The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2013

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 FC Dallas

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Blas Perez's 97th minute equalizer spoiled the Union's party, with the home side dropping points despite finishing the match up a man.

Postgame quotes and video: Union 2-2 Dallas

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Video of John Hackworth's postgame press conference and interviews with Antoine Hoppenot, Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams and Aaron Wheeler. Plus: postgame quote sheet.

Union sign Fabio Alves

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The 28 year old left back joins the Union after two seasons playing in Australia's A-League.

The Week in Tweets

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Jim Curtin on the Tour de France, Red Bulls reaction, and tank top Thursdays. It's all in The Week in Tweets.

Preview: Union vs FC Dallas

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The Union are flying high while Dallas has stalled out. Can the Western Conference power recover from an embarrassing US Open Cup loss to Portland, or will Jack McInerney pounce on his sixth game winner of the year before heading to the Gold Cup?

Fabio Alves?, preparing for Dalls, Mac call-up, Marfan in the middle, more

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Brazilian left back who last played in Australia tweets he's joined the Union. Preparing for Dallas. Marfan in the middle. More on Jack's call-up.

The Reading United Report

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Your recap of Reading's recent games with a preview of this weekend's big battle against Jersey Express and more.

Footy on the Telly, June 28-July 4

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV and online, including two Union games, Harrisburg City Islanders, and the Confederations Cup final.

Union vs FC Dallas quick reference

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

Official: McInerney called up for US Gold Cup squad

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The US roster for the Gold Cup has been announced and Jack McInerney is on it. Jurgen Klinsmann says John Hackworth gave "great input" on his selection.

Jack Mac call-up expected today, challenges as Union ready for Dallas & road swing, more

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Gold Cup roster announcement. Union face selection challenges ahead of vital series of games that includes Dallas and road swing. Local results from US Development Academy playoffs. US U-20s in must win game. More.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Alejandro Moreno

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Union original - and now Union color commentator - Alejandro Moreno joins the pod. Also, the big win over New York and looking ahead to Dallas.

Fans’ View: Life, the Unionverse and everything

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One Philadelphia fan's 2012 followed the Union down the tubes. But much like his team, his own prospects are looking up. It wasn't the metaphor he expected out of life.

MLS+: What it is, and will it serve its mission?

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The league is working hard to get more non-gameday related MLS coverage in front of viewers. Earl Reed explores.

Wahl tweets Jack Mac makes Gold Cup roster, Casey named to TOTW, more

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SI's Grant Wahl tweets McInerney makes Gold Cup roster, Philly.com's Jonathan Tannenwald reports confirmation. Casey named to Team of the Week, lauds fan support. 100K protesters expected as Confederation Cup semis begin. More news.

How Oka Nikolov explains the new Union

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The Union's signing of Oka Nikolov may reveal a lot about how John Hackworth finds players he wants. Also, a look at the Brazil protests and the great new MLS show on NBC Sports Network.

In pictures: Union 3-0 Red Bulls

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz's look at Sunday's big win.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 3-0 Red Bulls

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The Union were sharper than the Red Bulls in every facet of Sunday's match and the scoreline could have been even more lopsided.

Player of the Week: Conor Casey

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With two goals and a continued core role in the Union's passing game, Conor Casey is the Philadelphia Player of the Week.

More from Sunday’s big win, Jack’s path, power rankings surge, Casey for Goal of the Week, more news

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Post-win storylines. Jack's path to greatness. Casey for Goal of the Week. Union surge in power rankings. Local teams in US Development Academy playoffs. US U-20 WC hopes stay alive. News from Brazil. More.

Sons of Ben raising money for Tickets for Troops

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Sons of Ben Director of Marketing Dan Sullivan tells Union fans how they can support the Tickets for Troops event on July 20 when the Union host Portland Timbers.

RU Ready? A Q&A with The Hot Box Hooligans

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PSP talks to Jeffrey Mitchell and Marissa Salazar of The Hot Box Hooligans about their song "RU Ready?", originally written for PDL club Reading United and now being used to raise money for Kicks Against Cancer.

Casey crushes canned drinks, rough week for the East, U20s play France

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Conor Casey and his fourth musketeer facial hair destroyed New York, quotes and reactions, around the league, and the USA U-20s play at 11am.

Postgame quotes and video: Union 3-0 Red Bulls

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Postgame press conference and locker room interviews video and postgame quote sheet.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 3-0 New York Red Bulls

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The Union controlled the energy and the match wire to wire in crushing the New York Red Bulls 3-0 on Sunday.

