The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2015

Ill-thought out

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Some thoughts on the Soccer Morning interview with Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz.

I watched United Passions so you don’t have to

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What's worse than watching the Union? Watching a movie about FIFA, sponsored by FIFA. Peter Andrews has a very thorough review.

US faces Germany in WWC semi, Union faces DC in USOC, that Sakiewicz interview, more

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US faces Germany tonight in Women's World Cup semis. Union faces DC in US Open Cup. That Sakiewicz interview. More news.

Full transcript: Nick Sakiewicz’s interview on Soccer Morning

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Sakiewic's interview on Monday on Soccer Morning with both more nuanced, and covered more ground, than quotes that appeared on social media throughout the day might suggest.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Jim Curtin talks about the goalkeeper choices before Tuesday's US Open Cup game, the challenge DC presents, gives an injury update, and more.

In Pictures: Union 2-2 Impact

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand a rain drenched Saturday night as the Philadelphia Union came from behind to tie the Montreal Impact 2-2.

Analysis and Player Ratings: Union 2-2 Impact

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The weather dominated the day, as the Union were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw against the visiting Impact.

Recaps and reaction to Union draw with Impact, Academy U16s advance in playoffs, US in WWC semis, more

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Union draw with Impact. Union Academy U-18s advance in playoffs. League results wrap. US advances to WWC semis. More.

Postgame video and quote sheet: Union 2-2 Montreal

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Postgame video and transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference. Mike and Eli's wrap. Video with Richie Marquez.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Montreal Impact

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Jack McInerney scored in his return to PPL Park but Maurice Edu leveled the score five minutes later as Philadelphia Union and Montreal Impact split the points at a rain-soaked PPL Park Saturday night.

In pictures: Union 1-0 Sounders

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner's look at Wednesday's win over Seattle.

Women’s World Cup: USWNT 1-0 China

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Carli Lloyd headed in a deep ball from Julie Johnston in the second half to lead the US over China and on to face Germany next Tuesday.

Preview: Union vs Montreal Impact

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A tired Montreal side should be picked off by the Union at home.

US face China, Union face Impact, more news

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US face China in Women's World Cup quarterfinals tonight. Union host Impact on Saturday. Union Academy in playoff action. More news.

Analysis and Player Ratings: Union 1-0 Sounders

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Three points are always a good thing, but given their struggles to see off Seattle's weakened team, the Union will have to take their game to another level when Montreal comes to town on Saturday.

Footy on the Telly, June 26-July 2

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio. Union in league and US Open Cup play. Women's World Cup. Copa America. More.

Union vs Impact quick reference

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Get up to speed with the Union's history against Montreal with highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, match stats, and more.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Previewing the Impact

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Greg and Eli review Wednesday's win over Seattle before previewing Saturday's game against Montreal.

Fans’ View: Where to next?

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Scott Ellis presents a wishlist of things he'd like to see in the second half of the the season.

Sapong powers Union win, PPL Park opened to storm-affected Chester residents, league wrap, more

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Recaps and reaction to Union's win over Seattle. Union opens PPL Park to provide relief to Chester residents. League results. USWNT news from the World Cup. More.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-0 Seattle Sounders

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CJ Sapong was the hero as the Union sucker punched a weakened Seattle side at PPL Park Wednesday night.

Postgame video and quote sheet: Union 1-0 Sounders

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Eli and Greg's postgame wrap. Jim Curtin's postgame press conference. Interviews with Brian Sylvestre, Brian Carroll, and Zach Pfeffer. Postgame quote sheet.

Breaking down the US win over Colombia

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Jami Dansingburg breaks down the US Round of 16 win over Colombia at the Women's World Cup.

Union vs Sounders quick reference

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Get up to speed on the Union's history with Seattle. We've got match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Union face Sounders, Fernando loan, no on Palacios, US Gold Cup roster released, more

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Union host Seattle tonight. Curtin reveals Fernando Aristeguieta's loan will soon expire, says team will pass on Wilson Palacios. Klinsmann announces Gold Cup roster. Wambachgate. More.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Curtin talks about Wednesday's game against Seattle, the possibility of moving Pfeffer centrally for Maidana out wide, and the team's decision to pass on Wilson Palacios. Also, after the press conference, Curtin told reporters Fernando Aristegueita's loan will soon expire.

Preview: Union vs Seattle Sounders

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Can the Union return to collective effort when Seattle comes to town, or will they revert to the individual freelancing that doomed them in LA?

