The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2010

2010: The best and worst of Philly soccer

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Everyone's doing their annual best and worst lists for soccer, sports, celebrity gossip, Tiger Woods mistresses you name it, and there's a list for it. But what about Philly soccer? Well, we sort of did something like this a few weeks back, but not really.

So here it is, a proper, pulled-straight-from-the-crevice-of-my-pants list on the best and worst of Philly soccer for 2010.

“Worst ongoing saga of the year,” more news

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Cover Photo by Daniel Gajdamowicz

Union

Goal.com calls the Union's handling of Chris Seitz the "worst ongoing saga" of the year and notes, "As Seitz made his way to FC Dallas for free in the second stage of the Re-Entry Process, Nowak probably couldn't have helped but wonder what he could have done with the sum of allocation money – reportedly between $175,000 and $200,000 – used to secure Seitz's services from Real Salt Lake last year.

2010: a year of Philly soccer for the ages

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2010 was one of the great years in the history of soccer in the Philadelphia region with a bounty of riches across all levels of the game. Some of the reasons why this was such a great year for Philly soccer are obvious, some less so. Let's start with the obvious.

Professional Soccer

Photo: Paul Rudderow

Big duh, right?

It snows, Le Toux wins assist of the year

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Union

Sebastien Le Toux has won the MLSSoccer.com Assist of the Year Award. He was also named to Goal.com's MLS Best XI.

Independence

The Independence have signed USWNT star midfielder Megan Rapinoe. Rapinoe last played with the now defunct Chicago Red Stars and made the 2009 and 2010 WPS All-Star team.

Rooney (the other one) to MLS, more news

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Union

More on Diego Gutierrez, the Union's new Head of Scouting and Player Development.

With the SuperDraft rapidly approaching (January 13—mark it on your calendar!) mock drafts are starting to pop up on the web. WV Hooligan sees the Union going for Corey Hertzog: "'I'd be a bit shocked at this point Philadelphia didn't select him in the draft after trying to get a Home Grown contract on him before it.

Christmas soccer in 1890s Philadelphia

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In the beginning days of league soccer in Philadelphia, games were almost exclusively played on Saturday afternoons. Primarily, this was due to the simple fact that players were not professionals and so had to work for a living. For most players this would mean working in factory jobs in Philadelphia's textile mills.

Soccer and the Christmas Truce of 1914

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Even in a World Cup year, it can be difficult to explain to non-soccer-loving Americans just how powerful a force the game of soccer is in the world. Soccer has helped to start wars. It has also given vent to the emotions of wars long over. And it has stopped wars, if only for a day.

Soccer can be the spark that ignites the flames of war

"War Christmas, 1914"

In an already existing atmosphere of heightened political tensions over the borders between El Salvador and Honduras, the qualifying matches for the 1970 World Cup between those two countries led to La guerra del fútbol or "The Football War.

Union sign Pfeffer

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The Philadelphia Union announced on Tuesday the signing of 15-year-old Zach Pfeffer as the club's first Homegrown Player.

Pfeffer has represented the US at the U-14 and U15 levels. Earlier this year, Pfeffer trained at the IMG Academy in Brandento, Florida.

Prior to training with the Union, the Pfeffer was a member of the U-15/U-16 USSF FC Delco Academy, as well as the Upper Dublin, Cheltenham, YMS, and Montgomery United youth clubs.

Union bound? More news.

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Union

Carlos Valdez

Spanish language site futbolred.com is reporting that Colombian central defender Carlos Valdez, currently with Independiente Santa Fe, will be coming to the Union on a one year loan. (You can read a crappy translation here.) The 25-year-old was a part of the Colombian U-20 team that won the South American Youth Championship in 2005 and played in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Not this season, more news

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Some of the work that PSP photographer Nicolae Stoian did with Photographers for Hope at the 2010 Homeless World Cup is on display at UEFA's House of European Football in Nyon. You can view photos from the show on UEFA's website.

Union

Jack McInerney talks about his motivation during his recent USMNT U-20 call up and the chemistry he has with Amobi Okugo: "Everywhere we go, we're right there with each other," McInerney said.

Who deserves the Ballon d’Or?

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The FIFA Ballon d'Or is supposed to be awarded to the best player on the planet. But this year, it won't be.

There are many ways to define "best player." The most talented; most influential; most in-form; the best player on the best team are all common definitions of the term. And for the 2009-10 season, they all define Wesley Sneijder.

Swedish goalie wants MLS move, MLS wants TV money, more news

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Chicago Fire's All-Star defender Wilman Conde is leaving MLS for Atlas of the Mexican League. How much did MLS sell this talented and clearly sought-after player for? Nothing, of course. They just waited for his contract to run out and hoped he would re-up. Does anyone in MLS pay attention to the rest of the world of soccer?

