Montreal Impact Swipe Justin Mapp From Union

Montreal Impact Swipe Justin Mapp From Union

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
relatively expendable.

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.

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake


SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.