The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2012

Player of the Week: Chris Albright

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The Philly native was a consummate professional, setting an example for an young team about what it means to play with pride.

In pictures: Union 0-3 Red Bulls

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PSP photographer Michael Long's look at the season ending loss against New York Red Bulls.

Philly Soccer Six roundup

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Temple and Villanova clinch playoff berths. Roundup of the week's Philly Soccer Six results, conference standings, leading scorers and upcoming games.

Gomez going? What Le Toux wants, 5-step plan, 2013 playoffs “not far fetched,” more

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Gabriel Gomez says he doesn't think he'll be with Union in 2013. Le Toux on where he'd like to play. Cruz believes Union can be playoff contenders next season. 5-step plan to turn the Union around. More morning news.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 0-3 Red Bulls

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Will Hackworth be able to progress forward from what has become a predictable and conservative tactical approach?

Quotes & reaction to dismal final showing, Adu, NBC/EPL deal, more

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Valdes and McInerney call for signings. Hackworth says work begins today on reviewing the season and letting players know where they stand. Hackworth denies decision on Adu's future has been made. NBC wins EPL broadcasting rights. More.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 0-3 New York Red Bulls

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With a 3-0 loss to the visiting Red Bulls, the Union finished 2012 in the same manner with which they began with three straight losses.

Report: Adu done playing for Union

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Philly.com is reporting that Freddy Adu has played his last match for the Union.

Preview: Mayfair Celtics v Junior Lone Star

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Mayfair Celtics host Junior Lone Star in first round EPYSA Open Cup play on Sunday.

Preview: Union vs Red Bulls

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It's time to reward the fans for sticking with their team through a season with far more downs than ups. Can the Union do it?

Union vs Red Bulls quick reference

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The Union are 2-4-0 against New York all time. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Could Le Toux return to the Union?

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The Philadelphia Union will see a familiar face in a Red Bulls uniform on Saturday. After a tumultuous season, how many Union fans will quietly ask themselves this question: Could Sebastien Le Toux return next year?

Analysis & player ratings: Union 1-2 Sporting KC

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So much for 9 points from 4 matches. The performances against Houston and Kansas City have reminded all of MLS just how much work awaits the Union this offseason.

Fans’ View: Freedom’s just another word

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Yes, the Union season drifts to an ignominious end. Yet the young lads are playing it out loud and proud.

Getting ready for NYRB, Hop hate, Okugo love, more news

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Why other teams don't like Hoppenot. Okugo in USMNT central defender pool discussion. US hosting 2016 Copa America? Not so fast. More morning news.

Footy on the Telly: Oct. 26 – Nov. 1

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The week's live soccer listings for your TV and computer.

Local USASA Amateur & Open Cup draws released

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The brackets for the Eastern PA draws for the 2012-13 US Adult Soccer Association Region I National Open Cup and National Amateur Cup qualification tournaments have been released.

Match report: Sporting KC 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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Two assists from Kei Kamara led Sporting Kansas City over the Philadelphia Union at Livestrong Sporting Park.

Recaps, reaction, quotes from Union loss in KC, more news

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Missed chances, blown calls, a late goal. US to host 2016 Copa America. More news.

Big tallies

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Over the previous five games, the Union have scored 2 or more goals 3 times, winning twice. They've also conceded 2 or more goals twice for 2 losses. What's happening statistically when the Union have conceded or scored 2 or more goals?

Preview: Union at Sporting KC

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The Union need to bounce back from a soft showing on the road in Houston. Sporting KC wants to celebrate a conference title in front of their fans. Will Carlos Valdes find his fire and lead the Union over KC for a second time this season?

Union hungry, KC wary, Mac hungry, Seitz saintly, more news

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Hack says Union will go for it against KC. Vermes says Union could be dangerous. Jac Mack wants to be the man. Seitz donates bone marrow to save stranger's life. More news.

Seven points, seven answers

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Two games left, and still there's plenty that you're talking and thinking about with the Union. PSP runs through several key points, including whether Torres is back, Williams is done, Valdes is world class and Jack Mac is more than just a good "young player."

I blame Nowak

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Whatever final disappointments may still be in store from a season littered with them, one PSP writer lays the blame at the feet of Peter Nowak.

Union vs Sporting KC quick reference

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The Union are 1-1-3 against Kansas City. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Player of the Week: Jack McInerney

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In a poor game from the Union in Houston, there was one bright spot: Jack McInerney's goal.

beIN Sport to replace GolTV on Comcast, no Garfan or Williams in KC?

