The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2013

‘Twas the Night Before DoopDay

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Conor O'Grady adapts some familiar verse in honor of the start of the 2013 Union season.

Preview: Union v Sporting Kansas City

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Sporting KC wants to catch Houston, the Union want to catch fire offensively. Oh, and these teams are none too fond of each other. Welcome back, MLS.

Five burning questions for 2013

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First kick is right around the corner. You might be thinking about these questions too.

Talking Tactics: Day 3

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Day 3. Let's wrap up all this talking and get to the soccer!

Hoffman traded, previews, Mwanga traded, De Ro suspended, US U-20s, more

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Hoffman traded to LA. Season and home opener previews. Pressure on to make playoffs. Mwanga to Colorado, De Rosario to miss first two games. US U-20s face Cuba. More news.

Footy on the Telly: March 1-March 7

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

PSP upgrades, new classified ads section added

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Did something change on PSP? What ever could it be? Click to read more!

Who has the most to prove in 2013?

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The 2013 season is right around the corner and if the Union are to succeed, they will need a number of players to step up. PSP looks at which players are under the most pressure to heed the call.

Union vs Sporting KC quick reference

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

Tactics Talk: Day 2

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It's Day 2 of Talking Tactics. Time to talk defense, goalkeeping and make odd, but accurate Monty Python references.

A matter of identity

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Philadelphia Union's throwback jersey isn't merely an homage to Bethlehem Steel's soccer club. If you look a little deeper, it's far, far more. PSP explains.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Jeff Parke

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Local lad Jeff Parke joins the pod to talk about what it means to play in Philadelphia and the leadership qualities he hopes to bring to a young Union.

Hack says starting XI not yet set, Pfeffer scores 1st for Hoff, more news

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Hack says starting XI for Saturday's opener not yet set in wide ranging press conference. Zach Pfeffer scores first league goal for Hoffenheim U-19s. Garber speaks. Altidore scores (again). More news.

In pictures: Union meet and greet at Xfinity Live!

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand at Xfinity Live as the Philadelphia Union unveiled the new third kit. Hundreds were on hand to see the new kit and meet the players and coaching staff.

Massive turnout for meet the team/kit unveiling, Brazilian trialist with the U, US U-20s qualify for WC, more

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Hundreds turn out to meet the Union and see the club's new jersey be unveiled. Also, Brazilian midfielder on trial with the Union, roster rules released, Garber to speak via YouTube, US tops Canada, qualifies for U-20 World Cup, and more news.

Why Bethlehem Steel FC?

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When the Union take to the pitch a PPL Park on Saturday they will be continuing their own chapter in the long history of soccer in the Philadelphia area that stretches back to Bethlehem Steel FC and beyond.

Tactics Talk: Day 1

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4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-5-1,4-2-3-1? We're all still guessing as to the Union's 2013 formation, so why not just talk about what we think is best?

Massive turnout for meet the team/kit unveiling, Brazilian trialist with the U, US U-20s qualify for WC, more news

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Hundreds of UNion fans turn out at Xfinity Live! for meet the team/jersey unveiling. Brazilian midfielder on trial with the Union. Roster rules released. Garber to speak via YouTube tonight. US qualifies for U-20 World Cup. More news.

Talking the new Union third kit with adidas North America’s Mike Walker

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PSP talks to Mike Walker, the global product manager for MLS at adidas North America, about the new Philadelphia Union third kit.

New kit unveiled tonight, roster sharpened, season preview roundup, US U-20s face Canada, more

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The Union's new third kit to be unveiled tonight. Vidal and Hristov no longer trialing with the Union. Season previews galore. US win over Canada tonight sees them in U-20 World Cup. More news.

Eastern Conference preview

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PSP's Eastern Conference preview looks at each club and how the Union match up against them. In the end, PSP picks Michael Farfan and the Union to finish ... well, click on to read more.

Philly Soccer 100: Philly’s Hibs top Newark’s Scots, Amateur Cup second round

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Philadelphia Hibernians thumped Newark's Scottish Americans 5-1 and the second round of city's Allied American Amateur Cup tournament were the highlights of a rainy weekend of Philadelphia soccer 100 years ago this week.

