The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2013

The Stoke-time continuum … and Danny Califf

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A tale of two columns. 1) What happens when the North American version of Stoke City meets the actual Stoke City? 2) What the Union should do about Danny Califf.

Philadelphians Abroad: Convey drags TFC to a win, Hoppenot vanquishes Vancouver, goals galore in Harrisburg

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Two assists from Convey help Toronto break six game winless streak. Late Hoppenot goal gives Union big road win. Locals tally in Harrisburg goalfest.

Union v Stoke news and previews, Garber says MLS will expand beyond 20, Holden has torn ACL, more

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Brek Shea joins Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu in Philly with Stoke. Hack plans to play "a bunch of guys." Gaber says not a question of if MLS expands but when and how much. Holden diagnosed with torn ACL. More.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 1-0 Whitecaps

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The gods of red cards and kind bounces again smiled on the Union as they barely scraped out a road victory despite playing with a man advantage for a combined 87 minutes of play.

Player of the Week: Antoine Hoppenot

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The Princeton Cannon's spark has been dimmed somewhat this season but on Saturday his 85th minute game winner handed Vancouver their first home loss of the season.

The Stoke City-Philadelphia connection runs through Cleveland

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In 1967, Stoke City players made up the Cleveland Stokers squad. The next year in the inaugural season of the NASL, it was Philadelphia Spartans players filling the ranks.

Reaction to US Gold Cup win, Jack’s an All-Star, OC in PDL national finals, Lehigh Valley national U-19 champs, more

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US wins Gold Cup. Union hands Vancouver first home defeat of the season. McInerney named to All-Star squad. Ocean City advances to PDL national championship. Lehigh Valley United wins McGuire Cup. Other stuff.

Gold Cup final recap and reaction: USA 1–0 Panama

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The US held on after a Brek Shea tap-in to claim the Gold Cup for the first time since 2007.

Vermes selects McInerney for MLS All-Star squad

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The Union forward replaces the injured Tim Cahill on the MLS All-Star team ahead of Wednesday's game against Roma.

Postgame quotesheet: Whitecaps 0-1 Union

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Postgame quotes from the Union's 1-0 road win in Vancouver from John Hackworth, Anotine Hoppenot, Aaron Wheeler, Keon Daniel, and Zac MacMath.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-0 Vancouver Whitecaps

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After playing with a man advantage for over an hour, Antoine Hoppenot grabbed three vital road points for the Union.

The Week in Tweets

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Aaron Wheeler's skateboard, Cruz and Cassel talk hair, and more. It's all in The Week in Tweets.

Preview: Union at Vancouver Whitecaps

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Vancouver is fourth in the West, but they average more points per game than Philly. Can Jack Mac regain his scoring form, or will current MLS goals leader Camilo help the Whitecaps maintain remain undefeated at home?

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Martin Rennie

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Greg andf Eli talk to Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie ahead of Saturday's Union match in Vancouver. Also, the US versus Panama in the Gold Cup final.

The Reading United Report: Ready for the Eastern Conference playoffs

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Sean Doyle recaps Reading United's run to qualify for its sixth consecutive PDL postseason and previews Saturday's Eastern Conference championship semifinal against Ottawa Fury.

Gold Cup final preview: USMNT v Panama

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Sunday's Gold Cup final promises to be a hotly contested affair between the tournament's two best teams.

Getting ready for Vancouver, Wheeler “an option” without Casey, Daniel ready, more.

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Hackworth says Aaron Wheeler an option to replace Conor Casey against Vancouver. Daniel says he's ready. OC and RU in this weekend's PDL Eastern Conference playoffs. More news.

Footy on the Telly, July 26-August 1

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Your weekly live soccer listings on TV and online including the Union, USA in the Gold Cup final, MLS All-Star Game, City Islanders, International Champions Cup, and much, much more.

Danny Califf’s return to Philly: What went wrong?

