The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2014

Video and transcript: Rais M’Bolhi unveiling

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Extensive comments from Nick Sakiewicz, Jim Curtin, and Rais M'Bolhi on M'Bolhi signing with the Union and what the signing means to the Union going forward

Union sign Algerian goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi

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THe Union have announced the signing of Algerian national team goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi. Backup goalkeeper Brian Holt has been waived.

What’s going on with the Union’s roster construction?

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The Union have drafted two goalkeepers with top five picks in the last four SuperDrafts and now reportedly are poised to buy one. Earl Reed considers.

Fans’ View: Enthusiastic fan or obsessed stalker?

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Enthusiastic or obsessed? Staci Klemmer on being a Union fanatic.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Sheanon Williams

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Sheanon Williams joins Greg and Eli to talk about Friday's big game in Kansas City. After that, Greg and Eli talk about the possible Rais M'Bolhi signing.

Big Union announcement at noon, Ribeiro named to USL PRO TOW, more news

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Union widely expected to announce Rais M'Bolhi signing. Pedro Ribeiro named to USL PRO Team of the Week. Temple/Reading United's Robert Sagel a PDL standout. More.

Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone hits home for Michael Lahoud

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The most deadly ebola virus outbreak in history is currently ravaging West Africa. Just before his Sierra Leone call-up for an African Cup of Nations qualifier, Michael Lahoud spoke to PSP about the struggle to educate people about the deadly virus and how Union fans can help out.

MacMath-M’Bolhi speculation, Reading’s Bono named to All-Conference XI, more

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Speculation about MacMath's future amid reports of Union's interest in M'Bolhi. Reading United GK Alex Bono named to Eastern Conference XI. More news.

In Pictures: Union 0-1 Crystal Palace

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Friday night as the Philadelphia Union fell 1-0 to Crystal Palace of the Barclay's Premier League in a entertaining international friendly.

Stock Rising, Stock Falling: Union 0-1 Crystal Palace

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After the Union fell 1-0 to Crystal Palace in Friday night's friendly at PPL Park, we look at the individual performances that stood out, and those that fell short.

Crystal Palace friendly recaps & reaction, latest on Rais M’Bolhi to the Union reports, more

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Recaps and reaction from Crystal Palace friendly. Reports say Algerian national team goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi to Union. More news.

Postgame video and quote sheet: Union 0-1 Crystal Palace

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Video and transcript of Jim Curtins's postgame press conference and locker room interviews with Danny Cruz, Pedro Ribeiro, and Brian Browm. Also, postgame quote sheet.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-1 Crystal Palace

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An Ethan White own goal was all that separated the Crystal Palace and the Union, though Andre Blake's heroics kept the scoreline from being far more lopsided.

Crystal Palace friendly news, Lampard joins NYC FC, FIFA will not move 2018 WC from Russia, more

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News ahead of tonight's Union friendly against Crystal Palace. Lampard signs with NYC. Wenger on Zelalem. FIFA says 2018 WC staying in Russia. More.

Footy on the Telly: July 25-July 31

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

Preview: Union vs Crystal Palace

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Adam Cann on what to expect when the Union host Crystal Palace in Friday's friendly.

PPL Park to host CONCACAF qualification semis, final for 2015 Women’s World Cup

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PPL Park will be the site of the championship rounds of CONCACAF's qualification tournament for the 2015 Women's World Cup.

“It’s close”: Curtin on Valdes, Union news, Ribeiro scores 2, results wrap, more

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Jim Curtin provides an update on Carlos Valdes. Pedro Ribeiro scores first professional goals. League & summer friendly results. More news.

Midseason friendlies: The necessary evil

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It seems the only certainties in this world are death, taxes, and summer friendlies. Earl Gardner looks at some of the pitfalls.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Danny Cruz

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Danny Cruz talks to Greg and Eli about the the Union's recent strong play. Then ,Kevin Kinkead stops by to talk about the latest chapter in the saga of Carlos Valdes.

Fans’ View: Behind the Curtin

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Scott Ellis likes what he's seeing out of Jim Curtin so far.

Latest on Valdes, Pfeffer named to Homegrown team, Reading playoff run over, more

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Does Valdes want to go on loan again? Pfeffer named to All-Star Game Homegrown team. Reading lose first playoff game. More news.

Carlos Valdes — and four DPs?

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What does a Carlos Valdes return mean for the Union in terms of roster construction? How will it affect Maurice Edu? Will they have four DPs? And what's up with PSP going international? PSP's Dan Walsh dives in.

Player of the Week: Fred

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His teammates may call him "grandpa," but he sure doesn't play like one. Fred is PSP's Player of the Week.

Valdes update, Casey, Gaddis, and MacMath named to TOW, more news

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Valdes agent disappointed defender won't be playing in Copa Libertadores. Conor Casey, Ray Gaddis, and Zac MacMath get Team of the Week nods. Reading United postseason campaign begins tonight. More news.

