The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2010

Islanders draw against Charlotte, despite dominance

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The City Islanders played to a scorless draw with the Charlotte Eagles saturday night in front of about 1,400 at Skyline Sports Complex. Despite dominating possesion and testing Eagles keeper Eric Lefebure throughout the game, the Islanders failed to find the back of the net. The Islanders outshot the Eagles 12 to 7, nipping the crossbar on a scorching header from Sheannon Williams and catching the post on two other occassions.

Union win 3-2 over Houston

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Philadelphia Union won 3-2 over the Houston Dynamo tonight with yet another stoppage time goal from Danny Mwanga. Sebastien Le Toux shot down the right wing and hit a low cross that Mwanga picked up on the doorstop and put into the back of the net.

First ever road win for the Union.

Great day for Philadelphia sports: This comes on the same day that Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay threw a perfect game, the U.

Postgame: US 2-1 Turkey

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So I just got home from today's 2-1 win by the U.S. over Turkey here in Philly. My buddy's car broke down, so I caught the train home, and that told me a bit about how much excitement there is for the upcoming World Cup. On my half of the train car, there were U.

Harrisburg hosting Charlotte saturday, with a surprising loanee

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The Harrisburg City Islanders (1-4-1 ) will host the Charlotte Eagles (3-3-1) this saturday night, May 29th, at 7pm on City Island.  The Islanders will have the benefit of 6′4″ Rochester Rhinos forward Andrew Hoxie for the match. Hoxie was a San Jose draft pick in January who latched on with the Rhinos before the start of the season and has made five appearances, netting once.

USA, Union & Independence weekend!

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Union/MLS/Local

Goal.com has a head to head preview of Saturday's Union's match against Houston. Their prediction: the Union gets loss number six. My prediction: Flyers win. You can read the PSP preview here.

The Daily News looks at rumors that the Union is pursuing Fabio Cannavaro. Sources at the Union also tell the paper that signing MLS journeyman Carlos Ruiz is "in the works.

Preview: Philadelphia Union at Houston Dynamo

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Game time: Saturday, 8:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Soccer Channel

Oh by the way, did you hear Philadelphia Union has a game Saturday too?

Yes, it's been lost in the hype of the U.S. National Team's last friendly and upcoming match earlier on Saturday against Turkey at Lincoln Financial Field.

Ref Stuff

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Two teams of referees have been axed from the 2010 World Cup after failing the FIFA fitness test.
The team led by Mohamed Benouza of Algeria and the trio under Carlos Amarilla of Paraguay were sent home. They will be replaced by an all Portugese team headed by Martin E. Vazquez Broquetas, who must really hate that "E" part of his name because he's making sure we know all the rest of it.

Union Sound talks Red Devil, US roster reaction & more

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Union/Local/MLS

In the latest Union Sound podcast, WYSP's Gordon talks to Manchester United legend Denis Irwin. Irwin was in town this week to promote the upcoming Manchester United match against the Union. In the podcast, Irwin talks about the goal of the North American tour (probably going to be a lot of those!

Thoughts on US World Cup Roster

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There isn't much that Bob Bradley got wrong in his 23 choices to go to South Africa. The goalkeepers are all solid and Tim Howard is the obvious starting choice. We may see Marcus Hahneman in the Turkey game. I suspect after Guzan's performance, that Hahneman will become the second choice.

The usefulness of defeat

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The United States lost to the Czech Republic on home soil 4-2 in the first warm up game for the World Cup, but US National Team supporters shouldn't be too disappointed because the game served some useful purposes. Bob Bradley fielded an experimental lineup that yielded a host of information that allowed him to pick his 23 man roster.

Here’s your World Cup team

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The 2010 US World Cup Squad

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton), Tim Howard (Everton),

DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)

MIDFIELDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), José Torres (Pachuca)

FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla),

Cut from the squad were defenders Chad Marshall and Heath Pearce, midfielders Alejandro Bedoya, Sacha Klejstan and Robbie Rogers; forwards Brian Ching and Eddie Johnson.

Final 23-player US roster to be announced at 1pm

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US/World Cup

The final 23-player roster for the US will be announced live today at 1pm on ESPN's Sports Center. Those of us who are stuck at work tied to a computer can watch the announcement on Free Live Sports TV.

The New York Times looks at what was learned from yesterday's friendly. Beasley, Buddle, Edu, Gomez, Holden impress.

Union music video shoot — want in?

