The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2013

Preview: Union at New York Energy Drinks

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The trouble with winning? Every team wants to knock you off. That will be doubly so for the New York Red Bulls, who are looking to put the Union on the other end of their first victory in 2013.

Assisting a college soccer professor

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Don Norton, Jr. reflects on his time coaching with former Haverford College head coach Joe Amorim, the all-time leader in coaching wins for the oldest college soccer program in the country.

Carroll says midfield key against NY, Donovan misses national team, FSC to be no more

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Captain Carroll says Union midfield need to be better to get a result in New York. Henry is day-to-day. Donovan wants back in the national team. Fox Soccer to be replaced by new "comedy focused" channel. More.

Footy on the Telly: March 29-April 4

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Got games if you want them. The week's live soccer matches on TV and online.

Can we keep blaming Nowak?

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Conor O'Grady explains how the ghost of Nowak still haunts the Union.

Union vs Red Bulls quick reference

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Photo: Michael Long All-time record:2–5–0 At PPL Park:2–2–0 At Red Bull Arena:0–3–0 Goals for: 6 Goals against: 12 Did you know... The Union had 15 shots but only 2 on target in the final game of last season against NY. October 27, 2012 Philadelphia Union 0-3 New York Red Bulls [...

Week in Tweets

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All kinds of topics - from the US qualifiers, to the Adu/Kleberson news, and Amobi Okugo's lil' fro - figure in this week in tweets.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Mike Petke

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Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke joins the pod ahead of Saturday's big match. Also discussed: Adu's departure, Kleberson's arrival, and the USMNT's qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico.

Statement game, Hack on Kleberson, more news

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Michael Lahoud calls Saturday's game against New York "a statement game." John Hackworth on plans for Kleberson. Is McInerney America's Chicharito? More news.

Closing the book on Freddy

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PSP provides some of the missing details on the Freddy Adu-Kleberson deal after talking to Adu's agent and the Union. PSP also provides a bit of an autopsy as Adu's chapter in the Union book finally closes.

Recap and player ratings: Mexico 0–0 USMNT

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The U.S. put in another gritty performance to outlast a Mexican team that seemed devoid of ideas for a historic draw at the Azteca,

Albright headlines North Catholic HS Soccer Hall of Fame inductions

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The Union's Chris Albright was the guest speaker at the 6th annual North Catholic High School's Soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Philly Soccer 100: Philly takes on St. Louis champion, Boys Club tops Bethlehem

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100 years ago in Philly soccer history, Hibernian and Tacony hosted St, Louis champion Innisfails. Boys Club topped Bethlehem in the first game of the Amateur Championship of Pennsylvania series, and more.

Klinsmann: “We got the job done.” More morning news.

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Reports, reaction, quotes player ratings from USA draw in Mexico. Red Bulls coach says Saturday's game is not a must-win for winless New York. Valentin on loan to Norway. More.

Preview: Mexico v USMNT

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The snowy win against Costa Rica told us a lot about the USMNT's character and grit but not a lot about how they play soccer together. Jeremy Lane takes a look at what to expect in the qualifier against Mexico.

FIFA says no to CR protest, Adu savings, USA v Mexico anticipation, snake invasion, more

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FIFA says no to Costa RIca protest. Reports on Adu deal. Donovan back with LA. USA v Mexico news & previews. Are UEFA financial fair play rules legal? Poisonous snakes invade pitch in India. Comic strip. More.

Philadelphians Abroad: Richter to Toronto, R.J. Allen starts, and HGPs to Harrisburg

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Southampton, PA's Ryan Richter, formerly with the Philadelphia Union, has signed with Toronto FC.

Union announce Kleberson loan, part ways with Adu

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The Union confirm Brazilian midfielder Kleberson will come to the club on loan and that it has "reached a contract termination by mutual consent" with Freddy Adu.

Player ratings and analysis: Union 1-0 Pumas

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Did you miss the Pumas friendly Saturday? PSP is here to tell you who impressed and who didn't with post-game analysis and player ratings from the Union's 1-0 win on Saturday.

Player of the Week: Freddy Adu

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The biggest play made by a Union playerover the weekend was Freddy Adu signing with Bahia.

In Pictures: Union 1-0 Pumas UNAM

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow's look at the Philadelphia Union's 1-0 win over Pumas UNAM at PPL Park.

A memorable day for Pumas fans despite the loss

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A cold day and small attendance didn't dampen the enthusiasm of many Pumas fans who were seeing their favorite team in person for the first time.

