The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2015

Preview: Union vs Toronto FC

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Two teams that have struggled to defend face off at PPL Park. The Union need role players to step up while Toronto is counting on the big guns to carry them to victory.

Fans’ View: Why we love Ayuk

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Scott Ellis on why fans like -- and need -- Eric Ayuk.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, #jackscoredthat, more news

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Curtin leaning toward McCarthy starting in goal against Toronto over Blake, gives team an F for defensive play. McInerney scores as Montreal loses to Club America in CCL final. More news.

Transcript: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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In his weekly press conference, Jim Curtin said the Union have been "a disaster" in possession this season and said the team has earned an "F" defensively but gave the offense an "Incomplete" grade so far.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: What ails the Union

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Greg and Eli are joined by Adam Cann as they discuss some of the many issues involved in the Union ongoing struggles in their worst season start in franchise history.

Has NYCFC found a home at Columbia University?

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Reports say NYCFC wants to build a soccer stadium at Columbia's athletic complex. PSP writer slash Columbia alum Peter Andrews breaks down the what and why of a possibly huge move for MLS.

Player of the Week: Michael Farfan

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Former Union man does good.

Worst start ever and more dreariness, Montreal looks to make history tonight, more news

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Union bits. Impact host Club America in CONCACAF Champions League final deciding game tonight. More news.

The difference between a good and bad team

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Any team still starting Fabinho deserves to lose. This is not a good team. One PSP contributor has a word about Philadelphia Union's latest travails.

“Things didn’t go as planned”: Mbolhi on his status, new Union jokes, more

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Mbolhi on his status with the Union, says he'd consider move back to Europe. Roundup of week in review posts synopsis: the Union are bad. More news.

Player ratings & analysis: Union 1-4 Columbus Crew

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A sucker punch goal pulled the rug from under Philadelphia Union Saturday, and the remaining 69 minutes were as ugly as it gets.

“Unacceptable”: recaps and reaction to loss in Columbus, Garber says more expansion coming, more news

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Recaps and reaction from the Union's humiliating loss in Columbus. LEague results wrap. Garber on expansion, promotion/relegation, and more.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-4 Columbus Crew

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Three first half goals saw Columbus Crew crush Philadelphia Union at MAPFRE Stadium Saturday night.

Postgame quotes: Columbus Crew 4-1 Philadelphia Union

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Postgame quotes from Jim Curtin, Ray Gaddis, and Brian Carroll.

Union vs Crew quick reference

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Match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more from the series history between the Union and Crew.

Readying for Columbus, pyramid schemes, Champions League semifinal pairings set, more

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Getting ready to face the Crew. Soccernomics co-author says MLS finances resemble a pyramid scheme. USMNT will not be wearing men's version of new USWNT first kit. More

Footy on the Telly, April 24-30

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Notes from Curtin’s presser, Fernando on adjusting to MLS, big Impact road goal in CCL, terrible new USWNT’s first kit, more

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Notes from Curtin's presser. Chaco on his goal, Fernando on adjusting to MLS. Montreal draws at Azteca in CCL final first leg. New USWNT first kit released and it sucks. More.

Preview: Union at Columbus Crew

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A difficult match against a strong Columbus side will test Philadelphia's ability to steal points on the road. The Union need to find their counterattack through Maidana to threaten and relieve what will likely be heavy and consistent pressure.

Transcript: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Jim Curtin on what went wrong against New England -- and what the team needs to do to win. Also: Injury update, and facing Columbus.

Inside the head of Andrew Wenger

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Andrew Wenger is a talented player with one major, major problem: He thinks entirely too much. PSP's Dan Walsh explains.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: CJ Sapong

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CJ Sapong joins Greg and Eli in the latest KYW Philly Soccer Show podcast.

Statistics: John McCarthy vs. Andre Blake

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A look at the goalkeeping statistics of Andre Blake and John McCarthy.

Fans’ View: The Union Bible

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PSP has never taken a reader's comment and turned it full-on into a stand-alone guest column. But this one was so funny, insightful, clever and original, that we just had to.

