The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2014

Sochaux confirm Vincent Nogueira’s transfer to Union

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Sochaux has confirmed the transfer of French midfielder Vincent Nogueira to Philadelphia Union. He is expected to join the Union for training camp in February.

Fan’s View: Sobriety check

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It is an exciting time to be a Union fan. Scott Pugh wonders if some measured restraint might be in order.

Philly soccer 100: Three area teams knocked out of American & US Open Cup

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As poor weather forced the cancellation of every league game in Philadelphia, Bethlehem and West Philadelphia were eliminated an the road from the National Challenge Cup, Victor from the American Cup.

Burke leaves Union, Edu and training camp news, Maidana on his way, more

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Brendan Burke leaves the Union for new career opportunities. Edu and training camp news. Maidana tweets he's on his way. More news.

In Pictures: Union Open Practice

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It's Name That Trialist time! Earl Gardner presents his look at Wednesday's Union open practice at YSC Sports.

Former Real Madrid, Benfica players among Union trialists

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Former Union midfielder Fred, Villanova midfielder Mike Seamon and former Toronto forward Fuad Ibrahim are among the other players training with the Union this week.

Killing the offseason

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After a mostly dormant December, Philadelphia Union have suddenly and dramatically revamped their midfield. PSP thinks they look like a playoff team, save for one not-so-small thing.

Edu unveiled, Nogueira deal “very close,” more news

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Reaction to Edu presentation. Union says Nogueira deal "very close" after Football France reports two-year deal done.

MOtownPhilly! Edu reaction, Union & league news, more

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Reaction to Edu loan. White is settling in. Maidana expected to arrive later this week. Rising expectations. Hershey's Pulisic impresses. More news.

It’s official: Philadelphia Union sign Maurice Edu

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The US international joins the Union from Premier League side Stoke City.

Brendan Burke’s legacy at Reading United

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Sean Doyle talks to Brendan Burke about his legacy at Reading, where he coached for six years before leaving for expanded duties with the Union, where he's been an assistant coach since 2011.

Reports of Edu deal, Valdes loan, Name That Trialist season begins, HCI sign a Rover, more

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Reports emerge on Friday that Edu deal is complete. Valdes loan to San Lorenzo also done. City Islanders sign Portuguese youth international from Blackburn Rovers, more news.

PSP talks with Union draft pick Robbie Derschang

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PSP's Adam Cann talks to Union second round SuperDraft pick Robbie Derschang.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Ethan White

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Greg and Eli talk to Philadelphia Union defender Ethan White, who joined the club from DC United in exchange for Jeff Parke.

Philly Soccer 100: Tacony adavances to American Cup semis, league play, fields for Fairmount Park

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One hundred years ago, Tacony FC took on Brooklyn FC in the third round of the American Cup. Also, a recap of league play and the Inquirer's call for soccer fields in Fairmount Park.

PSP talks with Akron head coach Jared Embick about Robbie Derschang

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PSP's Adam Cann talks to Akron head coach Jared Embick about Union SuperDraft pick Robbie Derschang.

Mo closer? Valdes update. More news.

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Taylor Twellman tweets Nick Sakiewicz is on his way to Stoke to finalize Edu deal. Valdes deal postponed - again! More news.

Footy on the Telly: Jan. 24-Jan. 30

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio. On Saturday, Union transfer target Vincent Nogueira's Sochaux is on the road to Ajaccio.

Are the Union’s offseason pieces falling into place?

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PSP talked to sources around MLS, including John Hackworth, and has some updates on all the team's pending player personnel moves (Valdes, Nogueira, Edu, Anding, Parke's replacement) a week before training camp.

PSP talks to Union 2014 draft pick Kevin Cope

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The Union were patient and didn't select a central defender until Round 2 of the SuperDraft. The guy they got is Kevin Cope, a strong, smart, and mature player from Michigan State who is ready for a MLS challenge.

Hack pleased with latest draft picks, Valdes update, league news, and more

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John Hackworth feels very good about latest draft picks, expects good positional competition. Is a Valdes deal finally near? League news. A message from Manchester police. More.

The legendary Emil Schillinger

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National Soccer Hall of Fame historian Roger Allaway on Emil Schillinger, who coached legendary ASL side the Philadelphia Americans.

Best draft ever? What’s going on with Valdes? More news

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Union select four more promising prospects. Ives Galarcep says Union may have had most impressive MLS draft ever. Reports say Valdes deal to San Lorenzo is off. More.

Union preseason schedule released

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The latest info on the Union's preseason schedule, including Open Practice for fans at YSC on Jan. 29 and Meet the Team/new jersey unveiling event in March.

Union select defender and three attacking mids in final rounds of the MLS draft

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THe Union select defender Richard Marquez, and midfielders Alex Sweetin, Aodhan Quinn, and Luca Gimenez in rounds 3 and 4 of the MLS draft.

MLS teams need autonomy in evolving market

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Is it time for MLS to allow its clubs more autonomy to better compete in the global soccer market? Earl Reed explores.