VE & Phoenix advance to Eastern PA USASA National Amateur Cup final

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Erzegebirge and Phoenix brushed aside Cavalla and West Chester Predators in the semis to set up their third meeting in the final in four years.

Hernandez, Jordan, McLaughlin loaned to HCI, Pumas reports, Adu update, Costa Rica wants qualifier replayed, more

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Union trio on loan to Harrisburg City Islanders. Reports from Union win over Pumas. Latest on Adu. Costa Rica files protest, wants replay with US. More news.

Match Report: Union 1-0 Pumas

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A Michael Farfan goal saw the Union edge past Pumas 1-0 in Saturday's friendly match at PPL Park.

Recap and Player Ratings: USMNT 1–0 Costa Rica

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After a tumultuous week in the press, the US battled through a blizzard for their first win in their quest to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Jack McInerney

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Jack McInerney joins the pod to talk about his strong start to the season and developing partnership with Sebastien Le Toux. Then the pod talks Adu, Soumare, and the USMNT.

Preview: USMNT v Costa Rica

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Reports of tension within the team only underscore how important a win is both for Jurgen Klinsmann's future as the US coach and the team's World Cup hopes.

Union Tweets

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A look at the last week of Union news through the tweets and comments of our readers and the players themselves. Caption contest winner included as well.

Pumas UNAM make Philly debut this Saturday at PPL Park

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PSP's Casey Pladus talks to Pumas head coach Juan Antonio Torres Servin and forward Eduardo Herrera of Pumas UNAM ahead of Saturday's friendly with the Union

Adu in Brazil, getting ready for Pumas, must win for USA, more news

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Freddy Adu with Bahia. Union prepare for Pumas. Okugo yellow rescinded after Rev's Toja fined for embellishment. Must-win qualifier against Costa Rica for USA. More news.

Kick Cancer benefit for local player

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Help a local soccer player in his fight to kick stage one brain cancer at benefit this weekend or by contributing online.

Footy on the Telly: March 22-March 28

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Live soccer listings for your TV and computer, including a load of World Cup qualifiers.

Adu: “Looks forward” to playing at Bahia, says Brasileiro Série A “fits my style of play”

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A report from Brazil provides first details of Freddy Adu's arrival at Bahia.

The simple truths behind the Soumare situation

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Three good center backs, two positions. As people look for someone to blame for Bakary Soumare's trade request, PSP explains why no one is to blame and this is just life and sport.

Fans’ View: News At 11 is that you peaked at 18

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The middle ground that exists between burning out and fading away...It exists. if only Freddy would take it.

Hack on Adu, Kleberson & Soumare, USMNT news, more

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Extensive quotes from John HAckworth on Freddy Adu, Kleberson, and Soumare. News from the USMNT ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. More.

Positions and productivity

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Is it reasonable to think that the Union's players can adjust to different positions and tactics week to week? Adam Cann explores.

Philly Soccer 100: All-Philadelphia American Cup semi, benefit match draw & more

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Tacony FC and Philadelphia Hibernian square off in the 1913 American Cup semifinal. Allied Amateur Cup and league play, benefit match, and more Philly soccer history, 100 years ago this week.

McInerney named to TOTW & No. 2 on Castrol Top 20, more Union news, trouble in USMNT, more

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Hackworth press conference today at 1:30pm. McInerney named to Team of the Week, No. 2 in Castrol Weekly Top 20. Meola praises Union for sticking with Zac. Trouble brewing in USMNT squad? More news.

Soumare asks Union to trade him

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Philadelphia Union center back Bakary Soumare has asked the Union to trade him. Soumare talked to PSP from Bamako, Mali, while on international duty.

Union pay overdue taxes to Chester

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Philadelphia Union and the city of Chester have settled a $500,000 payment due to the city government and are close to resolving the last remaining payout from 2010.

Sakiewicz: Adu not asked to take pay cut

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In an wide-ranging exclusive interview, Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz tells PSP that Freddy Adu was never asked to take a pay cut and has turned down transfer offers from five countries. He also addresses PPL Park expansion, the Nowak controversy and more.

Philadelphians Abroad: Locals landing in USL PRO sides

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Glenside's Tony Donatelli and Harrisburg native and former Philadelphia Union player J.T. Noone have landed with USL PRO expansion side VSI Tampa Bay. More movement and locals in the weekend's MLS games.

Report says Adu flying to Brazil to ink deal, honors for Parke & Mac, USMNT roster reaction, more

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Report says Adu flying to Brazil today to ink deal. Parke named to PST Team of the Week, McInerney voted Top Three Performer. Power rankings. Reaction to US World Cup qualifying roster. More.

