Extra Time: Union Charge Rhinos, Torres Nearing Return

Extra Time: Union Charge Rhinos, Torres Nearing Return

Photo by Earl Gardner

After
seeing the Union allow Toronto FC to earn points for the first time in
10 matches this past Saturday, we won't pretend that last night's 3-0
win in Lamar Hunt US Open Cup play wasn't a relief, even if it came
against a minor league team. It wasn't out of the question that they
might lose to the Rochester Rhinos of the USL Pro League… not with the
way they played just a few days earlier in Canada. 

Josue Martinez got the U on the board early, scoring
in the fifth minute, and Freddy Adu made it 2-0 after a long weather
delay. Adu also converted a PK in the second half, giving the Union a
3-0 lead that would stand. 

More on the match, some meaty links, and a fun video below. 

Don't
know much, if anything, about the US Open Cup? Philly Soccer Page has
previously run (and updated for this year) a great primer on it. Worth a
read whether you're into soccer or just a Philly sports history buff.
[Philly Soccer Page]

Due perhaps to a combination of factors including a
non-league match against an unknown opponent, the threat of bad weather
that ultimately came, and the Union's disastrous season to date, less
than 4,200 fans were announced to be in attendance, though Chris Vito of
the Daily Times thought there might be only 1,000 there at the start.
Yikes.

Even better news than the win, Vito also reports
that Roger Torres expects to return to the field in time for the Union's
June 9th friendly
against affiliate club Reading United. The
inconsistent offense could use a boost from the talented playmaker, who
has been on the shelf since early April after knee surgery. It's been a
long six weeks… [DelcoTimes] 

Speaking of the offensive inconsistency, Kerith
Gabriel looks at the Union's feast or famine attack, which was in Feast
Mode last night. [Daily News] 

PSP also has a nice summary of the action from last
night, which is where we first saw Earl Gardner's great picture of what
we assume was a passing apocalypse.

Union affiliate Harrisburg City Islanders beat the
New England Revolution last night, and the LA Galaxy also lost in Open
Cup play. Next up for the Union is DC United on June 5 (in Maryland).
Jonathan Tannenwald has more on the Harrisburg win

The US Women's National Team played China at PPL Park this past weekend, winning
the Olympic tune-up, 4-1. The following video (from 2010) has nothing to do with that, but it's kind of hilarious. Via the Sons of Ben on Facebook:

Former Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans joins 49ers coaching staff

Former Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans joins 49ers coaching staff

About a year ago, while in Indianapolis for the combine, the Eagles cut veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans. 

Ryans has finally found his next job ... as a coach. 

The 32-year-old former linebacker has been named a defensive quality control coach on Kyle Shanahan's staff in San Francisco. Shanahan was on the Texans' staff for the first four years of Ryans' pro career. Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was also on that Houston staff. 

After the Eagles cut him last Feb. 24, Ryans was out of the league in 2016 after 10 NFL seasons. He played the first six years of his career in Houston, where he was a two-time Pro Bowler, before joining the Eagles through a trade in 2012. 

While the Eagles cut Ryans after the 2015 season to save $3.5 million in cap space, they made a point to go out of their way to praise him on his way out. He was very well thought of in the locker room and throughout the building. 

While Ryans played one season under Andy Reid, he quickly became a favorite of Chip Kelly, who frequently called Ryans the "Mufasa" of the Eagles' defense. 

Kelly didn't forget about Ryans when he went to San Francisco to coach the 49ers for the 2016 season. In fact, in Kelly's questionnaire in the NFL's 2016 information guide, Kelly listed Ryans as a player who'd make a great head coach. 

1992 interview between Donald Trump and Randall Cunningham surfaces

1992 interview between Donald Trump and Randall Cunningham surfaces

Philadelphia Magazine's Dan McQuade unearthed a YouTube video of a 1992 interview former Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham did with real estate tycoon Donald Trump from his short-lived interview special titled Randall Cunningham’s Celebrity Rap.

Apparently, it was a show on WCAU where Cunningham sat down with random celebrities. As McQuade points out, it is pretty weird.

And one of those celebrities just so happened to go on to become president of the United States.

There isn't a whole lot about sports. Trump briefly mentions Randall's career with the Eagles and also discusses Mike Tyson and his rape conviction. Trump appears sympathetic to Tyson's struggles.

Mostly it's a puff piece in which Trump talks somewhat aimlessly from topic to topic. If you don't want to waste 15 minutes watching it, Philly Mag summarized the most bizarre moments