The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2010

Philadelphia 1 – 2 Boston

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Boston continues to be the bogey team for the Independence, as the Breakers finished the season undefeated against Philadelphia. Â Joanna Lohman opened the scoring for the Independence on 16 minutes, before Stephanie Cox equalized in the 34th minute for Boston. Â But it was a Kelly Smith penalty on 60 minutes that sealed the points for the Breakers, and pulled them to within 2 points of Philly in the playoff race with a game in hand.

Is Bob Bradley good enough?

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US Soccer extended Bob Bradley's contract today until the 2014 World Cup. Many people are upset by this move, but given Bradley's accomplishments so far it is a good decision. While a more high profile European coach might have added some star power to the national team set up, it wouldn't necessarily have been successful.

Independence vs. Breakers in pictures

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Bench before the match.

The starting eleven.

Coin toss.

Lori Lindsey takes a corner kick.

Estelle Johnson passes it forward.

Two Breakers chase Tina DiMartino down.

Independence huddle before the second half.

Perkins vs. Seitz, Villa cool on Bradley, bad Union coverage

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Not sure if this makes anyone feel better, but Troy Perkins isn't exactly blowing Seitzy out of the water. Perkins is the starter the Union could have had if they hadn't traded their #1 allocation slot to DC United in exchange for positionless dribblefiend Fred. Perkins' save percentage is 8 points higher and he has two shutouts, but Seitz has a lower GAA (by .

Devil’s advocate: Why not to play the kids

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So here's why Philadelphia Union couldn't play the young guys constantly this year:

If you play them too much, you could lose them in the expansion draft.

The Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers will each pick 10 players in the expansion draft this November. That's 20 players from the current 16 teams, which means some teams are going to lose two players (but likely not more).

Union come back to win 2-1

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The winless streak is over.

Union midfielder Justin Mapp scored the winner in stoppage time and assisted on a Jack McInerney goal to lead Philadelphia Union to a 2-1 road victory over a 10-man New England Revolution team.

The Union went up a man when New England defender Cory Gibbs was red carded in the 4oth minute for a high and late tackle on Union midfielder Eduardo Coudet.

The future starts now & more news

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Read our preview of Saturday's Union match against New England.

The Inquirer talks to Nick Sakiewicz about what the Union needs to do in their remaining ten games. Like start winning.

Peter Nowak fields questions from readers of the Daily News and Inquirer in this very interesting piece.

Preview: Philadelphia Union at New England Revolution

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Game time: 7:30 p.m.

TV: 6abc, MyNetwork TV (likely to be moved to abc 6.2, the LiveWell channel)

Two teams that looked good when last they played hope to get back things on track when they play this Saturday as Philadelphia Union visit the New England Revolution.

MLS Expansion – Has the game changed?

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Philadelphia was number sixteen. Vancouver and Portland seventeen and eighteen. Montreal was announced this season as MLS's nineteenth team and Commissioner Don Garber has already stated his desire to have number twenty in New York. I'm talking about MLS expansion and if you're a fan of the league you've probably heard about some of the goings on that are changing the way the game is played.

KYW’s Philly Soccer Show: Jeff Larentowicz sits in

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Some of you might know Colorado Rapids all-star midfielder Jeff Larentowicz best from the scorching goal he scored against the Union earlier this month, but the West Chester native is regarded as one of the best midfielders in Major League Soccer.

Larentowicz, who played at Philadelphia's Chestnut Hill Academy and still coaches at FC Delco in the off-season, sat in Wednesday night as the featured interview on KYW's Philly Soccer Show.

Peter Nowak is letting us down

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Peter Nowak is letting us down.

The Philadelphia Union drafted first, sixth and seventh in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. They drafted first in rounds 2 through 4.

There seemed to be a plan: Draft young, develop your players. First overall pick Danny Mwanga, sixth and seventh overall picks Amobi Okugo and Jack McInerney were teenagers.

New goalie for Union, Mwanga for USA

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Harrisburg City Islander goalkeeper Tomer Chencinski has been training with the Union. Chencinski, who was formerly with Toronto FCÂ and Moldovan side FC Nistru Otaci before joining Harrisburg two seasons ago, impressed the Union coaching staff during the friendly in July.

Danny Mwanga on his national team aspirations: "Playing for the U.

