The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2013

How to fix soccer officiating? Common sense

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PSP makes the case for why 5 refs are better than 3 (and goal-line technology). Yes, we're using common sense again, in a way that no one else seems to be, because unlike Europe, we actually have other successful team sports to draw upon for examples. Also, a few quick hits on the Union.

The gentrification of PPL Park

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PPL Park expansion talk is back in the news. Conor O'Grady hopes talk of more suites, club seats, and a restaurant takes means the Union doesn't forget the populism that was behind the founding of the club.

Union news and noteables, McWeather. MLS refs to unionize, more on NYCFC, USOC field set, more news

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More reaction to Saturday's loss. Power rankings. Mac does the weather. SoB pres moving to Texas. MLS refs vote to unionize. More on NYC expansion. US Open Cup field set. More news.

Player of the Week: Jimmy McLaughlin

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The Union may have struggled in New England but Jimmy McLaughlin opened the scoring in Harrisburg's 100th win in franchise history.

Player Ratings: Union 0-2 Revolution

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There was very little about which to smile in the Union's 2-0 defeat against the Revs. Perhaps John Hackworth will shuffle his deck before Saturday's showdown with Seattle.

Analysis: Union 0-2 Revolution

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The Union's midfield deficiencies finally caught up to them in their 2-0 loss to New England Revolution.

Reaction to Union’s “worst performance of the year,” HCI wins home opener, more news

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Hackworth describes Saturday's performance in loss to NE as the Union's worst of the year. Jimmy McLaughlin scores in Harrisburg's home opener win. NYT reports Abu Dhabi royal nearing purchase of 20th MLS team. Garber says "way too muc" soccer on TV. More

Match Report: New England Revolution 2-0 Philadelphia Union

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The Union lost to the Revolution for the first time ever with a disappointing 2-0 result in New England.

Preview: Union at Revolution

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The Revs need three points heading into a tough May, but the Union have been a force on the road and New England's vaunted back line was torn to shreds by Jacques McHenry last week.

The Week in Tweets

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Reactions to the win in DC, Union CHiPs, Okugo/Konopka robots, Champions League and more

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Sheanon Williams

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Boston-native Sheanon Williams joins the pod to talk about playing the Revolution and that long throw-in. Also, the pod talks Champions League.

Union prepare to Rev up, City Islanders home opener, MLS goal-line tech on hold, more

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Union prepare for New England. More Jack love. Wilson visits Dortmund, Schalke and Espanyol while waiting to start with the Union. Costs puts goal-line tech on hold for MLS. More.

Footy on the Telly: April 26-May 2

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The week's upcoming live games on TV and online including the Union in New England, Harrisburg City Islanders' home opener, and the second leg of the Champions League semifinals.

Union vs Revolution quick reference

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The Union are 5-0-3 against New England all time. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Loans between MLS Teams given green light for 2013

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MLS recently announced a new intra-league loan mechanism. Does is it make sense? Who from the Union might be a possible candidate for a loan? Earl Reed explores.

Philadelphians Abroad: Larentowicz, Hernandez, Yeisley, Pfeffer, and Schuler score

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Photo: Earl Gardner Regular readers of this column will recall that it was not long ago that Philadelphia area players were in a bit of a scoring drought. Well apparently the rain dance has worked, because this week we saw a storm of scoring. Here's the round up: In Saturday's [...]

Quotes from Hack’s presser, Klinsmann on Donovan and Gold Cup, those Germans, more

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Hackworth says why disrupt Casey-Mac partnership when its working so well. Union officials to talk PPL expansion. Klinsmann says Donovan USA return not a sure thing. FIFA general secretary says democracy makes things hard. More news.

Photo Essay: DC United 2-3 Union

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PSP photographer Michael Long's look at Sunday's road win in DC.

Which is the worst team in MLS?

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Everyone talks about the best teams. But it can be much more fulfilling to check out the team that sucks the most.

Philly Soccer 100: Tacony v True Blues in American Cup final replay

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After squandering a 2-0 halftime lead over Paterson True Blues in the first final only a week before, Tacony again would face the Jerseymen in the American Cup final replay at Second and Allegheny.

