The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2014

Another year, and more back line drama

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It may be time to simplify and stop trying to jam square pegs into round holes.

Reading announce return of veteran core

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Reading, who will play their home games at Wilson High School's Gurski Stadium in Spring Township, see the return of five players.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Sigi Schmid

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Greg and Eli talk to Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid ahead of Saturday's game against the Union. After that, Greg and Eli are Joined by PSP's Adam Cann to talk Union.

Ireland-Costa Rica at PPL, presser notes, Mo wants more creativity, more news

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Ireland vs Costa Rica friendly at PPL Park on June 6. Hackworth takes responsibility for team's performance. Mo wants more spark. More news.

Fans’ View: Getting defensive

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With the offense misfiring, can Union fans find beauty in defense?

Transcript and video of John Hackworth’s weekly press conference

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John Hackworth on the frustration about not getting better results, whether he feels his back is against the wall, what Cristian Maidana needs to improve to see more playing time, and much more.

Let’s try this formation

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What's the Union's Best XI? Kevin Kinkead has a few ideas.

All Three Points podcast: The Quarterly Report

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It's time for the All Three Points Quarterly Report! While it's shame this quarter has been so poor, are there reasons for hope?

Live Like Shertz

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Earl Gardner shares images of the tributes paid to Eric Shertz over the weekend.

Sak backs Hack, wants to add “one or two more quality players.” More news

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Nick Sakiewicz backs John Hackworth, calls for one or two new "quality players" to be added. Union players back Alves. More news.

How not to get fired, in 5 easy steps

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How not to get fired as Philadelphia Union manager, as explained by longtime Union observer Dan Walsh.

Player of the Week: Morgan Langley

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Harrisburg City Islanders' former Union-man Morgan Langley broke HCI's winless streak with a classy game-winning goal. He's our Player of the Week.

Player ratings & analysis: Impact 1-0 Union

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After the toothless display against Houston, many assumed Philly would spend last week working on how to get the ball from the back to the attacking third with more consistency and speed. The results of such work were not evident in the final product Saturday's loss to Montreal.

Reaction to loss in Montreal, HCI with big road win, league results, more

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Reaction as Union's winless streak stretches to seven games. Harrisburg wins in front of 20k in Sacramento. League results. More news.

Postgame quotesheet: Impact 1-0 Union

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Postgame comments from John Hackworth, Maurice Edu, and Andrew Wenger.

Recap: Montreal Impact 1–0 Philadelphia Union

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On a night of poor conditions and poorer play, the Union fell, 1–0 to the Montreal Impact.

The US and the 1994 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at the 1994 World Cup, the only time the US hosted the tournament.

Union vs Impact quick reference

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Get up to speed with the Union's history against Montreal with highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, match stats, and more.

Union head north for Reunion Jack, HCI remain winless, US Open Cup, more

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Okugo looking forward to facing McInerney. Harrisburg loses first game of West Coast series. US Open Cup schedule and format announced. More news.

Reading United add three Union Academy grads

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Reading United have announced three Union Academy grads will be with the team in 2014. Also, US Open Cup update.

Footy on the Telly, April 25-May 1

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Fans’ View: The U-Goldberg Device

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Soccer teams are like a Rube Goldberg device. Sometimes that device makes breakfast. Seth Finck is getting hungry.

Preview: Union at Montreal Impact

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The Union need goals and wins. Opportunities for both should abound in Montreal.

Hackworth backs Wheeler to start, more from weekly presser, on Montreal, NYRB win drops U to 7th, more news

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Highlights and reports from John Hackworth's weekly press conference. Montreal news. NYRB win over Houston drops Union to 7th in the East. More news.

Harrisburg Report: A tough result to swallow

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The Islanders show plenty of offensive spark, but poor finishing and a Schoenfeld spot kick deal Harrisburg a loss in their home opener.