CASA Season Preview

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With the Union fading and the European seasons just getting revved up, wouldn't it be nice if there was something to distract us? Something to occupy our minds and our Saturdays...

After a summer layoff, CASA soccer is back in business! And the good news is that it's bigger than ever.

CASA expanded by six teams and now has three divisions of twelve teams behind a ten team Primera division.

Soda for soccer and more news

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The Union are competing with the rest of the league to win $50,000 in grant money in the Pepsi Refresh contest. They want to build a full-sized natural grass soccer field for the Chester City United soccer organization with the money. All they need to win is your vote. Vote here through September 20.

Today's news is in no particular order. I call it Cannian Motion. The Vancouver

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Today's news is in no particular order. I call it Cannian Motion.

The Vancouver Whitecaps chose to pick first in the MLS SuperDraft after winning a coin flip with their expansion buddies Portland. This means Portland will get first choice of unprotected players in the expansion draft. I'm not saying the Union should leave Fred and Moreno unprotected, but if Jack Mac, Okugo and the rest of the teens who haven't gotten enough PT are left out in the cold, this is just the trailer to a much longer future rant.

An interesting new Under-20 US national team prospect has appeared on the radar

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An interesting new Under-20 US national team prospect has appeared on the radar recently in the English Championship. Eighteen year-old Conor Doyle signed with Derby County this August. So far he has appeared in a few games, but this looks to mostly due to injuries to other forwards. He hasn't been part of the US set up so far, and he holds Irish citizenship.

Union v D.C. United in pictures

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National anthem. Play fair. Injured Alejandro Moreno. Union fans travel well. Goalie Bill Hamid stops Le Toux's shot. Juan Diego González's header. Danny Allsopp celebrates his first goal. Chris Seitz getting soaked in the rain. Sébastien Le Toux battles for the ball. Stephen King, Stefani Miglioranzi and Dejan Jakovic fight for the ball.

Bradley likes Aston Villa, other news

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Peter Nowak says Sunday's 2-0 loss to D.C. United was Philadelphia Union's "worst performance" of the season. We agree.

Recaps from Sunday's loss to D.C. United:

  • Philly Soccer Page
  • Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Goal.com

Fred makes SI.com's list of most overpaid MLS players.

Independence lose 1-0, remain in second place

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The Philadelphia Independence traveled to Piscataway, New Jersey, to face defending WPS champions Sky Blue FC on Sunday, a team that they had beaten in their three previous encounters. A win for the Independence would have solidified their hold on second place behind league leading FC Gold Pride, critical for the expansion team's post-season plans because the second place team gets an automatic play-off berth as host in the semi-finals.

Turning over the ashes of the D.C. debacle

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It's fitting that the threat of a tornado provided the only momentary sense of excitement during a woefully listless match. But even the tornado didn't pan out. Rather than leave D.C. with the expected 3 points, the Union can only head back up I-95 with a deep sense of embarrassment, particularly given how they did their best to spot United on both goals.

Philadelphia Union 0-2 D.C. United

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We keep seeing games where Philadelphia Union play well enough to win. Their road loss to D.C. United wasn't one of them.

The Union fell 2-0 to last place D.C. in an ugly game marred by poor weather, worse playing conditions, and two big mistakes that cost the game.

Danny Allsopp scored both goals to give D.

Do it Fred! And more morning news

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The Sons of Ben are hosting a roadtrip to the match against DC United on Sunday and there may still be tickets available. The price is a very reasonable $50 for a game ticket and the bus ride. Details are available on the SoB website. Go get em, gang!

Fred says, "We need to continue to push forward and need to continue shooting the ball and shooting on goal.

Preview: Philadelphia Union at D.C. United

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Game time: Sunday, 2 p.m.

TV: 6abc, MyNetwork TV

D.C. United has lost five straight and hasn't won a game in more than two months. Philadelphia Union is winless in their last five. The Union have the league's worst road record. D.C. are the league's worst team, period.

The Special One + Los Galacticos = Look Out

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About to get PAID

Aside from determining a champion, a major subplot of the World Cup finals is the emergence of world-class young talent.  Players stepping out of the shadows on this stage tend to earn themselves enormous contracts as the biggest club's in Europe look to gain in quality and notoriety by snapping up those players who make their mark on the world stage.

