The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2012

In pictures: Union 2-1 Revolution

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz's look at the Philadelphia Union's 2-1 comeback win over New England Revolution on Sunday night.

“It was awesome”: Recaps & reaction to Union comeback win, more news

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Recaps and reaction to Union's comeback win. Wambach on being sucker-punched. Another Hope Solo controversy, hurray! Califf scores gamewinner. Lehigh Valley's FC Sonic NPSL national champions. More news

Men’s Olympic soccer: Matchday 2

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Spain is out, dos Santos and Neymar shine in Matchday 2 of the men's tournament at the Olympics

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 2-1 New England Revolution

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Jack McInerney completed the first Union comeback of 2012 when his header in the final minute of regulation handed the home side a 2-1 victory over the visiting Revolution.

The fans view of the MLS All-Star Game

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The action at the All-Star Game took place on and off the pitch. PSP photographer Earl Gardner takes a look.

US Women Peg Back Columbia 3-0

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The American women booked their place in the Olympic quarterfinals with an efficient 3-0 win over Columbia. We've got a full match report.

Preview and tactics: Union vs Revolution

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The Union can catch New England in the standings with a win tomorrow.

Union vs New England quick reference

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

Creating youth ambassadors for the future of soccer

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We've come a long way since the days of watching VHS tapes of soccer highlights, but in many ways, we still have a long way to go.

Olympic recap: US comeback win over France

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The US women showed resilience and toughness in their 4-2 comeback win over France in their opening group game at the Olympics.

Footy on the Telly, July 27 – August 2

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The week's upcoming live soccer listings for your TV and computer, including Philadelphia Union, USWNT at the Olympics, Harrisburg City Islanders, summer friendlies, the start of CONCACAF Champions League play and more.

New England must-win, Adu says all’s good, Carlos & Marfan appreciate, more news

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Union prepares for must-win game against New England. Adu says "team matter" was a "misunderstanding," he's good with coaches and teammates. Soumare a week from full fitness. More news.

Men’s Olympic soccer: Matchday 1

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Plenty of action in an exciting opening day in the men's Olympic tournament that saw Japan's shock upset of Spain.

MLS All-Stars vs. Chelsea in pictures

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner's view of the All-Star Game action.

All-Stars shine, USWNT come from behind, more news

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MLS All-Stars, PPL Park and Philly soccer shines in 3-2 win over Chelsea. USWNT comes from two goals behind to win first Olympic match. Local teams at US Youth Soccer National Championships. More news.

The crest on the front or the name on the back?

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Sebastian Le Toux is a Red Bull. We've had some time for that nightmare of a thought sink in and had the opportunity to witness the horror for ourselves. With hundreds of Union Le Toux shirts still floating around our park, where does this turn of events put you in the name on the front/name on the back of the shirt debate?

5 thoughts on the All-Star Game

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The game belonged to DeRo, Wondo, Pontius, DeMerit and Beckham. The day belonged to PPL Park, Philadelphia, and Chester. PSP shares five thoughts on Wednesday's All-Star Game.

Match report: MLS All-Stars 3-2 Chelsea FC

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Eddie Johnson's stoppage time winner capped off a thrilling evening at PPL Park which saw the MLS All Stars triumph over European Champions, Chelsea, 3-2.

Photo essay: Building the playground

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PSP photographer Barb Colligon's look at the MLS W.O.R.K.S./Philadelphia Union Foundation Service Project playground build on Tuesday at Science and Discovery High School in Chester.

US Women’s National Team at the Olympics

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Since the first women's soccer tournament at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, the USWNT has won three gold medals and one silver. A look back at how they got it done.

Gold medal or bust: USWNT Olympic preview

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The US Women open their Olympic campaign against France today. Our preview lays out what they need to do to bring home gold from London.

Photo essay: Building the playground

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PSP photographer Barb Colligon's look at the MLS W.O.R.K.S./Philadelphia Union Foundation Service Project playground build on Tuesday at Science and Discovery High School in Chester.

Celebration time: All-Star & Olympic fever, more news

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All-Star Game happenings. USWNT kicks off Olympic campaign. Playground build in Chester. Bare minimum mention of Nowak. More news.

