The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2013

Match Report: New York Red Bulls 2-0 Reading United

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The Reading United players could hold their heads high after some resolute defending and sensational goalkeeping held New York scoreless for more than 60 minutes.

Player Ratings and Analysis: Philadelphia Union 2-1 Ocean City Nor’easters

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It took a stoppage time goal for the Union to defeat lower division Ocean City. Why was this Open Cup game so difficult?

In Pictures: Reading United 0-2 New York Red Bulls

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Paul Rudderow's look at Reading United's stout play against New York in their 2-0 third round loss in the US Open Cup.

Recap and Reaction: USMNT 2–4 Belgium

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The good news is it was just a friendly, but this was a very bad day at the office for the US.

Fans’ View: I don’t want a trophy for “Participation”

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I don't want to be an Everton, Fulham, or Stoke City. I hope 6th place and finishing above NYRB never feels like it warrants a trophy.

Harrisburg report: USL PRO scheduling quirks mean difficult nine day stretch

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The Islanders enter a crucial stretch of four games in nine days with away matches on back-to-back nights in Charleston and Charlotte followed later by a contest against an MLS Reserve side. Is this normal?

Reading’s US Open Cup run ends, US falls badly to Belgium, more news

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Reading holds NYRB scoreless for 60 minutes before falling 2-0 in Open Cup third round. US defense shredded by Belgium for 4-2 loss in friendly. FIFA executive says Warner and Blazer must face the law. More news.

Union US Open Cup postgame videos and quote sheet

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Video of John Hackworth's postgame press conference, locker room interviews with Leo Fernandes, Jack McInerney, and Brian Carroll, and post game quote sheet from the Union's US Open Cup third round win over Ocean City.

U.S. Open Cup Preview: Reading United vs. New York Red Bulls

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A jumbled Red Bull line-up that is rusty and lacks cohesion may present Reading with their best opportunity to shock the soccer world.

A valiant Ocean City bows out of the US Open Cup

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A hard working Ocean City team was rewarded with a late equalizer before the Union responded with a late winner. After that, the River End rewarded the amateur side with a standing ovation.

In Pictures: Philadelphia Union 2-1 Ocean City Nor’easters

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow's look at the Philadelphia Union's 2-1 defeat of the Ocean City Nor'easters in the third round of the US Open Cup.

“Not exactly how we draw it up”: Quotes & recaps from Union’s USOC win over OC, Reading prepares for NYRB, USA v Belgium, more

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Quotes and recaps from the Union's 2-1 win over Ocean City in the US Open Cup. Reading travels to face Red Bulls tonight. News ahead of USA v Belgium. More.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-1 Ocean City Nor’easters

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A close game turned wild in the final minutes, as Brian Carroll's last gasp winner ended Ocean City's inspired run in the U.S. Open Cup.

Philadelphians Abroad: A local in the Champions League

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Philly-born Eddie Gustafsson"s Red Bull Salzburg will compete in the UEFA Champions League next season.

Cinderella becomes Bridezilla — Ocean City takes on U.S. Soccer

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Take one innocent mistake. Add U.S. Soccer's inept bureaucratic management. Stir. Get angry. Take on the man. Now you have Ocean City's protest vs. U.S. Soccer. PSP dives into this mess before tonight's match.

Analysis and player ratings: Union 3-5 Impact

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A lucky goal and a rare moment of quality do not a spirited comeback make. The Union would do well to put this match in the past as quickly as possible if they hope to secure any points from their next Canadian road trip.

Preview: USMNT v Belgium

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The US will face a Belgium team that is producing an increasing number of world class (or close to it) players and rising stars and is currently ranked 15th in the world.

Player of the Week: Andrew Wenger

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Before scoring his second goal all-time against the Union for the Montreal Impact, Lancaster, Pa. native Andrew Wenger showed all the muscle, skill and intelligence expected of a Hermann Trophy winner, helping to open space for Marco Di Vaio's hat trick.

Union v Ocean City news ahead of tonight’s USOC third rounder, Reading remains undefeated, more

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News and quotes ahead of tonight's US Open Cup third round match between the Union and Ocean City. Reading remains undefeated with PDL win. Edu and Ashe out of USMNT camp with injuries. More news.

Talking with Ocean City Nor’easter’s coach Tim Oswald

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PSP talks to Ocean City Nor'easter's head coach Tim Oswald about how he has preparing his team for the PDL season, meeting the Union in the third round of the US Open Cup, and more.

