The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2013

Analysis & player ratings: Union 1-0 Sporting KC

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The Union relied heavily on Zac MacMath and Kansas City's terrible finishing to break their five-game winless streak.

Player of the Week: Zac MacMath

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While Kansas City tried their darnedest to score, Zac MacMath had hung a sign out that read, "None shall pass."

In pictures: Bearfight FC 0-4 Hunter Senior

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Bearfight FC lost their third straight gameon Sunday to Hunter Senior, who go to the top of the Inter-County Soccer League's Senior Men Premier Division table with the win. Barb Colligon has a look at the game.

“Justification”: Quotes & reaction to Friday’s big win, Eastern Conference roundup, more

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Hackworth says Friday's huge win is justification for team's self-believe. Postgame quotes and recaps. Eastern Conference standings roundup. Lancaster's Valentin thriving in Norway. More.

Match Report: Sporting KC 0-1 Philadelphia Union

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A gritty defensive performance, a well taken Conor Casey goal, and some heroic goalkeeping from Zac MacMath, pushed the Union to their first win ever in Kansas City, ending a five game winless streak and putting their playoff campaign back on track..

Preview: Union at Sporting Kansas City

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Sporting Kansas City needs to keep their foot on the gas if they want to catch New York. Meanwhile, the Union need anything they can get anywhere they can get it.

KC news and previews, chemistry, BSFC on MLS Insider, more

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News and previews of tonight's big game in KC. Carroll says Union locker room has the chemistry to make it to the playoffs. Bethlehem Steel segment in latest MLS Insider on NBCSN. More news.

Footy on the Telly: Sept. 27-Oct. 3

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV and online.

Philadelphians Abroad: Union Academy’s Danny Barbir joins Manchester City

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Former Union Academy and PDA defender Danny Babir, recently called up for the USMNT U-17s, signs with Manchester City.

Union vs Sporting KC quick reference

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The Union are 1-2-3 against Kansas City. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Hack says Union need to win 3 out of last 5, Torres & Kleberson, 2022 WC construction worker abuse

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Hack says Union need to win 3 out of last 5 games to keep playoff hopes alive. Torres and Kleberson unlikely to play much of a part. Guardian investigation reveals widespread abuse of WC 2022 workers. More.

“It’s up to us”: Hack on what Union needs to do to reach the playoffs, Torres and Kleberson, more

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Video and transcript of John Hackworth's weekly press conference. The Union head coach talks about what the Union needs to reach the playoffs, KC, the unlikelihood that Torres and Kleberson will play, and more.

Should John Hackworth be fired?

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Union fans are asking the question. One PSP contributor answers it.

Division III men’s soccer roundup: Monsoon games, conference clashes, and more

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Rain, win streaks, upsets: Phil Naegely rounds up the latest area Division III action.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Spike Eskin

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SportsRadio 94WIP‘s Spike Eskin joins Greg and Eli to talk about the Union's place in Philly's pro sports landscape. Discussion then turns to Friday's big game in Kansas City.

“Everything is still possible,” Villanova stuns Penn, 5 locals on USMNT U-17 squad, more news

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Sebastien Le Toux says the Union can still make it to the playoffs. Villanova comes from behind to defeat Penn. Locals make up one quarter of just announced US U-17 squad. More news.

Philly Soccer 100: Summer soccer, 1913

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Summer friendlies, new associations, new rules: while there was no league play in the summer of 1913, plenty was happening in the Philadelphia soccer scene.

Power rankings slide, best place to work, Brazilian heat, more news

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Union plummet to 16th in ESPN power rankings. Union named one of the best places to work in PA. No live stream from GolTV/US Soccer for US Open Cup final. FIFPro head warns of heat in Brazil. More

Happy birthday Gene Olaff

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National Soccer Hall of Fame historian Roger Allaway on ASL goalkeeping legend Gene Olaff, who turns 93.

United Soccer League – Week 3 results

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It was a weekend of goals, with 32 scored over five games.

D12 HS boys’ soccer Week 3 (9/15-21/2013): Northeast and Judge post big wins

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Josh Trott rounds up District 2 results.

In pictures: Fox Chase United 5-4 Bearfight FC

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Barb Colligon has a look at the Inter-County League game.