Philadelphia: A laboratory for U.S. soccer

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Six weeks ago, the All-Star game looked like a potential PR nightmare for MLS. Today, it could be a chance to highlight the future of American soccer. PSP explains.

Philadelphians Abroad: Olsen returns home for ASG

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This week a local lad returns home for the annual MLS All Star Game against Chelsea.

Nowak sues, Marfan added to ASG, more news

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Peter Nowak sues the Union over his severance package. Michael Farfan added to the All-Star Game roster. Donovan says the interim tag should be removed from Hackworth. More news.

The last pro soccer All-Star Game in Philly

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The last time a pro soccer All-Star Game took place in Philly, the NASL's Team America all-stars took on England at JFK Stadium on May 31, 1976. Philadelphia-area born goalkeeper Bob Rigby and defender Bobby Smith were two of only six US players on the team.

Nowak sues the Union

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The former Philadelphia Union manager filed suit over his severance package. Court documents lay out for the first time the specifics of why the Union fired him, details of Nowak's contract, and conflict between Nowak and Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz.

Union at Red Bulls in pictures

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PSP photographer Michael Long's look at Saturday's Philadelphia Union loss at Red Bull Arena.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 0-2 Red Bulls

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A lack of attacking chemistry and the bulldozer that is Kenny Cooper combined to end the Union's winning streak at three.

Photo essay: SoBs at Red Bulls

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PSP photographer Barb Colligon's look at the traveling support for Saturday's game at Red Bull Arena

Recaps & reaction to NY loss, rumors & speculation, more news

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Reports and reaction from Saturday's loss against New York Red Bulls. Adu absence fuels rumor and speculation. Reading and Ocean City out of playoffs. FC Sonic defeat NYRB U-23 to advance to NPSL championships. More news.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 0-2 New York Red Bulls

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Kenny Cooper's brace was enough to hand the Red Bulls a 2-0 victory over a disjointed looking Union side on Saturday afternoon.

Preview: Union at Red Bulls

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With tough August schedules, tomorrow's match means even more than usual to the Union and the Red Bulls.

Midseason player ratings: Philadelphia Union

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It's the midway point of the season. PSP rates the players to see who has shined and who has not.

Le Toux on NY, Union fans; more news

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Apparently the Union are playing the New York Sebastien Le Touxs on Saturday. Le Toux says firing Nowak "the perfect thing to do." MLS goes smart. More news.

Union vs. Aston Villa in pictures

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner's look at the Union vs. Aston Villa friendly.

Footy on the Telly: July 20 – July 26

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The week's upcoming live soccer listings for your TV and computer including the start of the Olympic tournaments.

Union vs Red Bulls quick reference

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The Union are 2-3-0 against New York all time. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Chelseas in Philly

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Ahead of Chelsea's visit to Philadelphia for the MLS All-Star game, PSP remembers three notable Chelsea players who spent time with Philadelphia teams—Harold Brittan, Peter Osgood, and John Dempsey.

Experience for youth, East race tightens, more news

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If the Villa friendly was a night for the Union youth, how's they do? Jordan and McLaughlin on loan to Harrisburg for rest of USL PRO season. Mid-week Eastern Conference matches tighten up the table. More news.

Match Report: Philadelphia 0-1 Aston Villa

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Aston Villa made Nathan Delfouneso's first half tally stand up in a tightly contested friendly at PPL Park on Wednesday night.

Fans’ view: PPL Park steps onto the world stage

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Philly fans have two opportunities to show the world how great the Union's support is with the Aston Villa friendly and All-Star Game.

Reading United win extra time thriller

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Reading advance to the Eastern Conference Championships for the fourth time in five years thanks to an extra time goal in the 119th minute from Dante Marini.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Union turning it on

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KYW's Greg Orlandini and PSP's Eli Pearlman-Storch and Adam Cann discuss the Union's three-game winning streak and Saturday's game against Sebastien Le Toux and New York Red Bulls. Also, officiating in MLS.

Villa in the house, Reading playoff win, more news

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Villa friendly. Okugo named to Team of the Week. Reading United advances in PDL Eastern Conference Playoffs. Thieves hit local youth soccer club hard. Cosmos plan. Poor soccer ticket sales at Olympics? More news.

Philadelphians Abroad: Gaudette starts for Red Bulls

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Hummelstown native Bill Gaudette made his first start in a New York Red Bulls jersey on Sunday.

