May 16, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT
There’s still more thread to pull out of this sweater, but at least this clumsily handled matter is moving along.
Word leaked out over the weekend that Danny Califf, the out-of-favor Philadelphia Union captain, was bound for Chivas USA in a trade. Only, he wasn’t exactly traded just yet.
At a press conference today Union coach Peter Nowak acknowledged that yes, Califf is being shipped to Southern California, to play for Chivas USA and perhaps wind down the career closer to his home. So we know that much.
But we still don’t know what Philadelphia is getting in return for the popular team captain.
Somewhere, from Chivas or from the international market of from Mars, the Union had better be getting a center back out of all this.
Because the back line looks thin as it is. And that thin back line is playing in front of a 20-year-old goalkeeper (Zac MacMath) who has exactly 17 matches of professional soccer to his name – not to mention a few rickety moments already in 2012.
Whether you’re giving a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down to Nowak’s roster choices, and no matter how you feel about the departing center back, we can all agree on this: the personnel situation around PPL Park has been anything but boring in 2012.
Jun 19, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT
Cameras caught a message from Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, could it foreshadow a move?
Jun 19, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT
Fabio Capello is the latest manager to say “no” to the defending Ligue 1 champions.
Jun 19, 2013, 10:23 AM EDT
Liverpool take a huge net loss on the 24-year-old while West Ham set their transfer fee record.
Jun 19, 2013, 9:48 AM EDT
Tragedy struck Chivas USA’s youth squad Monday night.
Jun 19, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT
At the call of fans and media alike, the FA Cup final at Wembley will return to its post-league date.
Jun 19, 2013, 8:35 AM EDT
The United States had the perfect lineup to slowly whittle away at the Honduras defense before it finally broke.
Jun 19, 2013, 7:45 AM EDT
The 24-year-old American has found a new team after spending 5 seasons at Villa Park.
Jun 19, 2013, 7:08 AM EDT
The Premier League has released its fixture list for the 2013/2014 season in its entirety. Find out the opening fixtures plus your favorite team’s derby here!
Jun 19, 2013, 2:00 AM EDT
Feel free to ask yourself at this point: where would the United States be in World Cup qualifying without its young, in-form striker:
Jun 18, 2013, 11:54 PM EDT
Jozy Altidore was the hero for the United States, cooly slotting a left-footed shot to hand the Stars & Stripes a 1-0 victory over Honduras.
Jun 18, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT
The LA Galaxy coach has taken aging players and made them useful parts of the roster before:
Jun 18, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT
Everyone loves “The Pope”
Jun 18, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT
Our weekly re-ordering of Major League Soccer teams, following 16 rounds of play:
Jun 18, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT
Some of the best U.S. success in the past has come when the United States was backed into a corner. Tonight looks much different:
Jun 18, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT
There are a few choices to be made ahead of Tuesday’s match in Utah:
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