1. Philly passes on Palacios.
Few would argue that the Philadelphia Union (4-10-3) is in dire straits midway through the season yet head coach Jim Curtin has decided to forgo one possible option.
“We’re not going to move forward with Wilson,” Curtin told Philadelphia reporters on Tuesday. “He’s a player we respected a great deal -- a guy who played at the highest level. But in terms of fit right now and need, we’re not in the process.”
Palacios, 30, has been capped 95 times by Honduras and played in the last two World Cups. He’s been looking for a club since being released last month by English club Stoke City, which reportedly paid him about $2 million per year. He previously played in England for Tottenham, Wigan Athletic, and Birmingham (on loan from his first professional club, Olimpia).
The Union is trying to unload the contract of goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi and is investigating ways to extend the stay of striker Fernando Aristeguieta, whose loan from French club Nantes is about to expire.
2. Crew and Revs meet again.
Just about halfway into the MLS season, Columbus and New England are set to play their sixth game in less than a year.
The Revs pounded Crew SC in last year’s playoffs, 7-3, on aggregate, and in head-to-head meetings have not been beaten the last four times. Columbus last won in September, 2014, by a 1-0 score.
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Neither team comes into the match in great form. In their last 12 games combined, there is just one victory. The Revs beat Chicago, 2-0, on June 13 when Diego Fagundez hit a superb side-volley goal and also earned a secondary assist on a clinching strike by Charlie Davies.
Last weekend the Revs took an early 1-0 lead over D.C. United with another goal by Davies but succumbed to a pair of Chris Rolfe scores in a 2-1 defeat. Crew SC hasn’t played since it tied the Galaxy, 1-1, at MAPFRE Stadium on the same day New England beat the Fire.
3. Zardes named Player of the Week.
A spectacular first-time goal and a pair of assists in a 5-1 rout of Philadelphia earned Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes the MLS Player of the Week award.
Zardes edged out, among others, teammate Baggio Husidic. He also scored a goal and registered two assists but lost out to Zardes, who set up Juninho to score from close range and hit his fourth goal of the season by playing a ball wide to Robbie Keane and racing more than 60 yards to meet his return pass with a first-time shot into the top corner. He capped his night by setting up Sebastian Lletget’s goal in the 65th minute. The assists were his first two of the season and the goal was his fourth.
4. Fans bid to light up Empire State Building.
Is MLS in New York red or blue?
Every two years or four, voters head to the ballot boxes with that question foremost in their minds. Starting Wednesday, those who lay claim to one of the New York MLS teams can put their choice in lights, literally.
Fans can cast their votes for NYCFC Blue or RBNY Red on MLSsoccer.com and via social media. Voting begins at 8 am ET Wednesday and ends at 1:00 pm ET on Saturday. The winning team’s colors will be used to light up the Empire State Building Saturday night and no doubt rankle those who didn’t vote often enough.
5. Timbers hire Adin Brown as goalkeeper coach.
The man who tended the nets in Portland’s first MLS match has been hired to train its goalkeepers.
Adin Brown, 37, played 12 professional seasons in the U.S. and Norway before starting his coaching career at the University of Portland last year. A three-time All-American at William & Mary, Brown started his pro career in 2000 with Colorado and in 2002 helped New England reach the MLS Cup final. He left MLS in 2005 to play in Norway with Aalesunds FK and came back to the United States after the 2009 season. He joined the Timbers, then a USL club in 2010 and the following season played its first MLS match, ironically against Colorado, on March 19, 2011.
He replaces Mike Toshack, who left the Timbers to take over as head coach of St. Lawrence University.
“I have always been proud to be a part of the Timbers family, and I am thankful for this opportunity to join the coaching staff and contribute to the club’s continued success,” said Brown, who also has served as team ambassador and radio play-by-play analyst for the club following his retirement as a player in 2011. "I know I have big shoes to fill with Mike To shack preceding me, but I am very much looking forward to getting started; we have a great group of goalkeepers and I am excited to start working with them.”