The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2015

Preview: Union vs New York Red Bulls

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The Union will need Zach Pfeffer to become more central to the offense if they want to challenge New York this weekend.

Barnetta! Nogs out at least 3-4 weeks, McCarthy named USOC Player of the Round, more

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Union land Tranquillo Barnetta. Nogueira out at least 3-4 weeks. John McCarthy named US Open Cup Player of the Round. All-Stars win. More news.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Transcript and video of Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Topics include Vincent Nogueira's injury, what he expects from Red Bulls on Saturday, extending Brian Sylvestre's loan to the team, and much more.

Official: Union sign Tranquillo Barnetta

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Swiss international arrives on a free transfer in a deal involving Targeted Allocation Money.

Fans’ View: Club vs. Country

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Club before country? For Staci Klemmer, the answer is yes.

Union bits, All-Stars face Spurs tonight, Platini announces he’ll run to replace Blatter, more

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Union bits and bobs. Barnetta still training with Union. MLS All-Stars face Spurs tonight. Platini running to replace Blatter. More.

The good old days that never were

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The trade of Sheanon Williams closes the door on an era that could have been but never was. With the young core of Philadelphia Union's early years gone, what is the team's identity? What can it be? PSP's Dan Walsh explores.

Player ratings and analysis: DC United 3-2 Union

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Ben Olsen used Fabinho's arm injury late in the first half to tinker with his team shape. It paid off almost immediately and the Union never regained a foothold in the match.

In Pictures: Mexico 3-1 Jamaica

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner's look at Sunday's Gold Cup final at Lincoln Financial Field

No more Valdes, Sak says Union-Eagles will bid to host WC qualifier, more news

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So endeth the Valdes saga. Sakiewicz says Union and Eagles will bid to host a US World Cup qualifier. Drogba signs with Montreal. More news.

Union, Carlos Valdes, mutually agree to terminate contract

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Union and Carlos Valdes mutually agree to terminate his contract with the club.

Union blow 2-goal lead to lose in DC, Barnetta, US disappoints again, more

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Union score fastest goal in club history but go on to lose in DC. Latest on Tranquillo Barnetta. US disappoints again, loses to Panama on PKS at PPL. More.

Recap: DC United 3–2 Philadelphia Union

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After scoring two goals in the first four minutes, the Union eventually gave up three of their own, falling prey to the boa-constrictor-like grip of DC United.

Gold Cup Final Recap: Jamaica 1-3 Mexico

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Controlling the center of the park, and feasting on defensive errors, Mexico ran out comfortable winners of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

In pictures: USA 1(2)-1(3) Panama

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner was on hand as the US lost to Panama on penalty kicks in the Gold Cup third place match at PPL Park. Here's a look at what he saw.

Gold Cup Third Place Match Recap: USA 1(2)-1(3) Panama

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The US followed up their underwhelming performance against Jamaica with a similarly insipid showing against Panama, falling in a penalty shootout to finish the Gold Cup in 4th place.

Preview: Union at DC United

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Much like last season, Philly needs a strong run in the second half of the season to make a playoff push. A 120 minute midweek game will test the starters' legs on Sunday.

All Three Points podcast: Yes, we’re still here

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While it has been far, far too long, the All Three Points all-star podcasting duo has returned. It's been, well, a lot more than three games since the last pod, but the episode does not last six hours, we promise.

“Definitely sad”: Reaction to the Williams trade, Union face DC, USA-Panama at PPL on Saturday, more

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Reaction to Sheanon Williams trade. Union prepares for DC. USA-Panama at PPL Park on Saturday. Valcke to step down. More news.

Union vs DC United quick reference

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Get up to speed with the Union's series history against DC with our quick reference. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Footy on the Telly, July 24-July 30

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

USOC quarterfinal in pictures: Red Bulls Union 1 (3) – Union 1 (4)

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for Tuesday'sUS Open Cup quarterfinal win. Here's a look at what he saw.

Union trade Sheanon Williams to Houston

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The Union have traded Sheanon Williams to Houston Dynamo in exchange for "general allocation money and future considerations."

