The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2012

Match Report: Philadelphia 2-3 Columbus

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The Union showed tremendous heart in fighting back from a two-goal deficit behind the creativity of their subs, but a blown call ultimately did them in, as they slumped to a 3-2 defeat in Columbus.

Castrol Index vs PSP player ratings: How do they compare?

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One is an objective measure of player performance, the other is a subjective assessment. How do the rankings of Union players in the Castrol Index compare with the average their PSP postgame player ratings?

Preview: Union at Crew

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The Union get another chance to play spoiler to a playoff hopeful. This time it's a revenge game against a Columbus team that silenced PPL Park in injury time only one month ago.

Footy on the Telly: Sept. 28 – Oct. 4

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Live soccer listings for your TV and Computer including Philadelphia Union, Premiership, La Liga, Serie A, Champions League and Europa League

Crew previews, Soumare done for season, Witkowski cleared to play, on Adu, more

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Crew previews. Bakary Soumare out for the rest of the season. Krystian Witkowski free of concussion symptoms, cleared to play. Sheanon on going forward. Smallwood on Adu. More news.

Union vs Crew quick reference

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

Legitimate struggles of the IllegitimateS

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Whether because of prices or anger at the team, many who sit in Section 133, home of the IllegitimateS, are reportedly not renewing their season tickets. Nate Emeritz explores what this might mean.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Gabriel Farfan

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The Philadelphia Union defender is the guest. Co-hosted by KYW's Greg Orlandini and PSP's Eli Pearlman-Storch.

Nowak lawsuit on hold, MOF says Nowak dooped him, Adu injury, more news

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Nowak lawsuit stayed, dispute goes to arbitration. Orozco Fiscal says Peter Nowak broke promise to buy his rights from San Luis, Union did not pay him in the offseason between 2010 & 2011. Adu injury recovery slow. Soumare to have "minor knee procedure." More news.

Roasting Raymon, Adu & Okugo named to TOW, more news

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Raymon Gaddis praised for Sunday's performance. Freddy Adu and Amobi Okugo named to Team of the Week. MLS total attendance passes 5 million mark. Platini wants 2022 WC in winter. More news.

A reprise; as there has been no reprieve

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The year started, and appears to be ending, in abject failure for the Union but that does not equal (or allow) failure by us fans.

Player of the Week: Amobi Okugo

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Perhaps the only Union player to come out of the eight game winless streak with consistent credit, stand-in central defender Amobi Okugo is PSP's Player of the Week.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 3-1 Dynamo

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The goals finally arrived for the Union, though not through the traditional playmaking sources.

Philadelphians Abroad: Tracy wait, Gaudette strong, Richter trialling

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It was largely a quiet week for players with area ties.

Team meeting was called, Richter trialling, Lingerie Football at PPL, more

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Valdes and Carroll called team meeting ahead of Sunday's win. Richter trialling with the Union. Tim Howard has faith in MacMath. Lingerie Football team to play at PPL Park. Philly Soccer Six weekly awards. More news

Quotes & reaction to Union’s winless streak ending win, more news

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Hackworth praises team effort, Gaddis and Martinez. Adu on his injury, likes playing forward. Valdes says playoffs don't matter, working for the fans does. More news.

Local college soccer roundup

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Penn's Stephen Baker scores 4 goals in 7-2 win. More Philly Soccer Six news.

In pictures: Union 3-1 Dynamo

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz' look at Sunday's win over Houston Dynamo.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 3-1 Houston Dynamo

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A three goal outburst snapped the Union's 8 game winless streak as they bested Houston in a tightly-fought contest at PPL Park.

Preview: Union vs Dynamo

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Houston needs three points off the struggling Union to make ground in the playoff race. Philly needs their young core to turn energy into results.

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.

Player ratings: Union 0-1 DC United

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There were few standouts as the Union were again held scoreless, this time by DC United.

In Pictures: Union 0-0 DC United

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner's look at Thursday night's loss to DC United. Goalkeeper's Chase Harrison... ...and Chris Konopka have some fun while warming up. Ray Gaddis and Freddy Adu share a laugh before the match. The teams stand at attention during the National Anthem. Michael Lahoud and Chandler Hoffman.

“Tough to see”: Quotes, reaction, recaps from Union loss, more news

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Hackworth says all the Union can do is keep trying. Video of post-game press conference. McInerney says he can't do it alone. MacMath says the spark is gone. Recaps & reports. Soccer's inevitable rise in the US and how video games help. More news.

Footy on the Telly: Sept. 21 – Sept. 27

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

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-1 DC United

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The winless streak grows to eight as Lionard Pajoy becomes the first ex-Union player to score against his former team.

“Dogfight”: News, quotes & previews ahead of DC game, more

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Hackworth expects a tough, physical game against DC, says to expect more support for McInerney. Mwanga scores brace. Sundhage says farewell. More news.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Brendan Burke

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Union assistant coach Brendan Burke discusses improving the Union's offensive output and the future of player development in the US.