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Two months ago, Toronto looked set to trade former Union captain Danny Califf back to the Union. Instead, he retired. What went wrong? The Philly Soccer Page's Dan Walsh talked to Califf, John Hackworth, and Nick Sakiewicz and found out.

Union vs Vancouver quick reference

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The Union is 1-2-0 against Vancouver all time. We've got match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Reaction from US win, Casey suspension means opportunities, new MISL team in Reading, more

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Landon and the USA defeat Honduras to advance to Gold Cup final. Hack not worried about Casey's absence. Mkosana with hat trick as HCI wins big. New MISL team in Reading. More news.

Gold Cup semifinal recap and reaction: USMNT 3–1 Honduras

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The U.S. Men's National Team showed spirit and drive in defeating Honduras to advance to the Gold Cup final.

Fans’ View: From the quiet couch to the soccer pub

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There is a place where everybody knows the SOB name... and, amazingly, they still want to see us.

The tactical implications of Donovan’s rebirth

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Landon Donovan's USMNT rebirth will cause some tactical dilemmas for Jurgen Klinsmann. Earl Reed explores.

US ready for the semi, supporters summit, scouting network, RU advances to playoffs

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News and quotes ahead of the USMNT Gold Cup semi final against Honduras. Info from supporters summit. Wilson wants extensive local scouting network for Union. 10-men Reading defeats Baltimore in extra time to advance to PDL's Eastern Conference playoffs. More.

Gold Cup semifinal preview: USMNT v Honduras

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Honduras will certainly be the strongest side the U.S. has faced in the tournament so far. Will it matter?

Player of the Week: Kadeem Dacres

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With his team down 2-1 and their post season hopes dwindling, Kadeem Dacres scored the equalizer and go ahead goal in Reading's come from behind 5-2 win over Central Jersey Spartans.

Philadelphians Abroad: McLaughlin scores, Larentowicz assists

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Union loanee Jimmy McLaughlin scored in the 87th minute in Harrisburg's 2-0 win over Tampa. Larentowicz assists. More news of locals in the pros.

Union bits, Reading playoff play-in tonight, LV Sonic advance, PDA boys NPL champs, more

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Wilson on Union academy. Union steady in power rankings. Reading face Baltimore tonight in PDL playoff play-in. LV Sonic advance to NPSL semis. PDA '97s and '99s NPL champions. More news.

Player ratings & analysis: Union 0-0 Timbers

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Two styles clashed on Saturday night, with both teams drawing a blank. But has a true Union "system" emerged? PSP has analysis and player ratings.

Recaps and reaction to Union draw and USMNT win, Reading makes the playoffs, more news

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Union satisfied with result against Portland. Recaps, reaction, and player ratings from US rout of El Salvador. US soccer pioneer Phil Woosnam passes away. More news.

In Pictures: Union 0-0 Timbers

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz's look at the Union's scoreless draw with Portland.

Recap and reaction: USMNT 5–1 El Salvador

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A strong second half ended any hopes of a El Salvador comeback as the US advanced to the Gold Cup semifinals.

Postgame video and quote sheet: Union 0-0 Timbers

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Video of Rab Vartughian's postgame press conference and locker room interviews with Ray Gaddis,Leo Fernandes, Jack McInerney, Brian Carroll and Amobi Okugo. Plus: postgame quote sheet.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 0-0 Portland Timbers

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Both sides had their chances, but a lack of quality in the final third left both the Union and the visiting Timbers with zeros in the scoreline.

Preview: Union vs Portland Timbers

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Philly's only playoff season was built on the foundation of Fortress PPL. On Saturday, the 2013 team have a chance to prove they can defend their home turf against the best road team MLS.

Gold Cup quarterfinal preview: USA v El Salvador

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Now that the group stage has been so comfortably dispensed with, the focus of the United States team shifts to winning that big shiny trophy.

