In the span of six days, Philadelphia fans will get the chance to watch the best American soccer players, men or women, at PPL Park.
The US Soccer Federation and the Philadelphia Union announced on Monday that the newest MLS stadium, which opened in June, will host a US Men’s National Team friendly against Colombia on Tuesday, Oct. 12 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2 and Galavisión).
The match will come less than a week after the US Women’s National Team hosts China in preparation for World Cup qualifying on Wed., Oct. 6.
Just six years into the original 10-year deal between Adidas and MLS, things have gone so well that both sides agreed to re-up earlier than planned.
On Monday morning, Adidas and Major League Soccer announced an extension to the ground-breaking partnership originally signed in 2004. The original deal, which ran through 2014, named Adidas as the official athletic sponsor and product supplier for the league. The new extension runs through 2018.
Santino Quaranta saw his long-range blast clang off the crossbar, hit Chivas USA goalkeeper Zach Thornton in the leg and bounce just wide of the net. Jaime Moreno’s goalbound header was cleared off the line by a desperate Mariano Trujillo. Branko Boskovic whipped a vicious drive inches high and wide of Thornton’s top corner.
Yet D.C. United’s visit to the Home Depot Center on Sunday night ended in the same fashion as so many of their other road matches: another loss, another shutout, another promising performance rendered hollow by a few inopportune errors.
As D.C. United continues to fight through 2010 while simultaneously preparing for 2011, the team can get a jump start on next year by claiming the first international ticket for MLS teams by winning the U.S. Open Cup. D.C. faces Columbus at RFK in the semifinal on Wednesday for a chance to play in the final for the third straight year. For a team like United that is hungry to lay a firm foundation for the future, the U.S. Open Cup would be a very strong first step.
D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen
On the team’s performance tonight:
I think there was a lot more tonight to be pleased with than not. It’s always tough right after a game to judge it that well; it’s better to watch it the next day. But I think overall it was a good performance. I thought we put on a good show at times. Our final ball wasn’t there and that was disappointing, because they guys out there deserved a result tonight I thought. They did what we asked them, to go out and play with confidence and move the ball around.
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National teams have come calling for FIFA’s next international fixture dates between Sept. 3 and 7, and MLS will be well represented – especially in CONCACAF.
Rafa Márquez will likely wear the captain’s armband for Mexico as El Tri take on Ecuador at Chivas’ new Estadio Omnilife on Sept. 4, then meet Colombia at Tigres UANL’s Estadio Universitario three days later.
Not so long ago, schedule congestion was a way of life for D.C. United.
From 2005-09, the club qualified for a bevy of international tournaments like CONCACAF Champions Cup, CONCACAF Champions League and even Copa Sudamericana in addition to their league and US Open Cup efforts back home.
There were periods when games seemed to outnumber practices and midweek matches, long-haul flights and tired legs presented a constant balancing act for United’s coaches and training staff.