The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2010

Union flattened, more morning news

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Here's a roundup of reaction to the Union's high altitude shellacking by Colorado Rapids from Goal.com, The Denver Post, Philly.com, MLS.com (1) and (2). Our recap is, of course, the best.

Local

Philadelphia has moved to the top of the table in the public voting for host cities for the 2018/2022 World Cup bids.

Union lose 4-1 to Colorado

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Four days after recording their statistically biggest win ever, Philadelphia Union suffered their worst loss ever with a 4-1 defeat Wednesday to the Colorado Rapids.

Colorado's Omar Cummings scored twice in the first 15 minutes, and two second half goals sealed the game and the Union's playoff hopes.

Goalie picked, naughty bits & more news

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Here's a look at tonight's game from Colorado. In the head-to-head preview at Goal.com, the Philly guy can't see anything better than a 1–1 draw while the Colorado guy expects a 2–0 victory for the Rapids. In our vastly superior preview, Dan Walsh predicts a 1–1 draw.

And here's a look at the playoff picture.

Preview: Philadelphia Union at Colorado Rapids

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Game time: Wednesday, 9:30 p.m.

TV: Live Well HD (abc 6.2)

Philadelphia Union plays what may be its most important game of the year tonight as they visit Colorado Rapids for a prime time game.

The Union  (7-12-6) need a win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

Raves: Admit it, your heart bleeds Le Toux

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Editor's note: Over the next week, PSP contributors will be posting what we're calling "raves" about some of our favorite Philadelphia players. They need not be the team's best players, but they're guys we like. You heard plenty of rants when they were losing. Here are the raves, starting with Adam's about Sebastien Le Toux.

More from the Homeless World Cup in Rio

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On Sunday, Brazil secured a historic double, winning both the Women's and the Men's 2010 Homeless World Cup. The women secured the title in the first of the day's matches, beating Mexico 7–3. Later, the men's team cruised to a 6–0 win over Chile.

The Mexico men's team won third place after Portugal fought back from being down 4–1 to force the match into a penalty shoot out.

KYW’s Philly Soccer Show: Danny Mwanga

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This week's edition of KYW's Philly Soccer Show features an interview with Philadelphia Union striker Danny Mwanga, a top candidate for rookie of the year in Major League Soccer. Mwanga talks about his recent shoulder injury, what it took to improve his game in MLS, what it will take to get him to the next level, his European prospects, and the best defender he's played against this year.

United Soccer League Results – 9/26/2010

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26 September 2010

Men's Major Division   (Standings)

Spirit United  6  –  0  Danubia White Storks

Spirit United – Evan Smallwood (3), Dom Popolizio, Stephen Forgue, Dennis Laferty

UGH Ultra  4  –  0  FC Sports

UGH Ultra – Tim Hammil (2), Steve McCann (2)

UGH Majors  1  –   0  Ukrainian Nationals

VE Majors  3  –   0  Danubia Gunners

Women's Major Division (Standings)

UGH Fury  2  –  2  Phoenix SC United

VE  3  –  0  UGH o-30

Non-League Friendly

Philadelphia Flames SC  1  –  0  St Joseph Womens Club

Phila Flames – Morgan Rapciewicz, gk Michelle Hayes

The good, the bad, and the Wynalda

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Let's start today off with a bang: Eric Wynalda has been named Director of International Operations for Mexican Segunda division side Murcielagos (that's the third division in Mexico). Wynalda will scout players and try to facilitate player exchanges that will bring the talent to Murcielagos that will move them up to the top.

Philadelphia Union vs. Chivas USA in photos

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The Philadelphia Union defeated Chivas USA by the score of 3-0 at the PPL Park. Here are some photos from Saturday's game. (Click on the photo for a full-size photo.)