More Mac, on Trebuchet, power rankings, more news

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Mac named to Team of the Week, voted Top Performer in fan vote for Week 8. Why Sheanon Williams' long throw-in is resulting in goals. Hernandez and Jordan named to USL PRO Team of the Week. More news.

Analysis & player ratings: DCU 2-3 Union

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Are the Union a possession or counterattacking team? What's going on with the Union midfield? PSP explores with some postgame analysis and player ratings for Sunday's game against DCU.

Quotes & reaction to Union win in DC, Union loanees shine for HCI, more

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Reaction as Union get first-ever win in DC. Hernandez and Jordan scores for Harrisburg.Gulati elected to FIFA executive committee. CONCACAF corruption. More.

Everything’s coming up Jack, MLS ranked 7th best in the world, more

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Jack McInerney is youngest player ever to lead MLS goalscorers list, first Union player to be named the MLS Player of the Week since 2011, first Union player to top Full Castrol Index. MLS ranked seventh best league in the world. Blatter hacked. More.

Player of the Week: Jack McInerney

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With six goals on the season, Union Jack is alone atop the MLSt top-scorers chart

Quotes & reaction to Union win in DC, Union loanees shine for HCI, more

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Quotes and reaction from Unions first win at RFK as McInerney rises to top of league scoring table. Hernandez and Jordan score as City Islanders make it two in a row. Warner and Blazer fraudulently profited. More news.

Match report: D.C. United 2-3 Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia scored three goals in the first 26 minutes to pick up a 3-2 road win over D.C. United. PSP has the match report.

Preview: Union at DC United

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These are winnable road points for the Union.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Perry Kitchen

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The pod talks to DC United midfielder Perry Kitchen ahead of Sunday's big game.

“It’s always a fight”: getting ready for DC, more news

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Union prepare to battle DC. On Jack's goal scoring prowess. USASA Region I US Open Cup final to be played in Horsham. More news.

Footy on the Telly, April 19-25

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The week's live soccer listings for your TV and online including Sunday's Union game in DC and the Champions League semifinals.

The Week in Tweets

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The Farfans doop at the Flyers game, everyone thinks Union vs Toronto is ugly, fun with Danny Califf. All this and more in The Week in Tweets.

Union vs DC United quick reference

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

What if we throw a party and nobody comes?

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The winter of our discontent is over. The sun is shining over Chester and it's time to warm to the team again. It is time that all fans great and small fill the stadium again. It is time we made this a glorious summer.

Hack: Union need to stay focused, aren’t taking DC lightly. More news

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John Hackworth says Union will need to stay focused against DC and isn't taking their fierce rival lightly. Harrisburg-Union friendly announced. Real Madrid world's most valuable club. More news.

The ballad of Mac the Knife

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Cold, subtle, simple and efficient: Jack McInerney, forward, Philadelphia Union. Also, another Mac's math and Cruz's choice of sports.

Quantifying early 2013 MLS season ugliness

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Shots and goals are down in 2013 while fouls are up. Earl Reed explores how play at the start of the 2013 MLS season been uglier than in 2012.

Mac named to TOW, ranked No. 2 in league, NBC announce Prem plans, more

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Jack McInerney, named to MLS Team of the Week and ranked No. 2 in MLS in the Castrol Index, says Union offense will take time to gel "if we keep switching it up every week." NBC announces Premiership coverage plans. More.

Vereinigung Erzgebirge wins Eastern Pennsylvania Amateur Cup

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Erzgebirge defeats Phoenix with an 89th minute goal from former Harrisburg City Islander and Penn State captain Brian Devlin to advance to the USASA National Amateur Cup regional finals.

Philly Soccer 100: Tacony against True Blues in American Cup final

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Two inches of rain fall on the first American Cup final to be hosted in Philadelphia.

Philadelphians Abroad: Allison thrives, Cochrane starts, Richter earns first MLS minutes, Hernandez creates game winner

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Anthony Allison puts in a Man of the Match performance in Sweden. Greg Cochrane shines in his first MLS start. Ryan Richter gets first MLS appearance. Christhian Hernandez assists Harrisburg's season opening game winner.