Recaps & reaction to Fire draw, Valdes’ to arrive in US “in a few days,” Reading make playoffs, more

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Recaps and reaction to Union draw in Chicago. Valdes' agent says center back will fly to US "in a few days" to "arrange his future." Reading in PDL playoffs for 7th consecutive year. More news.

Analysis & player ratings: Fire 1-1 Union

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Strong showings from Sebastien Le Toux, and center back pairing Maurice Edu and Ethan White, on a night when both the Union and Fire struggles to create shots on goal from open play.

What does the return of Carlos Valdes* mean for Union’s formation?

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If Valdes comes back to Philadelphia, how will the Union's formation change? Kevin Kinkead explores some of the possibilities.

Recaps & reaction to Fire draw, Valdes’ to arrive in US “in a few days,” Reading make playoffs, more

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Recaps and reaction to Union draw in Chicago. Valdes' agent says center back will fly to US "in a few days" to "arrange his future." Reading in PDL playoffs for 7th consecutive year. More news.

Postgame quotes: Fire 1-1 Union

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Postgame quotes from Jim Curtin, Sebastien Le Toux, and Zac MacMath. Also, Chicago's frustration with the penalty kick call.

Match recap: Chicago Fire 1–1 Philadelphia Union

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Missing Maidana and feeling the grind of their third game in eight days, the Union stole a point at the death from the Chicago Fire.

“Gaddis Island”: The fullback MLS needs

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MLS teams like to draft offensive fullbacks and hope their defense develops. Ray Gaddis is the argument to flip the script.

In Pictures: Union 3-1 Red Bulls

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner shares his look at Wednesday's big win over New York Red Bulls.

Analysis and Player Ratings: Union 3-1 Red Bulls

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You think the Union looked good on Wednesday night? Wait until Vincent Nogueira and Cristian Maidana get more time together with each playing in their preferred position. Then look out.

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.

Valdes says “hours, days” before MLS return, more news

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San Lorenzo rescings Carlos Valdes contract. Valdes says "hours, days" before he returns to MLS, will begin training next week. Racioppi named to USWNT U-20 World Cup roster. More news.

Footy on the Telly, July 18-24

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

Preview: Union at Chicago Fire

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After dispatching a poor New York side, the Union face another Eastern Conference enigma as they seek to pair defensive fortitude with their Caseybuilt offense.

World Cup Predictions: The final results

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Kevin Kinkead, who led the way for most of the tournament, finished in the top spot individually and also led the Media Oracles to victory over the Union Clairvoyants and the PSP Prognosticators in the team competition.

“Statement game:” Recaps & reaction to win over NYRB, Pfeffer scores again, MLS results, more

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Recaps and reaction from the Union's big win over Red Bulls. Zach Pfeffer scores again for US U-20s. League results. USA news. More.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 3-1 New York Red Bulls

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Conor Casey kept up his goalscoring ways, and the Union held onto a lead when they needed to, beating their I95 rivals, 3-1.

Postgame video and quote sheet: Union 3-1 Red Bulls

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Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference and interviews with Fred, Ethan White, Sheanon Williams and Brian Carroll.

Union vs Red Bulls quick reference

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Get up to date with the Union's history against New York Red Bulls. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Amobi Okugo

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Amobi Okugo joins Greg and Eli about his return to the midfield and how the team needs wins against New York and Chicago to get back into the playoff picture.

Fans’ View: A little vacation

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The World Cup reminded Seth Finck that what matters in soccer is not the team that gets headlines, it's the team that gets results.

USMNT crow tasted good: rough finish, decent aftertaste

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PSP's Earl Reed looks back at a surprising USMNT performance in Brazil, which left many (including himself) eating a helping of crow.

Previews, notes from Curtin’s presser, Valdes update, more news

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Union ready to face Red Bulls. Notes from Curtin's weekly press conference. Valdes update. McLaughlin named to USL PRO Team of the Week. More news.

Video and transcript of Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Transcript and video of Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Topics include facing the Red Bulls, Brian Brown, decision not to appeal Okugo's red card, Carlos Valdes update, and more.

Preview: Union vs New York Red Bulls

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New York is inconsistent, but they can hit fast and hard. The Union defense needs to play a full ninety at PPL Park to give the fans a win for the first time since the home opener.

Let the Valdes watch begin! Union bits, new WC ratings record, massive jersey deal, more

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Carlos Valdes a no show at San Lorenzo. Union bits. New viewing record for World Cup final. Adidas-Manchester United with biggest uniform deal ever. More.

Player of the Week: Cristian Maidana

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The Union may not have enough time to save their season, but man is leading from the front: Chaco Maidana is PSP's Player of the Week.