Blue men - there're everywhere

Danny Mwanga had an early opportunity

Danny Califf and Fred pressure Justin Braun

Alejandro Moreno holding off Michael Umaña

Justin Mapp working the ball forward

Sons of Ben and the scarfs

Sebastien Le Toux working the ball up the sideline

Justin Mapp holds off Rodolfo Espinoza

Stefani Miglioranzi prepares to cross the ball

Alejandro Moreno fines the ball and directs it into the net for the first goal

Danny Califf goes for the ball in the offensive end

Fred settles the ball and finds a hole in the defense

Sebastien Le Toux recieves a chest full of leg

Sebastien Le Toux scores on a direct kick

More pressure from Sebastien Le Toux

Photo essay by Paul Rudderow

Union still in playoff hunt, Independence out, other news

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Union

After Philadelphia Union's big 3-0 win over Chivas USA on Saturday, here's what the coverage:

  • Philly Soccer Page
  • Philadelphia Daily News
  • Goal.com
  • Philadelphia Inquirer

Union manager Peter Nowak called it the team's best showing of the season.

FC Gold Pride bests Independence for WPS title

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The Philadelphia Independence's heroic playoff run came to an end on Sunday when they lost the WPS Championship game to the regular season champions and heavily favored FC Gold Pride.

"For 90 minutes it was the best game we played all year," said FC Gold Pride's Christine Sinclair.

Union win 3-0 over Chivas

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Philadelphia Union dominated Saturday as they defeated Chivas USA 3-0.

Alejandro Moreno, Fred and Sebastien Le Toux scored, and the Union allowed only two shots on goal to secure their second shutout of the year. The three-goal margin of victory was the largest ever for the Union.

Each goal for the Union came off a set piece, flipping what has been a major weakness for this team all season.

Union predictions, Independence roundup, fake fans & more

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Goal.com's head-to-head preview of Saturday's match against Chivas USA has the Philly guy predicting a 2–0 Union win and the Chivas guy a 3–1 Union win. Our preview predicts a 2–1 win if Jonathan Bornstein plays, a 3–1 win if he doesn't.

The Daily News takes a closer look at what the Union will be doing with the $50K it won for high school soccer in Chester.

Independence break through to Final

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After scoring in the 120th minute on Sunday to knock Washington Freedom out of the WPS Playoffs, the Philadelphia Independence made it easier on themselves in Thursday's 2–1 victory over the Boston Breakers.

They scored the game winning goal in the 103rd minute.

The Super Semifinal match was a thriller from start to finish, featuring a great deal of open play and many scoring chances.

Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Chivas USA

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Game time: Saturday, 4 p.m.

TV: Telefutura, Live Well HD (abc 6.2)

The only MLS team without a city in their name is fortunately on the road this Saturday, so you don't have to figure out what city the game's in order to watch their match against Philadelphia Union.

Independence Super Semifinal tonight, more news

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Union

A ten day break means time for a number of Union players to get healthy. Mwanga, Coudet and Gonzales are all expected to be fit for Saturday's match against Chivas USA.

More on our very own Jeremiah White, who regularly follows how the Union are doing from Poland, where he now plays. Happily, he likes what he sees.

Ten Questions with Harrisburg City Islanders’ Tyler Ruthven

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Harrisburg City Islander's defender Tyler Ruthven took some time out of his day to talk to the Philly Soccer Page and we had a couple of interesting questions for him. Tyler played his college soccer first at San Francisco and later at the University of South Carolina where he earned All-Conference USA honors all three years.

Casa round-up: Week 3

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Ah, week three. We have blowouts, hat tricks, and goalless draws. All the things that make soccer great yet inaccessible to talk radio aficionados.

Primera

Cracovia continued their strong start to the year with a shutout of Stoney United. The Big Cs have only allowed one goal in three games, tied with West Philly FC for the best defensive record in Primera.

Union wins $50k for Chester & more news

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Union

The Union have won the $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant for the Chester City United soccer organization. The money will be used to build a full-sized grass soccer field for the Chester Upland School District. The award was determined based upon fan voting so, if you took the few seconds took to vote, give yourself a pat on the back—you did good.

Book Review: Africa United

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Harper Perennial, 299 pages, 14.99, June

With a terse visceral intensity, Steve Bloomfield takes you along with him as he dives into politics and sporting life on the African continent, his adrenaline, as well as yours getting up equally to the thrill of a match or a dodgy situation in Mogadishu.

