Union Select UCLA Forward, Amateur Filmmaker Chandler Hoffman With First Round Pick

Union Select UCLA Forward, Amateur Filmmaker Chandler Hoffman With First Round Pick

Coming into the 2012 MLS Super Draft the Union did not have any real glaring needs to fill. With that in mind they were able to employ the take-the-best-player-available strategy. In the eyes of the Union brain trust that player was UCLA forward Chandler Hoffman.
The 6'0" Hoffman helped lead the Bruins to the semifinals of the NCAA College Cup. He ended the season tied for fourth nationally in goals (18) and points (42). For his UCLA career he scored 29 goals in 54 games.
In addition to his goal scoring ability he apparently brings some social media savvy. He's active on Twitter (@chandala) and YouTube. Yes, YouTube. In searching for video of him I came across a video he posted of himself scoring goals.
Video after the Jump...Based on the videos I can tell you two things. First, the kid loves his left foot. Second, he certainly knows how to celebrate a goal.

Hoffman, like a number of other recent Union draft picks, is a Generation Adidas player, which means that his salary will not count against the Union's cap. He'll join fellow UCLA Bruins Amobi Okugo and Kyle Nakazawa on the Union roster.
With their first pick of the second round, 32nd overall, the Union selected Creighton midfielder Greg Jordan. With their final pick, the 35th overall, the Union opted to add some dept to the back by selecting West Virginia's Raymon Gaddis.
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The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

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.

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

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.