The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2013

Rigby out as Union color commentator

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Bob Rigby will not return to the Union broadcast for 2013.

Union camp news, USA underwhelms in scoreless draw, Altidore rises above

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Hackworth on players and camp progress. USA plays to dull draw with toothless Canada. Jozy Altidore subjected to racial abuse in Dutch game, responds with grace and fortitude. Is Europe headed to a summer schedule? More news.

Recap: USA 0–0 Canada

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On Tuesday evening, the USMNT and Canada played out a dour and largely lifeless nil-nil draw in Houston. While many watchers, including me, were expecting a much freer-flowing game, considering the good vibes coming out of the USMNT training camp and Canada's 4–0 defeat to Denmark just days previous, to see such a low-speed, low-energy [.

Preview: USMNT v Canada

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Tonight's USA v Canada friendly will be an opportunity for many players with something to prove ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Real Madrid trialist & more camp news, Jack Mac in Top 10, preseason games to be streamed, USA

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Trialist from Real Madrid with the Union. McInerney named a Top 10 US U-21 player. Union's Disney Pro Classic matches to be streamed. USA v Canada news. More on Qatargate. More news.

Casey & Hoppenot on the Union attack, Valdes scores for championship, more

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Casey, Hoppenot see the pieces. Williams thinks defense will be strong. Valdes scores as Sante Fe wins SuperLiga Postobón Championship. More news.

Philly soccer 100: League play, Challenge Cup, and the death of a young goalkeeper

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The Philadelphia soccer scene, one hundred years ago this week: League play, Philadelphia Challenge Cup, and the untimely death of a promising young goalkeeper.

Preseason game added, Restrepo trial confirmed, Seba happy, on Adu, more on MLS-USL deal

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Union add preseason game against DC United. Diego Restrepo trial confirmed. Seba happy and sees partnership with Mac. "Thor" will do whatever it takes. Further details on MLS-USL PRO partnership. More news.

Footy on the Telly: Jan. 25-Jan. 31

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The week's upcoming live games on TV and online.

Mendoza signed, GK Restrepo trialing, training camp updates, reaction to MLS-USL PRO deal, more

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Union add Harrisburg native Alex Mendoza to midfield. Restrepo trialling? Hack says club now has No. 9s. Soumare on his fitness, reaction to MLS-USL PRO deal, more news

Union sign midfielder Alex Mendoza

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The Harrisburg native joins the Union after three seasons with Mexican club Pumas.

MLS partners with USL PRO

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New alliance will include interleague play between USL PRO and MLS Reserve League teams and MLS clubs partnering with USL PRO clubs as the Union has done since 2010.

Reading United lands four more alums in MLS

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Four more Reading United alumni were selected in the Supplemental Draft, adding to the five selected in the SuperDraft. The Union have added four Reading United standouts in the past week.

Presser video, draft reaction, trialists named, Parke scores, no Gold Cup games for Philly, more news

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PSP has video from Monday's press conference. Reaction to Union's Supplemental Draft picks. Trialists named. Jeff Parke scores in USMNT win. No Gold Cup games for Philly. More news.

Union add defensive depth in Supplemental Draft

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Defensive size and depth, and local connections, featured in Tuesday's Supplemental Draft for the Union.

Supplemental Draft today, news from open practice, reaction to Hackworth presser, more

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Supplemental Draft streams at 2pm, News and impressions from Monday's open training session. Reaction to Hackworth's press conference. Former Union mid Kyle Nakazawa reportedly retires. Landon just needs some time. More news.

The Hackworth press conference: Adu, Valdes, Carroll captaincy, left back and more

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The Union manager spoke with the media about a number of issues after Monday's open training session at YSC Sports.

Union open practice at YSC Sports, Jan. 21, 2013

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Earl Gardner's photo essay of the Union's open training session.

The letter, depth, new numbers & fonts, NWSL draft, more news

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John Hackworth confirms Union trying to unload Adu in wide-ranging letter to season ticket holders. Is there more defensive depth than it appears to be? New jersey numbers, new font. NWSL draft, more morning news.

Hackworth: Union looking to move Freddy Adu

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In an expansive letter to Union season ticket holders, John Hackworth confirms that the club is shopping Freddy Adu.

Union sign Damani Richards and Aaron Wheeler

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The Union announce the signing of two former trialists, one of whom scored against his new club in a 2010 preseason game.

Draft day reaction: Anding, Okai, Adu

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The surprising Don Anding pick and Freddy Adu drama overshadowed a great piece of draft work by the Union with Stephen Okai. One PSP contributor reacts to each move and is far more reluctant to lose Adu than you'd think.