Seventh, Sheanon says bye week “kind of sucks,” Union academy teams victorious, more.

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Union now in seventh place. Sheanon having no game over the weekend "kind of sucks." Union academy U-18s, U-16s, and U-14s victorious. More news.

Zac says break is good, Ekra on his style of play, Hack says Ekra “more for the future”

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MacMath says bye week will help team re-energize. Ekra describes his style of play. Hackworth says Ekra signing is "more for the future." Okugo No. 8 in MLS 24 Under 24 list. More news.

Footy on the Telly: Sept. 20-26

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The week's live soccer listings on TV and online features more games than you can shake a stick at including the Manchester derby and Manchester United vs Liverpool in the League Cup.

Would replay help referees make key decisions?

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While the referee disallowed Keon Daniel's goal against Houston, PRO said after the game that it was the wrong call. Could video replay have helped the ref to make the right call?

Fans’ View: Don’t cross the line

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The MLS "Don't Cross the Line" campaign deserves to be applauded, but subtle forms of gender discrimination still remain. John Ling explains.

Hack: “We need somebody to step up.” UEFA supports winter move for 2022, more news

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Hackworth says "gun-shy" Union needs someone to step up. UEFA ready to support winter move for 2022 World Cup. Blatter admits politics played part in awarding 2022 World Cup to Qatar. More.

Can’t stop this: A statistical look at Union goalkeepers

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Steve Holroyd uses hockey's perseverance rating to evaluate Union goalkeepers through the club's short history.

United Soccer League results – Week 1 & 2

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Results from the opening games of the United Soccer League of PA's men's and women's divisions'.

PRO’s Peter Walton on disallowed goal, Cruz has no regrets, FIFA says no to compensation, more

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PRO chief says "in hindsight," Daniel goal against Houston should have stood. Cruz doesn't regret choosing soccer. FIFA says no to compensation if 2022 World Cup is moved to winter. More.

Cross talk

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The Union delivered 29 open play crosses against Houston, 96 since the last goal scored from one five games ago. What's going on?

Philly soccer 6 roundup: St. Joe’s end’s Temple win streak at 4

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Bob McBride rounds up the Philly Soccer 6 results.

Philadelphians Abroad

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It was a quiet week for locals in the pros.

We was robbed: PRO says Daniel goal should have stood, more news

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The Professional Referee Organization says the Daniel goal against Houston should have counted. Zeitlin says it's panic time for the Union. Compensation if 2022 WC moved to winter? More news.

Division III men’s soccer roundup: Upsets, blowouts and more

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Phil Naegely's roundup of area Division III college men's soccer now includes the NJAC.

In Photos: Union 0-1 Dynamo

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for Saturday night as the Union dropped another "must win" game, losing to the Houston Dynamo to drop out of playoff position. Here's a look at what he saw.

Analysis and Player Ratings: Philadelphia Union 0-1 Houston Dynamo

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With little coming through the middle, the Union were left to dump cross after cross into a box patrolled by one of the biggest back lines in MLS. It didn't work.

District 12 boys HS soccer, Week Two (9/8-9/14/2013): A few surprises

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Your roundup of District 12 boys' soccer results.

Player of the Week: Jeff Parke

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It's been a tough stretch for the Union, but Jeff Parke has been strong.

“Cruel,” “gutted,” “very poor,” “bad spot,” more news.

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Reaction to loss against Houston, which see's the Union fall out of a playoff spot. Further expansion speculation. More news.

Postgame quotes: Union 0-1 Dynamo

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Postgame quotes after the loss to Houston from John Hackworth, Jack McInerney, Danny Cruz, and Amobi Okugo.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 0-1 Houston Dynamo

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The Union fall out of a playoff spot with the loss to Houston as their winless streak grows to five games.

The Week in Tweets

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Reaction to the loss in SJ, Antoine goes rural, Chris Konopka farewells. It's all in The Week in Tweets.

Preview: Union vs Houston Dynamo

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A home game against a playoff rival is a must-win as the Union head down the home stretch of the 2013 season.

Konopka traded to Toronto

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Union trade goalkeeper to Toronto in exchange for a third round draft pick in 2014 SuperDraft.

