The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2014

All Three Points podcast: Season’s end

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While it may be painful, the All Three Points team looks at the tragic end to the Union season and then ahead, to a pivotal offseason.

End of season review: Castrol Index vs. PSP player ratings

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We compare how Union players ended the season in the Castrol Index with the end-of-season averages of their PSP player ratings.

Zac expects to be back, Edu says future out of his hands, Geiger controversy, more news

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MacMath and Edu on their futures with the Union. Geiger call decides Western knockout game, Eastern Conference knockout game tonight. Valcke says turf at men's World Cup coming "sooner rather than later." More.

It’s over. Now what? (2014 edition)

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The last two years, it was much easier to look ahead to the offseason because the Union's needs were crystal clear. This year, question marks abound. PSP's Dan Walsh lays it out.

Mbolhi & Blake call-ups, no Disney Classic in 2015, Academy news, playoffs kickoff, more

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National team call-ups for Mbolhi and Blake. How does Hall trade affect MacMath? No preseason Disney Classic in 2015? Union Academy news. Playoffs begin. More.

Poll: Who’s your Union MVP?

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The 2014 Union season is over. So, who's your MVP?

Not the bad or the ugly

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A grim Union season is over, but Peter Andrews wants to remember the scattered moments of brilliance

Sak discusses wide range of topics, offside rule, KC & Houston joining the West, more

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Nick Sakiewicz on involvement in player signings, thoughts on player development, and more. That offside rule. Kansas City and Houston to join Western Conference with end of Chivas USA. Much more.

Player of the Week: Carli Lloyd

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With a dominant display in front of her hometown crowd, Carli Lloyd powered the USWNT back to the only tournament that matters—the World Cup. She's our Player of the Week.

Analysis and Player Ratings: Crew 2-1 Union

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In an ironic, but not surprising way, the season ended in the same way that it started.

District 12 Soccer: The road to the finals

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Josh Trott rounds up the Public League and Catholic League boys soccer semifinal results.

In Pictures: United States 6-0 Costa Rica

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand at PPL Park on Sunday night as the US defeated Costa Rica to win the CONCACAF Women's Championship.

Postgame quotes: Crew 2-1 Union

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Postgame quotes from Jim Curtin, Zach Pfeffer, and Brian Carroll.

Union drop last game of 2014, USWNT cruises to championship, MLS playoff dates, more

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The UNion season ended as it began, with the team giving up a late goal. US wins CONCACAF Women's Championship with ease. MLS Playoff schedule. 76ers owner close to buying Crystal Palace. More.

US Women ease to CONCACAF Championship

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Abby Wambach scored four goals, and Carli Lloyd and Sydney Leroux both added tallies, as the US finished World Cup Qualifying with a 6-0 thumping of Costa Rica.

Match report: Columbus Crew 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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Zach Pfeffer opened his MLS account but the Union could not make it stand. A Bernardo Anor goal deep into extra time doomed Philly to end the year on a sour note with a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Crew.

In Pictures: United States 3-0 Mexico

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow's look at the 3-0 US win over Mexico in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifiers.

US qualifies for Women’s World Cup with 3-0 victory over Mexico

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Delran's Carli Lloyd scored a brace, and Christen Press added another goal, as the US eased to World Cup Qualification with a dominating 3-0 win over Mexico.

Fans’ View: A defense of Nick Sakiewicz

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Union fan Joe Cosella explains why he believes Nick Sakiewicz is taking too much blame for the Union's disappointing season.

Union vs Crew quick reference

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Match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more from the series history between the Union and Crew.

Fans’ View: Hey professional athletes, take note

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A father shares the story of how he and his family were touched by Cristian Maidana.

Last Union game of 2014, prepping for offseason, USA v Mexico tonight at PPL Park, more

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Union season ends on Sunday in Columbus. Expansion draft notes. Okugo on his future. MLS ref suspended after fraud arrest. Women's World Cup qualification comes to PPL Park. More.

Footy on the Telly, Oct. 24-30

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Preview: Union at Columbus Crew

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The Union will face a motivated Crew team fighting for third place finish in the East.