PSP talks to Union draft pick Pedro Ribeiro

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Union first round draft pick Pedro Ribeiro talks to PSP about being drafted, playing for Reading United, and getting ready to compete at the pro level.

In Pictures: Help Kick Hunger

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PSP photographer Earl Gardener shares his look at Saturday's Help Kick Hunger charity event.

Rounds 3 & 4 of MLS draft today, Valdes update, Pulisic scores again, more

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Four picks remain for Union in today's MLS draft final rounds. Valdes medical results. holding up San Lorenzo decision. Christian Pulisic scores again for US at Aegean Cup. More news.

PSP talks to Coastal Carolina head coach Shaun Docking about Pedro Ribeiro

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PSP's Adam Cann talks to Coastal Carolina head men's soccer coach Shaun Docking about Union first round draft pick Pedro Ribeiro.

Sons of Ben Help Kick Hunger event caps SuperDraft Weekend

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Another successful Help Kick Hunger charity event caps SuperDraft Weekend that also included a sneak preview of the Sons of Ben movie.

Gene Chyzowych honored with lifetime achievement award

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The North Catholic High School and Temple graduate, former US national team coach, and youth soccer pioneer was honored on Saturday.

Spring groundbreaking for practice facility planned, on new draftees & Maidana, Valdes update, more

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Nick Sakiewicz says Spring groundbreaking for new practice facility is planned, club owners not looking to sell. More on new draftees, Maidana. Valdes update. More news.

In Pictures: 2014 MLS SuperDraft

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner's look at Thursday's SuperDraft.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: SuperDraft review, Edu, and the Maidana signing

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Greg and Eli review the Union's draft, discuss the Edu situation, and the signing of Cristian Maidana.

John Hackworth steals the show at SuperDraft

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PSP breaks down John Hackworth's trade wizardry, the stunning move to trade up and draft a goalkeeper, and the beginning of the end in Philadelphia for Zac MacMath.

PSP video from the SuperDraft

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All of PSP's videos from the SuperDraft in one spot

The day Philadelphia used the No. 1 overall pick to select a goalkeeper

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Andre Blake is the first goalkeeper in MLS history to be drafted with the No. 1 overall pick. The last goalkeeper to be selected No. 1 overall was Bob Rigby.

Draft reaction, Blake and MacMath, Edu news, Valdes update, more news

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Reaction to Thursday's draft. what does Blake draft mean for MacMath? The latest on Edu. Valdes update. Union v NYRB preseason game announced. More.

Footy on the Telly: Jan. 17-23

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio.

Union select defenders Kevin Cope and Robbie Derschang in Round 2 of SuperDraft

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The Philadelphia Union traded both of their first round draft picks, one to move up and one to move down (twice). They stayed put in Round 2, selecting Michigan State central defender Kevin Cope at #25 and Akron left back Robbie Derschang at #27. The pair look to be the [...]

Union trade down twice, select midfielder Pedro Ribeiro at #15

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Photo: Myrtle Beach Online With the fifteenth selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, the Philadelphia Union selected Coastal Carolina's Pedro Ribeiro. Ribeiro is a 6'4″ do-it-all player. He has average speed but makes up for it with superb technical ability and an eyebrow-raising passing range. As a second team All-American [.

SuperDraft Philly 2014 live!

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We'll be updating this post throughout SuperDraft Thursday. If you're on Twitter, follow @phillysoccerpg for more updates. 12:15 pm: Union trade up to #1, select UConn goalie Andre Blake (Generation Adidas player) 12:07 pm: DC on the clock, Union still talking... looking to move up? 12:01 pm: Hackworth talking to [.

Union trade up to #1, select UConn goalie Blake

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The Union traded up to #1 and took the consensus best player available in the draft: UConn goalie Andre Blake.

SuperDraft time, Valdes deal “verbally agreed,” more news

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The latest news before today's SuperDraft. Report says verbal agreement for Valdes loan to San Lorenzo reached. More news.

Rise above: Let’s blow minds

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Coming amid well founded frustration with the league's murky player acquisition policies, Thursday's SuperDraft in Philadelphia puts the spotlight on Union fans. Let's rise above.

The monkey wrench signing

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Why the Maurice Edu signing would throw a monkey wrench at the league office and be terrific for the Union -- PSP's Dan Walsh lays it out.

Drafting for today or tomorrow: A look at the Union’s SuperDraft options

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The Union's positional needs are clear. Who in this draft class has the stuff to meet those needs? Adam Cann explores.

Union sign Cristian Maidana

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The Union have signed 26-year-old midfielder Cristian Maidana, the Argentime midfielder reported by PSP as a Union transfer target.

Fans view: Mo money, mo problems

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Tim Carr says with the SuperDraft in Philly, if the league really is holding up the Edu to the Union deal, things are about to get very interesting.

Philly Soccer 100: Hibs advance to American Cup semis, more replays for Bethlehem & Victor

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The epic path of three Philly teams in the 1913-14 American Cup continues.