Let it be

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If you've been to a Union match, whether at PPL Park or the Linc, you've heard it.

If you've watched a home game on TV, I'm told you can hear it, too.

A post criticizing it on EPL Talk following the friendly with Manchester United resulted in, at the time of this writing, some 326 comments.

Le Toux on track for a record and more news

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Sebastien Le Toux needs a goal and an assist against DC United to become only the fourth player in the history of MLS to score ten goals and ten assists in his first 20 games of the season. Le Toux has been involved in 18 of the Union's 23 goals.

Predictions about the result Sunday's match between the Union and DC United are starting to come in.

KYW-PSP podcast: Danny Califf sounds off

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Philadelphia Union captain and center back Danny Califf sat in for Tuesday night's recording of this week's KYW-PSP podcast and gave a lengthy, honest and wide-ranging interview to hosts Greg Orlandini and Dan Walsh.

Califf opened up about his frustrations about the Union's defensive struggles and talked about how he sometimes wishes the team had a more defensive philosophy, because the attacking mentality opens up holes that other teams exploit.

Anelka laughs off ban and more news

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Vote Mwanga for AT&T Goal of the Week! Even if Le Toux, once again, did most of the hard work.

Sebastien Le Toux is named to Goal.com's MLS Best XI: Week 20.

The local Philly Redbricker blog has an excellent photo essay about taking SEPTA to PPL Park: "I can safely say that taking the train to a Union game is not only doable, it is recommended.

US Soccer story lines

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A number of MLS teams have recently used the designated player rule to bring in a number of talented players to the league. Adding these talents can only be good for developing young American players. Thierry Henry, Geovanni, Rafael Marquez, and others are all great competitors who can really challenge young American players.

Manchester United Puts Frustrations Aside To Punish Newcastle

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For a time at least, recently promoted Newcastle United held firm against a team possessing vastly different Premiere League ambitions, making it difficult for The Red Devils to find shooting lanes and thread that last pass in the area in the first 30 minutes.

The Magpies even threatened to open the scoring themselves; Wayne Routledge took advantage of an exposed left flank following a rush by defender John O'Shea in the 8th minute, but Manchester's central defense held firm against the ensuing cross; Andrew Carroll, active throughout and unmarked on a corner kick in the 11th minute, headed just wide a ball he should have put away.

Mwanga needs five, Nicol thinks 3 is too many

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Judah Levine writes that Danny Mwanga is only 5 goals away from breaking the MLS rookie record of 11 set by Damani Ralph in 2003.

New England Revolution manager Steve Nicol thinks 3 DPs will lead to an absence of parity in MLS.

Stephenson

Khari Stephenson is returning to MLS after spending five years plying his trade in Sweden.

Union v Rapids in pictures

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Danny Mwanga and Marvell Wynne fight for the ball. Busy first half for Colorado goalie Matt Pickens. Michael Orozco Fiscal almost steals the ball. Fred doing his dance. The Sons of Ben in their "Smoking" section. Matt Pickens can fly. Chris Seitz punches the ball away from the goal. Chris Seitz saves a wide shot.

Lohman’s late goal beats Atlanta in comeback win

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The Independence looked like a team that was playing its fourth game in twelve days when they conceded two early goals to the league's worst ranked offense.

By the end of the game, the Independence looked like the championship contender they are.

"A team has never come back from 2-0 deficit in this league," Independence head coach Paul Riley said, "and we have done it twice.

Recap: Same old story, Union tie Rapids

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Philadelphia Union 1 1 Colorado Rapids

Larentowicz 59′

Mwanga 73′

Danny Mwanga and Sebastian Le Toux continued their strong play, but for all their sustained possession and pressure the Philadelphia Union made the same mistakes that have plagued them all season.

Union host Chivas Guadalajara Sept. 1 at PPL

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The Philadelphia Union welcome Chivas Guadalajara to town September 1st as they wrap up their international friendlies for the year. The two teams played to a 2-2 draw in preseason, with Union Jack and Noone scoring for the good guys.

All the details are on the Union website.

Watch real football, pt. 3

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Chelsea v. West Bromwich Albion 12:30pm, FSC

Minnows Chelsea will hope to avoid relegation as they battle it out at the bottom with Wolves and Blackpool. What? I never said this was an accurate preview!

Chelsea made very few changes from last season's trophy-winning squad.

