The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2014

Video and transcript: Jim Curtin’s Weekly Union press conference

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Curtin talks about the injury status of Ethan White and Sebastien Le Toux, forward depth, the challenges presented by international callups, and more.

The forgotten men

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Can any of the players who have been sent to the bench or on loan under Jim Curtin help the Union's playoff chances? Peter Andrews considers.

Mbolhi 6th highest paid GK in MLS, Chivas USA hiatus, vanishing spray health risk, more

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Players Union releases latest MLS salary figures. Keys for Union to reach playoffs. Vanishing spray health hazard. More news.

First Sons of Ben open election approaching

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We talk to Sons of Ben president Kenny Hanson about the upcoming open election for two new seats on the group's governing board.

Analysis and player ratings: DC 1-0 Union

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DC United does not give up home goals, and they were rarely troubled by the Union after going ahead early.

Reports from, reaction to loss in DC, Hburg loses USL PRO final, standings, FIFA news, more.

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Reports from the loss in DC. Harrisburg falls short in USL PRO championship final. MLS standings. Artificial turf lawsuit ready to proceed. FIFA news. More.

District 12 Boys Soccer, Week Four: Explorers find wins, Roxborough rocks

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Josh Trott rounds up the latest Public League and Catholic League boys soccer results.

Postgame quotes: DC United 1-0 Union

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Postgame quotes following the 1-0 loss in DC.

Match Report: DC United 1-0 Philadelphia Union

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Luis Silva rose in traffic to direct home the only goal of the match as Philadelphia Union fell to DC United at RFK Stadium.

All Three Points podcast: Missed opportunities

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The Union's big week didn't go as hoped, but while moral victories ring hollow, the team still has a lot to play for. With the Open Cup final showing both its promise and weaknesses, the team must regroup for the final push.

Union vs DC United quick reference

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

Readying for DC, Hburg in Sacramento for USL PRO final, Copa America, more

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White hopes to face former club on Saturday. Harrisburg faces Sacramento in USL PRO championship final on Saturday. US-hosted 2016 Copa America added to FIFA calendar. More.

Footy on the Telly: Sept. 26-Oct. 2

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KYW Philly Soccer Show: Ethan White

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Ethan White discusses breaking into the Union starting lineup and playing former club DC United on Saturday. Then Kevin Kinkead joins Greg and Eli to talk about Jim Curtin's interim status and more.

Fans’ View: Saying goodbye

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Sometimes it seems the writing is on the wall that a player's time with the Union is ending. Staci Klemmer wanted to make sure she had the chance to say goodbye.

Preview: Union at DC United

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With five games to go and five teams competing for three playoff spots in the east, the Union need to rediscover their offensive form to take something off DC on the road.

Curtin “still fighting” to have interim tag dropped, Union notes, more calls for release of FIFA ethics report

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Jim Curtin says he's "still fighting" to have the interim tag dropped. Notes from Curtin's presser. Gulati, Garcia call for public release of FIFA ethics investigation report. More.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Topics include reports that he will be named permanent manager, DC, Amobi Okugo's place in the lineup, Ethan White's strong play, and more.

Right call, wrong time

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It's too early to take the "interim" tag off Jim Curtin's title. He still has something to prove. PSP's Dan Walsh explains.

The new MLS logo: American soccer’s latest lightning rod

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Earl Reed considers the new MLS logo.

Reports say Union to remove Curtin’s interim tag, MLS playoff schedule released, #KickEbolaInTheButt event at Temple, more

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Multiple reports say Union to remove Curtin's interim tag. #KickEbolaInTheButt event at Temple on Sunday. MLS playoff schedule released, includes time off for FIFA international break. More.

Amobi Okugo and Maurice Edu: Contract talks and crowded midfields

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If you had to pick just one to play in midfield, who would it be? Jim Curtin made his pick. PSP's Kevin Kinkead breaks it down.

District Twelve Boys Soccer Week Three: Power Rankings

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Josh Trott ranks area teams in the city's Public and Catholic leagues.

Union news, #KickEbolaInTheButt, Gulati stands by Solo, more

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Union bits. Michael Lahoud helps launch the Kick Ebola in the Butt Challenge. Gulati stands by decision to allow Hope Solo to remain on USWNT roster. FIFA news. More.

Player of the Week: Morgan Langley

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Morgan Langley's standout performance has the Harrisburg City Islanders ready to contest the USL Pro championship.

Analysis and Player Ratings: Union 0-0 Dynamo

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For the second straight match, the Union's new, high-pressing system failed to get the desired result, this time drawing a blank in front of goal.

In Pictures: Union 0-0 Dynamo

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz shares his look at Saturday's scoreless draw with Houston Dynamo.

