The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2011

Philadelphia Union 1 – 2 Houston Dynamo

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The Union will have a one goal differential to make up when they travel to Houston on Thursday evening in the second leg of their playoff match up. A frantic first half saw Houston score on only six minutes through Andre Hainault, only for the Union to equalize a minute later through Sebastien Le Toux.

Live updated photo essay from the playoffs

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It's time! The fans are filling up the PPL Park lots with burgers, brews and big expectations. Excitement is building in the River End, and people from all over Philadelphia and beyond are gathering in Chester to as the Philadelphia Union prepare for the first playoff game in their short history.

Lineup breakdown: Union O vs Dynamo D

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(Photo: Nicolae Stoian)

Our break down of the Philadelphia Union/Houston Dynamo playoff matchup continues. PSP's roving correspondent Adam Cann lays out the big questions and Eli Pearlman-Storch answers them. Today's topic, the Dynamo defense versus the Union offense.

Sure, this post could be called "Sebastien Le Toux vs Dynamo D," but Seba himself would be the first to say that his statistical surge has been the direct result of the entire team finally getting on the same page going forward.

Playoff preview: Union v Dynamo

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(Photo: Nicolae Stoian)

What: Philadelphia Union v Houston Dynamo

When: 5pm EST

Where: PPL Park, Chester, PA, USA

Why: Playoffs!

TV: ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN-Deportes

Radio:Â Soon

Referee: Jair Marrufo (if you are close to the field, throw him a shirt)

For additional info, see PSP's Lineup Breakdowns: The goalies Union D vs Dynamo O Midfield vs Midfield Union O vs Dynamo D

In March, two teams with modest expectations met in Houston to work out the offseason kinks.

Lineup breakdown: Union O vs Dynamo D

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Our break down of the Philadelphia Union/Houston Dynamo playoff matchup continues. PSP's roving correspondent Adam Cann lays out the big questions and Eli Pearlman-Storch answers them. Today's topic, the Dynamo defense versus the Union offense.

Sure, this post could be called "Sebastien Le Toux vs Dynamo D," but Seba himself would be the first to say that his statistical surge has been the direct result of the entire team finally getting on the same page going forward.

Late previews of Union-Dynamo, other news

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

Union manager Peter Nowak downplayed the Union's prior win over Houston. And he's right. That was a long time ago, and Houston is a different and better team now, as PSP pointed out earlier this week.

The Inqy says Sheanon Williams and Gabriel Farfan will be key in tomorrow's match against the Dynamo.

PSP talks to Dynamo M/D Geoff Cameron

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Geoff Cameron scored the tying goal for Houston at PPL Park on August 6th. Since then, the Dynamo have only lost twice and have gone undefeated at home. Cameron has moved from the midfield to the back line and rejuvenated the Dynamo defense. The team has not lost with him in the back and they shut out both Dallas and Portland on the road (!

Lineup breakdown: Union mid vs Dynamo mid

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Our break down of the Philadelphia Union/Houston Dynamo playoff matchup continues. PSP's roving correspondent Adam Cann lays out the big questions and Eli Pearlman-Storch answers them. Today's topic, the Dynamo midfield versus the Union midfield.

Quick.

Flashback: Philly in the 1973 NASL playoffs

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A team new to the league.

A team with a backbone of experienced veterans, but also a team with a commitment to young players, led by a coach who wasn't afraid to put those young players in key positions to perform in important games.

A team with a tough, hard-nosed style of play backed by a dominating defense and keeper.

“Oh, it’s huge.” More news.

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

Philadelphia Union v Houston Dynamo watch

Peter Nowak says, "The playoffs are not about worrying who won their last 10 or 20 games, it's going to be who wins this series.

So, we don't need to worry too much about how the Union played against New York, right?

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Union playoffs roundtable

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

The playoffs are upon us and the latest edition of the KYW Philly Soccer Show podcast is here to get you ready as the Philadelphia Union prepare to take on the Houston Dynamo this Sunday at PPL Park, for the team's first-ever playoff game.