KYW’s Philly Soccer Show: SI’s Grant Wahl

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Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl is this week's guest on KYW's Philly Soccer Show. Wahl, a soccer writer best known for his book, The Beckham Experiment, joined co-hosts Greg Orlandini and Dan Walsh on Tuesday night to talk about Philadelphia Union, MLS, the U.S. national team, and the Juergen Klinsmann mess.

US National team quick hits

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Miguel Angel Ponce

The coaching fiasco

Jurgen Klinsmann explained that he did not take the US National team coaching job because he was not able to get a written agreement giving him full control of the team. That just makes Bob Bradley look like crap, and it is a shame that Sunil Gulati and the USSF board were not able to close the deal with Klinsmann, when he clearly was their first choice.

Nowak talks fundamentals, Klinsmann talks

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I've been pretty tough on Peter Nowak this season, but this interview with SoccerAmerica is the kind of thing that can wipe away a season's-worth of questionable starting lineups. I'm back on the bandwagon!

In what will clearly be the biggest news of the day, Jurgen Klinsmann has revealed that USSF agreed to give him full technical control of the USMNT verbally, but would not put it in writing.

PSP at the Homeless World Cup

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PSP photographer Nicolae Stoian is in Brazil covering the 2010 Homeless World Cup, which runs September 19 through September 26. Below is a selection of what he's been photographing. But before that, here's some background on the tournament.

While at the 2001 International Network of Street Papers Conference, Mel Young, co-founder of The Big Issue Scotland, and Harald Schmied, editor of Megaphon, a street paper in Austria were looking for a common language to unite homeless people around the world.

United Soccer League Results – 9/19/2010

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19 September 2010

Men's Major Division   (Standings)

Danubia Gunners  4  –  0  Danubia White Storks

Spirit United  4  –  0  FC Sports

Spirit United – Bill Jarwee, Dylan Langley, Bill Brown, Chris King, gk-Colin Sullivan

Ukrainian Nationals  2  –   0  Intare FC

UGH Majors  2  –   1  Phoenix SC

VE Majors  2  –   1  UGH Ultra

Women's Major Division (Standings)

Philadelphia Flames SC  1  –  0  Phoenix SC United

Flames SC – Katlyn Pagaduan

UGH Fury  4  –  0  UGH o-30

Philadelphia Independence vs. Washington Freedom in photos

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The Philadelphia Independence's 1-0 win Sunday against the Washington Freedom pushes them on in the playoffs. They play the Boston Breakers Thursday night. Here are some photos from Sunday's game. (Click on the photo for a full-size photo.)

The Independence's first playoff game was well attended.

Independence trumps Freedom

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It was a game that, at times, it looked like Philadelphia should have had four or five goals on the board. Instead, it took 120 minutes for the Independence to score the only goal of the match and earn a well-deserved win.

Sometimes, you just got to do it the hard way.

The Philadelphia Independence hosted Washington Freedom on Sunday in the first round of the WPS playoffs and it was a nervous start for both teams.

What I learned this summer

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As the days grow shorter and the temperature, like the leaves, begins to drop I can't help but cast my thoughts back over what has been a truly momentous summer of soccer.

Was it good for you, too?

The summer began with my attention divided between the World Cup and the pending opening of our brand new team's brand new stadium.

The interview: Pelada star Gwendolyn Oxenham

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Ahead of Sunday's Philadelphia screening of the documentary, Pelada, we talked with Gwendolyn Oxenham who, along with co-star Luke Boughen, toured the world with one simple goal: get into pickup soccer games and see what happens. The result, filmed by Rebekah Fergusson and Ryan White, renders distance irresolute, while laying bear our common humanity.

Independence plan: Win, win, win!

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Union

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Independence

Independence goalkeeper Val Henderson has a three point plan for the playoffs: beat Washington; beat Boston; beat FC Gold Pride. It's so simple it just might work.

Here's a look at Sunday's playoff game in West Chester from Washington's perspective.

Independence boss named Coach of the Year

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Philadelphia Independence head coach Paul Riley has been named the WPS Coach of the Year.

