The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2014

The Week in Tweets

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Reaction to the win over SJ, locker room fines, Stay Puft, tifos, #MadeinAmerica, and more. The Week in Tweets returns...

Union tops Hburg, Sak considering “different kind of structure” for tech staff, local school first in US to ban headers

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Union top Harrisburg in annual friendly. Sakiewicz considering changes to structure of Union technical staff. Shipley School first in US to ban headers for middle school players. More.

Footy on the Telly, Aug. 29-Sept. 4

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

Union tactics: Small tweaks tougher than major change?

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Counterintuitively, the Union have found offensive success by adopting a deep, organized defense. But why are they still giving up so many goals?

2014 Philadelphia Boys High School Soccer Preview (District 12)

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Josh Trott previews the prospects of Philadelphia's Public League and Catholic League boys' soccer teams ahead of the start of the 2014 season.

Fans’ View: The final one

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It started with a signed t-shirt thrown into the crowd at a Union pep rally in 2010. Four-and-a-half seasons later, Staci Klemmer needed only one more player to complete her collection of autographs from the 2010 team.

Philly Soccer 6 previews: Saint Joseph’s and Temple

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Bob McBride has previews for the Saint Joseph's and Temple men's teams,

Union friendly in Hburg, Le Toux approaching 50 & 50 milestone, concussion lawsuit, more

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Union in Harrisburg tonight for annual friendly. Le Toux quietly approaching 50 goals/50 assists mark. FIFA, US Soccer named in concussion suit. More news.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Wenger power in win over San Jose

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Greg and Eli are joined by PSP's Adam Cann to talk about the win over San Jose, which saw a powerful performance from Andrew Wenger and Rais Mbolhi's MLS debut.

Le Toux’s return, Wenger’s rise, Curtin’s future

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Sebastien Le Toux and rocket science, Andrew Wenger and pressure alleviation, the Union's coaching search, an Austin Berry trade -- PSP's Dan Walsh has a few thoughts on his mind.

Division III men’s soccer: 2014 Preseason preview

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Phil Naegely previews seven local Division III men's soccer conferences, which among them include five teams in the NSCAA Top 25 preseason poll.

MacMath named USOC Player of the Round, Union & league news, Donovan’s final US match, more

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MacMath named Player of the Round for performance in US Open Cup semifinal win. Union & MLS news. Landon Donovan to play final game for US in October. More.

Analysis and Player Ratings: Union 4-2 Earthquakes

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Jim Curtin set his team up ideally to take on a tired San Jose team, and were it not for two defensive lapses, the Union likely would have won by an even more impressive tally than 4-2.

In Pictures: Union 4-2 Earthquakes

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Daniel Gajdamowicz shares his look at SUnday's win over San Jose.

In Pictures: AC Crusaders 6-5 Philadelphia Fury

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for Saturday night as Philadelphia Fury lost to the AC Crusaders in the inaugural game of the new American Soccer League.

Le Toux, Wenger honored, Union bits, more news

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Le Toux named to Team of the Week, Wenger with honorable mentions and up for Goal of the Week. More Union bits, more news.

Player of the Week: Andrew Wenger

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You know you've had a good night when you've been the best player on the field by some distance, everyone on your team knows it and has been trying to get you the ball, and yet, the whole stadium feels like you still haven't gotten the ball enough. Andrew Wenger had one of those nights on Sunday.

“Feed the bear”: recaps and reaction to Union win over SJ, league results, more

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Quotes and recaps from win over San Jose. Harrisburg stays in the playoff hunt with 2 goal effort from former Union trialist Clesio Bauque in Rochester draw. League results. More news.

Postgame: Union 4-2 San Jose

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Video of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference and interviews with Andrew Wenger, Sheanon Williams, Ray Gaddis, and Amobi Okugo. Also postgame comments from Rais Mbolhi.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 4-2 San Jose Earthquakes

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Philadelphia Union twice scored a pair of goals in close succession to run away the 4-2 victors after a two-goal San Jose fight back.

Union v San Jose quick reference

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Video highlights, stats and more from the Union's past matches with San Jose. Because you can't remember everything.

All Three Points podcast: The Monsterpod

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The All Three Points podcast returns after a short hiatus for a five-game, five-point Monsterpod!