KYW's Greg Orlandini and cohost Eli Pearlman-Storch of the Philly Soccer Page are joined this week by Kerith Gabriel of the Philadelphia Daily News and Press of Atlantic City writer James Clark.

Go big or go home

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(Photo: Nicolae Stoian)

It is ironic that the Union face a team from the Lone Star state in their first ever playoff match, because when the they take the field this Sunday at PPL Park, it is the Union that must come out as the gunslingers.

Having reached their target of a playoff appearance in their second year in existence, technically, the rest is gravy.

Lineup breakdown: Union D vs Dynamo O

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Our break down of the Philadelphia Union/Houston Dynamo playoff matchup continues. PSP's roving correspondent Adam Cann lays out the big questions and Eli Pearlman-Storch answers them. Today's topic, the Dynamo offense versus the Union defense.

Not there to finish

The Dynamo strike force accounted for only 17 of the team's 45 goals in 2011, and no forward had more than five.

Sunday’s kickoff set for 5pm, Pauno questionable, more playoff news

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

Kickoff for Sunday's game is now set for 5pm.

ESPN2 is broadcasting New York Red Bulls v LA Galaxy at 3pm, which pushes the kickoff of Sunday's Union v Houston game, which is also on ESPN2, up to 5pm. Why the start times aren't the other way around, given the fact that the Eagles are playing the Cowboys at the Linc at 8pm, the Giants are playing Miami at 1pm and the Jets have a bye, is beyond me.

Lineup breakdown: Between the pipes

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(Photo:Â Daniel Gajdamowicz)

All this week, PSP will be breaking down the Philadelphia Union/Houston Dynamo playoff matchup. PSP's roving correspondent Adam Cann lays out the big questions and Eli Pearlman-Storch answers them. First up, we compare the goalkeeping of the second and third best teams in the Eastern Conference.

The Camden Youth Soccer Club

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(Photos: Earl Gardner)

Our two-part look at the Camden Youth Soccer Club concludes with a Q & A with coach Barry Evans. The series began with a photo essay by PSP photographer Earl Gardner.

Philly Soccer Page: Tell me a little bit about your soccer background.

Union v Dynamo | A Statistical Context

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

Ah, the playoffs. They are finally here.

After the dust settled and the endless amount of confusing playoff scenarios were untangled, the Union emerged as the 3rd place team in the Eastern Conference, set to play the Houston Dynamo. But I'm sure you already know that.

Start time? Having fun. Louder. Overachieving. End of season lists blossoming, more news

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Photo: Earl Gardner

Union v Houston playoff watch

So, what time exactly will Sunday's game be kicking off? Marc Narducci reports, "If the Los Angeles Galaxy face the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference semifinal, Sunday's Union game will start at 4. If the Galaxy play the New York Red Bulls or Columbus Crew, game time for the Union will be 5 p.

USL of PA and State Cup Schedules/Results

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Pennsylvania State Cup play started this past Sunday, with 1st round matches in the Open Cup, and a semi-final match in the Women's Cup.

Coming up this Sunday will be the 1st round of the Men's Amateur Cup, and the Women‘s Cup Championship Match. The real meat of the schedule starts in November, with four Open Cup matches slated for Nov.

Time for Nowak to show his managerial worth

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

Philadelphia Union manager Peter Nowak can prove Sunday just how good a manager he really is.

It will happen when the starting lineup is announced.

Outsiders may think Nowak's a potential coach of the year, but those who follow the Union closely know he's been a better executive than a chooser of starting lineups.

Union v Houston quick reference

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

Philadelphia Union v Houston

All time record: 2–0–2

At PPL Park: (2 meetings): Union 0–0–2, 2 goals. Dynamo 0–0–2, 2 goals

At Robertson Stadium (2 meetings): Union 2–0–0, 4 goals. Dynamo 0–2–0, 2 goals

In 2010

On May 29, 2010, the Union earned their first-ever win on the road as an expansion team against Houston.

Mwanga healthy, T&T trialist, Union odds, beaver trick

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Union

Danny Mwanga is back and healthy for the playoffs. Nice timing, Danny!