Philly soccer 100: Hibs move up, face Boys Club In Philly Challenge Cup, new league announced

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Our series in conjunction with the US Soccer's centennial year continues with a look at soccer happening in Philadelphia 100 years ago this week.

Adu news eclipses Union’s SuperDraft, 5 Reading Utd players selected, lots more news

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News of Freddy Adu's possible departure from the Union overshadows the club's SuperDraft. Five Reading United alumni picked in the draft. Loads of MLS news including continuing Cascadia Cup controversy. Much more news.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Draft, whither Freddy Adu?

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KYW's Greg Orlandinin is joined by PSPs Eli Pearlman-Storch and Dan Walsh to discuss the Union's draft. Coach John Hackworth also discusses the Union's approach to the draft and Freddy Adu's status.

Footy on the Telly: Jan. 18-Jan. 24

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The week's live soccer games on TV and online including the Africa Cup of Nations, the return of the Bundesliga, and Sunday's big Premiership matches.

Hackworth: Adu “not in our plans”

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Hackworth on Adu: "Freddy is not coming into our preseason. He is not in our plans." PSP has the story.

Union selects Anding & Okai in draft, trade for Supplemental Draft picks

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The Union surprised when they selected the forward Don Anding with their first pick of the draft. After trading the 29th pick overall to RSL for Supplemental Draft picks, the Union then selected Reading United alumni and midfielder Stephen Okai.

Damani Richards to Union deal still “in the works”

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A report on the Trinidad & Tobago national team website says 18 year old defender Damani Richards has signed a one-year deal with the Union. A source tells PSP the deal is still in the works.

Union signing? Will the Union trade up in the draft? Valdes loan “not the end.” Pre-SuperDraft moves, more

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Report says Union have signed 18-year-old T&T defender Damani Richards. Will the Union trade up in today's SuperDraft? Hack says Valdes loan "isn't the end." Pre-SuperDraft trading.

Five questions, five answers

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After a year spent mostly on the outside looking in, could Roger Torres return to America de Cali? Is the Union locker room bad for Latinos? Who will the next captain be? Who will the trialists be? PSP hits five questions facing the Union and hazards a few answers and guesses.

Len Oliver Q&A: Looking ahead

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Our series of Q&As with the Kensington-born National Soccer hall of Famer concludes.

A quick word on Thursday’s Super Draft from John Hackworth

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The Union head coach answers a few quick questions about Thursday's SuperDraft.

Carlos says thank you, Livestrong no more, SuperDraft, WCQ in Colorado, more news

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Carlos Valdes takes to Twitter to thank Union fans and the club. Sporting KC to drop Livestrong from stadium name. SuperDraft update. First home World Cup qualifier at home of the Rapids. Are Fox Soccer's days numbered? More news.

Official: Carlos Valdes on loan to Sante Fe

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The Union announced on Tuesday that agreement has been reached for Carlos Valdes to go on loan to Santa Fe "for the length of the Liga Postobon Primera A season."

Union to play Montreal Impact in Jacksonville

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The Union will face Montreal Impact in an exhibition game at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida on Feb. 15.

2013 SuperDraft preview: The Union will get defensive

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The Union's primary needs at Thursday's SuperDraft are at left back and center back.

Valdes training with Santa Fe, Parke on call-up, SuperDraft news, history, more

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While the Carlos Valdes loan deal has not been confirmed by MLS or the Union, Valdes is training with Santa Fe. Parke on the USMNT call-up. Draft news. US Soccer crest still sucks. History bits. Blatter wants to be on the radio. More.

Len Oliver: In retrospect

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Len Oliver's look back at playing soccer in 1940s and 1950s Philadelphia concludes.

Sante Fe announces Valdes loan, Combine/SuperDraft news, NWSL allocation, more

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Statement on Santa Fe website announces Valdes returns to the Colombian club on a one year loan, no confirmation yet from the Union. Combine updates. Portland big winner in NWSL allocation, more news.

Scouting Reading United’s MLS Combine invitees

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Reading United alumni will be a massive presence in the MLS Combine. Sean Doyle has a scouting report with comments from Coach Brendan Burke.

Philly Soccer Show: Who’s going where?

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The podcast returns with Reading United communication director Sean Doyle talking about the SuperDraft. Then, what does the future hold for Carlos Valdes and Freddy Adu? Plus, Abby Wambach's World Player of the Year win.