Player ratings and analysis: Union 1-0 Revolution

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PSP has player ratings and analysis from Saturday's game, along with video of postgame interviews from the locker room and manager's press conference.

Player of the Week: Jack McInerney

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The vote was close, but Jack the Knife is this week's winner.

In pictures: Union 1-0 Revolution

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz shares his look at the Union's defeat of the Revolution.

In pictures: Union 1-0 Revolution

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz shares his look at the Union's defeat of the Revolution.

“Philly tough”: reports & reaction to Union win over NE, Adu roundup, more

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Hackworth says team is showing they are Philly tough. Reports, quotes from Union win. Roundup of Brazilian sources on possible Freddy Adu move to Bahia. Eastern Conference standings. USMNT roster announcement today. More.

Match report: Philadelphia 1-0 New England

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Philadelphia Union pulled into second place with a 1-0 win over New England at PPL Park. PSP has the recap and video highlights.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Amobi Okugo

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Amobi Okugo joins the pod to talk about the Union season so far, switching to defense from the midfield, and Saturday's game against New England. Also discussed on the pod, the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Preview: Union vs Revolution

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The Revolution have made changes to get better. Can the Union?

Casa Soccer League kicks off Saturday

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Philadelphia's largest adult amateur soccer league opens its season on Saturday, with 17 matches on the schedule, as teams compete for what could be the right to play their league final at PPL Park.

Stopping the Revolution, new Union Academy director, CL draw, more

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New England previews and news. Union hire new Academy director. City Islanders draw with Drexel in first preseason game.USMNT friendly against Belgium announced. Champions League quarterfinal draw. More news.

Footy on the Telly: March 15-21

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

Rivalry Week!

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In a magical world where we could line up the teams we'd most like to see teed up and swatted into the Delaware, who would make the cut? Conor O'Grady considers.

Union vs Revolution quick reference

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The Union are 4-0-3 against New England all time. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

The USMNT and the curse of expectation

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Why is World Cup qualification so hard for the US? Jeremy Lane explores.

Players on the mend, Mitts joins Union broadcast team, LA advance to CCL semis, more

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Hackworth says Union injuries on the mend. Heather Mitts retires from playing, joins Union broadcasting team. Galaxy advance to CCL semifinals. Gold Cup news. More.

Fans’ view: Real life doesn’t come with Ctrl+Z

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If the team can't outshine chicken, can they really expect to outshine the real competition?

Fans’ View: C’mon you Boys in Blue (or black — your call, really)

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One Union fan traces out his excited lead-up to opening day, laying out the good, the bad, and ... the familiar.

Philly Soccer 100: Boys’ Club clinches American League title

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One hundred years ago in Philadelphia soccer, Kensington Boys' Club clinched the American League title.

Soumare called up, Okugo top performer, rivalries, Champions League wins, more

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Soumare get Mali callup. Okugo voted top performer. Getting ready for Rivalry Week? No Union players yet with City Islanders. Sounders defeat Tigres in CCL. Divine Barcelona. More news.

The Union were so ugly that …

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Philadelphia Union took a nose dive off the ugly tree Sunday and hit every branch on the way down. This and more insightful analysis on the Union's win in Dan's weekly column, inspired by yo' mama.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 2-1 Rapids

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Two moments of quality were enough to help the Union steal three points against a dour Colorado Rapids outfit.

Will Casey play against NE & other talking points, Amobi everywhere, good news on USMNT injury front, more

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Hackworth hopes Casey will be available for New England game. Union talking points. Amobi is everywhere, and just on the pitch. Good news on USMNT injury concerns. More.

Philadelphians abroad: Former-RBNY keeper Vuolo leaves soccer for ministry

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The Downington West High School and FC DELCO product, with NYRB in 2012, leaves soccer. Hoppenot with game-winning assist. More.

Player of the Week: Amobi Okugo

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Breaking up plays, sharp passing, giving flopping opponents a piece of his mind, AND scoring his first MLS Goal? Yep, Amobi Okugo is PSP's Player of the Week.

Reports & reaction from Union win, City Islanders preseason begins, USMNT injury woes, more.

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It was ugly, but Union get it done in Colorado with goals from Amobi and Jack for first win of the season and rise to fourth place. Harrisburg City Islander's preseason begins today. Eastern Conference results. More news

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-1 Colorado Rapids

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The performance may have been subpar, but the Union did just enough to pull off the smash and grab and steal three points in Colorado.