San Jose on Sunday, more Union news, Harrisburg continues playoff hunt, new ASL begins play, more news

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Curtin says San Jose is very dangerous but, playing at PPL Park, "it's about us." More Union news. City Islanders continue playoff hunt. New ASL begins play this weekend. More news.

Footy on the Telly, Aug. 22-Aug. 28

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

Preview: Philadelphia Union vs San Jose Earthquakes

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The Quakes relied on youngsters in Seattle and earned a point. They will do the same against Philly. Can the Union midfield break down a team so adept at sitting deep?

Fans’ View: Can it all come together?

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As the Union enter the home stretch, Scott Ellis has some thoughts and predictions on the Union lineup, the US Open Cup final at PPL Park, and the team's playoff chances.

Notes from Curtin’s weekly presser, new Bimbo deal, 8000 USOC final tickets sold so far, more

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Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Union ink new 5-year deal with Bimbo. 8000 US Open Cup tickets sold so far. Union STHs have until Sunday to buy USOC tickets for their regular seats. More news.

Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Curtin discusses Rais Mbolhi and his expected absences for national team call-ups, why he started Andre Blake, his hope to get Vincent Nogueira and Cristian Maidana on the field together again, and much more.

Generational change needed for MLS ratings to improve

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Earl Reed opines that MLS needs to organize to shift the consuming habits of the next generation of sports fan.

Player of the Week: Maurice Edu

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He's a social media star and and an absolute beast of an athlete whose marathon march over the past two weeks deserves recognition. Maurice Edu is PSP's Player of the Week.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Pedro Ribeiro

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Pedro Ribeiro, who got his first start for the Union against Houston, is the guest.

Locals away: Pfeffer appears for City Islanders

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Your weekly roundup of how local players are faring in the pros.

Union preparing MacMath to start against SJ, Maidana update, video of practice facility construction, more

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Mbolhi could resume training with Union today. MacMath expected to start against San Jose. Maidana continues recovery from hamstring injury. Practice facility construction video. More news.

The Mbolhi mess: Union roster mismanagement returns

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After Andre Blake's impressive start and Zac MacMath's U.S. Open Cup heroics, it seems the last thing the Union need is another goalkeeper. Alas ... PSP's Dan Walsh weighs in.

PPL Park parking info as practice facility construction gets underway, more Union bits, more news

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Info for those who park in Lots B & C as construction of new practice facility gets underway. Andre Blake up for Save of the Week, More news.

The power of the Cup

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Peter Andrews on how the power of the US Open Cup lies not in the frustrating, perplexing moments that got the Union to its first final.

Lot B & C parking information as new practice facility construction gets underway

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The Union has sent an email to season ticket holders about changes in parking at Lots B and C as construction of the new practice facility gets underway.

Why Vincent Nogueira shouldn’t play in the No. 10 role

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Vincent Nogueira has struggled in the No. 10 spot while Cristian Maidan recovers from injury. Kevin Kinkead breaks down why.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 0-2 Dynamo

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The Union ran themselves out in the opening 45 minutes against Houston, saving little reserve for the second half and eventually slumping to defeat at the end of a grueling week.

Union drop to 7th after loss in Houston, HCI loses, league wrap, NWSL playoff picture clear, more

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Roundup recaps from loss in Houston, which sees the Union drop to seventh place. Harrisburg falls in Orlando. MLS wrap. NWSL playoffs begin on Saturday. US falls on PKs to North Korea as Women's U-20 World Cup. More.

Postgame quotes: Dynamo 2-0 Union

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Postgame quotes from Jim Curtin, Andre Blake, and Pedro Ribeiro.

Match report: Houston Dynamo 2 -0 Philadelphia Union

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In their third game in a week, Philadelphia Union fell to the Dynamo 2-0 in Houston.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: A momentously busy week, the search for a new manager

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Greg and Eli are joined by KYW Newsradio reporter Matt Leon to talk about the Union's busy week. Also discussed, the search for a new head coach.

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.

Ready for Houston, Curtin says Ribeiro could start, USMNT friendly announced, more

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Roundup of news from Houston ahead of the nationally televised game against the Dynamo. Curtin says Pedro Ribeiro could start. First post-WC US home friendly announced. More news.

