The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2011

Does the MLS All-Star Game Need to Change?

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After watching the most recent Major League Soccer All-Star clash against Premier League champions Manchester United I began to think about the current format. For the second year in a row the Red Devils showed just how much talent they have as a team compared to the squad that MLS assembled. But really, is that much of a surprise?

What the Union will miss from Carlos Ruiz

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Photo: Daniel Gajdamowicz

The player's reactions to the announcement that Carlos Ruiz are telling. Brian Carroll and Danny Mwanga agreed the news was "tough." Sebastien Le Toux said the team was disappointed "with losing Carlos," adding, "He's a great player and will be missed," before agreeing with Carroll and Mwanga that the news was "tough.

Carlos Ruiz no longer with the Union

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Reporting by Adam Cann. Photo: Nicolae Stoian.

At the press conference following the Philadelphia Union's disappointing 2–1 loss to Colorado Rapids, Union head coach Peter Nowak told reporters that Carlos Ruiz is no longer with the club.

Nowak said that while the details of the deal leading to Ruiz' departure have not been finalized, the Guatemalan forward's exit is a certainty.

Match report: Union 1-2 Rapids

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The throwback combo of Le Toux and Mwanga was working well early. The two strikers found each other with regularity but the Union could not find a final pass.

Neither team could wrestle control of the tempo, as evidenced in how they would forgo switching fields to remain trapped on the same side for for long periods of time.

Preview: Independence vs Beat

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Game time: Sunday, 6 pm

TV: Fox Soccer Channel

The Philadelphia Independence can lock up at least a berth in the WPS Semi Final match with a win on Sunday against the Atlanta Beat. With the news coming out this week that whichever playoff game that Philadelphia hosts would be played at PPL Park, there is added incentive for the Independence.

Jurgen Klinsmann named USMNT head coach

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US Soccer President Sunil Gulati just announced that Jurgen Klinsmann as the new head coach of the US Men's National soccer team. Klinsmann is the 35th coach in the program's history.

An official press conference will be held Monday, August 1 in New York City. Klinsmann will be at the helm when the USMNT exacts revenge on Mexico August 10 at Lincoln Financial Field.

Outside the bubble: Rapids assistant coach Steve Guppy

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PhillySoccerPage: What do you see as the most important thing for your team coming out for the second half of the season?

Steve Guppy: Well, we're kind of hoping that everyone can stay fit. It seems that with the group we have we've suffered more than our share of injuries, with a lot of key players being out injured.

Let’s do this thing! More news.

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Have you already read the PSP preview? More match previews for tonight's encounter between the Philadelphia Union and Colorado Rapids at MLSsoccer.com, the Brotherly Game, Unholy Union, Goal.com, phillyBurbs.com, DelawareOnline.com, FoxNewsLatino, the Denver Post, the LA Times and Bookmaker.

Kensington Soccer Club in pictures

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On Thursday evening, the Kensington Soccer Club held its second annual Summer Family Day as friends and family of the club's 100 boys and girls gathered at Cassiano Field on Dauphin and Leithgow Streets. Celebrating the conclusion of their summer season, the attendees enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs while catching up with friends and neighbors, as well as enjoying an appearance from Lauren Fowlkes of the Philadelphia Independence.

Philadelphia Independence: The Season So Far

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Photo: Michael Long

Did you buy a ticket for the Independence match against Atlanta on Sunday after seeing some of the Women's World Cup? Or are you just making it down to Widener University for the first time? Here's what you've missed so far during Philadelphia's 2011 campaign:

Early season unevenness.

Independence at PPL Park?

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Photo: Earl Gardner

The Philadelphia Independence announced today that they may soon play at PPL Park.

The catch? Qualifying for the WPS playoffs.

According to today's press release, "The Independence can secure the right to host at least the WPS SuperSemifinal on Saturday, August 20 at 4:00 p.

Bob Bradley fired

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

US Soccer president Sunil Gulati announced on Thursday that Bob Bradley has been "relieved of his duties as the head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team."

Gulati said in the announcement on the US Soccer website, ""We want to thank Bob Bradley for his service and dedication to U.

Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids

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Photo: Daniel Gajdamowicz

Game time: Friday, 7:30pm

TV: Fox Soccer Channel

As perhaps the only MLS team to gain in confidence during a week of midseason friendlies, the Union must maintain the momentum gained against Everton and Real Madrid as they enter a stretch where they will play three matches in eight days.