Fan’s View: It’s OK to step-over

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Why is the step-over move so criticized by Philadelphia Union fans and observers? One fan poses the question and enters the creativity vs. efficiency debate.

Harrisburg Report: City Islanders must find their form on roadtrip

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The Islanders face two road tough tests this weekend against Tampa Bay and Orlando City. After a quick start to the season, the Islanders must once again find their form as they look ahead toward the playoffs.

Getting ready for the Timbers, big games for HCI & Reading, USA previews, more.

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News and previews ahead of Saturday's big game against Portland. PRO says that wasn't a back pass. Reading looks tosecure playoff spot while Harrisburg looks to return to winning ways. USA news. More.

Footy on the Telly, July 19-25

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The week's live soccer listings for TV and online including Philadelphia Union, Harrisburg City Islanders, and the USMNT at the Gold Cup.

Union v Timbers quick reference

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The Union have never beaten Portland, scoring only one goal in three games. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Darlington Nagbe

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Darlington Nagbe joins the pod ahead of Portland Timbers visit to PPL Park to face the Union on Saturday. Also discussed: the soggy win over Chivas USA and the US at the Gold Cup.

The Reading United Report

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The Union affiliate will look to shake off a disappointing loss to Ocean City and secure a playoff spot when they face Central Jersey Spartans on the road in their final game of the regular season on Saturday.

Philadelphians Abroad: Donatelli & Noone lift Tampa over Charleston, Okafor scores in Sweden

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Glenside's Tony Donatelli and Harrisburg's JT Noone tally for Tampa Bay. Verona's Jonathan Okafor scores his first of the season in Sweden.

Jack’s back, Hack’s suspended, Le Toux knew he had it, Blatter blathers. more news

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McInerney returns to the Union after being released from US Gold Cup squad. Hackworth suspended for Saturday's game. Le Toux happy to be playmaker, just wants to win. Blatter says Brazil hosting the World Cup may have been a mistake. More.

In pictures: Jack and the USA v Costa Rica

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Barb Colligon's look at the USMNT's win over Costa Rica in the final group game at the Gold Cup.

Building Bridges Soccer Tournament: Raising money to support urban youth soccer

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Camden Youth Soccer Club coach Barry Evans on the upcoming Building Bridges With Soccer fundraising 3v3 tournament to support CYSC and Kensington Soccer Club.

Jack Mac was snubbed, here’s how to fix it

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Somehow, Jack McInerney didn't make the MLS All-Star Game. PSP looks at this snub and a simple way it could have been avoided.

US beats Costa Rica, Jack impresses, Casey excited, more

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US to play El Salvador in quarterfinals after defeating Costa Rica in final Gold Cup group game. SBI says Jack has "definitely impressed." Casey excited by how season has gone. More news.

Match report: USA 1-0 Costa Rica

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A Brek Shea goal in the 82nd minute ensured the US remains unbeaten at the Gold Cup and sets up a quarterfinal match against El Salvador on Sunday in Baltimore.

Meet the Red Card Gang

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No team in MLS provokes red cards like Philadelphia Union, and it might get them to the playoffs. PSP looks at what's behind it all for North America's answer to Stoke City.

No Jack on ASG roster, details from Sunday’s Union academy draw with Chelsea U-23s, US wants to send CR a signal, more

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Reaction to Jack McInerney's omission from All-Star Game roster. Details from Sunday's Union reserves/academy scrimmage with Chelsea U-23s. Klinsmann says US wants to send Costa Rica a signal in final Gold Cup group game. More news.

Player of the Week: Dwayne Reid

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The Ocean City forward scored seven goals over two games this weekend, including both goals in the Nor'easter's Mid-Atlantic Division title clinching win over Reading United.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 3-1 Chivas USA

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With conditions as bad as they were on Friday, the Union would not have minded a little bit of help from the official. Thanks, Mr. Gonzalez.

Preview: USMNT v Costa Rica

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With Costa Rica looking to avenge their 1-0 loss in the infamous Snow Game, they will be a tough nut to crack.