Women’s World Cup Qualifiers at PPL Park

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Mike Servedio reviews how the US, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Trinidad & Tobago reached the CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualification semifinals at PPL Park ahead of Sunday's final.

District 12 boys high school soccer: The 2014 quarterfinals

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Josh Trott rounds up Philadelphia Public League and Catholic League playoff quarterfinal results.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, MacMath to start in Columbus, USMNT vs. Colombia confirmed, more

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Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Zac MacMath to start in season finale in Columbus. League and national teams news. More.

It’s not a one-way street

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We talk to Sons of Ben president Kenny Hanson about the confiscation by Union officials of tifo in the River End critical of Nick Sakiewicz during Saturday's game against Kansas City.

Video and transcript: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference, Oct. 22

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Video and transcript of Union interim manager Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Curtin discusses players playing for contracts, the effect of the Expansion Draft on offseason plans and deals, and more.

Union fans want Sakiewicz out — here’s why

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Union fans want Nick Sakiewicz out, according to a PSP poll. PSP's Dan Walsh addresses that and cuts through the drama to explain why.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Getting ready for the Union season finale

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Greg and Eli look at the Union's win over Kansas City in the last home game of 2014 before talking about Sunday's season finale in Columbus.

Playoffs a welcome respite for The Soccer Don

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The last thing a Union fan wants to hear about right now is the MLS Cup Playoffs, but for Don Garber and Major League Soccer, they're coming at just the right time.

Sak clarifies comment & backs Curtin, SoBs issue statement, Nog speaks, US to face Mexico in semi, more

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Nick Sakiewicz clarifies statement in CSN interview. Sons of Ben issue statement on tifo removal. Nogueira interview. USWNT to face Mexico in QQC qualification semi. More.

Fans’ View: With a little help from my friends

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For many, being a Union fan is about much more than just the team. Staci Klemmer explains.

Sak not bothered by criticism, USWNT advance to WWC qualification semi, more

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Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz not bothered by fan criticism "because those fans that are saying that are completely wrong." USWNT romps past Haiti to World Cup qualifiers semi. More.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 2-1 Sporting KC

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With players, coaches and fans all turning their attention to 2015, closing out 2014 with a home win was a small but important victory for Jim Curtin and the Philadelphia Union.

In Pictures: Union 2-1 Sporting KC

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz shares his look at Saturday's win over Sporting KC.

Player of the Week: Cristian Maidana

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Next season will see whether he and the rest of the Union squad can put it together in ways they failed to this year, but with two assists this week, one thing is clear: Cristian Maidana is PSP's Player of the Week.

Reaction to Union win, #tifogate, league results, USWNT, more.

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Recaps and reaction to Union's win over KC. Protest banners removed from River End. League results. USWNT faces Haiti. Morgan out 4-6 weeks. More.

Postgame video and quotesheet: Union 2-1 KC

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Video and full transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference, and video of interviews with Zac MacMath, Andrew Wenger, Jimmy McLaughlin, Amobi Okugo and Ray Gaddis. Also, postgame quote sheet.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 2-1 Sporting Kansas City

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Goal from Brian Brown and Pedro Ribeiro saw the Union defeat Kansas City 2-1 in the final home game of the season.

District Twelve Play-in Round: B Division gets straight A’s

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Josh Trott rounds up Catholic League and Public League play-in round results ahead of Tuesday's playoff quarterfinals.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Michael Lahoud

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Michael Lahoud joins the pod to talk about the Ebola crisis and #KickEbolaInTheButt challenge. After that, the Greg and Eli begin their analysis of yet another Union season ending without reaching the playoffs.

Preview: Union vs Sporting KC

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With the playoffs out of the picture, the Union must show they want to retain fans' respect with an energetic and prideful performance.

Union vs Sporting KC quick reference

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Get up to speed on the Union's series history against Kansas City with our quick reference, featuring match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Last Union home game of 2014, Klinsy responds to criticism, USWNT WC qualifier, FIFA judge on why no report release

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Union ready for last home game of 2014. Klinsmann says he didn't mean to put down MLS, USWNT face Guatemala. FIFA judge says legal concerns prevent report release.

Footy on the Telly, Oct. 17-23

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PSP Poll: Should Sak get sacked?

