Friday, August 31, 2012

Temple routs Villanova to win Mayor's Cup

By John McMullen

PHILADELPHIA (The Phanatic Magazine) - North Broad was too much for the Main Line again as Temple kicked off its 2012 season by routing Villanova, 41-10, in the fourth annual Mayor's Cup in front of 32,709 at Lincoln Financial Field.

Senior running back Matt Brown dominated the Wildcats, accounting for 270 all-purpose yards and a touchdown as the Owls won for the 16th time in 19 tries at the Linc.

It was the 10th career 100-yard rushing game for Brown, who finished with 145 yards on the ground and passed Todd McNair to climb into fifth place on the all-time Temple rushing list with 2,420 career yards. The diminutive 5-foot- Brown added 84 yards on punt returns and another 41 on kickoff returns.

"Matt Brown had a heck of a night," Owls coach Steve Addazio said. "He's a warrior out there. Running -- on punt returns -- he was gassed but that's what he does. He's relentless."

Addazio, in his second year as Temple's head coach, went with Chris Coyer as his starting quarterback and the dual-threat finished 5-for-11 passing for 61 yards and a TD and added another TD on the ground, finishing with 80 yards rushing.

Montel Harris, the all-time leading rusher at Boston College who transferred to Temple and is expected to be a big part of the offense, struggled with a strained hamstring and finished with just 12 yards on five carries.  Sophomore Kenny Harper picked him up, however, by scoring two TDs, one through the air and one on the ground.

"I though we played a physical brand of football," Addazio said. "We wanted to run the football and I thought we did that. For night one with a young team right out of the box, we got accomplished what we wanted to get accomplished."  

Chris Polony split time with redshirt freshman John Robertson at quarterback for Villanova but Robertson was much more effective, leading the Wildcats to their only touchdown and finishing with 135 yards passing and adding another 78 rushing.

"We never got a real offensive rhythm going," Wildcats coach Andy Talley said.  "I was hoping our quarterback  Chris Polony would play better. We got a lift from Robertson and stuck with him."

After forcing a three-and-out to start the game Temple took the early advantage on its first possession with a methodical 14-play, 78-yard drive which took nearly eight minutes off the clock. The Owls gave Villanova a heavy dose of Brown on the march before Harper found the end zone on an 8-yard shovel pass from Coyer.

The Wildcats answered with a 12-play, 85-yard excursion before Temple stiffened inside the 5-yard line and forced Villanova to settle for a 20-yard Mark Hamilton field goal.

Temple extended their lead early in the second quarter when Polony aired it out and overthrew Norman White, allowing Vaughn Carraway, who was playing center field, to intercept the ball. The senior free safety then followed a caravan down the right sideline for a 57- yard score and a 14-3 Owls cushion.

A few plays later Carraway was at it again recovering a Kevin Monangai fumble at the Villanova 24. Coyer quickly made the Wildcats pay, gashing up the middle on a quarterback draw for a 19-yard TD with 9:08 remaining until halftime.

Robertson gave Villanova some life with his movement skills and capped a 69-yard scoring drive by pulling the ball down and rushing up the middle for a 4-yard score with just 1:04 remaining until intermission. The Wildcats' first TD of 2012 cut the Owls' lead to 21-10 but any momentum was short-lived.Seconds later Brown took a sweep off right tackle and burst through the line, running 56 yards for a TD and giving Temple a 28-10 advantage heading to the locker room.

The rout was on early in the third quarter when Harper went off left tackle and galloped 38 yards for a TD.

A pair of Brandon McManus field goals in the fourth quarter, which vaulted him past Bill Wright into first place atop Temple's all-time list accounted for the final margin.

OWL Droppings:

*This was the 33rd meeting between the Owls and the Wildcats since 1908, renewing a 104-year old cross-town rivalry. The Wildcats still hold a 16-15-2 series advantage.

*The 32,709 was the third largest crowd to watch a Temple home game at LFF trailing the two times Penn State has visited and edging the 32,368 that was at the 2011 Mayor's Cup. Five of the top eight Temple crowds at the Linc have been against 'Nova.

*McManus now has 48 career filed goals compared to Wright's 46.

*Scouts from the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, San Diego Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins  and Jacksonville Jaguars were on hand as well as the Optimum Scouting Service.

*Cat Scratches:

*Villanova is 3-14 vs. FCS teams since restoring football and is 2-3 vs. Temple, dropping the past three Mayor's Cup games.

Rollins in lineup for Friday's game against Braves

It appears that Phillies manager Charlie Manuel will once again prevail upon a veteran player to police himself.

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who was unceremoniously pulled from Thursday's series-ending 3-2 victory over the New York Mets for not hustling down to first base on a pop-up which eventually became an infield single, is back in the lineup in Atlanta.

Rollins was dumped in a double switch for Michael Martinez in the seventh inning after his routine pop fell through the hands of Mets starter Jonathon Niese. Following the game, while Manuel took the media through the process step-by-step, Rollins declined comment.

Coming into the weekend set, the Phils are in third place in the NL East at 62-69, 12 games behind the wild card leading Braves.

On, a story relating how Rollins and Manuel "kissed and made up" in the afternoon prior to the Phils' 8-5 victory in 10 innings.

Eagles make cuts; Kafka goes, Edwards stays

The Eagles have started the process of getting down to the 9 PM deadline of 53 men by releasing the following players:

S O.J. Atogwe
TE Brett Brackett
LB Keenan Clayton
DT Landon Cohen
TE Chase Ford
WR Mardy Gilyard
WR Chad Hall
CB Joselio Hanson
FB Emil Igwenagu
T D.J. Jones
WR Marvin McNutt
LB Adrian Moten
DT Ollie Ogbu
LB Ryan Rau
DE Monte Taylor
S Phillip Thomas
DT Frank Trotter
G/C Steve Vallos
G Brandon Washington

One notable name on the chopping block was quarterback Mike Kafka, the club's 2010 fourth-round pick out of Northwestern. He was jettisoned in favor of Trent Edwards.

“There was great competition at the quarterback position,” said Eagles head coach Andy Reid. “That’s what football and training camp is all about. In the end, we had to make the difficult decision to let Mike Kafka go. Mike is a class act, a student of the game and a great person and I think he’ll have no problem finding a job in the National Football League very soon.

“On the other hand, I’m proud of the way Trent Edwards conducted himself since the early days of the offseason workouts. He had to fight for everything he earned this summer. He improved each and every day and made the most of every opportunity.”

Edwards acquitted himself well in Thursday's exhibition finale, a 28-10 victory over the Jets. The Stanford product and free-agent signing finished 22-of-32 for 197 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.

Brackett, Ford, Hall, Igwenagu, Jones, McNutt, Ogbu, Rau, Taylor, Thomas, Trotter and Washington all have practice squad eligibility.

The Eagles roster currently stands at 55 players.

In addition, the Eagles and G Mike Gibson reached an injury settlement and he has been released from their Injured Reserve list.

Union take interim tag off Hackworth

Chester, Pa. (The Phanatic Magazine) – The Philadelphia Union have removed the interim tag from and named John Hackworth the club’s permanent team manager.

The 42-year-old Hackworth, who has almost two decades of coaching experience including seven years with the US national team, has been rewarded with a long-term contract after overseeing a slight turnaround in the Union's form following his appointment as team manager after the unpopular Peter Nowak was fired on June 13.

Hackworth transformed a record of 2-7-2 set in the Union’s first 11 games under Nowak to a much more competitive 5-6-2 during his opening 13 matches in charge, although the team has faltered of late.

“I’m very excited to have been given this opportunity," Hackworth said. "I’ve worked for this organization since 2009 and it’s been a real privilege to see it grow into the wonderful club it is today. We have a very talented and committed group of players in our locker room and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to continue working with them long term as they and the organization continue to develop.

“I’d like to thank Jay Sugarman, Nick Sakiewicz and our magnificent fans for their continued support and I look forward to building towards our future successes together.”

Hackworth began his coaching career with Wake Forest University in 1993 – three years before the launch of MLS, before he was acquired as head coach by the University of South Florida in 1998.

After helping the Bulls to two NCCA tournaments and recording an admirable 47-32-2 record across a successful four year spell, his talents were spotted by US Soccer who installed him as assistant to then-U17 men’s national team Head Coach, John Ellinger.

It was here that Hackworth would develop the skills of a number of current Union players, with seven of the squad later joining Hackworth in residency following his progression to Head Coach of the U17 team in 2004.

With two successive FIFA U17 World Cup appearances in 2005 and 2007 – in which the US topped its group in 2005 and progressed again in 2007, Hackworth was appointed as Assistant Coach to former national team boss Bob Bradley, balancing the position with the role of Technical Director for US Soccer’s player development initiative until his arrival at the Union in 2009.

Hackworth’s first game as permanent team manager will be the Union’s trip to New England Revolution on Saturday, which kicks off at 7:30pm at Gillette Stadium.

“John deserves to become our permanent Team Manager," Union CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz said. " His skilled leadership has reinvigorated our players in recent months and there are some very promising signs that we are moving towards a style of soccer that is in-keeping with our respected Union brand.

“It has been a very tough year on the pitch and clearly, we have a long way to go. But most importantly, the principal reason for making this move right now is because John has a plan to move our team forward and toward the upper reaches of Major League Soccer. That stability is important to our whole organization as we look to finish this season strongly and build again for the next."

