Heading into one of their most important matches of the season, Peter Nowak's Union side was without several key players. No Faryd Mondragon, Freddy Adu, or Sheanon Williams against a very tough and talented Sporting KC side in their new building? Sounds like a recipe for a point-less trip.
But Zac MacMath continued filling in admirably for Mondragon, and Sebastien Le Toux found the net again to lead the Union to a 1-1 draw and keep them near the top of the Eastern table. Video highlights after the jump. Watch for the amazing work by Michael Farfan, tiptoeing the line before finding Le Toux (4:15 mark).
Roger Torres had a hell of a match, running the distribution for the U deftly and creatively.
A fluid and somewhat makeshift backline deserves credit for allowing only one goal to SPC's dangerous attack.
Kei Kamara… Wow. Dominant player, strong and difficult to cover. We yelled at the marking on the ball he served in for an Omar Bravo goal, but after seeing the replay, we were fixated only on the perfection of his cross. Amazing. The whole sequence unfortunately came off a Union pass that hit the referee and was then controlled by KC. Bad luck.
We're happy to see another new park in the MLS, but jesus, that pitch was a joke. Looked like the opening act was a polo game.
Big ups to the Sons of Ben who made the trip out there too. We only wish that Fox Soccer Channel had gotten a few more shots of ya.
What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?
In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.
Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."
It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.
And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.
"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?
The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.
Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.
If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.
"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."
That makes one of us.
The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.
Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.
He later made the announcement on Twitter.
Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.
Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.
"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."
Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.