PDL playoff preview: Reading United vs. Jersey Express

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Reading United are in the playoffs for the fifth year in a row and host Jersey Express on Tuesday night.

Player of the Week: Carlos Valdes

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Carlos Valdes is your unanimous and deserving player of the week. The Union captain earned an All-Star nod and notched a winner with his first goal of the season.

The other Farfan (and other displaced midfielders)

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Gabriel Farfan has been dazzling with his ball skills. What could he do if returned to midfield? PSP explores the possibilities for him and the rest of the displaced Union midfielders.

Hop or Roger? Reading in play-in, more news

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Is Hoppenot in the way of Torres? Union - "hottest team in the league" - rising in power rankings. Reading United play for PDL Eastern Conference fourth seed spot tonight. Union academy goalkeeper named US Development Academy U-15/16 East Conference Player of the Year. Manchester United tops Forbes list.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 2-1 Impact

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The Union lost their shape and again struggled through the midfield, but were saved by Captain Courageous, and 2012 MLS All Star, Carlos Valdes.

In pictures: Union 2-1 Montreal Impact

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for Saturday nights Philadelphia Union 2-1 victory over the expansion Montreal Impact at PPL Park, which came from a dramatic stoppage time winner from Carlos Valdes.

“Massive” — Recaps & reaction to Union 6-pointer, more news

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Recaps and reaction to Union's big win. Sakiewicz says Union "done tinkering." Ocean City take Mid-Atlantic Division title, Reading finish in second place. MLS Eastern Conference roundup. Calls for Blatter to resign grow. More news.

Ocean City crowned division champs

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Ocean City Nor'easters defeated Brooklyn Knights 1-0 with a 79th minute goal from Marcus Lacroix to win the PDL Mid-Atlantic Division championship.

Carlos Valdes is an All-Star

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Carlos Valdes was selected to the MLS All-Star team by commissioner Don Garber.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-1 Montreal Impact

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Carlos Valdes struck a stoppage time winner to save Zac MacMath's blushes as the Union beat Montreal Impact 2-1 in the first ever meeting between the two clubs.

10 man Reading knock off Ocean City

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Reading United keep their campaign for the playoffs and a possible Mid-Atlantic Division title alive after defeating first place Ocean City.

Inside Reading: The final stretch

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As the regular season winds down for Reading United, Reading's Kyle McCarthy talks about his club preparing for this weekend's big games, practicing at PPL Park, and trying to survive off the field in a ... minimalist way.

Le Toux traded to Red Bulls

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Sebastien Le Toux is a Red Bull. How does Union Nation feel about it?

Preview: Union vs Montreal Impact

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The Union were bullied by Sporting Kansas City and the Montreal Impact will have noticed. Can Philly adjust their open style of play as opponents look to beat them up?

Preview: Reading United vs. Ocean City FC

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For Reading, only a win will be enough to keep their playoff hopes alive. For Ocean City, a win means the Mid-Atlantic Division title.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Jesse Marsch

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Jesse Marsch is the guest on the latest Philly Soccer Show podcast as the Union move ahead from Wednesday's US Open Cup loss to face Montreal Impact on Saturday.

Footy on the Telly: July 13 – 19

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Live soccer listings for your TV and computer.

7th in 21, lessons & pride, Cosmos, and more

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Union play seventh game in 21 days on Saturday. Hackworth proud of his players. Cosmos are back, again. Blatter knew of payments. Terry found not guilty. More news

Match report: Union 0-2 Kansas City

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Sporting Kansas City ended the Union's US Open Cup run in the semifinals on Wednesday night, earning a 2-0 victory in physical match.

“Baffling”: Recaps & reaction to Union USOC loss

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Terrible officiating, cynical play, and the Union didn't finish the few chances they created: recaps, reaction and quotes from a hard ending to a great run. More FIFA corruption - hurray!

Coaching youth soccer

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Rowan University assistant men's soccer coach Don Norton lays out in this guest column his philosophy for how youth soccer coaches should approach their players and the game.

1st place Ocean City takes on Reading United

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Ocean City Nor'easters travel to Reading United on Friday for a match that has big playoff implications for the home team. Richard Tassano brings us up to speed on the Nor'easters recent games.