Preview: Union vs DC United

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It always feels good to beat DC United. It will feel better to deal a big blow to their playoff hopes on national television. Do the Union have the self-belief to pull it off?

1-1-1 against TFC: What was going on?

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The Union went 1-1-1 against the worst team in the league. We look at some match stats to try to understand why they didn't go 3-0-0.

Union vs D.C. United quick reference

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

New Nowak allegations, Konopka rocks, AEG for sale, more news

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The Goalkeeper reports court documents say Peter Nowak "'may have improperly profited from player transactions." Getting ready for DC. Konopka goes to School of Rock. Company that owns LA Galaxy for sale. More.

Fans’ View: Thanks for the thrills

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What do you do when you have a nightmare that your favorite Union player is leaving the club?

RE: Message from John Hackworth

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Philadelphia Union emailed Union fans with a message from John Hackworth on Monday morning. Union players got even more personal Monday afternoon by reaching out to call season ticket-holders. What in the name of Tom Veit is going on? PSP isn't sure, but since we don't have Hackworth's personal email, one PSP contributor replies to Hackworth with an open letter.

Local college soccer roundup

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The week's Philly Soccer Six results plus the top scorers and upcoming fixtures.

Philadelphians Abroad: Gaudette strong in goal for New York

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Humelstown's Bill Gaudette continues to impress in goal for New York, and Zach Pfeffer has strong performances for US U-18s in Europe. PSP rounds up performances by locals playing in the pros in this week's edition of Philadelphians Abroad.

Williams TOW, Amobi blogs, Women’s pro talks, Everton tribute, more

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Sheanon Williams on multiple team of the week lists. Amobi Okugo: midfielder, defender, blogger. Nowak to be at Oct. 3 Chicago game against Union. Women's pro league talks, Everton honors Hillsborough 96. More.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 1-1 Toronto

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It's the same old story for the Union. Too much negative play and too little attacking support for the Union's undersized lone striker.

United Soccer League results – 16 Sept 2012

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The weekend's results from the United Soccer League.

Dreary draw, more news

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Recaps and reaction to Saturday's dreary draw. Eastern conference roundup. USWNT comes from behind to defeat Australia in friendly. Brazilian armadillo. More news.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 1-1 Toronto FC

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Despite turning in a stuttering, sluggish performance on Saturday afternoon, a late goal by Sheanon Williams earned the Union a point against Toronto, as their winless streak crept to 7 games.

Preview: Union at Toronto FC

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No wins in the last fourteen combined matches for the Union and Toronto FC. Will a two week break breathe new life into Philly's struggling offense? Or will TFC once again shame the Union and put three points up at home?

Soccer culture shock: From D.C. to Philly

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Recently, one PSP writer described his soccer culture shock in moving from Philly to DC. Another PSP writer describes moving in the other direction, from DC to Philly.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Alexi Lalas

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The US legend and ESPN analyst talks USMNT and also discusses the recent comments he made about Freddy Adu. Plus, the Union in Toronto and the future of the USWNT without Pia Sundhage.

Footy on the Telly: Sept. 14 – 20

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

Freezing, service, Toronto & more

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Roster Freeze Deadline is today at 5pm. Hack talks service. Looking toward Toronto. De Ro out for rest of the season. Some USWNT players don't look good in Borislow expose. More news.

Union lose lottery, Marcus Tracy to San Jose

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The Union lose the weighted lottery to acquire Chestnut Hill-born forward Marcus Tracy.

Union vs Toronto quick reference

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

Reaction & player ratings: USMNT 1–0 Jamaica

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The U.S. played one half of excellent soccer and one half of acceptable soccer, and they won a very, very important game.

Tracy lottery, Pfeffer doing well with US U18s, Dempsey Face, more

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Marcus Tracy lottery today at 10am. Zach Pfeffer and Zack Steffen doing well with US U-18s in Netherlands. More on USA win including Dempsey face. More morning news.

Fans’ view: The traveling circus

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One fan talks about the joys of traveling into someone else's house and giving them hell. He may not make the best house guest, but it's a recipe for great soccer fandom.

Soccer culture shock: From Philly to D.C.

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One PSP contributor moved from Philly to D.C. last year. He didn't expect soccer culture shock, but he got it. Here's what he experienced.

USA back on track, Hack on youth, Hillsborough report, more

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Gomez puts US back on track. Marcus Tracy, training with Union, signed by MLS. Hack on Union youth. Independent Hillsborough Disaster report released, Brit PM apologizes for failures and coverup. More news.

