The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2015

Official: Austin Berry loaned to South Korean side FC Anyang

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The Union have announced the loan of the center back to second division South Korean side FC Anyang.

Union top NYRB for IMG title, CBA news, preseason results wrap, much more

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Union top Red Bulls. Lots of CBA info. Preseason results from across the league. Much more.

Stock rising/falling: Union 3-1 Red Bulls

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Who shined and who did not in the Union's win over NYRB. Adam Cann shares his thoughts.

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

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Wenger's brace bracketed Aristeguieta's tally to fire Philadelphia Union to victory over rivals New York Red Bulls in the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic final, with good fortune and Rais Mbolhi also coming up big in the victory.

Youth Soccer: We’re Doing it Wrong, Part 6

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Scott Pugh looks at how ways of identifying talent and potential can focus too much on short-term success for the club rather than a player's long term development.

Labor Talk: MLS players must strike

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Kevin Kinkead expects the players will strike before the start of the season. Here's why.

Curtin’s gift, RSL owner says free agency talk a waste of time, more news

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Dave Zeitlin on Jim Curtin's gift to a young Union fan. Dell Loy Hunt says talking about free agency is a waste of time. US U-17s begin CONCACAF Championship play. More.

Footy on the Telly, Feb. 27-March 5

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Five thoughts on the Union’s recent personnel moves

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After a busy week for Philadelphia Union in terms of personnel moves, PSP's Dan Walsh weighs in on the recent comings and goings.

Casa League launches women’s division

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New 7 v 7 women's division will compete for the first time this Spring.

Stock rising/falling: Union 1-1 (5-3) Crew

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Fernando Aristeguieta scored again as a number of strong performances from new players highlighted the Union's shootout win over Columbus.

Union defeat Crew, MacMath on being loaned, preseason game results, more

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Union advance to IMG final with win over Crew. MacMath discusses his shock at Mbolhi signing. Preseason game results wrap. More news.

Postgame Quotes: Philadelphia Union 1-1 Columbus Crew (5-3 on penalties)

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Comments from Jim Curtin, Fernando Aristeguieta, CJ Sapong, and Mike Lahoud following Wednesday's victory over Columbus Crew.

Recap: Philadelphia Union 1-1 Columbus Crew (5-3 on penalties)

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The Union emerge from the fog in Bradenton winners on penalty kicks after drawing 1-1 with Columbus in regulation time.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Fernando Aristegueita

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New Union forward Fernando Aristeguieta joins Greg and Eli to talk about coming to America and his hopes to make the loan deal permanent. Greg and Eli then discuss goalkeeper signing John McCarthy.

Fans’ View: 71 and sunny

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Staci Klemmer recounts last weekend's Fan Weekend in Clearwater with the Union.

Linc Gold Cup final announcement expected, Union take on Crew, Berry loan report, more

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Linc expected to be announced as host of Gold Cup final. Union face Crew. Reports says Austin Berry headed to South Korea. League news. 2022 WC fallout. More.

Is Junior Lone Star FC the next big thing in Philly soccer?

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With a Junior Lone Star product in Philadelphia Union training camp and eight others inking pro or semipro contracts in the last year, the southwest Philly club seems on the cusp of big things. Will things break their way? PSP's Dan Walsh explores.

McCarthy signs, Blake out 4-6 weeks, CBA news, task force recommends shorter Nov/Dec 2022 WC

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Union add a goalkeeper, lose another temporarily. CBA news. FIFA task force recommends shorter Nov./Dec. World Cup for 2022. More news.

Union sign goalkeeper John McCarthy

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Union solidify goalkeeping depth with the signing of Philly native John McCarthy.

Stock rising/falling: Union 6-0 London United

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Saturday's win was a good confidence builder but it told us little about the squad and who is in form.

Aristeguieta arrives and scores a brace, CBA update, league news, Solo back, more

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Fernando Aristeguieta scores a brace as Union roll over London United. Report says no progress in CBA negotiations over key issues. League news. Hope Solo named to USWNT Algarve Cup roster. More.

Recap: Philadelphia Union 6-0 London United

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Fernando Aristeguieta opened his Union account with a two-goal performance as the Union brushed aside London United with a 6-0 win.

Official: Union acquire Fernando Aristeguieta on loan from Nantes

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The Philadelphia Union have announced the acquisition of Venezuelan striker Fernando Aristeguieta.