In pictures: Union – Sporting KC

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz's look at the Union's US Open Cup loss.

Preview and tactics: Union vs Sporting KC

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The Union want the cup. KC wants the cup too. Only one team can have it, which means Jack McInerney needs to remind SKC what a first half brace looks like.

PSP talks to Union striker Antoine Hoppenot

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Antoine Hoppenot has been in spectacular form for the Union this season. PSP talks to him about his role on the team, adjustments he has made since college, and fitting into the Philly locker room.

We want the Cup, more news

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US Open Cup previews. Hackworth expects fast and physical game. KC want revenge. Union players all over the weekly awards. More news.

That Doopin’ Feelin’

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Do you know what it feels like to ride a unicorn across a rainbow eating a perfect cheeseburger just after being given a pot of gold? Neither does Seth Finck, but he thinks Doop might be pretty close.

Before Hoppenot, there was Fidelia

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A supplemental draft pick from New Jersey whose first language is French lighting up games as a super sub—sound familiar? Meet the Pat Fidelia of the NASL's Philadelphia Fury.

Philly and the US Open Cup Final

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As the Union prepare to host their first US Open Cup semifinal match, a look at Philadelphia-area teams in the US Open Cup final, which has had local winners ten times since 1914.

The case for John Hackworth

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PSP makes the case for John Hackworth to lose the interim tag and stay on as Philadelphia Union manager.

Player of the Week: Michael Farfan

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The Philly Player of the Week is Michael Farfan. Could there be any doubt? He was just too nasty. PSP lays it out.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 3-0 Toronto FC

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In a battle of the cellar-dwellers, the Union earned their second consecutive league victory, pounding Toronto FC in a match that could have been far more lopsided.

Vote Mac & Marf, weekly honors, more news.

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Vote McInerney and Farfan for Goal of the Week. Union, Marfan and Adu honors roll in. More news.

Philadelphians Abroad: Valentin scores first goal

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Philly players found the back of the net in the MLS and USL PRO over the past week with Zarek Valentin scoring his first goal.

In pictures: Union 3-0 Toronto FC

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow's look at Sunday's emphatic win.

“Just clicking”: reports & reaction from Union’s big win

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Reports & reaction from the Union's dominating win over Toronto. A candid Adu on what he needs to do. Nowak tells Polish press if the national team needs him, "I'm available." Ocean City clinches PDL playoff spot, another thumping win for Reading, while Harrisburg fights back for a 4 point weekend. More news.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 3-0 Toronto FC

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The Union took the game to Toronto early and often on Sunday afternoon, running out with a comprehensive 3-0 victory.

Preview and tactics: Union vs TFC

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Last time these teams met, it was the lowest point of the Union's season. After a string of solid performances, can Jack McInerney lead Philadelphia to a much-needed trio of points?

KC wins primary US Open Cup final rights

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The US Open Cup final will be played at PPL Park only if the Union beat Kansas City in the semifinals and Chivas USA also beats Seattle, after KC was announced Friday as winner of a sealed bid for hosting rights.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 2-1 Galaxy

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Jack McInerney and Michael Farfan's heroics won the day against the Galaxy, but the truth of the matter is that the Union still need to improve to compete on a weekly basis.

Union vs Toronto quick reference

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

Donovan dissing, Soumare update, Beckham, GLT, more.

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Did Donovan dis Jack? More on Wednesday's win in LA. Bakary Soumare update. Surprise: Beckham only gets extra one-game suspension. Goal-line technology approved. More news.

Jack, Marfan take LA: quotes, recaps, video, more

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Recaps, quotes and highlights from the Union's stunning win in LA. Goal-line technology vote scheduled for today. More news.

Fans’ View: What to rant about now?

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Given the team is showing some signs of life, a father takes a half step back to view game day through the eyes of a child.

Footy on the Telly: July 6 – 12

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The upcoming week's live soccer listings for your TV and computer. The Union plan to stream Wednesday night's US Open Cup semifinal match.

Match report: Union 2-1 Galaxy

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Wonder goals at the end of each half allowed the Union to shock Los Angeles, stealing a 2-1 victory at the Home Depot Center on Wednesday night.

