The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2014

Looking ahead: What does the Philadelphia Union REALLY need in 2015?

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Looking back over 2014, Kevin Kinkead considers what the Union needs in 2015.

The January transfer window: Send Jim Curtin on loan

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What if you could move staff in the January transfer window? Peter Andrews has an unlikely —but provocative —idea for Jim Curtin.

Season Reviews: The year in pictures

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A look back at 2014 through the pictures of PSP photographers Daniel Gajdamowicz, Earl Gardner, and Paul Rudderow.

Gedion Zelalem gets US citizenship, Union bits, more news

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Gedion Zelalem gets US citizenship. Union bits. Local youth soccer player named AP Female Athlete of the Year. More.

Season Reviews: The goalkeepers

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Davis Russell evaluates the Union's 2014 goalkeeping corps and wonders what will be ahead in 2015.

Pfeffer named to provisional US U-20 roster, more news

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Pfeffer named to provisional US roster for CONCACAF U-20 championships. More news.

Season Reviews: The sillier moments of the year

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Chaco's kids, Mo's kicks, and a horde of goalkeepers: Peter Andrews on some of 2014's sillier situations.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 10: It’s only just begun

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Our series on the origins of soccer in Philadelphia concludes.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 10: It’s only just begun

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Our series on the origins of soccer in Philadelphia concludes.

Newsie news bits? We have a few

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Some news items for your day after Christmas consideration.

Footy on the Telly, Dec. 26-Jan. 1

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio, including all the Boxing Day and New Year's Day Premier League games.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Dan Gargan

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LA Galaxy defender, MLS Champion, and Philly-native Dan Gargan joins Greg and Eli. After that, Kevin Kinkead stops by to talk about Union transfer targets ahead of the opening of the January transfer window.

Christmas soccer in Philly, 1914

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The long tradition of holiday games continued for Philadelphia soccer teams in 1914.

Players Union moves to dismiss Nowak lawsuit, Cubo is a Dynamo, fun with emojis, more

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The MLS Players Union has asked that Peter Nowak lawsuit against it be dismissed. Erick "Cubo" Torres signs with Houston. New USA away kit image leaked and it's terrible. More.

Season review: The limits of a good system

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Jim Curtin's counterattacking system was the success story of 2014 in Philadelphia. But its limitations were also the team's downfall. By combining Curtin's tactics with a possession-based approach, the Union can be in the 2015 playoff picture.

Meulensteen taking his time, Mbolhi believes, Nogueira deserves, Vartughian lands, Adu clarifies, more

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Union news, local news, league news, and more.

Everybody should just relax and enjoy the holidays

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Where are all the Union signings? Kevin Kinkead says they're coming. Until then, relax.

Season review: The defense

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New contributor Davis Russell considers what worked defensively, and what did not, for the Union in 2014.

Curtin on Sapong, Mbolhi on his happiness in Philly, latest MLS signings, more

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Curtin on Sapong, says "playoffs" is the mantra. Mbolhi opens up. MLS news. USWNT draws in Brazil. Union Academy players scores in US U-18s loss to Germany. More.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 9: Manz wins the 1897 American Cup

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After the quick demise of the Philadelphia Phillies pro soccer team in 1894, Philadelphia's other pro team would return to the amateur ranks before going on to win Philadelphia's first national soccer championship in 1897.

Season Review: Antoine Hoppenot’s ups and downs in 2014

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Unable to find the back of the net, or even many minutes with the Union, Antoine Hoppenot took his loan opportunity with Harrisburg City Islanders to become a better, more confident player. His next step is to again prove himself in MLS in 2015.

Union to host Colorado Rapids in 2015 season opener

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Union open 2015 season at PPL Park against Colorado on March 7, followed by road game against Real Salt Lake on March 14.

Union passes on Re-entry draft, Preseason in Clearwater announced, Garcia report to be released, more

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The Union passed on making a selection in Thursday's Re-entry Draft. Preseason Union schedule in Clearwater released. FIFA votes to release Garcia investigation report. More.

Footy on the Telly, Dec. 19-25

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

Season review: The resurgence of Sébastien Le Toux

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Sébastien Le Toux became a star in Philly. Then he went away and his star faded. Then he came back, but his star was just flickering. In 2014, it burst back into life.

Re-entry Draft phase 2 today, Clearwater spring training deal expected today, DC stadium deal approved, Garcia resigns, more

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Re-entry draft concludes today. Union expected to sign Clearwater spring training deal today. DC stadium deal gets final approval. FIFA investigator Michael Garcia resigns in protest. More.