Transcript and video of John Hackworth’s weekly press conference

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John Hackworth discusses playing Jack McInerney and Montreal, Vincent Nogueira, Aaron Wheeler as a starting centerback, and much more

Is group stage success enough For USMNT?

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After USWNT coach Tom Sermanni was fired, US Soccer President Sunil Gulati downplayed World Cup expectations for the USMNT. Why? PSP looks closer.

Philadelphians Abroad: Pfeffer shines with US U-20s

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Zach Pfeffer, along with former Union Academy goalkeeper Zack Steffen, put in fine performances with the US U-20s at the Dallas Cup.

Licensed to Thrill: How I earned my National “E” Level Coaching Certification

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Many of us would like to coach and to do that you need certification. Kevin Kinkead on how he got his "E" level certification through a recent Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer course.

MacMath & Gaddis in Top 20, Shertz Memorial Tailgate info, more news

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Photo: Paul Rudderow The Sons of Ben have announced an Eric Shertz Memorial Tailgate that will take place on May 10 before the home game against DC, 12-3 pm. The tailgate will be BYOB with the Sons of Ben providing free hamburgers, hot dogs, and other snacks, but registration is [...]

Fixing the Union: A few ideas

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The Union have plenty of talent, yet they're still struggling to get results. What adjustments can John Hackworth and his team make to turn the Union into a consistent? PSP's Eli Pearlman-Storch has a few ideas.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Maurice Edu

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Maurice Edu joins the pod to talk to talk about his budding relationship with Brian Carroll and Vincent Nogueira. Then Kevin Kinkead joins Greg and Eli for a deeper look at the Union's form.

A matter of perspective

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The Union's offseason went about as well as anyone could have hoped. The actual season has been a disappointment ... so far. Can John Hackworth turn things around? Only time will tell.

Father, son, brother and friend… Eric Shertz

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PSP's Earl Gardner on the passing of Eric Shertz.

Union bits, Shertz memorial fund, expansion stadium notes, Moyes out, more

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Union news. Updates on NYC FC and Orlando City stadium plans. David Moyes fired. More news.

Player ratings & analysis: Union 0-0 Houston

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PSP has player ratings and analysis from the Union's scoreless draw with Houston on Saturday.

Player of the Week: Vincent Nogueira

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He's here, he's there, he's PSP Player of the Week: Vincent Nogueira

In Pictures: Union 0-0 Dynamo

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow's look at Saturday's scoreless draw with Houston.

“Frustrating”: Recaps & reaction to Union draw, HCI lose home opener, more

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Union look for positives after disappointing draw at PPL Park. Recap roundup. City Islanders lose in home opener. MLS and NWSL results wrap. More news.

Postgame video and quote sheet: Union 0-0 Dynamo

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Video of John Hackworth's postgame press conference and comments from Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams, Andrew Wenger, Sebastien Le Toux and Maurice Edu.

Match report: Union 0-0 Houston Dynamo

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Philadelphia Union's winless streak continues after they failed to put a shot on goal all day despite going up a man late in the game.

The Week in Tweets

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Reaction to RSL and RBNY, #Hacked, Chipolte, Game of Thones, and more. It's The Week in Tweets.

Preview: Union vs Houston Dynamo

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Two teams with high expectations will try to refocus and find their identities when they meet in PPL Park on Saturday.

In Pictures: Red Bulls 2-1 Union

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand as the Philadelphia Union fell 2-1 on the road to the Red Bulls.

Union v Dynamo quick reference

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Get up to speed with the Union's history against Houston. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Edu says Union need to get nastier, City Islanders home opener on Saturday, more

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Maurice Edu says Union need more of an edge to kill off games. How many games will Edu miss if he gets USMNT WC camp call up? Union academy wins at Generation Academy Cup but doesn't advance to semis. City Islanders home opener on Saturday. More.