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Is beIN Sport's English language channel to replace GolTV on Comcast. Garfan and Williams unlikely against Kansas City. How poor start doomed Union's 2012 season. More news.

In pictures: Houston 3-1 Union

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner was in Houston for Saturday's loss to the Dynamo. There was a lot of orange.

Philly Soccer Six roundup: Drexel clinch CAA tournament spot

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Drexel clinches trip to the CAA tournament for the first time since 2007. Roundup of the week's Philly Soccer Six results, conference standings, leading scorers and upcoming games.

Philadelphians Abroad: Seamon takes the field for Seattle

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Former Villanova Wildcat Mike Seamon sees his first minutes of the season.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Dynamo 3-1 Union

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It all went wrong for the Union in Houston, but most alarming for the coaching staff and supporters was the lack of hustle and effort over the 90 minutes.

“It sucks to lose”: reports & reaction to Union loss, more news

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Hackworth "disappointed" in Union's performance in Houston. McInerney happy for goal but would rather have a win. MLS playoff field set. More news.

Match report: Houston Dynamo 3-1 Philadelphia Union

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The Union were outplayed and outhustled for 90 minutes on Saturday night, falling 3-1 to the now playoff-bound Houston Dynamo.

Preview: Union at Dynamo

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It's a must-win for Houston and a proving ground for the Union. After trouncing the Dynamo at home, can Philly take their recent good form to a sold out BBVA Compass field and come out on top?

Redemption time in Houston, more morning news

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Hackworth says Union looking to redeem themselves after previous unfair result in Houston. USMNT to play Russia. More news.

Footy on the Telly, Oct. 19-25

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League, Champions League and Europa league live listings for your TV and online.

Raves: Michael Farfan

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Michael Farfan is the most versatile, talented and dangerous creator on the Union roster. Period.

Union v Dynamo quick reference

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The Union are 2-1-2 against Houston in league play all-time. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Jack McInerney

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Jack McInerney joins the podcast to talk about the US win over Guatemala, his recent hot streak, preparing for Houston and KC, looking ahead to next season, and more.

Fans’ View: Come Together

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As in music, there are supergroups in soccer. But big names don't guarantee chemistry.

Garfan ankle, Cruz good, Adu & Johnson, more news

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Hack says Garfan ankle "not doing as well as we thought." Cruz feeling good. Adu on Eddie Johnson as inspiration and beginning his resurgence. More news

Raves: Carlos Valdes

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Leader by example, we rave about captain Carlos Valdes.

Reaction and player ratings: USA 3–1 Guatemala

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While the US attack looked dangerous, the defense continued to look shaky. PSP looks at the win over Guatemala and has player ratings for the latest qualification cycle.

USA advances, Argentinian trialing with the Union, more

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Clint Dempsey powers the US into the next round of WC qualifiers after early Carlos Ruiz scare. Who's the Argentinian trialing with the Union? Adu and Cruz back to full training. Union El Jimador bottles now available. More.

What to do with Gabriel Gomez?

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He rarely runs, but boy can he finish. So what do the Union do with their second highest paid player, Panamanian international Gabriel Gomez? PSP dives in.

Raves: Jack McInerney

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From being a symbol of the Union's desire to build from youth to watching the game from the stands in less than 2 and a half years under Peter Nowak, Jack McInerney has repaid John Hackworth's faith by doing what he does best: scoring goals.

Philadelphians Abroad: Reserves take center stage

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Plenty of locals featured in the Union's recent Reserve League games.

Klinsmann says a tie is not the plan, USA World Cup qualifier news & previews, more

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Klinsmann says the US will not play for a tie. News and previews ahead on tonight's World Cup qualifier. Beware The Little Fish. Union v KC game to be shown on NBCSN. More news

Raves: Danny Cruz

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If hard work and tenacity showed up on the score sheet, Danny Cruz would be a Golden Boot winner. Here's his rave.

Philly soccer six roundup

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Temple rises to first place in Atlantic 10 after New England road trip. Roundup of the week's Philly Soccer Six results, conference standings, leading scorers and upcoming games.

United Soccer League Results – October 14, 2012

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Phoenix Sports Club tightens its grip on the men's and women's top spots.

