The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2016

The Ball’s Gotta Move: Chapter One

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Part one of a serialized fiction story about soccer in Philadelphia from Josh Trott.

Soccer world mourns Chapecoense tragedy, Eastern Conference champ decided tonight, more

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Latest on Chapecoense air crash. Toronto-Montreal tonight for Eastern Conference championship. Cosmos in wait and see mode. Arena wants a playmaker. More.

MLS conference final first legs show how far league has come

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The first legs of the MLS conference championships drew over 50,000 fans per match. PSP's Dan Walsh compares that with what he saw firsthand at soccer matches recently in South America and Europe and finds MLS coming out looking very good in comparison.

Union bits and league news, Cosmos in trouble, plane carrying Brazilian pro team crashes in Colombia, more

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Would Jermaine Jones fit with the Union. MLS roster announcements. Are the Cosmos about to fold? Few survivors as plane carrying Brazilian team Chapecoense to Copa Sudamericana match crashes in Colombia.

Updated SEBA Projections through November 27

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Chris Sherman has updated MLS SEBA Projections.

Union bits, Seattle advances to MLS Cup final, more

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Newsy news bits and such like.

Union bits, roster moves from across the league, more news

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Some news you may have missed while spending time with family and friends on Thanksgiving.

It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia: Xenophobia, Thanksgiving, and watching paint dry

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Kevin and Dave discuss the MLS playoffs and the hiring of Bruce Arena to replace Jurgen Klinsmann as head coach of the USMNT.

USMNT fans have plenty to be thankful for, post-Klinsmann

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U.S. Soccer has made a conservative but pragmatic choice in turning to Bruce Arena as the new USMNT coach. This and a few more things to give thanks for.

Arena named USMNT manager, Montreal and Seattle win Conference final first leg games, more

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Arena named USMNT head coach. Montreal and Seattle win conference final first legs but Toronto and Colorado score vital road goals. More news.

Blake’s award reflects importance to team, not just skill in net

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Like the rest of the Union defense, Andre Blake was far from perfect in 2016. But his play offered confidence to a team that often struggled for consistency over a long MLS season.

The winds of change

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After an historically bad start to the Hex, Jurgen Klinsmann was fired on Monday -- just a day after he was quoted as being "very comfortable" with his job security prospects -- and US Soccer looks poised to ask Bruce Arena to step in and right a listing ship.

Arena widely expected to replace ousted Klinsmann, more news

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After dismissal of Jurgen Klinsmann as head coach and technical director of USMNT, multiple reports name Bruce Arena as his successor. MLS conference finals begin tonight. More news.

Jurgen Klinsmann Out as USMNT Coach

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USMNT coach let go after poor start to World Cup Qualifying campaign.

Fans vote Blake Union’s Player of the Year, Academy teams undefeated over the weekend, more

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Blake wins fan vote for Player of the Year. Academy teams undefeated in last games before USSDA winter break. LLoyd says USWNT should be paid more than USMNT. More news.

The source of USMNT malaise is obvious

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Attendance at USMNT matches is down 23%. The USMNT has lost its first two Hex matches for the first time ever. The malaise surrounding the team is obvious. What do you think?

World Cup Qualification: SEBA-International Projections through November 16

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Chris Sherman has updated World Cup qualification SEBA projections following the latest round of qualifiers.

Footy on the Telly, Nov. 18-24

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

Blake named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, more news

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Blake wins MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. More Union bits. Area teams eliminated from NCAA tournament. Stadium plan for St. Louis MLS expansion bid. US Soccer considering Klinsmann replacements since late in 2015. More news.

Footy on the Telly, Nov. 18-24

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

Pontius named MLS Comeback Player of the Year, Blake named PST’s Goalkeeper of the Year, more

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More end-of-season awards for the Union. Villanova, Delaware, and Rider begin NCAA championship tournament play tonight. More Klinsmann talk.

YSC Academy opens its doors: Three points

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Tim Jones recaps some of the highlights of the YSC Academy open house on Tuesday night.

Blake named Goal.com’s Goalkeeper of the Year, US humiliated in Costa Rica, more

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Blake wins Goalkeeper of the Year and other Union news. Calls for Klinsmann to be fired grow louder after shambolic 4-0 World Cup qualification loss to Costa Rica. More news..

World Cup Qualifying recap: Costa Rica 4–0 USMNT

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Costa Rica embarrassed the US on Tuesday night, beating them by four goals to none, the worst World Cup Qualifying defeat for the US since 1980.

World Cup Qualification: SEBA-International Projections through November 13

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Chris Sherman has updated World Cup qualification projections following the US loss to Mexico in their opening game of the Hexagonal Round.