The Shin Guardian gives the Union 7 to 1 odds at winning the MLS Cup. That puts the Union as the 4th most likely team to win, behind Seattle, LA and Real Salt Lake.

Camden Youth Soccer Club in pictures

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If soccer in the US is to reach its fullest potential, helping the sport grow in disadvantaged urban areas is essential. While US Soccer has begun to recognize this need, volunteers have long been laying the foundation for such efforts. As PSP readers know, the Philadelphia-area has a admirable tradition of volunteer-led urban soccer programs.

USL of PA results/ State Cups – October 23, 2011

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Pennsylvania State Cup play started this past Sunday, with 1st round matches in the Open Cup, and a semi-final match in the Women's Cup. Coming up this Sunday, October 30, will be the 1st round of the Amateur Cup, and the Women 's Cup Final.

State Cups Schedule – 30 October 2011 (Home Team listed First)

Pennsylvania Women's Cup Championship (2:00pm)

VE / UGH Fury – at VE Club

Pennsylvania Men's Amateur Cup (2:00pm)

Ukrainian Nationals / Quakertown SC – at Ukrainian Club, County Line & Lower State Rds, Horsham PA

West Chester O-30 / Jr Lone Star – Field T.

Doop on the dial: What to make of the Union radio deal

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Late Thursday, the Philadelphia Union announced that SportsRadio 610 WIP would broadcast 17 of the team's 2012 matches live on the radio. Those of you who read the match previews will note that this is something PSP has been pushing for as strongly as passive aggression allows.

The details are not all in, but here is what we know:

  • 17 games will be broadcast on WIP
  • They may be home games, they may be away games.

3rd place in the East, Sunday it is

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

Union in the playoffs

Houston's 3–1 win over LA Galaxy on Sunday night means the Philadelphia Union finish third place in the Eastern Conference behind Kansas City in first and Houston in second. The Union will host Houston at PPL Park on Sunday, October 30 in the first game of a two-game Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series.

Player ratings and analysis: Red Bulls 1-0 Union

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Photograph: Nicolae Stoian

Mama said there'd be days like this.

It was an embarrassing loss. One embarrassing loss. Of course the timing was terrible and everyone, players, coaches and fans, would have preferred a different result and performance, but in the end it was one game.

The Sons of Ben #OccupyRBA

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner was with the Sons of Ben as they traveled to show their support of the Philadelphia Union as they took on New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena. Here's a look at what Earl saw during the course of the day as the Sons of Ben and other Union supporters did their team loud and proud.

Previewing KC, Columbus & Houston, other news

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Today is about the Union sitting at home and waiting for three other teams to either succeed or fail. The Inquirer breaks down the Union's prospects for falling into the wild card game.

Bottom line: Union fans basically have to watch Kansas City, Houston, and Columbus this weekend and hope they don't win.

Union at NY by the numbers

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

It was as poor a performance as we've seen from the Philadelphia Union this season against a New York team that, with rare exceptions, did not look at all good.

With the obvious exception of the number of goals, when looking at the match statistics, there appears to be as much parity to be found as there is advantage.

Philadelphia Union at NY Red Bulls in pictures

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PSP photographer Nicolae Stoian was on hand for the final game of the regular season in New York. Here's what he saw.

The starting XI

Mapp looking to move.

Marfan is taken down.

This is not a foul.

Amobi Okugo holding off Luke Rodgers.

The call, the tweets, the bottom line, the hangover, more

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The call

Peter Nowak: "Did you guys see the replay [of the free kick goal that was ruled offside] or not yet? I saw it, the frame. The ball is off Séba's foot already by two or three yards...All I can say is that we live in a country where you can criticize everybody, including the President and the federal government.

Match Report: Union 0-1 Red Bulls

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In a match that was billed as a great Eastern Conference showdown with both teams having plenty to play for, the New York Red Bulls dominated the Union with a 1-0 scoreline that could have been far more lopsided in favor of the hosts. A choppy game throughout, made worse by the poor nature of the playing surface, the Red Bulls bossed the game from the opening whistle, and captured a spot in the 2011 playoffs with a well deserved victory on a chilly Thursday night at Red Bull Arena.

