Dallas Sucks - Futbol Edition

Dallas Sucks - Futbol Edition

I don’t know about you, but I am
absolutely sick and tired of all the closet Dallas cock-A-roach fans calling
local sports talk radio yammering on and on about Jeff Cunningham, Heath
Pearce, and Dax McCarty. I’ve had enough of walking down Broad Street and having
to see Dallas jerseys with Ferreira emblazoned on the back. Even Patton Oswalt
agrees that Dallas sucks.

Ok, that may not yet be the case
with our respective soccer teams, but I’d feel that way if it was. Our civic
hatred for all things Dallas moves to the futbol pitch late this afternoon as
FC Dallas comes to the Linc to face the Union (4PM/Live Well HD/Telefutura).
This is the Union’s first home game since the home opener on April 10th,
which was highlighted by Sebastien LeToux’s hat trick in a 3-2 win over D.C.
United.

Since we last saw our local XI on
home turf they’ve dropped five consecutive games. Some of those losses have
been competitive, others not so much (giving up three goals in consecutive
games the last two weeks to LA and Real Salt Lake).

Not coincidentally the recent spell
of bad form has come about since LeToux was injured in the US Open Cup loss at
New York. In his absence they’ve had trouble generating and finishing chances.
The chemistry between Fred, Alejandro Moreno, and LeToux has been missed. The good
news is that LeToux is expected to play this afternoon. They’ll also have
Stefani Miglioranzi back from his red card suspension. Beyond that I think it
is safe to say that Peter Nowak will trot out his default starting lineup
(Seitz, Harvey, Orozco, Califf, Arrieta, Torres, Miglioranzi, Jacobson, Fred,
Moreno, and the listed as probable LeToux).

Dallas comes into the game having
more often than not kissed their sister (2-1-4), which I suppose should not be
surprising considering they’re from Dallas. However, they’ve also been stingy
recently – recording consecutive clean sheets. They feature Dax McCarty, who
despite looking like a brat from an 80’s movie, is one of my favorite players
developed by the US Soccer youth program. He’s played on the USMNT alongside
Heath Pearce, who is helps anchor the Dallas defense. Be wary of Pearce getting
forward and whipping crosses into the box. His service has been excellent in
recent call-ups to the USMNT. Also, David Ferreira should present a challenge
for Jacobson and Miglioranzi in the center of the pitch.

I think consecutive west coast
trips took their toll on the Union. Returning to Philly and actually playing a
home game should energize the team. If LeToux does make it back I think he
provides the spark they’ve been missing. Oh, I almost forgot to include the “Union
player most like to be shown a red card” feature. So, here you go….

This week’s player most likely to see red: Cristian Arrieta, who
was atrocious last week.

Final Score Prediction: Union get back on the good side 2-0

Phillies prospect Victor Arano out at least a month with elbow injury

Phillies prospect Victor Arano out at least a month with elbow injury

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Phillies received some good and bad news on pitcher Victor Arano.

He was diagnosed with a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Surgery was not prescribed, which is good news.

The bad news, he’s been shut down for at least a month.

Arano’s injury was treated with a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection.

The 22-year-old from Mexico said he first started feeling some tenderness in the elbow during a stint in the Arizona Fall League. He experienced some swelling in the elbow after reporting to camp earlier this month.

Arano is an intriguing prospect. He was acquired from the Dodgers as part of the package for starter Roberto Hernandez in August 2014. He impressed team officials in spring training 2015 and really took a big step forward after moving to the bullpen last season. He pitched 79 2/3 innings in 46 games at Single A Clearwater and Double A Reading and recorded a 2.26 ERA while striking out 95 and walking just 19.

Arano’s stuff has been compared to that of Edubray Ramos, who jumped from Double A to Triple A to the majors last season.

The injury means Arano will have to start the season on the disabled list.

In other health news, pitcher Jake Thompson graduated to a bullpen mound on Wednesday. He had been slowed by a sore wrist, but is fine now. Thompson proved that by winning the longest drive at Tuesday’s annual team golf outing.

Thompson lines up to open the season at Triple A.

Give and Go: How much credit does Brett Brown deserve for Sixers' improvement?

Give and Go: How much credit does Brett Brown deserve for Sixers' improvement?

With the team at the All-Star break, our resident basketball analysts will discuss some of the hottest topics involving the Sixers.

Running the Give and Go are CSNPhilly.com producer/reporters Matt Haughton and Paul Hudrick.

In this edition, we analyze the job head coach Brett Brown has done this season.

Haughton
Brown's performance has already resulted in more wins than any other season under his leadership, but it continues to be a complex judgment.

He's still tied to an extremely young roster, which lends itself to the high number of turnovers, mistakes coming out of timeouts and defensive breakdowns. 

However, he has managed to get several players to show growth in their games and make sure the Sixers remain balanced even with Joel Embiid's emergence. That can also be attributed to Brown's emphasis on state of play and not state of pay.

He turned to T.J. McConnell ($874,636 salary) at starting point guard over Sergio Rodriguez ($8 million) because the second-year pro has proven to be a better fit and has routinely moved Gerald Henderson ($9 million) from starter to reserve.

Then of course, there has been Brown's handling of the Sixers' mashup at center. The coach has found each guy minutes when he can and, according to the players, been up front about all potential minutes and trade scenarios.

Perhaps Brown's finest job this season has come in a role he thought was over: team delegate. Once Sam Hinkie exited and Bryan Colangelo proclaimed he would be more open with information, Brown certainly had to think his days of standing in front of the media to explain every single thing going on with the franchise were over. Think again. 

Still, Brown's been there each day, answering just about every question thrown his way from injuries to trade rumors. If nothing else, he deserves to be commended for dealing with that ... again.

Hudrick
It's amazing what a few NBA-caliber players can do.

After accumulating a 47-199 record over his first three seasons, Brown has led the Sixers to a 21-35 mark so far this season. Sure, much of the credit for the team's success has to do with adding legitimate NBA talent (and a legitimate NBA star in Embiid). With that said, you're finally starting to see Brown's fingerprints on the Sixers.

A protégé of Gregg Popovich's with the Spurs, Brown preaches defense and ball movement. The Sixers' defense has been a catalyst for their success this season. As Brown says in his Bostralian accent, the defensive end is where the Sixers' "bread is buttered." 

With unselfish players with decent court vision like Dario Saric and Gerald Henderson added to the mix, the Sixers don't look like a total disaster in the half court. They're ninth in the NBA at 23.5 assists per game. They haven't finished higher than 15th in the league in any of Brown's three seasons. 

When you consider what Brown has gone through and how he's managed to keep everything positive, it's incredible. Hinkie pegged Brown as his guy, knowing that Brown was an excellent teacher and had the right attitude to deal with losing. You have to be encouraged by what you've seen out of Brown and the Sixers this season.