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Is it time for Nick Sakiewicz to be replaced as Union chief executive? Have your say in this PSP readers poll.

Union bits, Ebola taunts in area HS game, Garber slams Klinsmann, USWNT scrapes by T&T, more

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Sakiewicz says striker "number one" offseason priority. Coaches resign after Ebola taunts in Lehigh Valley high school game. Garber blasts Klinsmann. USWNT tops T&T.

“Winter is coming”: Philadelphia Union faced with a long list of offseason issues

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Kevin Kinkead reviews a laundry list of issues facing the Union in the offseason.

Fans’ View: Hope falls flat

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Scott Ellis on how hope and optimism are tough sells when difficult decisions and uncertainty are what lie ahead.

Sak backs Curtin, expects “significant” roster shakeup. USMT draws, USWNT WC qualification begins.

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Nick Sakiewicz backs Jim Curtin, promises "all the support and resources" needed to build after "significant" roster shakeup. League and National Team news. More.

District 12 High School Boys Soccer, Week 6: Last step toward the playoffs

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Josh Trott rounds up Public League and Catholic League results and standings as the playoffs approach.

Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference, Oct. 14, 2014

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Union interim manager Jim Curtin on the morale of the team, how he was personally affected by Saturday's loss, what to expect against Kansas City, and more.

Recap: USMNT 1–1 Honduras

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The U.S. drew Honduras, 1–1, on Tuesday night, extending its unbeaten home streak to 15 games.

The end: A substitution that didn’t happen

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Each effect has a cause. The Union's epic collapse against Columbus may have had a few, but one very clear one stands out. PSP's Dan Walsh explains.

Just talk

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For a team that says all the right things about its fans, the Union don't seem to understand what the fans want. Peter Andrews explores.

Why the Union fell short, USA faces Honduras tonight, beer deals, Garcia on FIFA transparency, more

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CSN has five reasons the Union failed. Daily News says state of Union reflection of Sakiewicz. USA hosts Honduras. MLS has new official beer. More.

Player ratings & analysis: Union 2-3 Columbus

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After giving away a two goal lead in two minutes, with the clock ticking down in the biggest game of the season, the Union proved all the doubters right.

Preview: USMNT v Honduras

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With much of the U.S. "first team" being called in to join veterans like Jozy Altidore and Mix Diskerud, and playing at home, the U.S. are the heavy favorite against Honduras.

In Pictures: Union 2-3 Crew

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow look at Saturday's heart-breaking loss to Columbus.

“Not good enough”: Recaps & reaction to Union collapse, more news

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Recaps and reaction to Union collapse, playoff elimination. Union U-17s struggling in Generation adidas Cup. Donovan's farewell. More.

Postgame video and quotesheet: Union 2-3 Crew

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Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference and interviews with Ray Gaddis, Danny Cruz, and Maurice Edu. Also, postgame quote sheet.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 2-3 Columbus Crew

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Two goals scored in seven minutes. Three goals conceded in four minutes. And that's the end of the 2014 season.

Recap: USMNT 1–1 Ecuador

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Landon Donovan was the highlight of his farewell game, which ended on a down note but showed glimpses of just what he brought to the U.S. team for so long.

Union vs Crew quick reference

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

“Killer mentality”: Notes from Curtin’s presser, Crew previews, Donovan’s farewell, more

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Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference ahead of big game against Columbus. Donovan's last USA game tonight. Klinsmann favors pro/rel. More.

Footy on the Telly, Oct. 10-16

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Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Transcript and video of Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Topics include the team's mentality heading into the final stretch, injury report, and more.

Preview: Union vs Columbus Crew

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The first of three must-wins for the Union comes against Columbus in PPL Park on Saturday. Can Philly take advantage of Federico Higuain's suspension?

Preview: USMNT v Ecuador

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It's hard to focus on anything but Landon Donovan for this game.

Union drop to 8th with Dynamo win, Okugo praise, Coats for Chester, new Crew, more

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Houston win over Toronto sees Union drop to 8th in the East. Curtin praises Okugo. New Crew logo. Blatter is a liar. More news.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Danny Cruz

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Danny Cruz joins Greg and Eli and says training has gotten intense as the Union prepare to face Columbus in Saturday's must-win game.