Major lineup questions ahead of Colorado match

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In two days, the Philadelphia Union return to regular season action. Their opponent: The fifth place Colorado Rapids. Or is that the Colorado Rapids, even with the Union on 31 points. Oh needlessly divided MLS standings, how you make confusion out of nothing!

Whatever you call them, the Rapids are a lot to handle.

Moving on…

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The Faryd Mondragon/David Beckham connection continues after the MLS All-Stars 4–0 defeat to Manchester United. In Soccer America's player ratings for Wednesday night's All-Star Game, Mondragon's "6″ is the highest rating received, with only Beckham and Jamison Olave sharing that number.

2011 MLS All-Star game in photos

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz was on hand to capture the action of 2011 MLS All-Star game at Red Bull Arena.

2011 All-Star pre-game festivities in photos

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz is covering All-Star activities in New York ahead of tonight's game between the MLS All-Stars and Manchester United. Below is a look at the All-Star Media Challenge match, the supporters game and a look inside the MLS All-Star Hub at Soho.

At the MLS All-Star Hub in Soho

2011 All-Star pre-game festivities in photos part 2

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz made the trip to Red Bull Arena to cover 2011 MLS All-Star game.

Here's a photo essay of all the pre-game festivities.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Alecko Eskandarian

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Photo: Gregg Carroccio, Courtesy of Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union Youth Technical Directort Alecko Eskandarian is the guest on the latest Philly Soccer Show podcast, co-hosted by KYW's Greg Orlandini and the PSP's Eli Pearlman-Storch. Eskandarian joins the pod by phone from the Dallas area, where he is traveling with the Union's Academy team as they take part in the Generation Adidas Cup.

The Dragon and Sir Becks, more news

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With lone Union representative Faryd Mondragon on a MLS roster coached by and littered with Energy Drinks and other all-too-easy ho-hum selections, not to mention that fact that the Dragon isn't starting, does anyone around these parts really give a toss about the All-Star Game?

At first, the only kind of Philly related All-Star story Union fans seem to be able to expect is a retread of the Beckham/Mondragon meeting at the 1998 World Cup kind of story MLSsoccer.

Manchester United training session in photos

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz was on hand to capture some pictures of Manchester United training session held at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday. Man Utd. will face MLS All-Stars tomorrow night.

Thorne Holder waived

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Photo: Earl Gardner

The Union announced on Tuesday afternoon that third-string goalkeeper Thorne Holder has been waived.

The 25-year-old Trinidad & Tobago native was acquired by the Union from Adelphi University on March 1.

Holder made no professional league appearances for the Union.

Le Toux Brutus?

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For some time, there has been a lot of talk among Philadelphia Union fans about Sebastian Le Toux's performance in 2011. Compared to his outstanding league MVP-worthy 2010 season—14 goals, 11 assists, 90 shots, 48 shots on goal over 28 starts—some argue that the forward is in the middle of a massive slump and has not demonstrated the he is deserving of the 19 starts and more than 1700 minutes of game time he has so far received.

Player ratings: Union friendlies

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In-depth analysis is probably not warranted after a pair of European friendlies that saw the visitors in lame form. Everton mailed it in like a cereal box UPC for a free beanie and if you looked at Real Madrid's second half formation from a blimp, it spells out "aburrido."

But let the follies of others take nothing away from a stouthearted, spirited and plucky (oh hey thesaurus!

U-17s beat Seattle, foreign player jam, Boquette award

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Latest from the PSP: We had match reports from the Everton and Real Madrid friendlies. Earl Gardner put together stunning photo essays from the Everton match, the Madrid match and a special set from the Everton U-17 game. Ed has a stat chat from the Madrid game that proves Michael Farfan is a $100 million player.

Stat chat: Union v Real Madrid

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I thought it would be informative to compare the performance of the Union starters to those of the Union's subs in the Everton and Real Madrid friendlies. After all, much of the exciting offensive action for the Union was produced in the second half of each of those games, the highpoints being young Marfan's cheeky chip against Real Madrid and the finish of the even younger Hernandez against Everton.

Philadelphia Union v Real Madrid in pictures

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Zizou (the namesake of my French Bulldog) signs some autographs

The Players and kids take center pitch to a packed house.

Faryd Mondragon and his little dragons greet Iker Casillas

Fabio Coentrao, Cristiano Ronald & Pepe riding the bench.