Recaps and reaction to Union’s win over Chivas USA, Ocean defeats Reading to clinch division title, US v Cuba recaps, more

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Recaps and reaction to Union's rain drenched win over The Goats. Ocean City claims PDL's Mid Atlantic Division title with win over Reading United. Harrisburg drops another. Reaction to US win over Cuba. More news.

In Pictures: Union 3-1 Chivas USA

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner's waterlogged photo essay from the Union's 3-1 win over Chivas USA.

Recap and Reaction: USMNT 4-1 Cuba

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After a slow start in which they conceded the opening goal, the US responded with four unanswered goals to solidify their top spot in Group C at the Gold Cup.

Postgame video and quotes: Union 3-1 Chivas USA

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Video of John Hackworth's postgame press conference and locker room interviews with Brian Carroll, Ray Gaddis, Zac MacMath and Amobi Okugo. Plus: postgame quote sheet.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 3-1 Chivas USA

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Crazy weather, even crazier refereeing and a whole lot of Conor Casey helped the Union to a 3-1 victory over visiting Chivas USA.

Danny Califf retires

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Danny Califf is retiring. Say it ain't so.

The Week in Tweets

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Houston, Guatemala, and Belize reaction, #jackscoresthat, and more. It's all in The Week in Tweets.

Preview: USMNT v Cuba

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The USMNT will look to solidify there place at the top of Group C in Saturday's Gold Cup game against Cuba with another stylish, dominant win. Could it be Jack McInerney's last best chance to get on the field?

Ready for Chivas, Farfan v Farfan, Big weekend for Reading and OC, more news

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Hackworth not taking Chivas USA lightly. Farfan v Farfan: The return of Gabe. Williams and McInerney make SBI midseason Best XI. Reading and Ocean City have Friday games before Sunday PDL derby. More news.

Footy on the Telly: July 12-18

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This week's live soccer listings include the Philadelphia Union, Harrisburg City Islanders, the USMNT in Gold Cup group play, UEFA Women's Euro, international club friendlies, and more.

Preview: Union vs Chivas USA

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Though they played well, the Union return from a tough road trip with only two points. They should earn more than that against a Chivas team that remains rudderless despite recent improvements under a new coach.

Philly soccer’s greatest dynamic duos

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Conor Casey and Jack McInerney have developed a strong scoring partnership, another in a long line of Philly soccer dynamic duos. Steve Holroyd takes a look at the top goalscoring partnerships from Philly pro soccer history.

Union vs Chivas USA quick reference

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The Union are unbeaten against Chivas USA. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Union’s Leo Fernandes & SoB’s Kelly Delaney

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Union midfielder Le Fernandes talks about his recent starts and Sons of Ben travel coordinator Kelly Delaney discusses the supporters group's volunteer work. Then, Greg and Eli discuss the loss in Houston and Friday's game against Chivas USA.

Hack on summer signings and Torres, Fabinho working toward start, hazing Jack, HCI drop another, more news

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John Hackworth on possible summer signing, the Roger Torres' playing time, and more. Fabinho working for start. Beasley on hazing USMNT rookie McInerney. City Islanders fall to LA Blues. CONCACAF prez wants World Cup in US. More news.

Fans’ View: Expectations vs. reality

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Ever see the movie 500 Days of Summer? Seth Finck has, and that whole perception vs. reality thing got him thinking about some of Union manager John Hackworth's decisions (complete with Allen Iverson "Practice" rant references).

Union player stat infographic for June

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Dan Stover and Jim Prestifilippo present their infographic of Union player stats for June's league games and the season so far.

For fans’ benefit, MLS should deal in fact before speculation

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Kansas City manager Peter Vermes let slip word a new MLS "retention fund" designed to retain top players within the league. Why didn't we know of this before? Wasn't this relevant? PSP's Earl Reed explores how MLS reveals its rules and the question of whether there truly is a level playing field for all teams when it comes to the rules.