Union bits, Impact at Azteca for CCL final first leg, US U-23s face Mexico, more

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Curtin's weekly presser today at 12:30 pm. Pfeffer with the US U-20s in Austria. McInerney and Impact take on Club America at Azteca tonight in CCL final first leg. More.

All Three Points podcast: Building character

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Even in these middling times, the All Three Points duo brings you the Union podcast you didn't know you needed. Listen; it's good for you!

The blame game

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With another late-game collapse in the books, Peter Andrews looks at Jim Curtin's preseason comments and asks who's to blame for this team's weaknesses.

In Pictures: Union 2-1 Revolution

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Sunday as the Philadelphia Union lost at home to the New England Revolution 2-1.

Analysis and Player Ratings: Union 1-2 Revs

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After another second half let down, the entire team, not specific individuals need to raise their hand and accept a share of the blame for Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Revolution.

Player of the Week: Maurice Edu

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Edu's contributions on both sides of the ball make him PSP's Player of the Week.

The possession problem and other Union bits, more news

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The Union's possession problem. Pfeffer receives TOW honorable mention. New pro team in Lancaster. More.

Opportunity lost: Recaps and reaction to Union loss, strong weekend for Union Academy, HCI wins home opener,

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Reaction to Sunday's loss to New England. Academy has a strong weekend of games. Harrisburg wins home opener. League results. More.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-2 New England Revolution

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Christian Maidana's first goal of the season gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead, but the Union again failed to hold on and second half goals from Charlie Davies and Teal Bunbury saw New England the 2-1 winners.

Postgame video: Union 1-2 Revolution

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Jim Curtin's postgame press conference. Interviews with Maurice Edu, Zach Pfeffer, Sheanon Williams, and John McCarthy. Postgame wrap with Eli Pearlman-Storch and Mike Servedio.

Analysis and Player Ratings: NYCFC 1-1 Union

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On Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, it looked as if NYCFC would control the match wire to wire, but the Union's late game adjustments saw them snatch a late equalizer and an important road point.

In Pictures: NYCFC 1-1 Union

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for a chilly night in Yankee Stadium as the Philadelphia Union came back with a late goal to tie the New York City FC 1-1.

Preview: Union vs New England Revolution

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Four points from two matches has given Philadelphia Union the foundation they need to climb the Eastern Conference standings. A talented New England side will look to halt Philly's momentum on Sunday.

Pfeffer called up for US U-20 camp in Austria, will depart after New England game

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Pfeffer will join the US U-20 team in Austria after Sunday's Union game against New England.

Union vs Revolution quick reference

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Get up to speed on the Union-Revolution series history with highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and match stats.

“We’re happy”: Reaction to draw at NYCFC, Union Academy’s Pellegrino gets US U14 BNT call-up, SoB River Cup tryout info

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Recaps and reaction from Union's draw at Yankee Stadium. Union Academy's Michael Pellegrino called up by US U-14 BNT. Sons of Ben River Cup team tryout info. More.

Postgame video and quotes: NYCFC 1-1 Union

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Postgame comments from Jim Curtin, CJ Sapong, and Maurice Edu, and PSP's postgame wrap with Eli Pearlman-Storch and Micke Servedio.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 1-1 NYCFC

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CJ Sapong's 87th minute strike insured the Union returned from New York with a point.

Footy on the Telly, April 17-23

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Who do we root for?

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On Wednesday night, Jordan Morris caught the eye of millions of USMNT fans. While his future is very much uncertain, he's already earned a place in the hearts of his fellow diabetics. Peter Andrews explores what Morris means to him.

Will Mix play tonight, Union-NYCFC previews, US tops Mexico 2-0 — again, more news

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NYCFC has said Mix Diskerud will not play tonight against the Union. DIskerud says, "We'll see." Previews. Young guys power US to another 2-0 win over Mexico. More news.

Recap/analysis: USA 2-0 Mexico

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The field at the Alamodome in San Antonio stole the show in a choppy, frenetic match, but the US continued their dominance of Mexico on home soil, running out 2-0 winners. PSP recaps the game and offers some analysis.

