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Saturday morning recommended reading

Things are quiet today (as expected) in pre-pre-season Union news. But one minor story that should resonate with fans is the news that two Union players–Jack McInerney and Amobi Okugo–have been called up to represent the US U-20 national team at the 2010 Copa Chivas in Guadalajara, Mexico. Let’s hope they are just the first in what will be a long line of Union players called up to youth national sides and to the senior side.

I’m a big fan of the new Philly Soccer Page blog, and have particularly enjoyed their pieces on Philly Soccer history.  Be sure to check out the most recent post in the series, which is on the Ukranian Nationals:

The Ukrainian Nationals, also known as “Tryzub” Philadelphia, played in the American Soccer League(ASL) from 1957 until 1970. Along the way they won six national championships, four U.S. Open Cups and two Lewis Cups. They won “the double”  – the league championship and U.S. Open Cup –  in 1961 and 1963. They won “the mini double” – the league championship and the league cup or Lewis Cup – in 1964.

In non-Union news, the New York Times has a great article on Jonathan Bornstein and his happy relationship with the country of Honduras.

“Growing up, you score goals in club soccer or in college and they maybe help your team win,” said Bornstein, whose goal knocked Costa Rica into a playoff, which it lost to Uruguay. “This goal against Costa Rica had a real impact on a whole nation. It doesn’t just affect me or the team, it affected three countries. That a simple soccer goal could do that is very surreal.”

Last but not least, don’t forget that tomorrow is the second round of the open tryouts. Will the Union find a diamond in the rough? Will they find two? I’ll try to dig up as much info as I can, so stay tuned.

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