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So y'all know about Jay D Clark, who has this song about Philadelphia Union, "Join or Die". (And if you don't, check out the video above.) We gave him props here before for writing a rock song dedicated to the Union (and for finding a way to stick in all these local soccer highlights), and now the much-awaited, much-delayed, finally-happening-for-real-this-time-we-swear live video shoot and performance of the song will happen Wednesday night.

England and Argentina cruise, U.S. faces Czech

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Union President Tom Veit wants to be the Chelsea or Inter Milan of U.S. soccer. Does this mean we can expect a $200 million summer spending spree?

The Turkish National team could be riding quite a high coming into Philadelphia this Saturday. UEFA will vote this week on a home for Euro 2016, and Turkey's government-financed bid looks to be one of the top contenders.

Casa round-up: final week

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Well, Sons of Ben Union, I picked you to win and I said you'd lead off the round-up. Although they lost 0-8 this week, and finished the year with a -57 goal differential, SOB-Union did not finish in last place. An early season win over Sidewinders gave Union a firm hold on 7th place and something to build on for next season.

What can Mexico tell us about England?

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The final score line of 3 to 1 for England in the Mexico-England friendly on Monday, May 24, 2010 didn't reveal too much about the England team that the United States will face in its first World Cup match. England did not field their best eleven, but did have a number of starters on the field including Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard.

US v. Czech Republic Preview

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The United States plays the first of its three warm up games for the World Cup and contrary to my belief, Coach Bob Bradley is still in a position to experiment with the team. This has both pluses and minuses.

With only three games left it seems smarter to concentrate on team chemistry by finalizing the roster and starting positions, so that the starting eleven can have time to play together and gel.

An open letter to Robert Pires

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Bobby,

I'm writing this letter to you from my front porch here in northwest Philadelphia. Across the cobblestone street, I see the short 200-year-old stone wall that lines the open field lined with massive trees and old stone buildings beyond that used to be a convent and now house a church.

Harrisburg & Reading win, other news

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The Harrisburg City Islanders beat the Charleston Battery 2-1 thanks to a goal from Nick Zimmerman, who's on loan from Philadelphia Union. Temple alum J.T. Noone also put in 90 minutes.

Reading United defeated the Carolina Dynamo 4-0 on Saturday to put the team within reach of the U.S. Open Cup.

Two Independence assists in US win

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The US Women's team emphatically demonstrated they deserve their number one ranking on Saturday in a commanding 4-0 victory over number two ranked Germany. Two Philadelphia Independence players contributed assists along the way.

The first fifteen minutes of play showed what a danger the German team can be.

The US at the 1998 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with the second part of our look at the 1998 World Cup.

You can read more about US World Cup appearances in 1930 (part 1), 1930 (part 2), 1934, 1950, the 1950-1990 drought, 1990, 1994, and the lead up to 1998.

The US versus Mexico, round one: things are looking up

Just as had been the case in Costa Rica, when the US hosted Mexico at Foxboro Stadium on April 20, they twice had to come from behind to equalize.

Personality is more important anyway

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Union/Local/MLS

Union CEO Nick Sackiewicz has responded to Robert "I live for the pursuit of Beauty" Pires' comments that he has turned down Union because Philadelphia is not "a beautiful city." Sakiewicz told the Inquirer, "It's a bit of a shock as to where all this is coming from. A, He's never been here and B, we never made him an [official] offer.

Zimmerman loaned to Harrisburg, Noone to debut

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Nick Zimmerman has been loaned down to the Harrisburg City Islanders for saturday's U.S. Open Cup match against the Charleston Battery the Upper 90 reports. He is expected to play, as is short term signee J.T. Noone, who will make his debut for the Islanders.  Noone is a Harrisburg product and Central Dauphin grad and will likely draw a large crowd to the game as Central Dauphin High School is only minutes away from Skyline Sports Complex.

What are you gonna watch?

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I work with hockey fans. I'm friends with hockey fans. Hell, I have friends who play the game.

But I'm not a hockey fan.

It's not that I don't like the hockey, I just that I have a hard time following the puck on TV. And frankly, aside from the occasional Phillies game, soccer pretty much takes up all of my attention when it comes to sports.

The road to the 1998 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at the road to the 1998 World Cup hosted by France.

You can read more about US World Cup appearances in 1930 (part 1), 1930 (part 2), 1934, 1950, the 1950-1990 drought, 1990, and 1994.