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Flyers presence large on NBC hockey telecasts

Assuming everything goes to plan and the 2012-13 season begins on October 11, the Philadelphia Flyers will be beamed across North American television screens quite a bit thanks to the corporate synergy between NBC and Comcast.

Below is the schedule breakdown from a team release:

For the second consecutive year, the Flyers will open their season as part of a national TV broadcast on the NBC Sports Network when they host the Boston Bruins on October 11.  The Flyers will be featured exclusively on the NBC Sports Network on six additional occasions throughout the year. 

 Day     Date                 Opponent         Time                Network
Thu.      Oct. 11       vs. Boston              7:00 PM            NBCSN
Wed.    Dec. 19       vs.  New Jersey       7:30 PM            NBCSN
Sun.     Feb. 17       @   NY Rangers       7:30 PM            NBCSN
Wed.    Feb. 20       @   Pittsburgh         7:30 PM            NBCSN
Wed.    Feb. 27       vs. Washington       7:30 PM            NBCSN
Wed.    Mar. 13       @   New Jersey       7:30 PM            NBCSN
Sun.     Mar. 24       @   Pittsburgh         7:30 PM            NBCSN

In addition, four Flyers games are slated for national broadcast under NBC’s flex scheduling option.  If selected, the game will be televised nationally on NBC; if not, it will appear on the NBC Sports Network. 
 Day     Date           Opponent               Time                Network
Sun.     Jan. 20        @ Chicago              7:30 PM            NBC/SN
Sun.     Mar. 10       vs. Chicago             3:00 PM            NBC/SN
Sun.     Mar. 31       vs. Boston               7:30 PM            NBC/SN
Sat.      Apr. 13        vs. NY Rangers        3:00 PM            NBC/SN

The Flyers’ 2012-13 local broadcast schedule will be announced in the near future. 

NHL releases TV sked for 2012-13

Ignoring the labor strife which currently grips the sport, the National Hockey League released its national and international television schedule for the upcoming season as if it were scheduled to be played on time and in full.

Here's the release from the league's web site.

Crew tops Union with late stoppage time goal

Chester, Pa. – Columbus Crew pulled off the ultimate smash and grab raid at PPL Park on Wednesday evening as Eddie Gaven slotted home a last minute winner to defeat an increasingly dominant Philadelphia Union.

The 95th minute winner came during a frenetic period of play in which the Union were unfortunate not to find a decisive goal themselves, with John Hackworth’s side having 20 attempts on goal through the game – double that of the Crew.

Hackworth made a solitary change to the side which started the hard-earned draw against high-flying Real Salt Lake last weekend as Sheanon Williams made a return from suspension in place of Raymon Gaddis. And it looked to have paid off until almost the last kick as the Union continued to pepper the visitors’ goal with shots.

The game had started at a high tempo, with a good work rate through both midfields producing lively play without yielding clear chances on goal.

Danny Cruz was first to send a testing effort on goal in the 11th minute, turning well to send a sweetly-struck volley straight at Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson, who was making his first ever MLS start.

But it was an unlikely source that would weigh in with the opener as the game ticked towards the 30 minute mark.

Crew midfielder Chris Birchall brought down the marauding Michael Farfan on the edge of the box and Union captain and central defender Carlos Valdes stepped up to bury the ensuing free-kick into the back of the net with the aid of a deflection.

The visitors would strike back at a critical time, however. Man of the moment Federico Higuain swung in a free kick from the left and Josh Williams rose highest in the box to power his header into the corner passed a stunned Zac MacMath.

And it could have been worse for the home side a moment later when another dangerous ball – again from the left – found Eddie Gaven at the back post but the Crew’s top scorer could only find the River End with a well-struck volley.

There was an ominous sign for the Union just ten minutes into the second half when goal scorer Valdes had to be replaced; the Colombian, called-up for next week’s round of World Cup qualifiers by his national team, removed as a precaution holding his hamstring.

Things were to get worse for the other goal scorer just ten minutes later. An off the ball incident left substitute Antoine Hoppenot strewn on the field and after referee Yader Reyes had consulted with his assistant on the touchline, Josh Williams was shown a yellow card and then a red card to put Columbus down to ten.

The home side looked to capitalize and began exerting sustained pressure on the retreating Crew.

It looked like it would pay off with eight minutes left to play when Brian Carroll steered in a rebound following a goal mouth scramble, only for the flag to spoil the party with Sheanon Williams adjudged to be offside in the build-up.

The Crew would disturb unrelenting Union pressure by sending out a warning shot with the minutes ticking down; Higuain escaping forward to threaten MacMath’s goal.

But their next contribution would be lethal. Substitute Justin Meram stole a yard in the box on another rare attack and the ball fell for Gaven who gratefully slotted home to complete the heist.


Philadelphia Union:
Valdes, 29.

Columbus Crew:
J.Williams, 41.
Gaven, 90+5.


Philadelphia Union: Zac MacMath; Sheanon Williams (Raymon Gaddis, 55), Gabriel Farfan, Carlos Valdes (c), Amobi Okugo; Brian Carroll, Michael Lahoud, Michael Farfan; Gabriel Gomez, Danny Cruz (Antoine Hoppenot, 61), Jack McInerney (Freddy Adu, 77).

Subs not used: Chase Harrison, Keon Daniel, Josue Martinez, Chandler Hoffman.

Columbus Crew: Matt Lampson, Chad Marshall (c), Josh Williams, Sebastian Miranda, Eddie Gaven, Danny O’Rourke, Chris Birchall (Cole Grossman, 84), Dilly Duka (Justin Meram, 66), Milovan Mirosevic, Federico Higuain, Jairo Arrieta (Julius James, 72).

Subs not used: Scott Angevine, Emilio Renteria, Nemana Vukovic, Tony Tchani.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

36 West officially makes final stop in Philadelphia

(The Phanatic Magazine) - Former Pro Bowl running back Brian Westbrook officially retired as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday.

"I spent eight of my best years of my life in Philadelphia playing for the Eagles," a composed Westbrook said during a press conference at Lincoln Financial Field.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Westbrook played with the Eagles from 2002-09 and is the franchise leader with 9,785 total yards from scrimmage. He currently ranks second in team history in rushing yards with 5,995.

"When I think of myself, I think of Brian Westbrook ... a third-round pick that was too small, who would only be a special teams player, to an All-Pro, to a two-time Pro Bowl selection, to the franchise leader in total yards from scrimmage.

"It's been a great ride and I thank everyone that has been here for me every step of the way."

The Villanova product, who played one season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2010, will be honored at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23 during halftime of a game against the Washington Redskins.

Westbrook became the third former member of the Eagles to retire with the organization this offseason, joining former teammates Brian Dawkins and Tra Thomas.

"This guy did it all," Birds head coach Andy Reid said. "He’ll go down as one of the all-time great Philadelphia Eagles, and obviously by the number of yards he produced offensively, being the leader in that category, I’m kind of stating the obvious there."

Among Westbrook's highlights were his 84-yard punt return for a touchdown in the final moments of a 14-10 win over the New York Giants at the Meadowlands in October of 2003, a victory which pulled Philly even at 3-3 and helped propel them to another NFC East crown; a memorable long clock-killing, near-touchdown run at the end of a 2006 Christmas Day victory in Dallas, and a 71-yard TD scamper off a screen from Donovan McNabb to seal a 26-14 win over Minnesota at the Metrodome in a wild card game in January of 2009.

"You’re the best fans in the world, and I hope the passion I played with on the field and the way I carried myself off the field represented you guys well and made you guys proud," Westbrook said. "Thank you for all the cheers, the love and support throughout the ups and downs of my career."

Eagles release veteran P Mat McBriar

(The Phanatic Magazine) - The Eagles have released veteran punter Mat McBriar, according to his agent Jack Bechta.

McBriar, a two-time All-Pro selection in Dallas, lost out in his battle with second-year punter Chas Henry.

Hamels to miss start, Worley to DL

(The Phanatic Magazine) - Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels will miss his scheduled start Wednesday against the New York Mets with a gastrointestinal illness.

Rookie Tyler Cloyd will be recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and will make the first start of his major league career.

Cloyd was named the International League's Most Valuable Starting Pitcher, recording a 12-1 record in 22 starts for the IronPigs. In 142 innings, the 25- year-old right-hander has tallied 93 strikeouts and just 38 walks, while pitching to a 2.35 ERA.

To make room for Cloud, Vance Worley will placed on the DL. Worley is scheduled to have season-ending right elbow surgery sometime in the next 10 days.

Valdes, Gomez called up for international duty

Chester, Pa. (The Phanatic Magazine) – Union captain Carlos Valdés and midfielder Gabriel Gómez have been called up for international duty as their respective countries prepare for FIFA World Cup qualification games on September 7th and 11th.

The two will meet up with their national sides – Colombia and Panama respectively – following Philadelphia Union’s MLS fixture with New England Revolution, which kicks off at Gillette Stadium at 7:30pm on Saturday evening.

After returning to the international fold for the first time since 2010 during Colombia’s recent Spanish training camp in Madrid, MLS All-Star Valdés will be in José Pekerman’s squad for qualification games against Uruguay in Barranquilla on September 7th and away to Chile in Santiago on September 11th.