Union drop final preseason game to familiar villains, season previews, more news

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Union fall 2-0 to DC United, De Rosario and Pajoy the villains. Hack says team more balanced. More season previews. Preseason wraps from around the league. Brazilian drones. More news.

Let the cuts begin

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Philadelphia Union has begun cutting down their roster before the March 1 deadline, and some cuts (like Pantelis Kafes, pictured) are surprising. PSP breaks down the cuts and the roster.

‘Win-big’ coaching

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A review of the new book "Our Competition is the World: Ideas for implementing the United States Soccer Curriculum."

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Union cuts, possible formations

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Greg and Eli discuss the recent roster cuts before taking a look at possible Union formations in 2013.

Youth soccer: Choose words wisely when coaching kids

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Rowan University assistant men's soccer coach Don Norton says out in this guest column that with all young players the most important objectives for coaches are to instill a passion and love for the game.

Hack on cuts, Chellis wants the Farfans, Caps sign Reo-Coker, more news

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John Hackworth on recent preseason roster cuts, sees Harrisburg as landing spot for Richards and Schoenle, confident in left back depth. Chivas USA coach wants the Farfans. Whitecaps sign Nigel Reo-Coker. US U-20s in action tonight. More news.

Footy on the Telly: Feb. 22-Feb. 28

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The week's live soccer listings for your TV and computer including the US U-20s, Union's final preseason game, the Milan derby, and Barcelona vs Real Madrid.

In Pictures: Union 0-0 Montreal

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner's look at the preseason in Florida concludes with a look at the Philadelphia Union's scoreless draw with Montreal Impact in Jacksonville.

Tracking down the Philadelphia Independence

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As teams in the new National Women's Soccer League round out their rosters, we take a look at where former Philadelphia Independence players have landed.

U draw 1-1 with DC, Okai with Seattle, Ruiz signs with DC, more

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Hoffman scores in Union scrimmage against DC. Union SuperDraft pick Stephen Okai training with Seattle. Carlos Ruiz back in MLS and now with DC. More news.

Union cut Mendoza and Richards

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The preseason roster cull continues with the Union cutting recent signings Alex Mendoza and Damani RIchards.

Philadelphia Union spring training: The fan experience

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner's look at Sunday's open training session and barbecue for Union fans in Orlando.

Philly Soccer 100: Bethlehem clinches Allied first division title, Boys Club extends streak

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100 years ago this week in Philly soccer, Bethlehem clinched its first Philadelphia league title. Boys Club extended it's win streak in the American League to ten games while Tacony returned to form in the Pennsylvania League.

Union cut Mendoza and Richards

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The preseason roster cull continues with the Union cutting recent signings Alex Mendoza and Damani RIchards.

Double DC for U after KC switch; Carrol, Okugo & Lohman on Rogers; USWNT v Canada on 6/2, more

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After scrimmaging with DC tonight, Union will play them again on Saturday in final Disney Classic game. Brian Carroll, Amobi Okugo, and Joanna Lohman on Robbie Rogers. USWNT to play Canada on June 2 in Toronto. League news. More.

Northeast Regional U.S. Futsal Tournament comes down to a Massachusetts match-up

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The Northeast Regional U.S. Futsal Tournament in Wildwood concluded on Monday with Massachusetts-based Safria winning the Open Men's Category.

Union preseason observations: Torres, lineups, more

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The latest preseason observations on Philadelphia Union, with a bonus look at Orlando eying MLS.

In pictures: Union 3-0 Toronto

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner was in Orlando last weekend for the Fan Weekend. Here's a look at the Toronto game and faces familiar and new.

11 days ’til Geiger time, US U-20s prevail, assorted bits, Centennial kits, match-fix & more

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Mark Geiger, everyone's favorite referee, to officiate Union season opener. U-20s underwhelm in win. More Centennial kit pics, Goal-line technology approved for 2014 World Cup. How to spot a fixed soccer game. More news.

