The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2016

Ken Tribbett’s errors obscure larger facts in Union playoff loss

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Ken Tribbett will have nightmares for years about Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore, but there was more to the Union's playoff loss than that, PSP's Dan Walsh writes. Also, a note on the retiring Conor Casey.

Player ratings & analysis: Philadelphia Union 1-3 Toronto FC

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Ken Tribbett's nightmarish performance and an offense that failed to click are the primary culprits in the Union's 3-1 loss in the playoffs.

Fallout from Union’s season end, conference semis set, more news

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Measuring the Union season and what comes next. Conference semifinal field set. More news.

“Moving on to next year”: Union fall to TFC, more news

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It's onward to 2017 after Union are eliminated from the playoffs by TFC. More news.

Match report: Toronto FC 3-1 Philadelphia Union

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Sebastian Giovinco, Jonathan Osorio, and Jozy Altidore were all on target as Toronto FC dispatched the Union in the first round of the MLS Playoffs.

Playoff preview: Toronto FC v Philadelphia Union

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The Union head to Toronto with their season on the line in a one-game knockout playoff game. Can they stop Sebastian Giovinco and pull off the upset?

Making the playoffs is an achievement. Enjoy it.

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Worry about the offseason when we get there, says Peter Andrews. The Union aren't dead yet.

Updated SEBA Projections through October 23

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Being on the road is rough.. SEBA projections have the Union with a 33.7 percent chance of defeating Toronto.

Fans’ View: Fading into Blue

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Let's put all of that negativity behind us.

“This is the show now”: Union-TFC playoff previews, more news

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Knockout game in Toronto tonight. Barnetta and Bedoya up for Goal of the Year. USL gains two NASL teams. More news.

Union playoff appearance more formality than achievement

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When Roland Alberg was caught on camera apparently telling Tranquillo Barnetta to "f*ck off" during Sunday's loss to NYRB, it seemed to sum up the Union's late season collapse into the playoffs, PSP's Dan Walsh writes. But that wasn't the only thing.

Player Ratings and Analysis: Philadelphia Union 0-2 New York Red Bulls

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Quick player ratings from Sunday's loss.

I just got married, here are some news bits

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News bits.

In pictures: Union 0-2 NY Red Bulls

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Earl Gardner's look at Sunday's loss to NYRB.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 0-2 New York Red Bulls

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The Union clinched the final Eastern Conference playoff berth despite a 2-0 loss to the Red Bulls.

Union vs Red Bulls quick reference

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Get up to date on the Union's history against New York Red Bulls. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

To rest or not to rest players and other Union news, more

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The Union close out the regular season at home against NYRB but will they rest regular starters? More news.

Footy on the Telly, Oct. 21-27

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Preview: Union vs New York Red Bulls

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The Union are in the playoffs barring an epic collapse on Sunday. PSP reviews a few key concepts that New Jersey uses to win as the rivals face off yet again.

Fans’ View: Channeling my inner Hinkie

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With the heightened expectations at midseason now tempered, what comes next for fans?

It’s Always Soccer In Philadelphia: In my opinion, that sucked

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Kevin and Dave discuss Philadelphia Union's loss to Orlando City before previewing the regular season finale against New York Red Bulls and looking ahead to next week's wild card playoff game.

Notes from Curtin’s presser and other Union news, BSFC open tryout, more news

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Curtin on finding a spark, injuries and resting players. Other Union news. Bethlehem Steel announces open tryout. Mini pitch opens in North Philly. More news.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Curtin discusses the need to "find someone in the group to spark the group" to gather momentum going into the playoffs, says the CJ Sapong has a concussion, and more.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Moving toward the regular season finale

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Greg and Mike review the loss to Orlando before turning to the regular season finale this Sunday against NYRB.

Union news and notes, more

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Newsie news bits.

Player ratings & analysis: Union 0-2 Orlando City SC

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What initially looked like a horrific performance turns out to be a series of bad decisions. The Union were the better team, but they let themselves down with by abdicating control of the match.

The Union’s collapse is not a regression to the mean

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The Union should be a good team right now. Instead, they're collapsing toward the playoffs so poorly that they don't deserve the off-season, and the coaching staff deserves some of the blame, writes PSP's Dan Walsh.

In Pictures: Union 0-2 Orlando City

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Sunday afternoon as the Philadelphia Union fell 2-0 in a lackluster game to Orlando City SC.

Updated SEBA Projections through October 16

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Chris Sherman has updated SEBA projections for the Union.

Something to play for, dreary assessments, more news

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Union still have more to play for. Dreary assessments of Sunday's loss. More news.

Postgame quotes: Union 0-2 Orlando

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Postgame quotes from Jim Curtin, Tranquillo Barnetta, and Keegan Rosenberry.

Thanks, Chicago! More news.

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Union disappoint in loss to Orlando even if all but assured of playoff spot. Union Academy results. League wrap. More news.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 0-2 Orlando City SC

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The Union turned in one of their worst home performances of the season, losing 2-0 to Orlando with a chance to clinch a playoff spot on the line.

Transcript and audio: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Curtin has injury status updates for Bedoya, Ilsinho, and Yaro, discusses the challenges presented by Orlando, talks about Davies having a role down the stretch, and more.

Union v Orlando quick reference

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Highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, match stats, and more.

Big game on Sunday, Sugarman on new training complex and Bedoya deal, more news

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Union host Orlando on Sunday. Jay Sugarman on the Union's new training complex and acquiring Alejandro Bedoya. More news.