US advances to WWC quarters, Union bits, Academy playoffs begin, more news

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US advances to Women's World Cup quarterfinals. Union bits. Union U-16s and U-18s begin Development Academy playoff campaigns today. More news.

The Union are the worst team in MLS

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Exactly halfway through the 2015 season, the Union are the league's worst team, according to the standings. PSP's Dan Walsh takes stock.

Women’s World Cup recap: USWNT 2-0 Colombia

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The US defeats Colombia to advance to the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup, where they will face China on Friday.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 1-5 Galaxy

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In getting blown out 5-1, the central players who have been so critical to the Union of late left behind the style of play that has made them successful, and the team suffered for it.

“Outplayed”: Reaction to Union’s thumping in LA, US faces Colombia in WWC, Dempsey, more

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Humiliation in LA. US prepares to face smack-talking Colombia tonight. Dempsey gets 3-game ban for "Referee Abuse." more news.

Postgame quotes: Galaxy 5-1 Union

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Postgame quotes from Jim Curtin, Andrew Wenger, and Brian Carroll following Saturday's hiding against LA.

Match report: LA Galaxy 5-1 Philadelphia Union

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The Galaxy held off Philly's early pressure and waltzed away with a 5-1 victory at StubHub Center Saturday night.

Union vs Galaxy quick reference

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Get up to speed on the Union's history against the Galaxy. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Readying for LA, Union draw DC for Open Cup fifth round, Palacios, latest FIFA news, more

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Union face LA on Saturday. US Open Cup draw has Union hosting DC in fifth round. USWNT bits. Latest FIFA news. More.

Footy on the Telly, June 19-25

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio. Union, US at the Women's World Cup, Copa America, and more.

US Open Cup in Pictures: Union 0-0 (3-1) Rhinos

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Tuesday night as the Philadelphia Union opened their US Open Cup run by defeating the Rochester Rinhos in penalty kicks.

Preview: Union at LA Galaxy

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Curtin's men need to aim to get through a grueling week with at least five points. Can they get a result in LA?

Stock Rising, Stock Falling: Union 0-0 (3-1) Rhinos

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We take a quick look at the players who impressed during Tuesday night's US Open Cup victory over Rochester Rhinos, and those who left the fans wanting more.

Player of the Week: John McCarthy

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John McCarthy may have scared everyone at first, but luck was on his side. Then he went and stopped three straight penalty kicks, and that was no luck at all.

US Open Cup draw, Union bits, US to face Colombia at WWC, Dempsey, latest FIFA news

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Union to learn next USOC opponent this morning. US will face Colombia in Round of 16. How long will Dempsey be suspended? Latest FIFA news. More.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: US advances to Round of 16, Union advances in USOC

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Greg and Eli are joined by PSP contributor Jami Dansingburg to talk about the US at the Women's World Cup. Greg and Eli then talk about the Union at the US Open Cup.

Postgame video: Union 0-0 (3-1) Rhinos

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Eli's postgame wrap. Jim Curtin's postgame press conference. Interviews with Richie Marquez, Zach Pfeffer, Jimmy McLaughlin, and John McCarthy.

Optimism after US finishes top of Group D at the Women’s World Cup

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Jami Dansingburg analyzes the US win over Nigeria to conclude group play at the Women's World Cup.

Fans’ View: Alternate Union realities, the small screen edition

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Seth Finck's mind has begun to wander into TV land.

McCarthy saves the day, US finish top of group, latest FIFA news, more

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A McCarthy hat trick of PK saves sees the Union advance in USOC play. US finishes top of Group D after win over Nigeria at Women's World Cup. Swiss investigating 53 possible acts of money laundering connected to 2018/2022 World Cup bids. More.

Women’s World Cup: USA 1-0 Nigeria

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Abby Wambach scored the only goal of the match as the Americans advanced to the Round of 16 by winning Group D.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 0-0 (3-1) Rochester Rhinos

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After a ponderously slow 120 minutes of scoreless soccer, John McCarthy proved the savior with a hat trick of saves in Philadelphia Union's shootout victory over Rochester Rhinos.

US faces Nigeria, Union host Rhinos in USOC, Palacios trialing, latest FIFA news, more

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US look to finish top of group tonight. Union host Rochester in USOC. Wilson Palacios trialing with Union. Blazer plea unsealed. More.