The road to the 1998 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at the road to the 1998 World Cup hosted by France.

You can read more about US World Cup appearances in 1930 (part 1), 1930 (part 2), 1934, 1950, the 1950-1990 drought, 1990, and 1994.

Pires turns down the Union?

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Union/Local

According to the French newspaper L'Equipe, Robert Pires has turned down the Union. In a "crude, computer-generated" translated quote in the Washington Post from the French report, Pires says, "If it means to take along my family far, I prefer that it is in a beautiful city." Jerk.

Danny Mwanga's last minute game-tying goal has been voted the Major League Soccer AT&T Goal of the Week.

Union/Local Click on the image to the left to vote for your favorite Union playe

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Union/Local

Click on the image to the left to vote for your favorite Union players to play in the 2010 MLS All-Star Game against Manchester United on July 28 on ESPN2. If that doesn't work, click here.

Sebastien Le Toux talks to Goal.com about how excited he is that Henry might be coming to MLS.

Casa round-up: week 8

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Congratulations, Casa teams. You're almost done with another spring season. But after eight weeks, it's incredible how little has been decided.

Primera

West Philly shut out Philly Soccer FiRM 2-0 behind goals from Carlos Clay and Ben "cheeky-chip" Bowens in the EFFOTTNDA derby.

Should Oguchi Onyewu be starting?

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When Oguchi Onyewu is at the top of his game, he is our best centerback option. However, with the knee injury and the rust of not playing regularly since last year, is he ready to be a starter again?

Oguchi Onyewu injured his knee during the Costa Rica CONCACAF qualifying match in October of 2009.

Who Are Ya?

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[Seated at midfield with several teammates. The guy to my left- the soon to be former keeper of my soccer team.]

Who are ya?

Richard Empson

Where are you from? Where do you live?

Kansas City, Missouri; recently Deptford, NJ, but I just moved to Delaware.

Girls Public League High School Playoffs – 5/14/2010

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Philadelphia Public League playoff action kicks off Monday, May 17. A three way tie at the top of Division C led to a playoff tournament at Frankford High School stadium to decide the two teams to advance. Participating teams were Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush, Furness HS, and Stephen A Douglas HS, each with 4-1 records.

17 year old Toronto FC defender retires, Clinton stumps for U.S. World Cup bid

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Toronto FC's second round pick Zachary Herold has been forced to retire at age 17 due to an abnormally thick heart muscle. He had 15 U-17 National team games under his belt and will be honored this Saturday before kickoff.

For Bob Bradley, Princeton will always feel like home. Sort of like Robbie Findley and the bench?

Reading storm past Royals

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"Reading storm past Royals?" you wonder. "I thought Reading were the Royals."

And you'd be right if were were talking about the team in the England's Coca Cola Championship.

But we're talking about Reading United—the Player Development Partner of the Philadelphia Union—and the North Virginia Royals, both of whom play in the USL's Player Development League.

U.S. players arrive in Philly & Princeton

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U.S. players began arriving in Philadelphia this weekend to take physicals before the start of training camp in Princeton, and it was discovered that forward Eddie Johnson has a hamstring injury.

Alejandro Bedoya has permission to report late for training for the U.S. World Cup team's camp in Princeton.

Independence top Red Stars in first road win

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It's always good to score early, particularly when you are on the road. Joanna Lohman did just that when she scored her first goal of the season in the sixth minute of the Philadelphia Independence's visit to Chicago Red Stars, burying a ball from Amy Rodriguez. Lohman had scored in three of the team's four preseason matches.

When Worlds Collide

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We were all someone else before 2010. That is to say, we weren't Union fans, as there was no Union to speak of. We watched the EPL and the LLP; a few of us even watched Serie A for some reason. We all had our teams, our favorite foreign squad for whom we'd drag ourselves out of bed to emote in front of our TVs, usually alone, sometimes in the few pubs dedicated to our way of life.

Postgame: Union 1-1 Dallas

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Whoa, Danny Mwanga. Talk about a way to finally stamp your name on a game.

Mwanga drilled home a game-tying goal in injury time to give Philadelphia Union a 1-1 draw Saturday against FC Dallas and keep the Union unbeaten at home. The play closed an evenly played match with an emphatic burst of euphoria as the 25,038 fans at Lincoln Financial Field went absolutely nuts at the salvaging of a game the Union played well enough to win.

News & such: let’s beat these jokers!