Fans’ View: A miracle by the bridge?

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Can miracles happen for the Union? Scott Ellis wants to believe.

US downed, Union face Chicago in USOC semis, soccer operations director search update, more

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US loses Gold Cup semi. Union to face Chicago in US Open Cup semi. Union misses out on Director of Soccer Operations target. More news.

Gold Cup recap: USA 1-2 Jamaica

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Two first half goals in rapid succession stunned the United States and they were unable to recover, falling 2-1 to Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals.

“Heart of a lion”: Recaps and reaction to Union’s heroic USOC win, USA faces Jamaica tonight, more news

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Recaps and reactions from Union's US Open Cup win. US faces Jamaica in Gold Cup semis tonight. More news.

USOC match report: NY Red Bulls 1-1 (3-4) Union

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John McCarthy was the star as Philadelphia Union played with ten men for 80 minutes and still came out on top of New York Red Bulls to book a place in the US Open Cup semifinal. They will play Chicago or Orlando City.

USOC postgame video: NY Red Bulls 1-1 (3-4) Union

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Comments from Jim Curtin, John McCarthy, Fernando Aristeguieta, and Ray Gaddis following Tuesday's US Open Cup quarterfinal victory over NYRB.

Salary list, targeted allocation money shine light on Union spending

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A pair of recently announced financial developments for MLS reveal a bit more of the picture for Philadelphia Union. PSP's Dan Walsh explains.

Union face NYRB today in USOC quarters, Pfeffer selected, Nowak lawsuit dismissed, more

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Roster questions for the Union ahead of today's US Open Cup game. Pfeffer named to Homgrown Player team. Nowak lawsuit thrownout. FIFA news. More.

Eastern PA Youth Soccer’s Futbol Friday

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Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer has organized Futbol Friday to for soccer fans to show their love of the game and also raise cancer research awareness.

Player ratings and analysis: Toronto FC 2-1 Union

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Toronto turned the tables on the Union, shutting down Philly's playmakers and striking on their best move of the match.

Losses in Toronto, salary info, USMNT tops Cuba, FIFA election date set, more

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Marquez and Wenger injured in Toronto loss. Union salary numbers. Reading United misses playoffs for first time since 2007. US to face Jamaica in GC semis. FIFA election in February. More.

Gold Cup recap: USA 6-0 Cuba

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After Clint Dempsey opened the scoring in the 4th minute, Cuba never looked like keeping it close, as the US eventually roared to a 6-0 victory in the first quarterfinal of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Match report: Toronto FC 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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Even without Michael Bradley, Toronto FC was untroubled by Philadelphia Union and cruised to a 2-1 victory at BMO Park Saturday afternoon.

Preview: Union at Toronto FC

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Michael Bradley is missing, but the fourteen goals of Giovinco and Jozy Altidore mean Toronto are still plenty dangerous. The Union will be without the suspended Maurice Edu as they cross the border for a showdown at BMO Field.

Off to Toronto, Union U16s fall in Development Academy semis, US readies for Cuba, more

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Union face Toronto on Saturday. Union U-16s defeated in US Soccer Development Academy semifinals. West Chester United in Werner Fricker Open Cup semis today. MLS players ratify CBA. US faces Cuba in Gold Cup quarterfinals on Saturday. More news.

Footy on the Telly: July 17-July 23

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio. Union at Toronto and NYRB, US in the Gold Cup, and more.

In Pictures: Union 1-4 Bournemouth

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow shares his look at the Union-Bournemouth friendly.

Union vs Toronto quick reference

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

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Reviewing the Timbers win, previewing Toronto

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Greg and Kevin review the win over Portland and then preview Saturday's game in Toronto.

Union Academy U16s in semis today, Union-HCI friendly announced, US to face Cuba in GC quarterfinals, more

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Union U-16s face Dallas today. Union-HCI friendly date in Lancaster. US will face Cuba next in Gold Cup. More FIFA news.

Fans’ View: The little things

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In a tough season, sometimes it's the little things that keep a fan going. Seth Finck explains.