Getting to know Ocean City Nor’easters

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The Union host PDL club Ocean City Nor'easters in the third round of the US Open Cup on Tuesday. PSP has a look at the club's history, style of play, and players to watch.

“It’s as bad as it’s ever been”: Reaction after Montreal punishes Union D, Rogers debuts for LA, more news

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Hackworth says Union defensive effort "as bad as it's ever been." Robbie Rogers makes history in LA debut. More news.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 3-5 Montreal Impact

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Montreal won a wild game on the back of a Marco DiVaio hat trick. PSP recaps.

Soumare trade gives Union a clean slate

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PSP evaluates the Bakary Soumare trade and what it means for Philadelphia Union.

Preview: Union at Montreal Impact

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The two most improved teams in the Eastern Conference face off on Saturday in Montreal.

Hack confirms U to pay part of Soumare’s wages, Montreal previews, Wheeler on loan to HCI, more

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Reaction to the Bakary Soumare trade to Chicago. Hackworth confirms Union will pay part of Soumare's wages. Getting ready for Montreal. Aaron Wheeler joins Harrisburg on loan. More news.

Footy on the Telly: May 24-30

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The week's live soccer listings on TV and online including Harrisburg City Islanders, Philadelphia Union, USMNT, and the Champions League final.

Bakary Soumare traded to Chicago

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Bakary Soumare is being traded to Chicago. Soumare has confirmed the deal for PSP.

The Week in Tweets

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Amobi's bath, Konopka's new car, reaction to the win against Chicago, caption contest winner. It's all in The Week in Tweets.

Are the Union where they belong?

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After 12 games, the Union have beaten up on the weak and been beaten on by the strong. Is this a formula for a playoff run?

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Gabriel Farfan

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Gabriel Farfan talks to KYW's Greg Orlandini and PSP's Eli Pearlman-Storch about his move to Chivas USA. Then Jonathan Tannenwald joins the pod to preview the Union's game in Montreal. Also, the Ocean City protest.

Union vs Impact quick reference

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The Union are 1-1-0 all time against Montreal. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Vart says U is deep, Burke can’t lose, OC doesn’t blame the Union in USOC protest, more

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Looking at another three games in a week, Vartughian says Union has roster depth. Burke proud of Union academy and loanee players after USOC 2nd round. OC doesn't blame the Union in USOC protest. More news.

The team that Garber built: NYCFC is MLS team No. 20

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PSP's Earl Reed runs over the big picture related to the big New York City FC announcement.

The Union and the US Open Cup

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The Union will face Ocean City Nor'easters in the third round of the 2013 US Open Cup. PSP looks back on the Union's previous Cup appearances.

Match Report: Reading United 1 – 0 Harrisburg City Islanders

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In the second round US Open Cup battle of the Union affiliates, amateur side Reading United scored early and held on to defeat pro side Harrisburg City Islanders.

Cupstets, OC protest, Kleberson’s time, NYCFC is No. 20, more news

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Reading and Ocean City pull off major upsets in USOC 2nd round over pro sides. OC files protest to have site of PPL 3rd rounder moved. Manchester City and New York Yankees backed NYCFC 20th MLS club. More news.

Ocean City defeats Pittsburgh in USOC, will face Union in 3rd round

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A 67th minute goal from Ken Tribett proved to be the difference as amateur side Ocean City Nor'easters upset professional side Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the second round of the US Open Cup.

Protest: Ocean City wants US Soccer to change site of USOC 3rd rounder against Union

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Soon after their 1-0 upset of USL PRO club Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the second round of the US Open Cup, the Nor'easters filed a protest with US Soccer to have the third round game against the Union played in Ocean City.

The Kleberson effect, and other MLS thoughts

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The Kleberson effect, Negadelphia vs. Hack, and the best ref in MLS. One PSP writer has a few thoughts to share.

Philadelphians Abroad: Allen relegated, Vuolo starts, locals score in U.S. Open Cup

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RJ Allen's Skive relegated to Danish second division. Jeremy Vuolo earns first start for San Antonio. Darius Madision, Steve Neumann, and Frank Tweneboa score in Open Cup play. More news on locals here and abroad.

Area teams in USOC 2nd round play, Ruiz wants out of DC, Wembley spoilsports, more

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US Open Cup second round play tonight as Reading hosts Harrisburg and Ocean City hosts Pittsburgh. Carlos Ruiz wants out of DC. more news.

