The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2013

Season review: The other guys

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PSP looks at the 2013 efforts of the Philadelphia Union players who didn't get major minutes this season but spent most of the year with the Union: Aaron Wheeler, Chris Albright, Mike Lahoud, Leo Gonzales, Roger Torres, Oka Nikolov, and Gilberto Souza.

Let’s go shopping!

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It's that time of the year again. Here's PSP's guide to shopping for that special Union fan during the holiday season.

Newsie bits and bobs including US Soccer’s Athletes of the Year, WC stadium crane collapse update, and more

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Knighton and Hertzog released by Vancouver. Eastern Pa. US Open Cup qualification update. Altidore and Wambach lead US Soccer AOY awards. News from crane collapse at Sao Paolo WC stadium. More.

Footy on the Telly, Nov. 29-Dec. 5

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio.

Season review: The Harrisburg contingent

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PSP reviews the season's for the Union's Harrisburg contingent: Don Anding, Cristhian Hernandez, Jimmy McLaughlin, Greg Jordan, and Yann Ekra.

2014 MLS schedule shows promise on TV front

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MLS has a TV ratings problem. Earl Reed looks at the just released 2014 TV schedule and sees positive change, though challenges remain.

Philly Soccer 100: Thanksgiving soccer, 1913

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Continuing a tradition that stretched back to at least 1889, the Philadelphia soccer scene came together for a massive slate of 26 games on Thanksgiving Day in 1913.

SoBs to host national supporters summit, HKH info, Defoe to TFC rumors renewed, more

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SoBs to host national supporters summit during January's NSCAA convention in Philly. News of the 2014 Help Kick Hunger charity event. Brit papers renew Jermaine Defoe to TFC rumors. More news.

Sons of Ben to host supporters summit during 2014 NSCAA convention in Philadelphia

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The Sons of Ben will be hosting a supporters summit with representatives of supporters groups from around the country during the NSCAA convention in January that also includes the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

Union worth, waivers, Red Bull rivalry, playmakers & other thoughts

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PSP's Dan Walsh looks at a few bits of recent news, including the Union's team value, the waiving of Don Anding, the MLS Cup final, and other bits from around MLS.

Season review: Kléberson

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Save for one fantastically memorable moment, reviewing Kleberson's season is more a question of what ifs than anything else.

LBF partners with local retailer for a unique soccer store

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Live Breathe Futbol's Ebun Olaloye talks to PSP about Media FC, a new store designed to offer soccer fans a unique soccer experience.

Rutgers-Camden and Messiah advance to NCAA Div III Final Four

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Rutgers-Camden extends its unbeaten streak to 36 games to reach Final Four for the first time while Messiah reaches Final Four for 13th time in the last 14 years.

Union schedule released, 4 are waived, Eddie Johnson rumor, more

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Union release 2014 schedule, waive Anding, Jordan, Kleberson, and Nikolov. Are the Union interested in Eddie Johnson? More news.

Union waive Kleberson, Nikolov, Jordan and Anding

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The Union waived four players, including their top pick in the 2013 amateur draft.

Union 2014 schedule released

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The Union's 2014 campaign begins on the road against Portland on March 8, the fourth time they've opened on the road in the last five seasons. The home opener is March 15 against New England.

Season review: Ray Gaddis

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The natural right back improved over the course of the season at left back, a position the Union hope to upgrade in the offseason. Will value to the Union in 2014 come as a depth player or in a trade?

KC v RSL MLS Cup final set, Waiver Draft and 2014 schedule release today, more

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KC will host RSL in MLS Cup final. Waiver Draft and 2014 schedule to be released today. Rutgers-Camden and Messiah advance to NCAA Division III semis, Penn State to Division I Round of 16. More.

Season review: Michael Farfan

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Where has the dynamic winger gone? And who is this passive central midfielder wearing his number? Michael Farfan's frustrating year leaves a lot of open questions going into the offseason.

PSP’s postseason party: Dec. 7

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Come hang with the PSP crew and watch the MLS Cup final with us in Philadelphia during our first ever post-season party with our readers. Click on for more details.

Locals bow out of NCAA tournament, MLS playoffs resume, more news

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Drexel, Delaware and Penn knocked out of NCAA tournament. MLS playoffs return - remember them? European parliament calls on FIFA bring pressure on Qatar to improve working conditions. More news.

