The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2013

Celebrating the Atoms

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A one spot stop for our series celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Philadelphia Atoms' NASL championship.

Fans’ View: Like a good neighbor

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PPL Park is, essentially, one giant neighborhood with a great diversity of neighbors.

Preview: Philadelphia Union vs Montreal Impact

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The Union need to keep a tight defensive shape against a Montreal side that will look to break through early against a makeshift Philadelphia backline.

Montreal bits, Lahoud called up by Sierra Leone, USMNT roster, Champions League Draw, more

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News before Saturday's big game against Montreal. Michale Lahoud called up by Sierra Leone, will miss SJ. US roster announced for upcoming qualifiers. Champions League and Europa League group stage draws. More.

Footy on the Telly: Aug. 30-Sept. 5

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Your weekly live soccer listings on TV and online.

Catholic League boys’ soccer season preview

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PSP opens its new regular coverage of high school boys soccer with a preview of the Philadelphia Catholic League.

Union vs Impact quick reference

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

Scoping the Union’s stretch run

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Of the four teams vying for a playoff spot, the Union play the toughest overall schedule. Only two of those games are against Eastern Conference teams below them in the standings.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Zac MacMath

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Zac MacMath joins the pod to talk about how the team is moving on from the loss against New England and adjusting the defense because of the suspension of Amobi Okugo as they prepare for Montreal.

News from Hackworth press conference, Williams expects Union to bounce back, Donovan stays with LA, more

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Hackworth on options to replace suspended Okugo, will McInerney start, status of Kleberson. Daniel and Gaddis still questionable for Saturday. Donovan stays at LA with new deal. AO and USSF say reports of AO Seattle takeover untrue.

Monumental matchup, atrocious officiating

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Sunday's game between Seattle and Portland was big. It's a shame the ref wasn't up to the task.

So what happened next? A Philadelphia Atoms denouement

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Our series commemorating the Philadelphia Atoms' historic 1973 NASL title concludes with a look at what happened to the team after the championship and the team's impact on American soccer.

Division III soccer local conference previews

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New contributor Phil Naegely previews local Division III men's soccer conferences.

Impact: Defeating Union “won’t be easy,” new deal for Donovan, Seattle AO’s given reins to US support, more

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Montreal head coach says defeating the Union won't be easy. New Donovan deal to be announced by Galaxy. Seattle American Outlaws to be lead organizers of support at all US games. More news.

Time to find out what the Union are made of

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With Amobi Okugo out 2 games and the playoffs on the line, the Union have to bounce back from some tough breaks and show what they're made of. PSP's Dan Walsh lays it out.

Player ratings & analysis: Union 1-5 Revolution

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It all went wrong for the Union, who melted down after a refereeing decision didn't go their way.

Philadelphians Abroad: Convey saves Toronto from another defeat

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Philly-native Bobby Convey rescues a road point for Toronto in DC.

Okugo suspended for two games, what to fix, rankings drop, more news

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Union confirms Okugo will miss Montreal and San Jose games. Zeitlin and De George on what must be fixed. Power rankings tumble. Former Independence coach up for England women's national team job. More news.

“A big wake up call”: recaps & reaction to pounding in NE, HCI playoff run ends early, more

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Recaps and reaction from big Union loss against the Revolution. Harrisburg's postseason ends after one game. NWSL final set. Hard decisions ahead for Klinsmann. More morning news.

Match report: Revolution 5-1 Union

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The Revolution turned a critical Eastern Conference matchup into a blowout with 4 second half goals, pounding the Union 5-1.

Postgame quotesheet: Revolution 5-1 Union

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Postgame quotes from John Hackworth, Danny Cruz, and Brian Carroll after the 5-1 loss to New England.

Ten men Harrisburg’s playoff run ends with 3-1 loss to Charlotte Eagles

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The City Islanders' playoff run comes to an early end with a 3-1 loss to the visiting Charlotte Eagles.