All Three Points podcast: And we’re back

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Following a phenomenal World Cup, the All Three Points team has returned to talk all things Union, and some World Cup, too.

In Pictures: The Casa League Kelly Cup Final

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Saturday night for the Casa League's Kelly Cup final, played at PPL Park after the Union's game against Colorado.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 3-3 Rapids

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The Union should have beaten Colorado. Questionable late game strategy and poor execution cost them dearly when it mattered most.

In Pictures: Union 3-3 Rapids

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz shares his look at Saturday's draw against Colorado.

Recaps & reaction to draw with Rapids, league results wrap, Germany world champs, more

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Reaction to Union draw. HCI win on road. Ocean City and Reading draw. MLS and NWSL results. Germany wins fourth World Cup. More news.

Postgame video and quotesheet: Union 3-3 Rapids

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Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference, and comments from Cristian Maidana, Sheanon Williams, Danny Cruz and Brian Brown.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 3-3 Colorado Rapids

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Despite holding a 3-1 lead late the second half, the Union were only able to manage a 3-3 draw with the Rapids after Mike Lahoud was sent off in the 76th minute.

World Cup Predictions: The Final and Third Place Match

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Just like the World Cup itself, our predictions champion will not be determined until the final day of competition, with Kevin Kinkead and Jonathan Tannenwald taking their fight for the title right down to the wire.

The Week in Tweets

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Reaction the US Open Cup win, World Cup thoughts, Amobi the chauffeur, and more. It's The Week in Tweets.

The Kelly Cup at PPL Park — Finally

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On Saturday night after the Union game, the Casa Soccer League's two best teams will play the Kelly Cup at PPL Park. For the league's biggest amateur adult league and the memory of the murdered Shane Kelly, this is a good day. PSP's Dan Walsh explains.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Jim Curtin

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Union interim head coach Jim Curtin joins Greg and Eli to talk about the team's recent good form and possible summer signings. Then, Kevin Kinkead stops by to talk Union and World Cup.

Curtin on Brown & Valdes, Union-Rapids news & previews, more

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Curtin on Brown's qualities and Vades possibilities. Union news and previews ahead of Saturday's game against Colorado. More.

Union vs Rapids quick reference

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

Footy on the Telly, July 11-17

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio, including the Union, Harrisburg City Islanders, and the World Cup final.

Home of Caribbean Football’s Nathan Carr on Brian Brown

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We talk to Home of Caribbean Football's Nathan Carr about Brian Brown, who is joining the Union on loan from Jamaican Premier League Club Harbour View FC..

Curtin confirms Union to acquire Jamaican striker Brian Brown

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Interim head coach Jim Curtin confirms 21-year-old Jamaican Premier League Golden Boot winner Brian Brown will soon join the Union.

Preview: Union vs Colorado Rapids

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Colorado looks good on paper, but six penalties have covered up for a sputtering offense. The Union will need good movement up top to pull apart their opponents' solid defensive shape

Player Ratings: Union 2-0 Revolution

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Player ratings from the Union's 2-0 U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal victory over New England.

Midseason review: Castrol Index vs. PSP Player Ratings

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A look of how Union players rank in the Castrol Index compared to their ranking based on the average of their PSP player ratings.

Union to face Dallas in USOC semis, Curtin on playoff numbers, Germany-Argentina WC final set, more

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Union will face Dallas on the road in US Open Cup semifinal after Dallas defeats Carolina in quarterfinals. Curtin on points needed to reach playoffs. Argentina outlasts Netherlands to reach WC final. More

In Pictures: Union 2-0 Revolution

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow shares his look at the Union's 2-0 US Open Cup quarterfinal win over New England.

Fan’s View: The value of sentimental value

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Scott Pugh on why some club decisions should take into account sentimental, as well as performance or business, factors.

Union advance to USOC semis, league & USMNT news, Brazil-Germany blows up Twitter, more

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Recaps and reaction to Union USOC quarterfinal win. Union connections in HCI's USL PRO TOW list. Lalas on the US at the World Cup. Brazil-Germany blows up Twitter. More.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 2-0 New England Revolution

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Early first and second half goals put the Union into the US Open Cup semifinals with 2-0 storm-interrupted win

Postgame video & quotesheet: Union 2-0 Revolution

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Video of Jim Curtin's press conference, and interviews with Sebastien Le Toux and Amobi Okugo, following the 2-0 US Open Cup quarterfinal win over New England. Also, postgame quote sheet.

Transfer window opens today — whither Valdes, Farfan?

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How will the Union, absent a permanent head coach, be in on the transfer window action?

World Cup Predictions: The Semifinals

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Kevin Kinkead continues to hold off Jonathan Tannenwald at the top of the table, while Dave Zeitlin makes a late push to overtake Mike Servedio for third place.