Footy on the Telly, April 18-April 24

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

The US and the 1990 World Cup

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Our series on the US and the World Cup continues with the 1990 World Cup, After nearly being eliminated in the preliminary qualification round, the US would need to win its final qualification game before making its first World Cup appearance in 40 years.

Analysis and Player Ratings: Red Bulls 2-1 Union

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In falling yet again at Red Bull Arena, the Union looked confused, disorganized and at times downright disinterested.

Union Player Stat Infographic: March ’14

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Dan Stover and Jim Prestifilippo present their first Union player stat infographic for the 2014 season, covering the team's games in March.

Match report: New York Red Bulls 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia couldn't capitalize upon a Red Bulls red card and once again left Red Bull Arena without a win.

Postgame quotes: Red Bulls 2-1 Union

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John Hackworth, Amobi Okugo, and Sebastien Le Toux talk after the loss in New York

“Baffling,” “frustrating”: Recaps & reaction from loss to NYRB, Atlanta, more news

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Hackworth baffled and frustrated by Union's loss to New York. Atlanta announced as league's newest franchise. More news.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle

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Greg and Eli are joined by MLssoccer.com's Armchair Analyst Matthew Doyle to talk tactics and preview the Union's game against New York.

A team in evolution

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Philadelphia Union is an evolving team. If they can cut the mental mistakes and stop coughing up last minute goals, they could evolve into a team you know quite well. PSP's Dan Walsh explains.

Fans’ View: Will we ever get a Steven Gerrard?

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Liverpool's run toward the EPL title and the image of Steven Gerrard crying with joy after last week's big win prompt the question for one Philadelphia Union fan: Will a hometown boy ever find that glory with the Union?

Union vs Red Bulls quick reference

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The Union are 3-6-1 against New York in league play. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Hack on NYRB, previews, Union Academy gets first win at Generation adidas cup, more

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John Hackworth says NYRB are hungry and motivated and he is confident Union's errors can be fixed. Previews, power rankings, TOW lists, more news.

Philadelphians Abroad: Wenger makes immediate impact

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Andrew Wenger reintroduced himself to Philadelphia Union fans in a big way. New PSP contributor Carlo DeMarco rounds up how local players fared last week in the latest edition of Philly Abroad.

Preview: Union at New York Red Bulls

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All signs point to a Union victory... so should we be worried?

Does MLS feel chaotic to you too?

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Does MLS seem chaotic to you right now? PSP's Earl Reed looks at the new team emerging in Atlanta, the jump in salaries, and talk of a new TV deal.

Player of the Week: Zac MacMath

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Consistency is the foundation. Spectacular saves help. Zac MacMath is our Player of the Week.

All Three Points podcast: All things being equal

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Chris Gibbons and Jeremy Lane are back to review trends and emerging storylines over the last three Union games.

Nogueira, MacMath, and Edu on TOW lists, Pfeffer scores for US U-20s, more

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Vincent Nogueira, Zac MacMath, and Maurice Edu named to Team of the Week lists. Power rankings. Zach Pfeffer scores for US U-20s at Dallas Cup. More.

In Pictures: Union 2-2 Real Salt Lake

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner shares his look at the Philadelphia Union's 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake.

Analysis and Player Ratings: Union 2-2 RSL

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What to do with Nogueira and can someone get the Union some "No Doze"?

Recaps, reaction from RSL draw, Academy news, league results, more

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Reaction following Saturday's draw with Salt Lake. Union Academy U-17s begin Generation adidas Cup play. MLS results and standings. More news.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Real Salt Lake

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Maurice Edu rescued a point after the Union again conceded after the 80th minute.

Postgame video and quote sheet: Union 2-2 RSL

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Video of John Hackworth's postgame press conference and locker room interviews with Cristian Maidana, Zac MacMath, Ray Gaddis and Andrew Wenger, Also, postgame quote sheet.

The Week in Tweets

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Chicago reaction, Berry roadtrips with his dog, and the guys talk Game of Thrones. It's The Week in Tweets.