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Want to take a look at predictions for Saturday's Union match against FC Dallas? You can start with our very own. Then you can take a look at the preview at goal.com. You can buy tickets for the game here. Let's get another huge crowd people the team needs us!

MLS Insider wonders if certain keepers can keep their job.

Somebody knows what they’re doing: more please!

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At least somebody seems to know what they're doing

Last Thursday the Union announced that they would be playing Manchester United at the Linc on July 21. It's an astonishing coup for a brand new team and says something about the base of support for soccer in the Philadelphia area. Tickets are still available (I think) and those of us who are so inclined can make fun of the Man Utd supporters to take our minds off of the Union being schooled by a side likely to be made up of guys who probably won't get another start until next season's Carling Cup.

Preview: FC Dallas at Philadelphia Union

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Game time: Saturday, 4 p.m. ET

TV: Live Well Network (Comcast ch. 245 in HD, ch. 246 in SD), TeleFutura (Comcast ch. 251)

Home sweet home.

After five straight road games and five straight losses, Philadelphia Union (1-5-0) finally get another home game, and guess what?

The US and the 1994 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at the 1994 World Cup, the only time the US hosted the tournament (so far).

The lead up to the 1994 World Cup

Player development in the US after the 1990 World Cup continued to be hampered by the lack of a viable professional league in the US.

Casa round-up: Week 7

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Another big week in CASA brought the playoff picture into better focus and gave some teams a clear picture of what they need to do to survive the drop.

Primera

Cracovia and Grey Lodge secured their hold on the top two spots with big wins over West Philly and Cannons.

What it means to play at home & more news

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Speculation about whether Chris Seitz will start in goal on Saturday continues.

Fred, Moreno and Orozco talk about what it means to play at home.

Union president Tom Viet and midfielder Andrew Jacobson were on WMGK's John DeBella show yesterday. "They talked about already being hated for being Philly, their new stadium which is set to open soon and their game this Saturday against the dreaded FC Dallas.

Europa Cup final today: Everything you need to know and why you should care

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Straight Outta Craven

The Champions League is a big deal. And with such a hyperbolic name, it better be. But the Champions League is also one of the biggest culprits behind financial mess engulfing the footy world these days. A place is the Champions League is worth so much money that clubs deficit-spend like crazy in order to give themselves a chance to secure a spot in Europe's biggest money pit.

Seitz sits in Union/Ecuador scrimmage & more

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Chris Seitz is on the bench as the Union plays Ecuador to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday in a closed door scrimmage. Brad Knighton and Brian Perk each got a half in goal. Even if its star players were not released from their European clubs because the North American tour was not a FIFA endorsed event, the Union can take pride in the fact that Ecuador was just one point away from qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and played Mexico to a 0-0 draw on Friday.

30-man USMNT World Cup roster released

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The 30-man USMNT roster was announced Tuesday afternoon at 2pm. Players will report to training camp in Princeton, NJ on May 15 with on-field training beginning two days later.

A final 23-man roster must be announced by June 1.

U.S. TRAINING CAMP ROSTER BY POSITION Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton)

DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)

MIDFIELDERS (12): DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), José Torres (Pachuca)

FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla), Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki)

Celtic to play Union on July 14

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The Philadelphia Union announced today that they will play Celtic at PPL park on Wednesday, July 14 at 8pm.

This match will replace the previously scheduled friendly against Valencia. PPL Park will be the first stop in Celtic's North American tour. The tour also includes a match against Manchester United in Toronto on July 16th and against Seattle Sounders on July 18th.

Reading score 5 in season opener

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Philadelphia Union partner Reading United AC got their USL Premier Development League season started with a bang on Sunday with a 5-0 victory at home over Hampton Roads Piranhas.

Billy Schuler (UNC) scored the team's first goal of the season in the 19th minute. Only the athletic play of Piranha's keeper Ryan Zmuda kept the visitors in the match as Reading unleashed a barrage of shots for the rest of the half.

The Keys to the US Attack

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Does anyone remember Landon Donovan playing against Germany in the 2002 World Cup? Landon Donovan was unstoppable. He was really young, full of confidence and breaking out all over the field. He tested Oliver Kahn a number of times. The only reason a couple of those shots didn't go in was because Oliver Kahn in 2002 was a superman.