USA reaction, Valdes starts for Colombia, Daniel nets hat trick for T&T, more news

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Reaction to USA's wheezing win over Antigua. Valdes and Gomez start in qualifiers, Daniel scores hat trick in Caribbean Cup play. Union reserves fall to DC. Krystian Witkowski sees first minutes since concussion related injury. More news.

Reaction: Antigua & Barbuda 1–2 USA

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On Friday night, the U.S. Men's National Team did it's best to give us all heart problems. We look at the vital win and consider what to expect in Tuesday's qualifier against Guatemala.

Raves: Sheanon Williams

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It's been a difficult season for Sheanon Williams, but he has persevered, bringing new meaning to the footballers' saying, "Form is temporary. Class is permanent." PSP raves.

USMNT news, Union playing for the fans, PPL Park No. 3, more news

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USMNT news ahead of this evening's big qualifier. Union playing for the fans. PPL Park ranked third best MLS stadium. More news.

Footy on the Telly: Oct. 12 – 18

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Live soccer listings for your TV and computer, including nearly 60 World Cup qualifiers.

Preview: Antigua & Barbuda vs USA

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Surprising roster omissions and injuries have raised concerns ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier against Antigua & Barbuda. But there's no need to panic (yet).

Raves: Zac MacMath

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Young keepers will struggle, it's just a fact of life in the soccer world. But Sean Doyle says the future looks bright for Zac MacMath in this rave.

Fans’ View: You’ll never DOOP alone

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Some see the Union's third season as a failure. But Tim Carr thinks the tough season has only brought Union fans closer together.

Chandler’s one track mind: score goals, Keon cracker for T&T, More USMNT injuries

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Hoffman just wants to score goals. Keon Daniel scores a cracker for Trinidad & Tobago. Left back jinx continues with USMNT as Johnson and Castillo unavailable for Friday qualifier. More news.

In pictures: Union reserves 6-0 DC United Reserves

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner's look at the Union reserves big 6-0 win over DC United reserves.

Raves: Antoine Hoppenot

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Our series of end-of-the-season raves about our favorite Union players begins with Jeremy Lane's look at our very own Princeton Cannon.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Rob Vartughian

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Union assistant coach Rob Vartughian joins the pod to discuss the team's recent run of good results as well as his work with Zac MacMath. Also, the pod talk about the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

United Soccer League results: October 7

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A wet weekend led to some match postponement's but West Chester United defeated Predators in the West Chester Derby.

Hoffman on fire in reserve win, Donovan & Shea out of US roster, more

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Hoffman puts in 4 in Union reserves 6-0 win over DC.DN says Hackworth needs big offseason. Unioners in school. Donovan and Shea out of US roster with injuries ahead of WCQs. No live USA v Antigua for Comcast customers. More news.

Comcast doesn’t care: No live USA v Antigua broadcast for area subscribers

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A Comcast representative tells PSP that beIN Sport's English language channel will not be available to Philly soccer fans. The channel should be available "in the months ahead."

The provocateurs

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What is it about Antoine Hoppenot, the Farfans and Philadelphia Union that infuriates opponents so much? After yet another opponent leaves with a red card and the Union win 3 of 4, PSP has a little fun with this one.

Player of the Week: Jack McInerney

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If he's aggressive and having success, the Union is dangerous. If he's having trouble, the Union has trouble. Right now, Jack McInerney is the most important player on the Philadelphia Union.

Philadelphians Abroad: Hoppenot gets “cheeky”

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The Princeton alum shows Chicago his best his best Jack Mac-in-L.A. impression to quench the Fire's anniversary party.

Preseason ’13: Union back to Florida, in Disney Classic, USMNT roster, more

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Union will play in Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic tournament in 2013 preseason. Union named SBI Team of the Week, Gomez and Hoppenot up for Goal of the Week. Streaks. USMNT WC qualifiers roster. More news.

Philly Soccer Six roundup

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Temple's Jared Martinelli receives A 10 & Philly Soccer Six Rookie of the Week honors. Roundup of the week's Philly Soccer Six results, leading scorers and upcoming games.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 1-0 Revolution

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The Union's failure to commit bodies forward against a woeful New England side kept them from blowing the match wide open.

In pictures: Union 1-0 New England

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for the Philadelphia Union's second win of the week.

