The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2012

Suck it up and root for Houston: MLS Cup Final Preview

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In what is truly a case of the lesser of two evils, Union fans should don their unused Flyers orange and support the Dynamo in Saturday's MLS Cup Final.

Season Review: Amobi Okugo

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Taking a young player who is still coming into his own and shifting him to a new position could be recipe for disaster. Not for Amobi Okugo.

MLS Cup Final news & previews, Morgan & Wambach up for FIFA’s World Player of the Year

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MLS Cup Final news and previews. Beckham shoots down Cosmos rumors. Morgan and Wambach up for FIFA's Women's World Player of the Year. New City Islanders logo unveiled. More news.

Footy on the Telly: Nov. 30-Dec. 6

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The week's upcoming live matches on TV and online, including MLS Cup Final, USA friendly, Champions League and Europa League.

Jim Curtin named as Union assistant coach

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The Union announce Academy U-18 head coach Jim Curtin will join the senior team as assistant coach. Also, Brendan Burke's contract as assistant coach is extended.

Season Review: Sheanon Williams

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The Sheanonmenon's 2012 season was a rocky one and included a foray at center back and a lingering toe injury. With rookie Raymon Gaddis impressing in his first season, could we see a competition at right back in 2013?

Eastern PA US Open Cup second round qualifiers on Sunday

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After having first round byes, West Chester Majors, Salone FC, and United German Hungarian Majors enter in the second round of the qualification tournament.

Ansaldi: Union “very close” to new signing, local Hermann Cup semifinalists, more news

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The Union's new director of international player development says the team is very close to signing a player after Argentina scouting trip. Two local players are Hermann Trophy semifinalists. Morgan hat trick powers USWNT's 5-0 thumping of Ireland. More news.

Season review: Keon Daniel

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Keon Daniel had a strangely quiet 2012 season after he strangely disappeared from the U.S. due to "visa issues" in late 2011. PSP explores his situation in this season review, including asking whether Daniel was abducted by aliens and replaced by a copy. (Yes, really.)

Carroll, McInerney & Okugo on SA & SBI best lists, SoB’s a Philly Mag best, more

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Carroll, McInerney and Okugo show up on end of the season best lists at Soccer America and SBI. Philly Mag says Sons of Ben one of the best things in the city. How to market new women's league. Champions League/Europa League merger? More.

The silly season — and why it’s uniquely silly in soccer

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The silly season has begun for U.S. soccer fans, but if you think the off-season rumor mill in baseball is crazy, the beautiful game puts it to shame. Here's why.

Season review: Antoine Hoppenot

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Fast, elusive, and feisty, Antoine Hoppenot spent 2012 bustling his way into the hearts of Philadelphians everywhere. Expect nothing less in 2013.

Ansaldi: Union talked to 4 players in Argentina, State of MLS, more news

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Union director of international development says the focus is on finding "forwards"and that four players were interviewed during the recent scouting trip in Argentina. Garber on the Sate of MLS. More morning news.

Season Review: Carlos Valdes

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While he may not have expected to captain the Union in 2012, Carlos Valdes led his young team from the front, proving his quality at every turn.

Holiday shopping for the Philly soccer fan

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It's that time of year again. Here are some gift ideas for the Philly soccer fan on your holiday shopping list.

Pfeffer with goal & assist for US U-18s, more news

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Zach Pfeffer with a goal and assist in US U-18 draw with Canada. Three Swarthmore College students among those injured in last week's attack on Spurs fans in Rome. Skepticism about new women's league. More news.

Post-Thanksgiving news links

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Some news links to read with your post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich.

Footy on the Telly: Nov. 23-29

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The week's upcoming live soccer listings for on TV and online.

New women’s pro league to take the field in March/April

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US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said the new 8-team league will begin play in March/April. US Soccer will run the league's front office. The US Canadian, and Mexican federations will subsidize some player's salaries.

Thanksgiving Day soccer, 1912

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A look at Thanksgiving soccer match ups in Philadelphia 100 years ago.

Season Review: The Homegrowns

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Young, incredibly talented and full of promise, Sean Doyle's look at the Union's homegrown players season with comments from Union Reserve Team coach Brendan Burke.

And now the off-season really begins …

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The Union's release of three players begins what baseball calls the "hot stove league," the series off-season moves each team undertakes to remake itself. PSP looks at the first moves, some potential new signings with Pennsylvania ties, and how a key league policy change could impact the Union.

Hack says South American signing “really likely,” new asst. coach announced soon

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Hackworth says a South American signing is "a really likely possibility" also says club will announce new assistant coach, "probably this week." Beckham confirms playing days in MLS done. Women's pro league announcement today.

Philly Soccer Show: Michael Lahoud

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Michael Lahoud talks about his charity work with Schools for Salone and what the future holds for the Union. Also, Greg and Eli talk MLS Cup, Beckham, USMNT, Union, and more.