Union bits, CBA talk, Solo expected back with USWNT, more

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Vitoria and Catic on video and Reddit. RSL owner says league will "dig their heels in" over free agency. Solo expected to be reinstated with USWNT on Saturday. More news.

Footy on the Telly, Feb. 20-26

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Cristian Maidana was really good in 2014

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Cristian Maidana was an incredibly successful playmaker in 2014. For the Union to make a playoff push, the Argentine needs to stay on the pitch in 2015.

Youth Soccer: We’re Doing it Wrong, Part 5

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Scott Pugh continues his look at youth soccer development. Topics include the pitfalls of identifying players with a particular position at too early an age and how adults' desire for wins can negatively impact playing time.

Best in Show: Sons of Ben Movie takes top honors in Japan

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Kevin Kinkead talks to Philly native Dan Orlowitz, a soccer writer and photographer based in Japan, about the runaway success of the Sons of Ben Movie at the Tokyo International Football Film Festival.

Le Toux scores two in Union’s first preseason win, more on Aristeguieta,

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Union top Costa Rica U-23s 3-0 with goals from Le Toux and Maidana for first win of the preseason. More on Aristeguieta. Preseason results. More news.

The Union need to hire a GM — NOW

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Austin Berry's situation is the latest sign the Union need a general manager sooner than later. While Rene Meulensteen sits in Europe collecting money from the Union, Philadelphia has hit delays on nearly every transaction they've tried to make. PSP's Dan Walsh lays it out.

CBS Philly: Union to acquire Nantes striker on loan, IMG tourney play begins today, more news

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Report says Fernando Aristeguieta to join Union on loan from Nantes. IMG tournament play begins today against Costa Rica U-23s. League and USNTs news. More.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Kevin Miller

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Greg and Eli are joined by Union fitness coach Kevin Miller to talk about his work getting the team in shape for the upcoming season. Greg and Eli then discuss the Austin Berry interview.

Austin Berry seeks move away from Philadelphia Union

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Austin Berry talked with the PSP's Eli Pearlman-Storch about his situation with Philadelphia Union and desire to find a new club.

Unflattering odds, Academy kids with last gasp win at GA Cup, more from Nashville

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Las Vegas bookmakers give Union 50/1 odds of lifting MLS Cup. Last gasp goal sees Union Academy top NYRB at Generation adidas Cup, but was it enough to advance? More reaction from Nashville on possible HCI move.

Preseason malaise

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After a disappointing offseason, Peter Andrews explains why — for the first time —he can't muster any excitement for first kick.

Back to Clearwater, Wheeler released, Berry no longer with Cosmos, Nashville group not happy about HCI link, more

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Union release five players from preseason roster ahead of today's return to Clearwater. Berry no longer with Cosmos. Nashville FC doesn't want City Islanders. League and national team news. More.

Union release five, including Wheeler

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Aaron Wheeler and four trialists were released by Philadelphia Union on Saturday morning.

Union back in Philly, HCI owner on possible move, mediator brought in for CBA talks, more

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Union return from Clearwater. More on possible Harrisburg City Islanders relocation. Federal mediator brought in for CBA talks. FIFA extends US broadcast rights for World Cup. More.

Footy on the Telly, Feb. 13-19

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Mediation to the rescue? Not necessarily.

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MLS and MLS Players Union have agreed to bring in a mediator to assist with the CBA negotiations. PSP contributor and labor lawyer Steve Holroyd explains what this could mean.

How Carlos Valdes destroyed his Philadelphia Union legacy

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Kevin Kinkead explores the seemingly neverending series of loan sagas have tarnished the legacy of Carlos Valdes' time with the Union.

Youth Soccer: We’re Doing it Wrong, Part 4

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If we want our kids to play smarter, we must be smarter as teachers. Scott Pugh continues his look at what we're doing wrong when it comes to youth soccer development.

Vitoria introduced, Berry trialing with Cosmos, report says HCI considering relocating, more

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Notes from Vitoria's introduction to the media. Berry joins Cosmos for trial. Report says City Islanders considering relocating. MLS and national team news. More.

Transcript: Steven Vitoria press conference with Jim Curtin and Chris Albright

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Transcript of Steven Vitoria's comments to reporters during Wednesday's teleconference with additional comments from Jim Curtin and Chris Albright

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Preseason roundtable with Kevin Kinkead and Dave Zeitlin

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Kevin Kinkead and Dave Zeitlin join Greg and Eli for a preseason roundtable. Topics include the arrival of Steven Vitoria and the Union's needs at forward and left back.

