Extra Time: Le Toux Returns, Adu Plays Angry, Where the Union Sit in the Power Rankings and More

Extra Time: Le Toux Returns, Adu Plays Angry, Where the Union Sit in the Power Rankings and More

It's been a tough week or so for local soccer fans. The Union dropped a punchless 1-0 game  in Chicago on Saturday night. The loss dropped the Union to 0-3 with a -4 goal differential. The Union and Toronto FC are the only teams in MLS yet to earn a single point.

Not so coincidentally, TFC are the lone team keeping the Union from the bottom of Avi Creditor's SI.com MLS Power Rankings.

Things don't get any easier this week as Sebastien Le Toux returns to PPL Park for the first time as a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps. Le Toux scored in his Whitecaps debut and has helped to lead Vancouver to an early 2-0-1 start. Unsurprisingly, Le Toux has played every minute so far this season. ESPN.com's Jeff Carlisle previews Le Toux's return.

In somewhat brighter Union news the club announced that they'll face Aston Villa in a freindly at PPL Park on July 18th. Fellow Tottenham Hotspurs fans, the Lillywhites will play New York Red Bulls at Redbull Arena on July 31st

El Salvador rubbed even more salt into local fans wounds by eliminating the US U-23 team from Olympic qualification in heartbreaking fashion - scoring a goal in the final minute of added time. In light of another letdown on the international stage Ives Galarcep has an interesting take on the larger issues plaguing US Soccer.

One potential positive thing to emerge from the US U-23's? The play of Freddy Adu. Jonathan Tannenwald of The Goalkeeper blog suggests that Adu needs to bring that passion and fire back with him to MLS.

Another positive? The Union will not have to worry about losing Adu, Amobi Okugo, or Sheanon Williams to the Olympics over the summer (not that Okugo ever really sees the field).

Author Simon Kuper, who wrote the fantastic "Soccernomics", takes a closer look at the tactics and philosophy employed by Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola. This is a must read for anyone who has ever marveled at how the Blaugrana play.

It certainly helps Guardiola that he has the greatest player in the world on his team. Fredorrarci from The Classical posted a fantastic piece on why Lionel Messi refuses to dive - and what it says about him and us.

MLS.com introduces a new feature whereby they'll examine and employ sabermetric analysis in evaluating team and player performance. The first post includes a brief teaser on the counterintuitive reality of possession statistics.

It's official: Eagles reach terms with WRs coach Mike Groh

It's official: Eagles reach terms with WRs coach Mike Groh

The Eagles' only vacant coaching position has been filled.

On Monday afternoon the team announced that it had reached terms with Mike Groh to be the new receivers coach.

“We are excited to add Mike Groh to our coaching staff," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said in a release from the team. "Mike brings with him a vast array of experience coaching wide receivers in the NFL and college. Over his career, he has demonstrated a great ability as a teacher and as a motivator and we look forward to him getting started in Philadelphia.” 

Earlier this month, after the receivers had a disappointing season, the team fired first-year receivers coach Greg Lewis and have been searching for his replacement. In addition to interviewing Groh, the team also interviewed Bills receivers coach Sanjay Lal.

While Lewis was an NFL position coach for the first time in 2016, Groh has a little more experience at the NFL level. Groh, 45, spent 2016 with the Rams as their receivers coach and passing game coordinator after three years with the Chicago Bears as their receivers coach.

Lewis was the only position coached fired after Pederson's first NFL season. The team finished 7-9 after a 3-0 start.

Groh was seemingly available because of the head coaching change in Los Angeles.

Before he made it to the NFL as a receivers coach with the Bears, Groh had a long coaching career at the college level. He rose to the level of offensive coordinator at Virginia under his father Al, who was the Cavaliers' long-time head coach.

Mike Groh's first coaching job came with the Jets in 2000, when his father had a one-year stint as their head coach.

Mike Groh was once a quarterback at Virginia before his father ever coached there.

While the Eagles' receivers wildly underperformed in 2016, Groh has coached two of the top free agents at the position: Alshon Jeffery and Kenny Britt.

The Eagles' coaching staff will be in Mobile, Alabama this week to get a closer look at some top draft prospects, among them will be several talented receivers.

A Process Graceland? Sam Hinkie's Philly area home is up for sale


A Process Graceland? Sam Hinkie's Philly area home is up for sale

Sam Hinkie's Philly area home is now up for sale for a whopping $3.1 million, according to Realtor.com.

This is the perfect opportunity for the Hinkie Apostles to purchase the mansion and make their very own Process Graceland. Surely, there has to be a Kickstarter for this already up and running, no?

Here's how the home is Bryn Mawr mansion is described in the listing:

Located on a private cul-de-sac overlooking 25 acres of the Harriton Farm Preservation and built in the 19th century, the home has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms spread over three levels of living space.

A stone wall serves as the home’s axis and accommodates three floor-to-ceiling fireplaces. According to the listing agent, the restoration of the property—which included top-of-the-line masonry, stone work, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing upgrades—won the Lower Merion Preservation Award in 2005 .

And you absolutely know Hinkie is going to make out on the deal. He purchased the home in 2014 for a reported $2.66 million and is looking to make a cool half mil off the sale.

When last we heard from the Process Darklord, he was setting up shop among the tech titans out in California. No need for that Bryn Mawr crib any longer.