Loan reinforcement, Union face NE in USOC quarterfinals tonight, WC semis begin, more news

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Report says Brian Brown joining Union on loan. Union ready for tonight's US Open Cup quarterfinal match. Brazil-Germany World Cup semifinal today. More.

Player ratings & analysis: FC Dallas 2-1 Union

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The Union played too deep to start, responded well to Dallas' opener, then failed to mount a comeback in the second half after a deflating own goal.

“Flukey”: Reaction to Union loss in Dallas, coaching search and Bougherra updates, more

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Recaps and reaction from Union loss in Dallas. Updates on search for a new coach and Madjid Bougherra. Local results. MLS & NWSL wrap. More.

Union target Algeria captain Madjid Bougherra

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A source with knowledge of the situation tells PSP the Union are targeting center back Madjid Bougherra, captain of the Algerian national team.

Postgame quotes: Dallas 2-1Union

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Postgame quotes from Jim Curtin, Sheanon Williams, and Aaron Wheeler following the 2-1 loss in Dallas.

Match Report: FC Dallas 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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An early second half own goal gave Dallas all three points over the Union in Texas.

Union in Dallas, Edu & Okugo on switch, Klinsmann to test youth, WC ticket scalping investigation

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Union-Dallas previews. Edu and Okugo on position switch. Klinsmann to test young players in upcoming friendlies. Investigation alleges "someone in FIFA" involved in ticket scalping ring. More.

World Cup Predictions: Quarterfinals

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Kevin Kinkead, Jonathan Tannenwald, and Mike Servedio hold their respective places at the top of the table as the 2014 World Cup moves into the quarterfinals.

Footy on the Telly, July 4-10

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio, including World Cup quarter- and semifinals, Union, and City Islanders.

PSP roundtable: Midseason Union assessment

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Philadelphia Union are midway through the 34-game regular season, so PSP gets together a roundtable panel to assess their performance.

Preview: Union at FC Dallas

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The Union can play more aggressive defensively against a depleted Dallas side, but can they counterattack effectively against a conservative midfield and big defense?

Union vs FC Dallas quick reference

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It's been a year since the Union played Dallas. We've got all the match stats, highlights from our recaps and analysis, video highlights, and more from the series history between the teams.

Notes from Curtin presser, new WC ratings records, FIFA bigwigs want US 2026 WC bid, more

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Curtin on Carlos Valdes, injury update, and more from weekly press conference. New World Cup ratings records. FIFA bigwigs want US 2026 WC bid. More news.

Transcript and video of Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Transcript and video from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Topics include efforts to bring Carlos Valdes back to the club, Dallas, and more.

Player Ratings: USA 1-2 Belgium

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The lack of a consistent American attack made things far too easy for the Belgians and were it not for Tim Howard, they likely would have wrapped things up in normal time.

Going to Brazil: Starfinder Foundation representing the USA at the World Cup

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Six local teenagers traveled to Brazil this week with Philadelphia's Starfinder Foundation as part of FIFA's "Football for Hope" festival. Starfinder was the only program chosen by FIFA to represent the US.

How Philadelphia’s radio talent and sports writers have reacted to the World Cup

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Philly's mainstream sports media has never been renowned for embracing soccer. Kevin Kinkead explores how, for this World Cup at least, things have been different.

Fans’ View: Road Trip!

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Have car, will travel to Union games. Staci Klemmer on seeing the Union play in Texas.

Recaps and Reaction to US exit from WC, Union want Valdes back, more news

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Praise for Tim Howard as US knocked out of World Cup by Belgium. Union make "a very positive offer, an aggressive offer" to bring Carlos Valdes back. More news.

Match Report: United States 1-2 Belgium

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Marc Wilmots changed the game with the introduction of Romelu Lukaku in extra time, and while the US nearly completed the most unlikely of comebacks, it was not enough.

Fans’ View: Dear USMNT…

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Seth Finck explains how supporters of the US World Cup squad ask only a few things of the team.

When the US beat Belgium in the World Cup

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The last time the US played Belgium in the World Cup was 84 years ago in the inaugural World Cup. The US won, 3-0.

Five Union thoughts: Coaching search, Le Toux the forward, and more

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Former Manchester United assistant Rene Meulensteen is a Union fan? Only because he's a candidate to be the next Union manager. PSP's Dan Walsh discusses that, Le Toux the forward, Mike Lahoud's good form, and the Mac-Wenger link.

Player of the Week: Sebastien Le Toux

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Against New England, Le Toux recorded his second brace in as many games.

They believe: USA-Belgium previews & news, Cruz & MacMath named to TOW, Kaka joins Orlando, more

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The pregame message from the US team is "we want more." Cruz and MacMath named to MLS Team of the Week. Cruz up for Goal of the Week. Kaka unveiled in Orlando. More news.