Season Review: Chris Albright

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While he was serviceable in all appearances, and rarely a liability, his lack of speed and athleticism puts his playing future in doubt. His non-physical tools, however, may see his tenure with the Union continue for some time.

Fans’ View: Bye, bye Beckham

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A lot has changed since Beckham joined the league six years ago. With his departure imminent, one Union fan looks back.

Waiver drafted waived, Beckham to leave MLS, more

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After waiving Gabriel Gomez, Porfirio Lopez, and Krystian Witkowski, the Union pass on picking up a player in Monday's Waiver Draft. David Beckham announces MLS Cup final his last game with LA, seeking new challenges. More.

Union waive Gomez, Witkowski & Lopez

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The Union announce they have waived three players ahead of Monday afternoon's Waiver Draft.

Season Review: Zac MacMath

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The second year keeper had his problems in 2012, some of which were related to reasons out of his control, others that are the product of youth.

Jack Mac on double digit goal: “Not a problem,” more news

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McInerney confident he can score 10-15 goals in 2013, sees team moving to 4-4-2. Fun with Seba's Wiki page. LA v Houston MLS Cup again.

PSP after 3 years

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Today is PSP's third birthday. Here's a look back at our third year: the new, good, bad, funny, and future.

Season Review: Josue Martinez

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After an inconsistent first year with the Union, does the young Costa Rican forward have a future under John Hackworth at the Philadelphia Union?

Catching up with Mondy & Valdes, Drexel’s NCAA run ends, women’s pro league announcement soon

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Valdes talks about offseason plans. Drexel's NCAA championship run ends in the first round. Report says US Soccer set to make announcement about new women's pro league soon. More mews.

Footy on the Telly: Nov. 16-22

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The week's live soccer listings on TV and online including the return of Champions League and Europa League play.

Zeno’s traveler: The case against Sebastien Le Toux

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Sebastien Le Toux may be on the market. But is he still a fit for the Union? And was he ever a fit for a Union team with championship aspirations?

Season review: Michael Farfan

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While 2012 was not the breakout year for Michael Farfan that many had expected or hoped for, is there a player on the roster with more upside?

Pfeffer & Steffen called up, USA comes back to draw, that Zlatan goal, more

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Zach Pfeffer and Zack Steffen called up to US U-18 camp. Reaction to US comeback draw with Russia. Drexel faces Brown today in NCAA tourney. Solo marries. That Zlatan Ibrahimovich goal, More news.

Recap/Analysis and Player Ratings: Russia 2–2 USMNT

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The Russian team was quite good, and the U.S. team was nowhere near its best, but managed to get the goals it needed thanks to fine strikes from Michael Bradley and Mix Diskerud.

Some end of season stats, 2010-2012

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A look at some end of season stats from 2010 through 2012.

Season Review: Bakary Soumare

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He played one game. And got hurt. Hopefully 2013 is better.

Valdes “important” to Colombia & needs to play in offseason, USA friendly, Solo, more news

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Colombia coach praise Valdes, says he needs to play in long MLS offseason. USA v Russia. Hope Solo involved in domestic violence arrest. More morning news.

Remembering Shane Kelly

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Shane Kelly, who had a big impact on Philadelphia soccer as Casa Soccer League commissioner, was gunned down in a robbery gone awry a year ago today. The final of the Kelly Cup, the post-season first division tournament in the Casa League, takes place this Saturday.

Season Review: Chase Harrison

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The personification of a journeyman, Chase Harrison is a guy the Union can afford to keep around for the 2013 season.

Prodigal Son: The Case for Le Toux

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Should the Union bring Le Toux back? Conor O'Grady explains why the answer is yes.

Preview: Russia v. USMNT

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The game doesn't count for points but it's a chance to learn about some young players in the search for the US to find the right mix to ensure not only effective, but also attractive, soccer

Philly Soccer Six post season roundup

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Drexel heads to NCAA tournament for the first time in 40 years while La Salle, Temple and Penn complete the 2012 season

Scouting Argentina, McLaughlin training in Germany, Drexel in NCAA tourney, USA roster, more

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Hackworth with Ansaldi in Argentina on South American scouting trip. McLaughlin on training stint with Hoffenheim. Drexel qualifies for NCAA tournament for first time in 40 years. USMNT roster. More news.

Season Review: Brian Carroll

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You know exactly what you get, week in, week out, with Brian Carroll and in a young team, that consistency is worth a great deal.

In pictures: The work of the fan

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Sometimes being a fan can involve a lot of work.

Eastern PA US Open Cup first round qualifiers results

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While West Chester Majors, Salone FC and UGH Majors had a bye, victories over the weekend see Cavalla, Quakertown, Junior Lone Star, Nether United, Predators through to the second round of Eastern PA US open Cup qualifiers.

