The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2015

Pfeffer called up by US U-23 team

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Zach Pfeffer called up for Tuesday's US U-23 match against Denmark.

Preview: Switzerland v USMNT

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Against an accomplished Swiss side, the US will have its work cut out for it unless the recent trend of terrible second halves is ended.

“We weren’t good enough”: reaction to loss to Fire, Pfeffer scores in HCI’s season opening loss, more

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Recaps and reaction to the loss in Chicago. Union U-16s lose first Generation adidas Cup Finals match. Pfeffer scores in HCI's season opening loss. League results. More.

Match Report: Chicago Fire 1-0 Philadelphia Union

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Chicago defeated the Union 1-0 as Philadelphia finished the match with ten men for the second time in two weeks.

Postgame quote sheet: Fire 1-0 Union

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Jim Curtin, Maurice Edu, and Andrew Wenger comment on the loss in Chicago.

Pfeffer suspended additional game, depth concerns, Minnesota’s in, another late USMNT collapse

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Pfeffer out for two games after additional suspension for violent conduct. Union's depth concerns. Minnesota United named next expansion franchise. USMNT blows it late again. More.

In Pictures: 2015 Meet the Team

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Tuesday evening for the Philadelphia Union's fan filled 2015 Meet the Team at Dave & Buster's.

Final Third Entries, Part 2 (RSL)

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Kevin Kinkead's series looking at the Union's final third entries through the first three games continues with the draw at Salt Lake.

Preview: Union at Chicago Fire

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The Union should take three points for a struggling Chicago side that will be without two of its designated players. A smash and grab will be nice, but can Philly actually control the match?

The Week in Tweets

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Reaction to the loss against Dallas, loanee adventures abroad, Meet the Team, and more. It's The Week in Tweets.

Footy on the Telly, March 27-April 2

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

Chicago previews, Union Academy begins GA Cup final play, more

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Union look for first win of 2015. Union Academy begins play in Generation adidas Cup finals on SUnday. City Islanders open season on the road on Saturday. More news.

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.

Youth Soccer: We’re Doing it Wrong, the conclusion

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Scott Pugh concludes his series looking at some of the issues surrounding development in youth soccer.

Final Third Entries, Part 3 (FC Dallas)

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Kevin Kinkead's series looking at the Union's final third entries through the first three games concludes with the loss to Dallas

Recap: Denmark 3–2 USMNT

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Altidore and Johansson scored, but the the US gave up a late goal again to lose in Denmark.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: On location from the Meet the Team event

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Taped at this week's Meet the Team event, Greg and Eli review the Union's season start and then look ahead to Sunday's game in Chicago.

Final Third Entries, Part 1 (Colorado)

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Kevin Kinkead begins a series looking at the Union's final third entries through the first three games.

Video: PSP talks to Jim Curtin at Meet the Team Event

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Eli Pearlman-Storch talks to Union head coach Jim Curtin at Tuesday's Meet the Team event. Also, a talk with Union Shop manager Chris Hayes about the team's new second kit.

Defensive Statistics: Philadelphia Union vs FC Dallas

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Davis Russell looks at the defensive stats from Saturday's loss to Dallas.

Edu named to PST Team of the Week, expansion announcement today, Dempsey out as US takes on Denmark, more

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Curtin weekly presser today at 12:30 pm. Edu named to ProSoccerTalk's Team of the Week. Minneapolis expansion announcement today. Dempsey injured before USA-Denmark friendly. More.

Player of the Week: Maurice Edu

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With the Union down a man against Dallas, Edu continued to lead.

Down in the depths

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Peter Andrews on how while the Union starting XI looked pretty solid to start the season, after a few injuries, it's the Union's depth that looks not good enough. Peter Andrews explores.

Is it time to reevaluate Zach Pfeffer?

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Maybe it's time to dial back the expectations on Zach Pfeffer. PSP's Dan Walsh explores.

Preview: Denmark v USMNT

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Klinsmann teams have been surprisingly strong away from home to European teams, and many of the U.S.'s top guns will play against Denmark. If the less-established players around them can gel, the U.S. could get a result, but bet on a Danish win.

