Today's open discussion thread for all things Union, MLS, soccer and assorted riffraff.
The Top 30 MLS SuperDraft Prospects [MLSsoccer.com Staff, PhiladelphiaUnion.com] - In case you still haven't gotten enough SuperDraft coverage.
Don Garber Will Talk To Miami Ultras: This Is What He'll Say [Jeremiah Oshan, SBNation.com Soccer] - MLS has failed in Miami before; should they try again?
"The conditional second rounder sent to Columbus in the Carroll trade will be KC's natural pick, meaning the Union retain #23 overall." [Philadelphia Union Twitter account] - Kansas City finished higher in the standings than the Union, so this is a positive.
Prolonging The Buzz: Relegation Scrappers, Arsenal's Edge Highlight English Premier League's Mid-Week Fair [Richard Farley, SBNation.com Soccer] - Manchester United sits atop the table with 44 points in twenty matches played, with the Blues in second with 42 points in twenty-two matches played. Spurs, on the other hand, sadly lost a crucial chance to move up in the standings with their 2-1 defeat at Everton.
Mapp Excited for First Full Season in Philadelphia [Andy Jasner, PhiladelphiaUnion.com] - Mapp showed flashes of brilliance in his appearances with the Union last year; imagine how a full term of training with the team and with its system could help even more.
Lilly, Iron Lady of U.S. Soccer, Retires at 39 [Jack Bell, NYTimes.com] - Lilly began representing the United States in international play in 1987. How incredible is that to think about?
Union Captain Califf Mulls Post-Playing Career [Dave Zeitlin, PhiladelphiaUnion.com] - To go along with a goalie coach, might the Union be interested in an elbowing instructor in a few years?