Footy on the Telly, Oct. 14-20

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Preview: Union vs Orlando City SC

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A win on Sunday would be huge for the Union. To do it, they need to shore up the set piece defense and control the match from start to finish. Easy, right?

The Bethlehem theory of interchangeable parts

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Continuing PSP's review of Bethlehem's season, Tim Jones looks at the Bethlehem-Philadelphia template of interchangeable parts to gauge whether it's working.

Impactful rookies and other Union bits, more news

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Got news if you want it.

Fans’ View: Crunch time

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The Union could be well poised to make a deep run in the playoffs. They just have to get there.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Brian Carroll

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Brian Carroll joins Greg and Mike ahead of Sunday's big home game against Orlando.

Bethlehem Steel FC’s identity crisis

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PSP's Dylan Gerstley recaps the overarching themes of Bethlehem Steel's inaugural season and sees a team with a bit of an identity crisis.

Union injury update, Bedoya on USWNT pay dispute, US draws with NZ, more

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Union injured returning to training. Bedoya on the USWNT's pay dispute. Bethlehem's Cory Burke scores first goal for Jamaica. US draws 1-1 with New Zealand. More.

International friendly recap: USMNT 1–1 New Zealand

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New Zealand proved a tougher opponent than expected, earning a well deserved 1–1 draw with the US on Tuesday night.

Brendan Burke on Bethlehem Steel lessons learned

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Bethlehem went from being a mid-table team getting hot in July to a 12-game season-ending winless streak. Head coach Brendan Burke talked to PSP to reflect on the season, the lessons learned from it, and how that could impact Bethlehem going forward.

Updated SEBA Projections through October 9

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The latest SEBA projections have the probability the Union will reach the playoffs at 96.3%.

“A sense of urgency”: Union news, USA-New Zealand, more

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Curtin acknowledges team feels "a sense of urgency" ahead of final two games of the season. U-17s wrap up regional Generation adidas Cup qualifiers. US hosts New Zealand tonight. More.

All Three Points podcast: And so we come to the end…

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So, the Union got about what we expected from their road-trip-from-Hell, and it doesn't feel like quite enough. The playoffs still look likely, but is this team a disappointment, given their play earlier in the year?

Union bits, Union U-17s finish regional qualifiers today, more news

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Newsy news bits.

International friendly preview: USMNT v New Zealand

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Following a hard fought but somewhat ugly 2–0 win over the Cuba, the US takes on New Zealand in the final tune-up before the Hexagonal begins in November.

International friendly: USMNT 2-0 Cuba

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Substitute Chris Wondolowski scored one and set up Julian Green for a second as the US Men's National Team struggled to assert itself against a lively Cuban side on a terrible pitch in Havana.

Blake wins Save of the Week, Union hosting GA Cup qualifiers this weekend, USA-Cuba, more

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Andre Blake wins the vote for Save of the week and other Union news. Generation adidas Cup qualifiers kick off today at Power Training Complex. USA-Cuba friendly. More news.

Footy on the Telly, Oct. 7-13

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The Front Row: The dark ages

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Steve discusses the era between the NASL and MLS, and the grassroots movement that grew in the D1 void.

It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia: Successful seasons, playoff guarantees, and the New York Mets (???)

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Kevin and Dave talk about the loss to NYRB and then Kevin makes a guarantee to assuage the concerns of Union fans. The guys also discuss the futures of Jim Curtin and Andre Blake.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Steve Holroyd

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Greg and Mike discuss the NYRB loss and then are joined by Steve Holroyd, who discusses some of the challenges facing the NASL and other business of soccer matters.

International friendly preview: Cuba v USMNT

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In the first of two international friendlies before next month's Hexagonal begins, the US takes an historic trip to Cuba—it's first in nearly 70 years.

Union news and notes, more

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Highlights of Jim Curtin's comments to reporters on Wednesday and other Union news. This weekend's Union U-17's Generation adidas Cup East Regional qualifiers schedule. More.

Seventh annual Coats for Chester program now underway

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The Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame's "Coats for Chester" program has the goal of collecting 2,500 coats in its seventh year.

Fans’ View: Another trip to Europe

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Staci Klemmer on seeing games in Europe.

Union’s training facility gets a name, more news

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Union training facility now the Power Training Complex. More morning news.

Union fight to stay above red line

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Two home games. Philadelphia Union need to win. PSP's Dan Walsh looks at the playoff chances of the Union and their top competitors.

Updated SEBA Projections through October 2

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Chris Sherman has updated SEBA projections for the Union following the loss at New York Red Bulls.

Bedoya withdraws from USMNT camp, perspective, more news

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Bedoya withdraws from USMNT roster ahead of Cuba friendly. Power rankings and perspective. More news.

Player ratings & analysis: NYRB 3-2 Union

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The Union didn't dominate the opening 15 minutes, NY just had the wrong approach. Philly was in control for a bit after going ahead, but Josh Yaro's injury gave the home side a chance to regroup and dominate.

Union fall short again, international call ups, league results, more

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Union drop to sixth in the East after NYRB loss. International call ups for Bedoya, Creavalle, Trusty, and Jones. League results. More.

Postgame quotes: Red Bulls 3-2 Union

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Postgame quotes from Jim Curtin, Chris Pontius, Alejandro Bedoya, Fabian Herbers, and more.

Match report: New York Red Bulls 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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Despite goals by Fabian Herbers and Chris Pontius, Philadelphia Union came up short in a wild affair in Harrison, losing 3-2 to the New York Red Bulls.