Mac & Keon praised, more reaction to Union win, more morning news

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Praise for Jack Mac & Keon after win. More than 66,000 on hand for Seattle v Portland. Wondo hat trick. Donovan injured, could miss WCQs. USWNT roster to be announced today. Gulati on new women's pro league, USWNT coach hunt. More.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 1-0 New England Revolution

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Jack McInerney's third goal in as many games was enough to fire the Union to victory against a lackluster New England side.

Preview: Union vs Revolution

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A depleted Revolution side comes to PPL Park hoping to pull the rug out from under a Philadelphia side that looks like they are finally finding an identity.

Analysis & player ratings: Fire 1-3 Union

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Three goals from three sweet strikes and it could have been more as the Union offense began to click against Chicago.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: A player’s coming out story & a resurgent Jack ‘Mac’

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Leander Schaerlaeckens joins the pod to talk about his recent articles about David Testo coming out and Michael Orozco Fiscal's treatment by Peter Nowak. Kevin Kinkead then joins the pod to talk about all things Union.

Getting ready for Revs, Union players in USA top 100, more news

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New England news ahead of Saturday's game, which Union players are in top 100 of US players? US U-20 coach says Zackary Steffen looks like a core player. Latest salary numbers. Coats for Chester. More news.

Footy on the Telly: Oct. 5 – 11

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Live soccer listings for your TV and computer.

Union vs Revolution quick reference

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The Union are 3-0-3 against New England all time. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Fans’ View: Looking back

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It's been a tough season but not one without some great moments. For one Union supporter, these include starting the season in the River End.

Quotes & reaction to Union’s big win in Chicago, more news

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Hackworth praises team's "amazing" character after Union's big win. More quotes & roundup of reports from the win. Cruz could have a broken toe. USA WC qualifier on the beIN Sport channel Comcast doesn't have. Crazy triple dummy goal. More news.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-1 Chicago Fire

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A three-goal outburst from the Union attack was enough to help the visitors play spoiler, knocking off Chicago 3-1 on Wednesday night at Toyota Park.

Union goals: Letting them in, putting them in

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A look at Union goals allowed on the road, their tendency to give up late goals allowed, and a comparison of their offensive numbers over their three season history.

Orlando and MLS see their future in Chester

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Orlando's mayor will visit PPL Park this weekend as her city considers building a soccer-specific stadium for a prospective MLS club. She'll get a complex view in Philadelphia, and if MLS officials are smart, they'll look at the complex view cities like Orlando offer.

Preview: Union at Fire

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Chicago has risen through the ranks by beating the stuffing out of the bottom half of the Eastern Conference. The Union have holed up in the lower depths for the entire 2012 campaign. Can they turn Wednesday night into a preview of 2013? Or will the Fire rise?

Sak says hunt on for “big time forwards,” No Adu v Fire, more news

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Sakiewicz says hunt is on for "big time forwards." No Adu in Chicago. Chicago previews. Union player playlist.

Union vs Chicago quick reference

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The Union are 2-3-1 against Chicago all time. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Player of the Week: Antoine Hoppenot

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Hoppenot again shows electric pace and an eye for the smart run.

Philadelphians Abroad: Pfeffer scores, Steffen called, Gaudette bumped

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Homegrown player Zach Pfeffer scores for Union Reserves, Academy player Zackary Steffen gets first US U-20 call-up.

In pictures: Army 1-1 Navy

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for a hard fault match between the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen in Sunday's inaugural Army-Navy Cup at PPL Park.

Getting ready for Chicago, national team call-ups, more news

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Hackworth says team's spirits are good. Valdes, Gomez and Daniel get national team call-ups. Union academy goalkeeper Zack Steffen called us to US U-20s. More news.

Philly Soccer Six roundup

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La Salle goalkeeper John McCarthy has been named Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week after keeping two clean sheets. More Philly Soccer Six results and news.

United Soccer League results: Sept 30

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In the mens majors, Predators remain in first place. In the women's majors, Phoenix United is at the top of the table on goal difference.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 2-3 Crew

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In a rare turn of fortunes, the Union offense picked up the slack on a rough night for the back four, only to be denied by poor officiating.

“A heartbreaker”: Everyone knows it was offside, more news

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You know it, the Crew knows it, the entire sports media knows it, and the Union, they certainly know it. Recaps, reports, quotes and reaction to a most unfair loss in Columbus. Mkosana, Pfeffer and Hoffman score in Union reserves draw 3-3 with Crew reserves. More news.