The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2014

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 5: Local college-based football after the 1863 Laws of the Game

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Our series continues with a look at college football in Philadelphia after the 1863 Laws of the Game, and how rival rules of the game resulted in what would become American gridiron football supplanting soccer-style football in intercollegiate sport.

Union partners with Dogfish Head, Academy at Winter Showcase, Conference finals, USA-Germany friendly, FIFA news, more

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Dogfish Head to open beer garden at PPL Park. Union academy at Winter Showcase. Conference Final second-leg games this weekend. FIFA judge backs release of full investigation report. More.

Footy on the Telly, Nov. 28-Dec. 4

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

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Union front office hot stove talk

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Kevin Kinkead joins Greg and Eli on the latest pod to discuss recent Union happenings, including club owner Jay Sugarman's recent press conference appearance.

What the latest Valdes transfer rumors reveal

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Dan Walsh looks at the latest transfer rumors around Carlos Valdes and considers what they say about the Union roster under new manager Jim Curtin.

Thanksgiving soccer in Philly, 1914

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Philadelphia's tradition of Thanksgiving soccer continued with two big American Cup games and a game between two longstanding rivals.

Fans’ view: My favorite soccer weekend

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Staci Klemmer's favorite youth soccer tournament of the year is as much about what goes on off the field as what happens on the field.

First preseason game announced, on the Academy, Valdes, Sony to end FIFA sponsorship, more

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Union announce preseason game in Jacksonville. On the Union Academy. Millonarios boss acknowledges interest in Valdes and others. More.

Talking about practice

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What do a pair of practice pitches reveal about the Union's increasing ambitions? Peter Andrews ponders.

Class of 2015 PIAA District 12 college prospects

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Not every quality high school player has the resources to play on a quality club team. Josh Trott has some players college recruiters might want to check out at the upcoming Southeast Pa. All-Star Classic for high school seniors at Eastern University.

Valdes rumors — again, Union moneyball, more news

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New Valdes rumors signal official start of silly season. Are the Union using moneyball as a model? Blake could be away with Jamaica for as long as two months in 2015. More.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 4: The first account of soccer-style football after codification?

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Our series continues with a look at football in Philadelphia after the 1863 code, including what may be the first newspaper accounts of a soccer-style game in the city.

Amobi says, Academy braces power wins, Conference Final first legs, more

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Okugo discusses his future. Union Academy U-16s and U-18s win on pair of braces. New England, LA win Conference Final first legs. More news.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 3: 19th century football before codification

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Our series on the origins of soccer in Philadelphia continues with a look at 19th century football before the 1863 Laws of the Game.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 3: 19th century football before codification

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Our series on the origins of soccer in Philadelphia continues with a look at 19th century football before the 1863 Laws of the Game.

Union bits, conference finals kick off on Sunday, FIFA orders report review

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Union bits. Conference finals to begin. Local players gain national recognition. Why the future of MLS stadiums is downtown. FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee head to review corruption report. More.

Footy on the Telly, Nov. 21-28

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

Curtin says Union targets could come on loan, pass on Dispersal Draft, Expansion Draft rules released, more

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Jim Curtin says team has "a clear agenda" of offseason targets. Union passes on Dispersal Draft. Expansion Draft rules released. More.

MLS Playoff Final Four shows the best of the league

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Earl Reed explains there are plenty of compelling storylines ahead of the start of the MLS conference finals.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 2: Colonial football

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Our series continues with a look at football in colonial and post revolutionary Philadelphia.

Dispersal, Curtin says Edu “willing to play center back,” Blake wins Golden Glove, US embarrassed, more

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Dispersal Draft today. Union to host combine. Curtin says Edu willing to play D. Blake wins Golden Glove as Jamaica wins Caribbean Cup. US embarrassed in Ireland. Further FIFA fun.

Recap: Republic of Ireland 4–1 USMNT

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The U.S. slumped to its worst defeat on 2014 in its final game of 2014, losing 4–1 to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Tuesday.