A game of cups

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As the "reigning finalists" prepare to enter U.S. Open Cup action tonight, Peter Andrews ponders how the Union should approach the competition.

Transcript: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Curtin on Tuesday's US open Cup game and the challenges posed by Rochester, Wilson Palacios, who's been trialing with the team, gives an injury update, and more.

US Women control own destiny after standoff with Sweden

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New PSP contributor Jami Dansingberg analyzes the USWNT's scoreless draw against Sweden and looks ahead to Tuesday's final group game against Nigeria.

Union bits, results wrap, US draws with Sweden at WWC, Steffen big as US falls to Serbia at U-20 WC, latest FIFA news

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Union news. HCI, Reading, and Ocean City results. MLS results and standings. US attack absent in scoreless draw with Sweden at Women's World Cup. US lose to Serbia in U-20 World Cup. Latest FIFA news.

Women’s World Cup: USWNT 0-0 Sweden

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Chances were at a premium as the US and Sweden played to a scoreless draw in Winnipeg in the Women's World Cup.

US faces Sweden in WWC tonight, Union bits, FIFA news, more

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US plays second group game at Women's World Cup against team led by former USWNT head coach. Union bits. Lots of FIFA corruption updates. More.

Footy on the Telly: June 12-18

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio. Women's World Cup, U-20 World Cup, Euro qualifiers, and more.

Video and photos: The Sons of Ben Movie premiere

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Video from Daniel Studio, and photos from Barb Colligon, of the Philadelphia premier of Sons of Ben: The Movie.

When did the US find its moxie?

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New columnist Kerith Gabriel shares his take on the USMNT's historic win over Germany.

Fans’ View: Here’s to our fathers

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Scott Pugh with a shoutout to soccer dads ahead of Father's Day.

SoB Movie rocks at the Troc, Lahoud returns to full training, Blake called up by JAM, US tops Germany, more

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Triumphant Philly premier for SoB Movie. Lahoud training. Blake named to Jamaica's preliminary Gold Cup roster. Union US Soccer Development Academy playoff opponents announced. US tops Germany. FIFA news.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Marc Zumoff

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Marc Zumoff joins Greg and Eli to talk about his interest in soccer and filling in as the Union play-by-play announcer for JP Dellacamera. Then Kevin Kinkead joins the guys to talk about last week's Union games and the Women's World Cup.

Union tops Reading, USMNT faces Germany today, Steffen PK save in US win at U-20 World Cup, FIFA news

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Wenger scores in Union win. Klinsmann says US will take the game to Germany. Steffen comes up big as US advances to U-20 World Cup quarterfinals. FIFA election possibly in December. Bidding process for 2026 World Cup postponed. More.

Preview: USMNT v Germany

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After a wild 4–3 win over the Netherlands, the USMNT takes on World Cup winners Germany on Wednesday. While the result against the Dutch was hugely encouraging, the defensive frailties exposed in that match remain for the US.

Wouldn’t it be cool if …?

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Philadelphia Union will host one of those promotions this weekend that, if you were a nine-year-old, you would think is awesome. That got PSP's Dan Walsh thinking about other things that would be totally cool.

US tops Oz in Women’s World Cup opener, Sapong and Williams earn PoTW honors, Union face Reading in friendly tonight, more

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US powers through shaky start for 3-1 win over Australia. Sapong and Williams receive Player of the Week honors. Union face Reading tonight in annual friendly. FIFA news. More.

Preview: Reading United vs. Philadelphia Union

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Sean Doyle previews Tuesday night's match between Reading United and the Union, the sixth in the annual friendlies between the clubs.

Women’s World Cup: USWNT 3-1 Australia

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Megan Rapinoe scored twice and Hope Solo was at her best as the US edged Australia to open their World Cup Campaign.

Analysis and player ratings: Union 1-2 NYCFC

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The Union were too quick to accept what NYCFC was giving them and failed to make the most of a match in which they should have claimed three points.

In Pictures: Union 1-2 NYCFC

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz shares his look at the Union's 2-1 loss to NYCFC.

US begins WWC play tonight, recaps and reaction to Union’s loss, more league, NT, and FIFA news

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US begins play in Women's World Cup tonight against Australia. Recaps and reaction to Union defeat. League and national team results. More FIFA news.

Postgame video and quote sheet: Union 1-2 NYCFC

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Mike and Eli's postgame wrap. Jim Curtin's postgame press conference. Interviews with Richie Marquez, Sheanon Williams and Zach Pfeffer. Quote sheet.

