The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2015

Match recap: Philadelphia Union 0-1 New England Revolution

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Brilliant work from Charlie Davies and Diego Fagundez settled the match as New England won in PPL Park for the second time in 2015.

Postgame video and quotes: Union 0-1 Revolution

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Postgame wrap with Eli Pearlman-Storch and Matthew De George. Interviews with Ray Gaddis, Tranquillo Barnetta, Andre Blake, Richie Marquez, and Cristian Maidana. Transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference. More.

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.

Readying for Revs, Madison, more news

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Union face New England Revolution on Saturday. Darius Madison out at UVA, moving to UMBC. More news.

Footy on the Telly, August 28-September 3

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Preview: Union vs New England Revolution

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The Revs have been terrible on the road, but they badly need to take three points on Saturday. Philly will look very different if Jim Curtin selects Vincent Nogueira over Michael Lahoud.

Fans’ View: Winner winner chicken dinner

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Staci Klemmer has found some success with Union fan contests.

Philadelphia Catholic League 2015 season preview

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Josh Trott previews the 2015 Catholic League boys soccer season.

No playoffs talk and other notes from Curtin’s presser, more news

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Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Chicago defeats NYRB, now one point behind Union. Copa America Centenario may not be staged in the US. More news.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Curtin talks about Andre Blake's performance against Montreal, the importance of the Carroll-Lahoud partnership, gives an injury update, and says he won't talk about a playoff chase until the team is above the red line.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Andre Blake

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Andre Blake joins Greg and Eli after getting a shutout victory against Montreal in his first start of 2015. The guys then talk about this weekend's opponent, New England Revolution.

Union bits, more news

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Union bits and more news to start your day.

Mbolhi is finally gone

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Finally, he's gone. Now the roster repair work can really begin. PSP explains.

A few Mbolhi details, Union finances, new US Soccer rules for youth game, more

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A few details on Mbolhi's departure. A look at Sugarman's finances. US soccer announces birth-year registration, small-sided field changes. More news.

Player ratings and analysis: Montreal Impact 0-1 Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia Union conceded possession but not goals, and in doing so they broke a five match winless streak.

Mbolhi signs with Antalyaspor, recaps and reaction to Union win in Montreal, more

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Union sources confirm Mbolhi's departure. Reaction to win in Montreal. League results. Newly appointed head of FIFA reform committee says soccer in the US is "just an ethnic sport for girls in schools." More.

Mbolhi signs with Turkish side Antalyaspor

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Following announcements from Turkey, Union sources confirm Rais Mbolhi has signed with Antalyaspor.

Postgame quotes: Impact 0-1 Union

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Postgame comments from Jim Curtin, Andre Blake -- who Curtin says will get the start against New England on Saturday -- and Michael Lahoud.

Recap: Montreal Impact 0–1 Philadelphia Union

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Sebastien Le Toux scored his fourth goal in five league games to give the Union their second road win of the season and spoil the MLS debut of Didier Drogba.

Preview: Union at Montreal Impact

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The Union won't have Maurice Edu, but Vincent Nogueira will be available on Saturday. Figuring out how to fit Nogueira, Barnetta, and Maidana together is key for Jim Curtin in the buildup to the USOC final in September.

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.

All Three Points podcast: Finances, job security, planning for the future

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On the latest of the A3P pod, Chris and Jeremy discuss recent news of the Union's profitability and whether or not winning the Open Cup is requirement for Jim Curtin to keep his job.

USOC final tickets on sale, notes from Curtin’s presser ahead of Montreal, more news

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Tickets for US Open Cup final now on general sale. Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference, including facing Drogba, injury report, and Fabinho getting a green card. More news.

Footy on the Telly, August 21-27

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Transcript: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Curtin discusses facing Montreal and Didier Drogba, gives an injury update, confirms Rais Mbolhi is on trial with Bolton Wanderers, says Andre Blake may get a start, talks about the importance of the new Union-owned USL team, and says Fabinho now has a Green Card.

USL-Bethlehem: The Union’s best move in years

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The Union's decision to launch a USL club in Bethlehem may be the club's best move in years. PSP's Dan Walsh breaks it down, from the player development and logistics to economics and politics -- and the view that Bethlehem is just a cool town.

Fan’s View: They’re so Union

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Last year, it was "WSSM." This year, it's "that's so Union." One Union fan lays out the players who best represent the "so Union" remark, for better and most certainly for worse.

Why soccer in Bethlehem? A native’s view

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A Lehigh Valley native explains why the region is ripe for minor league soccer.