In Pictures: Union 1-0 Chicago Fire

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand as the Philadelphia Union took an early lead and held on to defeat the Chicago Fire 1-0.

Gabriel Farfan: I asked for a trade

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In an interview with PSP, Farfan explains why he asked for a trade and abdicated his starting role at left back.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 1-0 Fire

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Le Toux set the tone, McInerney set the scoreline, Carroll played his best game in a while, and the back line came up big.

Player of the Week: Sébastien Le Toux

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In a season where it's clear that every game is going to be a scrap, it's imperative the Union have as many cylinders firing as they can. This week, Sébastien Le Toux—not for the first time—was the engine that drove the Union.

“Confidence boost”: Recaps & reaction to Union win over the Fire, HCI draws, Reading & OC win, more

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Recaps and reaction to Union's confidence boosting win over Chicago. Harrisburg draws with league-leading Orlando. Ocean City and Reading win in PDL play. More news.

Union 1-0 Fire: postgame press conference & locker room video, quotes

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Video of John Hackworth's postgame press conference and lockeroom interviews with Ray Gaddis, Leo Fernandes, Brian Carroll, Jack McInerney and Bakary Soumare, plus postgame quote sheet.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 1-0 Chicago Fire

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The 1-0 scoreline of the Union's victory over Chicago flatters the visitors, who were soundly beaten on Saturday night.

Preview: Union vs Chicago Fire

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Can the Union get the swagger back against Chicago?

The Week in Tweets

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A win in Chicago. A loss to LA. Soumare and Kleberson play. Garfan is traded. It's all in The Week in Tweets.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 1-4 Galaxy

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Wednesday's 4-1 loss at the hands of the Galaxy could have gone a whole lot differently.

USMNT: Notes on the roster for upcoming WCQs

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PSP takes a look at the USMNT roster for the upcoming Centennial friendlies and World Cup qualifiers. it's a list full of big guns and veterans, but there were some interesting inclusions and ommissions.

Home form, bouncing back, lots of local matches, USMNT roster, robots in Brazil, more

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What's up with the Union's home form? Harrisburg, Ocean City, Reading, and Junior Lone Star in play this weekend. Klinsmann releases US roster for upcoming friendlies and qualifiers. Robots in Brazil. More news.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: You are the guest

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In the latest pod, you are the guest as Greg and Eli open up the phones to Union fans.

Footy on the Telly: May 17-23

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

In pictures: Union 1-4 Galaxy

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Earl Gardner's look at the loss to LA.

In Pictures: Ocean City Nor’easters 2-0 New York Red Bulls U-23

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand as the Ocean City Nor'easters defeated the New York Red Bulls U23 2-0 in the first round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup 2013.

Harrisburg report: City Islanders capitalizing on Union loanees

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PSP contributor Tim Uhrich returns to PSP's pages to focus on the Harrisburg City Islanders and writes that the team is benefiting from the Philadelphia Union players on loan in Harrisburg.

“We had them on the ropes”: reaction to LA’s rout of the U, USOC 3rd round ties, Beckham retires, more

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Quotes and reaction to LA's 4-1 rout of the Union. US Open Cup third round pairings announced. David Beckham announce retirement. More news.

Union 1-4 Galaxy postgame press conference, locker room interviews, and quotes

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Postgame video of John Hackworth's press conference and locker room interviews with Bakary Soumare, Jose Kleberson, Ray Gaddis, Amobi Okugo and Sheanon Williams. Plus, Union and Galaxy postgame quote sheet.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 1-4 LA Galaxy

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Despite a strong first half showing, the Union faded down the stretch, allowing the visiting Galaxy to score three unanswered second half goals for a 4-1 victory.

Philly and the first US Open Cup

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In 1913, seven area teams entered the inaugural National Challenge Cup tournament, known today as the US Open Cup.

Match Report: Ocean City Nor’easters 2-0 New York Red Bulls U-23s

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Standout play from Marcus "Duke" Lacriox leads Ocean City past New York Red Bulls U-23s and into the second round of the US Open Cup.

Garfan trade reaction, previewing LA, Reading and OC win in USOC play, more news

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Reaction to Garfan trade. Previewing tonight's game against LA. Reading and Ocean City victorious in US Open Cup first round play. More news.