Riley led the expansion team to a third place finish in the regular season with a 10–10–4 record. The Independence face Washington Freedom in the first round of the WPD playoffs this Sunday.

Independence General Manager, Louise Waxler, said,

"Paul has created a training environment and team culture that challenges his players to be the best, nurtures their ability, and brings them together with a common vision for success.

San Jose Earthquakes 1 – 0 Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia Union lost 1-0 to the San Jose Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday as another defensive lapse cost Philadelphia at least a point. Chris Wondolowski scored the only goal of the game, heading in a cross as central defenders Danny Califf and Michael Orozco Fiscal had first row seats as they stood and watched the play develop.

Playoff hopes on hold, more news

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John Hackworth says after the Union's 1–0 loss to San Jose on Wednesday night, "We gave up an easy goal." Here's an early roundup of reports on the game which, while keeping San Jose's playoff hunt alive, surely puts the Union's on hold: ESPNSoccernet, Goal.com, more from Goal.com, MLS.com (1), MLS.

KYW’s Philly Soccer Show: Ben Olsen

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D.C. United head coach and former FC Delco player Ben Olsen is the featured guest on this week's KYW's Philly Soccer Show.

In the podcast recorded Tuesday night, Olsen talked with co-hosts Greg Orlandini and Dan Walsh about:

  • coming up as a young player in southeastern Pennsylvania and his ties to Philadelphia,
  • a playing career that saw him become one of MLS's best midfielders and earn him 37 national team caps,
  • his efforts to turn around D.

Got news if you want it

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Goal.com's head-to-head preview of tonight's San Jose game has the San Jose guy predicting a 2–0 victory for the Earthquakes. The Union guy predicts a 1–1 draw. CBSSports.com has another preview. As always, our preview is better.

Brad Knighton isn't sure if he'll get the start tonight against San Jose: "No, I mean you take every day as it is.

Preview: Philadelphia Union at San Jose Earthquakes

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Game time: Wednesday, 10 p.m.

TV: Live Well (abc 6.2)

Two teams fighting for a playoff spot face off Wednesday night as Philadelphia Union pays a visit to the San Jose Earthquakes.

San Jose (9-7-6) sits in eighth place in the overall table but has more games to play than its competitors as well as the league's easiest remaining schedule, at least on paper.

Preview: Philadelphia Union at San Jose Earthquakes

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Game time: Wednesday, 10 p.m.

TV: Live Well (abc 6.2)

Two teams fighting for a playoff spot face off Wednesday night as Philadelphia Union pays a visit to the San Jose Earthquakes.

San Jose (9-7-6) sits in eighth place in the overall table but has more games to play than its competitors as well as the league's easiest remaining schedule, at least on paper.

Watch the year’s best soccer film Sunday

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If you're free Sunday night, you should watch this film.

It's called Pelada, and it's being screened Sunday here in Philly.

Pelada follows two college soccer players Duke's Gwendolyn Oxenham and Luke Boughen of Notre Dame who traveled the world in search of pickup games and the stories behind the people who played them.

Casa round-up: Week 2

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Welcome back to the Casa round-up. The second week of Casa has just finished and nobody is out of it. Let's get right to the scores.

Primera

Defending champs Grey Lodge faced down West Philly FC in a battle of teams that didn't score a goal in the first week of the season.

United Soccer League Results – 12 Sept 2010

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12 September 2010

Men's Major Division    (Standings)

Danubia White Storks 9–1 FC Sports

Danubia Gunners 7–0 United German Hungarian Ultra

Phoenix Sport Club 1–0 Ukrainian Nationals

United German Hungarian Majors 1–0 Vereinigung Erzgebirge Majors

Women's Major Division (Standings)

Philadelphia Flames SC 2–1 United German Hungarian 0-30's

Flames SC Tammie Johnson, Alexa Hays

Vereinigung Erzgebirge 3–0 United German Hungarian Fury

US U-20 Team has disappointing tournament

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Thomas Rongen has work to do

The US U-20 national team finished out the Caudrangular Internacional Tournament in Arequipa, Peru in poor fashion. After having lost spectacularly to Paraguay these young men tried to regroup, but could not match the talent of the other teams they played.

