The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2011

They’re home!

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"looking very much forward too you guys cannot imagine!!!!! feeling as excited as i was on my first professional game!!! DOOP!!!"
Faryd Mondragon tweets before the Union begin the long flight home.

Amobi Okugo tweets the Union are finally heading home.


USMNT: Who are ya?

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Nurnberg's Rising Star

Timothy Chandler, that's who.

With March friendlies fast approaching for the national team against South American powers Argentina and Paraguay in advance of this summer's Gold Cup, debate about potential roster call ups will soon reach fever pitch and Chandler's is a name we should all get to know.

“It will be a fluid system”: Nowak talks tactics

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Philadelphia Union manager Peter Nowak answered questions from the media during his weekly conference call on Wednesday. He wasn't pushed very hard during the thirty minute question-and-answer session, and it may be that both the media and Nowak were on their best behavior after a slightly contentious session last week.

Watch the season opener with the PSP

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The wait is over.

Or nearly so, anyway.

Watch the Houston Dynamo v Philadelphia Union season opener on Saturday, March 19 at 8:30pm with the PSP at the 700, located in Northern Liberties.

The PSP's new advertising partner, Angelo's Soccer Corner, will be on hand to give away prizes during the half.

PA Amateur Cup Quarterfinals this Sunday

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After a long, hard Winter, Spring is in the air, and soccer balls are flying...

The Eastern Pennsylvania Amateur Cup resumes with four quarterfinal matches. The original 19 entries were whittled down to 8 in the Fall, and this Sunday, March 13, the final rounds commence to crown a state amateur champion and representative in the national tournament.

Union prepare to come home, more news

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Here are some morning tweets as the Union get ready to come home:
"Last practice of preseason then counting down the hours till we get on this flight...I packed my bags yesterday I'm ready to go," Sheanon Williams tweets from Greece.

"nice practice despite the rain and the wind,the guys are looking every day better, getting prepared to pack and return back home!

KYW/PSP Philly Soccer Show: Kerith Gabriel

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Kerith Gabriel has covered the Union since the franchise arrived in Philadelphia. He joins KYW's Greg Orlandini and PhillySoccerPage's Adam Cann to discuss the offseason moves, tactics past and future, and the outlook for the 2011 campaign.

Kerith gives his take on Peter Nowak's handling of the media and explains how guys like Kyle Nakazawa and Sebastien Le Toux could be used this year.

2011 Gold Cup schedule released

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The 2011 Gold Cup schedule was released Tuesday afternoon. The first match for the US will be against Canada on Tuesday, June 7 at Ford Field in Detroit. The US next faces Panama on June 11 in Tampa, followed Guadaloupe on June 14 at the new KC Soccer Stadium in Kansas City. The June 25 final will be played at the Rose Bowl.

Daily round-up: Jet, Pfeff, and MLS in France

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Lost amid all the hubub about the Union's "season" and "players" is the fact that Real Salt Lake has a flipping JET painted their flipping COLORS and we DON'T!!! How is this possible!? I want a Union jet. I want it called Air Force (Le) Toux. And I want it flipping yesterday! has a preview of the Union's season.

Soccer for Union scabs

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Jermain Defoe had not scored a Premier League goal in over a year before Sunday's matchup against Wolves. Now he has two, and they were both bee-ee-ay-yootiful. The first was a stunning curler after a give and go with Roman Pavlyuchenko. The second was an instinctual shot placed into the top corner.

Starting young, more news

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From the Union website, four stories highlighting youth soccer. First, how FC Delco, Zach Pfeffer's former club, is an important component in the team's player development structure. Second, more on the team's new Philadelphia Union Soccer Schools, which we first mentioned in last Thursday's news roundup.

Full Union broadcast schedule: All over the dial

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The Philadelphia Union's full 2011 broadcast schedule has been released on The Brotherly Game.

We already knew about the three matches on ESPN2 (4/19 vs NY; 9/29 vs DC; 10/20 @ NY) and the four on FSC (5/6 @ Portland; 7/2 @ DC; 7/29 vs Colorado; 9/23 @ KC). The rest of the season will be on 6abc, Comcast SportsNet and Comcast Network.

Casa Soccer League

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As MLS season is around the corner, Casa Soccer indoor League is in full swing. Here is a photo essay from week 6.