The Week in Tweets

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European footy with the boys, New York reaction, and a public shaming for Eli. It's The Week in Tweets.

Preview: Union at Revolution

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In the season's rubber match, the Union need to get bodies in the box if they want to disrupt a strong New England back line.

Champions! Atoms defeat Dallas Tornado 2-0 in NASL final

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A confident Philadelphia Atoms traveled to Texas Stadium for the 1973 NASL championship final and returned 2-0 winners.

Youth soccer: Keys to a successful season

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Using the concept of "The 3 E's: Education, Effort and Enthusiasm," coaches, players and parents can have a shared understanding of the three key focus areas that will contribute to an enjoyable season for all participants.

Zac’s confidence high, Union D is key, HCI ready for playoff bout, more news

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MacMath says he's trying to prove he's one of the league's best. Improved defense key to Union's recent success. Harrisburg ready for USL PRO quarterfinals. World Cup water breaks. More news.

Footy on the Telly: Aug. 23-Aug. 29

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV and online.

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.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Kelyn Rowe

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New England midfielder Kelyn Rowe joins the pod to talk about a resurgent Revolution. Greg and Eli then review the Union's draw in New York and the club's new academy school.

The basics of Philadelphia boys’ high school soccer: A District 12 overview

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PSP is expanding its coverage to follow boys soccer at Philadelphia's high schools. New contributor Josh Trott kicks it off with an explanation for how the area's soccer is organized.

Hack expects playoff feel in NE, Union cautious with return of Gaddis from injury, more news.

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Hackworth expects a playoff feel in Sunday's game against New England. Hack backs Jack. Union being cautious with return of Ray Gaddis from injury. On the Union's new YSC Academy school. More news.

Moreno & Martino explain the Union midfield

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The Union's back and front lines are among the league's best. But there's always that midfield. Leave it to TV analysts Alejandro Moreno and Kyle Martino to describe the midfield perfectly. PSP's Dan Walsh fills you in on how.

Midnight for Cinderella? The “Atom Bomb” before the 1973 final

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Two days after winning their semifinal game against Toronto to advance to the 1973 NASL championship game the Atoms lost two of their most important players, recalled by their home club in England.

Weekly honors, locals on Hermann Trophy Watch List, Donovan’s foreign suitors, more

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More Union players on best of the week lists. Several locals named to Hermann Trophy Watch List. Interest in Donovan from Serie A. One million World Cup tickets requested in seven hours. More news.

Philadelphia’s tactical pragmatism equals points

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The Union may not play the prettiest ball, but when it comes to making the playoffs, it's results that matter.

Philadelphians Abroad: Warshaw looks for a fresh start in Sweden

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Mechanicsburg, PA native and FC Dallas midfielder Bobby Warshaw has gone on loan to Swedish side Ängelholms FF.

Okugo named to SI’s TOW, playoff chances, Donovan open to foreign move, more

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Amobi Okugo named to SI's Team of the Week as Union climbs power rankings. Stat site has Union's playoff chances at 72.6 percent. Landon Donovan says he's open to moving abroad. More news.

Player of the Week: Amobi Okugo

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Against Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, Amobi Okugo refused to be beaten.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 0-0 Red Bulls

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A draw at Red Bull Arena was a great result, even if the Union's performance left a lot to be desired.

In Pictures: Union 0-0 Red Bulls

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Saturday night as the Philadelphia Union took on the New York Red Bulls in an exciting but scoreless 0-0 tie.

Recaps & reaction from first point at RBA as Union ruins Henry’s birthday, HCI to host start of playoffs, more

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Union proud of effort in playoff feel draw at Red Bull Arena. Harrisburg gains home-field advantage for first playoff game despite losing last game of regular season. Former City Islander shot in West Chester. More news.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-0 New York Red Bulls

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It wasn't pretty, but road draws rarely are, and the Union have earned their first point at Red Bull Arena. (Updated with quotes from players.)

Postgame quotes: Red Bulls 0-0 Union

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Postgame quotes from John Hackworth, Sebastien Le Toux, and Jeff Parke. From the Red Bulls, lots of disappointment.