Preview: Union at NYC FC

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The Union will try to take six points from NYC FC in less than a week on the narrow Yankee Stadium pitch.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: NYCFC, once and again

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Matthew De George joins Greg and Eli to talk about the win over NYCFC, and the return match on Thursday. @sportsdoctormd

Defensive Statistics: Union 2-1 NYCFC

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A look at defensive stats from the Union's win over NYCFC.

Edu listed as questionable, more from Curtin’s presser, USWNT WC roster, USMNT face Mexico tonight

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Maurice Edu listed on latest injury report as questionable with a right hamstring injury. More from Curtin's weekly presser. USWNT World Cup roster announced. USMNT faces Mexico tonight. More.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Curtin thanks the fans for their support during Saturday's win, has an injury update, discusses Thursday's game in New York, Erik Ayuk, and more.

John McCarthy and other signs for optimism

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Hometown boy John McCarthy wasn't the only good sign for the Union on Saturday, but he certainly was a fun one to watch. PSP's Dan Walsh looks at that and some of the other good signs on display.

Preview: USMNT v Mexico

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Mexico will have a relatively friendly crowd to play for, but El Tri just doesn't win in the U.S. unless the stakes are very high. That is not the case tomorrow, and comparing the relative strengths of the squads, the U.S. probably has the advantage.

Union bits, Ayuk and Le Toux on celebration, Academy’s McGann gets US U-15 call-up, US WWC roster announced today

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Union bits. Ayuk and Le Toux discuss gymnastics. Union Academy defender Rayshaun McGann called up by US U-15s for Italy tournament. US roster for Women's World Cup to be announced today. More.

Player of the Week: Vincent Nogueira

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It was a vintage performance from the Frenchman that saw him put in a great deal of work on both sides of the ball and culminated in his stoppage time winner.

In pictures: Union v. NYCFC 4-11-15

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Earl Gardner shares his look at Saturday's big win.

Analysis and player ratings: Union 2-1 NYCFC

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Vincent Nogueira powered the midfield before scoring the stoppage time gamewinner.

“Pretty fitting”: recaps and reaction from Union’s big win, league wrap, US roster, more

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Reaction to the Union's victory. League standings. Klinsmann names US roster for Wednesday's friendly against Mexico. More.

Postgame video: Union 2-1 NYCFC

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Video of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference, locker room interviews with Zach Pfeffer, Maurice Edu, Vincent Nogueira, and John McCarthy, and postgame wrap with Mike Servedio and Kevin Kinkead.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 2-1 New York City FC

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Vincent Nogueira's stoppage time goal gave the Union their first win of the 2015 season.

Like father, like son

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At 94 years old, Ray Lynch may be the oldest surviving Lighthouse Boys Club player. But his story isn't just that of a Scotch-Irish immigrant playing the game of his father, it's also part of the story of the movement of soccer in the US from its urban origins to the suburbs.

NYCFC previews, McCarthy on playing for Philly fans, Mbolhi signing the worst, more

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Previews for Saturday's home game against NYCFC. McCarthy says its a great feeling knowing fans have the team's back. Everyone says Mbolhi signing among the worst ever. More.

The Week in Tweets

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Reaction to the loss in Kansas City, Mbolhi benching, and Fernando Aristeguieta is a tough dude. It's The Week in Tweets.

Footy on the Telly, April 10-16

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Preview: Union vs NYC

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On Saturday, two teams struggling to put it all together will try to prove they are heading in the right direction.

Where’s the heart?

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A few key losses in the off-season have resulted in some missing grit in the Union's lineup.

John McCarthy: He’s one of us

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Sean Doyle on new Union starting goalkeeper John McCarthy.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, USOC dates for Reading and Harrisburg, more

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Curtin on Mbolhi benching, McCarthy starting, injury update, and more. Draws for opening USOC rounds announced. Keller, Schmid, and Meyernick in National Soccer Hall of Fame. More.

Fans’ View: A young gooner takes a road trip

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Staci Klemmer's son is an Arsenal fan. Last Saturday, she took him to watch his first game at an Arsenal supporters' bar.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly Union press conference

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Transcript and video of Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. The big topic? The Mbolhi benching.