Report says league balking at Edu to Union, on the Parke-White trade, Valdes update, draft news, more

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ESPN's Jeff Carlisle says MLS is balking at Edu salary of $1.2 million. More on the Parke-White trade. Carlos Valdes update. Draft news. Player transactions. More.

SuperDraft preview: The top prospects

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PSP's Sean Doyle looks at some of the top prospects in Thursday's SuperDraft and why they might fit with the Union.

Union trade Jeff Parke to DC for Ethan White and top allocation spot

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Union receive central defender Ethan White and top allocation pick in exchange for Parke and the No. 6 allocation pick.

Union dealing, Hack presser, Sak says robust oppotunities coming to fruition, more news

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The offseason just got real, folks. Union news and news from around the league and elsewhere. Read on!
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Hackworth talks options ahead of SuperDraft

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John Hackworth spoke with reporters via conference call today about the Union's options and mindset going into Thursday's SuperDraft.

Union in talks with French midfielder Vincent Nogueira

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Union officials met with Nogueira in France over the weekend. A deal could happen this week, but it's not a sure thing yet. PSP explains.

SuperDraft Preview: The Reading United standouts

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Seven former Reading United players were invited to the Combine. Sean Doyle looks at how each of these players could fit in with the Union.

Maidana update, Valdes “very relaxed,” report says Union bid $15m on Bradley, Combine news, more

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A Facebook comment from Maidana on Union transfer. Valdes "very relaxed" as he awaits deal. Union reportedly bid $15 million for Bradley. Combine news. More.

Meet the Babe Ruth of American Soccer

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Photo: Courtesy of US Soccer Among the struggles soccer has faced in finding its place in the American sports landscape has been the disconnect between its fans and the long history of the sport in the US. This disconnect exists even among knowledgeable professionals who are paid to write about [...]

Bradley signing strengthens eastward shift in MLS

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Western Conference dominance may finally be over, and that bodes well for Major League Soccer. PSP's Earl Reed explains.

Maidana update, Amobi says, Pfeffer gets props, Bradley & Defoe to TFC confirmed, more news

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Maidana update. Amobi on not getting a USMNT callup. Pfeffer gets props. Michael Bradley and Jermaine Defoe moves to Toronto confirmed. More news.

Union pursuing Argentine winger Cristiano Maidana

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Philadelphia are chasing the left-footed midfielder, who has played previously in Mexico, Russia, and Argentina. Also, a bit more info on the Union's failed bid for Michael Bradley.

Footy on the Telly: Jan. 10-Jan.16

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The Bradley bomb, a chat about training facilities, more news

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Michael Bradley to Toronto. How building a Union training facility just got real. More player moves from across MLS. More news.

Philly Soccer 100: Bad weather wreaks havoc

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Dreadful winter weather wreaked havoc on the Philly soccer schedule 100 years ago this week.

USMNT snubs don’t bode well for Union

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PSP's Earl Reed writes that the USMNT snubs of Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams and Jack McInerney could bode very badly for Philadelphia Union. Here's why.

Fans’ View: A fan’s idea for a Union mascot

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This idea doesn't suck. It's not contrived. It's actually pretty damn good. When you learn where it came from, you'll think so even more.

How the Italian roast pork sandwich explains Philadelphia Union

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How Philadelphia's best sandwich explains the Union, including Amobi's national team snub, Jack Mac's mouth, a local kid getting drafted by the Union, and Nick Sak's latest.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Previewing the SuperDraft

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Greg and Eli are joined by Philly.com's Jonathan Tannenwald and Reading United social media director Sean Doyle to talk about the SuperDraft. Also, the departure of Michael Farfan and return of Zach Pfeffer.

Carlos Valdes update, Union kickoff times update, more news

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Carlos Valdes agent says offers coming from Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia. Union 2014 kickoff times updated, single game tickets on sale. More FIFA/Qatar confusion. More news.

All quiet on the Union front, at least we’re not in Vancouver, more news

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Newsy bits and bobs on a slow Tuesday.

Sak says 3 or 4 signings & practice facility are priorities, Perez joins Malaga, Pfeffer gets US U-20 call up, more

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Nick Sakiewicz lays out Union priorities. Transfer target Pablo Perez joins Malaga. Union snubbed for USMNT January camp? Zach Pfeffer gets US U-20 call up. More.

USMNT January camp roster notes

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All but one of the 26 names on the roster for the January USMNT camp hail from MLS. Jeremy Lane reviews the roster. Should Okugo and Williams feel slighted?

Sak says money allocated for “3 or 4″ quality players, Perez deal to Malaga close, Valdes update, more

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Nick Sakiewicz on what the Union need, how far the club has come. Reports suggest Union transfer target Pablo Perez deal to Malaga nearly done. Carlos Valdes update. More news.

Footy on the Telly, Jan. 3-Jan. 9

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Casey & Jack make SA’s top MLS strikers/forwards list, Perez update, more

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Conor Casey and Jack McInerney named to Soccer America best striker/forward lists. Latest on Pablo Perez. More lists, more news.