The Week in Tweets

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Chris Konopka is a sexy single, the boys talk music and movies, and more Jim Curtin. It's The Week in Tweets.

Preview: Union at New York Red Bulls

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Tim Cahill's health will make all the difference in this showdown match between New York and Philly

Atoms defeat the Toronto Metros 3-0 in 1973 NASL championship semifinal

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The Eastern Division champion Atoms already had a bag full of league records heading into their 1973 NASL semifinal agaisnt the Toronto Metros, a team they had never before defeated.

Getting ready for some bull, Zac on lessons learned, Sons of Ben and Bearfight Brigade news, more

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News and previews as the Union prepare for the Red Bulls. Zac MacMath learns his lessons. Amobi Okugo says team can't get complacent. Elections, reduced membership fees for Sons of Ben. More news.

Footy on the Telly: Aug. 16-Aug. 22

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Your weekly live soccer listings on TV and online including the Union, the City Islanders, and the return of the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.

Fans’ View: How to be a proper 12th man

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The atmosphere at PPL Park can be very good, but Scott Pugh thinks it can still be a lot better.

Fans’ View: How to be a proper 12th man

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The atmosphere at PPL Park can be very good, but Scott Pugh thinks it can still be a lot better.

Union vs Red Bulls quick reference

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The Union are 3-6-0 against New York all time. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

JVA! JVA JVA! News and quotes from USA win, Hack on Union’s plans in NY, more news

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News and quotes from big US come-back win. Hackworth on Union's hopes against New York, central midfield concerns, and who will start at left back. More news.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Lucky Mkosana

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Red hot Harrisburg City Islanders forward Lucky Mkosana is the guest. Then, Greg and Eli preview Saturday's Union's game against New York at Red Bull Arena.

Recap and reaction: Bosnia-Herzegovina 3–4 USMNT

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Down 2-0 at the half, the US roared back for a 4-3 win in Sarajevo powered by a Jozy Altidore hat trick.

Building Bridges 3v3 charity tournament in pictures

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner's look at Sunday's Building Bridges charity tournament in support of the Camden Youth Soccer Club and the Kensington Soccer Club.

What’s with this soccer talk explosion on television?

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Fans in the US have new TV options when it comes to watching and following the soccer. Will these new options of help MLS?

Something better beginning

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Our series commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Atoms historic inaugural season NASL championship continues with a look at how Philadelphia ended up with its first NASL franchise.

Weekly honors, Union U-18 coach on new academy, USA friendly, more

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Casey, Le Toux, and WIlliams earn multiple weekly honors. Union U-18 coach Peter Fuller on the new academy program. USA takes on Bosnia-Herzegovina today. More news.

Philadelphians Abroad: Herzog scores, Schuler out at Hammarby, Allen headed to DC?

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Corey Hertzog scores in first loan appearance for FC Edmonton. Billy Schuler on the outs at Hammarby. Is RJ Allen on his way from Denmark to DC?

How Seba got his groove back

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Outsiders think Sebastien Le Toux has reinvented himself as a midfielder. He hasn't. But what he has done on the field this season is even more remarkable. PSP's Dan Walsh explains. Also, some miscellaneous Union notes.

Preview: Bosnia-Herzegovina v USMNT

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With a roster heavy on European-based players who are still in preseason form, and four players receiving their first senior USMNT call-up, don't expect the fireworks we've grown accustomed to during the Gold Cup.

Slump avoidance and more Union news, Dempsey on his return, USMNT roster, more news

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Is the key to the Union's success their ability to avoid slumps? Three from PDA selected for Brandenton. Dempsey on his return. Where will players for MLS expansion teams come from? USMNT roster notes. More news.

Analysis and player ratings: Union 2-0 DC United

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Conor Casey led the way, but the Union took a while to assert their dominance over a weakened DC United side.