Panama captain Gómez will be present for back-to-back qualifiers against Canada, with the first taking place in Toronto on September 7th and the return game in Panama City on September 11th.

Gómez is the Union’s current most-capped player at full international level, having represented Panama on 76 occasions.

Perlaza and Union part ways

Chester, Pa. (The Phanatic Magazine) – The Philadelphia Union and  Colombian forward Jorge Perlaza have parted ways after both parties agreed terms to terminate his contract.

The 27 year-old joined the Union from Western Conference side Portland Timbers in June 2012 but found first team opportunities limited, making just two appearances for the club.

Perlaza began his professional career in his native Colombia with Atlético Huila aged 16 and has represented a total of six clubs – including two spells at Deportes Quindío – in a career spanning 11 years.

NHL answers NHLPA proposal

Despite morning talks which were brief and failed to be fruitful, the National Hockey League on Tuesday did manage to respond to the NHLPA's alternate proposal of last week.

The centerpiece of the answer revolves around the percentage of hockey-related revenues the players should receive over the life of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. From Tuesday night's story on

"Commissioner Bettman has said previously the owners view the distribution of hockey-related revenue as the most important part of the economic component of the new CBA.
Under the expiring CBA, the players receive 57 percent of the hockey-related revenues. The NHL's initial proposal, made on July 13, called for the players' share of HRR to be reduced to 46 percent.
While Commissioner Bettman would not reveal the details of the proposal Tuesday, he said it was "a significant proposal with meaningful movement."

NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr said the Union would spend Tuesday evening analyzing the counter proposal. Fehr said the plan was for the Union to work into Wednesday morning before coming back to the NHL offices for further negotiations Wednesday afternoon.

"It takes some time to review proposals, to analyze them, to make sure you understand them and to formulate an appropriate response to the proposal that's made," Fehr said. "Certainly, at this stage of the negotiations, you don't want to do that before you're ready and before you're sure that you understand it. But, I do expect, as of today at least, that we'll be meeting again [Wednesday] afternoon."

There are 17 days remaining until the current CBA expires.

Greyhounds statement in wake of sexual assault allegations

On the first day of rookie camp, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds issued a lengthy statement further addressing the allegations of sexual assault brought against three players over the weekend, one of whom is Flyers' top prospect Nick Cousins:

"Our hockey program has been working through the various issues that have arisen as a result of the filing of criminal charges against Nicholas Cousins, Andrew Fritsch, and Mark Petaccio Saturday evening. The resultant public and media attention, and the stress which results from such accusations, affects all concerned.  Given these affects, the club has decided that is in the best interests of all that all three young men, with their consent, to immediately commence a confidential behavioural wellness program which will help each young man prepare, mentally and emotionally, to deal with living their lives and dealing with the issues and resultant stress, in a stable manner, as this court case works it's way through the legal process. Our club wants to ensure that each of the young men have the proper counselling which will help guide each of them through what is a very trying time. Each player has voluntarily agreed to enter the program. The counselling of the 3 players will be followed up with counselling of the balance of the team to deal with issues arising as a result of the accusations.

Therefore, given that training camp is set to begin this morning we are announcing that Nicholas Cousins, Andrew Fritsch, and Mark Petaccio will not be present. They have not been suspended by our club, but the counselling,  at this time, takes priority. The three young men must deal with the ensuing court process, and each young man is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Our hockey program's priority is to develop responsible people first, and hockey players second.

Once the players complete the behavioural wellness program, we will reassess the situation with the intention being that the players will re-join our hockey club. As this program is confidential we will not comment on timelines, nor will we comment on the program directly. We ask that everyone respects the privacy of each of the three young men as they go through it.

This decision is aimed at ensuring that each young man is mentally and emotionally prepared for the many legal challenges ahead. It is also what we feel is best for each young man as a person, and for their teammates."

Petaccio was the only one of the three held in police custody, due to his American citizenship and a belief that he may flee the country. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario is directly across a system of locks in between Lake Superior and Lake Huron from partner city Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Top 10 Flyers playoff games of the 2000s

by Bob Herpen
Phanatic Hockey Editor

While we all wait with bated breath for the End Times to arrive, I thought I'd dip back into the remembrance pool for some light-hearted fare.

Today, we recall the Top 10 Flyers playoff games from the first decade of this millennium.

(Note to readers: 2010 doesn't count in this group, so no quarter given to the Stanley Cup run, sorry.)

10. April 23, 2009 -- Flyers 3, Penguins 0 Game 5 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: While everyone remembers the Game 6 collapse in front of the home crowd before a national TV audience which cost them the series, the Flyers wouldn't have made it that far if it weren't for Martin Biron. The embattled backstop recorded 28 saves, while Arron Asham, Mike Knuble and Claude Giroux supplied the offense for the stunning decision at Mellon Arena. It still stands as the lone shutout pitched by a Philly goaltender against Pittsburgh in the postseason.

9.  May 20, 2000 -- Flyers 3, Devils 1 Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals: Craig Berube was the hero, scoring the game-winning goal with 7:02 left in regulation. Yes, you read that right. The Orange and Black crept within one victory of the Finals thanks to a puncher on his last NHL legs, adding another level of weirdness to one of the more unsettling series in franchise history. The Flyers took both games at the Meadowlands and assumed a 3-1 series edge.

8.  May 2, 2004 -- Flyers 7, Maple Leafs 2 Game 5 Eastern Conference Semifinals: In a playoffs which served the NHL notice that Keith Primeau was a force to be reckoned with, this game, at 3601 S. Broad Street, served as his official breakout. Toronto, while sending skaters out for each shift, was never really in the game, going down 6-1 before the midway point of regulation. It allowed Ken Hitchcock's team a breath of confidence heading back to Canada for Game 6.

7.  April 16, 2003 -- Flyers 3, Maple Leafs 2 (3 OT) Game 4 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Perhaps we don't get to see the fullness of Roman Cechmanek's meltdown if Mark Recchi didn't beat Ed Belfour from the right wing as the clock approached midnight. The Flyers, down 2-1 in the series, and having dropped a double-OT decision two days prior, had their backs to the wall but did everything they could to strafe the Leafs -- including a 75-38 shot advantage. Recchi did his thing at 13:54 of period six, this puck not one of the 72 Belfour stopped on the night.

6.  April 22, 2003 -- Flyers 6, Maple Leafs 1 Game 7 Eastern Conference Finals: An emphatic end to an epic series, the hosts bombarded their foes from the outset, officially putting to rest the nightmare scenarios which marked the end of the first round in the two previous years. The win was the most decisive series-clinching victory since a similar result against the Lightning on the road in 1996, and still stands as the largest series-clinching margin to this day.

5.  May 4, 2004 -- Flyers 3, Maple Leafs 2 (OT) Game 6 Eastern Conference Semifinals: Had the Flyers been in control from the outset, perhaps this game would rank a bit higher, but they allowed the Leafs to make things interesting with a pair of goals in the final minutes of regulation, sending this pivotal game into extra time. The end sequence to this thriller pretty much encapsulates Flyers hockey at its core, and more to the point, sent the Flyers to the conference finals for the first time in four years.

4.  May 20, 2004 -- Flyers 5, Lightning 4 Game 6 Eastern Conference Finals: In an unfamiliar position, on the brink of elimination on home ice against an upstart franchise which was just gaining a foothold in the National Hockey League, the veteran-laden Flyers responded in atypical fashion to keep their hopes alive. Not since 1989 against Montreal did the club find itself gasping for air, one step away from going home in a semifinal round on friendly ice. But two strokes of luck kept the season alive long enough for a Game 7.

3.  April 22, 2008 -- Flyers 3, Capitals 2 Game 7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: The importance of this playoff win in club history can't be emphasized enough. Coming just over a year since the Flyers finished dead last in the NHL, with a new, relatively inexperienced head coach thrust into a pressure situation while guiding a promising crop of youngsters, Philadelphia stared down the Red, White and Blue abyss, spit in the face of Alex Ovechkin on his home ice, and came away with as dramatic a victory as any in 45 seasons. It marked the team's first playoff series win in four years and seemed to put to rest a heap of uncertainty in a quick "rebuilding" phase. Joffrey Lupul ended it, scoring his first goal of the series at the best possible time.

2.  May 4-5, 2000 -- Flyers 2, Penguins 1 (5 OT) Game 4 Eastern Conference Semifinals: Momentum can kill a team just as much as build it up. That was the case on a Thursday night in Pittsburgh, the Penguins holding a 2-1 lead with one more game on home ice with which to take a stranglehold on the series. Andy Delmore had given the Flyers sudden life with a Game 3 OT tally, and whoever won this pivotal tilt would most likely advance to the next round. More than six hours after it began, into the eighth period, Primeau decided to wake up his teammates and the city of Philadelphia in the wee small hours with a miracle. It was the longest playoff game in the NHL's modern times, the longest by far in Flyers history. Two days later, the Flyers won Game 5 at home, then closed things out two days after back in the Steel City.