Williams says Boston will bounce back, SI puts Mac in Gold Cup picture, Kleberson feels good, a Philly future for Califf, more

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Sheanon Williams says Boston will bounce back. Sports Illustrated sees McInereny's as MVP, Gold Cup potential. Kleberson says his debut felt good, praises fans. Danny Califf says his future could be in Philly.

Player of the Week: Jack McInerney

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Mac comes through again.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 1-1 Toronto

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John Hackworth's side showed plenty of running and hustle, but was largely devoid of creativity in Saturday's draw.

In Pictures: Union 1-1 Toronto FC

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand as the Philadelphia Union fought back for a 1-1 tie with Toronto FC.

Frustrated: Quotes, reports reaction to Saturday’s draw, HCI season opening win, no WC for US U-17s

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Hack says Saturday's draw feels like a loss. More quotes and reports from the game. Cristhian Hernandez assists Harrisburg's stoppage time winner. US knocked out of CONCACAF U-17 Championship quarterfinals. More news.

What if we throw a party and nobody comes?

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The winter of our discontent is over. The sun is shining over Chester and it's time to warm to the team again. It is time that all fans great and small fill the stadium again. It is time we made this a glorious summer.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-1 Toronto FC

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After falling behind to visiting Toronto, Jack McInerney's fourth goal of the season saved a 1-1 draw for the Union at PPL Park.

Preview: Union vs Toronto FC

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With the 2012 season now nothing but history, a different Union faces a different Toronto in a game that could set the tone for the Union's 2013 home season.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Brendan Burke

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Assistant coach Brendan Burke joins the pod to talk about the Union midfield, Bakary Soumare, how Kleberson is settling in and more.

Hack says Kleberson must earn start, Califf excited to return to PPL, more

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John Hackworth says Kleberson must earn start like everyone else. Califf looking forward to first return to PPL, expects creative heckling. City Islanders open season on Saturday. US advances at CONCACAF U-17s. Champions League semifinal draw. More.

Footy on the Telly: April 12-18

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

A fan favorite returns: PSP talks to Danny Califf

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Danny Califf talks to PSP's Adam Cann about rebuilding in Toronto, being a leader, who has been impressing him on the Union, and much more

Union vs Toronto quick reference

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

Dinosaurs and dynamism: The tactical case against Brian Carroll

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The conversation on the defensive midfield role on the Union roster continues.

The Week in Tweets

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Two points lost? Soumare in Chicago? LeToux/Moreno love. A look at the week in tweets.

Hack is wary of “sneaky good” TFC, says Union backline is spine of the team, more

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In his weekly press conference, John Hackworth says Union isn't taking Toronto FC lightly. Hack says he plans to keep the Union back four intact. Anding on loan to Harrisburg. Mourinho the nice guy. More.

Philly soccer 100: USFA founded, Cup semis, Bethlehem tops Boys Club

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Semifinal action in the Allied Amateur and Philadelphia Challenge Cups. Bethlehem and Boys Club meet in second game of the Amateur Championship of Pennsylvania series.

Jack’s ambition, Seattle out of CL, USWNT wins, Dortmund tifo, more

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Jack McInerney has sights set on Golden Boot. Toronto prepping. Seattle out of CONCACAF Champions League. UEFA Champions League results including spectacular Dortmund tifo. More news.

A stacked youth academy, other Union thoughts

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The Union's academy coaching staff is stacked with talent and experience. Here's a look at what that means for the club long-term. Also, a few scattered thoughts about the Union post-Columbus, including the Garfan-Daniel connection, MacMath post-concussion, and Casey's impact on Le Toux.

Philadelphians Abroad: Hertzog breaks locals’ scoring drought

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Corey Hertzog becomes the first local player to score in MLS in 2013 and more news of area pro players.

Amobi says young veterans must be leaders, West Chester out of USOC qualifying, more

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Amobi Okugo says Union's young veterans must be leaders, playing center back has grown on him. Power rankings roundup. Union partners with Redbox. West Chester United knocked out of USOC qualifying. More.