Sky Blue FC 2 – 0 Philadelphia Independence

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Photo: Michael Long

After winning six straight matches to take the top spot in the WPS table, the Independence traveled to New Jersey on Saturday night and played one of their worst games of the season. After a listless first half, Casey Nogueira netted a second half brace to give Sky Blue the 2–0 victory.

Righto then, back to business

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Kaká on the Union: "I was impressed with the Union. They played very well. They gave us a tough match. They're a very good team. It wasn't easy. We were happy to win this match. They played very good in the second half."

Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka played for Colorado Rapids in 2006.

Homfridur Magnusdottir leaves Independence

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photo by Michael Long

Holmfridur Magnusdottir, Icelandic international and PSP favorite, has left the Philadelphia Independence to return to Iceland. The official press release from the Independence says that the club and Magnusdottir "have agreed to a mutual termination of contract.

Match report: Union 1-2 Real Madrid

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You can forgive the Union for being a little star-struck. For being caught up in the moment. After all, the outcome of this match meant, ultimately, nothing.

Real Madrid scored two goals in the first ten minutes and withstood a late spell of Union pressure to sneak out of Philadelphia with a 2-1 win on Saturday night in front of 57,305 at Lincoln Financial Field.

U18: Philadelphia Union v. Everton in photos

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For additional photos of the River Cup match, please check out Earl Gardner's Flickr page.

Septa info for Real Madrid game, more news

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Public transportation info for the Real Madrid game.

Septa released the following information on Friday:

"Saturday, July 23 @ 9:00 p.m.
Real Madrid vs. Philadelphia Union
| Seven Express trains
Leaving Fern Rock at 7:28, 7:38, 7:48, 7:58, 8:08, 8:18 and 8:28 p.m.

Independence players get the rock star treatment

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As a lot of you probably saw on Wednesday night, a few players from the Independence made their way down to the Union game against Everton. In fact, Lianne Sanderson probably should have suited up for the Toffees, but that's a different story.

Tasha Kai and Val Henderson were there, banging the drum in the River End.

Some parking/tailgating info for RM match, more news

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A very hearty thank you and big congratulations to Kyle Nakazawa for his wonderfully successful Team Dinner charity event on Thursday night in support of autism awareness. The PSP had the pleasure of dining with Amobi Okugo, one of the many Union players who made the time to support the event.

Philadelphia Union v Everton in pictures

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Philadelphia Union Captain Faryd Mondargon takes the field with his son.

Take 95 north and get off on Front Street, Cheerleaders will be on your left.

The players walk out on the pitch.

Trebu-Sheanon launches a throw-in.

PSP’s Real Madrid primer

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Spanish giants Real Madrid come to Philadelphia tomorrow to brave the wrath of Christian Hernandez and the Philadelphia Union.

Madrid has an incredible history both as a soccer club and as a political institution. The club has won a record 31 league titles and 9 European/Champions League trophies.

Philly and the international friendly, part 2

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Featured Image: Paul Rudderow

Part one left off at the start the Second World War. Part two picks up with the first friendly in Philadelphia after the war, beginning with Liverpool's tour of the States in 1946.

Friendlies in Philadelphia following the Second World War: 1946-1960

The 1946-1947 Liverpool FC starting XI

The first international club team to travel the US after the Second World War was Liverpool FC, who toured the US from May 11 until June 12 of 1946.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Talking Union, USWNT

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

In the latest Philly Soccer Show podcast, KYW's Greg Orlandini and the PSP's Adam Cann are talking Union and USWNT.

In part one, Greg and Adam discuss the win over New England, which gave the Union sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.

The kids done good!

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Some tweets:

Tim Cahill: "Wow that was Hot out there, Philly crowd were awesomeand it was a tough game. Great to be back in the Blue kit.#thankstotheEFCfans"

Phil Neville: "I'd love to play an MLS team in october/november when we r fit cause every year the standard keeps getting better and the stadiums r nice!

Match report: Union 1-0 Everton

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Everton FC traveled all the way from Liverpool to sleepwalk through a friendly against the Philadelphia Union Wednesday night. Union academy player Christian Hernandez lashed home a loose ball in the box in the 88th minute to give Philadelphia a deserved victory over Everton on a muggy night at PPL Park.

Philly and the international friendly, part 1

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As has been previously described on the PSP, the friendly has historically been an important opportunity for the transmission of new football tactics. It's also a great way for clubs and federations to make some money and for hitherto unknown players to be seen by top clubs. From the fan's perspective, the friendly is often a rare opportunity to see top flight international soccer and also serves as an important community builder, whether those communities are ethnic groups that identify with particular international clubs or the soccer community as a whole.