Meet the team event, 90th Minute returns, more fallout from Dallas loss, Minneapolis expansion announcement, more

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The postponed Meet the Team event takes place tonight, preceded by the return of the 90th Minute Radio Show. More fallout to Saturday's loss. League expected to announce Minneapolis expansion on Wednesday. More.

In Pictures: Union 0-2 FC Dallas

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz's look at Saturday's loss to FC Dallas.

Player ratings & analysis: Union 0-2 FC Dallas

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Philly hung tough against a good Dallas side, but a red card and a blocked clearance gave the visitors all they needed to leave PPL Park with a comfortable win.

Recaps and reaction to Union’s loss to Dallas, league wrap, NT’s news, more

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A roundup of of the weekend's news following the Union's home loss to Dallas.

Postgame video and quotes: Union 0-2 Dallas

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Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference. Video Interviews with Zach Pfeffer, Andrew Wenger, and Sebastien Le Toux. Postgame wrap video with Eli Pearlman-Storch and Kevin Kinkead.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 0-2 FC Dallas

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Zach Pfeffer was shown a straight red card, and Dallas scored twice in the second half to defeat the Union 2-0 at PPL Park.

POSTOPNED: Union-Dallas rescheduled; new kickoff Saturday at 4 pm

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Friday night's match between Philadelphia Union and FC Dallas has been postponed until Saturday at 4 pm.

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.

The founding of the Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer Association

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A look at the founding of the EPSA, originally known as the Foot Ball Association of Eastern Pennsylvania and District, in April, 1913, six days after the founding of the United States of America Football Association, known today as the US Soccer Federation.

Another snow, Union-Dallas previews, more

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Union's bad luck continues with snowy game day. Union-Dallas previews. Men and Women's World Cup news. More.

Footy on the Telly, March 20-26

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Preview: Union vs FC Dallas

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Separated by 4 points after two weeks, Philadelphia welcomes Blas Perez and FC Dallas to town in a battle of unbeatens.

Five thoughts on the Union and MLS

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With Maidana's injury, Pfeffer could get an extended run with the Union. Will he, or won't he leave for international duty? PSP's Dan Walsh weighs in on that and a few other Union topics, including Cruz's loan and the center backs' struggles.

Curtin on Maidana and Pfeffer, Cruz loan, Wambach takes pro season off to focus on WWC, more

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Curtin on Maidana's injury and how that affects his lineup choices. Why Cruz was loaned. Wambach says she won't play for WNYF in order to focus on Women's World Cup. Much more.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Jim Curtin discusses the draw in Salt Lake, the Cruz loan, Maidana's injury, Friday's game against Dallas, and much more.

Official: Danny Cruz loaned to Norwegian side FK Bodø/Glimt

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Midfielder Danny Cruz joins Norwegian first division side Bodø/Glimt on loan for the 2015 season.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Steven Vitoria

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UNion defender Steven Vitoria joins Greg and ELi to talk about adjusting to MLS. After that PSP's Peter Andrews drops by to talk about the RSL draw and Friday's game against Dallas.

Defensive Statistics: Philadelphia Union 3-3 Real Salt Lake

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Davis Russell takes a look at the Union's defensive performance in the draw against Real Salt Lake.

Fans’ View: Who we are? We too are ambassadors.

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BJ Nolek on how Union fans are also ambassadors for the team, and for soccer in Philadelphia.

Maidana injury, Norwegian Cruz, league and USMNT news, more

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Maidana suffers training ground injury. CBS Philly reports Danny Cruz to go on loan to Norway. More news.

SEPA Soccer Hall of Fame announces 68th annual banquet

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Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame is holding its 68th annual awards banquet on May 8 and you're invited.

3 tips from rugby to help with MLS’ refereeing problem

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As MLS endures a start to the 2015 season marred by controversial refereeing decisions, PSP's Eli Pearlman-Storch looks at 3 ways the refereeing and broadcasting of rugby could provide insight into fixing soccer's ongoing officiating problem.

Player of the Week: Fernando Aristeguieta

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The Philly faithful already knew what he could bring to this team. Now, the whole league does. With his two goals against Real Salt Lake, Fernando Aristeguieta is PSP's Player of the Week.

