CHESTER, PA- APRIL 11: Nick Sakiewicz of the Philadelphia Union speaks during the MLS All-Star Game Press Conference at PPL Park on April 11, 2012 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Another game, another somewhat disappointing result for the Union. They had nearly 70% of possession in the first half, and had a handful of prime scoring opportunities in the second half, but couldn't score. But it's like we've come to expect that, so this wasn't anything all that new. Still, a road point is never a terrible result. Today's open thread for all things Union and MLS.
Union can't convert in scoreless draw [Dave Zeitlin, CSNPhilly.com] - Zeitlin notes that last night's match "marked the ninth time this season [the Union] have been shut out, the most in the franchise's three-year history."
Mixed Feelings [Andy Jasner, philadelphiaunion.com] - "Frustrations despite dominant away play."
Union shut out for 9th time in 0-0 draw with Revolution [Dave Zeitlin, MLSsoccer.com] - Dave pulled double-duty last night. "Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz stood outside the visiting locker room at Gillette Stadium with a weary look on his face. "You've gotta finish," he said, before slumping in the chair and saying the same thing again."
Singing Her Way Toward Exit, Sundhage Steps Down as U.S. Coach [Jim Memmott, The New York Times] - "Taking a microphone, Sundhage turned to the fans and belted out a few lines of Bob Dylan's "If Not for You," her way of thanking the crowd and saying goodbye."
U.S. soccer players feel more welcome in England [Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times] - "Americans get some respect in the English Premier League. Clint Dempsey gets a lot of credit for changing perception of U.S. players."
Maradona remains in Dubai as sports 'ambassador' [Michael Casey, the Associated Press via FOXsports.com] - "The Argentine soccer great said Sunday he has signed one-year contract to become a special sports adviser to the Dubai Sports Council. The announcement comes less than two months after Maradona was fired as coach for the Dubai club Al Wasl following the team's eighth-place finish in the 12-team UAE Pro League."