "I hope and believe that the fans
will support and stand behind our team and help us to win the game because we need them more than
anything right now.
Toronto FC made waves when they eliminated the LA Galaxy from the CONCACAF Champions League, but
the momentum from that victory took a big hit after word that star defender Torsten Frings will be
sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Frings will miss 4-6 weeks with the strained right hamstring suffered during Toronto FC's 3-1
loss to the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, the team announced on Tuesday morning.
The Swope Park Rangers suffered their first loss of the season today at Swope Park, as the reserves
gave up 3 second half goals, falling to the Houston Dynamo 3-0. The first half was interrupted by
lightning. In the second half, in a 21 minute stretch, Cam Weaver, Alex Dixon, and Colin Rolfe all
scored for Houston to give them the win over the Rangers.
"The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Thursday that it has signed 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft
pick and Chicago Fire Premier alumnus Tony Walls. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal
were not disclosed."
D.C. United traded an international roster spot to the Montreal Impact so that they could select creative UCLA midfielder Victor Munoz.
When the day started, D.C. United had only one draft pick; after the day was done, they had traded down one spot for allocation money and the right to pick the same player they were always going to pick, as well as trading an Italian international roster spot to the Montreal Impact for a second round draft choice.
In June, the Philadelphia Union sacked their first manager, Peter Nowak, just six months after
he signed a three-year contract extension with the club. Now Nowak is suing the club in federal
court for the remaining three and a half years of unpaid wages left on his contract and severance
pay, which he feels he's owed.
The Boston Breakers added a trio of players on ThursdayÂ that signed with the club prior to the
suspension of the 2012 WPS season.
Australian internationals Tameka Butt and Kyah Simon and Longmeadow, Mass. native Bianca
D'Agostino were all added to the Breakers roster in advance of the team's first season in WPSL
Elite League play.