Friendly fun, more news

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Philly dominates this MLSsoccer.com's Best XI for Week 18 with Carlos Valdes, Justin Mapp and Sebastien Le Toux making the first team, with Keon Daniel, Gabriel Farfan and Sheanon Williams receiving honorable mentions.

In this week's power rankings round up, the Union stay at no. 4 at Soccer America, at no.

Women’s World Cup: Bext XI and other awards

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It is always sad when a World Cup ends. No more matches at all hours of the day, no more constant media coverage, no more excitement with new heros daily emerging from obscurity. This year's 2011 Women's World Cup was as entertaining an affair as we have seen from this (or any other tournament) in quite some time.

PSP’s Everton FC primer

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Everton FC is coming to Philadelphia tonight.

While the club doesn't have the same history of success as Saturday's opponent, Real Madrid, it certainly has a rich and storied history.

Here are a few facts about the city of Liverpool's bluest club:

  • Founded in 1878, the same year Wanamaker's in Philadelphia became the first department store to install electric lights.

No Howard for Everton at PPL

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Marc Narducci reports in the Philadelphia Inquirer that Tim Howard will not be with Everton when the club plays the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night.

Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz said, "We're really surprised. One of the reasons we entertained Everton's phone call was because of Tim Howard and we were under the impression Tim Howard was playing.

Reserves lose, USWNT move on, Dragon an All-Star

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Faryd Mondragon was the only Union player selected to the MLS All-Star roster. Sigh.

The Farfans are playing doubles tennis. I will not write a more exciting sentence all day.

A brilliant Shawn Wright-Phillips goal lifted Man City over Vancouver last night. Yaya Toure went off injured but appears to be alright.

Stat chat: Three road wins

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You gotta love a road win, especially against a conference rival.

Sunday's emphatic 3–0 win over the Revolution—only the third time this season the Union have scored more than two goals and the fifth time they have scored more than one—puts the Union back on top of the Eastern Conference where the Union are undefeated against conference rivals with a 5–0–2 record.

Player ratings and analysis: Revs 0 – 3 Union

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Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images

On Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium, the New England Revolution put together an organized and disciplined first half against a far superior opponent.

Sunday was much, much different.

Short passes? Yes, please.

From the opening whistle, the Union imposed a style and pace on the game that New England could not match.

WWC final: Japan bests USA in PKs after a 2-2 thriller

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Team of Destiny.

It didn't matter who won the 2011 Women's World Cup final, the winner already had a title. Japan was the Team of Destiny that brought joy to their nation after a devastating tragedy. The US overcame odds leading up to and then throughout the tournament to improbably reach the finals.

Monday morning manager: Both River Cup teams better than Revs

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When PSP runs our live commentary during away matches, we get lots of interesting comments and questions from readers. We take those comments and try to put together a list of questions that get to the heart of what Union fans want to know about the team.

The Question: Was last night's midfield lineup the most effective from both personnel and positioning perspectives?

Union win, USA lose, we all wake up in the morning

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A post on the Union's website before Sunday's game said the team was focused on finishing their chances. The Union did just that, topping New England 3–0 with goals from Carlos Ruiz, Carlos Valdes and Sheanon Williams.

Match reports from the PSP, the Brotherly Game, ASN Philly, and Philly Union Talk.

Bad policy: SuperDrafting a goalie early

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The Union raised a lot of eyebrows by taking Maryland goalie Zac MacMath fifth overall, passing on big-time defensive prospects like AJ Soares and Kofi Sarkodie, and turning a blind eye to strikers CJ Sapong and Will Bruin.

The Union see MacMath as their future: A future US international number one who can take over games and save shots that even very-good-goalies can only dream of stopping.

Philadelphia Union FO v Sons of Ben in pictures

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The Front Office stretches those old and tired legs

Nick talks with the press

Ahhhhh.... You suck at goal!!!

Sugarman taking out SoB's

It can't hurt to train with Faryd Mondragon

The league's best supporters!

Match report: Revolution 0-3 Union

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

Coming off a midweek friendly and missing their most only influential player, the New England Revolution were in the strange position of playing for a tie at home.

Even stranger, the Union were in no mood to give it to them. Carlos Ruiz got his sixth while Carlos Valdes and Sheanon Williams each got the first of their careers as the Union dismissed the last place Revolution 3-0.