Union at NY preview preview

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Photo: Daniel Gajdamowicz

The Shin Guardian invited Philly Soccer Page to write a preview of Thursday night's Philadelphia Union game against New York. And when the Shin Guardian calls, it is PSP's Adam Cann who answers the call.

Among the topics covered are:

John Harkes Keys to the Game "Thursday's predicted Harkes' Keys: 1) Stop Le Toux, 2) Don't Give Up Goals 3) Marquez Something Something.

One fan’s trip to PPL

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Union supporter Tim Carr sent us this story about how his trip to PPL Park before the Toronto game, where he was volunteering in support of Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day as well as to see the game, took an unexpected turn. Along the way, he was helped by some great Philly sports fans.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Grant Wahl

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In the latest edition of the Philly Soccer Show podcast, KYW's Greg Orlandini and PSP's Eli-Pearlman Storch are joined by Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl.

In part one, Wahl talks about how the New York Red Bulls, the Union's regular season opponent on Thursday night, have underachieved, noting that Philadelphia survived some ups and downs to make the playoffs and possibly win the Eastern Conference.

How’s it going to end? The final edition

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So, here we are.

No more games in hand are left, it is all down to the final game of the season.

When we started this series way back on September 29 following predictions PSP writer Eli Pearlman-Storch made on that week's edition of the KYW Philly Soccer Show podcast, the Union were in fourth place with 40 points, four points behind first place Kansas City.

Game on! More news.

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New York watch

Tickets are still available for tonight's game. C'mon, you know you want to go.

MLS Gameday Guide download.

Match previews from Philly Soccer Page, MLSsoccer.com, JP Dellacamera, the Inquirer, phillyBurbs.com, the Brotherly Game, Once a Metro (SB Nation NYRB blog even their name is ridiculous).

Match preview: Union at Red Bulls

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Photo: Daniel Gajdamowicz

What: Union at Red Bulls

Where: New Jersey

When: 8pm EST

Why: Because they have it coming

TV: ESPN2

Radio: is not an option, apparently

The New York Red Bulls need to win on Thursday. They need it really bad.

Their best player is suspended, their season is on the brink, they traded away the presumptive MLS MVP, their young stud striker can't break the starting lineup, their designated player keeps stabbing Tim Ream in the back instead instead of playing in the back, their "goalies" keep showing up for practice and asking what their hands are for again, Mehdi Ballouchy, Dax McCarty and Teemu Taino won't take the Michael Farfan posters off their walls, people won't come watch them play, MLS is going to make them irrelevant when the league's 20th franchise is announced, their trophy case is empty, Dame Richards wants to be a striker when he's just a travel-sized Damarcus Beasley, Hans Backe is going to continue making no adjustments of any sort under any circumstances for at least one more year, they can't buy another Thierry Henry this winter, despite being the second highest scoring team in MLS they have a league-high 16 ties, the Chicago Fire might finish above them in the standings, they don't have the Yankees to blame for being ignored this year, Harrison is in New Jersey, they are named after an energy drink that you drink while "doing sports,"Â and now the team they expected to push around for a few years is coming to town with their playoff ticket already stamped and one win away from an Eastern Conference crown.

United Soccer League schedule & results, State Cups

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Pennsylvania State Cup play starts this weekend, October 23, so many of the United League teams will be playing these matches instead of their previously scheduled league matches. On Sunday, Oct 30, the Women's Cup Final will be played, as well as the Men's Amateur Cup first round games. Here is a review of last week's results, and the league and cup schedules for this weekend.

Mondragon and MacMath: A statistical comparison

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Photos: Nicolae Stoian and Paul Rudderow

Before his injury, there was no question that Faryd Mondragon would be the starter between the posts the rest of the season for the Philadelphia Union. As a vocal leader and captain, not many people were thinking about the young backup Zac MacMath overtaking Mondragon's starting job.

Is it Thursday yet? More news.