“Difficult”: reaction to Dynamo draw, Hburg kicks Kickers to reach USL PRO final, league results, more

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Union's road to playoffs gets rockier with second draw in a week. Harrisburg tops Richmond in USL PRO semis, will face Sacramento in finals. More news.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 0-0 Houston Dynamo

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Despite being the better team throughout, the Union failed to convert on a series of a chances and were left to accept a 0-0 draw on a night where Houston failed to register a single shot on target.

Postgame video and quote sheet: Union 0-0 Dynamo

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Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference, Postgame interviews with Sheanon Williams, Sebastien Le Toux, and Ethan White. Plus, postgame quote sheet.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Crucial match against Houston

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Houston Dynamo defender, and Harrisburg-area native, David Horst joins Greg and Eli ahead of Saturday's game. Greg and Eli then discuss Tuesday's US Open Cup final loss.

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.

District Twelve Boys’ Soccer: Electrons making currents

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Josh Trott on the Benjamin Franklin High School boys team, which is enjoying success as the program enters its second season.

“We can bounce back”: Readying for Houston, Saturday semi for Hburg, Expansion Draft on Dec. 10, more

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Curtin believes Union can bounce back against Houston. Praise for Nogueira. City Islanders ready for USL PRo semifinal. Report says Expansion Draft to take place on Dec. 10. More.

Footy on the Telly, Sept. 19-26

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Preview: Philadelphia Union vs Houston Dynamo

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Philadelphia tries to bounce back against a Houston team that beat them 2-0 last month and held them without a shot on goal at home earlier this season.

How will the Union respond?

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The Union came up second best in the U.S. Open Cup. Now, the question is: Will they pout about it and collapse, or will they keep up their great play and drive into the playoffs? PSP's Dan Walsh explores.

US Open Cup Final in pictures: Union 1-3 Sounders

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner shares his look at Tuesday's US Open Cup final at PPL Park.

Fans’ View: The Open Cup Final experience

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Scott Ellis on Tuesday's Open Cup final and what it meant for fans and for the team.

Analysis and Player Ratings: Union 1-3 Sounders (AET)

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Despite a raucous, electric atmosphere at PPL Park, the Union could not get the job done, falling to a Sounders team that rode their two attacking superstars to glory in extra time.

New MLS logo, Union focus now on reaching playoffs, Sak quashes Moyes rumors, more

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MLS unveils new logo. Union moves on from USOC loss to focus on reaching playoffs. Sakiewicz says Moyes in not a head coach candidate. More news.

US Open Cup Final postgame video and quote sheet: Union 1-3 Sounders

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Video and transcript of Juim Curtin's postgame press conference. Interviews with Zac MacMath and Andrew Wenger. Also, postgame quote sheet.

Why do we fall?

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The Union's cup run is over, but they still have all to play for. Peter Andrews on what we learned last night and where the team can go from here.

District 12 Boys Soccer: Week Two

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Josh Trott rounds up District 12 boys soccer results.

Heartbreak and pride: Recaps and reaction to Union US Open Cup final defeat, more

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Reaction to Union's US Open Cup Final loss. Garber not pleased with Arena. Careful with that water bottle. More news.

US Open Cup final match report: Union 1-3 Sounders (Extra Time)

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The Union turned in a valiant effort, but eventually gave up two goals in extra time as the visiting Seattle Sounders took home the 2014 US Open Cup.

US Open Cup Final: pregame news, quotes, previews, and more

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Tonight at 7:30 pm,the Philadelphia Union will host three-time champion Seattle Sounders in the 2014 US Open Cup final at PPL Park (click here to purchase tickets or call 877-218-6466). The game will be broadcast locally on The Comcast Network, nationally on GolTV, and is available via streaming video from [.

Video and transcript: Pre-US Open Cup Final press conference

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Video and transcript of the pre-US Open Cup final press conference with the Union's Jim Curtin and Sebastien Le Toux, and the Sounders' Sigi Schmid and Kenny Cooper.

Player of the Week: Pedro Ribeiro

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Pedro Ribeiro did his best Conor Casey impression on Saturday, bullying the Red Bull back line to rescue the Union a point on an ugly day. That's why he's PSP's Player of the Week.

The Union and the US Open Cup

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The Union play Seattle Sounders in the 2014 US Open Cup final on Tuesday. Here's a look back at the Union's past US Open Cup campaigns.

US Open Cup final preview: Philadelphia Union vs Seattle Sounders

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The US Open Cup trophy will be at PPL Park tomorrow. Can the Union triumph over three-time winners Seattle Sounders in the front of a raucous home crowd?

Player ratings & analysis: Union 2-2 Red Bulls

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The Union were much, much better than New York. But there is nothing to do except put two lost points in the rearview and focus on Tuesday.