Preview: Union vs LA Galaxy

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LA will want at least a point against a Union squad that has maintained a flimsy home fortress. The local lads should see a midweek matchup as the perfect moment to pounce on a tired and injury-laden opponent.

A most curious move: The Gabriel Farfan trade

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Trading Gabriel Farfan? This may be John Hackworth's most questionable move yet, writes one PSP contributor who has been a big Hackworth defender. Here's why.

Garfan gone

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The Philadelphia Union trade Gabriel Farfan to CHivas USA for allocation money and a 2014 first round draft pick.

Union vs Galaxy quick reference

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

Winning

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The Union won on Saturday, so why aren't the excitement levels higher? Conor O'Grady explores.

Kleberson’s time

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John Hackworth has said Kleberson needs time to regain match fitness. So, what was the Brazilian's playing time like before joining the Union?

Philadelphians Abroad: Pfeffer and Langley score, Gargan and Wenger Assist

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Zach Pfeffer scores in final Bundesliga Süd/Südwest U-19 game of the season and more.

Soumare denies latest trade rumors, area USOC play begins tonight, more news

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Bakary Soumare denies reports that Union offered him to Chicago after Saturday's game. Area US Open Cup play begins tonight with Reading United hosting LVU Sonic and Ocean City hosting Red Bulls U-23s. Union PA license plates now available. More.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 1-0 Fire

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The Union managed to steal three points in Chicago, but outside of Zac MacMath, Jack McInerney and Sebastien Le Toux's pinpoint delivery, there were precious few positives.

Player of the Week: Zac MacMath

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On Saturday, Union fans saw what MacMath could be. The potential's always been there but, against Chicago, MacMath showed he has the ability to turn that potential into reality.

Match Report: Reading United 8-0 Westchester Flames

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Reading thoroughly dominated the Flames in Friday's home opener.

Reports & reaction as Zac & Mac get it done in Chicago, HCI & Reading win, more

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Quotes, reports, and reaction from Union's win in Chicago. City Islanders top Antigua 4-0 while Reading thumps Westchester 8-0 in season opener. Eastern Conference roundup as Union move to 5th. More news.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-0 Chicago Fire

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Zac MacMath stole the show for the Union and kept the Fire at bay until Jack McInerney and Sebastien Le Toux could steal all three points for the visitors. PSP has a match report.

Preview: Union at Chicago

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The Union have been a counterattacking team on the road in 2013. Can they revert to a less possession-based style at Chicago without sacrificing the improved fluidity seen against Seattle?

Fire previews, Union’s big “European-style” academy plans, Hack fined, Lloyd set for return, more

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Previews and quotes ahead of Saturday's Union game in Chicago. The Union have plans for "European-style" academy to launch this fall. Hackworth fined for ref rant. Carli Lloyd set to return for WNY. More news.

Footy on the Telly: May 10-16

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The week's live soccer listings on TV and online, including the Union in Chicago, the FA Cup final, and the Europa League final.

The Week in Tweets

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Soccer prayers with Danny Cruz, Dark Lord Moreno, reaction to Seattle and the release of player salaries. It's all in The Week in Tweets. Plus, this week's caption contest winner.

Reading United 2013: Loaded with talent and high expectations

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Returning veterans and new players will make Reading a formidable force for 2013.

Union vs Fire quick reference

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The Union are 3-3-1 against Chicago 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: Antoine Hoppenot

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Antoine Hoppenot is the guest on the pod and talks about his role and the possibility of starting. Greg and Eli then talk about the Union's tough three game stretch, squad rotation, and Soumare. FInally, the pod talks about Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

Soumare looks set to start, rotation and depth, Ansboro on stepping down, more news

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Parke's injury not as bad as feared but Soumare looks set to start against Chicago on Saturday. On rotation and depth. Ansboro on stepping down as SoB prez. Moyes leaving Everton, expected to take over at Manchester United. More news.

Soumare could start vs. Chicago

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The former all-star looks set to replace injured center back Jeff Parke in Saturday's nationally televised game. "My expectation is that he makes the most of this," Union manager John Hackworth said.

Union salary breakdown: Steals, deals & … trades?

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PSP analyzes Philadelphia Union's salary breakdown and identifies the steals (like Ray Gaddis, pictured), veteran bargains, surprises, and winner of the Juan Diego Gonzalez Award. Also, we take a look at several potential trade scenarios for Bakary Soumare.