1.  May 3, 2008 -- Flyers 6, Canadiens 4 Game 5 Eastern Conference Semifinals: Another unlikely playoff run continued as John Stevens' club posted an emotional come-from-behind victory against the Canadiens in Montreal. Simply advancing to the conference finals wasn't enough. The kids waltzed into the Mecca of hockey and stole the limelight from the Habs, who were celebrating their 100th year of existence. It seemed like every one of the young stars made an impact -- R.J. Umberger netted his eighth goal of the series in surprising fashion...Mike Richards lent a "hand" in the proceedings. Scottie Upshall and Scott Hartnell added key tallies, while Braydon Coburn played shutdown defense at the right time.

Any questions whether this run, and particularly the OT win in Washington, was a fluke were laid to rest in La Belle Province. It was off to face the rival Penguins in the next round, but not before proving that the 2008 Flyers were proof that the team had made it all the way back from the bottom.

Tune in shortly for the next installment: Top Flyers regular-season games of the 1990s.


Westbrook set to retire as an Eagle

(The Phanatic Magazine) - Brian Westbrook is set to retire as a Philadelphia Eagle and will be honored at the Dec. 23 game against the Washington Redskins.

The dynamic Westbrook was one of the best running backs in Eagles history. A versatile back, Westbrook was not only prolific in the run game but was also known for his exceptional pass-catching and pass-blocking abilities.

A two-time Pro Bowler, he finished his career with the Eagles in 2009 as the franchise leader with 9,785 total yards from scrimmage. He is one of six players in league history to post 30-plus rushing (41) and receiving touchdowns (30) in a career.

Westbrook's best season came in 2007, when he led the NFL with 2,104 scrimmage yards en route to Pro Bowl and All Pro honors.

"I will always remember Brian for the electrifying, game-changing plays he made during his great career in Philadelphia," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. "He was one of those players you knew could score from anywhere on the field and one of the most exciting players I have ever watched.

"He was a great runner, receiver and returner and was certainly a fan favorite. We are thrilled to have him retire as an Eagle and we look forward to honoring him at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23 against the Redskins in what should be a very exciting atmosphere."

One of the game’s most electrifying players, Westbrook played in 107 games (85 starts) in eight seasons with the Eagles from 2002-09. He currently ranks second in franchise annals in rushing yards (5,995), and third in receptions (426) and total touchdowns (68).

Among Eagles running backs all-time, he tops the list in receptions, receiving yards (3,790) and receiving touchdowns (29). In addition, Westbrook played in 11 playoff games with the team, ranking first in club history in career rushing yards (591) and total touchdowns (6).

Not only a dynamic player on offense, Westbrook also finished his career ranked fourth on the team’s all-time list with a 12.8 yard average on punt returns. He returned two punts for touchdowns in his career, including a highlight reel, game-winning, 84-yard return for a score with 1:34 remaining against the New York Giants on October 19, 2003. He played in 14 games (5 starts) for the San Francisco 49ers in 2010, tallying 490 yards from scrimmage (340 rushing, 150 receiving) and five total touchdowns.

Originally a third round draft choice of the Eagles in 2002 out of nearby Villanova, Westbrook was one of the most decorated players in NCAA Division I-AA history, setting the all-time record with 9,885 all-purpose yards.

The 32-year-old is a native of Hyattsville, Maryland, and played football and basketball at DeMatha High School. A true horse enthusiast off the field, Westbrook owns a 23-acre horse farm in Upper Marlboro, MD. For more information, please log on to

Monday, August 27, 2012

Eagles shelve Peters, Patterson

PHILADELPHIA (The Phanatic Magazine) - The Eagles trimmed their roster to 75 on Monday with a quartet of roster moves.

The team placed All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters on the reserve/non-football injury list, put veteran defensive tackle Mike Patterson on the reserve/non-football illness list, placed offensive guard Mike Gibson on the injured reserve with a hip flexor and waived wide receiver Jamel Hamler.

Peters and Patterson are eligible to return to practice anytime between weeks six and nine of the regular season but it's unlikely either will play this season. Peters is still recovering from a torn Achilles that he damaged twice in the offseason and Patterson has been struggling to return from brain surgery for arteriovenous malformation -- a tangle of blood vessels.

Eagles coach Andy Reid was asked Sunday about Patterson's availability going forward.

"Listen, I think that is going to be an extended time," he said.  "We just have to see how that goes if he is able to go at all. We’ll have to see how that works out. We’ll take checkups in increments here but right now it is going to be a while.”

All NFL teams must reduce their rosters to 53 players by 9 pm ET on Friday, August 31.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Eagles start shaping roster by cutting 10

The Eagles have waived wide receivers Elvis Akpla, McKay Jacobson and Tiger Jones, a former member of the Philadelphia Soul, as well as safety Wade Bonner, defensive end Xavier Brown, offensive lineman Alfred McCullough and Thomas Welch and cornerback Kevin Thomas. The team also waived/injured WR Brian Hernandez and safety Tom Nelson.

The Eagles roster now stands at 80 players. All NFL teams must reduce their rosters to 75 players by 4 pm ET on Monday, August 27. All clubs must cut down their rosters to 53 players by 9 pm ET on Friday, August 31.

Flyers prospect Cousins one of several Sault players accused of sexual assault

Shocking news out of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where several Greyhound players, among them Flyers prospect Nick Cousins, have apparently been charged with sexual assault.

Cousins, 19, totaled 35 goals and 88 points in 65 games for the Soo last season, his third full year in Canadian juniors. Philadelphia selected the left-handed shooting center with the 68th pick (third round) of the 2011 draft.

The Greyhounds issued a statement regarding the incident late on Saturday:

"Earlier today our organization was made aware of accusations involving three members of our hockey program.

Over the course of time that each of these players has been part of our program we have seen each of them make excellent strides both on and off the ice. The strides made over each young man’s tenure here are what makes today’s situation so surprising.

Our Hockey Club will continue to perform our duty in supporting the three members of our team as they go through the legal process. Our Hockey Club will now allow the legal process to run its due course at this time. We will also continue to support the investigation of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Services in any way possible."

And from a statement on the web site of the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario police department: 

"On the 25th of August 2012, three males have been charged with an offence as to a female known to them.  Charged with sexual assault is 19 year old Brian Nicholas Cousins of 41 Meadowvale Avenue in Belleville, Ontario, 19 year old Andrew Douglas Fritsch of 11 Stymie Boulevard in Brantford, Ontario and 18 year old Mark Anthony Petaccio of 61 New Brooklyn Road in Sicklerville, New Jersey.  Brian Nicholas Cousins and Andrew Douglas Fritsch have been scheduled for court October 1, 2012.  Mark Anthony Petaccio will appear in bail court on Monday, August 27, 2012."

Cousins, who also played one game for the Adirondack Phantoms last season, has racked up 75 goals and 113 assists in 200 regular-season games in the OHL over the last three campaigns.

On Sunday afternoon, the Flyers finally issued their own update, courtesy of General Manager Paul Holmgren: "We are aware of the unfortunate situation involving Nick Cousins. Due to lack of information available to us, we will not comment at this time."

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Union and RSL play to scoreless draw

Chester, Pa. (The Phanatic Magazine) – The Union endured a frustrating Friday under the lights at PPL Park after being held to a goalless draw by Real Salt Lake in a game which featured few clear cut chances.

Union manager John Hackworth made two changes to the side which recorded a hard-earned point away to D.C. United last weekend – one enforced – as speedy youngster Raymon Gaddis deputized for the suspended Sheanon Williams at right back, while Freddy Adu made way for Gabriel Gómez who missed last week’s game following international duty with Panama.

The game got off to a cagey start on a humid evening on the banks of the Delaware River as both sides tried to establish an early rhythm; the visitors perhaps showing the heavy legs of a side which was in Champions League action on Tuesday.

Real Salt Lake’s conservative approach to pushing forward en masse – leaving little space in behind for the Union to exploit – would add to a game of few opportunities, with Chris Wingert’s speculative strike over Zach MacMath’s Union crossbar in the opening minute not offering an indication of things to come.

With the pursuit of Playoff positions in mind, the Union were keen to assert themselves in front of a sell-out home crowd and were unlucky on two occasions as Danny Cruz was pressured off an attacking aerial ball ten minutes in and Michael Farfan had a shot blocked after a neat lay off by Jack McInerney.

The visitors, pushing for the Supporters Shield in a promising second position in the Western Conference, looked their most dangerous from set pieces; Kwame Watson-Siriboe’s menacing presence putting the Union defense under pressure 15 minutes in as Carlos Valdés was forced to hook the ball clear of danger.

The game would follow a similar course of tentative attacking and largely exemplary defending for the remainder of the opening period until just three minutes before the break when the Union almost found the opener.

Michael Farfan’s knock-down in the RSL box was straight into the path of Cruz, but the onrushing home debutant could only steer his shot agonizingly over goalkeeper Nick Rimando and into the River End as the headline writers watched on in anticipation.

The Union emerged quicker off the blocks at the start of the second period and would go on to dominate both possession and attempts on goal as they looked to seal a valuable three points.

Carlos Valdés underlined the home side’s eagerness just two minutes after the restart, making a fine effort to wrestle the ball over the line following a corner before Jack McInerney’s volley forced goalkeeper Nick Rimando into a routine save.

Despite facing one of the most respected midfield units in MLS, John Hackworth’s Union would continue to look the most likely scorers.