In Pictures: Union 2-2 Red Bulls

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for a wet Saturday afternoon as Philadelphia Union came from two goals down to tie the New York Red Bulls 2-2.

Recaps & reaction to NYRB draw, USOC final to be broadcast on TCN, Hopp goal powers Hburg playoff win, much more

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Reaction to draw against Red Bulls. US Open Cup final will be broadcast locally on TCN. Hoppenot goal advances Harrisburg in USL PRO playoffs. Garber wants video review. More.

Postgame video and quotesheet: Union 2-2 Red Bulls

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Video of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference and interviews with Danny Cruz, Pedro Ribeiro, Zac MacMath, Brian Carroll, and Ray Gaddis. Also, postgame quote sheet.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 New York Red Bulls

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While the Union were left to rue conceding two soft goals, Jim Curtin can again take pride in the grit and determination of his side after they fought back for a 2-2 draw.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Curtin on the Cup

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Union interim head coach Jim Curtin talks about the US Open Cup final and its importance to the club. THen PSP's Ed Farnsworth joins Greg and Eli to talk some local US Open Cup history.

It’s time to remember the Ukrainian Nationals

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Steve Holroyd on the remarkable record of the Ukrainian Nationals, which included four US Open Cup titles between 1960 and 1966.

Division III men’s soccer: Messiah avenge foes, Franklin & Marshall off to fast start, and more

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Phil Naegely rounds up the last two weeks of local Division III men's soccer action.

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.

“We have to win”: Notes from Curtin’s presser, Meulensteen on Union job, NYRB previews, Hburg begins playoffs

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Curtin on Union's huge week and head coach search. Meulensteen says job not yet his, but "I will not deny that something is up." Previews of Saturday's game. Harrisburg begins playoff run. More.

Footy on the Telly: Sept. 12-18

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Video and transcript of Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Topics include the challenges of balancing lineup decisions given a week of vitally important games, how the news of the team's search for a head coach affects him, and much more.

Preview: Union vs New York Red Bulls

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Coming off a midweek game, New York will play not to lose. Can the Union find a way through?

All Three Points podcast: The rule of threes

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It's an historic day, dear listeners, for it is the first time the A3P podcast has been recorded following three consecutive wins! Somebody make a plaque.

Burgeoning MLS, social stances, and the labor situation

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Earl Reed looks at how MLS can rise above the problems other major US sport leagues are facing.

Sak says no manager decision, Curtin’s mentor, new deal for Gaddis, NYRB win sends Union to 6th

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Sakiewicz says Union head coach search to resume after US Open final. Jim Curtin's mentor. Gaddis has a new contract. Red Bulls win drops Union to sixth. More.

Fans’ View: Gold Stars and Silver Cups

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Seth Finck is so excited by how the Union are doing he's made a list of some of his favorite things the team has done on and off the field.

Union announce new contract for Ray Gaddis

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Ray Gaddis signs new contract that will see him remain with the Union through 2016.

They are who we thought they were, 2014 edition

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This is the Philadelphia Union team we thought we'd see this year. Finally. PSP's Dan Walsh lays it out.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Jim Curtin

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Union interim head coach Jim Curtin joins Greg and Eli to talk about the Union's success in the counterattack, the resurgent play of Andrew Wenger and Ethan White, and more.

Three questions ahead of NYRB and the U.S. Open Cup final

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The Union are entering the most important home stretch in team history, beginning with two Eastern Conference six-pointers and the US Open Cup final in the span of a week. Kevin Kinkead asks who should start, who should come off the bench, and who should be rested.

Player announcement, counterattacking, Meulensten, Pfeffer scores again, Blake and Jamaica fall, much more

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Player announcement expected today. On the Union counterattack. More Muelensteen rumblings. Pfeffer scores in US U-20 draw with Argentina. ANdre Blake and Jamaica defeated by Canada. Much more.

Player of the Week: Zac MacMath

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He's one heck of a second stringer. Despite knowing his days in Philly are numbered, Zac MacMath has been playing the best soccer of his career, making big saves and keeping clean sheets. That's why he's PSP's Player of the Week.

Praise for Curtin, Unioners on TotW lists, power rankings, Blatter wants TV replays, Qatar, more

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Curtin praised for Union turnaround. Edu, Williams, MacMath, Casey named to Team of the Week lists. Blatter wants TV replay tested in 2015. Working condition researchers arrested in Qatar. More.

1960 US Open Cup final is a tough act to follow

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In the 1960 US Open Cup final, Philadelphia's Ukrainian Nationals came from behind three times over 120 minutes to win the championship with Mike Noha scoring all five of the Uke Nats goals. Roger Allaway has the story.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Toronto 0-2 Union

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Conor Casey and Andrew Wenger again found the back of the net, as the midfield of Cristian Maidana, Vincent Nogueira and Amobi Okugo showed just how dangerous this team can be down the stretch.