How to fix a broken Union

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Is Captain Ink Really Captain Fantastic?


Shape

After watching my beloved Philadelphia Union throw away some more points on Wednesday night against Real Salt Lake, it dawned on me that Piotr Nowak is trying to utilize a 4-2-2-2 formation.

Watch real football, part 2

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Aston Villa v. West ham 10am, FSC

Go over the "scoring" thing again...

Aston Villa is a team in turmoil. They constantly seemed to be on the brink of breaking into the EPL's elite during Martin O'Neill's tenure, but the leap never materialized.

Preseason football sucks, watch real football instead pt. 1

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The English Premier League season kicks off this weekend with title hopefuls Manchester City traveling to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham. The Hotspurs took the Champions League spot that City thought they would receive free in the mail after purchasing the likes of Joleon Lescott, Wayne Bridge, Craig Bellamy, Gareth Barry, Patrick Viera, Adam Johnson, Aquaman, General Patton, Matt Damon, Keira Knightly and Rodney Dangerfield late in the evening after a fourth bottle of Roberto Mancini's favorite wine (which he recently named after Craig Bellamy).

Bradley new manager of Aston Villa? More news.

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News flash: Bob Bradley resigns as head coach of the US and will be named as manager of Aston Villa next week, the Birmingham Mail reports. There has been no official confirmation of this from US Soccer or Aston Villa. Union

Here are some talking points for Saturday's Union v Colorado Rapids game, which will be something of a homecoming for Jeff Larentowicz, the MLS All-Star who played for Chestnut Hill Academy and FC Delco before moving on to Brown University and MLS.

You heard it here first…

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First off, I write this post with no inside information, only with an optimistic twinkle in my eye because recent developments have led me to daydream of a day when every play made by a Philadelphia UNION goalkeeper is not cause for a heart attack.

Joe Hart - Preferred

Across the pond in England, while Manchester City continues to make a mockery of the sport with their over-the-top spending, an old-fashioned goalkeeper controversy is brewing.

Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids

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Game time: Saturday, 4 p.m.

TV: 6abc/MyNetwork TV, Telefutura

Five games in 15 days. That's the stretch of games Philadelphia Union has played since the all-star break. Two draws and two losses, with the three of the four games against top 5 clubs in Major League Soccer.

Isles to finish season against Pittsburgh

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The Harrisburg City Islanders will finish their season at home this saturday as they host the playoff-bound Pittsburgh Riverhounds. The Islanders 2010 league campaign has fallen short of expectation as the team impressed with a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal run, but was unable to piece together a stretch run in the regular season.

Independence gets crucial road win in Chicago

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Coming off of two games with no goals, Amy Rodriguez put the Independence ahead of Chicago Red Stars in the 53rd minute after a scoreless first half.

Only nine minutes later, Ella Masar headed a bending cross from Casey Noguiera past Independence keeper Karina LeBlanc to bring Chicago level.

News, views and such for a Thursday morn

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You can look at a variety of recaps to the Union's 1–1 draw with Real Salt Lake from the Salt Lake Tribune, the Daily News, a hilariously error filled piece in the Inquirer, mlsoccer.com, from goal.com, and, why not, the Miami Herald. Or you can save yourself some time and simply read our post-game report.

Philadelphia Union 1 – 1 Real Salt Lake

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The Union battled to a hardfought draw with a less than full strength Real Salt Lake squad in front of a good crowd at PPL Park on Wednesday night. Â Danny Mwanga returned from injury to score on a terrific pass from Sebastien Le Toux on 8 minutes.

But in what is becoming a trend for Philadelphia, the lead was gone in less than 10 minutes when Juan Diego Gonzalez failed to deal with a ball into the box and it fell to Fabian Espindola who slotted past Chris Seitz at the near post.

USA v. Brazil: A look back

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The United States walked off the field in the Meadowlands with disappointment written on their faces. The national team did not show well against a young and relatively inexperienced Brazilian team. Although the game didn't mean much in the scheme of things, the US missed an opportunity to gain a some respect in the soccer world.

KYW podcast: Reading United takes spotlight

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Reading United AC general manager Art Achenbach is the featured interview this week's KYW-PSP podcast, fresh off his team wrapping up its great run to the USL Premier Development League final four. The club is in its first season as a Philadelphia Union minor league affiliate and won its division and conference before losing to Portland Timbers U-23, the undefeated eventual league champion.