The Philadelphia Experiment takes off

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The Atoms opened their inaugural season in relative anonymity. Along the way to the NASL championship, they showed American fans will pay to watch Americans play soccer.

Player of the Week: Conor Casey

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The Union struggled at first to find a rhythm in the early goings against DC. Then Conor Casey demonstrated once again that he was ready to be the difference maker.

Celebrating the Atoms

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A one spot stop for our series celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Philadelphia Atoms' NASL championship.

In pictures: Union 2-0 DC United

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Saturday night as the Philadelphia Union started out a little slow but finished with a 2-0 victory over the visiting DC United.

Reaction from Saturday’s Union win, latest salary numbers, HCI’s Mkosana scores 3, more

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Recaps and reactions after Conor Casey's brace propels Union to 3rd place. Latest Union salary numbers. Harrisburg's Lucky Mkosana scores second hat trick of season. More news.

Posgame video and quotes: Union 2-0 DC

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Video of John Hackworth's postgame press conference and locker room interviews with Brian Carroll, Conor Casey, Jeff Parke and Sheanon Williams. Plus: postgame quote sheet.

Match report: Union 2-0 DC United

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Photo: The Union coasted to an efficient 2-0 win over an undermanned DC United on the back of two Conor Casey goals on Saturday night at PPL Park. Casey tallied on either side of halftime with Fabinho and Sheanon Williams providing service from the wings for each goal. DC [...]

The Week in Tweets

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The Dempsey news, Jim Curtin talks sports, and reaction to the Chicago defeat. It's all in The Week in Tweets.

Remembering 1973 and Philadelphia’s summer miracle

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Our series commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Philadelphia Atom's historic inaugural season NASL championship begins with Steve Holroyd's look at the Philly sports scene in 1973.

Preview: Union vs DC United

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The additions of Luis Silva and Jared Jeffrey have helped to put some pep in DC's step. Adam Cann looks at what other changes the Union can expect to encounter.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Jack McInerney

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Union forward Jack McInerney is the guest on the latest Philly Soccer Show podcast. Also discussed, the Dempsey move.

Union player stat infographic for July

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Dan Stover and Jim Prestifilippo present their Union player stat infographic from July's games.

Hack on Kleberson and Gilberto, Sakiewicz says team prioritizing development over DPs, more

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Hackworth discusses Kleberson and new signing Gilberto. Sakiewicz says team wants to invest in development, not Designated Players. DC previews. Will Dempsey be left off USMNT roster for friendly? More.

Footy on the Telly: Aug. 9-15

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The week's live soccer listings on TV and online including the Union, the City Islanders, the USMNT, the start of the Bundesliga, and the Community Shield.

PSP talks to Kasey Keller

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PSP spoke to former USMNT goalkeeper and current broadcast analyst Kasey Keller about young players in MLS, moving to Europe, and why struggling goalies are handled differently than field players.

Union vs DC United quick reference

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

What to make of the new faces in the August USMNT camp

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There will be some fresh faces in the USMNT camp ahead of the friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina on Aug. 14. Earl Reed takes a look.

Casey: Union will “lay everything on the line,” HCI loses at home, USMNT breaks into FIFA Top 20

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Conor Casey says the Union expect three points on Saturday. Cristhain Hernandez scores but Harrisburg falls to Charlotte. US ranked 19th in world by FIFA. RSL v DC Open Cup final set. More news.

Fans; View: Heart of Deuceness

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One Union fan briefly dreamed Clint Dempsey was signing with the Union, not Seattle. He takes on a little diary of his delusions. Warning: There are rainbows.

The North American Soccer Football League

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Steve Holroyd looks at the history of the North American Soccer Football League, which existed for two short years right after the Second World War and featured the talents of Gil Heron.

Club v Academy, headgear for soccer in Princeton, US Open Cup semis, more

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Berks County player chooses Union academy over high school team. Princeton school district mandates headgear must be worn by soccer players. US Open Cup semifinal previews, more.