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Union

In this week's power rankings roundup, the Union fall two spots to fifth at MLS Soccer.com. At ESPN, they move up one spot to fifth. They drop one spot to fourth at the Seattle Times. At Goal.com, the Union fall two spots to eighth.

Sheanon Williams, profiled on the Union website, was named to Goal.

Drawing: an overview

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

The joy of the Philadelphia Union making it into the playoffs for the first time in only their second year in existence was somewhat dampened by the fact that the match against Toronto ended as a 1–1 draw. Sure, we all wanted the last regular season home game to end in victory for the team that has provided us all with so much over the course of a season that in many ways has exceeded all reasonable expectation for such a young club.

This is how real rivalries are made

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One game. Everything on the line.

This is the stuff that rivalries are made of.

Philadelphia Union vs. the New York Red Bulls. On national TV. It's so on.

If Philadelphia wins, the Red Bulls go home for a long winter. Their disastrous season is over. The Union win the Eastern Conference and home field advantage if they make it to the conference finals.

Union Reserves 1-3 Toronto Reserves in pictures

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner was on hand as the Philadelphia Union reserves fell 1-3 to the Toronto FC Reserves thanks to two own goals. It was a nice day and the Union is going to the playoffs.

Rob Vartughian gets Zac MacMath and Chase Harrison warmed up.

Roger Torres battles for the ball.

Pauno MRI, reserves lose, Wolves fans up derby ante

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Photo by Earl Gardner

Union

The Uwishunu photo of the day: A collage from the Union's Toronto tie that put the home team into the playoffs!

The Union reserves fell 3-1 to the TFC reserves. Pfeffer netted for the good guys.

Veljko Paunovic is having an MRI on his hamstring today.

Player Ratings and Analysis: Union 1-1 Toronto FC

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

Early Winter

With nothing left to play for in the 2011 MLS season, Toronto represented a fairly unpredictable opponent. Aron Winter could have used Saturday's match at PPL Park to continue the development of his new system and go for broke, attempting to play spoiler and steal a road victory.

“We have the talent to make a run at this thing,” more news

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Union

In case you missed it, on Sunday we posted an extensive round up of match reports from the Philadelphia Union's 1–1 draw with Toronto FC and reaction to the clinching of a playoff berth. We also posted Eli Pearlman-Storch's match report and Nicolae Stoian's photo essay of the game.

Philadelphia Union vs Toronto FC in pictures

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PSP photographer Nicolae Stoian was on hand for the Philadelphia Union's home finale. Although the match ended as a 1–1 draw, the beautiful fall day featured a beauty of a goal from Sebastien Le Toux. Most importantly, the Union assured themselves a place in the playoffs for the first time in their two-year history.

“This is a great day for us,” more news

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Playoff update

If the playoffs started today, the Philadelphia Union would be the second seed in the Eastern Conference, level on 48 points with Kansas City but with an inferior win-loss-draw record. Kansas City defeated New York 2–0 on Saturday to draw level with the Union, which means New York has the last wild card spot with 43 points going into Thursday's game with the Union.

Match Report: Union 1-1 Toronto FC

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

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Sebastien Le Toux's first half strike was not enough to see the Philadelphia Union through to victory in their final home game of the regular season as Toronto FC's Ryan Johnson ruined the party for the hosts with a 57th minute equalizer.

The Union playoff picture, more news

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Philadelphia Union will win the Eastern Conference today if they beat Toronto or if Sporting Kansas City loses to New York. If the Union draw, they'll clinch a playoff spot.

You've probably already read PSP's preview of the Union-Toronto game, and here's the Union site's scouting report on Toronto.

Match preview: Union vs Toronto FC

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What: Union vs Toronto FC

When: Â 4:00pm, EST

Where: PPL Park, Chester, PA, USA

TV: CSN

Radio: I can do play by play and commentary at the same time. Adam Caan is a Swiss announcer with a respected neutral call, while Adam Kahn is an excitable German with a penchant for stretched metaphor.

DN says Mondragon to start against TFC, more news

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Union

Playoff tickets are now on sale!