Brazil kids top USA and more news

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Here's a preview of tonight's match against Real Salt Lake. If you don't have tickets you can watch the game on Live Well HD Network and MyNetwork TV WQMY at 7:30pm.

Because of Brad Knighton's suspension following his red card in Sunday's game, Danny Cepero, currently of Harrisburg City Islanders and formerly of the New York Energy Drinks, will be on the Union bench should anything happen to Chris Seitz.

Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake

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Game time: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

TV: Live Well HD Network, MyNetwork TV

Philadelphia Union (4-10-3) host Real Salt Lake (10-4-5) in a match-up of teams on very different sorts of streaks. The Union have lost two straight games (against two of the league's best teams, to be sure), while RSL is one of the league's hottest teams, their streak set off in part by a May 8 win over the Union.

Union in for Albanian? Villa in for Bradley? More news!

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Ever since Bob Bradley led the US National team to a disappointing Group of 16 exit, foolishly started Ricardo Clark against Ghana, continually started goal-shy Robbie Findley, and relied on a combination of luck, angry facial expressions and Tim Howard to pull his team back from early deficit after early deficit, the big fella has been on the radar of every mid-table English club.

2-2 draw in battle for second place

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Playing at home on Sunday night the Independence had an opportunity to emphatically claim second place against their closest challenger, the Boston Breakers. Leading at halftime 2–1, in the end, they had to settle for a draw.

Boston, who are 6–1–1 in their last eight games, scored first when, in the 25th minute, former Philadelphia Charge player Kelly Smith carried the ball up the left flank and passed to Lauren Cheney at the top of the box.

FC Dallas 3 -1 Philadelphia Union

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A 10 man Union squad suffered a disappointing 3-1 lose at the hands of FC Dallas on a hot summer afternoon. Â Alejandro Moreno's first goal of the season put the Union up less than 10 minutes into the game, but Brad Knighton's first league start turned into a disaster when he was shown straight red after a failing to control a long ball into the box and taking down Brek Shea (real name) after 24 minutes.

Reading United falls in PDL semis

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Reading United lost 2-1 to the Portland Timbers U-23s on Friday night in the Premier Development League semifinals.

The Philadelphia Union affiliate went into the second half having played a scoreless first, but Portland's Paul Ogunyemi netted three minutes into the second half to put his team ahead.

Union v Crew in pictures

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PSP photographer Nicolae Stoian was shooting Thursday night's loss to Columbus Crew. Here's a look at what he got.

Califf and Hejduk prepare to lead their teams out

Union Jack The beautiful game in a beautiful park Welcome to PPL Park The Battle of Nakazawa and Renteria Le Toux le fouled The free kick from hell (again).

PDL Finals: Reading United vs. TBD

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If Reading wins tonight's PDL semifinals, they'll play in the 2010 PDL Championship match at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET) on Saturday, August 7, live on FOX Soccer Channel. The consolation match is set for 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET). The matches will be streamed live at www.usllive.com.

PDL semifinals: Reading United at Portland

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The match will be streamed live at www.usllive.com.

If Reading wins, they'll play in the 2010 PDL Championship match at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET) on Saturday, August 7, live on FOX Soccer Channel. The consolation match is set for 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET). Each of the Semifinals and the consolation match will be streamed live at www.

Reading United in PDL semifinals tonight

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Reading United vies for the United Soccer Leagues' Premier Development League championship this weekend in Portland, Ore.

Reading plays Portland tonight at 10:30 p.m., with the match streamed live at http://www.usllive.com.

If they win, they'll play in the championship match Saturday at 7 p.

Philadelphia Union 1-2 Columbus Crew

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Columbus Crew forward Stephen Lenhart headed in two brilliant goals to sink Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Thursday night at PPL Park.

Lenhart scored off perfect passes from Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Emilio Renteria in the 43rd and 50th minutes, respectively, to lead Columbus to the win in front of 18,001 fans in Chester.

Groundhog Day and more Friday morning news

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The Union's latest signing, Juna Diego Gonzalez Alzate. (Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Union.).

The Union have signed 29-year-old Colombian defender Juan Diego González Alzate. We're sure to have more on this later.

Nowak on Thursday night's loss to Columbus: "it's the same old .