Mini pitches, area schools in NCAA tourney, US-Costa Rica tonight, more

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Union Foundation targets building 50 mini pitches in and around Philly. Villanova, RIder, and Delaware in NCAA tourney. Klinsmann says US can win in Costa Rica tonight. More news.

Steel permanently acquire Cory Burke

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The Jamaican international joins Bethlehem on a permanent basis after being with the team on loan from Rivoli United in the 2016 season.

World Cup Qualifying preview: Costa Rica v USMNT

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The US should feel upset by the Mexico loss, but not discouraged. The play the US displayed outside of the first half hour was good enough to feel confident of getting something from the game in Costa Rica.

BSFC’s Burke scores winner in Jamaica’s Caribbean Cup win, Richter PK powers Cosmos to title, USA-Mexico fallout, more news.

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Blake captains Jamaica in Caribbean Cup qualifier as Burke scores game winner. Ryan Richter scores championship winning PK for Cosmos. Fallout for US loss to Mexico. More news.

World Cup Qualifying recap: USMNT 1–2 Mexico

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Mexico vanquished their Dos a Cero demons, defeating the USMNT 2–1 in Columbus.

Morris beats KR to ROY, US-Mexico time, & USWNT lays a whupping on Romania

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Morris wins ROY, Alex Morgan, Christen Press and USWNT blast Romania, USMNT preps for showdown with Mexico in Columbus.

Footy on the Telly, Nov. 11-17

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

World Cup Qualifying preview: USMNT v Mexico

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The US faces Mexico on Friday in the first game of Hexagonal Qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Readers poll: Evaluate Philadelphia Union’s season

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Was this season a step in the right direction for the Union, or was it the same old thing, just a different day? PSP wants to know what you think.

Union bits, USA-Mexico and the election, more

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Alberg reflects on adjusting to MLS, looks ahead to 2017, and other Union news. New dimension to USA-Mexico game following Tuesday's presidential election. More.

World Cup Qualification: SEBA-International Projections through November 6

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Chris Sherman has updated World Cup Qualification forecasts ahead of the upcoming international dates.

Union bits, more news

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Pontius on having a healthy season. Fan vote open for Union Player of the Year.

Readers poll: Grading Earnie Stewart’s performance

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Philadelphia Union sporting director Earnie Stewart made a definite impact on the club. Was it a good one? If so, how good? Grade him in this poll, and explain why in our Comments section.

Evaluating and awards talk, more news

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Evaluating Curtin. Awards talk for Blake and Rosenberry. More news.

Bedoya, Blake, Burke get international call ups, Rosenberry wins Fair play award, Ivory Coast Unity Cup champs, more

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Union and BSFC international call ups. Rosenberry wins Fair Play Awards. Strong weekend for Union Academy. Ivory Coast wins inaugural Unity Cup. US WC qualifiers roster announced. More.

Union pick up options on nine players, roster now at 20 players

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Union announce options on nine players have been picked up, bringing the roster to 20 players with 11 players already under contract for 2017.

It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia: Union 2016 wrap up, plus dumpster diving

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Kevin and Dave review the 2016 Union campaign and look ahead to issues facing the team in the offseason.

Union links, Philly Unity Cup final at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, more news

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Sapong on the 2016 season. Carroll on returning in 2017. Liberia-Ivory Coast Unity Cup final. MLS conference semi second legs on Sunday. More news.

Footy on the Telly, Nov. 4-10

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

What do the Union need this off-season?

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PSP's Dan Walsh runs down Philadelphia Union's likely off-season needs.

Notes from the end-of-the-season presser, more news

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Roster moves, votes of confidence, and the benefits of formation consistency were some of the highlights from Wednesday's press conference. More news.

Transcript and video: Earnie Stewart and Jim Curtin press conference

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Transcript of the wide ranging press conference with the Union sporting director and head coach.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Season wrap

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Greg and Mike are joined by Adam to discuss the 2016 Union season before looking ahead to 2017.

Readers poll: What are the Union’s biggest off-season needs?

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Rank Philadelphia Union's top off-season needs in our reader poll, and tell us why you think that way.

Rosenberry, Blake, and Pontius up for year-end awards, more news

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Tri of Union players up for total of four end-of-season awards. Academy's Rayshaun McGann called up by US U-17s along with former Academy GK C.J. Joaquim Dos Santos. More news.

Updated SEBA Projections through October 30

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Chris Sherman with updated SEBA projections.

Blake graduates from Generation adidas, more news

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Blake no longer has Generation adidas status. More Union bits and other news.