First referee Jair Marrufo was forced to wave away muted penalty appeals as Brian Carroll fell in the box after Antoine Hoppenot’s sliced volley and substitute Freddy Adu was unlucky to be muscled out after a sharp dart into the box.

RSL sub Jonny Steele almost completed the ultimate smash and grab for the visitors when he threatened at the feet of Zac MacMath but it was the Union who would ultimately feel the most frustrated as Antoine Hoppenot beat Rimando to the ball before cracking a shot off the outside of the post from a tight angle as PPL Park held its breath in stoppage time.

FULL TIME: Philadelphia Union 0-0 Real Salt Lake



PHILADELPHIA UNION: Zac MacMath; Raymon Gaddis, Gabriel Farfan, Carlos Valdés (c), Amobi Okugo; Brian Carroll, Michael Lahoud, Michael Farfan; Gabriel Gómez (Freddy Adu, 82), Danny Cruz (Antoine Hoppenot, 71), Jack McInerney

Subs not used: Chase Harrison, Chris Albright, Porfirio Lopez, , Keon Daniel, Josue Martinez,.

REAL SALT LAKE: Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Chris Wingert, Kyle Beckerman (c), Ned Grabavoy (Yordany Álvarez, 74), Will Johnson, Luis Gil (Jonny Steele, 62), Javier Morales (Paulo Jr., 87), Alvaro Sabório.

Subs not used: Kyle Reynish, Chris Schuler, Sebastian Velasquez, Justin Braun,

Croatian Brzoja added to Villanova roster

VILLANOVA, Pa. (The Phanatic Magazine) –  Mislav Brzoja, a 6-foot-4 guard from Zagreb, Croatia, has been added to the Villanova Basketball team and will be eligible to compete as a freshman in 2012-13, it was announced today.

Brzoja spent the 2011-12 academic year at Traders Point Christian Academy in Whitespoint, Ind., where he helped his squad post a 24-3 record. This summer he played a pivotal role for Croatia at the U18 European Championships. Brzoja averaged 15.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest in eight outings at the championship. Croatia defeated Russia 61-57 in the semifinals and Lithuania 88-76 in the championship game on Aug. 19.

“We’re excited about what Mislav will bring to our basketball team,” stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. “He had a great U18 championship for Croatia, where he captained his team to a gold medal. Mislav is an outstanding student and tough competitor who will add to the perimeter depth of our team.”

Brzoja becomes the fifth notable newcomer added to the Villanova roster since the end of 2011-12. Junior Tony Chennault transferred from Wake Forest and will be eligible to compete this season after the NCAA granted the 6-2 guard a hardship waiver. Dylan Ennis transferred from Rice after playing one season there and will sit out the ’12-13 campaign before becoming eligible in 2013-14. And freshmen Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu signed national letters of intent last November.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Former Eagles great, HOF member Van Buren dies

Former Philadelphia Eagles running back and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Steve Van Buren passed away on Thursday at the age of 91.

Multiple reports state he died in his adopted hometown of Lancaster, PA.

"On the field and off, as a player, a leader and a man, Steve Van Buren embodied the finest characteristics of our city and our sport," said Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie. "He was a friend and an inspiration to generations of fans, and the model of what an Eagle should be."

Playing in Philadelphia from 1944 to 1951, Van Buren totaled 5,860 rushing yards and 69 touchdowns on 1,320 attempts, adding 523 yards and three scores on 45 receptions. He led the NFL in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns on four occasions (1945, '47-'49), and led the league in total yards from scrimmage in 1947 and '48.

Also a feared returner, Van Buren racked up five more special-teams touchdowns: three on kickoffs and two on punts, during his distinguished eight-year career.

Born in Honduras but raised in New Orleans, the LSU product was selected with the Birds' fifth-overall pick in the 1944 draft, and led the Eagles to three consecutive NFL title games (1947-49), with victories in 1948 against the Cardinals and the following campaign against the Rams.

In a driving snowstorm at Shibe Park, Van Buren famously scored the lone touchdown in the '48 contest to beat Chicago -- a game he initially thought would not be played due to the severity of the blizzard.

Van Buren, who currently ranks third on the franchise's all-time rushing list, was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1965 and was selected for the NFL's 75th anniversary team in 1994. His jersey number 15 was also retired by the Eagles

"Steve Van Buren is one of the all-time Eagles," said Eagles president Don Smolenski. "He made his mark on the field, in the city of Philadelphia, and in the record books of the NFL. We honor the passing of one of our great ones."

Thursday, August 23, 2012

CSN to air combat sports show featuring MMA, boxing and pro wrestling

(The Phanatic Magazine) - The GFL Combat Sports Network ( and Comcast SportsNet have  announced a partnership to launch a weekly combat sports series commencing with its first airing date this Saturday night (Aug. 25, 2012). 

GFL will provide combat sports content for both The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet.

“We are able to offer Comcast SportsNet a diverse programming schedule to include the best MMA, Boxing, Muay Thai, Kickboxing & Professional Wrestling events this region has to offer. This is a great opportunity for fighters to showcase their talents and grow their fan base in their community.  I guarantee our audience 2 things: action packed shows and that many fighters from this series will go on to become world champions,” said GFL CEO and Founder David Klarman.

Starting on August 25, GFL will bring the best in mixed martial arts (MMA), boxing, Muay Thai and professional wrestling to The Comcast Network (TCN) and Comcast SportsNet (CSN) viewers in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, Delaware, New Jersey and even some parts of New York.  

Air times will be in primetime from 8-10 PM EST Saturday evenings on TCN-PA and TCN-MA, with replays on Sunday evenings from 8-10 PM EST on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and 11:30 PM – 1:30 PM EST on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.

“We are extremely pleased to embark on a new relationship with Go Fight Live to provide fans with great MMA and boxing matchups as we bolster our Saturday Night Fight Night programming on The Comcast Network,” said Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia Director of Programming Bob Selah.

The initial Programming schedule is as follows:

8/25 & 26 – Friday Night Fights from Dover Downs Hotel and Casino (Boxing)
9/1 & 2 – Cage Wars XVII  (MMA)
9/8 & 9 – Boxing at Bally's: Joel Diaz vs Guillermo Sanchez (Boxing)
9/15 & 16 – New Breed Fighters  (MMA - Not GFL)
*9/22 & 23 –  Ring of combat XLII – (MMA)
9/29 & 30 – Friday Night Fights from Dover Downs (Boxing)
10/6 & 7 -  IZW (Professional Wrestling)
10/13 & 14 – Battle at Bally’s II -Take On Promotions (Muay Thai)
10/20 & 21 – Fight Night from Harrahs, PA (Boxing)
10/27 & 28 – Cage Wars XVIII (MMA)

*After Football Game

Soul promote Dolezel to head coach

PHILADELPHIA (The Phanatic Magazine) – The Philadelphia Soul have promoted assistant head coach/offensive coordinator Clint Dolezel to head coach.

The promotion comes on the heels of Doug Plank announcing his resignation last week after one season in the position and an ArenaBowl XXV appearance.

“I’m excited to stay with the best organization in the Arena Football League,” Dolezel said.  “I don’t think there is an organization or city that is more committed to winning a championship than the Soul and the city of Philadelphia.  I am proud to be a part of it.”

“Clint is the right person for the job here in Philadelphia,” added Soul general manager Tom Goodhines.  “He was a big part of our success this season and will continue to a big reason why the Soul will remain a title contender year-in and year-out.”

Under Dolezel, the Soul offense finished No. 1 in the AFL for scoring (68.2), rushing offense (44.2), and No. 5 in total offense (323.4).  Philadelphia was the only team in 2012 to reach 15 regular-season wins, while locking up home-field advantage for American Conference playoffs.  With Dolezel calling the offense, the Soul set the League’s all-time mark with 1,228 points scored.

The Soul offensive unit, including: QB Dan Raudabaugh, FB Derrick Ross, and WR Tiger Jones set franchise and League single-season records.  Dolezel was previously was the head coach for the Dallas Vigilantes in 2011 and led them to an 11-7 regular season record and a playoff appearance.

“(2012) was an amazing season and we are confident that Clint will lead this team to a championship,” said Soul co-majority owner Ron Jaworski.  “The foundation has been set for the Soul to remain a perennial title contender and we are all excited for what is ahead for this franchise.”

Dolezel was recently named to the 2012 AFL Hall of Fame Class and will be inducted during the 2013 Opening Weekend.  He is No. 3 in career passing yards (44,564) and No. 2 in touchdown passes (931).  Clint is also the first quarterback in AFL history to throw for over 400 yards in a game and first to do it six times.  He matched one of the League’s most vaunted then-records by throwing for 11 touchdowns in a game three different times.  He threw for over 100 touchdowns in a season twice (2006-07) and led his team to a 15-win season (15-1 in 2007).  He also has a championship to his credit when he led the Grand Rapids Rampage to the title in 2001.

CBA talks finish quick, next step New York

Despite the revelation of an olive branch within the NHLPA's proposal called the Industry Growth Fund, where the players were willing to give upwards of $100 million of their own money to help keep struggling teams afloat, no significant progress has been made in Collective Bargaining Agreement talks this week up in Toronto.

As he did on Wednesday, PA Executive Director Don Fehr met with league principals beginning at 9:30 AM, but it has been widely reported that those talks have concluded after less than 90 minutes.