River Cup, Union in NE, USWNT in WWC final news roundup

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Photo: Earl Gardner

River Cup

"1st time in my life i see such brotherhood, respect and chemistry between the front office, technical staff and owners with the fans! DOOP!"

"Definitely this Franchise and its people are UNIQUE!!! These is what we call a real FAMILY DOOP!!!"

Tweets from Faryd Mondragon (Quote 1, Quote 2)

"This is the culture we are trying to create, one big family, and we hope this is just the beginning of events like this.

Reader reactions: At the halfway point

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The season is halfway done. The Philadelphia Union are tied for first place with two games in hand on the Red Bulls.

And after Philly travels to New England for a Sunday night showdown with the Revolution, they won't play another league match for twelve days (July 29 vs Colorado).

PSP gave you a summary of the first half of the year.

Preview: Philadelphia Union at New England Revolution

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Game time: Saturday, 7:00pm

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Another week, another winnable road game for the Union. But the questions linger.

Can they finish?

The Revolution enter Sunday's match on an eight game winless streak and the suspension of captain and midfield general Shalrie Joseph will do little to help their cause.

New England v Philadelphia Union live commentary

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Join the PSP on Sunday at 6:45pm for live commentary when the Philadelphia Union travel to battle the New England Revolution.

Coverage will begin at 6:45pm with your host Eli Pearlman-Storch. Kickoff is at 7pm.

New England Revolution v Philadelphia Union

USA-Japan: What to expect in the WWC final

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It all comes down to Sunday. Â We've all heard it before (many, many times).

Japan USA: Sunday, ESPN, 2:45 PM

The US women are in the World Cup final for the first time since 1999. Many wondered if they would have a letdown in their semifinal match against France following an emotional quarterfinal win over Brazil.

PSP talks to Revolution defender AJ Soares

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AJ Soares was on every MLS team's radar at the 2011 SuperDraft. He certainly appeared to fill an immediate need for the Union, as a versatile defender who can play on the outside or down the center. The Cal product has had a confident start to his MLS career and was tested on Wednesday against English Premier League champions Manchester United.

Stat chat: on the road

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Heading into Sunday's match against New England (7pm, CSN), the Philadelphia Union's their tenth road game of the 2011 season, the Union's 2011 away record is 2–4–3.

Some of us may grumble that some of those draws should have been wins and some of those of those losses should have been draws.

USA ready for final, Ruiz tired of rumors, more news

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Abby Wambach says the US is ready to face Japan.

The USA v France Women's World Cup semifinal was the fourth most watched USWNT match ever. An average of 3.35 million people watched the match on ESPN, another 450,000 on ESPN3. Philly was not one of the top-five markets for that or any of the games.

USWNT in WC finals, Ruiz denies again, more news

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USWNT post-match quotes following Wednesday's Women's World Cup 3–1 semifinal win over France.

The Shin Guardian has a thing or two the men's game could learn from the women's game.

The Inquirer and Forbes follows buzz generated by the USWNT at the Women's World Cup.

Abby Wambach's header against Brazil beat out Eric Hassli's wonder strike for the Best Play ESPY award.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Brian Carroll

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Photo: Paul Rudderow

On this week's Philly Soccer Show podcast, KYW's Greg Orlandini and the PSP's Eli Pearlman-Storch are joined by the Philadelphia Union's Brian Carroll.

In part one, Carroll talks about the Union's recent draw versus San Jose, looks ahead to the New England match, and talks about team chemistry.

Round Up – Red Bulls trounced, US takes on France

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Semifinal vs France is at 11:30 am on ESPN. See our piece from yesterday breaking down both semifinals. Frankie predicts USA 2-1.

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Danny Mwanga is backing Sons of Ben in the River Cup. Must be a tough choice, back the fans or the coaches.

FIFA: Now with 50% MORE EVIL!

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Anyone who follows soccer as passionately as we who populate this site have no doubt been incensed by FIFA. Whether it is the corruption scandals, short-sighted decision making, egomania or selective morality when it comes to issues of race, gender and sexual orientation, we all have our own bone to pick with FIFA.

WWC: Breaking down the semifinals

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One has to wonder how the remaining four teams in the Women's World Cup can top the quarterfinal games we saw last weekend. Three of the four quarterfinals needed more than 90 minutes to be decided. Two went to PKs. We saw the defending champs and host nation eliminated, the sport's best player was eliminated, we had last minute goals to send games to overtime.

That USWNT magic is right under your nose

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From looking around the internet, I can tell there is quite a buzz about the US Women's National Team comeback win over Brazil, and rightfully so.

