The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2015

USOC final preview: Philadelphia Union vs Sporting Kansas City

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Philly needs the US Open Cup to push them to the next phase of a long rebuilding process. Kansas City needs it to jumpstart them out of another late season lull. PPL Park was electric in the 2014 final, and it will be again tonight.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Jim Curtin on the US Open Cup final

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Union head coach Jim Curtin joins Greg and Eli to talk about tonight's US Open Cup final.

US Open Cup Final tonight, report says Union to name sporting director, more news

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News and previews ahead of tonight's Open Cup final. Report says Union to name Octavio Zambrano as sporting director. More.

Who is Octavio Zambrano?

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Zambrano will reportedly be named the club's new sporting director. PSP's Dan Walsh explores his background, from his successful MLS tenure to the potentially disturbing similarities he may have to Peter Nowak.

US Open Cup final roundtable

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PSP's Adam Cann, Mike Servedio and Eli Pearlman-Storch break down the US Open Cup final, focusing on the areas of the match in which Philadelphia Union must excel to win their first trophy.

Strategic analysis of Sporting Kansas City: A story of subtle change

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Sporting Kansas City's tactical shape is the same, but Peter Vermes' approach has evolved as his squad has changed. The team facing off against Philadelphia on Wednesday night will have a different strategy than the one that hoisted the US Open Cup in 2012.

Philly and the US Open Cup Final

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As the Union prepare to host their second US Open Cup final, a look at Philadelphia-area teams in the final throughout the history of the country's oldest national soccer tournament, which has had local winners ten times since 1914.

Andre Blake must start the U.S. Open Cup final

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Jim Curtin has an important decision to make. Andre Blake's fantastic play has made it a whole lot easier. PSP's Dan Walsh lays out the case.

SEPA Soccer Hall of Fame launches sixth annual “Coats for Chester” drive

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The Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame's Coats for Chester drive begins its sixth year on Oct. 1

Big decisions as Union ready for Open Cup final, TOW honors for Blake and White, more news

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Curtin says he's confident either Blake or McCarthy can help get a win in Wednesday's final. More Open Cup final and team news. FIFA hands Jack Warner a lifetime ban. More news.

Player ratings & (brief) analysis: Revolution 1-1 Union

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The Union sat back and absorbed New England's pressure. They earned a point through Andre Blake's heroism and Fernando Aristeguieta's fine finish, but they will need to transition with much more success to trouble Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday.

You play to win the game: Why the Open Cup Trophy constitutes a successful season

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Kevin Kinkead on why an Open Cup win would make for a successful season, even with missing the playoffs.

Blaketacular: Recaps and reaction from Union draw with NE, league results, latest FIFA scandal news

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Reaction to Andre Blake's outstanding goalkeeping effort in Saturday's draw. League results wrap. Latest FIFA scandal news after opening of Swiss investigation into Sepp Blatter. More.

The Union and the US Open Cup

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The Union play Kansas City in the 2015 US Open Cup final on Wednesday. Here's a look back at the Union's past US Open Cup campaigns.

Postgame quotes: Revolution 1-1 Union

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Postgame comments from Jim Curtin, Fernando Artisteguieta, and Andre Blake.

Match report: New England Revolution 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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Fernando Aristeguieta and Andre Blake were the heroes as the Union earned a road point against New England Saturday night.

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.

Who will Union play against NE? FIFA confirms dates for 2022 World Cup in Qatar, more news

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With Open Cup final looming, who will start against New England? WIll Open Cup final be broadcast on ESPN2? FIFA confirms 2022 World Cup will run November 21 through December 18. More.

Footy on the Telly, Sept. 25-Oct. 1

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

Preview: Union at New England Revolution

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Philly will be peeking ahead to the USOC final, but New England needs points to secure the best playoff spot in a tight race. It all adds up to a one-sided contest, but the Union can use this match to improve their defensive shape against a team that moves well in the final third.

A must read from Lahoud, Temple makes it six wins in a row, more news

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The Union's Mike Lahoud writes a must read article. Temple tops La Salle for their sixth win in a row. More news.

Fans’ View: Lifeblood of youth soccer

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Staci Klemmer on the legions of volunteers who make youth soccer work.

Latest player salary numbers, Temple ranked No. 17, more

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News. News. News. GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! News.

In Pictures: Union 2-0 Dynamo

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow's look at the Union's 2-0 win over Houston Dynamo.

More than a trophy at stake in U.S. Open Cup final

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With fan support fading even as Philadelphia Union right the course on the playing field, next week's U.S. Open Cup final is more important than ever. PSP's Dan Walsh explains.