However, according to Renaud Lavoie of French-language RDS in Canada, the players did manage to offer something in the way of contract issues, though the extent is not known at this time.

The scene will shift to the owners' turf in New York beginning next week. Fehr, Commissioner Gary Bettman, deputy commish Bill Daly and players' special counsel Steve Fehr have all agreed for a Tuesday meeting in Manhattan.

Said Bettman: "We are focusing on making a deal...nhlpa wants to keep things the way they are, and that is slowing the process...we believe that we are paying the players more that we should's difficult to make progress when you don't know what are the fundamentals."

Fehr countered: "We have a lot to do and I still believe we have enough time..we want more flexibility and the league doesn't want that... we remind the nhl that the only league that works (no stoppage) has no cap, and that is the mlb."

Fehr apparently wanted today's session to wrap up quickly, as there is a noon meeting scheduled with the players.

Another facet of the ongoing discussions between the players and the league which also failed to make much headway, was the much-more cordial, but still unproductive, discussions surrounding rules enforcement.

The NHLPA site has the rundown from Wednesday's activity.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Chillious joins Jay Wright's staff at Villanova

VILLANOVA, Pa. (The Phanatic Magazine) – University of Washington assistant coach Raphael Chillious has joined the Villanova Wildcats’ basketball staff in a similar capacity.

The move brings Chillious back to the northeast after a successful three year stint working alongside head coach Lorenzo Romar in Seattle, where he was part of a staff that steered the Huskies to consecutive Pac-10 Conference Tournament titles and an appearance in the 2010 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen.

“We are proud to add Raphael and his family to our Villanova community,” stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. “Raphael played for a great Villanovan, Fran O’Hanlon, at Lafayette and worked for an outstanding coach in Lorenzo Romar. He’s experienced and brings passion to everything he does.”

Chillious, a native of Olney, Md., is a 1996 graduate of Lafayette College, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology. He began his coaching career in 1997-98 at the University of Victoria in British Columbia and served as the head coach at West Nottingham Academy in Colora, Md. from 2001-03. In 2003, he was tabbed as head coach at South Kent (Conn.) School and later added the title of co-athletic director. In February of 2008, he was named business manager for Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball in Beaverton, Ore.

In April 2009, Chillious was named an assistant coach at the University of Washington. In 2009-10 he helped guide the Huskies to a 26-10 record, which included an appearance in the NCAA’s Sweet 16. In his second season on staff, Washington finished with a 24-11 mark. His duties included national and international recruiting, on-court teaching, and player development.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Hartnell Up: Flyers reward winger with six-year extension

by Bob Herpen
Phanatic Hockey Editor

The Philadelphia Flyers rewarded forward Scott Hartnell for a career year, signing the veteran to a multi-year contract extension on Monday.

No  terms of  the pact were released,  but multiple reports state it is a six-year extension.

"We  are  pleased to announce  that we have agreed  with Scott on a multi-year extension,"  said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. "Scott has been a very good player for us over the last five seasons and we look forward to many more good years to come."

The  30-year-old native of Saskatchewan posted career bests of 37 goals and 67 points,  tying a career high with 30 assists, while playing in all 82 regular-season  games last  year. In addition, he totaled three goals and eight points in 11 postseason appearances. His 136 penalty minutes were second only to Zac Rinaldo (232).

Only Claude Giroux finished with more points (93) and only Giroux and Wayne Simmonds (28 each) came close to his team-best goal output. Armed with 17 multi-point games, Hartnell totaled a season-high four points (1G, 3A) in a 7-2 home win over Buffalo on February 16, then picked up his lone hat trick in a 6-5 shootout loss to Boston on January 22. 

"I  am  very happy to  be staying  in Philly to  continue my career playing in front  of the best fans in the NHL," Hartnell admitted. "I would like to thank Mr. Snider and the entire Flyers organization."

He should be thanking the powers that be, after receiving a deal worth a reported average annual value of $4.750 million for the duration, making it a $28.5 million pact.

Hartnell, who was acquired from Nashville along with Kimmo Timonen on June 18, 2007, has totaled 129 goals and 134 assists over 407 games with Philadelphia.

In 843 games for the Predators and Flyers, Hartnell has accumulated 222 goals and  474 points. In 84 playoff games, the rugged winger has racked up 19 goals and 44 points.

Briere's mother passes away

Sad news out of Gatineau, Quebec, as it was reported by several sources, Flyers writer Anthony San Filippo among them, that Danny Briere's mother, Constance Brunet, passed away.

Brunet, 60, was the victim of a brain aneurism.

This is especially tough news for the 34-year-old, who was coming off a 16-goal, 49-point season last year which included an odd stretch between January 7 and March 13 (23 games) without hitting the back of the net. He rebounded with eight goals and 13 points in 11 playoff games.

Sixers to announce preseason game in Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY (The Phanatic Magazine) - Sixers president Rod Thorn along with swingman Evan Turner will be in Atlantic City on Tuesday to announce that the preseason game between Philadelphia and Brooklyn on Oct. 13 will be played at Boardwalk Hall in the seaside resort..

Union play D.C. United to 1-1 draw

-Courtesy of the Philadelphia Union

Washington, D.C. – It was honors even at RFK Stadium on Sunday evening as D.C. United and Philadelphia Union played out a 1-1 draw in a fascinating local derby.

The hosts ended the game with nine men on the field and the visiting Union with ten in a frenzied finish which saw United captain Dwayne De Rosario miss a crucial late penalty at the second attempt.

The game was given added pre-game spice with the inclusion of the lively Danny Cruz in the Union lineup and Lionard Pajoy in the DC ranks, just three days after the players had traded clubs.

But it was another ex-DC man who stole the early headlines in the eighth minute as the Union took the lead.

Brian Carroll, who made 121 MLS appearances for United between 2003 and 2007, was in the box as Gabriel Farfan’s lofted free-kick caused chaos and he anticipated expertly to slam the ball into his former club’s net after telling touches from Amobi Okugo and Carlos Valdes.

Sensing the Union’s growing confidence, D.C. were keen to hit back immediately and came close as Chris Pontius tested MacMath from distance with a vicious dipping strike before the Union stopper was called on again seconds later as he kept out a header from former teammate Pajoy.

Pontius went close again with a fizzing half-volley over the bar 26 minutes in – but it was the visitors who could have bagged the next goal with a superb counter attack on the half hour mark.

Michael Farfan was the tormentor in chief in a quick move, threading an excellent ball through to Sheanon Williams who saw his low shot saved before Freddy Adu fired straight at Hamid.

Hamid’s defense was being kept busy by the lively Union attack as the half drew to a close, with Cruz hitting wide, McInerney’s looping header drifting over after good work by Adu and the two combining again as Adu delayed following an incisive McInerney pass.

There was still time for Pajoy to get in on the action; the Colombian forward touching off for De Rosario to curl the ball over the bar and then forcing Freddy Adu to clear as he looked to muscle in amongst the column inches

The second period was to have an air of controversy from the get go; Jack McInerney’s unsuccessful penalty appeal after just 29 seconds the backdrop to what would ultimately be a heated half.

That theme continued when DC thought they had found the equalizer in the 64th minute; De Rosario slamming home following a spilled shot and half-clearance only to hear the whistle blown for a foul on MacMath.

With the hosts enjoying greater spells of possession as the half continued, their pressure would see them level just ten minutes later. Carlos Valdes headed clear with forwards looming but seconds later Okugo couldn’t replicate his central defensive partner’s efforts, heading a dangerous free-kick beyond MacMath to bring the sides level with 19 minutes left to play.

It was to set up a frantic finish, with both sides desperate to force a winner and earn the local bragging rights.

D.C. had a golden chance to do just that with four minutes left when substitute Roger Torres fouled Chris Pontius in the box and referee Mark Geiger pointed to the spot.

Captain Dwayne De Rosario stepped up to narrowly convert the penalty as MacMath guessed the correct way but the home side’s joy was short lived as Geiger forced a retake due to encroachment.

With the second spot kick delayed as both sets of players converged on the edge of the area – a flashpoint which resulted in the dismissal of United substitute Branko Boskovic, the nerves appeared to get the better of De Rosario who uncharacteristically miscued moments later to send his shot horribly over MacMath’s crossbar.

It was to become the key moment of a frantic finale as two more players were sent off in six minutes of injury time.

United’s Emiliano Dudar was given his marching orders for a crude challenge on Antoine Hoppenot as the hosts went down to nine men and Sheanon Williams was to follow; the Union defender making a committed attempt to win the ball as last man to the dislike of referee Geiger who brought proceedings to a close seconds later.



Carroll, 8.


Okugo (O.G.), 71.


D.C. United: Bill Hamid; Dejan Jakovic (Hamdi Salihi, 62), Brandon McDonald, Emiliano Dudar, Chris Korb; Andy Najar, Perry Kitchen, Nick DeLeon,; Dwayne De Rosario (c) (Marcelo Saragosa, 90+2), Chris Pontius, Lionard Pajoy (Branko Boskovic, 57).

Subs not used: Joe Willis, Ethan White, Mike Chabala, Long Tan.

