Union Freekicks - Time for MacMath to become a leader

MONTREAL, CANADA - AUGUST 4: Members of the Philadelphia Union pose for a team photo prior to facing the Montreal Impact in their match at the Saputo Stadium on August 4, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Impact defeated the Union 2-0. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Apologies for not putting one up yesterday, but when i woke up to submit it my internet was out. I just added those links to today's so enjoy.

Zac MacMath: Leadership and emotions

MacMath needs to start being a leader on an extremely young back-line. Something that is lacking since Danny Califf was shipped out.

Player ratings and analysis: Impact 2-0 Union

A good breakdown of the game over at Phillysoccerpage. They also rated the players, and none of them except Okugo got a grade above 6. Which is average.

MLS Power Rankings: Week 22 - MLSsoccer.com

The Union don't move up or down and stay at 14 in the power rankings. San Jose, Houston and Seattle round out the top three, respectively.

Ricketts heads to Portland

For the second time this season Donovan Ricketts has been traded, this time to portland in an exchange for Goalkeeper Troy Perkins.

Click the jump for more soccer links

Morgan lifts US women to dramatic soccer win - ESPN

The U.S. women score a late winner in extra-time to defeat Canada 4-3 and create a World Cup rematch between U.S. and Japan.

Cristiano ronaldo wants to be like Beckham and finish career in MLS - examiner

More about Ronaldo wanting to come to MLS when he finishes his career in Europe.

U.S. women's soccer team grabs Derek Jeter's attention - USA Today

Much like the rest of america, Derek Jeter is captivated by the U.S. womens soccer team.

Goals of the week - MLSsoccer.com

the goals in the running for MLS goal of the week. One from the Union's game shows up.

Save of the week - MLSsoccer.com

Some really good saves up for voting this week.

Team of the Week (week 22) - MLSsoccer.com

No Union made the list after a poor showing in Montreal, but a lot of good performances around the league earned others a spot.

World champions Japan reach women's soccer final - Yahoo!

Japan reaches the Olympic final for the second major meeting in a row against the U.S. The last meeting came in the World Cup final.

Autopsy reveals MLS player suffered no trauma, may have suffered' apparent natural death' - washington post

The autopsy for Kirk Urso showed that he suffered no trauma, and instead may have died of natural causes. More tests are still being done to determine the exact cause.

U.S. Soccer in discussions to keep women home after the Olympics - Sports Illustrated

The U.S. no longer have a top flight women's soccer league after the collapse of the WPS earlier this year. Now U.S. Soccer is trying to keep talents like Hope Solo and Alex Morgan on home soil instead of going abroad to Europe. Many were on short term deals with semi-pro clubs prior to the Olympic Campaign.

From the Brotherly Game:

Poetry Cornerkicks

Incase you missed it, Ryan S is doing poetry recaps of the games. This is the first one done, and it is a really good read.

The Time Is Now, Freddy

Also Jack did a good piece early yesterday about Freddy Adu needing to step up and become the centerfold of our stagnant offense.

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