Against Colombia the U-20s were out shot by a wide margin and the Colombians controlled the game.

Independence finish third with fourth loss in a row

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Although the Independence have made the playoffs in their inaugural year, they could hardly have done so in a less encouraging fashion.

Coming off of three losses in a row, the Independence traveled to the West Coast to face Marta and FC Gold Pride, a team that over their first two meetings they had managed only one goal while conceding five.

Union vs. Chicago Fire in photos

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National anthem. Sunset over the PPL Park. Sheanon Williams and Collins John fight for the ball. Brad Knighton attempting to make a save, but the apparent goal was waived. Alejandro Moreno held by Wilman Conde. Moreno and Conde going at each other again. Steven Kinney flying over Moreno. Moreno tackled in the box.

Philadelphia Union 1 – 0 Chicago Fire

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What is that number next to Chicago? Is that a zero? Why yes it is. Â The Union pitched their first ever shutout on Saturday night with a deserved victory over a tired Chicago team. Sebastien Le Toux scored his 11 th goal of the season for the only goal of the game. Playing their 3rd game in eight days, Chicago appeared to have heavy legs in the first half as the Union dictated play.

Captain America Farewell Tour

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Reminding Robbie Findley that dribbling out of bounds does not, in fact, make one a good player, beautiful. Â Letting Freddy Montero have it every time he is sent cartwheeling by an invisible land mine, I'm for it. Â Berating Kansas City Wizard and Union reject Shavar Thomas for being, well, terrible, bring it on.

Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

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Game time: Saturday, 6 p.m.

TV: Fox Soccer Channel

Two of Major League Soccer's most maddening teams face off Saturday when the Chicago Fire visit Philadelphia Union.

Chicago (6-7-8) is one of the league's most talented teams, and they've only gotten more talented with the midseason acquisitions of Nery Castillo, Freddie Ljungberg and Gonzalo Segares.

Will Seitz be sat & more morning news

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Goal.com have a head-to-head preview of Saturday's match against the Chicago Fire. They predict a draw. As always, our preview is much better.

Kerith Gabriel thinks Seitz may finally be sat. Nowak says who will start in goal will be a game-time decision.

The Sons of Ben's recent send up of Kansas City coach Peter Vermes have been internationally recognized.

Mapp talks. WC = more harm than good? More news.

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Union

KYW talks to Justin Mapp.

From head coach of the soccer team at St. Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark to vice president of business development and international affairs for the Philadelphia Union, here's a profile on Rick Jacobs.

Big Soccer has a mock 2011 Expansion Draft thread going for the Union.

KYW’s Philly Soccer Show: Heather Mitts stops by

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On this week's edition of KYW's Philly Soccer Show, Heather Mitts sits in and talks:

  • the Philadelphia Independence's playoff run
  • WPS as a league
  • playing at West Chester University
  • the US Women's National Team

Greg, Adam and Mike also talk about the Philadelphia Union's draw with the Kansas City Wizards on the weekend and especially Chris Seitz' struggles in net.

US National Team Ticker

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Beasley to Hannover
DaMarcus Beasley recently signed with Hannover 96 after having been released by Rangers. Beasley was picked up by the team to fill in for Carlitos, a left winger, who recently suffered a torn ligament in his knee. The Hannover roster doesn't contain any superstar wingers, so Beasley looks set to get playing time there.

Thursday soccer news with sex video

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Union

There are some big names on the Fire but the Union is focused on the whole team.

Justin Mapp talks about facing his former club.

Danny Califf says he wants to stay with the Union.

Local

Yesterday we mentioned that four Independence players—Heather Mitts, Lori Lindsey, Amy Rodriguez and Joanna Lohman—had been called up for the USWNT 30-player roster to face China.

Union vs. Wizards in photos

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Click on each photo for a full-size version.