Philadelphia Union: Zac MacMath; Sheanon Williams, Gabriel Farfan, Carlos Valdes (c), Amobi Okugo; Brian Carroll, Michael Lahoud, Michael Farfan; Danny Cruz (Antoine Hoppenot, 57), Freddy Adu (Keon Daniel, 69), Jack McInerney, (Roger Torres, 79).

Subs not used: Chase Harrison, Chris Albright, Raymond Gaddis, Chandler Hoffman.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Phantoms release 2012-13 schedule

The American Hockey League and its 30 member clubs released their schedules for the upcoming season on Friday afternoon.

No matter what happens in the NHL, there will be pro hockey in Glens Falls, New York and points closer to Philadelphia come October.

Hit the link to see the full release from the Flyers' affiliate.

Army-Navy tix on sale

PHILADELPHIA (The Phanatic Magazine) – The legendary Army-Navy Game returns to Philadelphia on Dec. 8 at Lincoln Financial Field, with limited tickets available for public sale beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 17.

Tickets for the game, which are $75 each, can be purchased at all Philadelphia-area Ticketmaster outlets, online at, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. There is a limit of six tickets per purchase.  Reserved parking is also available.  Also, for VIP Hospitality packages, call 888.332.CLUB (2582).

“We are thrilled to have Army-Navy back home in Philadelphia,” said Larry Needle, executive director, Philadelphia Sports Congress, a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. “It is always a great honor to serve as host for the game, and we look forward to working with all of our partners to produce another great event.”

In addition to game tickets, fans have the chance to purchase entrance to the VIP Tailgate at Citizens Bank Park, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Club, located across the street from Lincoln Financial Field. The party includes stadium fare, music, and face painters. Tickets are $65 per person; $35 for children 12 and younger.

In addition, a limited number of tickets are also available for fans to attend the exclusive Army-Navy Gala, held from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, December 7, 2012 in the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s Terrace Ballroom. There will be a reception, open bar, sit-down dinner, dancing and remarks from City and Academy officials.  Academy bands and cheerleaders will also be on hand to entertain guests. Gala tickets are $150 each.

This year’s Army-Navy Game marks the 113th edition of the interservice rivalry and the 84th game played in Philadelphia. The kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on December 8, and the game will be televised nationally by CBS and carried worldwide by Westwood One and Armed Forces Radio. Locally, the game will be broadcast live on CBS-3 TV. The game returns to Philadelphia in 2013.  Additional information on the game and weekend activities is available at 

Sixers set preseason sked

PHILADELPHIA (The Phanatic Magazine) – The Sixers have announced their 2012 preseason schedule,   with two games at Wells Fargo Center on Monday, Oct. 15 vs. Boston and Wednesday, Oct. 17 vs. Cleveland. 

The Sixers will also host the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, Oct. 13 at a location yet to be announced.

The Sixers will open the preseason at Orlando on Thursday, Oct. 11 and close out the schedule with road games against Brooklyn on Friday, Oct. 19 and Boston on Sunday, Oct. 21.

Below is the Sixers 2012 preseason schedule (all times Eastern):

Date       Opponent    Location               Arena                                Time

Oct. 11   Orlando        Orlando, FL            Amway Center                   7:00 p.m.

Oct. 13   Brooklyn       TBD                       TBD                                   TBD

Oct. 15   Boston          Philadelphia, PA    Wells Fargo Center           7:00 p.m.

Oct. 17   Cleveland     Philadelphia, PA    Wells Fargo Center           7:00 p.m.

Oct. 19   Brooklyn       Brooklyn, NY          Barclays Center                 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 21   Boston          Boston, MA           TD Bank Garden                7:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Plank quits as Soul head coach

Days after leading the Philadelphia Soul to an appearance in Arena Bowl XXV, Doug Plank has quit his post.

Plank presided over a Soul club which posted a 15-3 record and won the East Division of the American Conference, then topped New Orleans and Jacksonville before losing to Arizona by a 72-54 count in the title contest on August 10.

Read the full release here.

Phillies acquire P Ryan O'Sullivan to complete Blanton trade

(The Phanatic Magazine) - The Phillies have acquired pitcher Ryan O'Sullivan from the Los Angeles Dodgers to complete the August 3 trade which sent pitcher veteran pitcher Joe Blanton out west.

The 21-year-old O'Sullivan was a fourth-round pick in the 2011 first-year player draft. He will report to Single-A Clearwater.

Union send disappointing Pajoy to DC for MF Danny Cruz

New Union MF Danny Cruz
Chester, Pa. (The Phanatic Magazine) – The Philadelphia Union have traded forward Lionard Pajoy to D.C. United for midfielder Danny Cruz.

The 22-year-old Cruz was drafted 41st overall in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by the Houston Dynamo. During his time in South Texas, Cruz started 27 of 51 games, compiling four goals and five assists in a total of 2621 minutes.

He enjoyed his best season during the 2011 campaign, scoring a stunning goal at the end of the season against the Portland Timbers to help Houston earn a playoff berth. Cruz also started all four of the Dynamo’s four MLS Cup playoff matches, helping the team to the MLS Cup final before falling to the LA Galaxy 1-0.

In January 2012, Cruz was dealt from Houston to D.C. United in exchange for allocation money.  This season, the 5-foot-8 midfielder started in 12 of 16 games for the Black and Red, notching one goal and three assists.

Cruz was also a member of the United States U-17 National Team, which was led by Union Team Manager John Hackworth and also included current Union players Amobi Okugo, Zac MacMath and Sheanon Williams.  Most recently, he wore the U.S. shirt at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt, starting two of three matches played in the tournament.

Signed in February from Itagüí Ditaires of the Colombian first division, Pajoy started in 16 of 20 games for the Union, scoring five goals and adding two assists in 1490 minutes of play.

Cruzl is scheduled to arrive in Philadelphia Thursday night and be eligible for this weekend’s match against D.C. United on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

Simmonds conference call transcript

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Flyers

Q: On signing his extension

“Obviously I think since I’ve come to Philadelphia, I think it’s been a great place for me.  I signed this extension just hoping that we could bring a Stanley Cup to Philadelphia.  I just want to be another piece of the puzzle.  I think we have a great young core put in place.  Obviously this is where I want to be for a long time.”

Q: On signing the contract during CBA negotiations

“I’m not too sure.  I think [Paul Holmgren] and my agent just started speaking about the contract recently.  I think a deal came up where I think it’s smart of me to take it.  Just to be a part of the Flyers organization for a substantial amount of time, I jumped on it.”

Q: Were you surprised this happened this far from when your current contract ends?

“I thought I had a pretty productive season last year.  I didn’t know exactly coming into the summer where I stood or what would happen.  I’d talked to [Holmgren] a little bit, but I still wasn’t too sure on the contract front, so I was obviously going into the season planning on doing well.  When [Holmgren] came to us with the contract extension, I spoke with my agent and obviously the three of us thought it was a good idea.”

Q: Who do you think you might play with next season?

“I honestly couldn’t say.  I played on every single line last year.  The way that [Peter Laviolette] did, if you’re not working he’s gonna switch it up.  I think the last quarter of the season I played the majority with [Brayden Schenn] and [Danny Briere].  I had a good time playing on that line; I thought we were successful.  I’m willing to play wherever [Laviolette] puts me.”

Q: Do you feel any pressure to up your game?

“I don’t feel pressure, but obviously I’m going to go out there, and I work as hard as I can every day whether it’s on the ice or off the ice.  I think I’m going to continue to progress as a player, and I’m going to do everything I can to help the Philadelphia Flyers win.”

Q: What do you remember about the last work stoppage and how do you think another one might affect things?

“Last lockout, there wasn’t a season for a full year and I think it knocked back a lot of players… younger guys had to drop down leagues and things of that sort.  We presented a proposal to the league, and I don’t think the players want [a work stoppage] any means, but I think it’s going to come closer to September 15th before a decision’s made.”

Q: Do you think down the road you could be a 35 or 40-goal guy?

“That would be nice.  I certainly think we have the talent on our team.  I don’t even think it matters who you play with on our team, everyone’s great.  We’ve got four great centers and they’re just surrounded by talent.  I think obviously I’m going to continue to improve… I’m not going to put numbers on it, but I need to get better as an all-around player and I’m definitely going to work towards that.”

Q: On LA winning the Cup the year after he left

“Even before the LA Kings won, as soon as I was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers, that’s what I want to do – is win a Stanley Cup for the Philadelphia Flyers.  I don’t think it changes much that LA won it last year.  Obviously we’re still hungry.  We’ve got a hungry group of guys.  Everybody’s got the same thing on their mind – our ultimate goal is to win a Stanley Cup.  We have a lot of guys who think alike on our team, so it’s a good situation.”

Q: Have you done anything different this summer to continue to build on last year?

“Not really.  I’m still doing pretty much the same thing.  I did switch trainers, but I’m still with pretty much the same group of guys I worked out with for the last three off-seasons, and everything so far is going well.”

Q: On his gut feeling on the labor situation

“Honestly I have no clue.  All the players are obviously going to show up if we’re ready to play the season.  But by September 15, if a deal’s not reached, I’m not too sure.  This is my first time going through this and I’m really not too familiar with the process.  But from all the players’ accounts, we want to play.  We’re ready to start.”

Q: Are you making backup plans?