More reaction to that call, Chaco named to SI TOW, league could expand beyond 24 teams, more

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Union news. League confirms advanced talks with Minnesota United for next MLS franchise. Garber says league considering expanding beyond 24 teams. More news.

Analysis and Player Ratings: Union 3-3 RSL

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Despite offering precious little threat in the attacking third, the Union came away with 3 goals at Rio Tinto. In the end, Allen Chapman stole the show, unfairly sending the Union back East with only a point to show for their efforts.

That call, what Blake needs, league results, US qualifies for U-17 WC, more

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Recaps and reaction to Union's draw at RSL. League results. US U-17s qualify for WC after PK shootout. More news.

Recap: Real Salt Lake 3–3 Philadelphia Union

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A six-goal draw sees the Union exit Salt Lake with a valuable road point. However, a controversial refereeing decision took away what would have been the Union's first win against RSL.

Postgame quotes: RSL 3-3 Union

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Was it a penalty? RSL's Luke Mulholland says, "In my book, no. " Jim Curtin agrees: "I don't think that we get a lot of respect."

The Week in Tweets

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Reaction to the draw against Colorado, thoughts on the Champions League, and Hank Scorpio. It's the Week in Tweets!

Projecting season points totals using roster turnover

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The Union have a new striker and new center back, but overall the squad looks very similar to 2014's team. Kevin Minkus looks at whether that roster stability can predict Philly's points total this season.

Ready for RSL, Philly Gold Cup, more news

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Union's first road game of 2015 on Saturday. Reaction to Philly Gold Cup final announcement. Much more.

Union vs Real Salt Lake quick reference

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The Union are 0-2-4 against Real Salt Lake all time. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Footy on the Telly, March 13-19

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Union sign Eric Bird

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Union announce signing of 2015 SuperDraft pick and midfielder Eric Bird, who Jim Curtin has said he sees as a backup for Vincent Nogueira.

Is the glass half empty or half full?

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Is the glass half full or half empty for Philadelphia Union? Well, maybe it's both. PSP's Dan Walsh has a go.

Linc to host 2015 Gold Cup final, PPL Park third place match

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It's official: Philly will be the center of the CONCACAF universe this summer with the Gold Cup final at the Linc, and the third place game at PPL Park.

Preview: Union at Real Salt Lake

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The Union believe they are a different team in 2015. This is their first opportunity to prove it.

Help wanted at PSP

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Are you interested in volunteering for PSP? We're looking for a few good volunteers.

Sapong out with concussion and fractured cheekbone, Curtin on formations and Maidana, Linc, more

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CJ Sapong out indefinitely. Notes from Curtin's presser. Linc Gold Cup announcement today. USWNT wins Algarve Cup. US U-17s miss chance to clinch WC spot. More.

Video and transcript: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Jim Curtin on Fernando Aristeguieta's league debut, Zach Pfeffer, Cristian Maidana, formations, CJ Sapong's injury status, and more.

Defensive Statistics: Philadelphia Union vs Colorado Rapids

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A look at the defensive statistics from Saturday's draw with Colorado.

Fans’ View: And so it begins, again

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Friends, food, mud, and a disappointing result. Staci Klemmer on the season opener.

Union bits, Langley to Ireland, MLS bits, big NT games today, more

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Curtin presser today. RSL notes. Morgan Langley signs with Irish club. MLS bits. USWNT and US U-17 MNT in big games today. More news.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Peter Pappas

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Union color color commentator Peter Pappas joins Greg, Eli, and Kevin to discuss Saturday's season opener, which ended in a frustrating scoreless draw.

Another missed opportunity

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Once again, the Union let opportunity slip through their fingers. Peter Andrews on a wasted chance to seize the spotlight.

Youth Soccer: We’re doing it wrong, Part 7

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In the latest installment of his series on youth soccer, Scott Pugh looks at travel soccer.

Union set new ratings record, Gaddis named to SI Best XI, USWNT advances to Algarve Cup final, more

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Broadcast of season opener a new ratings high. Gaddis named to SI's Best XI for Week 1. USWNT scoreless draw with Iceland enough to reach Algarve Cup final. More news.