Soccer for Union scabs

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PhillySoccerPage spends the bulk of its time delivering top-rate commentary and news about the Union and the rest of the Philadelphia soccer scene. With MLS in the offseason, it's time for the casual local soccer fans out there to expand your palates and latch onto an international team or two. Otherwise, March will roll around and you will be out of soccer-fan shape.

Bring ‘em on!

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The Philadelphia Union announced on Monday the opening home and away games of the 2011 season.

Or more precisely, the opening away and home games.

The Union will start the 2011 season away against Houston Dynamo on Saturday, March 19 at 8:30pm.

On Saturday, March 26 at 4pm, the Union will welcome the Vancouver Whitecaps into the league.

Season review: Peter Nowak

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In Clint Eastwood's westerns, a hardboiled, no-nonsense gunslinger would often arrive in a town bereft of leaders and solve seemingly intractable problems with a combination of terse words, deceptively complex strategies, and a clear-eyed sense of right and wrong. Eastwood never stayed long, pausing on his journey long enough to point the town in a good direction before continuing on his way.

Independence open tryout announced

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The Philadelphia Independence will hold open Tryouts January 27-28, 2011 at United Sports Training Center in Downingtown.

A press release on the Independence website says, "This tryout event allows the Independence coaches to evaluate potential picks before January's WPS College Draft, while also giving free agents or players who were not picked in last year's draft the opportunity to earn a spot on the Independence roster.

Gives up hat trick, makes Worst 11 list

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Union

On the Faryd Mondragon Watch front, the FC Köln keeper reportedly coming to the Union had a tough one this weekend, giving up a hat trick to Schalke's Raul Gonzalez in a 3–0 loss in his last game for Köln.

Deutsche Welle put Mondragon in goal for their worst Bundesliga 11 of 2010: "Many players pitch a hissy fit if they get benched, but ex-Cologne keeper Faryd Mondragon took his tantrum to a previously unknown biblical level.

2-3-5 in the 215: Tactics in the early days of Philadelphia soccer

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In the years immediately following the codification of the rules of football in 1863, soccer as it was played would have borne little resemblance to the game we see today on television, let alone play informally with friends or formally in organized leagues. Some differences would have been obvious.

PSP is testing

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Yes, I'm testing our Twitter stuff again. Go us.

PSP is testing

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PSP is running some tests on our Twitter account. So if you see this on the RSS feed, that's why. I'll be posting and deleting a test post periodically so that we can get our posts automatically posting to Twitter again, which we used to have until Twitter decided to carpet bomb itself a few months ago.

Gutierrez new Head of Scouting & Player Development

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Union

Diego Gutierrez has joined the Union's technical staff as the Head of Scouting and Player Development. "Knowing the foundation already laid, the fans, the philosophy of the club and the vision for the future, it's a true delight for me to become part of the Union's technical staff," Gutierrez said in a Union press release.

Reading United Open Tryouts

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Reading United, the partner club of the Philadelphia Union, will be holding a series of open tryouts Monday December 27, and Wednesday, December 29. The tryouts will be for the Men Super 20 and PDL squads as well as the Women Super 20 squad.

Reading United MEN Super 20 & PDL

Monday December 27
12:00-2:00PM at YSC Sports-King of Prussia
11:00-12:00 Player Check-In/Registration

Wednesday December 29
3:00-5:00PM at Body Zone Sports & Wellness – Reading
2:00-3:00 Player Check-In/Registration

Reading United WOMEN Super 20

Monday December 27
12:00-2:00PM at YSC Sports-King of Prussia
11:00-12:00 Player Check-In/Registration

Space will be limited and players are encouraged to register online to reserve their space.

Season Review: Sebastien Le Toux

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Editor's note: PSP is running season reviews for each Philadelphia Union player. You can read all the reviews here. What can we say about Sebastien Le Toux that hasn't already been said? We've already told you he's your favorite player and heaped praise on the guy all year. To call 2010 a breakout season for the Frenchman would be understatement at best.

Nowak: have faith in building for the long term

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Union

Peter Nowak spoke at a press conference shortly after the conclusion of the Re-Entry Draft, the prime message being have faith, we're building for the long term. Here are some notable quotables:

  • "We have a certain number of players we're looking at right now...if there's someone interesting who is going to fulfill our requirements in the salary cap, the money we have at our disposal, then we are going to be interested, but we don't want to tie our hands up right now on December 15th.

Season review: Roger Torres

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Editor's note: PSP is running season reviews for each Philadelphia Union player. You can read all the reviews here.