Five thoughts: Union and MLS

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New Union investment? Allocation money changes the expansion draft? Can the Union still get Dan Kennedy? (Please, please, please?) PSP's Dan Walsh dives in with five thoughts on the Union and MLS.

Union add new investor, what Meulensteen brings, US faces Ireland today, more

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Local financial adviser and PGW chair joins Union ownership group. What Meulensteen can offer. US finishes 2014 today against Ireland. More.

Who is Rene Meulensteen? Five questions with Kristan Heneage

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Kevin Kinkead talks to ESPN's Kristan Heneage for some insight into Rene Meulensteen.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 1

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Our series looking at the origins of soccer in Philadelphia begins with a look at the football traditions British colonists brought with them, and those of the Native Americans they encountered.

Reaction to Meulensteen/Sugarman presser, reaction to US loss to COL, more FIFA investigation fallout

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Reaction to Friday's big Union presser. Reaction to USMNT loss to Colombia. More fallout from release of summary report of investigation into FIFA corruption.

Preview: Republic of Ireland v USMNT

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The U.S. needs a win, and Republic of Ireland is without its biggest star. Still, the U.S. team has developed a habit of giving up late goals. What's it gonna be?

Recap: USMNT 1–2 Colombia

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In an entertaining and open match, the U.S. fell to Colombia, 2–1, in London. While Colombia dominated for long stretches, the U.S. could have pulled the upset with better finishing from its young forwards.

Jay Sugarman finally steps up

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Philadelphia Union principal owner Jay Sugarman. In a news conference. About the Union. Wait, what? Yeah. Really. PSP reacts with hearts aflutter.

Transcript and video: Jay Sugarman and Rene Meulensteen press conference

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Video and transcript of the press conference announcing Rene Meulensteen's hiring as a consultant as the Union looks for a sporting director with extensive comments from team owner Jay Sugarman, as well as Nick Sakiewicz, Jim Curtin, and Tommy Wilson.

Meulensteen joins Union as a consultant as team begins search for sporting director

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The Union have announced the hiring of Rene Meulensteen as a consultant as the team begins search for a sporting director.

Offseason Issues: What constitutes offseason success?

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The Union are ready to wheel and deal. Before they do, Peter Andrews examines what a successful offseason will look like.

Sugarman to be at today’s presser, Sak not pleased with Klinsy, SoB elections, USA v COL, WC report fallout, more

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Loads and loads of news and links. Loads, I tell you, loads.
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Footy on the Telly, Nov. 14-20

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

Offseason Issues: Homegrown players

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How will the Union's homegrown players fit in team's plans for 2015? Kevin Kinkead explores.

Preview: USMNT v Colombia

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Coach Jurgen Klinsmann says this game is both about getting the younger players more experience, but also is an opportunity to lay down a marker for the coming year. Which is it, really?

Fans’ View: A question of faith

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James Lockerbie says Union fans need to place their faith in Jim Curtin.

Report says Meulensteen to be named “a consultant,” FIFA clears Qatar and Russia, more

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Report says Rene Meulensteen will be named "a consultant 'to assist with the sporting director structure' of the Union. FIFA clears Qatar and Russia of corruption allegations in WC bids. More.

Offseason Issues: The technical staff

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The Union need to make some staff hires. Hiring one or two new coaches and a general manager will pay for itself in wins. PSP explains in the latest piece on the team's offseason issues.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Jim Curtin

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Jim Curtin joins Greg and Eli to talk about the Union's offseason needs, including acquiring a striker, and the goalkeeping situation.

Gaddis believes, US Soccer’s quest for diversity, Qatar says 2022 WC will be tops, more

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Gaddis believes Union can reach playoffs in 2015. US Soccer working to find players outside traditional development system. Qatar says 2022 World Cup will be "almost impossible to beat." More.

Offseason Issues: Roster thoughts

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Everyone knows Philadelphia Union need a striker. But will that be a cure-all? Or does the team need to take a deeper look at the issues with their current roster?