LA, Mwanga scores, Salinas returns, Brazil drops, UEFA tinkers, more

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Featured image: Ed Farnsworth

PSP wishes all of you a happy and safe Fourth of July!

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John Hackworth said of tonight's game against LA Galaxy (10:30pm; CSN, MLS Direct Kick, MLS Live), "If we correct some things we did on Saturday night, we'll get a good result against LA.

Player of the Week: Deshorn Brown

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Photo:Â Courtesy of Glenn Reigel/Reading United AC

Reading United entered last weekend's home stand against Bermuda Hogges and Brooklyn Knights smarting from a three game winless streak. That streak included two consecutive losses for the first time since the club finished fourth in the PDL's Mid Atlantic Division in 2007, which also happens to be the last time the club failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Preview and tactics: Union at Galaxy

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

What: Union (Road: 1-5-1) at LA Galaxy (Home: 4-4-1)

Where: The Home Depot Center

When: 10:30pm EST

Why: Because nobody has kicked a ball at an injured Philly player in a while

Watch: CSN, MLS Direct Kick, MLS Live

People generally like to keep what they already have.

Hackworth on dismissals, stability; Casillas class, more news

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Photo: Daniel Gajdamowicz

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John Hackworth held a teleconference on Monday with reporters to discuss the dismissals of Diego Gutierrez and Alecko Eskadarian from the Union. Check out PSP's selected transcript of the teleconference for extended quotes.

Hackworth said of the firings, "The bottom line is they are not with the Philadelphia Union anymore.

Philadelphians Abroad: Staying in Wilmington, Hip-Hoppenot

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Those looking forward to seeing Reading-native Corey Hertzog re-take the field for New York will have to wait a little longer. Last week, New York agreed to extend Hertzog's loan to Wilmington until the end of the USL Pro season. Originally loaned for a one-month stint, Hertzog will now appear in the Hammerhead kit at least until August 18 when Wilmington plays its last regular season game.

John Hackworth press conference: News and Notes

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photo by Daniel Gajdamowicz

Apologies for all the parentheses, elipses, and commas. Most of the teleconference sounded like it was coming through a tin can from a submarine at the bottom of the ocean.

On the firings of Diego Gutierrez and Alecko Eskandarian

"They are separate situations.

Ocean City Nor’easters down Bermuda 4-0

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Photo: courtesy of Ocean City Nor'easters

Just days after heavy tropical weather blew across the Jersey Shore, another storm dominated Sunday night as the Ocean City Nor'easters defeated the travel-weary Bermuda Hogges 4-0. The win at Fenton Carey Stadium upped Ocean City's record to 10-2-0 to keep them in first place in the USL PDL Mid-Atlantic Division.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 1-2 Dynamo

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

Well that wasn't the start John Hackworth would have been hoping for in his first match leading the Union away from PPL Park.

But it was only one match. And amid a regime change and a congested fixture schedule, it is hard to read too much into one less than sterling performance.

Philadelphia Union at Houston Dynamo in pictures

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PSP photographer Nicolae Stoian was on hand in Houston on Saturday for the Philadelphia Ubnion's loss to the Dynamo. Here's a look at what he saw.

Captain Valdes leads out the team.

That's right, cheerleaders.

The starting XI.

United, Brown rampant in win over Brooklyn

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Photo: Courtesy of Glenn Reigel/Reading United

It was a very good weekend for Reading United and their goal scoring ace, Deshorn Brown. The temperature at kickoff at Albright College's Shirk Stadium was 94 degrees, but nothing has been hotter than a Reading team that has re-discovered their scoring touch, thanks in large part to Brown hitting the back of the net four times this weekend.

Hackworth: Sitters must be finished, more news

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

On Sunday night, PSP broke the news that Diego Gutierrez and Alecko Eskadarian are no longer with the Union. Union Tally and The Goalkeeper soon confirmed our report. A teleconference is scheduled for today at 1:30pm.

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Finishing, finishing, finishing.

Union cut ties with Gutierrez, Eskandarian

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Photo: Earl Gardner

Philadelphia Union have cut ties with scouting chief Diego Gutierrez and youth director Alecko Eskandarian.

A team spokesperson confirmed Sunday that Gutierrez and Eskandarian are no longer with the team but declined to give further details. Biographies of both men have been removed from the team web site.