Philadelphia Union News
OTD 2019: Przybylko nets first Union goal in draw at Vancouver
One year ago yesterday, Philadelphia Union continued it’s march up the Eastern Conference table with an important point in Vancouver. The match not only saw homegrown Matt Freese make his first MLS start in goal, forward Kacper Przybylko scored his first goal with the Boys in Blue.
What will happen with the transfer market this summer? MLS GMs weigh in
No one knows for sure what’s going to happen with the global market this offseason, but MLS’s transfer market decision-makers have a few ideas and inklings. One thing seems clear: the impact will be sizable.
Vermes lays out three-part plan for MLS youth development program
MLS took the step of creating its own academy league for its teams to play in and Peter Vermes, the longest tenured head coach and sporting director in the league, has some ideas on how clubs can organize their academy setups in order to maximize youth development.
U.S. Soccer News
Zack Steffen re-injures knee in training
Steffen will not be missing any USMNT matches during this layoff, as the CONCACAF Nations League playoffs, set for June, were postponed. This would theoretically give him all summer to heal if he cannot return before the end of Düsseldorf’s season.
Armchair Analyst: Each USYNT cohort’s best prospect from the past 25 years
In the US, the U-17s were basically an autonomous team for two decades, and the U-20s attempted to inject a dose of professionalism into a team that was usually composed of college kids.
Rest of the World News
FIFA wants to let teams use 5 substitutes to aid players after pandemic shutdown
With soccer facing a congested slate of games after players have been idle during the coronavirus pandemic, FIFA is supporting a major rule change.
Report: Premier League targeting June restart in empty stadiums
The Premier League will have to meet certain criteria before the government can approve a restart. Clubs will need to be sure players, coaches, and staff can be tested for COVID-19 and they will need to make sure plans are in place to keep fans from congregating outside the stadiums during matches.