Player of the Week: Corey Hertzog

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After being bounced around and brushed aside by New York, the Reading native scores in his first MLS start with his new club Vancouver.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 1-1 Crew

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Road draws are a big deal, especially considering the Union are finally off the mark at Crew Stadium, earning their first road point in Columbus

Quotes, recaps and reaction to Crew draw, Academy news, Hertzog scores, more

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Union will take the draw against Columbus but feel better finishing could have meant three points. Union academy now part of US Development Academy. Corey Hertzog scores for Vancouver. More news.

Match report: Philadelphia 1-1 Columbus

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The Union secure their first ever point in Columbus in an active match that could have finished with a much larger scoreline.

Preview: Union at Columbus Crew

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Can the Union bust the Crew's ten game home unbeaten streak? In other words, can the Union control the midfield and contain two highly skilled strikers?

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Ray Gaddis

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Union defender Ray Gaddis joins the pod to talk about Columbus and playing left back.

Union player stat infographic for March

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PSP is pleased to welcome Dan Stover and Jim Prestifilippo for the first of a new monthly series of Union infographics.

Getting ready for the Crew, Union academy gets new recruiter, Centennial celebration, more

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Union eye up the Crew for return to winning ways. Jeff Cook hired as new Union academy director of recruiting. Happy birthday US Soccer Federation. More news.

Philly and the founding of the US Soccer Federation

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When efforts to form a national soccer organization seemed to have been shattered in 1913, Philadelphia stepped into the breach.

Previews: Casa Soccer League, week 4

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PSP preview this weekend's games in Philadelphia's Casa Soccer League.

Footy on the Telly, April 5-11

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

Union vs Crew quick reference

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The Union are 2-5-0 against Columbus all time. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

The Week in Tweets

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Amobi pays for dinner, the Union lose at Red Bull, and the ball lies to Zac MacMath. A look at the last week on Twitter through Union players and our readers.

Philadelphians Abroad: Allison to Sweden, Valentin to Norway, Vuolo and Williams to San Antonio

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Local players make moves to Scandinavia and the NASL's San Antonio Scorpions.

Kleberson unveiled, sample sizing, Delran’s Vermes in NSHOF, more

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Kleberson says he wants to be here and win. Local lad Peter Vermes voted into National Soccer Hall of Fame. Galaxy blows CL lead. Those tiki-taki Greek kids do it again. More news.

I love Brian Carroll and (maybe) so should you

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Guest columnist Richard Peel of the DoopCast podcast argues that Brian Carroll is the most valuable player on the Union.

Philly Soccer 100: Allied Amateur and Philly Challenge Cup semis, college derby.

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One hundred years ago this week in Philadelphia soccer history, it was semifinal action in the city's Allied Amateur and Challenge Cup tournaments, a local college derby between Haverford and Penn, and bad news for Belmont.

Kleberson unveiled tonight, HCI brings back 3, Gomez sinks Sounders, FIFA GLT named, more

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Kleberson unveiling tonight in Horsham. The Union's history with the Crew. Basso, Brandt, and Ekra return to City Islanders. Gomez and Santos defeat Seattle. FIFA names goal-line technology for Confederations and World Cup. More.

How the Eastern Conference stacks up so far

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A whopping 11 percent of the season is in the books. Dan Walsh looks at how teams in the Eastern Conference have performed, what they're missing, and their outlook, to provide some context to the Union's start to 2013.

Player of the Week: Conor Casey

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The Union didn't have a lot of standouts on Saturday. In fact, it really only had one great moment, and that was the goal scored by Conor Casey.

Kleberson begins training with Union, Casey’s impact, soccer walk, more

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Kleberson to begin training with the Union today. On what Conor Casey brings to the offense. A soccer walk through Philly. Return of UEFA and CONCACAF Champions League play. More news.

Analysis and player ratings: Union 1-2 Red Bulls

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The Union were thoroughly outplayed in Saturday's 2-1 loss at Red Bull Arena.

In pictures: Red Bulls 2 – Union 1

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PSP photographer Michael Long shares his look at Saturday's loss to New York.

“We deserved to lose”: Reports, quotes reaction from loss to NYRB, more

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Sheanon Williams says the better team won on Saturday. John Hackworth says the Union must play better. Conor Casey says of yellow card, "fair enough." More quotes, reaction, and reports from Saturday's game.