Union-Rapids match postponed

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A snowstorm has forced the match's postponement till Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Preview: Union at Rapids

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Two teams that thought they deserved more last weekend look to get their first points of the season as Danny Mwanga and the Colorado Rapids welcome the Union

Union vs Rapids quick reference

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The Union are 0-3-2 against Colorado all time. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Gabriel Farfan

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Gabriel Farfan joins KYW's Greg Orlandini and PSP's Eli Pearlman-Storch to discus the loss to Kansas City and this weekend's opponent, Colorado. Greg and Eli discuss how the Rapids are a beatable foe.

Snow forecast in Colorado, previews, Ruiz on Union exit, more

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Up to a foot of snow forecast in Colorado for Saturday's game. Union v Rapids previews. Ruiz on why he left Philly. New assistant coach at Reading United. Vineland's Loyden out with broken hand. More news.

Footy on the Telly, March 8-14

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The week's listings for live soccer on your TV and computer including the Union in Colorado, Man. Utd. vs. Chelsea, Barcelona vs. AC Milan, Bayern Munich vs. Arsenal and much more.

Chick Fil-A-gate: Just sayin’…

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Conor O'Grady weighs in on the Union's gay chicken problem. Oh, how we've missed Conor here at PSP.

Playing on hallowed ground: Connecting the Union and Bethlehem Steel

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The Union recently honored the region's soccer history with a Bethlehem Steel-inspired third kit. The club could further those connections by playing a US Open Cup match at Bethlehem's Steel Field.

Lineup changes expected, City Islanders eye new stadium, USWNT tops Iceland, more

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Hackworth says to expect new lineup against Colorado, not sure if Conor Casey will start. City Islanders want new stadium in next two years. Reading United set amateur team record fifth consecutive berth in USOC. More.

Union, Harrisburg City Islanders expand partnership

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Partnership will allow Union players to train and play with City Islanders "for an extended period of time, possibly the entire length of the USL campaign."

Fans’ View: C’mon you Boys in Blue (or black — your call, really)

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One Union fan traces out his excited lead-up to opening day, laying out the good, the bad, and ... the familiar.

Philly Soccer 100: First loss of season for Bethlehem & Boys Club, ref attacked

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One hundred years ago in Philadelphia soccer history, Bethlehem FC and Kensington Boys' Club suffered their first losses of the 1912-13 season. Two Philadelphia Challenge Cup replays also took place, one ending with the referee being attacked by the crowd.

Union start USOC play on May 28, moving on from KC, Hoffman happy, more

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Union begin US Open Cup play on May 28th. U looks to learn from mistakes against KC as they prepare for Rapids. Chandler happy in LA. USWNT begin Algarve Cup play. New Fox channel. Lesbians banned from Nigerian football, more.

Time for a fearless goalkeeper

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Philadelphia Union are one player away from being a fairly good team. PSP makes the case.

Player of the Week: Bobby Convey

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Penn Charter's Bobby Convey put in a strong shift in Kansas City's win over the Union and contributed to Sporting's equalizer.

Philadelphians Abroad

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Your weekly round up of how local professional players are doing around the US and abroad returns.

Union sign Matt Kassel

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The Union announce the signing of the trialist and former New York Red Bulls Homegrown Player.

Need to get better, no need to panic, Aduing some math, power rankings, more news

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Theme of more reports and commentary from Saturday's loss is no need to panic, just need to get better. Report says Union wanted Adu to take 75% pay cut. Power rankings! Champions League (both) return. More news.

Opening day in the River End with the SoB’s

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From the pregame Stache Bash tailgate to the River End, Earl Gardner has a look.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 1 – 3 Sporting KC

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The fast start was down to energy, not quality, which is why it did not last in the Union's 3-1 loss to Sporting KC on Saturday.

“Unacceptable”: Reports from opening loss, Adu speaks (sort of), Eastern Conference results, more

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Hackworth calls Union season-opening loss unacceptable. Reports and reaction to the game. Sad Adu speaks, doesn't say much. Eastern Conference results. US U-20s fall in final. More.

An open letter to Matt Zencey

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Soccer haters are gonna hate. That doesn't mean Conor O'Grady is going to take it lying down.

In Pictures: Union 1-3 Kansas City

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It started on a high note but ended in disappointment. PSP photographer Paul Rudderow's photo essay of Saturday's home opener loss.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 1-3 Sporting Kansas City

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Despite a bright early started, the Union's performance left a lot to be desired, as Sporting Kansas City came from behind to spoil the PPL Park home opener, 3-1.

‘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!