Philly Soccer 100: New league planned, another announced, cup play, and league results

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One hundred years ago this week in Philadelphia soccer, a new Delco league was announced and a "monster" amateur league was planned.

Adam and Eli chat about the MLS conference finals second legs

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Who's going to prevail in this weekend's Conference Final second legs? PSP's Eli Pearlman-Storch and Adam Cann had a chat about it.

Footy on the Telly, Nov. 22-Nov. 28

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Derbies, MLS conference finals second legs, Champions League, Europa League and more in your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, on line, and on satellite radio.

Season Review: Keon Daniel

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Registering just one assist in 2013, the Union just did not get enough out of the central midfielder. Can Keon rebound in 2014?

Fans’ View: The future’s so bright

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Union fan John Ling says the team's attention to its youngest supporters bodes well for the future.

Casey for MLS Comeback Player of the Year, Forbes values Union valued at $90m, local NCAA action begins

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Casey finalists for MLS Comeback Player of the Year. Forbes estimates Union's value at $90 million, 11th highest in the league. Drexel, Delaware, Penn and Penn State begin NCAA tournament play tonight. More.

Orlando City, prospects of 3 Conferences, and Chivas USA

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Could MLS move to a three-conference setup now that Orlando's 2015 entry will put the league at 21 teams? Earl Gardner thinks so, and he lays out how.

Season review: Antoine Hoppenot

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With nearly identical numbers in 2013 as he had in 2012, Antoine Hoppenot was consistently the first Union player off the bench. Possessing a rare combination of athletic skills, is he in danger of becoming a one-trick pony?

In pictures: Union Loyalty Points pickup match at PPL Park

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Barb Colligon with a look at the season ticket holders Loyalty Points pickup match at PPL Park.

Orlando named 21st MLS team, US ends 2013 with a loss, WC field nearly set, bloopers, more

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Orlando officially announced as 21st MLS franchise, will begin play in 2015. US loses final game of 2013. The World Cup field is all but set. PSP blooper reel. More news.

Recap: Austria 1-0 USA

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Poor wide play and one smooth move from Austria put a damper on an otherwise stellar year for the US Men's National Team as they fell 1-0 to Austria in Vienna.

DeRo to the Union?

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No, we're not starting a rumor. We're just asking the question. PSP's Dan Walsh explores this prospect.

Locals learn NCAA tournament opponents, Orlando SC announcement today, USA friendly, more

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Drexel, Penn, and Delaware learn NCAA tournament first round opponents. Orlando SC announcement today. USA friendly previews. Former Indy coach Paul Riley out of running for England WNT job. More news.

Season Review: Fabinho

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Brought into the team in June to fill a glaring hole, the Brazilian soon found himself in a starting role. Whether the Brazilian proves to be a stop-gap or a solution remains to be seen.

Season review: Jeff Parke

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Jeff Parke chose to come home to play soccer this season, and the Union benefited from a very good season from the veteran defender.

New preseason home for the Union? Drexel, Penn claim conference titles, local high schools win states

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Report says partnership between Union and Deltona "appears likely" to be ending. Drexel and Penn claim conference championship. Area high schools are state champs. AI releases damning report on working conditions in Qatar. More.

Division III men’s soccer roundup: First and second round action review

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Phil Naegely rounds up the first and second round results from the Division III men's tournament.

Preview: Austria v USMNT

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After an underwhelming performance from Friday's starters against Scotland, will some of the subs who impressed get the opportunity to show more of what they have?

Recap and reaction: Scotland 0–0 USMNT

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A dull game in which few players shone, though the substitutes generally looked good.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: John Hackworth

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Greg and Eli talk to Philadelphia Union manager John Hackworth about the team's plans for 2014.

Season review: Sebastien Le Toux

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Sebastien Le Toux was asked to change roles in 2013, from a finisher to a provider.

Philly Soccer 100: Open Cup draw, Hibs lose grounds, local league results

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One hundred years ago in Philadelphia soccer history, the fixtures for five area teams in the US Open Cup were announced, and Hibernian learned they were losing their home field. Also, local league results.

Valdes unlikely to return in 2014, Drexel and La Salle advance, US v Scotland previews, more

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John Hackworth expresses doubts that Carlos Valdes will return to the Union in 2014. Drexel and La Salle advance in conference playoffs. USA previews. Zlatan. More news.