Defensive Statistics: Union 2-3 KC

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Set piece defending and goalkeeping have been glaring weaknesses for the Union in 2015.

Continental FC’s Ethan Manzella at the FCBEscola International Tournament

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Young Ethan Manzella, who plays for Continental FC, was recently selected to represent the US at the FCBEscola International Tournament in Barcelona. His father Jeff reports on the tournament.

Mbolhi benched, trialist with the Union, SoB Movie tickets now available, more

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Curtin tells CBS Philly Mbolhi has been benched. Trialist with the Union. Tickets for Philly premiere of Sons of Ben movie now available. McInerney scores as Impact advance to CONCACAF CL final. More.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: John McCarthy

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Following the news that Rais Mbolhi has been benched, Greg and Kevin talk to Union goalkeeper John McCarthy.

Analysis and player ratings: Sporting KC 3-2 Union

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An ugly yet organized 90 minute performance was almost enough for the Union to earn their first win of the season. Then it all fell apart in stoppage time.

What we learned from a Kansas City collapse

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Peter Andrews on why he won't jump on the Mbolhi-bashing train, Jim Curtin's bizarre substitution patterns, and the benefits of a few position changes.

Player of the Week: Fernando Aristeguieta

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League leader in shots and shots on goal. Now tied for second in the league in goals scored thanks to a brilliant header in Kansas City. El Colorado is PSP's Player of the Week.

“Crisis in Philadelphia,” Fredo, more news

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The Union continue to get hammered in the press. More news.

“We are too weak”: Reaction to Union loss, Mbolhi slammed, HCI losses, USWNT wins, more

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Recaps and reaction to loss in KC. ESPN says MBolhi earning rep as "one of the poorest DP signings" in MLS history. HCI losses second in a row. More news.

Match Report: Sporting Kansas City 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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Ninety-one minutes of solid work for the Philadelphia Union came to a disastrous end on Sunday night at Sporting Park as two stoppage time goals gave Kansas city the 3-2 win.

Postgame quotes: Sporting Kansas City 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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Postgame quotes from Jim Curtin, Brian Carroll, and Sebastien Le Toux.

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.

Union readying for KC, Junior Lone Star traveling to Puerto Rico, USWNT faces NZ, more

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Union face KC in search of first win of 2015. Junior Lone Star off to Puerto Rico for four games. USWNT face NZ. More news.

The Week in Tweets

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Lots of fan reaction to the loss in Chicago, Zach Pfeffer gets a call up for the U-23s and more. It's The Week in Tweets.

Footy on the Telly, April 3-9

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Preview: Union at Sporting Kansas City

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Kansas City has looked good defensively, but as yet to put it all together going forward. The Union need to match their opponent's level of defensive organization to compete on Sunday.

Notes from Curtin’s press conference, injury report, more

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Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Injury update. FIFA rejects call from area senators to remove 2018 World Cup hosting rights from Russia. More news.

Transcript: Jim Curtin’s weekly Union press conference

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Transcript of Jim Curtin's weekly press conference.

Perspective, critique, and change for the Union

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Yes, we need to maintain some perspective with some aspects of the Union right now. But other things need some serious critique, while others clearly need a change. PSP's Dan Walsh breaks them down.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Peter Vermes

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Greg and Eli talk to Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes. After that, Kevin Kinkead drops by to talk about the loss in Chicago before the guys answer questions from listeners.

Defensive Statistics: Union 0-1 Fire

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Davis Russell looks at defensive stats from the Union's loss in Chicago.

Fred suspended second game, Pfeffer appears in US U-23 loss, on the US draw, more

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Fred suspended additional game for violent conduct. Pfeffer provides spark but US U-23s fall short in Denmark. Recaps and reaction to US draw against Switzerland. More.

All Three Points podcast: Do we have to?

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They didn't want to, but the All Three Points podcasting duo fought the good fight and recorded a podcast for you, the listener. While this is a dark time for Union fans, thinking about how dark things is are is good for you, right?