Philly Soccer 6 previews: Villanova and La Salle

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The college soccer season is about to begin. Bob McBride has previews for the Villanova and La Salle men's teams, both of which have exhibition games this weekend.

Footy on the Telly, Aug. 15-Aug. 21

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The Premier League returns! Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio.

Construction of new Union practice facility has begun

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In an interview with PSP, Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz says construction of a new senior team practice facility in Lot B began Thursday and should be completed by the end of October. "All the sod is ordered, everything's all teed up and ready to go."

Union will host Seattle in USOC final, Bone loaned, Union Academy USBNT call-ups, more news

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Seattle thump Chicago 6-0 to set up US Open Cup final against Union at PPL Park. Corben Bone loaned to USL PRO's Hammerheads. Union Academy players get US BNTs call-ups. Suarez ban upheald. More.

Preview: Union at Houston Dynamo

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Ninth place Houston is only 5 points behind the Union, and they just upgraded their roster. How will a tired Union side come out after an emotional midweek victory?

Player ratings & analysis: Union 1-1 Dallas (4-3)

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A cagey match opened up in the second half, then the spotlight fell -- as it often has recently -- on Zac MacMath.

Philly and the US Open Cup Final

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As the Union prepare to host their first US Open Cup final, a look at Philadelphia-area teams in the final throughout the history of the country's oldest national soccer tournament, which has had local winners ten times since 1914.

Is Jim Curtin the right man for the Union job?

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As the Union's search for a permanent head coach continues, is the team's performance under interim manager Jim Curtin making the decision for the Front Office? Earl Reed explores.

“It’s awesome”: Recaps & reaction to Union’s USOC semifinal win, Ribeiro named USL PRO PotW, more news

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Quotes from Union US Open Cup semifinal win in Dallas. Tickets for Sept. 16 final at PPL Park go on sale on Thursday. Ribeiro named USL PRO Player of the Week. US advances to Women's U-20 World Cup quarterfinals. More news.

Fans’ View: The French Knight

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Is Sebastien Le Toux Batman? Seth Finck explores.

US Open Cup semifinal: Union 1-1 Dallas (4-3 APK)

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A mistake followed by a massive save. Zac MacMath shone in the shootout as the Union win and now will host the 2014 US Open Cup final at PPL Park.

Locals abroad: Hoppenot scores for Harrisburg

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A goal and an assist over two games for Antoine Hoppenot, on loan to Harrisburg City Islanders.

A player’s perspective: Should college soccer change its format?

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PSP contributor Carlo deMarco, a sophomore midfielder at UMass, shares his view on the proposed change to the men's college soccer season.

“It’s big”: Quotes & previews ahead of tonight’s USOC semi, more news

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Union and Dallas quotes ahead of tonight's US Open Cup semifinal, as well as a roundup of previews. More Union, MLS, and national team news.

USOC semifinal preview: Union at FC Dallas

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Dallas are undefeated in eight league games since May 31, including the only Union loss under Jim Curtin, the consequence of a fluky own-goal.

Analysis and Player Ratings: Union 2-1 Impact

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Sebastien Le Toux single-handedly won Saturday evening's match between two disappointingly poor sides.

Player of the Week: Sébastien Le Toux

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Saturday's win over Montréal wasn't pretty, it was gritty. And no one does gritty better than Sébastien Le Toux.

In Pictures: Union 2-1 Impact

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for Saturday night as Philadelphia Union defeated Montreal Impact 2-1 with Sebastien Le Toux netting a pair of goals.

Recaps & reaction to win over Montreal, head coach candidates, league results wrap, more

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Reaction to win over Montreal. Union coaching candidate news. City Islanders win streak now at 4. MLS & NWSL results. More news.

Postgame video and quote sheet: Union 2-1 Impact

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Video of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference, and locker room interviews with Danny Cruz, Sebastien Le Toux, Zac MacMath, Ethan White and Sheanon Williams. Also postgame quote sheet, including remarks from Jack McInerney.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 2-1 Montreal Impact

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The Union earn 3 valuable points with an ugly 2-1 win against the Montreal Impact.

The Week in Tweets

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Reaction to the draw in KC, Mo rules the All-Star Game, Landon Donovan retires, and Dax pitches an interesting wrestling match. It's The Week in Tweets.

Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact

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Montreal is a mess, but the Union have to figure out how to fit new pieces into a team that finally looked to be coming together. How will Jim Curtin meet this new challenge?

Donovan to retire, Union ready for big week of games, Ribeiro up for Goal of the Month, more

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Landon Donovan to retire at season's end. Union prepare for big week of games. Pedro Ribeiro up for USL PRO Goal of the Month. More news.

Footy on the Telly, Aug. 8-14

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Edu plays 45 in All-Stars win, Handshakegate, “Beast” Ribeiro with another brace, Pulisic to Dortmund, more

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Maurice Edu with 45 second half minutes in MLS All-Stars win over Bayern Munich. Pep refuses to shake Porter's hand. Ribeiro bags two more. Hershey's Christian Pulisic to join Borussia Dortmund. More.

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.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Zac MacMath

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Zac MacMath joins Greg and Eli to speak candidly about his feelings on the Rais M'Bolhi signing. Then Kevin Kinkead joins the guys to talk about a big week of games that includes the US Open Cup semifinal.

Did MLS need to draw a line in the pro/rel sand?

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MLS says they will never participate in promotion and relegation. Earl Reed looks at how this admission might alienate fans who might give the league another chance.

Fan’s view: Who’s your second MLS team?

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Can a Union fan have a second MLS team? Scott Pugh does.

Locals Abroad: Catching up

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Our roundup of local players in the pro ranks returns.

Union bits, All-Star Game tonight, MLS Deputy Commish on pro/rel, schedule, expansion, and more

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MacMath not surprised by M'Bolhi signing. Abbott says pro/rel never going to happen in MLS. US loses to Germany in WOmen's U-20 World Cup opener. More.

Aiming higher in the transfer window

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Peter Andrews on how comparing last summer's transfer activity (remember Gilberto?) to the current window reveals the overhauled scope of the Union's ambition.

Sons of Ben hold “Pints fur Pets” to aid our animal friends

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The Sons of Ben held their first "Pints fur Pets" charity event at two locations on Sunday. John Whitesall has a report that includes photos from Earl Gardner.

Player of the Week: Brian Brown

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While one could be forgiven for forgetting that the game versus Kansas City was actually Brian Brown's second for the Union, but his contribution in this one was unforgettable.

Union host USOC final with win over Dallas, Valdes’ return, US open Women’s U20 WC play, more

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Union will host US Open Cup final if they defeat Dallas in semi. Valdes returns. MacMath on M'Bolhi signing. US begins play in Women's U-20 World Cup tonight. More.

Transcript and video: Carlos Valdes returns to the Union

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Transcript and video of remarks from Nick Sakiewicz, Jim Curtin, and Carlos Valdes from the press conference announcing Valdes' return to the Union.

Official: Union annouce return of Carlos Valdes

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Carlos Valdes is back with the Union.

In Pictures: Guinness International Champions Cup, Inter Milan 2-0 Roma

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Saturday afternoon as Inter Milan defeated Roma 2-0 as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup at Lincoln Financial Field.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Sporting KC 1-1 Union

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Once again, Philly goes into Kansas City with a plan and executes it well, earning a desperately needed point. Jim Curtin is getting buy-in just in time for the stretch run.

Reports say Valdes return to be announced today, the draw in KC, league results, more

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Union to make player announcement at noon, reports say it's the return of Carlos Valdes. Recaps & reaction to draw in Kansas City. More news.

Guinness International Champions Cup: Inter Milan 2-0 AS Roma

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Inter down Roma in the Guinness International Champions Cup at the Linc.

Postgame quotes: Sporting KC 1-1 Union

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Comments from Jim Curtin, Brian Carroll, and Brian Brown following the Union's 1-1 draw in Kansas City.

Recap: Sporting Kansas City 1–1 Philadelphia Union

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In a rollicking, end-to-end game that could have seen more goals but for the excellent play of both goalkeepers, especially Sporting Kansas City's Andy Gruenebaum, the Union left KC with a point, as the teams drew, 1–1.

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.

KC previews, Lahoud’s Sierra Leone game cancelled over Ebola concerns, more news

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Union-KC previews. More on M'Bolhi. Lahoud's Africa Cup qualifier cancelled over Ebola concerns. More news.

Footy on the Telly, Aug. 1-7

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