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

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CJ Sapong scored his fourth goal of the season, but a late Patrick Mullins goal gave NYCFC all three points in Philadelphia.

Recap: The Netherlands 3–4 USMNT

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On an historic night in Amsterdam, in a game in which both teams could have scored five or six or more goals—and combined for five goals in the second half—the US beat the Netherlands for the first time ever, 4–3.

Analysis and player ratings: Union 3-0 Crew

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After three improved performances, Jim Curtin's game plan became the most clear it has been all season in a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Columbus.

Union v NYCFC quick reference

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Highlights from our recaps and analysis/player ratings, video highlights, match stats and more.

Readying for NYCFC, US faces Netherlands, more NT and FIFA news

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UNion bits ahead of Saturday's home game against NYCFC. National team and FIFA corruption scandal news.

In Pictures: Union 3-0 Crew

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow's look at Wednesday's win over the Crew.

Player of the Week: Brian Carroll

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Calming. Stabilizing. Brian Carroll is PSP's Player of the Week. Who's yours?

Footy on the Telly, June 5-11

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio. Union, Champions League final, the start of the Women's World Cup, and more.

Preview: Union vs New York City FC

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NYC's inability to turn possession into chances should allow Philly to spring the counterattack on Saturday.

“Something special”: Recaps and reaction to win over Crew, Inqy calls out Sakiewicz, FIFA, more

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Recaps and reaction from Wednesday's victory over Columbus. Inquirer editorial calls comments from Sakiewicz. Blazer dishes and more FIFA corruption news.

Preview: USMNT v the Netherlands

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While this Klinsmann team is never out of a game (see: Belgium), it's hard to claim the US matches up well with the Dutch, especially without players like Altidore and Dempsey (and perhaps Bedoya most of all).

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-0 Columbus Crew

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CJ Sapong, Vincent Nogueira, and Sebastien Le Toux were all on target as the Union easily defeated Columbus 3-0.

Union 3-0 Crew: Postgame video and quotes

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Eli and Mike's postgame wrap. Interviews with Richie Marquez, Sheanon Williams, C.J. Sapong, Sebastien Le Toux. Jim Curtin's postgame press conference. Postgame quote sheet.

In pictures: DC Unite 2-0 Union

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner shares his look at the Union's 2-1 loss to DC United.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Blatter, Women’s World Cup, and the Union

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Greg, Eli, and Mike discuss the FIFA corruption case, Sepp Blatter's resignation, the start of the Women's World Cup, and the Union.

Fans’ View: Good times on the road

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Staci Klemmer has the travel bug. Now she just needs some help finding new friends in a few MLS cities to make the traveling a little easier.

Blatter announces plans to resign, Union face Crew, friendly against Bournemouth announced, more

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Sepp Blatter announces he will step down as FIFA president. Union prepare to face Crew tonight, announce summer friendly against new Premier League side Bournemouth. More news.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Video and transcript of Curtin's weekly press conference. Topics include the challenges presented by the Crew's attack, the strong play of Fabinho and Richie Marquez, an injury update, Curtin's thoughts on the Pfeffer handball, and more.

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.

Preview: Union vs Columbus Crew

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The Union have a chance for revenge as the Crew come to PPL Park after smacking down the Union in late April.

All Three Points podcast: Almost a 9-pointer

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While the black clouds hovering over the last episode actually drew more listeners than expected, we always prefer to record after winning, and don't ya know, the Union actually won a couple games since the last pod! What a world.

The Union return to competence

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Despite the loss to D.C. United, Philadelphia Union solidified the notion that they may be a competent team again. PSP's Dan Walsh has some observations on that and other Union matters.

League says DC should’ve gotten two red cards, Riise “not going to happen,” Vitoria training again, FIFA, more

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League tells Jim Curtin DC should've been shown two red cards in Saturday's loss. Source says Riise to Union not happening. Vitoria returns to training. Latest on the FIFA corruption scandal. More.

Player ratings & analysis: DC United 2-1 Union

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A fluky loss should not send Union fans back to the doldrums.

2015 SEPA Soccer Hall of Fame class honored

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Bob McBride reports on the banquet honoring the 2015 class of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame.

Recaps and reaction to loss in DC, Riise, results wrap, national team and FIFA news

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Reaction to DC game. Are the Union interested in John Arne Riise? Results wrap. National team news. Latest from FIFA. More.