Pauno-Struck: Veljko Hits From Distance, But Union Manage Only Tie

Pauno-Struck: Veljko Hits From Distance, But Union Manage Only Tie

Trying to erase the memory of an ugly last outing in Delco their last time out, the Union put another point on their 2011 total to keep pace in a tight top of the Eastern Conference table last night in Chicago. They weren't able to hold on to a first half lead though, with the Fire tying things up for good in the early stages of the second half.

Union fans who were disappointed at the sudden and odd departure of finishing threat Carlos Ruiz got some momentary reprieve when fellow journeyman striker Veljko Paunovic opened the scoring with a long left-footer in the 34th minute:

Unfortunately, the U weren't able to build on that lead and put away the struggling Fire. The Pavel Pardo soap opera had a great episode when the newly acquired midfielder took advantage of some chaos in front of Faryd Mondragon and equalized for Chicago.

Full highlights below. As you'll see, the game wasn't without its good chances for both sides. Mondragon had a huge save on Dominic Oduro at about 5:40 of the video, 60:00 of the game time. Not included in the video is Danny Mwanga's extra time dance, when all Philly soccer supporters were likely screaming SHOOT and firing things around their living rooms when he didn't.

Mike Trout joins push in trying to lure LeBron James to Sixers

Mike Trout joins push in trying to lure LeBron James to Sixers

LeBron James to the Sixers. It would take a miracle, right?

Sure, but one MVP is in on the push for the four-time MVP landing in Philly.

Enter Mike Trout.

The Angels' star outfielder, a two-time AL MVP and native of Millville, New Jersey, took to Twitter on Thursday to make a quick pitch for the King. Trout, a well-known fan of Philadelphia sports teams, responded to a 94WIP tweet about reporter Howard Eskin shooting down the LeBron James chatter.

First, it was Ben Simmons tweeting James. That's really how all the buzz started and now the idea is taking on a mind of its own. Clearly, it's being talked about. And what Sixers fan wouldn't want a player like James putting "The Process" into hyperdrive?

And hey, once James comes to Philly, he can then return the favor: bringing Trout to the Phillies.

We can dream, right?