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Friday Morning Union Freekicks: The One Where Peter Nowak Is Compared To David Beckham

"The ball's going to end up all the way over there, and you better be ready to fetch it for me, damnit."  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)
"The ball's going to end up all the way over there, and you better be ready to fetch it for me, damnit." (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)
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Peter Laviolette can be fiery like Mike Keenan. Doug Collins is not Eddie Jordan. Andy Reid is (now) the longest-tenured head coach in the NFL. And Charlie Manuel is Charlie Manuel. All of these are compliments being paid to current Philadelphia professional sports coaches. But Peter Nowak may well have outdone them all. Your open discussion thread for all things Union, soccer and absurd physics.

Bend It Like Nowak [The700Level.com] - He barely even bothers to react. Just walks away, almost like nothing happened.

MLS formula for success -- expansion [Leander Schaerlaeckens, ESPN.com] - When the Oklahoma City Tumbleweeds are participating in an Expansion Draft, you know they'll have gone too far.

Salinas is right fit for Caps [Bruce Constantineau, Vancouver Sun] - Some might not want to read this, but...

Boston investors to buy Italian soccer team Roma [Jenn Abelson, Boston Globe] - New England Sports Ventures already owns Liverpool, along with the Boston Red Sox.

Williams Taking Nothing for Granted in First Preseason with Union [Andy Jasner, PhiladelphiaUnion.com] - Williams' journey to MLS starter was not exactly easy, nor straightforward. Instead, it's rather inspiring.

Inter to bid £40 million for Gareth Bale [David Hytner, The Guardian] - A transfer for that amount would be the fifth highest ever, and the highest ever for a British player. What do you do if you're Daniel Levy, who could surely use every possible pound in looking to either take over Olympic Stadium in London after the 2012 games, or if unsuccessful build a new stadium adjacent to White Hart Lane?

Le Toux, Califf Embracing Offseason Acquisitions [Judah Levine, PhiladelphiaUnion.com] - Seems like Brian Carroll is being forgotten about with such focus around Mondragon and Valdes. He could end up being a very key component for Philadelphia.