Union vs Real Salt Lake quick reference

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The Union are 0-2-4 against Real Salt Lake all time. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Union news & previews ahead of RSL, Copa America in USA, USWNT tops China, more

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Union news ahead of Saturday's game against RSL. McInerney says trading him was a big mistake. Carli Lloyd scores 2 in USWNT win. More news.

Footy on the Telly, April 11-17

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Preview: Union vs Real Salt Lake

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An established midfield system against a quality midfield still finding its rhythm. It should be an intriguing tactical battle when RSL come to Philly, but it might not be the most exciting game of the season.

The World Cup drought: US Soccer, 1950-1990

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We continue our series on the US and the World Cup with a look at why the US failed to qualify for the tournament between 1950 and 1990.

Philadelphians Abroad: Injury ends Valentin’s season, Horst sees red, Gargan assists, and Neumann’s first minutes

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Chris Luczkowiak rounds up how locals are faring in the pros at home and abroad.

Notes from Hack’s weekly presser, Wenger’s goals, Pfeffer called up by US U-20s, more

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Highlights from Hackworth's weekly press conference. Wenger on his goals. Zach Pfeffer called up by US U-20 MNT for Dallas Cup. ESPN releases awesome American Outlaws-themed World Cup promo video. More.

Transcript and video from John Hackworth’s weekly press conference

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John Hackworth discusses Andrew Wenger's qualities, RSL's consistency, competition at goalkeeper and center back, the team's injury status, and more.

Harrisburg Report: Season opening draw shows great potential, great risk

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The City Islanders opened their 2014 season with a high energy, back-and-forth contest that ended in a 0-0 draw. The Isle Guys controlled much of the game but does that style have it's drawbacks?

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Andrew Wenger

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New Union forward Andrew Wenger joins Greg and Eli on the latest edition of the pod. Also discussed are the USMNT draw with Mexico and the firing of USWNT coach Tom Sermanni

Fans’ View: Screams from the sideline — Get up! Get up!

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Staci Klemmer on the perils of yelling from the sidelines.

Union news and notes, Jack has something to prove, SoBs condemn hate tweet, more news

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Power rankings, Edu's World Cup prospects, and more Union news and notes. Vereinigung Erzgebirge wins Easter PA Amateur Cup. Wambach says players not behind Sermanni firing. More news.

How the Mac deal impacts the Union

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The trade of Jack McInerney impacts Philadelphia Union perhaps more than any other Union player's departure would. Here's how it changes the team and roles for players like Aaron Wheeler (pictured). Also, a look at Keon Daniel's release.

Union terminate Keon Daniel’s contract by mutual consent

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Union announces Keon Daniel's contract has been terminated by mutual consent.

Interview: Andrew Wenger

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PSP's Adam Cann talks to Andrew Wenger about his trade to the Union, his style of play, and more. Wenger says, "the stat that matters is always scoring goals."

Overly cautious, power rankings, WC United lose USASA Region I quarterfinal, Gulati on Sermanni firing, more

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Is Hackworth being too cautious in returning injured players to staring XI? Power rankings. West Chester knocked out of USASA Open Cup quarterfinals. Gulati on why Sermanni was fired. More.

Player ratings and analysis: Fire 2-2 Union

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PSP's Mike Servedio has player ratings and analysis from the Union's 2-2 draw at Chicago.

Player of the Week: Zac MacMath

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MacMath has his critics, but give credit where credit is due: In the dying moments of Saturday's game in Chicago, facing a fearsome opponent in Mike Magee, Zac MacMath earned the Union a point

Andrew Wenger: What he’s done and what he’ll bring

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PSP contributor Sean Doyle on Andrew Wenger's young career and what he'll bring to the Union.

Reports & reaction to draw in Chicago and McInerney trade, league results, USWNT coach fired, more

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Reaction to draw in Chicago. More on McInerney trade. City Islanders open season with road draw. Tom Sermanni out as USWNT coach. more news.