The Week in Tweets

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The week in Aaron Wheeler, Chris Albright encourages you to read, and GarageLeToux. It's all in The Week in Tweets.

Union vs Red Bulls quick reference

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The Union are 2-6-0 against New York all time. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Preview: Union vs Red Bulls

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The Red Bulls are without Olave and Juninho as they arrive at PPL Park only three points ahead of the Philadelphia Union. Can Philly shut down Thierry Henry and match New York in the standings?

Wambach means four, Okugo live chat, Lahoud recovering, more

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Abby Wambach takes Jozy Altidore's 4 in 4 games and compresses it to 61 minutes, Michael Lahoud is nearing a return, Amobi Okugo is going online to take your suggestions for a new goal celebration.

Fans View: Go for the win every time

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One fan makes his case that teams should always go for the win, rather than the draw.

Union sign Nikolov, Hack’s first year, Revs in Newtown, more

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Oka Nikolov is here (but don't worry, Zac!), Hackworth talks about his first year in charge, the Revolution play a friendly against Newtown Pride FC for charity, and Di Vaio scores number ten.

Union acquire goalkeeper Oka Nikolov

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Philadelphia Union have acquired veteran Bundesliga goalkeeper Oka Nikolov.

Recap and Reaction: USMNT 1–0 Honduras

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Another goal from the suddenly on fire Jozy Altidore helped the US grab all 9 points on offer over their most recent string of qualifiers.

Farfans highlight the differing development tracks

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While Michael Farfan's path to MLS culminated in the SuperDraft, Gabriel Farfan's path to MLS (and possibly out of it) included a stop in Mexico.

Preview: USMNT v Honduras

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With the U.S. riding a three-game winning streak (including the 4–3 friendly victory over Germany), and what promises to be a lively home support in Rio Tinto, the home team is the clear favorite.

Daniel gets T&T callup, HCI friendly, USA takes on Honduras, more news

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Keon Daniel called up by Trinidad & Tobago for Gold Cup. Union in Harrisburg tonight for annual friendly. USMNT looks to end current qualification cycle with a win. More news.

Philadelphians Abroad: Yeisley turns creator for Richmond

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Hershey Pa. native Jason Yeisley - formerly of Penn State, Reading Rage, FC Dallas, and Pittsburgh Riverhounds - scores a goal and assist for Richmond Kickers.

Player of the Week: Jason Plumhoff

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A former Ocean City player scored a late equalizer for his new team, Reading United. Wielding a dagger like that earns you Player of the Week.

Reading and Ocean City draw, Harrisburg wins, USMNT readies for Honduras, more

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Reading United tie Ocean City with a late equalizer. Harrisburg defeats Antiguam but Becher is not happy. US readies for Tuesday's qualifier against Honduras. More news.

Hackworth after one year: On tactics

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One year ago, John Hackworth took over the reins as the Union's head coach. PSP looks at his first year as head coach concludes.

Analysis & player ratings: DCU 3-1 Union

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Don Anding shines, Keon Daniel doesn't, and a healthy D.C. midfield finally emerges for a bit. PSP has analysis and player ratings on Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup match.

The Week in Tweets

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Your weekly roundup of Union commentary from across th Twittersphere, now with more zingers from Jim Curtin.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Union crash out of USOC, USMNT on a roll

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KYW's Greg Orlandini and PSP's Eli Pearlman-Storch discuss the Union's exit from the US Open Cup. Then, PSP's Jeremy Lane joins the pod to talk about the USMNT's recent impressive form in World Cup qualification.

Union bits, Reading and OC face off on Saturday, USASA National Cups qualifiers in Horsham, Confederations Cup, more

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Reading United hosts Ocean City Nor'easters in top of the table clash on Saturday. USASA Region I National Cups qualifiers in Horsham this weekend. Confederations Cup set to kickoff. More.

Harrisburg report: Union v. Islanders more than a friendly?

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The fourth annual friendly between the Union and City Islanders takes place Tuesday at 7:30pm at the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg. Tim Uhrich takes a look at some pregame storylines including the possibility of halftime jersey changes.

Footy on the Telly: June 14-20

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Your weekly live soccer listings for TV and online, including the Confederations Cup, Harrisburg City Islanders, USWNT friendlies, and the USMNT qualifier against Honduras.

US Open Cup in pictures: DC United 3-1 Union

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand as the Union bailed out of the US Open Cup with a disappointing 1-3 loss to DC United.

