Among the regulars who were left exposed by the Philadelphia Union in the MLS Expansion Draft was midfielder Justin Mapp. The Montreal Impact, joining the league in 2012, have selected Mapp with their third choice behind first pick Brian Ching (Dynamo) and Zarek Valentin (Chivas). Jonathan "The Goalkeeper" Tannenwald points out that Mapp played for Impact coach Jesse Marsch when the two were with the Chicago Fire from 2003 to 2005.
Mapp was certainly a serviceable midfielder who at times was electrifying, with bursts of speed jumpstarting attacks. He was a bit of an enigma here. Mapp was just as likely to make a 40 yard cutting run and score a beautiful goal from distance as he was to be completely invisible for games at a time. He's got a ton of talent, but hasn't been able to put it all together.
The Union have young players ready for more minutes and will likely look
to further solidify the position before next season, so he was
Good luck to Mapp up in Montreal. We'll always remember him for that blistering two-goal performance against Toronto...
A team can only lose one player in the expansion draft, so Freddy Adu
and the other unprotected Unioners have survived the pillaging. [expansion draft rules here]
Update: The Union have selected Tanzanian midfielder Nizar Khalfan, formerly of the Vancouver Whitecaps, in the MLS waiver draft.
What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?
In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.
Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."
It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.
And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.
"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?
The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.
Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.
If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.
"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."
That makes one of us.
The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.
Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.
He later made the announcement on Twitter.
Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.
Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.
"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."
Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.