Union bits, conference finals set, USMNT roster announced, more

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Wenger on the need for "winning mentality." Seattle advances to Western Conference final. US roster for Colombia and Ireland friendlies released. Morocco disqualified from ACN after refusing to host 2015 tournament over Ebola fears.

Offseason Issues: The various drafts

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This offseason features a host of drafts, notably an expansion draft in which the Union could lose players and the Chivas USA dispersal draft in which the Union could gain some. PSP's Dan Walsh breaks it all down.

Army-Navy Cup III in pictures: Army 0-1 Navy

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Friday night as the Navy Midshipmen repeated last year's performance and pulled out a stoppage time win against the Army Black Nights.

Reports on Curtin announcement, Mbolhi up for African POY, playoff recaps, Dispersal Draft date set, more

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Reports on Curtin announcement. Mbolhi up for African Player of the Year. Playoff results. Dispersal Draft date set. Ethics committee report expected this week. Local senators back Women's World Cup suit.

Curtin on Union offseason needs, Okugo and Edu, Nogueira and Maidana, the goalkeepers, and more

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Transcript of Jim Curtin's candid comments to reporters after Friday's press conference announcing him as head coach.

Assessing the Curtin hire

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Great move? Or unambitious and cheap? PSP's Dan Walsh assesses Philadelphia Union's decision to hire Jim Curtin as manager.

Video and transcript: Jim Curtin announced as Union manager

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Video and transcript of the press conference announcing Jim Curtin as the Union's manager.

Official: Jim Curtin named as Union manager

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It's official: The Philadelphia Union have removed the interim tag from Jim Curtin's job title.

Offseason issues: Goalkeeping

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PSP's series continues with a look at the Union's crowded goalkeeping situation and the options for what to do about it.

Curtin announcement today, Chacho makes Newcomer list, Gaddis a bargain, Hack named US U-15 coach, more

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Jum Curtin to be named head coach today. Cristian Maidana makes Newcomer list, Ray Gaddis best bargain list. John Hackworth named US U15 BNT coach. More.

Footy on the Telly, Nov. 7-13

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Offseason Issues: Right back

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The Union have a nice problem: too many good right backs. Who to choose?

Major Union announcement on Friday, important offseason dates, more

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Union to make major announcemnt on Friday, expected to be Curtin as head coach. MLS releases offseason calendar. More news.

Union notes: Curtin announcement on Friday, City Islanders partnership, homegrowns, and more

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Kevin Kinkead with info on Jim Curtin's status, concerns about the Union's partnership with Harrisburg, possible homegrown player cuts, and more.

Offseason Issues: Vincent Nogueira

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Vincent Nogueira might be the best player in Union history. Can the Union keep him in the fold this winter?

Union Academy leads the news, local HS soccer state tournament results, students protest Blatter, more

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Bloomberg calls Rich Graham "Union's second-largest stakeholder behind Jay Sugarman." Local PIAA tournament results. Students protest Blatter lecture. More.

Offseason Issues: Edu and Okugo

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Unless Maurice Edu makes a permanent switch to the back line, Philadelphia has four starting caliber central midfielders and only three spots in the lineup to fill. What are the best and most likely options, and why can't they be the same?

Newsie news bits for a slow Tuesday

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Union bits. MLS bits. USMNT bits. International bits. Bits.

PSP readers’ 2014 Union MVP: Vincent Nogueira

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Vincent Nogueira beat out fellow Frenchman Sebastien Le Toux in a poll of PSP readers for their Union MVP.

Offseason issues: The manager

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PSP's series on Philadelphia Union's offseason issues kicks off with a look at what the Union can and should do about the Union's manager position. PSP's Dan Walsh examines the issue and argues for a managerial hire you may not expect.

Union bits, playoff results, Blazer wore a wire, more news

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Wenger working on fitness, Edu on analysis. New England and New York win, draws in the West. Report says disgraced FIFA/CONCACAF official Chuck Blazer wore a wire for FBI and IRS. More.

District 12 High School Soccer: A week of championships

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Josh Trott rounds up the Philadelphia Public League and Catholic League boys and girls championship week soccer results