Pfeffer strikes again, Reading United stacks Combine, KC gets ASG, Cascadia kerfufffle, more

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Pfeffer nets second goal in second game with Hoffenheim. 10 Reading United alumni at Combine while Finley and Gomez await Hermann Trophy announcement and Brown signs GA contract. KC to host 2013 All-Star Game, more

Footy on the Telly: Jan. 11-Jan. 17

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The week's upcoming live games on TV and online including the big Sunday doubleheader of Manchester United v Liverpool and Arsenal v Manchester City and the FA Cup replay between Manchester United and West Ham on Wednesday.

Abolish the penalty kick

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100 years ago, the Philadelphia Inquirer led the call in American soccer circles to eliminate the penalty kick.

Talking With Joanna Lohman, Part II

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In the conclusion of our interview with former Philadelphia Independence midfielder Joanna Lohman, we discuss the new women's soccer league and her organization JoLi Academy.

Deportivo Cali enters Valdes hunt, schedule reaction, kids score amazing goal, more

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Report says Deportivo Cali interested in Valdes. 2013 schedule breakdown. "Is it March Yet" vid. NWSL release allocation list. Kids score amazing goal. More morning news.

2013 Union schedule released

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Get your calendar out, the 2013 Philadelphia Union schedule has been released.

Len Oliver Q&A: Playing in the pros in 1950s Philadelphia and beyond

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Our Q&A with Philly soccer legend continues with a discussion about playing in the pros in the 1950s and more.

Valdes deal done? Adu’s status “not finalized,” Parke pride, Pfeffer scores, more news.

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SBI, reports out of Colombia say one year loan deal with option to buy for Carlos Valdes is done. Other reports say deal not confirmed. Hack says Adu's status "not finalized.". Pfeffer scores in Hoffenheim debut. More news.

The quiet departure of Carlos Valdes

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Most accept that Carlos Valdes will leave the Union this winter. Few know exactly why. PSP explores this mystery.

Talking with Joanna Lohman

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In part one of our interview with Joanna Lohman, the former Philadelphia Independence midfielder talks about playing in Spain and the W-League following the demise of WPS.

2013 schedule to drop on Weds, Soccer Night in Newtown, Ballon d’Or, more

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MLS has announced that the 2013 schedule will be announced on Wednesday at noon. 1,500 attend Soccer Night in Newtown. More Valdes rumors. Appearance of Ronaldo Face equals 4 years of Messi, more

USMNT: A new year begins

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It's a new year and a new roster, the perfect opportunity to assess the state of national team affairs.

Len Oliver: The pro game in 1950s Philadelphia

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Kensington-born National Soccer Hall of Famer Len Oliver on playing for Philadelphia Uhrik Truckers of the ASL in the 1950s.

Union: “expect” new signing this week, USMNT camp, Ballon D’Or, more Blatter blather

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Barring a negotiations breakdown, Kerith Gabriel says to expect a new Union signing this week. The latest in Valdes rumors (now with a Uruguayan theme). USMNT training camp. Blatter does not approve. More news.

Parke receives national team call-up

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Parke becomes the first Union player called up to the senior US Men's National Team.

Casey signed, preseason camp opens Jan. 17, more news

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Kerith Gabriel reports Conor Casey has officially signed with the Union, whose preseason camp is set to open on Jan. 17. More news.

Footy on the Telly: Jan. 4-Jan.10

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The week's upcoming live games on TV and online including FA Cup action and the return of La Liga, Serie A, and Liga MX.

Fans’ View: A miracle (until proven otherwise)

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Undefeated in 2013! (so far)

Union: Valdes not given permission to train with Santa Fe; Garber on Blatter, more

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Union spokesperson tells PSP Carlos Valdes has not been given permission to train with Santa Fe. 2013 schedule to be released "mid-January." Garber on Blatter's MLS remarks. Kevin Prince Boateng stops friendly after racial abuse. More.

Designing the kit

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Sometime soon, the Union will release their new third kit. PSP talks to adidasAmerica's Mike Walker, who manages the kit design of all 19 MLS teams, about the design process.

Len Oliver Q&A: The impact of club soccer on Philly’s HS & college game

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We continue our conversation with National Soccer Hall of Famer Len Oliver about Philadelphia soccer in the 1940s and 1950s.

Union represent, Jack Mac poised, 5 Unioners in ASN Top 100, more news

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Chris Albright and Raymon Gaddis to participate in "Soccer Night in Newtown." McInerney tapped as top break out season prospect. Five Union players on ASN Top 100 list. More news.