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Four Star Matchday: LA Galaxy vs. Philadelphia Union

Robbie Rogers could be headed to the Galaxy while Frank Lampard is likely now. ESPN2 will have a soccer specific show, and oh yeah the LA Galaxy and Philadelphia Union are about to face each other tonight.

Jamie Sabau

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

I love the name Philadelphia Union. In fact I'm in love with their entire brand. It's like they saw with DC United and the New England Revolution came up with and thought "they're close, but we can do it better". The snake from the Don't Tread on Me flag, the thirteen stars for the original thirteen colonies; it's just the best.

I might feel this way partly because I've been binge watching The West Wing. That could be part of it. Anyhow, on to the links:

  • Big news out of ESPN's upfront presentation was that the channel will be launching a soccer specific show ESPN FC on ESPN2 in August. It'll just College Football Live, NFL Today, Baseball Tonight, and the like as a daily show about what's going on in the soccer world. ESPN retains MLS and Liga MX broadcast rights as well as some Bundesliga and Portuguese stuff. It'll be interesting to see if they pay for highlights from leagues broadcast on NBC Sports Network or tournaments on Fox Sports 1.
  • Robbie Rogers could be headed to the Galaxy any day now, as the Fire and Galaxy are engaged in trade talks. The Fire were quoted saying they'd like millions of dollars, but the Chicago side's leverage is no where near that great.
  • In other player transfer news, Frank Lampard looks set to re-sign with Chelsea, so cross him off the DP wish list.
  • As far as perspectives on today's tilt are concerned, the LA Times appear to have woken from a coma and realized David Beckham is no longer with the Galaxy. Meanwhile, the team is on the road for two more matches, dealing with injuries caused in part by participation in a grueling CONCACAF Champions League tournament. The Delco Times was aware of the game being played today, saying the Union face a daunting test in deep LA squad. That's been the narrative since the win in Salt Lake, and hey, why not.