US routs Belize, Klinsmann on McInerney, Altidore signs with Sunderland, Union bits, more news

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First half hat trick from Wondo sets the stage for a commanding win in the opening of group play for the US. Klinsmann says McInerney "is on a good path." Video of brilliant tifo in Portland. Altidore returns to the Prem. Union bits and more.

Recap and reaction: USMNT 6–1 Belize

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One defensive lapse aside, the US could not have asked for a much better result.

Philadelphia Union and life as a small market team

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Despite the big city, Philadelphia Union operate as a small market team. Here's where they fall into the grand scheme of things in MLS, along with evaluations of every other MLS club as well and how this status affects everything the team does. After readers' requests for this post, here you go.

Philadelphians Abroad: Chris Williams retires from pro soccer

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Philadelphia born defender Chris Williams, who played with Ocean City Barons, Philadelphia KiXX, as well as in Vietnam's top flight before joining NASL's San Antonio Scorpion's, retires from the game.

Player of the Week: Conor Casey

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A goal and an assist against RSL was capped off by a performance against Houston that was one of the few bright spots of the game.

Retention fund, Daniel scores for T&T, USA ready for Belize, more news

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More on the new retention fund salary mechanism. Union's preseason Florida home considering building soccer stadium. Power rankings drop. Forlan says no MLS move. USA ready for Belize. Messi's mess. More news.

Preview: USMNT v Belize

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While the shellacking of Guatemala may have put visions of sugar plums in many fans' heads, tournament soccer is a different animal than international friendlies, even against the likes of Belize.

Fans’ View: Athletes can still make great role models

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Sebastien Le Toux and Abby Wambach have been great role models for at least one young girl. (She apparently named her hermit crab Seba!)

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 0-1 Dynamo

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With all four strikers on the pitch from the opening whistle, the Union had no answer once Houston scored the inevitable opener.

“We’re fine”: Recap & reaction from Union loss, Jack not voted into ASG, OC moves into 1st as RU draws, more

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Hackworth not bothered by Union loss to Houston. McInerney not voted into to All-Star Game roster. Diego Forlan to Toronto? Reaction to big USMNT Gold Cup warmup win. Ref stabs player, fans decapitate ref in Brazil. More news.

Postgame quote sheet: Dynamo 1-0 Union

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Postgame quotes from John Hackworth and Conor Casey from Houston.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 0-1 Houston Dynamo

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Houston were the better side for 90 minutes on Saturday night in a 1-0 win over the Union. (UPDATED with quotes from Hackworth.)

Recap and reaction: USMNT 6–0 Guatemala

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After a slow start and some timely substitutions, the U.S. swept Guatemala aside in some style, 6–0 in the warmup game for the Gold Cup.

The Week in Tweets

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Rimando trolls McInerney, Dallas and RSL reaction, and Matt Kassel is Stiffler. It's all in The Week in Tweets.

Preview: Union at Houston Dynamo

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Nothing will change the ignominy or the lost points that have marred the Union's last two performances except maybe a win in Houston.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 2-2 RSL

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Up a man and a goal, the Union played bunker ball. It didn't work.

Union v Dynamo quick reference

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

Preview: USMNT v Guatemala v The Gold Cup

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Coach Jurgen Klinsmann needs to learn a lot about the crew he has in a very short amount of time. The Gold Cup warmup game against Guatemala should help.

Footy on the Telly: July 5-July 11

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV and online including Philadelphia Union, Harrisburg City Islanders, and the USMNT in their opening group game at the Gold Cup.

Late reaction to RSL draw, Hack on Fabinho, OC moves into first, USMNT Gold Cup warmup, more.

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Late reaction to draw in RSL. Hackworth on Fabinho. Ocean City moves into first with win. USMNT in Gold Cup warmup game tonight. Klinsmann says respect Belize. More news.