Vitoria debuts as Union lose 1-0 to Rowdies, Marfan joins DC, more news

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Steven Vitoria debuts in Union loss to Tampa Bay Rowdies. Union U-17s in Generation adidas Cup play this weekend. League and national team news. Whopping Premier League deal. More.

Could the Union improve without major moves?

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There's something to be said for consistency. PSP's Dan Walsh explores the prospect of whether Philadelphia Union could be better in 2015 specifically because they didn't change much of the team.

Vancouver got allocation money in Vitoria deal, USL rebrands, MLS news, more

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Whitecaps received allocation money from Union in Vitoria loan deal. USL has a new identity. Brad Evans says player strike is "imminent." More news.

Union acquire center back Steven Vitoria on one-year loan

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The Union announce the arrival of 6 foot, 5 inch goal-scoring center back Steven Vitoria on loan from Benfica.

Stock Rising/Stock Falling: Analysis of Union 1-3 Armada

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Philadelphia Union kicked off their 2015 preseason with a 3-1 loss to Jacksonville Armada on Saturday evening. Jim Curtin won't be terribly pleased with the individual performances he got from a number of his players.

Union lose, more reports of Vitoria loan, USWNT lose, USMNT win, more

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Union drop first preseason game. Reports from Portugal say Vitoria to Union loan deal done. USWNT underwhelm in loss to France. USMNT ends winless spell with victory over Panama. Much more.

Recap: France 2-0 USWNT

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The USWNT were easily bested, 2-0, by a well-organized French team.

Recap: USMNT 2–0 Panama

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The US beat Panama comfortably, 2–0, with goals from veterans Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey.

Recap: Philadelphia Union vs Jacksonville Armada

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Philadelphia Union struggled to assert themselves on NASL side Jacksonville Armada, falling 3-1 to open the preseason.

Union confirm Valdes loaned to Nacional

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The Union confirmed on Friday that Carlos Valdes has been loaned to Uruguayan club Nacional.

Preview: France vs USA Women

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The US Women take on France in their first match of 2015.

Preview: USMNT v Panama

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A win against a team the US has traditionally dominated could be just what the doctor ordered.

Transcript: Curtin talks Valdes, roster building, and strikers

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Jim Curtin talked about the success his strikers are having in camp, Carlos Valdes , and the young players vying for roster spots in a conference call with reporters on Thursday.

Valdes signs with Nacional, Union target Benfica center back Steven Vitoria, notes from camp, USA doubleheader on Sunday, more

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Valdes passes physical, signs loan deal with Nacional. Kevin Kinkead reports Union targeting Benfica center back Steven Vitoria. Notes from camp. USA doubleheader on Sunday. More news.

Footy on the Telly, Feb. 6-12

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Youth Soccer: We’re Doing it Wrong, Part 3

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Scott Pugh continues his look at youth soccer and says the overemphasis on winning can be detrimental to development.

Nacional says Valdes to sign loan deal, new trialists, Academy commitments, US Open Cup format, more

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Announcement on Nacional website says Carlos Valdes to sign loan deal on Friday. New trialists in Union camp. Union Academy commitments announced. New US Open Cup format. More news.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Steve Holroyd on the CBA

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Labor attorney and soccer historian Steve Holroyd joins Greg and Eli to talk about the CBA.

Sapon g, Wenger, and Maidana on preseason progress and goals, league news, a USMNT legend passes, more

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Notes from Union camp. League news. US 1950 World Cup goalkeeper Frank Borghi passes. More news.

How to play Moneyball in MLS

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Here's how to play Moneyball in MLS -- and how not to. PSP's Dan Walsh identifies the best models to emulate, lays out the inefficiencies that MLS clubs can exploit, and evaluates Philadelphia Union version's of Moneyball.

No Delort, Valdes saga continues, Mbolhi due to arrive on Sunday, Casey’s unfinished business, more news

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Union transfer target Andy Delort rejoins team in France. Valdes saga continues. Mbolhi expected to arrive in preseason camp on Sunday. Casey has unfinished business. More news.

Heading to Clearwater, Delort rumors, Mbolhi/Algeria out of ACN, player notes, more

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Union head to Clearwater. Are Union after French striker Andy Delort? Mbolhi and Algeria knocked out of Africa Cup. Player notes and other Union bits. More.

In Pictures: Union Open Practice, Jan. 30, 2015

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner was at the Union's open practice on Friday. Here's a look at what he saw.