It was a tremendous match that featured a little bit of everything: an own goal, some ridiculous decisions from the referee, a late equalizer and even a penalty shootout.

US defeats Brazil on PKs: Emotional analysis

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Extended highlights of the USA/Brazil match, along with individual highlights of the big plays and all the penalty kicks, can be found here. And are totally awesome.

This was a moment.

All the stories about this moment that make it about something big: Women's soccer, American pride, personal glory or redemption, desire, belief, composure.

Philadelphia Independence vs WNY Flash in photos

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DiMartino launches a cross that is pulled out of the air before Farrelly can direct it in.

Western New York answered back, but could not get passed Val Hendersen.

Sinead Farrelly game has been getting much better in the past few matches. She created good opportunities and put pressure on goal throughout the match.

Round-up: Union vs Harrisburg, Krieger interview and more!

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CSN is going to show the Union's match against Everton but the showdown with Real Madrid gets the ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.

The Union's Kevin Kinkead breaks down the team's performance using MLS Chalkboards.

Mark your calendars: The Union are traveling to Harrisburg in August to face the City Islanders!

Philadelphia Independence 2 – 1 Western New York Flash

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cover photo by Michael Long

The Independence won their fifth straight game on Saturday to go four points clear on the top of the table over the visiting Western New York Flash. Tasha Kai scored her lead leading 8th goal of the campaign and Sinead Farrelly scored her first ever career goal for the winner.

Breaking Down the USA-Brazil Epic

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It's tough to sift through 122-plus minutes of a match filled with so much action, excitement and intrigue and distill it down to a few details. Â But here are the five major events from today's match that shaped the outcome of the game.

-Brazil's Early Miscue

The United States jumped out to an early lead thanks to a flub by Brazil just 74 seconds into the game.

Round-up: USA quotes, video and Union reports from all over

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A lot of weekend stories on PSP. In case you missed them: We interviewed Jordan Harvey, asked for your thoughts on the Union tie, gave our mid-season grades, and tried to figure out exactly what allocation money is good for.

USA USA USA

101greatgoals.com has a ton of great links to highlights from the USA's incredible win over Brazil in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals.

Match report: San Jose 0-0 Union

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A second half of dominance produced no goals for the Union, who earned their first west coast point but were good enough that they should have had more.

After a wild week that saw Jordan Harvey traded and the Carloses left in Philadelphia for alliterative reasons (virus for Valdes, rest for Ruiz), the Union fielded a strong side that paired Sebastien Le Toux and Danny Mwanga up front.

Sunday morning manager: Union at San Jose

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When PSP runs our live commentary during away matches, we get lots of interesting comments and questions from readers. We take those comments and try to put together a list of questions that get to the heart of what Union fans want to know about the team.

And while the team played well and earned an important road point, there are plenty of questions to consider.

San Jose v Union live commentary

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Join the PSP for live commentary as the Philadelphia Union take on the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night. What will the Union backline look like after the Harvey trade? Only Peter Nowak knows. Will the PSP have something to say about lineup, whatever it is? You can count on it.

The commentary starts at 10:15pm for the 10:30pm kickoff.

No Ruiz, Valdes in San Jose

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Photo: Daniel Gajdamowicz

Friday was a day of big news on Twitter.

First came this tweet from Kerith Gabriel, Union beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News: "Just learned Ruiz didn't make the flight to Cali. Paunovic either but he was listed as doubtful anyway."

Next, questions about the Union backline, already rampant following the trade of Jordan Harvey on Thursday, only became more rife when the club tweeted, "Defender @carlosvaldes5 will miss tomorrow night's match vs.

Independence and Sky Blue in photos

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The Independence huddle before hitting the field

Kai's headers were essential in this match

Tasha Kai's consistent pressure on goal led to great game for her

Boquete and Kai celebrate after Kai launches a beautiful header past NJ's goalie to open the scoring

NJ gets on the board with an own goal

NJ kept pressure on goal, leading to a very physical and hard fought first half

NJ celebrates after they earn their second goal to take the lead

Farrelly redirecting a cross

NJ's solid goaltending kept Sky Blue in the lead through the end of the first half

The team return to the field determined to regain this game

Visiting fans and youth soccer players from UAE celebrate after yet another Tasha Kai goal

Tasha Kai celebrates another goal after earning her a hat trick on the evening

Estelle Johnson.

Jordan Harvey talks to PSP after trade

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PSP: So how has the transition been? What are your early thoughts on this new stage in your career?

