The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2015

PSP talks with Danny Cruz about the CBA

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PSP talked with Danny Cruz to learn more about how he, along with Brian Carroll, came to be Union's MLSPU representative for the current CBA negotiations, what issues he feels are important, and how he and his teammates interact during the ongoing process.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Dzenan Catic

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Union draft pick Dzenan Catic joins Greg and Eli. Then Kevin Kinkead stops by to talk Union preseason and Union needs.

Open practice at YSC today, more Union bits, league and national team news, more

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You can see the Union train today at YSC Sports from noon to 2 pm. More Union bits. Toronto signs another. More news.

Footy on the Telly, Jan. 30-Feb. 5

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A primer on lockouts in pro sports

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The MLS Players Union members are prepared to strike if a new CBA isn't negotiated before the start of the season on March 6. While MLS has not countered with the threat of a lockout, recent sports history has shown that to be a real possibility. Steve Holroyd has a primer on lockouts.

Youth soccer: We’re doing it wrong, Part 2

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Scott Pugh describes how practice trumps talent -- and the importance of fun when practicing -- in the second part of his series on development in youth soccer.

No new Valdes news, Union GK signing coming soon, Cruz on CBA, US falls to Chile, more

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Valdes negotiations continue. Goalkeeper signing coming soon. Cruz says players united on CBA. US gives up lead twice in loss to Chile. More news.

Match report: Chile 3-2 USA

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The US Men's National Team surrendered the lead twice in falling 3-2 to Chile in their first match of 2015.

Don’t panic, Union fans! (Or, panic.)

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Don't panic, Union fans. Not yet, at least. Here's why.

Looking back at the 1979 NASL players strike

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MLS players have been vocal about their willingness to strike if a new CBA is not reached. What can be learned from the 1979 strike by NASL players?

Notes from camp, Mbolhi on to ACN quarterfinals, Academy callups for US U-18s, big trades, USA-Chile, more

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Notes from Union training camp. Algeria tops Senegal, advances to Africa Cup of Nations knockout round. Academy's Elney and Wilson get US U-18 callup. Tuesday's trades. USA-Chile today. More.

Training camp: the battle for places

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Although the roster may be in flux, Peter Andrews examines the depth-chart battles to look for during training camp.

Preview: Chile v USMNT

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The first USMNT game of 2015 holds no shortage of interest, as Chile plays without its European stars and the US tries out a new-look formation.

Clock ticking on Valdes, Curtin pleased with camp so far, Philly roots, league and NTs news, more

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Albright confirms negotiations with unnamed South American club that wants Carlos Valdes. Training camp notes. On Albright and Curtin's Philly roots. MLS and national teams news. More.

Camp is open, preseason focus, signings are coming, national teams news, more

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Jim Curtin on his focus as preseason training begins, assures fans signings are coming. Steffen comes up big as US U-20s qualify for World Cup. USMNT roster for Chile and Panama friendlies announced. More.

PSP talks with Union draft pick Dzenan Catic

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Dzenan Catic was the Union's first pick (31st overall) in the 2015 SuperDraft. Jim Curtin was stunned to find such a talented goalscorer in the second round. PSP spoke with Catic about his scoring touch and how he dealt with defensive schemes meant to slow him down.

Union announce training camp roster

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Union's preseason training roster includes four trialists.

Union re-sign Carroll, Casey, and Fred

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Union announce return of club and league veteran trio for 2015.

PSP talks to Union draft pick Eric Bird

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PSP talks with Union second round draft pick Eric Bird. Fresh off captaining Virginia to a national crown, Bird is ready to earn a roster spot in Philly.

Where everyone can be a striker: A brief look at sports labor law

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PSP contributor -- and labor lawyer -- Steve Holroyd has a quick primer in labor law and collective bargaining agreements in pro sports as the expiration of the MLS CBA approaches.

More Valdes rumors and other Union bits, CBA update, more news

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Latest Valdes rumors. Can the Union take advantage of "hideous" Philly sports scene? CBA negotiations update. US U-20s face El Salvador on Saturday to qualify for World Cup. FIFA loses more sponsors. More.

Footy on the Telly, Jan. 23-29

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Youth soccer: We’re doing it wrong, Part 1

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Scott Pugh introduces a new series examining some of the issues surrounding youth soccer.

