MLS Notes: Jones, Schalke visit Union; key injuries continue to pile up and more

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Summer friendly season gets an early start, as Schalke visits PPL Park to take on the Philadelphia Union tonight at 7:30.

The match gives U.S. national team fans a chance to check out Jermaine Jones' before his expected call into May training camp in addition to seeing Bundesliga-leading scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and star Spanish striker Raul, who will not be returning to Schalke after this season and is entertaining transfer moves to other leagues.

For the Union, the match presents an opportunity to get tested against a UEFA Champions League-caliber opponent while trying to develop some momentum that they can carry into league play. Philadelphia followed two victories with consecutive losses to San Jose and Seattle and have a key matchup with Interstate-95 rival New York looming on Sunday. 

In other MLS news:

KEY INJURIES PILING UP

The MLS injury report always contains a bevy of names, but the most recent edition suggests that Week 10 is going to be played without some of the more important players to their respective teams. For example: 

FC DALLAS: The club is gutted up the middle, as Ugo Ihemelu is listed as "out" with concussion symptoms. His absence means that FCD will be without him and the suspended Blas Perez and Daniel Hernandez — the vital components through the middle of Schellas Hyndman's lineup — for Wednesday night's match against the Seattle Sounders. Brek Shea's status for the match is unknown, as he is listed as "questionable" with the turf toe injury that casued him to miss Sunday's match against Colorado. 

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: The Western Conference leaders will be without winger Marvin Chavez for the next 2-to-4 weeks as he deals with a hamstring injury. Fortunately for the Quakes, they've proven to be one of the deeper teams in the league and can play the likes of Rafael Baca out wide while leaning on Tressor Moreno, Khari Stephenson and Simon Dawkins in attacking midfield roles. 

PHILADELPHIA UNION: Starting goalkeeper Zac MacMath suffered an inadvertent blow to the head from Seattle's David Estrada over the weekend, and even though he remained in the game, he is listed as "out" with concussion symptoms. If those don't go away by the weekend, the club will be looking at starting Chase Harrison against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION: Starting forward Jose Moreno continues to be out for New England with a calf strain after missing Saturday night's match against Real Salt Lake. The onus falls on Saer Sene and Blake Brettschneider to carry the load up top for Jay Heaps' side, although youngster Diego Fagundez and Swedish striker Bjorn Runstrom could see more time in Moreno's absence.

COLUMBUS CREW: Stalwart centerback Chad Marshall has a history with concussions, which makes his "doubtful" distinction on the injury report because of concussion symptoms worrisome. He missed the Crew's match against the Portland Timbers over the weekend and could very well leave centerback duties to Eric Gehrig and Josh Williams against FC Dallas this weekend.

CHICAGO FIRE: Ever since returning to the club, Chris Rolfe has yet to see the field after spraining his ankle in training, and that trend will continue as he remains out for the club according to the Chicago Tribune.

REAL SALT LAKE: Just when Jason Kreis finally had his first-choice XI all healthy, goalkeeper Nick Rimando suffered a minor shoulder injury and is out for Wednesday night's match against Chicago. He is fully expected to return for this weekend's key match against Seattle.

BROWN INDUCTED TO RING OF FIRE

Wednesday's Chicago Fire-Real Salt Lake match will be a sweet one for former Fire original and current RSL assistant coach C.J. Brown, as he gets inducted into Chicago's Ring of Fire.

Brown will be entered into some esteemed company, as he becomes the seventh inductee to join Bob Bradley, Peter Nowak, Frank Klopas, Lubos Kubik, Chris Armas and Peter Wilt in the club's Hall of Fame.

Brown spent his entire 13-year MLS playing career with the Fire, helping the club to the 1998 MLS Cup title and retiring as the club's all-time leader in appearances (372).

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Will you be attending the Union-Schalke match? Which team do you think is in the worst position when it comes to injuries? What's your favorite C.J. Brown memory?

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18 Responses to MLS Notes: Jones, Schalke visit Union; key injuries continue to pile up and more

  1. aj says:

    I wonder if Schalke has much of a fan base in the U.S. I kind of doubt it.

  2. Old School says:

    Interesting.

  3. VADCUfan says:

    Emiliano Dudar should be on the list for DCU, he has been vital to the success of our defense and his loss was clearly felt against SJ and will probably be felt against Houston on Saturday.

  4. Air Jordanz says:

    Interest has certainly grown since Jermaine Jones joined the USMNT fold.

    Plus, Raul is somewhat of a legend.

    There are <20k seats at PPL Park. The Union shouldn’t have trouble generating interest.

  5. Ed says:

    They’ve had some trouble, and have even given away some tickets. All the season ticket holders are geared up for the game this Sunday, the one that counts.

  6. RLW2020 says:

    J. Jones should switch to MLS. He would be a great player in this league. Imagine the way he played in the January game vs. Venezuela in AZ.

    he defiantly is good enough to play bundesliga/top uefa league level but a different player emerges when he is around lower concacaf opponents; more creative and less wild defensive.

  7. DJ777 says:

    Hopefully someday soon the MLS will have more young talented players like jones in its ranks. Right now the payscale doesnt justify the gifted youngsters playing in the states when they can make a lot more playing in europe.

  8. malkin says:

    Doesn’t sound like this will be televised/streamed?

  9. somedude says:

    come on Philadelphia, make a favorable impression for Raul so he decides to come to MLS over friggin Qatar.

  10. MattC in Tampa says:

    What is the prediction about in which minute JJ will recieve his yellow card in this friendly.

  11. bryan says:

    sucks this isn’t on TV

  12. JG13 says:

    Jones makes bank playing on a Champions League club – why would he consider the MLS at this point in his career?

  13. b says:

    +1

    Sadly they are still a Peter Nowak led team so that seems unlikely.

  14. Mark says:

    right now i think Jermaine Jones is actually where he plays and that is a strong Champions league level talent.

    Schalke are a top 13 World Club team right now. : somewhere inside this elite group :

    Real Madrid
    Barcelona
    Valencia
    Manchester United
    Manchester City
    Arsenal
    Tottenham
    Chelsea
    Borussia Dortmund
    Bayern Munich
    Schalke
    Juventes
    AC Milan

    schalke are probably between #7-13 best out this group

  15. eddie says:

    Totally agree. Union will never progress under the tutelage NoWay NoWak.

  16. eddie says:

    NoWay Nowak is a complete disaster for Union. Get him out of there.

  17. Jake says:

    MLS is a joke, not to have this on the air!! WTF

  18. pd says:

    Or decided it wasn’t worth coming out to see the b-side get the a$$es handed to them…