Fans’ View: Dear Santa…

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Union fan Staci Klemmer would like a few Union-related items for Christmas.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: CJ Sapong and Danny Mwanga

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Former Union man Danny Mwanga, and the newest member of the Union, CJ Sapong, join Greg and Eli on the pod.

Linc to host Gold Cup knockout round game, more league, US, and international news

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Linc to host Gold Cup knockout round games in July. DC stadium funding vote today. Latest MLS personnel moves. More.

What we learned last week about the Union

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Well, that was interesting. PSP's Dan Walsh takes stock of an eventful last week for Philadelphia Union.

Season review: Aaron Wheeler on the challenges of a major positional change

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Aaron Wheeler was put under intense scrutiny when he was a central defender. With the benefit of hindsight, it is clear that Wheeler was far from the main source of the Union's defensive frailty in 2014. PSP spoke to Wheeler about mentally preparing for such a major positional move.

Union combine begins today, Casey “only wants to play in Philadelphia,” Beasley retires from NT, FIFA rulings, more

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Conor Casey wants to stay with the Union. League news. DaMarcus Beasley announces retirement from USMNT. FIFA says Garcia appeal inadmissible. More.

Season review: Amobi Okugo’s exit interview

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Before heading south to Orlando, Amobi Okugo sat down with PSP's Eli Pearlman-Storch to discuss his time in Philadelphia and his future with Orlando City.

Interview: Orlando City SC head coach Adrian Heath

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Orlando City SC head Coach Adrian Heath talks to PSP about trading for Amobi Okugo and drafting Danny Mwanga and Pedro Ribeiro.

In Pictures: Help Kick Hunger

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Earl Gardner shares his look at the Sons of Ben'sHelp Kick Hunger charity event at Brauhaus Schmitz on Saturday. It takes great volunteers to pull off Help Kick Hunger. What would HKH be without a visit from the Mitchell family. Great to see the FO come out and support a [...]

Casey negotiating, Curtin on losing Ribeiro, Madison a champion, more

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Casey wants to stay in Philly. Curtin on losing Ribeiro to Orlando. Darius Madison and Virginia national champs. Steffen Bundesliga move official. More

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 8: Troubled times Philly’s first league and the city’s first professional soccer clubs

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The decline of Philadelphia's first organized league is followed by the appearance of the first professional soccer teams in the city.

Season review: Re-evaluating those early season assumptions

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PSP reevaluates those early assumptions about the things we thought we knew about Philadelphia Union in early 2014 and how they played out over time.

Sons of Ben to Help Kick Hunger on Saturday

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The fifth annual Help Kick Hunger charity event takes place this Saturday at Brauhaus Schmitz.

Re-Entry Draft today, Blake up for CONCACAF GK of the Year, locals invited to MLS combine, more

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Corben Bone, Fred, and Brian Carroll available from Union in today's Re-Entry Draft. Blake up for CONCACAF Goalkeeper of the Year. Two area players invited to MLS Combine. More.

Footy on the Telly, Dec. 12-18

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

Season Reviews: Behind the Curtin — What we have seen and what to expect

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What do we know about Jim Curtin as a manager? The truth is: It's hard to tell.

Fans’ view: What’s the course, skipper?

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Scott Pugh is becoming less and less optimistic about what's "Next" for the Union.

We hardly knew thee, Union Academy YNT call-ups, more Expansion Draft and transfer news

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Union get allocation money after Ribeiro selected in Expansion Draft. Union Academy players get US youth national team call-ups. More Expansion Draft, transfer, and other news.

Union lose Pedro Ribeiro to Orlando in Expansion Draft

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The Union lost the promising Pedro Ribeiro in Wednesday's Expansion Draft.

Season Review: Reevaluating John Hackworth’s firing

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PSP's look back at the 2014 Union season moves on to a reevaluation of John Hackworth's firing and considers the factors that led to it.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Chris Albright

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Union Technical Director Chris Albright joins Greg and Eli to talk about Monday's moves. Then, Kevin Kinkead stops by to talk Okugo, Sapong, and Expansion Draft.

Expansion Draft today, MLS Cup Final viewership numbers show big increase, more news

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Roundup of Expansion Draft-related news. MLS Cup Final has big increase in viewership. MLS open to participating in Copa MX. More news.

PSP’s mock MLS expansion draft

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This will be the most accurate mock MLS expansion draft that you've ever read. Or it won't. But PSP's Dan Walsh likes this stuff a bit too much, so go read it and revel in its brilliance or wrongness. You'll love the final pick.

A train wreck Monday for the Union

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Roster madness and the Union: Okugo gone to another MLS club, but Fabinho says? Shocking moves by the Union raise all sorts of questions. PSP's Dan Walsh searches for logic.