Preseason IMG Tournament schedule announced, Bradley says players “ready to strike,” WWC turf suit dropped, more

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IMG announces preseason Suncoast Pro Classic tournament schedule. Michael Bradley says players ready to strike over free agency. Solo suspended. Turf lawsuit dropped. More.

A talk with Davenport University head coach Chris Hughes about Dzenan Catic

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Dzenan Catic's remarkable season spearheaded Davenport's run to the NAIA championship and helped the Union to select him 31st overall in the 2015 SuperDraft. PSP spoke to Davenport head coach Chris Hughes about Catic.

SEPA Soccer Hall of Fame accepting nominations

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The Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for this year's inductees.

Defensive depth, looking for a forward and holding mid, more Valdes rumors,

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Union go for defensive depth in final rounds of draft. Curtin looking for forward, holding mid. More Valdes rumors. Sons of Ben Movie. More.

Union draftees, part 2: Aaron Simmons and Raymond Lee

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The Union followed up Thursday's SuperDraft with two picks in the Third and Fourth rounds on Tuesday.

The Northeast’s professional soccer malaise

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The West Coast clubs are a sign that MLS has finally hit the big time. But the Northeast clubs' malaise brings you back to earth. It's not just one team. It's all of them. PSP's Dan Walsh explains.

In pictures: Curtin Call

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner shares his look at last Saturday's Sons of Ben organized Curtin Call event at the Iron Abbey.

More draft picking today at 2 pm, Mbolhi and Algeria battle back for ACN win, Pfeffer’s goal, more

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Union have two picks today in final rounds of MLS draft. Rais Mbolhi and Algeria battle back for Africa Cup of Nations win. Pfeffer plans to make it impossible not to start him. More news.

Union announce further preseason schedule details

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The Union have released further details about their preseason schedule.

Fans’ View: Curtin’s call impresses

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Staci Klemmer was at the "Curtin Call" event on Saturday in which Jim Curtin spoke candidly to fans. Without discussing the details of what was said, Staci relates how Curtin made a big impression on her.

Photo Essay: The 2015 MLS SuperDraft

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner shares his look at last week's SuperDraft in Philadelphia.

Meulensteen on his role and fan expectations, Fernandes loaned to Cosmos, league news, more

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Rene Meulensteen talks to reporters on a variety of topics. Union loan Leo Fernandes to New York Cosmos. League and USMNT news. More.

Coats for Chester collects record setting 2,115 coats

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We begin our new partnership with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame with a report on the recent Coats for Chester collection drive.

Union find real value in draft, report says Linc to host Gold Cup final, Altidore signs with Toronto, more

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The Union's draft? Not too shabby, not too shabby at all. Philly.com reports Linc to host Gold Cup final. Altidore-Defoe swap official. More news.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: SuperDraft review

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Greg and Eli recap the Union's selections in Thursday's SuperDraft.

Footy on the Telly, Jan. 16-22

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Union draftees: Dzenan Catic and Eric Bird

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Dzenan Catic With the 31st pick of the MLS Superdraft, the Philadelphia Union selected a 6'3 center forward in Dzenan Catic. Originally from Bosnia, Catic played his high school ball at East Kentwood in Michigan, where he earned multiple accolades including three State Championships, three All-State awards, and was named [.

Draft day in Philly, SoB Lot, more news

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It's draft day in Philly. New "SoB Lot" at PPL Park announced. More news.

Kljestan, Edu, draft, more — 5 thoughts on the Union

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PSP's Dan Walsh looks at the Sacha Kljestan chatter involving the Union, Maurice Edu's new contract, the upcoming draft, and more.

How to use the SuperDraft: Lessons from the Union’s brief history

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Adam Cann looks at how the Union should value current and future SuperDraft picks in the rare draft with MLS-ready left backs.

Edu deal official, draft previews, Diskerud signs with NYCFC, Altidore-Defoe swap, Solo charges dismissed, more

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Edu deal announced. Diskerud joins NYCFC. Reports of Altidore-Defoe swap. Domestic violence charges against Hope Solo dismissed. More.

Union sign Maurice Edu to permanent deal

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Maurice Edu now belongs to Philadelphia Union.

SuperDraft preview: A look at left backs

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Since the Union joined MLS, quality left backs have rarely been available in the SuperDraft. This year there are two on the board. Should the Union move up to draft Andy Thoma or Otis Earle?

