Union post impressive win (over bad team), even score a really nice goal in the process

Union post impressive win (over bad team), even score a really nice goal in the process

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Hey, a win!

The Philadelphia Union did what any respectable (or even semi-respectable) team should do and beat up on lowly Chivas USA Saturday night, posting a 3-0 win in Southern California.

Sure, Chivas is maybe the only team more disappointing than the Union this season, and is a perennial laughing stock in MLS, but still, three points is three points.

The highlight of the night was an absolutely beautiful team goal that started with Maurice Edu near the center circle. Edu sprayed a really nice pass wide to the left to Cristian Maidana. For an instant, Maidana, who had struggled up until that point after missing last week's game due to suspension, seemed to lose his touch near the top of the penalty area, but recovered with a perfectly placed left-footed cross. Conor Casey, who got the start over Andrew Wenger, left no doubt, with a sorta-diving header past goalie Dan Kennedy (usually the only Chivas player worth noticing).

Conor Casey's early penalty kick and Maidana's second-half goal that absolutely should not have counted due to offsides capped the scoring for the Union.

I went to bed with two thoughts on the match:

1) Philadelphia is now 3-1 this season in games where Amobi Okugo is the captain. And you know when Okugo gets the armband? When Brian Carroll doesn't play.

As someone pointed out when I tweeted that during the game:

2) In my totally-devoid-of-inside-information opinion, the win all but guarantees manager John Hackworth will be here through the end of the season. Considering he's still here even after multiple embarrassing losses, it's clear the team doesn't want to pull the trigger. And I figured the only thing that would've forced ownership's hand was two more bad losses before the World Cup break.

Barring a complete meltdown Saturday night at home against Vancouver (i.e. losing 6-0 or 14-2), I think Hack will get to see the season out.


NFL Notes: Redskins name offensive, defensive coordinators

NFL Notes: Redskins name offensive, defensive coordinators

ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins turned to internal candidates to fill two critical vacancies, promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.

Cavanaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach and Manusky its outside linebackers coach last season. The Redskins announced the promotions Monday along with the hires of Kevin O'Connell as quarterbacks coach and Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach.

It has been an offseason of upheaval for the coaching staff after the Redskins fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry and a few assistants and offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.

In its efforts to replace Barry after ranking 28th defensively in consecutive seasons, Washington interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine and former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan before opting for Manusky. The 50-year-old Manusky has been defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and 49ers and worked with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.

Known for his fiery personality and booming voice on the practice fields, Manusky had only been on coach Jay Gruden's staff for one season as outside linebackers coach. Middle linebacker Will Compton tweeted: "Congrats to Coach Manusky!" when players were informed of his promotion.

Cavanaugh was Washington's quarterbacks coach for the past two years as Kirk Cousins twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season. Cousins' status for 2017 remains in doubt after playing last season on the franchise tag, but with McVay gone he'll have a familiar face as his offensive coordinator.

Is this Canadian model Joel Embiid's celeb crush?

Is this Canadian model Joel Embiid's celeb crush?

The Sixers earned another last second win on Friday night while Joel Embiid was sitting on the bench after banging up his knee against the Portland Trailblazers.

So with Embiid on the bench, someone else had to step up and be the MVP.

And then Embiid tweeted something mysterious following the game.

Who is this Danielle and why is she the MVP?

The folks over at CSNPhilly's Breakfast on Broad did some digging this morning and may have unearthed who the "Danielle" Embiid was referring to was.

This is her on Friday night.

🖤🖤🖤 Friday nights with my @melodyle . . . . #nyc #Friday #babes #love #bestfriends #grateful #everyblondeneedsabrunette

A photo posted by Danielle Knudson (@danielleknudson1) on

After going through the game footage, they found this shot of Embiid with a very pretty young lady who they believe to be Canadian model Danielle Knudson. Now, her Wiki page says she was dating some tenis player as of a year or so ago. But times and dating habbits can change.

Could Danielle Knudson be Embiid celebrity crush?

You'll also notice Embiid's latest Instagram was posted from the location listed as "Danielle's."

They see us rolling.. Another big time win #TheProcess

A photo posted by Joel "The Process" Embiid (@joelembiid) on

Another possible theory: Joel Embiid is messing with all of us regarding his "celebrity crush" and getting a date by making the All-Star game. He prob just has a crush on a model and made up the whole date-if-he-makes-the-ASG thing.