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Before the international break, Chivas USA made headlines more times in two weeks than they probably had in a couple of seasons. It started with their 1-0 defeat of cross-town rivals LA Galaxy. The Goats had not beaten the Galaxy in 14 matchups. I’m not sure that many people would even acknowledge it as a rivalry due to its lopsided nature. However, Chivas USA showed a lot of promise in this season leading up to the matchup, while the Galaxy was sputtering. The Goats were able to convert a PK in the second half and go away with a 1-0 win at home. This type of matchup does wonders for confidence, and helped the team get an important away point at New York Red Bulls just 4 days later, and another point against the Seattle Sounders just after that. I won’t get into the details of their continued tendency to give up goals so soon after taking a lead, as I would just be beating on a dead horse.
YES! The Philadelphia Union Captain Danny Califf has returned to his former mohawk’d self for a new season of defensive bad-assery. Finally, Danny brought back his bad boy hairstyle to complete a solid back line of hair conscious individuals. With Porfirio López, Sheanon “The Human Trebuchet” Williams and, always sharp, Carlos Valdez, I have a feeling some of us are going to be looking out for more than league leading defensive play.
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Why is he Janine’s Soccer Valentine? Sadly, I don’t have a soccer Valentine for I’ve had my fan heart broken and I’ll never fan again. (dramatic pose) My tragedy begins in the Inaugural Season of the Philadelphia Union:
An original Zolo, Jordan Harvey was picked-up by the Union in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft and quickly became a fixture on the Union’s back line. His scrappy, reliable play with a total lack of regard for personal safety instantly caught my eye and I became a fan.
My friends joked I was ‘straight’ for Harvey; maybe, as he IS kinda cute…for a boy!! but I was definitely fanning, hard!
It was a good run; he signed some SWAG (he was one of the few NOT wearing white sneakers, phew!) I asked for his Power-Balance Band and he actually threw it to me. (I referred to it as a “Placebo Band”, he laughed.) I made this TIFO starring Harvey for the Pink Cow (I mean Red Bull) match.
Sigh, those were the days but Jordan Harvey was sold to Vancouver on July 7, 2011 for allocation money and it broke my fan heart.
Maybe this Valentine’s Day is time to move on? Maybe it is time to fan again? Who is a scrappy, tough, blue-collar, hardworking player who is also a decent human being off the field?
Of course, he was there all along, Captain Bearfight himself: Danny Califf!! fan
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What would their Soccer Valentine Date be? A date with Danny would have to start off with a trip to the tattoo parlor for some ink and stories of locker-room debauchery. Having tattoos myself I know how addicting they are, so I’m sure he has an idea rattling around of something he wants done. Then we’ll change for dinner at Parc Bistro at Rittenhouse Square for classic french food and wine, he’ll need a food layer for the Bearfights to come at our next stop. At the end of the night, when he walks me to the door, I’ll have my brand-new 2012 Califf Jersey ready to be signed. What? That date was expensive, I’m gonna get me some!
Our Philadelphia Union writer Janine is on Twitter at @JerseyJ9