Kerith Gabriel reports in the Daily News that Faryd Mondragon, who is a finalist for Soccer America's Goalkeeper of the Year, will start against Toronto. "I am not used to being out, so it felt like forever," Mondragon said.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Michael Farfan

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

In the latest edition of the KYW Philly Soccer Show podcast, Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Farfan sits down with KYW's Greg Orlandini and Philly Soccer Page writer Eli Pearlman-Storch. The second-round draft pick, who saw spotty playing time earlier in the year, is now carving out a regular spot on the right side of the midfield.

How’s it going to end? One week to go…

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Having had a little time to let the fact that the Union are back in first place in the East sink in, how did Wednesday night's Chicago and DC United games affect the projected final standings PSP writer Eli Pearlman-Storch introduced on the Philly Soccer Show a couple of weeks ago?

At the time, as you can see in the chart below, Eli saw the Union finishing in second place behind Kansas City, with Houston in third, DC in fourth, Columbus in fifth and New York in sixth.

From winless to unbeaten – where have the goals come from?

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Only a few weeks ago, the Philadelphia Union were battling to end an eight game winless streak. On Saturday, they have a chance to make an eight game unbeaten streak.

Of course, a win will also secure a playoff berth.

During the winless streak, the Union scored 11 goals while allowing 14, the only shutout coming in the scoreless draw with Portland.

Have the Union clinched? Mwanga near “100%.” More news

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Union

With losses for Chicago and DC on Wednesday night, MLSsoccer.com has released updated playoff standings. In those standings, the Union have yet to clinch a playoff spot. But the Inquirer's Marc Narducci argues that the Union have clinched:

"Major League Soccer has come out with the latest playoff possibilities and doesn't have the Union as clinching just yet.

Local player named to US Futsal Team

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Jeremy Ortiz, a native of Edison, NJ, has been selected for the US National Futsal Team. A four year starter and co-captain in his senior year at La Salle University, the midfielder/forward has also played for Ocean City Barons, now the Ocean City Nor'easters, of the USL Premier Development League, and played professional soccer for the New Jersey Ironmen and Philadelphia Kixx of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

A statistical analysis of the Union midfield

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Photo: Earl Gardner

The Union midfield has been called one of the weaker parts of the team this season. What does the data suggest though? Specifically, I wanted to answer two questions about the midfield: How does the midfield fare in terms of passing percentages? And are better midfield passing percentages associated with Union wins?

Feeling pumped, vote Union, USA Reamed, more news.

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Union

The Union are feeling pumped up after their win in Seattle. Sheanon Williams says, "Right now, we're just thinking about first place. The guys really want to be in first place. If we're in first place, then guess what? We're in the playoffs. So that should be our first goal." Mr. Williams, I like the way you think and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

Seven things the Union did better in Seattle

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The last time the Philadelphia Union played in Seattle it was their debut game as an expansion team, a game that ended as a 2–0 loss. When asked after Saturday night's 2–0 victory over Seattle what had changed in the 18 months since then, Peter Nowak replied bluntly, "The result changed. That's more important than anything.

Nowak tweeting, U-18s winning, US ready for Ecuador

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Peter Nowak took to Twitter to discuss MLS training, time and a range of other topics. Check out the Coach's Twitter feed for a ton of interesting talking points like:

  • Developing players
  • Money and competing with Europe
  • Travel conditions
  • Competition for starting spots
  • The importance of practice
It's a great bit of communication between the coach and the fans, and The Union Dues were heavily involved in the conversation.

Toronto – It’s a trap!

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Big win on Saturday, eh?

Now, for some perspective.

  • Seattle played without their top three scorers. Fredy Montero, Alvaro Fernandez and Mauro Rosales have combined for 24 goals and 20 assists this season. Seattle may be the league's deepest team, but that's still a big gap to fill.

Player ratings and analysis: Sounders 0-2 Union

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Photo: Courtesy of Philadelphia Union

Perhaps the Seattle media wanted to avoid talking about the unexpected beat down their local boys had just taken. Why else would the first question for Peter Nowak post-game be, "What has changed here since last your team visited?"