Jack Mac and Philly soccer’s greatest American goalscorers

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Jack McInerney isn't only chasing history, he's on track to place himself among the all-time leading American goalscorers in Philadelphia soccer history. Steve Holroyd recounts some of Philly's greatest goalscorers, including two National Soccer Hall of Famers.

Youth soccer report: Positioned to win?

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New youth soccer writer Adam Kaye looks at youth soccer formations and runs down the big local youth tournaments coming up over the next month.

“Gutted”: Reaction & reports from Union’s draw at RSL, OC’s Tweneboa named PDL POTW, more news

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Hackworth says locker room gutted after Union again drops two point by conceding a stoppage time equalizer, says team should of done a better job closing out the game. Ocean City's Frank Tweneboa named PDL Player of the Week. More news.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Real Salt Lake

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A second straight 97th minute equalizer cost the Union two more points in Sandy, Utah, as the Union drew 2-2 with ten men RSL.

Postgame quotes: RSL 2-2 Union

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Postgame quotes from John Hackworth, Danny Cruz, and Conor Casey after the Union squander the lead late to draw 2-2 against Real Salt Lake.

PSP midseason roundtable: Philadelphia Union player review and ratings

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PSP's roundtable review and ratings of the Philadelphia Union players at the midseason point.

Midseason review: Castol Index v PSP’s postgame player ratings

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A comparison of how Union players are ranked in the Castrol Index with their rankings based upon the average of their postgame player ratings.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Two tough road games

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Philly.com's Jonathan Tannenwald is the guest as the pod discusses the Union's tough road series against Real Slat Lake and Houston Dynamo.

Hackworth on RSL/Houston challenge, RSL previews, Union notes, more news

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Hackworth says a win and a draw from road trip would be "a great outcome." Kleberson unavailable for RSL, might make Houston. Okugo and Williams in Castrol Weekly Top 20. HCI's Touray named to USL PRO TOW. More news.

Philadelphians Abroad: Allison, McLaughlin, and Hoppenot see the net

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Catching up on a number of players from around the area who continue to put in some hard work.

Preview: Union at Real Salt Lake

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Taking points away from Salt Lake city is one of the toughest tasks in MLS. Doing it without the league's leading goalscorer is even harder. Philly will need to be fast and organizationally sound to pull off a coup in Utah.

Union vs Real Salt Lake quick reference

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

Life without Mac, and other Union/MLS thoughts

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Who will replace Jac Mac? This man. Also, how to fix Marfan, goalkeeper punches, the Union's underwhelming signing at left back, and the universe's curse on Carlos Bocanegra in this Five Thoughts column.

Adjusting, Jack Mac ranked 20th in Top 100 US players list, Reading draw, more

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How will the Union adjust without McInerney? McInerney ranked 20th best US player in ASN Top 100. Power rankings. Reading draws with Jersey Express. Junior Lone Star U-19s are champions of the USL Super-20 Mid-Atlantic Conference. More.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 2-2 FC Dallas

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The Union made matters too easy on Dallas, failing to dictate play the way they did against Columbus and New York.

Player of the Week: Sheanon Williams

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While the loss of two points against Dallas surely stings, no one did more than Williams to put the Union in a position to win that game.

In Pictures: Union 2-2 FC Dallas

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Saturday afternoon as the Philadelphia Union settled for a 2-2 tie with visiting FC Dallas.

Match Report: Ocean City Nor’easters 5-0 Central Jersey Spartans.

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Three goals and two assists from Frank Tweneboa power Ocean City to a commanding win over visiting Central Jersey Spartans.

Reaction to Union’s disappointing draw, HCI wins, Reading draws, OC wins, Carli Lloyd hat trick, more

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Lots of reaction and quotes from the Union's let down draw. Sainey Touray with goal and assist in Harrisburg win. Reading blows lead, settles for draw. Ocean City with commanding win. Carli Lloyd hat trick. More news.