Details on Union’s USL team, SoB board election nominees being accepted, more news

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Details on the Union's new USL team and more morning news.

Union announces USL team

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It's official: the Union will own and operate a USL team that will begin play in 2016 and will call Bethlehem in the Lehigh Valley home.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Richie Marquez

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Second year defender Richie Marquez is this week's guest. After that, Greg and Eli discuss the Union launching a USL team.

Why you should own a copy of Sons of Ben: The Movie

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Sons of Ben: The Movie goes on sale today on DVD. While it's a film about how a small group of committed supporters brought a MLS franchise to Philly, it's also a story about belief and commitment to a community.

Bethlehem announcement today, profits and more Union bits, SoB Movie now on DVD, more news

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Union announcement in Bethlehem today. Did the Union turn a profit in 2014? Sons of Ben movie released on DVD. More news.

Player ratings and analysis: Union 3-3 Chicago Fire

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The Fire, the Union, Mark Geiger... nobody won on Sunday as the teams at the bottom of the Eastern Conference flashed their potential and their flaws in front of a rightly disappointed PPL Park crowd.

Sean Johnson shows what the Union are missing

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The Chicago goalkeeper's amazing stretch of saves stole points Sunday from the Union and demonstrated what Philadelphia is missing, PSP's Dan Walsh writes. Also, notes on the U.S. Open Cup, USL PRO in Bethlehem, and "so Union."

All hail Maidana, the blame for Union’s culture problem, more news

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Maidana named to multiple Team of the Week lists. Smallwood on the blame for the Union's culture of blowing it. More news/

In Pictures: Union 3-3 Fire

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Sunday night as Philadelphia Union had to settle for a 3-3 tie with Chicago Fire.

“Unacceptable”: Recaps and reaction to Chicago draw, Bethlehem, league results, more news

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Recaps as Union blow lead against Chicago. Union to make announcement in Bethlehem on Wednesday. League results. FIFA news.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-3 Chicago Fire

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Sebastien Le Toux put the Union ahead in the 90th minute, but Chicago equalized in the 92nd as the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference battled to a 3-3 tie at PPL Park Saturday night.

Postgame video and quotes: Union 3-3 Fire

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Postgame video and quotes from Sunday night's 3-3 draw.

Preview: Union vs Chicago Fire

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Compared to Wednesday, there is much less on the line for the Union and Fire this weekend. Philly should use the match to find out what kind of depth they have for the season's stretch run.

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.

USOC semifinal in pictures: Union 1-0 Fire

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow's look at Wednesday night'sUS Open Cup semifinal victory.

Chicago again, SoBs featured in FIFA magazine, more news

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Union look to extinguish FIre again. Sons of Ben featured in The FIFA Weekly magazine. More news.

Footy on the Telly, August 14-August 20

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What a long, strange trip it’s been: Union return to U.S. Open Cup Final

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Two Union red cards, two sets of penalties, a false 9, a 4 pm weekday game, and a Fabinho game-winning goal. Kevin Kinkead on what a long, strange trip Philadelphia has taken to this year's US Open Cup final.

“Couldn’t be prouder”: Recaps and reaction to Union’s USOC semifinal win, Drogba, more news

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Recaps from Union's semifinal win. Montreal says Drogba will debut against the Union on Aug. 22. More news.

US Open Cup semifinal postgame: Union 1-0 Fire

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Postgame video wrap with Mike and Kevin. Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference. Locker room interviews with Sebastien Le Toux, Richie Marquez, and Michael Lahoud.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-0 Chicago Fire

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Philadelphia Union were stout in defense and rode a second half strike from Sebastien Le Toux to the 2015 US Open Cup final.

Fans’ View: One little thread

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One Union fan recalls the atmosphere of last year's U.S. Open Cup final as he charges Union fans to recreate it tonight at PPL Park.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Tranquillo Barnetta

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Tranquillo Barnetta joins Greg and Eli to talk about signing with the Union. Then Greg and Eli talk about the US Open Cup semifinal against Chicago.

US Open Cup semi tonight, Green Cards, more news

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Union host Fire tonight in US Open Cup as both teams look to salvage poor seasons. Injury update. Union working to secure Green Cards for Fabinho and Nogueira. More news.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s pre-US Open Cup semifinal press conference

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Jim Curtin talks about the team's injury status heading into Wednesday's US Open Cup semifinal against Chicago, the efforts underway to get Green Cards for Fabinho and Nogueira, what advancing to the Open Cup final would mean, and much more.