“I haven’t started looking as of yet.  Obviously I’m hoping there’s a season.  I’m sure as it comes closer I’ll speak to my agent about that and see where things go from there.”

Flyers, Simmonds agree to contract extension

It was finally made official on Thursday morning, the Flyers and Wayne Simmonds agreed to a multi-year contract extension.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but TSN of Canada reported it to be a six-year pact worth around $4 million per season late Wednesday night. In addition, CSNPhilly's Tim Panaccio reported the average annual value was $3.84 million for the duration.

"We are pleased to announce that we have agreed to a multi-year extension with Wayne Simmonds," Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren said on Thursday. "Wayne plays the game with courage and honor and we believe he will continue to be a very good winger for our organization."

Simmonds scored a career-high 28 goals, including 11 on the power play, and totaled a career-best 49 points over 82 games during his first year with the Flyers. He joined the team on June 23, 2011 along with Brayden Schenn from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Mike Richards. 

In four seasons with the Kings and Flyers, the Scarborough, Ontario native has recorded 67 goals and 142 points in 322 games. He was slated to become a restricted free agent following the upcoming season.

"I'm extremely happy to have this deal in place," Simmonds added. "We're going to have a good team in Philly for a long time and I just wanted to be able to be a part of hopefully bringing a championship back to the Philly faithful."

US Soccer Team wins in Mexico for first time

(The Phanatic Magazine) - The U.S. Men's National Team defeated Mexico for the first time on its home soil in a 1-0 win at Estadio Azteca on Wednesday, marking one of the biggest U.S. victories in an international friendly.

Former Philadelphia Union defender Michael Orozco Fiscal scored his first international goal in the 80th minute as the United States took only its second ever lead at Azteca. The USA held out for the final 11 minutes plus stoppage time thanks to two clutch saves by Budweiser Man of the Math Tim Howard to earn its first win in 25 attempts in Mexico.

"I think it's huge. It's huge for all American fans and it's huge for the team. It's historic," U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. "We were well aware we've never won here at Azteca, and this is an amazing experience for all the players. We told them before the game, 'This moment is for you, go and grab it.' We are aware that it was a lot of work and it was a fantastic team performance."

The USA returns to 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying when it faces Jamaica at 9:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 7, at National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. Four days later, the teams square off again at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

On Wednesday, Orozco Fiscal's first U.S. appearance since October 2011 consisted not only of his first international goal, but an historic tally for the U.S. Men's National Team. Orozco Fiscal and Brek Shea had only been on the pitch for a couple of minutes each, but both played pivotal roles (along with fellow substitute Terrence Boyd) in generating the game's lone strike.

An energetic Shea drove up the left side past Mexico's Severo Meza and got one final touch in the box against Francisco Rodriguez before dishing to Boyd in the middle. Boyd took a touch and back-heeled his pass to Orozco Fiscal toward the right post, where the defender poked the ball into the net past Jorge Torres Nilo and a stranded Guillermo Ochoa.

Orozco Fiscal, who plays his club ball with San Luis in Mexico, celebrated with his teammates by the right corner flag in front of the U.S. supporters section. But with more than 11 minutes still to play, the USA's first road win in Mexico would not be easy to close out.

Mexico was in uncharted territory trailing late to the USA on its own turf, and the home side stepped up its attack to try to find an equalizer. The hosts came close in the 85th minute when Chicharito's left-footed shot deflected off Maurice Edu, who was slotting in at center back in a new-look backline for Klinsmann. Howard was going to his right and had to quickly change direction to his left to get his glove on the ball before pouncing on it to prevent the shot from crossing the goal line.

There was more to come and in the 89th minute Chicharito challenged Geoff Cameron and headed the ball at close range toward the near right side of the goal. Howard once again came up with a clutch save to his left, parrying with his left hand to keep Mexico and its much-heralded attack off the score sheet.

"Eventually, you need a little bit of luck, and in some instances we were a little bit lucky tonight, and we had Tim Howard in our goal," Klinsmann said. "I think the team really knew what to expect. It was difficult at high altitude and many of them flew in from Europe two days ago, but we had a plan and we tried to execute that plan. Getting that win here is quite enjoyable."

The plan was evident from the get-go, and that was to play organized and disciplined to keep Mexico's attack at bay. U.S. forward Herculez Gomez represented the lone striker lingering around midfield and his teammates spent the majority of the first half defending. The USA's back line - consisting of Edu, Cameron, Edgar Castillo and Fabian Johnson - came up with some key clearances on Mexico's crosses. Cameron spent much of the half marking Chicharito and disrupted the Manchester United forward on multiple occasions. Edgar Castillo was particularly busy on the left side, doing a fantastic job in one-on-one defending against Pablo Barrera. Despite an advantage in possession, Mexico failed to generate a quality scoring opportunity.

Among the USA's few opportunities in the first period was a fifth-minute strike by Gomez that skidded wide right. In the 21st minute, Jose Torres played a nice ball in from the left side that had a little too much pace and escaped Gomez and harmlessly rolled across the box.

The USA made two halftime substitutions, with DaMarcus Beasley making his first appearance in 2012 and earning his 97th cap in replacing Landon Donovan, who was suffering from tightness in his left hamstring. Terrence Boyd replaced Torres, dropping Gomez into a withdrawn forward role.

Mexico continued its regular barrage of crosses from the flanks, and substitute Lugo was the recipient in the 50th minute, getting behind Cameron but heading wide left of the goal.

Cameron continued his strong match with a difficult running header clearance on Elias Hernandez's cross in from the right side in the 56th minute. If Cameron did not alertly get in the path, Chicharito was lurking in the goal box. Instead, Cameron lunged into the path of the ball and his momentum carried him across the goal line into his own net.

Mexico missed a prime opportunity to get on the board first when Chicharito made a run behind Cameron and in front of Edu in the 76th minute, receiving a cross from Elias Hernandez who was able to generate a consistent attack from the right flank. Chicharito headed the ball without a challenge, but he drove the ball wide left.

It was shortly after that moment when Klinsmann brought in Orozco Fiscal in the 77th minute and Shea in the 78th minute. The moves proved to be advantageous as they developed the scoring sequence that led to the lone USA win in Mexico.

Howard made three saves for the U.S. to post his third shutout this year and his 28th career clean sheet. The USA now holds a 6-1-2 record in 2012, already equaling its six-win total from 2011.

Both teams shift their focus to World Cup qualifying, where the USA is atop Group A with a 1-0-1 record and four points - the same record as Jamaica - but holding the advantage in goal differential. Mexico is 2-0-0 in Group B, with a two-point lead over second-place Costa Rica.

Additional Notes:

    Tim Howard wore the captain's armband for the first time this year in the absence of defender Carlos Bocanegra.

    Kyle Beckerman made his first start of 2012 after coming off the bench in three previous games over a span of 39 minutes. Beckerman has 22 international caps under his belt.

    The U.S. defensive line consisted of Fabian Johnson on the right side and Edgar Castillo at left back, with a center back pairing of Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu.

    DaMarcus Beasley earned his 97th cap when he entered the match in the second half. He moved ahead of former U.S. defender Alexi Lalas for sole possession of 13th place in all-time appearances.

    Michael Orozco Fiscal made his first appearance for the U.S. this year, replacing Edgar Castillo.

-- U.S. Men's National Team Game Report --

Match: USA vs. Mexico
Date: August 15, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Estadio Azteca
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CT
Attendance: tba
Weather: 72 degrees, mostly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1   2   F
USA                         0  1   1
MEX                         0  0   0

USA - Michael Orozco Fiscal (Terrence Boyd)     80th minute

USA : 1-Tim Howard (capt.); 23-Fabian Johnson, 20-Geoff Cameron, 7-Maurice Edu, 15-Edgar Castillo (4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 77); 13-Jermaine Jones (14-Joe Corona, 89), 5-Kyle Beckerman, 6-Danny Williams (8-Graham Zusi, 60), 16-Jose Torres (18-Terrence Boyd, 45); 10-Landon Donovan (17-Damarcus Beasley, 45), 9-Herculez Gomez (11-Brek Shea, 78)
Subs not used: 3-Matt Besler, 19-Chris Wondolowski, 22-Nick Rimando
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

MEX : 1- Guillermo Ochoa; 5-Severo Meza (3-Enrique Perez, 88), 2-Francisco Rodriguez (capt.), 15-Hector Moreno, 20-Jorge Torres Nilo; 17-Jesus Zavala, 6-Manuel Viniegra (23-Edgar Lugo, 45), 18-Andres Guardado, 7-Pablo Barrera (11-Elias Hernandez, 45); 10-Angel Reyna (9-Aldo de Nigris, 73), 14-Javier Hernandez
Subs not used: 4-Hugo Ayala, 8-Adrian Adrete, 12-Alfredo Talavera
Head coach: Jose Manuel de la Torre

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 6 / 15
Shots on Goal: 3 / 3
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 0 / 10
Fouls: 11 / 10
Offside: 0 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Maurice Edu (caution)      14th minute
MEX - Hector Moreno (caution)   31
USA - Jermaine Jones (caution)  69
USA - Graham Zusi (caution)      82

Referee:Walter Quesada (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Leonel Leal (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Octavio Jara (CRC)
Fourth Official: Alfredo Penaloza (CRC)

Budweiser Man of the Match:
Tim Howard