Junior Lone Star advance to quarterfinals Eastern PA Open Cup qualifiers

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Junior Lone Star thump Mayfair Celtic 6-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Eastern Pennsylvania State Open Cup qualifiers.

On why no training, local colleges in NCAA play, One World Futbol, more news

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Hack on why no post-season training. Local colleges in NCAA Division III tournament play. MLS Cup rematch in the makings. Messi on pace for single year record. One World Football. more news.

After 31 years, Haverford College returns to NCAA tournament

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Haverford College, one of the most storied soccer programs in the country, finally makes it back to the bright lights Saturday night at Arcadia University to compete in the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship.

Season Review: Roger Torres

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It was a tough year for the fan favorite.

International scout officially announced, 18 years and no cups, more news.

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New director of international player development officially announced. More from Hackworth on getting a goalscorer, Adu. Karmic justice prevails as New York goes yet another year with no cups. More news.

Footy on the Telly, Nov. 9-15

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Listings of the week's upcoming live soccer matches on TV and online

Update on Valdes and Gomez

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A Union spokesperson tells PSP that Carlos Valdes will not be playing for Independiente Sante Fe in the offseason. Also, Gabriel Gomez is not training with another team through any arrangement made through the Union.

Season Review: Danny Cruz

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We review Cruz' impact on the Union since his late season arrival and where he factors into the team going forward.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: John Hackworth

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John Hackworth speaks candidly about some of the decisions and considerations facing the team in the offseason. Also discussed on the pod is new USWNT coach Tom Sermanni.

Valdes & Marfan for Latino POW, WCQ hex draw, MLS playoff results, more

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Vote Carlos Valdes and Michael Farfan for Latino Player of the Year. US learns schedule for final World Cup qualifiers. New York-DC playoff match postponed, Houston and LA advance. Rod Stewart cries tears of joy as Celtic top Barcelona. More.

Season review: Michael Lahoud

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Mike Lahoud didn't join the Union under the best circumstances, but he put that aside to become a major contributor and high character guy in the locker room. PSP has a season review.

The 2012 Union season in pictures, Part 2

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Our two-part look at the 2012 Union season as seen through the lenses of the PSP photographers continues with the beginning of the John Hackworth era.

Union name new international scout, PPL to host Big East championship, more

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Union name Ricardo Ansaldi as new director of international player development. Hackworth on offseason training stints abroad. PPL to host Big East championship this weekend. More news.

Eastern PA USASA Amateur Cup results & Open Cup update

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Results of first round of Eastern PA qualification matches for USASA Amateur Cup and updated schedule for local US Open Cup qualifiers.

Season review: Chris Konopka

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When his number was called, he was more than ready.

Philly Soccer Six conference playoffs

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Drexel, Villanova, Temple and La Salle enter the post-season.

Hackworth: “shaking every bush,” Adu speculation continues, more news

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Hackworth says Union "shaking every bush and lifting every rock" to find a goalscorer, sends mixed signals on Adu. McInerney and Okugo named to SBI MLS U-23 Best XI. More news.

Season Review: Gabriel Gomez

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Gabriel Gomez was brought to Philadelphia to bind the midfield together, combining leadership with playmaking abilities. It didn't really work out that way.

The 2012 Union season in pictures, Part 1

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In Part One of our look back at the 2012 season through the images taken by PSP's photographers, we remember the start of the season under Peter Nowak.

MacMath to train with Everton, Adu on past & future plans, more news

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MacMath to train with Everton in offseason, Hernandez with Real Sociedad. Adu he's happy to play at a place where he feels wanted, plans to return to Europe after one more season in MLS. La Salle women A-10 champs. More news.

Season 3: Taking Stock

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It hurts now, but one day we'll look back on the 2012 season and remember not the losses but what was gained through what we all endured.

Nameplates removed, Valdes & Gomez called up, more news

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As exit interviews and physicals continue at the Union, a report says "a couple" of nameplates in the locker room have already been removed. Valdes & Gomez called up. Donovan emerges from existential malaise to flop LA past Vancouver, more

Footy on the Telly: Nov. 2-8

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The week's upcoming live soccer listings fof your TV and online.

It’s over. Now what?

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Philadelphia Union's off-season started Sunday. What are the team's priorities moving ahead? PSP explores -- and looks for your feedback.

Final review: Castrol Index vs. PSP player ratings

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A look at where Union players finish the season on the Castrol Index and the season averages of PSP's player ratings.

PPL undamaged by Sandy, La Salle WT comes up big, MLS semi switch, more

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Photo: Earl Gardner Philadelphia Union Kerith Gabriel reports that PPL Park was not damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The final Castrol Index of the regular season is out and Jack McInerney finished 13th—13th!—in the league. The top five Union players on the list include Zac MacMath (No. 81), Amobi Okugo (No.