Curtin & Albright on draft, Edu, Kljestan, and more, Union preseason opponents, more news

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Jim Curtin and Chris Albright discuss a number of topics ahead of Thursday's draft. Report names Union's opponents at preseason IMG Tournament. Is Mix-NYCFC deal signed? Turf it is at Women's World Cup. More.

Curtin and Albright talk SuperDraft; tight-lipped on Edu, Klejstan

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Jim Curtin and Chris Albright discussed the possibility of moving up in the SuperDraft, the future of Maurice Edu, and reports that the Union are interested in Sacha Klejstan with the media on Monday. Here's a transcript.

More Union-Kljestan reports, Lampard signs, US U-20s stumbling, much more

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More reports linking Union to Sacha Kljestan. Lampard officially signs MLS contract. US U-20s winless in CONCACAF Championship after two games. More.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: SuperDraft preview, Edu and MacMath

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Reading United's Sean Doyle joins Greg and Eli to preview the upcoming SuperDraft. Then Adam Cann stops by as the discussion turns to Maurice Edu and Zac MacMath.

Edu deal could be announced today, Sak on the Academy, Philly in running to host 2016 Copa America games, more

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Philly.com, others report permanent transfer of Maurice Edu to the Union. Sakiewicz on the Union Academy. Philly in running to host 2016 Centennial Cup America games. More fun in New York. CONCACAF U-20 CHampionship begins today. More.

Footy on the Telly, Jan. 9-15

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Sakiewicz talks Union Academy

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Transcript of Nick Sakiewicz discussion in an NCAA-sponsered Google Hangout about the Union Academy. Topics include the academy set up, diversity within the academy, plans to add a program for girls, the hopes to field a Union women's pro team, what defines success for the academy, and more.

A tough start and Chicago: The Union’s first month

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In the first month of the 2015 season, the Union face two playoff teams and two also-rans. PSP looks at how those teams matched up with Philly last year and what they have done to improve in the offseason.

Less travel soccer, more intramural soccer

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Steve Hann argues that too many young players are being pushed into travel soccer too soon.

Union schedule, Reading’s Bono signs GA deal, Gerrard official, Altidore rumors, Marsch for Petke, more

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Union schedule released. Ex-Reading United GK Alex Bono signs GA deal. Gerrard officially announced by LA. Who's after Altidore? Marsch replaces Petke. More.

2015 Philadelphia Union schedule released

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Philadelphia Union faces four Western Conference opponents in their first five matches, and fans won't see Amobi Okugo, Pedro Ribeiro, and Danny Mwanga at PPL Park until the last game of the year.

5 Union & MLS thoughts

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Five thoughts on the Union and MLS, running through the Zac MacMath deal, the lack of Union acquisitions so far, and the management messes with both New York clubs. PSP's Dan Walsh runs it down.

Zac thanks fans, Union home dates leaked ahead of today’s schedule release, Gerrard announcement today, more

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Zac MacMath thanks Union fans after loan announcement. 2015 schedule due to be released today. Gerrard signing expected today. Latest moves from across the league including Lagerwey as GM at Seattle and report that Red Bulls have fired Mike Petke. More.

MacMath loaned to Colorado Rapids

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MacMath loaned to Colorado. Union receive 2015 second round draft pick in return.

MacMath loan, other player moves from across the league, Jordanian prince to run against Blatter, more

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League source tells PSP Zac MacMath loan to Colorado could happen within next 24 hours. Other player moves from across the league. Jordan's Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein to challenge Sepp Blatter for FIFA presidency. More.

Pfeffer not on US U-20 WC qualifiers roster, Mbolhi rumor, Gerrard to LA, Garber on Lampard, more

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Union's Zach Pfeffer, who has been recovering from an injury, left off US roster for CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Does Mbolhi want to leave? Steven Gerrard to sign with LA Galaxy. Garber on Lampard fiasco. More.

A champion’s medal comes home

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Last Friday, a 103-year-old championship medal won by a Scottish goalkeeper in Philadelphia returned to the city to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of fame. Here's the story of the goalkeeper who won that medal and how it came back from Scotland to Pennsylvania.

Union bits, Lampard follies, Gerrard’s future, more

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Curtin happy to be ambassador for the game locally, doesn't need the soccer haters. Fall out from the Lampard news. Will Steven Gerrard's next stop be MLS? More.

Footy on the Telly, Jan. 2-8

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