KYW podcast: The Bobby Convey interview

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Philadelphia native and San Jose Earthquakes all-star midfielder Bobby Convey sat in for this week's KYW podcast with PSP's Dan Walsh and KYW's Greg Orlandini. In the interview, Convey discusses:

  • personal differences with his former D.C. United manager, Peter Nowak, that may have prevented Convey from playing for Philadelphia Union;
  • his long comeback from the knee injury that prematurely ended his playing stint with Reading in the English leagues;
  • his excellent form in Major League Soccer this year;
  • the difficulties faced by Philadelphia-area youth soccer players who aren't from wealthy families;
  • prospects for his return to the U.

Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew

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Game time: Thursday, 8 p.m.

TV: ESPN2

The first place Columbus Crew pay a visit to Chester tonight as Philadelphia Union's extended home stand heads into its toughest stretch. Columbus (10-4-4) has the best record in the Eastern Conference, and they've been one of the league's best clubs for several years now.

Washington tops Independence 2-0

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One moment you're hot.

The next moment you're not.

After scoring seven goals at home in two games while only conceding one, the Philadelphia Independence lost to the last-place Washington Freedom on Wednesday night 2–0. The Independence have only two road wins on the season with three losses and two draws.

Bradley’s Roster for Brazil is All Wrong…

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In his first act as the Brazilian manager, newly appointed Mano Menezes has included only four participants from his disappointing World Cup side in the group that will face the United States at the New Meadowlands Stadium next Tuesday, August 10. With a squad heavily weighted towards players who compete in Brazil and those who were previously shunned for this summer's tournament, such as Milan's Alexandre Pato, Menezes is actively kicking the tires of his new team, trying to learn the depth of the program and prepare for the path ahead.

They gotta come from somewhere

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You don't have to be a "area youth soccer aficionado" to care

Buried at the end of a piece in the Daily News on Monday about the Union's draw with the Revolution was a mention about FC Delco's loss to the Crew Juniors—an MLS academy team— in the U–19 Youth Soccer National Championship that really got my goat.

Let’s get this ball rolling!

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Nowak says he's sticking with Seitz.

The Trentonian previews the tonight's match against Columbus Crew. Eddie Gaven, Hamilton Township native and former player for Steinert High School, will be unavailable for the Crew due to a concussion he suffered against Chivas last week. The match will be on ESPN2 from 8pm.

Union mid-season report card

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Major League Soccer's all-star game was last week, but Philadelphia Union only just passed the 15-game mark. That makes it time for a midseason review that may come a bit late to some but hopefully just in time for the rest of you. The team is 4-8-3 and in 6th place in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference, but the record is less relevant for an expansion team.

Vote Le Toux and more morning news

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The Inquirer looks at the Union's playoff hopes. The best quote in the article is from Danny Califf: "We seem to find every single way of shooting ourselves in the foot and give away points in ways that have been unbelievably dumb." More on the Union's struggles can be read on the club's website.

The Union v the Revolution in pictures

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PSP photographer Nicolae Stoian worked Saturday's Union match against the New England Revolution. Here are some highlights from the match.

The Union's starting eleven The sideline during the national anthem. Get your hands out of your pockets, lad! Enter the Dragon: LE TOUX! Miglioranzi mixes it up in the midfield Who's who by their shoes?

MLS Arms Race Continues…

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MLS has seen an unprecedented influx of big name and high skill players during the summer transfer window. In case you missed a few:

F Thierry Henry NYRB (France), D/M Rafael Marquez NYRB (Mexico), M Bronko Boskovic DCU (Montenegro), F Mista Toronto (Spain), F Blaise Nkufo Seattle (Switzerland), M Alvaro Fernandez Seattle (Uruguay), F Giancarlo Maldonado Chivas USA (Venezuela), F Nery Castillo Chicago (Mexico), M Freddie Ljungberg Traded from Seattle to Chicago (Sweden), Milton Rodriguez Dallas (Colombia).

Ties make me hungry and more news

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Coach Nowak tells the Daily News that a tie can make a team "more hungry for a win," which just might be the weakest thing I've ever heard him say.

Here's a look at Saturday's disappointing game with the New England Revolution from the Boston Herald. At least Le Toux ended the Revolution's 390-minute streak of not conceding a goal.