The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2013

2013: Tough to match this year for American soccer

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2013 was a banner year for American soccer in many ways. Can 2014 match it? PSP's Earl Gardner considers.

Hack says DP option possible, Perez update, Reading United name new coach, more news

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John Hackworth on the Union's offseason approach to bolstering the roster. Latest on Pablo Perez. Reading United name new head coach. More news.

Hack hopeful signings will be announced “very soon,” Le Toux ranked No. 1 MLS right mid by SA, more

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John Hackworth hopeful for signing announcements before the new year and says Carlos Valdes resolution is "close." Soccer America names Le Toux top right mid in MLS for 2013. More.

Footy on the Telly, Dec. 27-Jan. 2

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

Philly Soccer 100: Christmas soccer, 1913

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Intercity, interleague, Philadelphia Challenge Cup, and league games were all on the holiday soccer schedule 100 years ago.

Union confirms Farfan exit, reports on Union transfer target, more news

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Reaction as Farfan transfer is confirmed by the Union. Reports from Argentina of a possible Union transfer target. More news.

From Farfantastic to Farfanless

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In less than a year, the Union have gone from Farfantastic to Farfanless. PSP's Dan Walsh lays out what Michael Farfan's sudden departure says about and means for the Union.

PSP’s Men’s Player of the Year: Amobi Okugo

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When it comes to Amobi Okugo, the defensive midfielder vs. central defender debate will surely continue, but he's an excellent central defender right now and PSP's pick for Player of the Year.

While you weren’t watching: The US Best XI you didn’t get to see

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Did you know the U.S. national team played games before 1990? The USSF apparently didn't, given its recent 100th Anniversary Best XI selections. Steve Holroyd investigates.

Farfan says Cruz Azul move in the works for 2-3 weeks, more news

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Transcript of Michael Farfan's comments at Cruz Azul press conference. Support the Jessie Miele Fund. USMNT All-time Best XI announced. More news.

Michael Farfan dealt to Cruz Azul

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Yep, both Farfans are gone. Cruz Azul announced their acquisition of Michael Farfan on Saturday and introduced him to Mexican media.

PSP’s Women’s Player of the Year: Sinead Farrelly

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Haverford native Sinead Farrelly was an integral part of one of the best midfields in NWSL's inaugural season before finishing the year in Europe.

Cruz Azul targeting Marfan? MacMath, Okugo, Williams named to SBI MLS U-23 Best XI, more

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Website for Liga MX side Cruz Azul lists Michael Farfan as a transfer target. Union defense getting props. Latest MLS player movement news. More.

Footy on the Telly, Dec. 20-26

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio, including all of the Boxing Day fixtures.

PSP Amateur Player of the Year: Zack Steffen

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In a year with many deserving candidates, Downingtown, Pa. native Zach Steffen is PSP's Amateur Player of the Year.

Philly Soccer 100: Amateur Peabody side beats Wissinoming pros in Challenge Cup replay

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One hundred years ago in Philly soccer history, amateur side Peabody defeated pro side Wissinoming to advance to the next round of the National Challenge Cup.

Vart on Union options, agent “101%” certain Valdes won’t play in 2014 MLS first half, Williams No. 1 RB

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Vartughian says Union looking for options in and out of MLS. Valdes' agent on his current status. Williams ranked No. 1 MLS right back by Soccer America. More news.

PSP Coach of the Year: Tim Oswald

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It's one thing to take one team to the final four. Tim Oswald did it with two teams in the same year, and that's why he's PSP's Coach of the Year.

SoBs Help Kick Hunger charity event to cap SuperDraft Weekend

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The Sons of Ben are pulling out all of the stops for January's SuperDraft in Philly and will cap the festivities with the annual Help Kick Hunger charity event.

Re-entry Draft part 2, SF prez says club is negotiating for Valdes, DC nabs GAM, more

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Stage 2 of the Re-entry Draft takes place today. Santa Fe prez says club negotiating to keep Carlos Valdes. Union 5th most searched soccer team on Google in US. Locals honored with NSCAA COY awards. DC lands Eddie Johnson. More.

The results are in, and Union fans say …

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PSP asked readers to sound off on the questions most often asked and debated about the Union. You provided some interesting and often surprising responses, particularly on the question of John Hackworth's future.

Union bits, West Chester United wins East PA Open Cup, MLS moves, more

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Is Liga MX side Morelia interested in Carlos Valdes? West Chester United claims third Eastern PA Open Cup title in a row. Looks like Johnson to DC. More news.

Footy on the Telly, Dec. 13-Dec. 19

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

Santa Fe wants to buy Valdes’ rights “in installments,” College Cup news, more news

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Colombian report says Santa Fe wants to buy rights to Carlos Valdes, valued at $1.5m, "in installments." College Cup and Re-entry Draft News. Klinsmann gets new deal. More.

Union youth at the US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase

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A look at how the Union Academy U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams did at the US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase in Florida.

Santa Fe says it has 40% stake in Valdes’ rights, College Cup, MLS player movement, more

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Latest on the Carlos Valdes situation. Notre Dame wins College Cup at PPL Park. Lots of player moves and rumors in MLS. More WC stadium deaths. More news.

Re-Entry Draft’s first stage sees some action

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PSP evaluates the MLS Re-Entry Draft's first stage, which saw the Union play Moneyball and DC United throw away money. (Pictured: One DC waste of money defending another?)

Union select midfielder Corben Bone in Re-entry Draft first stage

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The Union select 25-year-old midfielder Corben Bone in the first stage of the SuperDraft.