Commissioner’s picks: The Union

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The Commissioner's pair of All Star picks are out. Peter Andrews has some Union pairs for your consideration.

West Chester United in USASA Werner Fricker Open Cup semifinal on Friday

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West Chester United plays in USASA's Werner Fricker Open Cup semifinal on Friday. Michael Fricker has the story.

Bournemouth, Sak says Union USL team in Bethlehem possible, Mbolhi update, more

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Union lose to Bournemouth. Sakiewicz on why the Union will launch a USL team, says Bethlehem a possible home. HCI announcement today in Lancaster. Altidore dropped. More.

Philadelphia Union 1-4 AFC Bournemouth

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Newly promoted Premier League side AFC Bournemouth dominated the Union tin a 4-1 win at PPL Park.

Wenger, Curtin, and the virtue of patience

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Jim Curtin and Andrew Wenger could be demonstrating how the unique patience allowed in the absence of promotion and relegation may be one of Major League Soccer's greatest virtues. PSP's Dan Walsh explains.

Bournemouth friendly, trialists and transfers, US draw, more news

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Union's annual summer friendly tonight. Curtin on trialists and transfer targets. US draws with Panama to finish Gold Cup group play. More.

Gold Cup recap: USA 1-1 Panama

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The US had to settle for a draw in their final Gold Cup group match, coming from behind to salvage a point against a desperate Panama side.

Player ratings and analysis: Union 3-0 Portland Timbers

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A collection of stellar performances were rightly overshadowed by Andrew Wenger's first goal of the season as the Union made their dominance count against a flaccid opponent.

In pictures: Union 3-0 Portland Timbers

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner shares his look at Saturday's win over Portland.

“Complete performance”: Union tops Timbers, league results, US faces Panama, more

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Recaps and reaction to Union win over Portland. HCI blanks NYRB II. League results. US faces Panama. More news.

Postgame video and quote sheet: Union 3-0 Timbers

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Postgame wrap with Mike and Kevin. Video of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference and postgame comments from Andrew Wenger, Ray Gaddis, Vincent Nogueira, and Cristian Maidana.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 3-0 Portland Timbers

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Andrew Wenger's first goal of the season, followed by a brace from Vincent Noguiera -- and with Cristian Maidana assisting each goal -- saw the Union dispatch Portland in an explosive 13 minute display in Saturday's win.

Gold Cup Recap: USA 1-0 Haiti

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Clint Dempsey's precision in front of goal was again the difference as the United States did just enough to see off an energetic, counterattacking Haitian side.

Union v Timbers quick reference

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The Union have never defeated Portland, scoring only two goal in five games. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

USA faces Haiti in GC, Union prepares for Timbers, victory parade, more

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US face Haiti tonight in second Gold Cup group game. Union readies for Timbers. Women's World Cup victory parade kerfuffle. More news.

Footy on the Telly, July 10-July 16

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio. Union, USA in the Gold Cup, and more.

Eric Ayuk and the tale of Rainbow FC

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Is Eric Ayuk's former club exploiting a loophole in FIFA's ban on third party ownership of Ayuk and other MLS players? PSP's Dan Walsh lays out the story of a fascinating business operating on soccer's frontier.

Fans’ View: An inspiration for the boys

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Scott Pugh on how the US victory at the Women's World Cup is an inspiration for all young players, girls and boys.

Preview: Union vs Portland Timbers

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Portland has won six of seven games, but injuries to Darlington Nagbe and Diego Chara could make them vulnerable on the road if Philly can transition quickly.

USOC scheduling, a trialist, new allocation money, Blazer banned for life, more

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4pm on a Tuesday for US Open Cup kickoff against NYRB. Chilean trialist. Meulensteen's evaluation evaluated. New allocation money for everyone! Blazer banned for life. More.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Curtin on the team's confidence, the return from injury of several key players, trialist Santiago Dittborn, the US Open Cup scheduling boondoggle, and more.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: US wins the Women’s World Cup

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Jami Dansingburg joins Greg and Eli to talk about the the stunning 5-2 US win in the final of the Women's World Cup.