Roger Torrez, whiz kid, everybody's favorite.

OK, so maybe not, but the kid can play, and he sure is fun to watch when he's on his game. The 19-year-old Colombian showed up in Chester, threw around some sick passes, dribbled in and out and back into all sorts of trouble, and generally caused all sorts of on-field mischief.

Seattle and Houston outflank Union in draft

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Someone figured out that Chris Seitz had trade value, but unfortunately it wasn't Philadelphia Union.

Good for him, at least. Not so good for the Union.

The Seattle Sounders took Seitz with the 9th pick in the MLS Re-Entry Draft and then traded him to FC Dallas for a fourth round pick in the amateur draft.

Seitz to Seattle, Fred to New England

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The Philadelphia Union, who had the third pick in the second stage of the Re-Entry Draft, passed on making a selection and thus dropped out of the draft.

Soon after, Chris Seitz was picked by Seattle.

Fred was picked by New England in the second round after both DC United and Chivas USA passed on making another selection.

Let’s make some deals! More news

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Union

While there has still been no official announcement that Faryd Mondragon will be joining the Union, this news from Germany seems to be another unofficial confirmation: former FC Köln keeper Markus Proll is on trial with the club to see if he is a suitable replacement for Mondragon.

Prost Amerika tabs Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Juan Pablo Angel as the top choices in today's second round of the Re-Entry Draft.

Chicago WPS folds, FIFA fat, happy, stupid

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WPS

Chicago Red Stars are suspending operations, leaving WPS with only six teams. Chicago was second in the league in attendance last year, which suggests that even successful franchises are having trouble securing sponsorship deals.

Global Footy

How have Spurs been so successful in Champions League this season?

Holiday gift ideas for Philly soccer fans

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With Christmas fast approaching maybe you're struggling to find that special gift for your favorite Philly soccer fan. Here are some ideas that range in price from the ridiculously expensive to the ridiculously affordable. None of the prices listed include the cost of shipping, which is sure to get more expensive if you don't stop procrastinating and start buying soon.

DN says keeper deal “appears” done, more news

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Union

The Daily News reports this morning, "It appears the rumor regarding Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon joining the Union is true." Sources say the deal only needs approval from the league.

I would like to take this opportunity to start another rumor: Mondragon's closeness with Juan Pablo Angel (Angel is godfather to Mondragon's son) means that Angel will join the Union.

No keeper deal yet, Salinas told he was protected, more news

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Cover photo by Paul Rudderow

Union

Further information on the rumored signing of Colombian keeper Faryd Mondragon from FC Köln, which gained some new freshness after reports in the German soccer magazine Kicker yesterday suggested the deal was done. Tip of the hat to philly.com's unfortunately named The Goalkeeper for this quote from the Union: "There have been discussions, but the deal isn't there.

Season Review: Amobi Okugo

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Editor's note: PSP is running season reviews for each Philadelphia Union player. You can read all the reviews here. Amobi Okugo is perhaps the most exciting young prospect on a team that is full of them. The central player was drafted as a defensive midfielder from UCLA, but has shown the ability to be a box to box type player as well.

Portland billboard buzz, more news

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Jack McInerney started and Amobi Okugo was a substitute in the Generation Adidas win over the Rayo Vallecano reserves in Madrid.

Two players on the Union affiliated Reading United team—Penn State's Corey Hertzog and Duke's Andrew Wenger— have been nominated semifinalists for the 2010 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, college soccer's Balloon d'Or.

Okugo impresses and more news

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Photo by Raphael Stoian

Union

No movement for the Union (or in most of the rest of the league, for that matter, with only two of the 35 available players being selected) in yesterday's Re-Entry Draft first round. That means Fred and Chris Seitz have until Monday to renegotiate a new contract or opt to make themselves available for next Wednesday's second round.

Daily round-up: Embarrassing from a man’s point of view

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No big deal, but you can start referring to your favorite Philly soccer blog as your favorite award-winning Philly soccer blog from now on. PhillySoccerPage beat off competition from Philly Soccer Firm and Manchester United (even Nani's dive in the box didn't influence the judges) to win a 700 Award for Soccer Contribution to the Community.

Pardon me, but my train is here; more news

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Union

Union academy phenom Zach Pfeffer impressed during his recent training stint with Hoffenheim. "He did extremely well," said John Hackworth, "to the point where they liked him so much they'd like to keep him. Fortunately for us, he's with us and we're happy that he is."

Jack McInerney will be invited to the upcoming USMNT U20 training camp, being held December 12–19.

PSP photographer’s window exhibit in Northern Liberties

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If you happen to be in Northern Liberties for holiday festivities or shopping, PSP photographer Nicolae Stoian has a window exhibit of some of his photographs on display at 628 North Second Street.