Season review: Reevaluating the Maurice Edu Trade

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PSP's Peter Andrews reconsiders the Maurice Edu trade, on all fronts.

What a Monday, league news, US Soccer’s new youth development initiative, more

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A roundup of Monday's trade and protected lists news from the Union and around the league. US Soccer announces new development initiative. More.

Transcript: Chris Albright on Union’s Monday roster moves

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Transcript of Union technical director Chris Albright's teleconference with reporters on Monday's roster moves.

Union’s protected list ahead of Wednesday’s Expansion Draft

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The Union's list of protected and unprotected players ahead of Wednesday's Expansion Draft has been released.

Union acquire CJ Sapong in return for draft pick

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The Union have acquired forward and former Rookie of the Year CJ Sapong from Sporting Kansas City in return for a first round 2015 SuperDraft pick.

Season review: The McInerney-Wenger trade

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The McInerney-Wenger trade of 2014 was one of those rare beasts: a swap where both teams came out ahead.

EPSA Open Cup Final Report: West Chester United 4-3 Junior Lone Star

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Down 3-1 at the half, West Chester United scored three unanswered second half goals, including a 90th minute winner, to claim the EPSA Open Cup title for the fourth time.

Union decline options on five players, Okugo deal, interest in Kvist, more news

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Union decline options on Corben Bone, Fred, Brian Brown, Conor Casey, and Cristhian Hernandez, Brian Carroll out of contract. Okugo to Orlando news. Union interested in Danish defensive mid William Kvist. More.

Okugo to sign with Orlando City

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Source tells PSP that Amobi Okugo will reject Philadelphia Union's bona fide contract offer and sign with Orlando City SC.

EPSA Open Cup Final Preview: West Chester United vs. Junior Lone Star

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The Eastern Pennsylvania State Open Cup Final will take place on Sunday in West Chester. Paul Konneh has a preview.

Season Review: Austin Berry – What went wrong?

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Kevin Kinkead recounts Austin Berry's first season with the Union, which began with high expectations, and ended with disappointment after injury, illness, and a slide down the depth chart under Jim Curtin.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 7: Philly’s first league continues to grow

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Philadelphia's first organized soccer league continued to grow in its second and third seasons with more teams, rising attendance, and intercity games.

Williams acknowledges pressure, league news ahead of Cup final, US-Netherlands friendly, more

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Entering final contract year, Sheanon Williams acknowledges pressure. MLS news ahead of Sunday's championship final. US to face Netherlands in June. More.

Footy on the Telly, Dec. 5-11

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

Season review: 2014’s late collapses and how to fix them

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Every team gives up late goals once in a while, but in 2014 the Union made it an art form. What needs to change?

Commodore Barry Bridge to get a facelift, Mbolhi in Group of Death, league news, more

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PPL Park's majestic backdrop, the Commodore Barry Bridge, to get a facelift. Rais Mbolhi's Algeria drawn in Africa Cup of Nations Group of Death. More news.

Season review: Zac MacMath’s long, strange season

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Why are we so disappointed about losing an average goalkeeper? Peter Andrews explores the story of Zac MacMath's star-crossed season.

Pfeffer called up, Academy U-18s win, State of the League, player moves, more

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Pfeffer gets US U-20 callup. Academy U-18s win final Winter Showcase game. Garber on the state of the league. Dallas re-signs Seitz. More.

An expanded playoff structure would have its ups and downs

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A SI report said the league wants to expand the playoff field to 12 teams. Earl Reed looks at the pros and cons of such a move.

Season review: Vincent Nogueira, a savior or overrated?

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Vincent Nogueira was one of the top players wearing blue and gold in 2014, with many even declaring him the best ever to where the Union shirt. Was he? Can he be even better in 2015? PSP explores.

Pros and cons, Henry done, State of the League address today, FIFA fun, more news

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Union bits. Henry will not return to NYRB in 2015. Wambach up for US and FIFA player of the year. More news.

Season Review: Winners and losers in 2014

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PSP kicks off its revamped annual season review series on the Philadelphia Union by looking at the winners and losers this year for the club.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 6: The first league

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Our series continues with the start of Philadelphia's first organized soccer league, the Pennsylvania Football Union, in 1889.

Valdes says Millonarios move “a very remote possibility,” report says “major changes” coming to Union-HCI, LA-NE MLS final, more

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Valdes on transfer rumors. Are changes coming to Union-Harrisburg partnership? LA to host NE in MLS Cup final. Report says MLS playoff field to increase in 2015. More.