MATCHDAY: Union try to salvage something from trip to California (and the greatest paper airplane throw ever)

MATCHDAY: Union try to salvage something from trip to California (and the greatest paper airplane throw ever)

Union manager John Hackworth is desperately seeking a lineup that works. He gets another shot tonight against Chivas USA. (AP Photo)

Before we get into tonight's match, I present the greatest paper airplane toss of all time (below). This dude at the England-Peru game Friday threw an airplane from the nosebleeds at London's Wembley Stadium, and actually hit a Peru player.

(I am not condoning the tossing of objects onto the field).

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Now, onto something far less impressive: The Philadelphia Union.

The Union played so listlessly the last time out that you'd be excused for forgetting the game even happened. But it did, and the Union lost 4-1 to the LA Galaxy.

The team stayed in California for the week to prepare for tonight's game against Chivas USA (10:30 p.m. - Comcast SportsNet), in the same stadium where they were embarrassed last week.

Cristian Maidana is set to return from a red card suspension, but it's anyone's guess what kind of lineup John Hackworth will throw out there. Tactically, nothing has been working of late. And, more frighteningly, it was pretty obvious last week that the team was just not ready to play. Once it was clear that LA was going to run wild, the Union absolutely rolled over and let it happen.

(phillysoccerpage.net)

Personally, I wish Hackworth would look inward a little bit, and see that his guys don't fit into the formation that he seems dead-set on using. There was a great post this week from the always-excellent Dan Walsh of the Philly Soccer Page, where he gives credit to Hackworth and the Union for TRYING to play attractive soccer this season. I'd sum it up here, but it's definitely worth your time to give it a good read.

At the end of the post, Dan proposes a new Union lineup that I would be 100 percent behind (seen at right). Mostly, he calls for Hackworth to put the lineup out there and leave it alone for a few games. At this point, the Union only have two games left before a long break for the World Cup (the only chance for a Hackworth firing during the season, in my opinion), but I would not mind seeing this lineup for two games. You have nothing to lose, and what you're doing is not working. So let a young prospect like Zach Peffer learn on the job, and let Maurice Edu and Vincent Nogueira thrive in more comfortable positions.

And, please, for all that is holy, put Brian Carroll on the bench.

Prediction: I somehow, actually think the Union figure it out and provide some false hope against a pretty bad Chivas team. They will at least make it worthwhile to stay up past midnight. ... Union 3, Chivas USA 1.

 

For the first time, NBC Sports regional networks add live, local Major League Baseball streaming

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For the first time, NBC Sports regional networks add live, local Major League Baseball streaming

STAMFORD, Conn. – January 19, 2017 – NBC Sports Regional Networks today announced an agreement with MLBAM to stream local market MLB games, as well as pre- and postgame shows, beginning with the 2017 regular season. This new streaming offering is available at no additional cost to authenticated pay TV subscribers of NBC Sports Group’s CSN regional sports networks (RSNs). This local initiative advances NBCUniversal’s implementation of “TV Everywhere,” which strives to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home, and on multiple platforms.

CSN’s local streaming allows authenticated viewers in their respective markets to live stream games and related programming that is carried by their pay TV provider of the Chicago Cubs (CSN Chicago), Chicago White Sox (CSN Chicago), Philadelphia Phillies (CSN Philadelphia), Oakland Athletics (CSN California) and San Francisco Giants (CSN Bay Area). Game broadcast schedules will be announced at a later date.

“This is a home run for our local sports fans,” said David Preschlack, President, NBC Sports Regional Networks, and NBC Sports Group Platform and Content Strategy. “We are constantly looking for ways to better serve our fans and provide comprehensive coverage of their favorite teams. With the addition of MLB in-market streaming rights, they don’t have to miss a pitch.”

The addition of MLB authenticated in-market streaming completes the local streaming portfolio for the NBC Sports Regional Networks, which also includes local NBA and NHL live streaming. The RSNs first introduced NBA streaming in 2014 and last fall announced the addition of NHL in-market streaming, beginning with the 2016-17 season. 

The NBC Sports Regional Networks now have partnerships for in-market streaming of the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, San Jose Sharks, San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s (CSN Bay Area/CSN California); Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox (CSN Chicago); Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals (CSN Mid-Atlantic); Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia Phillies (CSN Philadelphia); and Boston Celtics (CSN New England).

Authenticated CSN subscribers can access live MLB, NBA and NHL games, as well as other sports programming, anywhere in the United States.  During the 2017 MLB season, all in-market MLB games will be streamed on the respective local CSN regional network site on PCs as well as on the NBC Sports app—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs. The NBC Sports app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. 

Phillies games to stream live on CSNPhilly.com, NBC Sports App in 2017

Phillies games to stream live on CSNPhilly.com, NBC Sports App in 2017

Phillies fans, you will be able to watch all of your team's games on a live stream on CSNPhilly.com during the 2017 season.

The live streaming service will be available at no additional cost to authenticated CSN Philadelphia and TCN Philadelphia subscribers as part of an agreement between NBC Sports Regional Networks and Major League Baseball Advanced Media that was announced today.

Fans of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants can also stream their team's games on their local CSN websites.

The addition of Major League Baseball games completes a local streaming portfolio for NBC's Regional Sports Networks. The RSNs began streaming local NBA games in 2014 and added local NHL games this season. Authenticated subscribers have the ability to access their team's games when traveling outside of their region, provided they are within the U.S.

In addition to being able to watch a live stream of all Phillies game action, authenticated CSN subscribers will be able to watch Pregame Live and Postgame Live before and after the game.

Authenticated CSN subscribers wishing to stream their local MLB, NBA or NHL team on their desktop, mobile device, tablet or connected TV must first download the NBC Sports app. It is powered by Playmaker Media and available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.