The exhibit includes work he has done for the PSP covering the Philadelphia Union as well for the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace and Nike covering the 2010 Homeless World Cup in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Season review: Brad Knighton

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Brad Knighton came to Philadelphia as the underdog, and despite some solid play down the stretch, that hasn't changed.

Philadelphia Union picked him in last year's expansion draft and promptly traded for Chris Seitz, effectively relegating Knighton to the bench. Knighton patiently waited his turn though, and when he finally got a start, he bombed out with a 24th minute red card.

Seitz, Fred available in MLS re-entry draft

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Philadelphia Union midfielder Fred and goalkeeper Chris Seitz will be available to other Major League Soccer clubs in the league's first ever re-entry draft on Dec. 8.

The league office today released a list of 35 players available in the draft, which is the MLS version of free agency. Their inclusion on the list means either their contracts expired and their teams didn't offer comparable salaries, or their teams didn't pick up option years at comparable salaries.

Help kick hunger on Saturday

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The Sons of Ben are hosting a charity event Saturday to Help Kick Hunger.

In the past, they've collected more than $7,000 and 1,500 pounds to go to needy families. They're hoping to pull off similar success with this event.

Click here for all the info.

Philadelphia Union players will be at the Dec.

KYW’s Philly Soccer Show: Larry Needle

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Philadelphia Sports Congress Executive Director Larry Needle, who led Philadelphia's campaign to host World Cup games, is the featured guest on KYW's Philly Soccer Show this week. In a podcast recorded Thursday night, Needle talks with co-hosts Greg Orlandini and Dan Walsh about the U.S. missing out on the World Cup, what it means to Philadelphia, and the prospects for future soccer events in the region.

Season Review: Danny Mwanga

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Editor's note: PSP is running season reviews for each Philadelphia Union player one per weekday for the next few weeks. You can read all the reviews here.

On the scorer's sheet for the PPL Park opener. (Photo: Paul Rudderow)

Being the number one pick in any draft comes with immense pressure.

2022 Qatar fallout, more news

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World Cup Host announcement fallout headlines

From ESPN: "World Cup decisions defy logic"
From SI.com: "World Cup bid process flawed and in need of greater transparency"
From The Guardian: "World Cup 2002: 'Political craziness' favours Qatar's winning bid"
From AFP: "US fans vent frustration over failed World Cup bid"
From Goal.

Notes from Philly’s official World Cup bid viewing party

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Thursday afternoon

The hasty exodus said it all. Befuddled fans returned to the cold. A reporter quickly sought out another "Sons of Ben guy" for a quick quote before leaving.

What a stark contrast to the mood, the atmosphere at Tir Na Nog pub just an hour ago.

Quarter of ten the place was packed, with a heretofore unheard of number (for anything soccer at least) of local media types assembled, the area in front of the projection screen a traffic jam of reporters.

Season review: Juan Diego Gonzalez

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Juan Diego Gonzalez signed with Philadelphia Union on Aug. 5, ostensibly to bolster a back line having serious problems. He immediately stepped into the starting lineup as the left center back, pushing Cristian Arrieta to the bench and keeping Michael Orozco Fiscal out at right back.

Gonzalez had spent his entire career in Latin America so was an unknown quantity to most U.

2018 and 2022 WC hosts announced; US loses

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After a more than thirty minute delay, a delay that felt like hours, FIFA announced today the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

2018: Russia.

2022: Qatar.

For supporters of the US bid, a tweet from Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl describing the scene before the announcement said it all: "Qatari delegation members getting handshakes & some hugs from FIFA voters.

Was it enough? More news.

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World Cup Host Vote

Today is the big day. In the 21 years since the US was chosen by FIFA to host the 1994 World Cup the development of US soccer both domestically and internationally has been a continuous upward line of growth. Today is the day we will learn if the next twelve years of the development of soccer in this country will enjoy the reward of something larger than itself.

World Cup tick tock, more news

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World Cup Vote

On Thursday, FIFA will vote for who will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. (FSC will cover the event live 9:30am ET. ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Univision and CNN International will also provide live coverage of the announcement, which is expected to take place around 10am. Tir Na Nog is hosting a viewing party that will include Union players, Mayor Nutter and representatives of the city's Bid Committee.

Season review: Kyle Nakazawa

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If you need proof that the level of play in MLS is improving, just ask Kyle Nakazawa. The Philadelphia Union's third round choice in the 2010 SuperDraft was an offensive juggernaut in his senior season at UCLA, rebounding from an injury in 2009 to lead the team with 12 goals and 19 assists. But Nakazawa knew he would have to adjust his game to make it in the pros.