The Union is happy to be home & more

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According to MLS.com, the Ecuador National Team will play the Union today at 11:30am. MLS.com says the match will be at the Linc (unlikely don't you think). According to my free online Spanish to English translation of the article that the MLS.com report links to "as indicates the page on the Internet of the Ecuadorian Confederacy of Soccer (FEF)" the match will be at PPL Park (even more unlikely, eh?

Athletica give Independence first loss

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Without Caroline Seger in the midfield due to a calf injury, the Philadelphia Independence suffered their first loss of the season against St. Louis Athletica, 2-1.

St. Louis scored their first in the 42nd minute off of an own goal when a shot that deflected off of Allison Falk couldn't be stopped by Karina LeBlanc.

Union online store goes offline and more news

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If the Union's woeful performance on Saturday wasn't enough to shake your confidence in the club, as of 9am on Monday morning someone apparently has forgotten to renew the ownership of the domain name for the club's online store. Way to go guys, way to go.

Here's a grab bag of analysis of the Union's dismal performance against Real Salt Lake from the Philadelphia Inquirer, goal.

Wrap-up: Real Salt Lake 3-0 Philadelphia Union

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At this point in the season, it's cliched to say that the only thing consistent about the Philadelphia Union is inconsistency. Every game somebody seems to take a step forward while somebody else takes a step back. The only exception to this rule is Chris Seitz, who has been consistently horrid.

Taking on Real Salt Lake in the last leg of a long road trip, the Union needed big contributions from their veterans and big energy from their youth contingent.

Islanders Ink Noone – Implications?

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Thursday afternoon, the Harrisburg City Islanders announced the signing of local product JT Noone. Noone, as you probably remember, has been a trialist with the Union since shortly after the Superdraft in January. Noone has signed a 21-day contract with the Islanders and the team plans to take him on the road for its two matches against Charleston and Charlotte; he is rumored to be wearing #15.

Man U buzz, goalie doubts, urban legends & more

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Union news

Philadelphia soccer fans are a buzz with the news that Manchester United will play the Union on July 21 at the Linc. After the pre sale for Union season ticket holders the event is likely to sell out in minutes, something the Glazers, perhaps the most hated owners in the world of soccer today, have said they have no intention of doing.

FIFA releases World Cup roster info

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FIFA has released a timetable for the 32 World Cup nations to set their 23 man rosters.

The 30 man provisional roster must be turned in by midnight on May 11 and FIFA will publish the list on May 13th.

The final 23 man rosters must be submitted by June 1 and FIFA will release them on June 4.

Preview: Philadelphia Union at Real Salt Lake

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Game time: Saturday, 4 p.m., EST

TV: 6abc

Philadelphia Union (1-4-0) travel to Utah to take on defending champion Real Salt Lake (2-3-1) in a match-up of teams that most think have played below their potential this season. The Union have been hurt by three red cards in six games as well as a series of killer mistakes, while RSL has not gotten the kind of play they expect from two of their most well-known players, forward Robbie Findley and goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

Union v Man. Utd. on July 21 at the Linc

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The Union will play Manchester United on Wednesday, July 21 at Lincoln Financial Field.

The match against the Union is the second stop of Manchester United's 2010 North American Tour, which also includes stops in Toronto, Kansas City and Houston.

Founding Members will have an opportunity to by tickets in a pre-sale before they are available to the general public.

Deconstructing the Union mythos

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Philly's a tough town for tough guys, right?

So Philadelphia Union are the tough guys. This physical persona has been staked to the team name, apparently to assist in the arduous task of drawing non-soccer fans to the Blue and Gold. This is the town of Rocky, after all, where we're constantly reminded of how blue-collar we are and how much we love hard-working and hard-nosed athletes who give their all while displaying a willingness to knock the other guy down in spectacular fashion.

The US and the 1990 World Cup

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Our series about the US and the World Cup continues with a look at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, the first the US had managed to qualify for in forty years.

The lead up to the 1990 World Cup

On Independence Day, 1988, FIFA announced that the United States would host the 1994 World Cup.

Le Toux questionable, McInerney & Okugo called up

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Union news

The Inquirer reports that Le Toux is questionable for Saturday's game.

Jack McInerney and Amobi Okugo have been called up for the U.S. under-20 men's national team's trip to the Netherlands, where it will play in the Cor Groenewegan Tournament. The tournament will run from May 14 through May 25 and will include friendlies against Senegal on May 18 and Korea Republic on May 20.

Casa round up – week 6

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Casa returns to Pennypack Park with a full slate of May Day games.