Philadelphians Abroad: Donatelli and Okafor score, Langley assists, looking for ladies

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Chris Luczkowiak with your weekly roundup of how locals have fared in the pros.

MLS 2.0 takes a big step toward 3.0

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In one week, MLS may have opened the floodgates for returning USMNT players, shown a massive hike in team value, and nailed the target on expansion. Oh, and the Union signed some guy from the near-equivalent of a Pennsylvania state league. PSP's Dan Walsh examines all four developments.

Union move on, more on dempsey move, West German doping, more

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Union look to put loss to Chicago behind them. Dempsey on why he came back tot he US. Wahl goes behind the scenes of the deal. Transparency questions remain. One year anniversary. More news.

Player Ratings and Analysis: Philadelphia Union 1-2 Chicago Fire

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In a game against a much improved Chicago side, it was John Hackworth's second half adjustments that led directly to his team's downfall. PSP has analysis and player ratings.

In Pictures: Union 1-2 Fire

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Saturday night as the Philadelphia Union fell 1-2 to the visiting Chicago Fire.

Player of the Week: Lucky Mkosana

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The Harrisburg forward has scored seven goals in his five-game scoring streak.

Clint Dempsey and the future of American Soccer

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Still trying to wrap your head around the Dempsey news? We are too. Maybe this can help.

Recaps & reaction to Union loss, OC defeated in PDL semis, HCI claims playoff spot, Dempsey, more

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Recaps and reaction to Union's loss to Chicago. Ocean City's post season ends in the semis. Harrisburg claims playoff spot. Dempsey. More news.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 1-2 Chicago Fire

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Two defensive mishaps cost the Union and Chicago were able to come into PPL Park and escape with a 2-1 victory.

Postgame videos and quote sheet: Union 1-2 Fire

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Video of John Hackworth's postgame press conference and comments from Zac MacMath, Sheanon Williams, Amobi Okugo and Jack McInerney. Plus, postgame quote sheet.

The Week in Tweets

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Vancouver and Stoke reaction, cooking with Hoppenot and Konopka, and Aaron Wheeler's car troubles. It's all in The Week in Tweets.

Union sign Brazilian midfielder Gilberto dos Santos Souza Junior

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The Union have signed 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder Gilberto dos Santos Souza Junior.

Preview: Union vs Chicago Fire

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The Union face a different, much stronger, Chicago side then the one the defeated twice in May.

Fans’ View: A day in the life of a ball kid

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And now for something different ... A Philadelphia Union ball kid shares what it was like to be a ball kid.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Jim Curtin

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The Union assistant coach talks about the team's win in Vancouver and preparing for Chicago. He also alludes to a possible new player signing.

Ready for the Fire, River Cup date announced, Academy news, OC in PDL semis tonight

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Union expect tough test against new look Chicago. River Cup date announced. Academy news. Ocean City in PDL semis tonight. More news.

Footy on the Telly: Aug. 2-Aug. 8

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Your weekly live soccer listings on TV and online including the Philadelphia Union, Harrisburg City Islanders, Ocean City Nor'easters, and much more.

Union vs Fire quick reference

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The Union are 5-3-1 against Chicago all time. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Best and worst performances: Union 0-2 Stoke

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Who helped themselves the most? Who took a step back? PSP looks at the key takeaways for players after the Union's 2-0 friendly loss to Stoke City.

In Pictures: Union 0-2 Stoke City

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Paul Rudderow's look at Tuesday's international friendly at PPL Park.

Harrisburg report: Resurgent Isles swing west, talk of new stadium on City Island

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The Islanders win their first game of a two-game road trip to the West Coast. Also, the team begins the planning process for a new stadium.

Roma tops MLS All-Stars, 24 MLS teams by 2020, City Islanders want new stadium, more news

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MLS All-Stars fall 3-1 to Roma. Don Garber says league will expand to 24 teams by 2020. Harrisburg tops Phoenix, new stadium plan in the works. Reading United's Lowe and Plumhoff named to PDL All-League team. More.