Jordan Harvey: It was a great time in Philly. I had a super experience. Right now, I met up with the team here last night and had a chance to meet everyone. It seems like a great group of guys and I'm excited for the next step in my career.

Allocation money is… what?

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The Philadelphia Union have been very good defensively. But their success has masked a real lack of proven depth on the back line. Both Farfan brothers and Keon Daniel have deputized on the outside while Sheanon Williams had to slide into the middle when Califf couldn't go in Portland.

The depth issue is why reaction to the Jordan Harvey trade has been a strange mix of "whatev," "how could they," and "he wasn't great but he was a real left back.

US Men to play Mexico at the Linc on Aug. 10

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The U.S. Men's National team will come to Philadelphia to play a friendly against Mexico on August 10th.

Mexico came from two goals down to defeat the US in the Gold Cup final on June 25th.

There is no love lost between these rivals, and Tim Howard's complaint after the Gold Cup that the post-match awards ceremony was only in Spanish only adds fuel to the fire.

Photo essay: with the SoBs in DC

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The PSP is happy to share with you a photo essay of the Sons of Ben trip to DC United to support the Union, photographed by Garrett Field. You can check out more of Garrett's work at www.fieldofphotography.com. The pictures are by Garrett, the captions by the PSP. Enjoy!

Loading up: a successful campaign is all about the logistics Let's get this Doop on the road Rally, ho!

San Jose v Union live commentary

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Join the PSP for live commentary as the Philadelphia Union take on the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night. What will the Union backline look like after the Harvey trade? Only Peter Nowak knows. Will the PSP have something to say about lineup, whatever it is? You can count on it.

The commentary starts at 10:15pm for the 10:30pm kickoff.

Midseason review: Philadelphia Union

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We're 17 games into Philadelphia Union's first season, and the team is a point out of first place with two games in hand.

Surprised? Not us. PSP predicted the Union would have 29 points at this stage of the season over a month before a game was played. Careful scrolling on our page today because we are hot.

Preview: Philadelphia Union at San Jose Earthquakes

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Photo: Paul Rudderow

Game time: Saturday, 10:30pm

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Going into this Saturday's showdown between the Union and Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium in San Jose, the big news surrounds starters that will be missing for both sides.

Harvey reaction, Nowak SI’s mid Coach of Year, more news

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Jordan Harvey, 2010-2011

From @Jordan Harvey: "After a LONG day it was nice to sit down and read all of your messages. Thank you @PhilaUnion fans for all the amazing memories. @SonsofBen"

From @JordanCHarvey: "Bummed to be leaving such great fans, but everything happens for a reason, right?

WWC: Group Stage Starting XI

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The group stage of the 2011 Women's World Cup has come to a close, with most of the traditional powerhouses moving through to the quarterfinals. We saw more parity than we've seen in the past World Cups: Nigeria got their first win, Equatorial Guinea notched two goals, and Australia moved out of the group stage for the first time ever.

At the half: Where we’ve been in 2011

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Featured photo: Earl Gardner

Saturday's game will mark the midway point of the 2011 MLS season. And, just as was the case with the first game of the season way back on March 19, the Union will be on the road.

7 wins, 4 losses, 6 draws. In and out of first place. Who'd a thunk it way back when the Union took the field in Houston?

Harvey to Vancouver for allocation money

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It used to Harvey All the Time.

Now it is Harvey No More.

The Union announced on Thursday afternoon that Jordan Harvey has been traded to Vancouver for allocation money.

Harvey joined the Union in the 2010 Expansion Draft from the Colorado Rapids, where he began his MLS career in 2008.

Philadelphia Independence 4 – 3 Sky Blue FC

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Tasha Kai scored a hat trick against her former team and Laura Del Rio scored a 78th minute winner with her first touch of the game as the Independence twice came from behind to knock off New Jersey based Sky Blue FC. The win moves Philadelphia to the top of the WPS table for the first time in team history.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Kerith Gabriel

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KYW's Greg Orlandini is joined by the PSP's Adam Cann in the latest Philly Soccer Show podcast. Kerith Gabriel, the Union beat writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, is the guest for a roundtable discussion.

In part one, Kerith, fresh from the weekly Union press conference with Peter Nowak, talks with Greg and Adam about Saturday's draw on the road with DC United.

Williams, Valdes honored, Independence in first place

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Union

Sheanon Williams is named to MLSsoccer.com's Best XI for Week 16. This is the second time he's gotten Best XI honors from the league's website.