Winners and winners: Union preseason Matchday 4

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There were quality performances throughout the side on Saturday afternoon, with the Union outplaying Toronto in every aspect of the match.

“Starting to click”: Reaction & reports as Union turn it on against TFC, more news

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From blahs against Montreal to yeahs against Toronto, we roundup reports and reaction. More preseason news from around the league. US begins CONCACAF U-20 tournament today. More news.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-0 Toronto FC

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The Union found their offensive feet Saturday afternoon, pounding a hapless Toronto FC side, 3-0.

Winners and losers: Union preseason Matchday 2

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There were few standouts from Wednesday's drubbing at the hands of Columbus Crew, as PSP looks at the individual winners and losers from Wednesday's match.

Philly Soccer 100: Bethlehem knocked out of Philly’s Allied Amateur Cup

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Bethlehem first played in Philly's Allied Amateur Cup tournament in 1912 but lost in the final. Dominant in league play the next season, they were ready for another run at the cup. Lowly Tacony AC had other ideas.

Hack says don’t sweat it, 1st team to start against Montreal, Union respond to promo criticism, more

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Hack says not to put too much into preseason match results, will start first team tonight against Montreal. Union responds to criticism of Chik-Fil-A promotion. FIFA to drug test. Some beautiful Union artwork, alligators, Black Flag, and more.

Footy on the Telly: Feb. 15-Feb. 21

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Live soccer listings on TV and online including Union in Florida, FA Cup, USA at CONCACAF U-20 Championship, Champions League, Europa League, and more.

Analysis: Union 0-4 Crew

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There is not much to take away from a reserves game, but the one thing that shines through is that the Union continue to talk a better game than they play. It's time for the rhetorical hot air to give way so the competitive fire we know these players have can set the pitch alight.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Leo Fernandes

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Leo Fernandes joins Greg Orlandini and Eli PEarlman-Storch to talk Union preseason on the latest pod. After that, Greg and Eli talk USMNT.

“Not a ton of positives”: Reports & reaction as Union youth underwhelm in loss to Crew, more

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Hackworth says there were not a ton of positives in Wednesday's 4-0 loss to the Crew. More reports and reaction from Orlando. Bundesliga wants to make MLS impression. USA tumbles in FIFA rankings. More, including dinosaurs.

Disney Pro Classic: Union 0-4 Crew

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The Crew looked ready and the Union looked raw: A 4-0 thrashing showed that Philadelphia still lacks an identity as the preseason rolls on in Orlando.

Futsal’s finest to hit the Jersey Shore

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The U.S. Futsal Northeast Regional Tournament will be Held in Wildwood, NJ this weekend. New PSP contributor Casey Pladus has the lowdown.

Be very afraid: U.S. soccer’s most dominant teams ever

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Looking back over ASL I, the NASL, and MLS, which teams were the most dominant? Steve Holroyd explores.

Crew up, the word from Marfan, Torres & Richards, CL & USWNT play today, more

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Union face Crew today at 1pm. Marfan on the preseason. Torres raring to go. Richards looks to contribute. Curtin is awesome. Champions League and USWNT play today. More news

Union thoughts, post-friendly

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Ten thoughts on the Union, post-friendly, in under 800 words? You betcha. Ready? Click.

Philadelphians abroad: Where they landed

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Waivers, drafts, trials and transfers--it can be hard to keep track of player movement. Here's a cheat sheet for where players from the region have come from and gone to.

Casey & Le Toux: “Disjointed” attack will come together, news from camp, PPL Park out of WCQ contention? More.

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Casey admits Union attack was disjointed on Saturday, Le Toux says it will come together with time. PPL Park out of WCQ contention? Champions League action returns. More news.

Winners & losers: Union preseason Matchday 1

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No need to declare the season won or lost after the first preseason game. Instead PSP picks the best and worst individual performances from Saturday night.

Ferguson and Mourinho: Reading on business in soccer

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A recent business-focused case study and older insider biography provide short and easy reads about how Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho manage not only highly talented rosters, but also highly valuable budgets.