AC Milan remained the only undefeated team in Primera after a 2-2 tie with Cannons. The point wasn't enough to pull Cannons out of the relegation zone; Penn United remained a point above them after coming back to tie Philly Soccer Firm 2-2.

The silver lining: Union Jack

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Let's take a moment to appreciate the bright side of Saturday's shock-to-no-one loss to the LA Galaxy. You may have sworn that if you hear one more writer praise the Union's "resolve" after another loss, you're gonna punch the nearest Girl Scout. But the resolve in this case actually led to something both impressive and more substantive: an important goal.

The World Cup drought: US Soccer 1950-1990

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We continue our series on the US in the World Cup with a look at why the US failed to qualify for the tournament between 1950 and 1990.

The US shocked the world when it defeated England at the 1950 World Cup. Yet for forty years after that famous victory that's nine consecutive World Cups -Â the US would not make it out of the qualifying rounds.

The silver lining: Union Jack

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Let's take a moment to appreciate the bright side of Saturday's shock-to-no-one loss to the LA Galaxy. You may have sworn that if you hear one more writer praise the Union's "resolve" after another loss, you're gonna punch the nearest Girl Scout. But the resolve in this case actually led to something both impressive and more substantive: an important goal.

Pires & Henry rumors, Union podcast, USMNT & World Cup news

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Union news

Robert Pires admits to SkySports that his future is uncertain at Villarreal and that the Union has been in contact. But he denies that he has spoken to any club about a move. "During the last few weeks I have been the subject of unjustified attacks and lies about my future," he said. "I have not traveled to France to talk with other teams.

The Pep Talk

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Alright, Union. Saturday you're playing LA. Yes, that LA, the best team in MLS right now. Yes, the ones who get their goals from league-leading scoremeister Edson Buddle, and their swagger from gracefully aging bendmeister Dave Beckham AND Premier League-worthy Landon Donovan. They're kinda good.

But that is no reason to approach them humbly.

Postgame wrap: Galaxy 3-1 Union

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Philadelphia Union lost 3-1 to Los Angelex Galaxy on Saturday night, but it could have been much, much worse.
Instead, it was only a little ugly. Three goals surrendered and a Stefani Miglioranzi red card by halftime. Then a good response from the Union in the second half, capped by Jack McInerney's first professional goal.

Lindsey leads Independence to victory

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Last week Independence midfielder Lori Lindsey set a new league record with three assists in one match and was named WPS player of the month.

On Saturday Lindsey demonstrated just how much she deserved those honors when she scored her first goal of the season in the Independence's 1-0 victory over fellow expansion side Atlanta Beat.

Red card festival in MLS

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Refs handed out five red cards this weekend in MLS, including one for the Union, naturally. The Washington Post's Steven Goff writes, "The Philadelphia Union might not be the worst club in MLS (D.C. United is), but the expansion team might be the dumbest." Â Ouch. Maybe comments like that can help with the wake-up call.

United Soccer League Results – 5/2/2010

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2 May 2010

US Open Cup Regional Semifinal

3Â UGH Majors / Charm FCÂ (Maryland)Â 1

Mens Major Division    (Standings)

11 Intare FC / Springfield 0

1 Danubia / Ukrainian Nationals 0

5 Phoenix SC / Spirit United 1

Phoenix SC Frebole Kamara (3 goals), Ryan Soroka, Billy James

6 VE / UGH Ultra 0

Womens Major Division (Standings)

10 UGH Fury / Warminster 0

Union game time moved

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The Union's match Saturday with Real Salt Lake has been moved to 4 p.m. eastern time, and it will be televised locally on ABC.

MLS Futbolito, a 4-on-4 tournament open to anyone, will be in Chester on Aug. 21.

Jack McInerney's goal Saturday against the Los Angeles Galaxy made him one of only eight players to score in Major League Soccer before the age of 18, Soccer America notes.

The case for Clint Dempsey as a striker

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Clint Dempsey has been playing in the English Premier League since the 2006-2007 season. In that time he has established himself as a starter and major contributor at Fulham. He has made clutch goals to keep Fulham out of relegation.

This season he has 7 goals and 3 assists, which matches his production in the previous two seasons.

Exclusive 2010 World Cup schedule posters for download

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Philly Soccer Page is proud to announce an exclusive download to our fans, the 2010 World Cup schedule posters. Follow your favorite teams throughout the event all the way to the finals.

Head over to our Media section to download all three.