First women’s soccer team in Philly, 1922

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Women's soccer has come a long way. In Philadelphia in 1922, it came all the way from England.

Parke doesn’t want to rush return, 1st round USOC draws, SAF to retire, more news

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Jeff Parke says no point in rushing return from injury. Harrisburg to face winner of Lehigh Valley/Reading United in USOC first round. Juan Agudelo traded to Revs. Altidore says club won't release him for May USMNT camp. Feguson to retire as manager of Manchester United. More.

Philadelphians Abroad: Busy week for the locals

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Your weekly look at how local players are doing in the pros here and abroad.

Was Gonzalez’s officiating really to blame?

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Was the no-call handball the primary reason for three points becoming one on Saturday?

Defensive speculations, salary info released, power rankings, Cruzing, Blazer banned, and more

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The storyline heading into Chicago is whether Soumare will finally get to play. MLS salary info released. Power ranking roundup. Cruz's performance earning honors.

Analysis and Player Ratings: Union 2-2 Sounders

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There were plenty of chances to win the match - the final uncalled penalty aside - but the Union left too much space for Seattle in the attacking third and paid the price.

Player of the Week: Danny Cruz

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Two absolute rockets in the span of 88 seconds. Whatever was said in the locker room at halftime, Cruz came out ready to prove his doubters wrong.

Photo Essay: Red cards and Danny Cruz…Union 2-2 Seattle

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PSP photographer Michael Long's look at Saturday's wild 2-2 between Philadelphia Union and Seattle Sounders.

“Paying it forward”: On Union fans being awesome

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A Union fan in need who benefited from the generosity of the Philadelphia soccer community pays it forward.

Hack lays into refs, Cruz on his missles, will Soumare finally play, more reaction to Union draw

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Hackworth says Union could have done more to win but poor officiating played big part in Saturday's draw. Cruz on his brace. With Parke injured and Williams suspended, is it Soumare time. HCI win. More news.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Seattle Sounders

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After falling behind early in the first half to an Eddie Johnson goal, two excellent strikes from Danny Cruz gave the Union a brief second half lead only for Mauro Rosales to equalize for the visitors and set up a tense and chippy finish.

Preview: Union vs Sounders

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The Sounders can't score, but then again neither could the Revolution. The Union's shaky defense needs to step up if the team wants to earn full points against a desperate Western Conference foe.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Conor Casey

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Big Union forward Conor Casey is the guest on the latest edition of the pod. Greg and Eli then preview Saturday's contest against Seattle.

Mac named Player of the Month, Union D needs to tighten up, more

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JAck McInerney becomes only the second Union player to be named MLS Player of the Month. Hack says the defense needs return to earlier form for Union to have success against Seattle. PDA U-18s ranked No. 1 in the country. More.

Footy on the Telly: May 3-May 9

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

Union vs Sounders quick reference

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

NY2: Departing from recent MLS expansion success?

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Does it really make sense for the twentieth MLS franchise to be in New York City? Earl Reed explores.

The Week in Tweets

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Garfan gets drug tested, Torres vs Wheeler in an aerial battle, and grumpy comments about the match against New England. It's The Week in Tweets...

Hack respects Seattle, Kleberson and Soumare update, USOC pairings announced, Timbers make wish come true, more

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Quotes from John Hackworth's weekly presser. US Open Cup 1st round ties announced. Hernandez scores but City Islanders drop first game. Timbers make a wish come true. More.

What’s the idea behind theme nights?

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Saturday is Star Wars theme night at PPL Park. PSP talks to Cara Joftis, the Union's vice president for marketing, about how the promotion came about.

Union player stat inforgraphic for April

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Dan Stover and Jim Prestifilippo present their infographic of Union player stats for April's games.

Philly Soccer 100: Tacony lose American Cup final replay, West Philly wins Amateur Challenge Cup

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Tacony battles Paterson True Blues in the second replay of the 1913 American Cup final. West Philadelphia and Wilmington Irish Americans meet for the Allied American Amateur Cup.

Fans’ View: Superstition and the U

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Tim Carr wants that winning feeling back for the Union and he's willing to try just about anything to do his part.

Sakiewicz: “We’re getting there,” Mac still No. 1 in Castrol Index, HCI hosts Battery, more

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Nick Sakiewicz says Union want to keep rising stars, not spend on DP. McInerney still No. 1 in Castrol Index. Harrisburg host Charleston as Anding named to USL PRO Team of the Week. More news.