5 Union thoughts

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On the Vitoria-Marquez pairing, a finally healthy Mike Lahoud, Cristian Maidana on a wing and failing to touch a sitter, and more about the Union's final third of the season.

“Desperate to win it”: Fire’s Yallop on Union and USOC semi, FIFA names Reform Committee, more news

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FIre head coach Frank Yallop says his team is "desperate" to defeat the Union in Open Cup semifinal. More Union news. FIFA names Reform Committee. More news.

Player ratings and analysis: Orlando City 0-0 Union

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The Union smothered Orlando's offensive duo but struggled to generate their own chances as they settled for a scoreless draw.

In pictures: Union 0-0 Orlando

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner's look at Saturday's scoreless draw in Orlando.

Recaps and reaction to Orlando draw, league results wrap, more news

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Recaps and reaction from the Union 's scoreless draw in Orlando. More news.

Postgame quotes: Orlando 0-0 Union

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Postgame comments from Jim Curtin, Tranquillo Barnetta, Michael Lahoud, and Richie Marquez. Kaka calls the Union's gameplan "perfect."

Recap: Orlando City 0–0 Union

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On a hot and sweaty night in the Citrus Bowl, the Philadelphia Union earned a draw with Orlando City SC. In a vacuum, this would normally be a good result, but considering Philly's place in the table, it can only be considered a disappointment.

Union sign Creavalle, readying for Orlando, Bournemouth partnership, more news

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Union add defensive depth. Off to face Orlando. Union-Bournemouth partnership in the works? Transfer window wrap. More news.

Union acquire defender Warren Creavalle

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Union announce the signing of fullback/defensive midfielder Warren Creavalle in trade with Toronto.

Footy on the Telly: August 7-13

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Preview: Union at Orlando City SC

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Two struggling defenses face off as the Union attempt to contain Kaka while Orlando tries to figure out why its midfield has turned into a sieve.

Fans’ View: Who are we?

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Who are Philadelphia Union striving to be? Scott Pugh wants to know, because he doesn't see any coherent vision for the club he's spending all this money on.

USOC final hosting scenarios, transfer window closes at 5pm ET, presser notes, leaked US crest, more

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How the Union can host the USOC final. Transfer window about to close. Edu dealing with "a little bit of a groin issue." New US soccer crest design leaked. More news.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Curtin on possible changes in the back line, the team's injury status, the challenges posed by Orlando, and the ongoing search for needed quality in the soon to close transfer window.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: John McCarthy

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Union goalkeeper John McCarthy joins Greg and Eli. Then, Kevin Kinkead joins the guys as they breakdown the Union's current string of three losses and discuss the team's rapidly diminishing playoff hopes.

The Keystone Royals and the Wealdstone Raider

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A group of fans flies Philadelphia Union colors in England, and Union fans fly that club's colors here. How the Keystone Royals became the official North American supporters group of Wealdstone FC, a non League club in England.

US Open Cup final host determined today, tick-tock on the transfer window, Lahoud and Marquez back to full training, more

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Draw to determine host of USOC final today at noon. Little time remaining in transfer window. Michael Lahoud and Richie Marquez back to full training. More news.

Evaluation: Tranquillo, Sheanon, and no Corey Ashe

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PSP evaluates Philadelphia Union's signing of Tranquillo Barnetta, the Sheanon Williams trade that brought allocation money for it, and the question of whether the Union should have acquired Corey Ashe instead.

Host of USOC final to be determined on Wednesday, more Union bits, more news

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Host of USOC final to be decided by coin flip on Wednesday. Union bits. Jack McInerney traded to Columbus. More news.

Analysis and player ratings: Union 1-3 Red Bulls

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New York targeted the left channel, and Shaun Wright-Phillips won his mano-y-mano matchup with Ray Gaddis in the second half. Philly heads to Orlando desperately in need of an identity and a win.

“A hard one”: Recaps and reaction to Union’s loss to NYRB, league results, more news

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Union now in last place. Harrisburg falls to Richmond on the road. League results. More news.

In Pictures: Union 1-3 Red Bulls

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz's look at Saturday's loss to New York Red Bulls.

Postgame video and quote sheet: Union 1-3 Red Bulls

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Mike and Eli's postgame wrap. Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference. Interviews with Fernando Aristegueita and Andre Blake. Quote sheet.

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

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Philadelphia Union fell behind, equalized, but ultimately fell short as the Red Bulls triumphed 3-1 at PPL Park.