Players of the Week: The Grounds Crew

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For their efforts in clearing up PPL Park and its surrounding lots, the grounds keeping staffs of the Philadelphia Union and Philadelphia Eagles are your players of the week.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 0-0 Rapids

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A 4-4-2 formation helped the Union match Colorado's chaotic and impotent first half, but a change in shape gave the Union the upper hand in the second forty-five.

In pictures: Opening day in the River End

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner shares his look at the Sons of Ben's pre-game festivities and view of the game from the River End.

In Pictures: Union 0-0 Rapids

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for a chilly start of the 2015 season as the Philadelphia Union had to settle for a 0-0 tie with the Colorado Rapids.

Reaction to Union’s season opening draw, league results, CBA update, USNTs news, more

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Disappointment is the refrain from the Union locker room after Saturday's draw. Results from around the league. CBA update. More.

Postgame video and quotes: Union 0-0 Rapids

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Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference after the Union's 0-0 draw with Colorado. Also, video of postgame interviews with Jim Curtin, Zach Pffeffer, Fernando Aristeguieta, and Maurice Edu.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 0-0 Colorado Rapids

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Despite dominating play, and keeping a clean sheet, the Union drew 0-0 with Colorado in the 2015 season opener at PPL Park.

The Week in Tweets

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A weekly round up of relevant Philadelphia Union chatter on social media.

What’s the right formation for 2015?

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With only a day left until the season opener, PSP writers Eli Pearlman-Storch and Adam Cann have a conversation about the Union's options with regards to formation and personnel.

Q&A with Rapids play-by-play man Richard Fleming

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Kevin Kinkead talks to Colorado Rapids play-by-play announcer Richard Fleming for some insight into the Union's first opponent of the 2015 MLS season.

News ahead of season opener, league news, and more

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Snow? Bah. Let's get this party started right now!

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.

Sakiewicz and Curtin speak to media about season opener, PPL prep

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Nick Sakiewicz and Jim Curtin spoke to the media about prepping PPL for Saturday, the new CBA agreement, and team news ahead of the season opener against Colorado.

Footy on the Telly, March 6-12

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Brian Carroll and Danny Cruz on the new CBA

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MLS Players Union reps Brian Carroll and Danny Cruz spoke with reporters about the process of reaching a new CBA deal with the league and their thoughts on the new deal.

Match 1 Preview: Union vs Rapids

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After a thrilling 3-3 match at PPL Park in mid-June, Colorado embarked on an epic collapse. New holding midfielders should shore up MLS's worst defense, but Wenger, Aristeguieta, and Le Toux will give Shane O'Neill and company an early test.

PSP roundtable panel: 11 big questions for the Union this year

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What are the big questions facing Philadelphia Union as they head into opening day? PSP's team of writers takes them on this roundtable panel.

A historic win…maybe

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Labor lawyer Steve Holroyd breaks down the winners and losers in the new CBA and what happens next.

CBA deal reached, Union news ahead of Saturday’s opener, more

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Early quotes and reaction to new CBA deal. Union news. Amobi on the Union. Lloyd brace powers USWNT to Algarve Cup opener win. More.

All Three Points podcast: New beginnings

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The All Three Points podcast returns! And hey, so does MLS!

Union issue statement on CBA deal

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Quotes on the new CBA from Nick Sakiewicz, Jim Curtin, and Brian Carroll.

What happens if the players go on strike?

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Wondering what happens next if the players strike? Labor lawyer and soccer historian Steve Holroyd has some answers.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Jim Curtin and Steve Holroyd

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Jim Curtin discusses the Union's preseason ahead of Saturday's season opener. Then labor lawyer Steve Holroyd joins Greg and Eli to talk about the ongoing CBA negotiations.

CBA updates, Union sign Ayuk and Lee, second kit unveiled, much more

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Owners reportedly offering limited free agency. Union sign trialist Eric Ayuk Mbu and draft pick Raymond Lee. New Union away kit unveiled. More news.

Philadelphia Union sign Ayuk and Lee

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Defender Raymond Lee and midfielder Eric Ayuk Mbu officially signed with Philadelphia Union on Tuesday.

Union bits, CBA talks continue, more news

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Union confirm Berry loan, sign Catic. CBA talks continue in Washington DC. More news.

Union sign Dzenan Catic

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Union sign 2015 SuperDraft pick.

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.