(Photos by Daniel Gajdamowicz)

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Tweets from Greece, previews and more

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Union players have been tweeting from Greece. Amobi Okugo says, "good session today excited for the season." Apparently in response to a question from someone wondering if they should buy his jersey, Faryd Mondragon says, "LOL!!! dont worry i will be at this Marvelous Club for many many years, so feel free to get it.

Can we just get to the soccer already?

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Hey Gang,

Eli here. I begin this way in an effort to make certain that you, the reader, know that I do not intend this as objective commentary, or even particularly insightful commentary. Because, at the moment, I am a ranting Union supporter, a raving Founding Member, and I have some things I need to get off of my chest.

Independence well represented on US national squads

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Photo: Paul Rudderow

The Philadelphia Independence started their preseason on Tuesday at United Sports in Downingtown. "There are different expectations this year," Independence coach Paul Riley said. "Last season we were expected to finish seventh as an expansion franchise, and we made it to the title game.

Le Toux inks marketing deal, more news

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From the Union website, Sebastien Le Toux has signed a marketing deal "that will make him the face of" Bimbo and PPL EnergyPlus.

Union City Blue has an excellent review of the where the Union stand at the moment. Among the highlights:

  • On the plus side, lots of new signings, particularly "additions of experienced players in the "spine" of the team – goalkeeper Mondragon, center back Valdes, midfielder Carroll and forward Ruiz.

“Let us play the game and be ready for March 19″

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Photo: Daniel Gajdamowicz

The press conference yesterday with Peter Nowak has generated a great deal of commentary.

While not a transcript, Jonathan Tannenwald of the has posted further extended quotes of some of Nowak's replies to questions.

Nowak makes clear the roster is still developing, underscores that he does not understand why questions about Orozco Fiscal have become so important, that the system under which clubs operate in MLS is very different from what we may be used to from other leagues around the world, that the club is not trying to hide information, and praises both Carlos Ruiz and Alejandro Moreno.

OF questions to be answered later today, more news

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Reaction to yesterday's roster announcement has focused largely on Michael Orozco Fiscal's disappearance from the roster on the Union's website. When asked for information on the status of Orozco Fiscal (as well as Levi Houapeu, who is also gone from the roster), the club's press officer told the PSP that questions would be answered by Peter Nowak during a media teleconference today at 2:30pm.

Union 5 – 0 Hersonissos

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The Union scoring floodgates finally opened against Greek Third Division side Hersonissos. Chris Agorsor and Jack McInerney each scored two goals and Danny Mwanga scored one. Roger Torres had two assists.

Here are the match updates from the Union's Twitter feed:

10:41am: Internet connection issues in Greece, but the Union are up 2-0 vs.

“The roster still is not complete”

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Photo: Daniel Gajdamowicz

Peter Nowak spoke to reporters Wednesday afternoon via conference call from Greece.

Answering questions about the size of the roster, Nowak emphasized that "the roster still is not complete." He continued, "If you have enough resources on your roster then you can make necessary changes.

Union Math: – 2 + 2 = where’s Orozco Fiscal?

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In accordance with the MLS Roster Compliance deadline, today the Union waived two players and signed two more.

Neither the waivings nor the signings were particularly surprising.

Waived today were Nick Zimmerman and Temple product JT Noone. Both players have struggled to find playing time while with the Union.

Quake in Greece, Independence camp, USMNT on FSC

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Today is Roster Compliance day. We have no idea what may be in store for Union fans.

The Philadelphia Union experienced a small earthquake while training in Greece. Sheanon Williams tweets that he's more than willing to check that one off the bucket list.

Courtesy the IllegitimateS and Blake Knapp

The IllegitimateS, have noted an Facebook exchange between Jack McInerney and Amobi Okugo over whether or not an earthquake actually occurred:

"Yesterday at 2:53am Eastern Standard Time Jack McInerney posted "There was just an earthquake" on Facebook.

Philly soccer, 100 years ago today

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Philadelphia soccer fans had five local leagues to choose from in 1911, the Cricket Club League, the Pennsylvania League, the St. George's League, the Philadelphia and Suburban League and the Interstate League. The teams that participated in these leagues came from a range of backgrounds, from the city's elite social clubs as was the case with the cricket clubs (the Cricket Club League, founded in 1902, remains the oldest league still operating in the United States) to ethnic social clubs, workplace-based athletic clubs, factory-sponsored semi-professional teams, neighborhood-based clubs, social welfare inspired youth organizations and school-based clubs.