Philly Soccer 100: Six PA teams in Challenge Cup 2nd round, league play, and more

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100 years ago this week, six Pennsylvania clubs faced off in the second round of the National Challenge Cup.

Messiah forward Josh Wood named NSCAA Division III Men’s Soccer POY

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The forward caps off an illustrious career with NSCAA Player of the Year honors days after winning the Division III national championship.

Valdes on his status, Union to return to Disney, locals named to Combine, Riley wants ex-Indys, more

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Carlos Valdes on his current status. Union will return to preseason Disney Classic. Several players with local connections invited to MLS Combine. Paul Riley wants former Independence players in Portland. More news.

Valdes loan expires, Union return possible

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Colombian side Independiente Santa Fe has confirmed they will allow Valdes' loan to expire on Dec. 31, so the Colombian international will return to the Union unless another deal emerges.

Union development partners, locals abound on NSCAA end-of-season lists, Kreis to NYC FC, more

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Union announces youth development affiliates. Locals all over NSCAA end of season award lists. RSL's Kreis takes NYC FC job. Miami Beckham United? More news.

2013 Re-Entry Draft preview

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Who might the Union take in this week's Re-Entry Draft? PSP examines the options, including Philly native Bobby Convey (pictured), in this entirely too long preview.

Brrrrr…MLS Cup Final needs a different date, one way or the other

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Freezing conditions undoubtedly had an affect on the quality of play in Saturday's MLS Cup final. What's a league to do? Earl Reed explores.

Re-entry Draft list, KC GK Nielsen retires, USOC games during WC break, more news

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Lots of local connections and other names of interest on Re-Entry Draft list. Jimmy Nielsen announces his retirement. Looks like USOC games will take place during the World Cup break. More news.

Reaction to KC’s MLS Cup final win and US WC draw, Union Academy alumni in College Cup Final Four, more

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Reaction to Sporting Kansas City's penalty kick win over RSL in MLS Cup final. The US World Cup draw. Madison and Steffen to face off in College Cup semis. More news.

Division III championship recap: Messiah outlasts Rutgers-Camden in 2-1 overtime thriller

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Jeremy Payne's second overtime period goal ends Rutgers-Camden's undefeated season to secure Messiah's tenth national championship.

Division III men’s soccer Final Four recap: Rutgers-Camden, Messiah advance for local final

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An improbable 75-yard free kick goal sends Rutgers-Camden to the NCAA Division III final against perennial powerhouse Messiah. Phil Naegely has a semifinal recap from San Antonio.

So, about that World Cup draw …

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The US national team drew the ultimate Group of Death in the World Cup. Some say it's the toughest group ever in a World Cup. PSP's Jeremy Lane examines the group and notes it just might be possible for the US to make it out of this group.

PSP’s postseason reader poll on the Union

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Have your say on all those burning questions about Philadelphia Union in PSP's inaugural postseason readers poll.

Pregame chat on the MLS Cup final

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PSP's Adam Cann and Eli Pearlman-Storch discuss what they expect to see in Saturday's MLS Cup final.

Pfeffer on time in Germany, MLS Cup final notes, World Cup draw news, Mandela’s passing, more

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Zach Pfeffer on his time in Germany and goals for 2014. News and notes ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup final. World Cup draw today. Sporting world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela. More news.

Footy on the Telly, Dec. 6-Dec. 12

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and satellite radio. This week includes the MLS Cup final, college championships, Champions League, Europa League, and more.

Fans’ View: If you spend it, more will come

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Tim Carr argues the Union have most of the components to be the kind of team the major Philly market deserves. All that is needed now is to splash some cash.

Division III men’s soccer Final Four preview: Rutgers-Camden and Messiah in the mix

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Rutgers-Camden and perennial powerhouse Messiah play in the NCAA Division III semifianls in San Antonio on Friday ahead of Saturday's championship final. Phil Naegely has a preview of the two teams.

Union bits, new HCI prez, World Cup draw and MLS final anticipation grows, more news

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Casey says being healthy all season was awesome. Locals in NSCAA all-region women's teams. League and World Cup draw news. More.

Union trade targets — who’s on the list?

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Forget Eddie Johnson. Let's talk about Justin Morrow (pictured). The MLS trade market opens again on Monday. Here are some players the Union could go after.

Hopp is hungry, Neumann a Herman Trophy semifinalist, State of the League roundup, WC news, more

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A deal for a Union target reportedly collapses. Hoppenot is hungry. Steve Neumann a Hermann Trophy semifinalist. News form Garber's State of the League. World Cup news. more.

What will the accumulation of top Americans in MLS mean for the US in 2014?

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Earl Reed explores how the MLS presence on the USMNT is a key part of why 2014 could be one of the most interesting years in US Soccer history.

Union players in SBI Best XIs, Zach’s back, local players in HS All-America games, more

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Sheanon Williams, Conor Casey, and Amobi Okugo named to SBI Best XIs. Zach Pfeffer returns from Hoffenheim loan. Locals in high school All-America games. More news.

Season review: John Hackworth

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A coach's quality comes out at game time: Did he choose the right lineup? And are those players properly prepared? At times, John Hackworth can seem both stubborn and flexible in his lineup choices and his tactics. After his first full year in charge, PSP looks at what Hack got right and what he can improve going forward.

Steffen and Madison advance to NCAA quarterfinals, Convey released by TFC, more

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Photo: Courtesy of the Philadelphia Union Philadelphia Union I got nothing. Local Former Union Academy goalkeeper Zack Steffen was huge between the posts in University of Maryland's 1-0 win over UC Irvine to advance to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. Ranked No. 5, the Terrapins travel to face No. 4 ranked [.