Interview: Jack McInerney talks about his trade to Montreal

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PSP's Eli Pearlman-Storch talks to Jack McInerney about his trade to Montreal.

Postgame quote sheet: Fire 2-2 Union

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Postgame quotes from John Hackworth, Zac MacMath, Leo Fernandes, and Maurice Edu.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Chicago Fire

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Despite looking second best much of the afternoon, the Union nearly stole a road victory until they unraveled at the death, forcing Zac MacMath to heroically save a penalty to maintain a solitary point.

Here’s why Philadelphia traded Jack McInerney

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PSP's Dan Walsh breaks down the Union's shock trade of a Union original.

The Week in Tweets

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The draw with Montreal, Mo plays for the USA, and initial reaction to the Jack trade. It's The Week in Tweets.

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.

The US and the 1950 World Cup

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Our series looking back at the US in the World Cup continues with a look the 1950 tournament in Brazil. The historic win over England would be the last US World Cup victory for 44 years.

Jack to Impact? Union in Chicago previews, more USA-Mexico reaction, more news

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Taylor Twellman tweets McInerney could be headed to Montreal. Union in Chicago previews and news. More reaction to USA-Mexico friendly. More news.

Union trade Jack McInerney to Montreal for Andrew Wenger

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Union deal McInerney to Montreal for Lancaster-native Andrew Wenger. Hackworth says trade possible because "our team has evolved."

USL’s growth spurt

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New PSP contributor Patrick Glavin looks at USL's recent growth spurt and what it means for minor league soccer in Harrisburg and beyond.

Footy on the Telly, April 4-April 10

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Preview: Union at Chicago Fire

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Philly is creating chances, Chicago is giving up plenty of chances. This is a game the Union can, and should, put to bed early.

Harrisburg Report: Season opens on Saturday

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Sam Hershey rounds up City Islanders news ahead of their season opener against Wilmington Hammerheads on Saturday.

Notes from Hack’s presser, recaps & reaction to USA-Mexico draw, SoB beer, more

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Notes from Hackworth's weekly press conference. Curtin to be honored in Chicago. Yards to release SoB beer. Recaps and reaction to USA-Mexico draw. More news.

Match Report: USMNT 2-2 Mexico

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The US turned in a truly inspired first half performance before laying an egg in the second.

Transcript and video from John Hackworth’s weekly press conference

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Hackworth discusses the finishing issue, center back competition and depth, Maidana's dip in form, injury status, and much more

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Struggling for the kill

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Greg and Eli talk about the Union's struggles to kill off a game, look ahead to Saturday's game in Chicago, and preview the US friendly against Mexico.

The “Philly Sports Fan” needs patience with the Union

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Five points from four matches may be disappointing but its hardly surprising given all the new pieces on the Union, not to mention injuries. Earl Reed counsels patience.

Preview: USA vs Mexico

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Between Berti Vogts, roster questions, and some eye-catching (not necessarily in a good way) new kit, there are plenty of reasons to be glued to tonight's friendly between USMNT and Mexico.

Fans’ View: When it all comes together

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New Fans' view writer Scott Ellis takes a look at the magic that can happen when a team develops a little chemistry. Why not the 2014 Union?

Edu on US callup, US news ahead of Mexico friendly, Barca transfer ban, more news

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Edu, saying all the right things, again. USMNT news ahead of tonight's friendly. FIFA bans Barcelona from participating in two transfer windows. More news.

Player of the week: Vincent Nogueira

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Not since Sebastien Le Toux's inaugural stint with the Union has a player so quickly captured the admiration of the Philly faithful.

Wheeler named to Best XI lists, power rankings, USMNT news, new US away jersey, more

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Wheeler named to SI and MLSsoccer.com Best XIs. Union drop in power rankings. USMNT news ahead of Mexico friendly. New US away kits officially released. More.