Fan’s View: What the YSC Academy tells us about our club

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Scott Pugh says the new YSC Academy is a win-win for the Union ownership and Union fans.

Union’s fate is in their own hands, Union academy teams prevail, US moves to 13th in FIFA rankings, more

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It's agreed: the Union control their own destiny. Union academy teams outscore opponents 30-2 in debut. USMNT moves up six spots to 13th in the world. More news.

Footy on the Telly: Sept. 13-Sept. 19

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV and online, including the Union, the resumption of league play in Europe, and the return of the Champions League and Europa League.

Maybe MLS needs “League Designated Player” title

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A brief controversy over a phantom "League DP" tag followed the Urruti trade earlier this week. Earl Reed thinks maybe such a designation isn't a bad idea.

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.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Qualified!

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Greg and Eli are joined by Jonathan Tannenwald to talk about the US win over Mexico. Also, previewing the Union's big game against Houston.

Local Division III roundup for Week Two

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Your weekly Division III men's soccer roundup.

Philadelphians Abroad: Ryan Finley finds success as a starter for Columbus

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Lumberton, NJ's Ryan Finley is making use of his recent playing time with Columbus Crew.

“Pressure is on”: Hack says lineup spots are open, more news

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Hackworth says lineup changes could be on the way. Are MLS expansion spots spoken for? More from Columbus. More news.

In Photos: Earthquakes 1-0 Union

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow traveled to San Jose on Sunday night as the Philadelphia Union dropped a winnable game to the Earthquakes in a 1-0 loss.

“We are going to Brazil!”: Reactions, replays and relief as USMNT qualifies for WC2014

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Columbus was the place to be last night as the United States men's soccer team fought through a rough first half hour to overcome Mexico and qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Recap and reaction: USMNT 2–0 Mexico

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Eddie Johnson rose highest to put the United States ahead and Mexico fell for the fourth straight time in Columbus. Ladies and gentlemen, book your flights to Brazil.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 0-1 Earthquakes

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San Jose crushed the Union on the flanks for the first half hour then hung on for the win.

US-Mexico storylines, Union questions, Find Farnsworth!

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A huge clash between the US and Mexico is might keep your mind off the Union for a while. Check out all the big stories ahead of tonight's showdown.

District 12 boys: The season begins (Aug. 30-Sept. 8)

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A roundup of early Philadelphia high school boys' soccer results. Also, the first Shane Kelly Memorial games will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Preview: USMNT v Mexico

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The US has an opportunity to quickly put the loss to Costa Rica behind them when they host Mexico in Columbus.

“Not good enough”: reaction to Union loss in San Jose, US looks ahead to Mexico, more news

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Hackworth blasts Union showing in against the Earthquakes. US brings in reinforcements to face Mexico as it looks to rebound from Friday's qualifier loss to Costa Rica. More news.

Union hosts “Beyond Soccer” summit on sports for social change

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On Sunday, the Union hosted the Beyond Soccer Summit, aimed at using soccer as a force for social change. Casey Pladus has a report.

In Pictures: Bearfight FC of Wilmington v. Upper Moreland Rebels

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Bearfight FC of Wilmington had their first match on Sunday, a 5-1 defeat to Upper Moreland Rebels.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 0-1 San Jose Earthquakes

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San Jose were the better team, but Rafael Baca's red card gave the Union the chance they needed to steal a road point. In the end they were unable to beat Jon Busch, falling 1-0.

Recap and reaction: Costa Rica 3–1 USMNT

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The U.S. lost the game, but the points were perhaps less important than the hit to the U.S.'s pride.

The Week in Tweets

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The boys talk Euro transfer window and Macklemore. Player and reader reactions to the draw with Montreal. It's all in The Week in Tweets.

Preview: Union at San Jose Earthquakes

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San Jose is good at home. Can Philly steal a much-needed three points at Buck Shaw Stadium without Amobi Okugo?

Playing on the road: Tedium and tactics

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Our series on the challenges of playing on the road concludes with a look at some the unglamorous aspects of travel and away tactics.

Union look for result against SJ, US ready for CR, more news

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Jeff Parke says it's vital the Union get at least a point in San Jose. Gaddis says Union defense doesn't get enough respect. US ready to take on Costa Rica. More news.