Recap: USMNT 1–0 Jamaica

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With two games left to play in the semifinal round, the U.S. has a little more breathing room, and, while the scoreboard doesn't show it, this was a much-improved performance

“We won’t lose”: USA v Jamaica previews, Marfan’s playmaking, more news

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Klinsmann says the US will not lose tonight against Jamaica. Reports and previews ahead of tonight's USMNT WC qualifier against Jamaica. On Marfan the playmaker. The top-selling Union player jersey. More news.

United Soccer League Kicks Off 53rd Season

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The United Soccer League kicked off it's 53rd season with matches in both the Men's and Women's Major Divisions.

Philadelphians Abroad: Richter and Donatelli are Champions

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Three area players faced off in the USL PRO championship final between Charleston Battery and Wilmington Hammerheads. Two emerged champions.

Where the goals come from

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A look at Union goals for and against after 25 games, including the dramatic rise in headed goals allowed this season.

Local college soccer roundup

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The roundup of the weekend's Philly Soccer Six results plus overall standings, top goalscorers and upcoming fixtures.

Analysis and player ratings: Jamiaca 2–1 USMNT

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For those of you that saw it, you know—it was ugly. For the U.S., the main positive is that nearly all the wounds were self-inflicted.

Recap: Jamaica 2–1 USA

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A disappointing result for the USMNT in Friday night's World Cup qualifier in Jamaica leaves them hoping to reverse their fortunes on TUesday night in Columbus or see their qualifying hopes in deeper jeopardy.

Reaction to US WCQ loss, trialists, US wins Women’s U-20 WC, more

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Reaction to US loss in WC qualifying in Jamaica. US wins Women's U-20 World Cup, Hackworth wants players fighting for their jobs, talks trialists. More news

Preview: Jamaica v. USMNT

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Getting four, or even six, points in the qualifiers against Jamaica would put the US in an excellent position to move on into the next round, but it won't be easy.

Paul Riley for USA

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Paul Riley is a tactician, motivator, and talent developer and should be the next coach of the USWNT.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Antoine Hoppenot

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Antoine Hoppenot talks candidly about the Union's recent struggles as well as the camaraderie among the team's young players. The pod also discusses the USMNT qualifiers against Jamaica.

USA v Jamaica, toughest question, more news

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Big, big World Cup qualifier for the USMNT tonight. Hackworth on the Union (not) finishing. No USWNT Victory Tour stop in Philly? More news.

Fans’ View: Relegation realities — It looks so easy on TV

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Relegation looks a whole lot different when you realize it could happen to you.

Adu vs Farfan, statistically

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Adu expected to be the playmaker when he arrived at the Union but Farfan has more often been given that role. What do the stats say about their play?

Footy on the Telly: Sept. 7 – 13

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Live soccer listings for your TV and computer with 88 World Cup qualifiers, international friendlies, league games and a U-20 Women's World Cup final to choose from.

“Our Achilles heel”: Hack on finishing, attacking as a team, more news

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Hackworth on improving finishing and attacking as a team. How to watch beIN Sports Spanish broadcast in English. More news

Zen and the art of managers’ listening skills

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In John Hackworth's first match since being appointed permanent Union manager, he showed he knows when to listen and when to ignore what he's listening to. PSP explores the good in Hackworth's first match but some big, fat questions about his "long-term contract."

Shots and goals, or the lack thereof

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A look at the Union's stats for shots and goals.

“Very honest conversations”: Looking forward, beIn Sport update, more

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Hackworth says he will have "very honest conversations" with some players about their options. Carroll named to Team of the Week. Comcast to have beIN Sport available in Spanish to area customers on Thursday, but the channel won't have Friday's USMNT WCQ live. Ronaldo still sad. More news.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 0-0 Revolution

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A lone striker isn't cutting it for the Union. Until John Hackworth recognizes this. however, their offensive slump will continue.

Philadelphians Abroad: Locals lift teams to USL Championship

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Strikes from Corey Hertzog and Tony Donatelli help propel their teams to the USL Championship final.

College soccer roundup

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A roundup of the weekend's results for the Philly Soccer Six.

Players happy Hack no longer interim, US in U-20 WC final, more news

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Players happy Hackworth no longer interim manager, says he brings stability. Adu says "amazing" Union fans are one of the best fan bases he's played in front of. US in U-20 Women's World Cup final after defeating Nigeria in semis. USMNT news ahead of Friday's WCQ. More.

“You’ve gotta finish”: Roundup of reaction to Union draw, more news

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"Frustration" is the watchword in the Union locker room after Saturday's drab draw. Reaction to announcement that USWNT coach Pia Sundhage will step down. Jurgen Klinsmann announces roster for upcoming WC qualifiers against Jamaica. Ronaldo "feeling sadness." More news.

Match report: Revolution 0-0 Union

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The possession, territory and chances were all there for the Union on the road against New England. The finishing however, was still not.

In pictures: Revolution 0-0 Union

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PSP photographer Barb Colligon's look at Saturday's scoreless draw at New England