Footy on the Telly, Nov. 15-Nov. 21

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio, including World Cup qualification playoffs, international friendlies, and more.

Photo: On Nov. 16, 2009, PSP published i

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Photo: On Nov. 16, 2009, PSP published its first articles. We've come a long way since then and we wouldn't have been able to do it without you. Many thanks for your continued support. Philadelphia Union Union academy U-15/16 goalkeeper Cameron Keys has been named the US Development Academy Player [.

Season Review: Zac MacMath

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As the club moves on towards the 2014, the question marks surrounding MacMath have largely been erased.

Fans’ View: The five-year cycle of Union fandom

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One Union fan takes us through the five-year cycle of Union fandom and finds he might end up right where he started in 2010.

Preview: Scotland v USMNT

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The U.S. should feel confident of a victory, but the focus must be on individual performances.

Hack says Torres “most likely” won’t be with Union in 2014, Plumhoff named A-10 OPOY, Dempsey out of USMNT squad, more

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Hackworth says it is "most Likely" that Roger Torres will not return in 2014. La Salle's Jason Plumhoff named A-10 Offensive Player of the Year. Dempsey and Johnson out of USMNT squad with injuries. More.

Season review: Danny Cruz

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Danny Cruz's physical skills are the kind that grab attention, but it is his psychological skills that are often at play when he is most effective. The question is, did he provide his strikers with the consistent, quality service they needed?

The 2013 Union season in pictures

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A look back at the 2013 season as seen through the lenses of PSP's photographers.

International breaks are important, but…

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The problem with the MLS playoff schedule isn't the international break. It's how MLS scheduled around it. PSP's Earl Reed explains and suggests a better way to do it.

Playmaker is priority No. 1, MLS TV ratings below the WNBA, more

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Hackworth says signing a playmaker is priority No. 1. 2013 MLS ratings below those of the WNBA. FIFPro calls on FIFA to help soccer player trapped in Qatar. More news.

Season Review: Amobi Okugo

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One of the most complete players on the roster, is Amobi Okugo a future Union captain?

Philly soccer 6 conference playoffs roundup

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Bob McBride rounds up Philly Soccer 6 news as conference post-season play gets underway.

Le Toux says team will come back hungry, local colleges in NCAA tournaments, USMNT roster, more

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Sebastien Le Toux says Union will be hungry in 2014. Local colleges in NCAA tournament draw. USMNT roster for Scotland and Austria friendlies released. More news.

Division III men’s soccer: Local NCAA tournament teams revealed

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Phil Naegely has news of local teams in the NCAA Division III championship tournament following Monday's draw.

John Hackworth lays out his postseason plans

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Union manager John Hackworth laid out his offseason plan to PSP, breaking down his team's offseason needs, which players are returning (or not), designated player prospects, recent scouting trips to Europe and South America, and plans to fix the midfield.

KYW Philly Soccer Page: Union assistant coach Brendan Burke

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Union assistant coach Brendan Burke joins the pod to talk about the team's offseason plans, which include signing a playmaker and moving toward an an open, passing-orientated 4-3-3.

Season Review: Brian Carroll

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A tireless defender, Carroll defines the hard-working Union.

Pfeffer gets US U20 call-up, local college postseason heats up, MLS conference final first-leg results, more

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Pfeffer and Hoffenheim teammate Canouse called into US U20 European camp. La Salle women claim A-10 title, Philadelphia University men win their first CAA title. One conference final first leg dreary, the other scorey. More news.

In pictures: Navy Midshipmen 1-0 Army Black Knights

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Friday night as the Navy Midshipmen pulled out a stoppage time win against the Army Black Nights.

Division III men’s soccer roundup: Conference Playoffs Conclude, teams ready for NCAA’s, and more

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Phil Naegely rounds up the results of local Division III conference finals including Rutger-Camden's victory over Rutgers-Newark for their third straight NJAC title.

Season review: Conor Casey

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John Hackworth took a gamble on Conor Casey in 2013 and was handsomely rewarded.

Philly soccer 100: Bethlehem wins appeal, cup conflict

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One hundred years ago this week in Philadelphia soccer history, Bethlehem won its appeal against the AFA. Meanwhile there was more first round American Cup action, the start of the first National Challenge Cup and local league games.