Nowak responded, "The results change and that's more important to us than anything that's changed since last time we were here.

That. Was. Awesome. More news.

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Union

How was your Sunday? I kept going back to my computer to watch the game highlights in an effort to convince myself that Saturday night's win was not a dream. It certainly was dreamy, though.

Seattle's News Tribune noted the Union was bringing two stars into town in the persons of Freddy Adu and Sebastien Le Toux.

Match report: Seattle 0-2 Union

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After watching their team win the US Open Cup on Tuesday, Sounders fans were not prepared to see the Union waltz into Seattle and take a deserved three points off a lethargic home side.

Second half goals from Freddy Adu and Brian Carroll lifted the Union into first place in front of a sold out crowd at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA.

Match preview: Union at Sounders

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What: Philadelphia Union at Seattle Sounders

Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA, USA

When: 10:00pm ET

TV: CSN

Radio: Call me and I'll do it over the phone

Tuesday did not go well for the Union.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Kasey Keller

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An American soccer legend is the guest this week as the KYW Philly Soccer Show is joined by Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller. The Washington State native had a long career in Europe and with the USMNT before returning to MLS to play in his home town.

In part one, Keller talks to KYW's Greg Orlandini about the Sounders winning the US Open Cup for the third straight year on Tuesday and about the tough game coming up on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union.

Getting ready for Seattle, more news

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Union

Kerith Gabriel reports that "a member of the technical staff told the Daily News" that Zac MacMath will be in goal against Seattle.

The Union will have traveled 10,000 miles in a week between the Chivas USA game and the Seattle game. Peter Nowak says, "You cannot fool your body.

Thanks Hoffenheim!

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Jurgen Klinsmann's appointment as the head coach of the US Mens National Team was met with excitement for many reasons. The stagnating program looked at Klinsmann as a proven winner who could help reestablish the USA as the dominant nation in CONCACAF while helping to build a system to make the Nats more dangerous in international competitions and against European opponents.

What is in a number

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For nearly 150 years, eleven men have been stepping onto a soccer field prepared to attack and defend against their opponent as a unit.

It happens every day all across the world. How often do we think of the significance of the number, 11?

The friendly that the United States played against Mexico in Philadelphia on August 10brought back a historical tradition.

Mondragon training, Adu’s ankle, Solo sans, more morning news.

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Faryd Mondragon has resumed his normal training routine on Wednesday for the first time since breaking a finger on September 3. Peter Nowak said of Mondragon's status at Wednesday's press conference , "We'll see where we are at the end of the week. We'll find out before we go to Seattle, but I believe he will travel with us.

End of the season quick guide

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Three games remaining.

As the Union prepares to complete its season, we thought it would be helpful to share a kind of quick reference to how the Union did against its remaining opponents earlier in the season. Below are the match stats from those previous encounters plus scoring summaries, highlights from our match reports, analysis and player ratings, as well as video from each match.

Who do you love?

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In February 2008, Philadelphia was officially awarded a MLS franchise. Only a few months earlier, the Philadelphia Eagles had finished at the bottom of their division. The Phillies were still licking their wounds after being unceremoniously swept out of the MLB playoffs by a surging Rockies team that would make it to the World Series before crumbling.

How’s it going to end? Updated!

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Last week we posted the chart below outlining how Philly Soccer Page writer Eli Pearlman-Storch saw the season ending, including his predictions for the results of each remaining fixture.

So, how'd Eli do?

Happily, Eli prediction that the Union would prevail over DC proved to be correct. He also correctly predicted the Union's draw on the road with Chivas USA on Sunday, although he would be the first to say that he would have preferred to have correctly predicted a win for that game, too.

MacMath questionable, Seba & Marfan honored, Torres rumor, more news

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Zac MacMath is listed as questionable with a left ankle sprain in Tuesday's injury report (see below). Faryd Mondragon and Thorne Holder are still listed as out.

Sebastien Le Toux was named MLS Player of the Month by North American Soccer Reporters.