Hackworth after one year: An assessment

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Photo: Earl Gardner Author's note: This post takes a big picture look at John Hackworth's performance during his first year as Union manager. For an evaluation of his on-field tactical management, read Adam Cann's accompanying post tomorrow. To say that John Hackworth inherited a troubled Philadelphia Union club one year [.

“Unacceptable”: reaction to Union’s 3-1 loss to DC in USOC, Anding impresses, more news

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Reaction to Union's woeful US Open Cup exit. Anding a bright spot. MLS announces partnership with You Can Play Project. More news.

Postgame quotes: DC United 3-1 Philadelphia Union

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Postgame quotes from John Hackworth, Amobi Okugo, and Don Anding after the Union's disappointing 3-1 loss to DC United in fourth round US Open Cup play.

Match report: D.C. United 3-1 Philadelphia Union

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Dwayne De Rosario scored a hat trick to lead D.C. United on to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals and knock the Union out of the tournament.

PhillySoccerTalks: DC United’s Ethan White

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PSP talks with Ethan White ahead of DC United's US Open Cup showdown with the Philadelphia Union.

Philadelphians Abroad: Steffen in U20 World Cup, Hernandez strong for Harrisburg

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Zack Steffen gets call up to USMNT U-20 World Cup squad. Cristhian Hernandez continues to impress with Harrisburg City Islanders. More.

The Reading United Report

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Your weekly roundup of all things Reading United, including a preview of Saturday's big game against Ocean City.

Fans’ view: The soccer dad’s communication breakthrough

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New Fans' View writer John Ling explains how a shared love of soccer and Philadelphia Union helps him connect with his 12-year-old daughter.

Recap and Reaction: USMNT 2–0 Panama

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The USMNT put together perhaps their most complete performance of the Jurgen Klinsmann era, and soundly defeated Panama 2–0 to move to the top of the Hex.

USA at top of the Hex with 2-0 win, Union expects “feisty” USOC match against DC, more

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The US defeated Panama 2-0 to move to the top of the Hex in World Cup qualifying. Hack expects a "feisty" USOC match against DC. Union reaches 2010 tax payment plan with Chester. More news.

USOC: The rivalry maker

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What is it about US Open Cup matches that spark such intense rivalries? Adam Cann explores.

USOC Preview: Union at DC United

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Last season the Union needed a US Open Cup run to keep spirits high as they spun down the Nowak rabbit hole. A year later, the team they beat to keep the 2012 USOC run alive is equally desperate for a catalyzing victory in cup competition.

Is the glass half full for the Union?

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There have been some woeful games yet the Union find themselves in third pace in the Eastern Conference. While a tough road lies ahead, is there reason to be hopeful for a November season?

USA v Panama news, All-Star Ballot, Carroll & Williams on SI TOTW, more news

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Attendance and turf conditions questions dominate discussion ahead of tonight's USMNT World Cup qualifier against Panama. Six Union players on ASG ballot. Carroll and WIlliams named to SI's Team of the Week. More.

Preview: USMNT v Panama

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Even without two key players from Friday night's win over Jamaica, the US is still a better team than Panama.

Player of the Week: Brian Carroll

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Against Columbus, he shielded the back four, stepped into passing lanes, and broke up attacks with timely tackles. He also scored the gamewinner.

News from Reading-Union friendly, HCI loses at home, RU & OC win in league play, USMNT prepares for Panama

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Union top Reading in friendly. USA prepares for Panama after big win in Jamaica. Harrisburg falls to Colorado Reserves. Reading and Ocean City win in league play. More news.

Recap and Reaction: Jamaica 1–2 USMNT

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The US picked up three big points in their quest to qualify for the 2014 World Cup with a first half goal from Jozy Altidore and stoppage time winner from Brad Davis.

The Week in Tweets

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Columbus/Toronto reaction, Torres is Lebron, and Jim Curtin is bloody awesome. It's all in The Week in Tweets.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 3-0 Crew

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The Union needed a win, badly. And with Brian Carroll setting the tone for his side, they ran out easy 3-0 winners.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Aaron Wheeler

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Aaron Wheeler is the guest on the latest KYW Philly Soccer Show podcast. Also discussed, the upcoming USMNT World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica and Panama.

Reading United A.C. vs Philadelphia Union friendly

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The connections between the Union and PDL partner Reading United are deep. Sean Doyle looks at Reading's recent form and players for Union fans to watch in tonight's friendly.