River Cup 2014 in pictures: Union FO 1-1 Sons of Ben (3-1 APK)

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The Union front office prevailed over the Sons of Ben on penalty kicks in the fourth annual River Cup on Saturday. Earl Gardner has pictures from the game.

District 12 Boys Soccer: Week One

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The Philadelphia high school boys' soccer season has begun and Josh Trott rounds up all the action.

“It’s huge”: Recaps & reaction from win in Toronto, Hburg makes playoffs, league results, more

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Reaction to win over Toronto. Union back in playoff spot. Union Academy starts new season. Harrisburg to face Orlando in USL PRO playoffs. League results. More.

Postgame quote sheet: Toronto 0-2 Union

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Postgame quotes from Jim Curtin, Conor Casey, and Andrew Wenger, as well as Toronto's Greg Vanney, Nick Hagglund, and Michael Bradley.

Match Report: Toronto FC 0-2 Philadelphia Union

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Conor Casey and Andrew Wenger were both on target as the Union defeated Toronto for the second time in four days with an impressive 2-0 road victory.

Preview & analysis: Union at Toronto FC

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The Union thoroughly outplayed Toronto at home. Can TFC's new coach make the adjustments to give them a shot at a home win?

In Pictures: Union 1-0 Toronto FC

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner shares his look at Wednesday's win over Toronto.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: JP Dellacamera on Union’s playoff push

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Union announcer JP Dellacamera shares his perspective on the Union as they make a push for the playoffs. Then, Greg and Eli are joined by Kevin Kinkead to talk about Saturday's tilt in Toronto.

News ahead of Union in Toronto, Pfeffer scores for US U20s, Garber says no pro/rel in his lifetime, more

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News ahead of Union's return game in Toronto. Pfeffer scores again for US U-20 team. Garber says pro/rel isn't happening anytime soon. Carlos Bocanegra to retire. More.

Footy on the Telly, Sept. 5-Sept. 11

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Player ratings and analysis: Union 1-0 Toronto

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Against an emotional and motivated Toronto side, the Union came out prepared, disciplined, and dominant.

Fans’ View: I want the Cup

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Scott Pugh on why he wants the Union to win the 2014 US Open Cup.

Recaps & reaction from Union win over TFC, USA tops Czechs, River Cup on Saturday, more news

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Union defeat Toronto. USA defeats Czech Republic. River Cup on Saturday. More news.

Recap and reaction: Czech Republic 0–1 USMNT

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After a 39th minute goal from Alejandro Bedoya, Nick Rimando backstopped a young US squad through a threatening second half.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 1-0 Toronto FC

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The Union coped well against a struggling Toronto team, taking all three points before Saturday's return match.

Postgame: Union 1-0 Toronto

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Video of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference and interviews with Andrew Wenger, Sebastien Le Toux, and Maurice Edu. Also, postgame quote sheet, including comments from Zac MacMath.

Bimbographic

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Kevin Kinkead takes a infographical look at the Union's new shirt sponsorship deal.

Philadelphia German Americans win the 1936 US Open Cup

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On May 3, 1936, Philadelphia German Americans became the first amateur team, and the first team from the city of Philadelphia, to win the US Open Cup.

Union vs Toronto quick reference

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It's been a while since the Union played Toronto and now they're doing so twice in four days. We've match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

News & previews ahead of tonight’s game against TFC, USA set to face Czechs, more

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Union ready for "tricky" game against Toronto. Le Toux says Curtin has set him free. US plays Czech Republic today. More news.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Jim Curtin talks about Toronto, the challenges of dealing with players being away on international duty, Cristian Maidana's recovery from a hamstring injury, and more.

The lessons of Toronto FC

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The Union take on Toronto in the midst of a franchise shake-up. What can the Union learn from the struggles of their Canadian doppelgängers?

Preview: Union vs Toronto FC

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Last year the Union went 0-3-0 and scored no goals in September. To reach the playoffs, they need to do much, much better this time around.

Mbolhi, Valdes & Lahoud to miss TFC games with NT call ups, the Toronto mess, league results, more

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Six Union players receive international call ups. Coaching change in Toronto. MLS results. KC wins NWSL title. USMNT news. Record transfer window in England. More.

In Pictures: Philadelphia Fury 1-0 Icon FC

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Saturday night as the Philadelphia Fury defeated Icon FC 1-0 in their home opener.

Preview: Czech Republic v USMNT

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The U.S. takes on the Czech Republic on Wednesday in what will be a low-pressure affair.