Another stretch run to forget

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This was supposed to be the year the Union proved they could contend for the MLS Cup. Instead, the team will need a miracle to reach the playoffs. Earl Reed explores.

Fans’ View: Just not that into U

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"Relationship expert" Seth Finck counsels Union fans on their feelings for the team.

Zac looking forward to start, Prem considering games abroad, Captain Donovan, more

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MacMath looking forward to starting again. Could Premier League games be staged in the US? Donovan to captain US in final game. More.

So this is what it feels like to be a Philadelphia fan

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Ah. So this is it. Thank you, Rais Mbolhi and Nick Sakiewicz, for making it so clear what it really feels like to be a Philadelphia fan. PSP's Dan Walsh offers an analogy.

District Twelve Boys Soccer Week Five: Power Rankings

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Josh Trott ranks the teams within the Catholic and Public Leagues as battles for playoff positions heat up.

Latest playoff scenario, Union injury update, USMNT and USWNT roster news, more

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Latest playoff scenario. Curtin confirms Mbolhi only Union player called up, says Casey, LE TOux, White looking good. USMNT and USWNT roster reaction. more.

Jim Curtin Quotes: Monday, October 6

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Kevin Kinkead talks to Union interim manager Jim Curtin for an update on the team's playoff chances, injury status, international call-ups, and mentality since the Chicago draw.

Playoff scenarios, international callups, Sak focus of criticism, more

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On the Union's slim playoff chances. Mbolhi only Union player with international callup. Sakiewicz focus of criticism in press reports. Much more.

Player of the Week: Amobi Okugo

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He should have been the hero against Chicago. Circumstances may have taken that win away from Aombi Okugo, but he's definitely PSP's Player of the Week.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 1-1 Fire

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Despite Chicago being ripe for the picking, even without Le Toux and Casey, the Union failed to get numbers forward and put the kind of pressure on the Fire that would yield a desperately needed result.

In pictures: Union 1-1 Fire

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner's look at the draw with Chicago.

Fan’ View: Father Sakiewicz

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In this guest column, Union fan and Sons of Ben member James Lockerbie explains that while he is grateful to Nick Sakiewicz for bringing the Union to Philadelphia, now it's time for new leadership.

“Sickening”: Reaction to Fire draw, PA senator wants release of WC report, more

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Recaps, reaction to dispiriting draw with Chicago. Ives says blame Sak. Bob Casey wants FIFA to release investigation report. No player boycott of Women's World Cup planned. More.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 1-1 Chicago Fire

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Amobi Okugo was nearly the hero for the Union, but in the end, Rais Mbolhi's blunder made the headlines, with the Union settling for a 1-1 draw against Chicago.

Postgame video and quote sheet: Union 1-1 Fire

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Video and transript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference and video of locker room interviews with Rais Mbolhi, Antoine Hoppenot, Danny Cruz and Amobi Okugo. Also postgame quote sheet.

Footy on the Telly, Oct. 3-9

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Fans’ View: Is a season ticket worth the cost?

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To renew or not to renew? For Scott Pugh, the answer is more about feelings than the benefits that go along with being a season ticket holder.

Union vs Fire quick reference

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Get up to speed on the Union-Fire series history. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

“We know the urgency”: Fire previews, are NYRB’s days numbered, Women’s WC lawsuit filed, more

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Union-Fire previews. SI report says Red Bull losing interest in New York franchise. Discrimination lawsuit over use of articial turf at Women's World Cup filed. More.

Preview: Union vs Chicago Fire

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The Union know that three points are a necessity in a big matchup with Chicago. Can they overcome weary legs and break a scoring drought on Thursday night?

The arc of momentum

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Where has the Union's positive momentum gone, and how do they get it back? PSP's Dan Walsh dives in.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Bakary Soumare

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Former Union defender Bakary Soumare joins Greg and Eli ahead of Chicago FIre's visit to PPL on Thursday.

Notes from Curtin presser, Penn clinches Philly Soccer Six title, MLS news, more

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Le Toux and White questionable for Thursday's game. Penn clinches city title with OT win over St. Joe's. SI identifies Chivas USA buyers. More.