Reading friendly, more from big Union win, USA WCQ news, more

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Union friendly in Reading. Le Toux with the assists. Torres sees turning point. USMNT news ahead of big qualifier in Jamaica. More news.

Footy of the Telly: June 7-13

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The week's upcoming live games on TV and online, including World Cup qualifiers, Harrisburg City Islanders, and more.

In pictures: Philadelphia Union 3-0 Columbus Crew

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Against Columbus Crew, Union dominance yielded a 3-0 result. PSP photographer Michael Long has a look at the win.

Fan’s View: A new hope?

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One Philadelphia Union fan writes about the double-edged sword that is hope.

Preview: Jamaica v USMNT

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With Jamaica needing a win, expect the Jamaican team to come out very strong from the opening whistle.

Union 3-0 Crew: Postgame quotes and video

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Video of John Hackworth's postgame press conference and locker room intervies with Ray Gaddis, Jack McInerney, Brian Carroll, and Amobi Okugo, plus postgame quote sheet.

“We deserve this”: Reaction to Union’s commanding win, HCI wins, OC wins, RU draws, more news

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Reaction to the Union's commanding 3-0 win over Columbus. Harrisburg wins another. Ocean City wins, Reading United draws. More news.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 3-0 Columbus Crew

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Columbus Crew had no answer for an inspired Union performance led by Brian Carroll and Sebastien Le Toux.

Looking ahead: Possible interesting MLS playoff storylines

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As we near the mid-point of the MLS season, here's a look at some intriguing possible playoff storylines.

“Massive game”: Getting ready for the Crew, Union trade talk, more

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Hackworth says game against Crew is "massive." Union plan summer moves. Did Sakiewicz nix Califf and Harvey returns? More.

Hackworth looking for help in summer transfer window

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Philadelphia Union is now looking to add players to the roster after gaining draft picks, allocation money and salary cap space in recent trades. Union manager John Hackworth explained his plans Tuesday.

Player of the Week: Aaron Wheeler

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Aaron Wheeler used his time on loan from the Union with Harrisburg over the weekend to score a brace in the 4-0 road win over Charlotte.

PSP talks to Aaron Schoenfeld

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PSP spoke with Columbus Crew striker Aaron Schoenfeld ahead of his match against the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday.

Tired Union, rising Nor’easters

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A tired and listless Union, their disconnected midfield, and Ocean City's great showing in the U.S. Open Cup. PSP's Dan Walsh weighs in the week that was in Union soccer land.

Preview: Union vs Columbus Crew

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Columbus can leapfrog the Union with a win, but the Union can give themselves some breathing room by knocking off the Crew. Two very similar teams vie to stay above water in the middle of the Eastern Conference at PPL Park Wednesday night.

Union vs Crew quick reference

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The Union are 2-5-1 against Columbus all time. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Philadelphians Abroad: Hernandez and McLaughlin score, Wenger in CCL

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Philadelphia Union homegrown players Cristhian Hernandez and Jimmy McLaughlin tally in Harrisburg win while Andrew Wenger qualifies for CONCACAF Champions League.

When a point is the point, More Mac love, more news

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Commentary on Union struggles revovles around familiar refrain. McInerney continues to receive the (much deserved) love. Japan qualifies for 2014 World Cup. More news.

In pictures: Toronto FC 1-1 Union

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner shares his photo essay from the Union's tip north of the border.

Help wanted at PSP

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PSP is looking for a webmaster/troubleshooter and contributors to write about the Ocean City Nor'easters, youth and high school soccer, and the fan experience (Fans' View). Click on for more details.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 1-1 TFC

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A point is a point.

USMNT 4–3 Germany

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Behind a sterling all-around display from Jozy Altidore and two well-taken goals by Clint Dempsey, the U.S. weathered some late heavy legs and German pressure to win 4–3.

Reaction to Union draw with TFC, HCI wins 2 on the road, USA Sunday funday, more

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Recaps and reaction to the Union's ugly draw in Toronto. Harrisburg in second place after two-win weekend with Union loanees all over the score sheet. USA celebrates Centennial with two wins. More news.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 1-1 Toronto FC

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Soundly beaten for 90 minutes, Jack McInerney again provided the heroics, stealing a point for the Union in stoppage time.

Preview: USMNT v Germany

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The U.S. will play better against Germany than it did against Belgium. It certainly couldn't play much worse.

USMNT: First look at the preliminary Gold Cup roster

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What this roster represents is possibility. PSP takes a look.