The Union watch US Open Cup final with interest

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Peter Nowak may be rooting for the Chicago Fire to get their fifth US Open Cup title (10pm, Fox Soccer), but the rest of the Union might want to pull for Seattle.

"I've been through the scenario where they tried to position it a week after MLS Cup and one year we lost in the final at Columbus, we played the MLS final on a Sunday in New England and we had to play the Open Cup final on a Thursday in Columbus.

Philly and the US Open Cup Final

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Featured image: Bethlehem Steel in 1915 displaying their already impressive trophy collection. They would add their first US Open Cup, then known as the National Challenge Cup, on May 3, 1915 when they defeated Brooklyn Celtic in the final.. (Photo: Courtesy of Dan Morrison.)

Tuesday night will mark the 98th edition of the US Open Cup.

Farfan ROW, White trains with Impact, Daniel in Bermuda

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The Union have not released updated injury information on Zac MacMath as of this morning.

Keon Daniel is listed as part of the T&T national team that underwent light training in Bermuda yesterday.

Local lad and former Union trialist Jeremiah White is working out with the Montreal Impact as they look to form a roster for their first season in MLS.

A tale of two twins

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Michael Farfan is without a doubt the most valuable player picked in Major League Soccer's amateur draft this year.

Even without his sick play against D.C. United and Sporting Kansas City, that would be unquestioned. You don't often get two starters with one second round draft pick.

Player ratings and analysis: Union 1-1 Chivas USA

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True, nothing can take the shine off an exciting victory over a regional rival like a 3000 mile plane flight, but with so much on the line, it was hard to imagine the Union would not find the energy needed to match Chivas USA. Against a team who knows how to score goals and push numbers forward, the Union's best defense was to keep the home side off the attack with tidy ball possession and potent attack of their own.

Draw reaction, more news

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The playoff race

Saturday's 1–1 draw in San Jose put Kansas City in first place in the East with 45 points. With the opportunity to overtake them and gain a one point advantage, the Philadelphia Union were unable to prevent Juan Pablo Angel's 90th minute header and had to settle for a 1–1 draw and second place in the standings with 44 points.

Match Report: Union 1-1 Chivas USA

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On Sunday, the Union played Chivas USA to a drab draw in front of a sparsely populated Home Depot Center in Carson, California. After a slow-paced first half that yielded few chances, Justin Mapp opened the scoring in the second half before the sensational Juan Pablo Angel drew the home side level at the death.

About last night & current playoff situe

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After the rest of the Eastern Conference playoff contenders choked on their mediocrity yesterday, the Philadelphia Union can return to the top of the pops with a win over Chivas USA tonight.

No pressure.

It would be easy to say that the Red Bulls needed a late bit of wonderskill from Thierry Henry to tie Toronto because the Red Bulls suck.

No Union in SportsWeek

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"Michael Farfan proving to be the steal of the draft."

"Le Toux for MVP? Believe it."

"Could Zac MacMath make an NFL roster as a kicker? The truth may not surprise you."

"Danny Califf officially changes name to 'Thor.'"

"Sheanon Williams races a cheetah.

Match Preveiw: Union at Chivas USA

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"You never know what's going to happen, but I think that it's a bit late for us," Chivas forward Juan Pablo Ángel said. "The only thing that we can do is control what we do on the field."

If you thought the Union were treating the rest of the season like it's win-or-go-home, Chivas will show you what it really looks like.

Union 3-2 DC United: Player Ratings and Analysis

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Le Toux on the double

Tremendous game from Seba. Stretched the DC defense all night, even if he found himself offsides a little more than he would have liked. But the two goals were well taken and whatever confidence it looked like he was lacking at the beginning of the season has returned and then some.

No rest for the winning, & more news

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Philadelphia Union have a very short rest period before Sunday's game vs. Chivas USA, just two days between game days. Not an easy trip.

A preview from CSNPhilly on tomorrow night's road game at Chivas USA.

Chivas needs the win as much as Philly does if it's to make the playoffs.

Stopping Sebastien Le Toux will be key to Chivas USA's hopes, according to MLSSoccer.