Reaction from Hackworth following Union draw, 3rd kit launch on Feb. 26, more

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Reaction from John Hackworth following Union's 1-1 draw with Orlando. New Union third kit to launch on Feb. 26. Christen Press scores brace in USWNT debut. Sinead Farrelly signs with FC Kansas City. More news.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 1-1 Orlando City Lions

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A 75th minute goal from rookie Leo Fernandes salvaged a draw as the Union struggled out of the gate against Orlando City in their first match of 2013.

Philly Soccer 100: Interleague benefit match

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A recent rash of broken legs leads to an interleague benefit match. Meanwhile, Hibernian and Victors are neck-and-neck for Pennsylvania League title and Bethlehem rolls on. Our series on Philly soccer happenings 100 years ago continues.

Orlando City hopes for another good result, Moreno replaces Rigby, Steffen gets US U-20 callup, more

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Orlando City hopes for another good showing against the Union. Alejandro Moreno replaces Bob Rigby as Union color commentator. Hackworth says Le Toux is a leader. Zack Steffen gets US U-20 callup. More news.

Footy on the Telly: February 8-14

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The week's live soccer listings on TV and on line, including the Africa Cup of Nations final, and the return of Champions League and Europa League play, and the Union's first two preseason games.

Reaction and player ratings: Honduras 2–1 USA

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In a game where both teams were quite evenly matched, and the U.S. should feel chagrined to have let a point slip through its fingers due to individual errors.

Stinking it up in Honduras, Hack on competition in camp, more news

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"Too many mistakes in too many areas": Quotes, reports and ratings from the poor US showing in Honduras. Hack on high level of competition in camp. More news.

Who’s better, who’s best: Leveling the pitch to find the best US club sides ever

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Steve Holroyd performs some statistical leveling to determine the all-time top 15 US pro soccer teams.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Len Oliver

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Kensington-born National Soccer Hall of Famer Len Oliver talks about his career as a player and a as a coach, and the need for US Soccer to energize a love for the game among urban youth.

News & previews as US opens Hex in Honduras, Centennial kit leaked, Captain Carroll, more

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News, quotes and previews as the US prepares to take on Honduras in WC qualifier. US Centennial kit leaked. Carroll on being captain. Racist remarks from AC Milan VP. More news.

Preview: Honduras v USA

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With most of the US roster for the first qualifier of the Hex flying in from overseas after the disappointing draw with Canada, a win would be wonderful, but getting a point should be seen as a victory.

The other supporters group: Bearfight Brigade

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PSP talks to two of Bearfight Brigade's founders, Jeremy Sharp and Justin Lee. The name may come from a drinking game but they're as serious about creating unity among supporters and engaging in charitable efforts as they are about having a good time.

Union cut six, Hookahgate, USA in Honduras, more news

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Union cut three trialists and three Supplemental draft picks. Who cares if Adu hookahs? USA in Honduras news. Report says Liverpool CL game was fixed. FIFA wants offside rule clarified. More news.

Off to Florida, Adu rumors, USMNT roster released, massive match-fixing scandal, more

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The Union are headed to Orlando. Adu to TFC rumor. USMNT roster for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier released. Investigation reveals massive match fixing scandal involving 425 people and 680 games. More news.

Looking for a golden age: A statistical analysis of US pro soccer leagues

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The ASL in the 1920s has been called the "golden age" of American soccer. Some older fans argue that the NASL was "better" than MLS. Steve Holroyd looks at what the numbers say.

Philly Soccer 100: Big interleague match, Bethlehem continues to dominate

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100 years ago this week, the best of Philadelphia's American League faced the best of the professional Pennsylvania League in an exhibition game. Meanwhile, Bethlehem continued its domination of the Allied American league.

Where Le Toux wants to play, all those transfers, match-fixing in Canada, more

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Le Toux on where he sees himself in the Union formation. Lots of players in camp equals lots of GKs. Has MLS arrived as a feeder league? More on USA v Canada. Match-fixing in Canada.

Footy on the Telly, Feb. 1-Feb. 7

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The week's live soccer listings on TV and online.