Midseason review: Philadelphia Union

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A roundtable panel of PSP contributors reviews the first half of Philadelphia Union's season.

USMNT opens GC with shaky win, Fernando staying, Union U-16s host NE today in quarterfinals, more

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Dempsey brace in shaky US start at the Gold Cup. Union confirms Aristeguieta will remain for rest of the season. Union U-16s host New England today in Development Academy quarterfinals. More news.

Gold Cup recap: USA 2–1 Honduras

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The US defeated Honduras, 2–1, to open Gold Cup play. Clint Dempsey had two headed goals, but the US defense looked shaky, and the young wing players underperformed. The win is welcome, but the US will need to improve in order to succeed as the tournament progresses.

Gold Cup preview: USA v Honduras

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The World Cup hangover lasted until well into March, but consecutive wins over Mexico, the Netherlands, Germany, and Guatemala has the US primed and ready for the Gold Cup, as the Red, White, and Blue take on Honduras on Tuesday evening.

“Welcome to Earth:” Union defense, wide play, and Fabinho

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Kevin Kinkead looks at the Union's struggles in defense and wide play, and Fabinho's recent strong form.

US opens Gold Cup play tonight, Curtin on Union injury status, WWC final sets new TV record, more

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USMNT begins Gold Cup campaign tonight. Things improving on Union injury front. Women's World Cup final sets new record for soccer broadcast in the US. More

Player of the Week: Carli Lloyd

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The US Women's National Team is officially the best team in the world. Carli Lloyd is the captain and best player. She's also our Player of the Week.

World Champs, Sak says Union looking to launch USL team next year, Gikiewicz rumors, more

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Carli Lloyd hat trick leads US to Women's World Cup title. Nick Sakiewicz says Union plan to launch USL team next year. Transfer rumors. More.

Women’s World Cup Final: USA Wins!

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Carli Lloyd had a first half hat trick as the U.S. ran out 5-2 winners over Japan in the World Cup Final.

Friendly match report: US 4-0 Guatemala

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Tim Chandler, Clint Dempsey, and Chris Wondolowski added second half goals after a Carlos Castrillo own goal put the US ahead in the opening frame as the Americans breezed through their final tuneup before the Gold Cup.

US readies for WWC final, Union stadium name game, USMNT takes on Guatemala, more

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US ready for revenge against Japan. Union courting new stadium name sponsors. USMNT hosts Guatemala in final GOld Cup tune-up game. More news.

Footy on the Telly, July 3-July 9

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio. USMNT friendly, Women's World Cup, Copa America, Gold Cup, and more.

US Open Cup in Pictures: Union 2-1 United

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for another rain drenched game Tuesday night as the Philadelphia Union came from behind to defeat DC United 2-1 in US Open Cup play.

It’s NYRB for Union in next round of USOC, it’s Japan for US in WWC final, new name for PPL Park, more

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Union on the road to NYRB in next round of US Open Cup, date TBD. World Cup final rematch with Japan for US. PPL Park is getting a new name. More news.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Zach Pfeffer on USOC win

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Greg and Eli talk to the Union's Zach Pfeffer after the big win over DC in the US Open Cup. They then talk about the US win over Germany in the WOmen's WOrld Cup semifinals.

Fans’ view: Youth soccer and concussions

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Staci Klemmer on confronting concussions in youth soccer.

US onto WWC final, Union fight back to top DC in USOC, Aristeguieta, new DP rule, more

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US advances to Women's World Cup final. Union advance in US Open with comeback win over DC. Fernando Aristeguieta says he's staying with the Union. More.

Women’s World Cup: USWNT 2-0 Germany

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The US changed formations and defeated top ranked Germany 2-0 to advance to the Women's World Cup Finals.

USOC match report: Philadelphia Union 2-1 DC United

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Despite going a goal and a man down, the Union rallied to an impressive 2-1 victory over DC United, sending them into the quarterfinals of the US Open Cup.

Postgame video: Union 2-1 DC United

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Greg and Eli's postgame wrap. Curtin's presser. Williams and Pfeffer on the win. Aristegueita on his loan being extended to stay with the Union.