Player ratings & analysis: Union 2-0 Houston Dynamo

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A poor showing from Houston gave Union fans a glimpse of the potential a fully loaded midfield offers. The return of Mo Edu led to unnecessary questions about his best position.

Barnetta with ToW honors, Union Academy USYT callups, 2016 USOC local qualifiers dates, more

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Got news if you want some.

Postgame video and quotes: Union 2-0 Dynamo

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Post game video wrap with Mike and Eli. Vidoe and transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame presser. Interviews with Richie Marquez and Michael Lahoud. More.

“Something to build on”: Union top Houston, league results, Olympic qualifying roster released, more

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Union get first home win in league play since July. Harrisburg fails to reach USL playoffs for first time since 2010. League results wrap. US Olympic qualifiers roster announced. More.

2015 River Cup in Pictures: Union Front Office 3-1 Sons of Ben

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Saturday as the Philadelphia Union's Front Office defeated the Sons of Ben 3-1 in a hard fought battle for the River Cup.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 2-0 Houston Dynamo

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Tranquillo Barnetta and C.J. Sapong were both on target as the Union easily defeated Sheanon Williams and a lackluster Dynamo side.

Union v Dynamo quick reference

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

Houston calling, FIFPro challenging FIFA transfer system, FIFA general secretary suspended

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Houston on Sunday. River Cup on Saturday. FIFPro challenging global transfer system. FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke after World Cup ticket resell allegations. More.

Footy on the Telly, Sept. 18-24

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Preview: Union vs Houston Dynamo

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In the kind of game they need to learn how to win if they want to turn into a consistent playoff contender, the Union has a real chance to steal points at home against a Houston side struggling with injuries and suspensions.

Fans’ View: U-turning toward ambition?

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One Philadelphia Union fan finds reason to be optimistic about the club. He believes that they are in fact ambitious enough. Here's why.

Edu back in training and other presser notes, Bedoya, SoB elections on hold, more news

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Notes from Curtin's press conference. SI reports Union still in running to land Alejandro Bedoya. SoB election on hold due to lack of candidates. Looks like US won't host Copa Centenario. More.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Curtin talks about Maurice Edu's return to full training and the plan to get him minutes before the Open Cup final, balancing preparations for the final with league games, drones, and more.

Union bits, trademarks, Temple No. 23, CONCACAF CL changes, Hall of Fame news, more

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Newsy news bits.

The right way to play the game

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Columbus Crew demonstrates what it is to have an attractive, definable style of play. Can Philadelphia Union find a positive, effective style of their own? PSP's Dan Walsh takes a look.

Union bits, USL prez hopes for D2 status in 2017, more FIFA corruption charges coming

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Union news bits. USL president says Division II application will be submitted by year's end, hopes for new status for 2017. Loretta Lynch says more FIFA corruption charges coming. More news.

Player ratings & analysis: Union 1-2 Columbus Crew

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When a talented team executes their gameplan perfectly, there is not much an opponent can do. The Crew are a talented team, and the Union could not recover after being pinned back the entire first half.

In pictures: Union 1-2 Columbus Crew

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Earl Gardner's look at Philadelphia Union's 2-1 loss to Columbus Crew.

“A step late every time”: Recaps and reaction to Crew loss, league results, more

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Union drop an opportunity. Again. League results. Copa Centenario update. More FIFA corruption news.

Philadelphia Catholic League Week One: Big schools rep well

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Josh Trott rounds up the Catholic League results.

Postgame video and quotes: Union 1-2 Crew

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Mike and Eli's postgame wrap. Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference. Locker room interviews with Brian Carroll, Richie Marquez, and John McCarthy.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-2 Columbus Crew

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Kei Kamara scored twice in the first half as the Union fell 2-1 to Columbus Crew at PPL Park Saturday evening.

Public League: Hat-Tricks and Braces

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Josh Trott rounds up the opening of Public League boys' soccer play.

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.

All Three Points podcast: Spitting, priorities, and optimism?

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In this edition of the pod, Chris and Jeremy discuss the games against Montreal, New England, and San Jose, then discuss spitting, whether the Union should prioritize the Open Cup, and if there's reason for optimism heading into next season. They may even stray into fourth point territory...

Crew’s up and other Union bits, USSF answers senator’s compensation questions, more

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Can the Union build on last weekend's win over SJ with another over the Crew? US Soccer responds to training compensation questions. More news.

Footy in the Telly, Sept. 11-17

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

U.S. Open Cup Final: The Mystery of Chessboxin’

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It's time to start thinking about the tactical approach to the US Open Cup final. Kevin Kinkead gets the conversation started.