The Union score big in Goal.com's midseason awards with Carlos Valdes named Newcomer of the Year and getting an honorable mention nod for Defender of the Year.

Rankings roundup, more news

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Union

Greetings fellow news junkies I hope you had a happy and safe Fourth of July. The news net is full, so let's get cracking!

In this week's power rankings roundup, the Union stay level in the fourth spot at MLSsoccer.com and at Soccer America.

Player ratings & analysis: DC 2-2 Union

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Since giving up the lead in the second half against Real Salt Lake, the Philadelphia Union have found themselves ahead on the scoreboard for all of eight minutes.

Whether you believe Veljko Paunovic was an inspired signing, an affable old Serbian, or merely another band-aid to cover up the most glaring hole on the Union's roster (attacking midfielder), you have to admit that the Union have a) created more chances and b) looked disorganized at best and chaotic at worst defensively.

Stat chat: Union at DC

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For the second game in a row, the Union entered the second half down a goal and battled back with multiple goals—against DC one of their two goals was a Perry Kitchen own goal— to secure points.

Having been out shot, out crossed, as well as out possessed by nearly 20 percent in the first half, the Union took it to DC in the second half.

Knighton, Perk earn shutouts, state of US soccer is…?

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Black and Red United give DC winger Andy Najar five-stars for his performance on Saturday. Hard to argue.

MLSTalk praises Peter Nowak as the Arsene Wenger of MLS. I am totally confused about the comparison. Both successful yet flawed coaches? Both European?

Former Union netminder Brad Knighton helped his Carolina Railhawks to their 10th straight win, earning his 5th shutout of the year in the process.

Sunday morning manager: Union at DC

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Who do you think is more disappointed with Saturday's 2–2 draw, DC United or the Philadelphia Union? For the second match in a row, the Union have shown they have the fortitude to come from behind and, if not secure maximum points as they did at home against Chivas, at least secure a point against tough, conference opposition on the road.

Union v D.C. United in photos

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz made the trip to nation's capital for the Union v D.C. United game. Here's a photo essay of all the action.

Photos by Daniel Gajdamowicz

Match report: DC United 2-2 Union

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With Danny Mwanga in fine form and completely healthy, Peter Nowak made the Mwagic Man his only change to the lineup that beat lost the first half to Chivas last week.

Two new boys for DC

DC United introduced both new acquisitions, with Brandon McDonald slotted into the back four and Dwayne de Rosario atop a midfield diamond.

DC United v Philadelphia Union live commentary

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Can't join the Sons of Ben in DC on Saturday?

Then join the PSP for live commentary as the Philadelphia Union take on DC United on Saturday, July 2. Coverage will begin at 6:45pm with kickoff at 7pm.

DC United v Philadelphia Union

Outside the Bubble: Chad Ashton, DC United

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As the Union prepare for a derby with DC United, the Philly Soccer Page turned to DC assistant Chad Ashton for his thoughts on his own team, the Union, and how a coaching staff can manage its locker room chemistry.

Philly Soccer Page: One of the things DC Coach Ben Olsen said recently was that Philadelphia's strong defense is really what separates these two teams.

More Ruiz rumors, Nowak explains, more news

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Where's Carlos?

The Brotherly Game links to Mexican website Elgolfo.info reporting Carlos Ruiz is in Mexico City training with second division side Veracruz. Their translation reads, "the back and forth search for a third foreign signing continues in Mexico City, where the Guatemalan Carlos Ruiz trains with an eye to soon joining the Red Sharks.

Breaking down Lori Lindsey’s (possible) WWC start

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Pia Sundhage's at it again. Just a few days after starting Lauren Cheney over Megan Rapinoe, she's mulling another move.

On Thursday morning she announced that she is considering swapping out either Shannon Boxx or Carli Lloyd in favor of the Philadelphia Independence's Lori Lindsey at center mid against Colombia in the USWNT's second group stage match (Saturday at 11:30am on ESPN).

Opposition report: DC United

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Returning to the site of their worst 2010 performance, the Philadelphia Union meet a mercurial DC United team looking for their first win in over a month.

Trouble in the back

To call DC United the opposite of the Union is a bit of a stretch.

France, Germany book ticket to quarterfinals

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The second set of games got underway from Group A as a crowd of more than 50,000 came out to cheer on the home squad in Frankfurt. France and Germany each got a win to secure a berth in the quarterfinals.

Sinclair shows her disappointment as France celebrates their big win.