Sebastien Le Toux goes up for a headball

Andrew Jacobson Slides to clear the ball away from Teal Bunbury

Danny Mwanga feeds the ball over to Sebastien Le Toux

Sebastien Le Toux one times the ball into the back of the net

Sebastien Le Toux and Danny Mwanga doing the we just scored dance

The team celebrates Sebastien Le Toux's goal in the first half

Justin Mapp worked the ball past midfield

Amobi Okobi passes over to Stefani Migliaranzi

Danny Califf going high after the ball

Danny Califf goes in with a heavy slide tackle

Sebastien Le Toux and Jonathan Leathers going up for the ball

Sebastien Le Toux thanking the fans after the game

Photo essay by Paul Rudderow

Anger at Seitz, Euro round-up, Union chants & more

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Chris Seitz raises his hand and apologizes for letting that softie in against KC this weekend. Philadelphia soccer fans everywhere ask that he raise that hand when the ball is floating over his head next time.

Peter Nowak offered words of support to the Union number one, but also criticized him for failing to step up and make the big save.

Furthering the affiliation

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I was reading Derek Meluzio's review of the first year of the Philadelphia Union and Harrisburg City Islander affiliation over on Upper 90 and it is certainly an issue in which I take interest. But I can't get around to providing a full evaluation of the partnership in the first year as, for me at least, its not over yet.

Philadelphia 1 – 1 Kansas City

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Once again, a major gaffe by Chris Seitz kept the Union from a clean sheet and a much needed victory. After dominating the game for 70 minutes and after a great goal from Sebastien Le Toux, Seitz failed to set up his wall properly and then allowed Danny Arnaud's free kick to swing over his head into the goal.

KYW’s Philly Soccer Show

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On this week's edition of KYW's Philly Soccer Show, Greg and Dan are joined this week by PSP contributors Adam Cann and Mike Servedio to preview the UEFA Champions League.

They also talk about:

  • Philadelphia Union's recent form;
  • the Philadelphia Independence, who just clinched a playoff berth and play some of the most exciting soccer in the country;
  • the American player development system for soccer, with an interesting point of view from Adam, a former player for Haverford College;
  • the mandatory final edition of the Bob Bradley watch;
  • and more.

Questioning the youth movement, other news

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Union/MLS

The Philadelphia Daily News' Kerith Gabriel questions Philadelphia Union's youth movement, and it's pretty clear he falls into the "win now" camp. Yeah, you and a lot of others, but not me. Come see me in 2011 or 2012 when Union Jack's the  most exciting player in the league, and then we'll talk about that 20-20 hindsight thing.

Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Kansas City Wizards

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Game time: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

TV: 6abc

One of Major League Soccer's hottest teams visits Chester this Saturday as Philadelphia Union host the Kansas City Wizards.

The Wizards (7-9-5) have gone 4-1-2 over their last seven games, with wins over both conference's first place teams.

More Union Recaps and Other Thursday News

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PSP has the lowdown on the Union's victory over Chivas de Guadalajara here. Goal.com has it here. And Philly.com has it here.

The Union have a nice piece on Brad Knighton's play in the victory on their website. Hopefully Peter Nowak reads it.

The New England Revolution fell 2-1 to Monarcas Morelia of Mexico in the SuperLiga Final.

The Kid’s Are Alright (Union 1 – Chivas 0)

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PPL Park seemed to let out a collective groan as the starting eleven were announced. Â All the usual suspects with the exception of Brad Knighton in goal and Nick Zimmerman who earned a rare start in an attacking midfield role that pushed Danny Mwanga up top as a lone striker. Â The 4-5-1 formation should have congested the midfield and helped the Union to win more ball, yet it ended up costing the Union the little possession Chivas allowed and the aging pair of Coudet and Miglioranzi often resembled highway cones as speedy Chivas' players darted in and out of their clumsy challenges.

Independence lose, still clinch playoff berth

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The Philadelphia Independence will be in the WPS playoffs.

Though they dropped their third straight match last night, the Independence's strong start to the year is going to be enough to see them into the postseason thanks to Sky Blue FC's 1-1 tie with first place FC Gold Pride.

The Chicago Red Stars, already eliminated from playoff contention, came into last night's match determined to defend their home turf.