Union player stat infographic for October

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Dan Stover and Jim Prestifilippo present their infographic of Philadelphia Union player stats for October's games and the 2013 season.

Division III men’s soccer roundup: Postseason play brings penalty kicks, upsets, and more

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Phil Naegely rounds up the local NCAA Division III playoff results.

A Union rumor (finally), Adu out at Bahia, Western Final set, TV ratings tumble, more

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Agent connects Union with interest in Dani Cuevas and Benji Joya. Bahia to release Freddy Adu at end of season. Its RSL and Portland in Western Conference finals. MLS TV ratings drop. More news.

Beef and Beer Benefit for Philly Inner City Soccer

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Casa soccer league hosts benefit this Saturday to benefit inner city soccer in Philadelphia.

Footy on the Telly, Nov. 8-Nov. 14

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio.

Season review: Jack McInerney

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Our series of season reviews continues with rising MLS star Jack McInerney.

Fan’s View: My three wishes for next season

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Scott Pugh has a few wishes he'd like to come true as a Union fan for 2014 and beyond.

Lahoud to be honored for work with at-risk youth, no joy for NY and NE, Drexel men claim 2nd straight CAA title, more

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Lahoud to receive Bresee Foundation's Pioneer Award. New York and New England knocked out of MLS playoffs. Drexel claims second straight CAA men's soccer title. Orlando announcement expected on Nov. 19. More.

Season review: Sheanon Williams

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PSP kicks off its annual season reviews for Union players with Sheanon Williams, one of the best right backs in MLS.

Roger Torres, and other things

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Some words on the prospective Roger Torres departure and the MLS playoffs, courtesy of PSP's Dan Walsh.

District 12 state run ends early, playoff previews, more

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District 12's Father Judge, Lansdale Catholic, Conwel-Egan, each defeated in PIAA state tournament first round. Playoff bits. More news.

What soccer specificity? Eyesore pitches tarnish solid playoff weekend

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Three of last weekend's playoff games took place on fields marked up for American football, much to the irritation of fans around the league.

Union players in Top 100, Temple ranked 23rd by TDS, USWNT U-17s win group, more

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McInerney, Okugo, and Williams in ASN Top 100. TOp Drawer Soccer ranks the Temple men's team 23rd in the nation. USWNT U-17s defeat Canada to win group in CONCACAF Championship. More news.

Division III men’s soccer roundup: Conference playoffs edition

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With the regular season over, Phil Naegely looks at the playoff matchups in local NCAA Division III play.

District 12 boys’ soccer championships: Catholic League sweeps

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Catholic League teams swept the District 12 boys' soccer championships on Friday with Conwell-Egan, Lansdale Catholic, and Father Judge all victorious.

The Roger Torres question, Jack not satisfied, locals in US U-17 win, playoff news (now with stripes), more

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Roger Torres tweets farewell, what does it mean? McInerney not satisfied with 2013 season. One local has assist, the other is captain, as US cruises to another win in CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championships. More.

The Week in Tweets

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Kansas City reaction, bowling with Mike Lahoud, and Albright shout-outs. It's all in The Week in Tweets.

Philly Soccer 100: Bethlehem appeals AFA decision, riot call at Starr Garden

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100 years ago in Philadelphia soccer history, Bethlehem appealed the order to replay their American Cup match against Wissinoming. And while rain caused many league games to be postponed, an exhibition game at Starr Garden ended in a riot.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Looking back on 2013 and ahead to 2014

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Jonathan Tannenwald joins Greg and Eli as the pod reviews the 2013 season and looks ahead to what is needed for 2014.

Sak says Union has money to spend to reach “another level,” Houston tops Montreal, more

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Nick Sakiewicz says the Union has money to spend to take the team to "another level." Houston defeats 8-men Montreal in playoff knockout game. USWNT U-17s thump T&T at CONCACAF U-17 Championships. More news.

Division III men’s soccer roundup: Regular season winding down, conference battles

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With the regular season winding down, conference playoff spots are the focus.

Footy on the Telly: Nov. 1-Nov. 7

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Your weekly live soccer listings on TV, online, and on satellite radio including the MLS playoffs, the Champions League, and the Europa League.