Preview: Union vs Columbus Crew

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Philly needs all three points against a Columbus side that welcomes Kei Kamara back into the fold.

Pro/rel and the “Fricker Plan”: Killed or never was?

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Was a plan to introduce promotion/relegation in US professional soccer before the 1994 World Cup killed? Steve Holroyd looks at the evidence.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, Garber says no pro/rel, more news

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Notes from Curtin's presser. Garber says no pro/rel in MLS anytime soon, believes league on track to join the world's best.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Curtin discusses how the team may benefit from sitting back at home and look to counterattack, the improved defensive play, the plans for Maurice Edu's return, and much more.

Player ratings & analysis: Earthquakes 1-2 Union

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Conor Casey saved the day when it looked like a dire match was going to be decided by a wild handball.

Cast your vote, US schooled by Brazil, more news

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Cast your vote for the name of the Union's USL team. US destroyed by Brazil in last warmup game before playoff against Mexico. More news.

International Friendly recap: USMNT 1–4 Brazil

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Brazil destroyed the US on Tuesday night, and they weren't even at their best. Klinsmann has some serious work to do between now and October.

Conor Casey rages against the dying of the light

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The tide of age stops for no one. But Conor Casey will not go gentle into that good night. PSP's Dan Walsh offers this appreciation.

Preview: USMNT v Brazil

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Friday's victory over Peru did little to inspire confidence that the US Men are ready to face a foe of the caliber of Brazil. Michael Bradley returns for this game, and his relentless driving energy, allied with Jozy Altidore's finishing (he scored two versus Peru, his first since March 25), might be enough to get the US on the board.

Union know the way in San Jose, fan vote opens today, USA v Brazil, more

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Recaps and reaction from Union win in San Jose. USL Lehigh Valley team name fan vote opens today. US readies to face Brazil tonight after defeating Peru. More news.

Postgame quotes: Earthquakes 1-2 Union

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Postgame remarks from Jim Curtin, Tranquillo Barnetta, and Conor Casey after Saturday's comeback win in San Jose.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 2 – San Jose Earthquakes 1

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Conor Casey proved to be the difference in San Jose, coming off the bench to bag a brace and bring the Union a 2-1 win at Avaya Stadium.

International Friendly recap: USMNT 2–1 Peru

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The US defeated Peru, 2–1, on Friday night, coming from behind on two Jozy Altidore goals. While the overall performance was underwhelming, the US will look to build on it when they face Brazil next week.

Union v San Jose quick reference

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Video highlights, stats and more from the Union's past matches with San Jose. Because you can't remember everything.

San Jose away, floating, USA-Peru, US youth clubs file compensation complaint, more news

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What will be the Union way in San Jose? USMNT faces Peru. US youth clubs file formal complaint over training compensation payments with FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber. More news.

Footy on the Telly, Sept. 4-10

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Preview: Union at San Jose Earthquakes

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San Jose went undefeated in August despite not playing particularly well. They will be missing a slew of key players Saturday, including important holding midfielder Anibal Godoy.

International Friendly preview: USMNT v Peru

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The US takes on Peru in the first of two friendlies this Friday at 7:00 PM EDT. But here's the thing: It's not about Peru.

Another soccer war?

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Steve Holroyd on on what happened the last time two professional soccer leagues were rivals for Division I status in 1967.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, more news

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Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference and more news.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Jim Curtin discusses the Maidana spitting incident and how the team could adjust if there are additional suspension, who will start in goal against San Jose, says the team is looking at a couple of players to fill open international spot, and more.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: JP Dellacamera

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Greg is joined by Union play-by-play announcer JP Dellacamera, who talks about the team's fading playoff hopes, as well as calling the Women's World Cup. Kevin Kinkead then joins Greg to talk about the suspension Cristian Maidana is likely to receive following the spitting incident.

Fans’ View: Snakes and Shields

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Kids can hear and see some unsettling things at a game. Scott Pugh has some advice to help parents help their children handle such difficult moments.

Union bits and more news

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Newsy news bits and more news.

How Italian soccer’s problems highlight U.S. and Philly pro soccer’s upside

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PSP's Dan Walsh explains how the problems in Italian soccer and elsewhere illustrate the bright future for pro soccer in the U.S. -- Philadelphia included.

Union top HCI in friendly, Blake called up by Jamaica, more

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Union bits and more morning news.

Philadelphia Public League Preview

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Josh Trott previews the 2015 Philadelphia League boys' soccer season.