Footy on the Telly: Sept. 6-Sept. 12

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Your weekly live soccer listings for TV and online including US World Cup qualifiers, the Union in San Jose, and much more.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Amobi Okugo, previewing Union-San Jose and USA-Costa Rica

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Greg and Eli are joined by Amobi Okugo and Philadelphia Union.com writer Kevin Kinkead as the pod previews the Unions game in San Jose and the USMNT World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica.

Preview: Costa Rica v USMNT

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While fans may be looking ahead to the Mexico game, Klinsmann and the rest of the U.S. team are focused on Costa Rica.

Playing on the road: The intimidation factor

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Our series on the difficulties of playing on the road continues with a look at the challenges of dealing with a hostile crowd.

Philadelphia Public League boys’ soccer preview

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PSP continues its new regular coverage of high school boys' soccer with a preview of the Philadelphia Public League.

Union v San Jose quick reference

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Video highlights, stats and more from the Union's past matches with San Jose. Because you can't remember everything.

Philadelphians Abroad: Warshaw scores in first Swedish league start

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Mechanicsburg's Bobby Warshaw tallies in his debut for Ängelholms.

Fans’ View: A game of brothers

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It has been said that soccer is a game of fathers and sons. For Seth Fink, it's a game of brothers.

Parke: “We’ll see what we’re made of” against SJ, Hack praises Kleberson, news from CR, more

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Jeff Parke says Union will see what they're made of against San Jose. Hackworth says Union need the kind of threat Kleberson can provide in the midfield. News from Costa Rica. More.

Playing on the road: Travel and recovery

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PSP's series on what makes winning road games in MLS so tough continues with a look at how the physical and mental challenges of travel can affect a player's ability to perform at a high level.

MLS scheduling – why must it be so difficult?

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A report Tuesday claimed MLS owners were considering cutting the league schedule to 28 games. PSP's Earl Reed thinks that's bonkers.

Philly Soccer 6 season underway

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The Philly Soccer 6 season has kicked off. Bob McBride has a primer for each team and a roundup of the results of the opening games.

Player of the Week: Sheanon Williams

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Against a potent Montreal attack, Sheanon Williams filled in at center back with cool confidence.

Local Division III opening weekend review

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A wrap of opening weekend conference and non conference Division III games.

YSC Academy opens, Kleberson the key, USMNT bus pelted with eggs in CR, more news

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The Union officially opens groundbreaking academy school. Is Kleberson the key to the Union making the playoffs? USMNT bus pelted with eggs in Costa Rica. USWNT trounces Mexico. More.

Draw by the river in pictures: Union 0-0 Impact

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PSP photographer Michael Long's look at Saturday's scoreless draw against Montreal.

Player ratings & analysis: Union 0-0 Impact

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Montreal came to PPL Park seeking only a draw. The Union wanted a win. Unfortunately, the Union lacked the creativity and finishing to take the victory that they deserved.

Playing on the road: Logistics

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Our series looking at the challenges of playing on the road begins with a look at the logistics of the Union traveling.

Fabinho earns praise, playing through the middle, Mkosana on loan to Rowdies, more

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Sports Illustrated notes Fabinho's good play, naming him Player of the Day and to Team of the Week. Harrisburg's Lucky Mkosana on loan to NASL's Tampa Bay Rowdies. More news.

Lucky Mkosana loaned to Tampa Bay Rowdies

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The Harrisburg City Islanders have loaned striker Lucky Mkosana to the Tampa Bay Rowdies for the remainder of the Fall 2013 season.

“A little disappointed”: recaps & reaction to Saturday’s draw, Thorns NWSL champs, more news

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John Hackworth admits disappointment with Saturday's scoreless draw against Montreal. Portland Thorns claim inaugural NWSL championship. John Lennon scores with Michael Jackson assist. More news.

USMNT roster review

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A look at the Us roster for the World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 0-0 Montreal Impact

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The Union limited Montreal Impact's potent offense to a single shot on target while creating a number of good chances for themselves. Unable to finish any of them, they were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw.

Postgame video and quotesheet: Union 0-0 Impact

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Video of John Hackworth's press conference and postgame interviews with Ray Gaddis, Antoine Hoppenot, Zac MacMath and Sheanon Williams. Plus, postgame quote sheet.