The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2016

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Curtin discusses Saturday's upcoming game in Chicago, the injury status of Barnetta and Nogueira, Bethlehem Steel, Christian Pulisic's Union connections, and more.

PSP talks to Warren Creavalle

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PSP talks to Warren Creavalle about his role in midfield and how the team is preparing for Chicago Fire.

It’s time to fire Jurgen Klinsmann

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Last night's 4-0 drubbing of Guatemala doesn't change the fact that it's time for Jurgen Klinsmann to be fired. PSP's Dan Walsh makes the case.

US thumps Guatemala but U-23s fail to qualify for Olympics, more news

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USMNT tops Guatemala 4-0 in World Cup qualifier. US U-23s fail to qualify for Olympics - again. Ryan Richter named to USL Team of the Week. More.

Recap: USMNT 4–0 Guatemala

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The US tossed Guatemala aside and won, 4–0. The US was dominant, it looked easy. Which inevitably leads one to ask, Why was it so hard on Friday?

Recap: US U-23 MNT 1–2 Colombia (2–3 on aggregate)

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The US finished with nine men and lost an ugly game 2–1 against Colombia, missing out on a second consecutive Olympic tournament.

PSP talks to AmericanSoccerAnalysis about the numbers behind the Union’s hot start

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PSP spoke with Harrison Crow of AmericanSoccerAnalysis about the numbers behind Philly's hot start to the season and the steady development of statistical analyses in Major League Soccer.

World Cup Qualifying preview: USMNT v Guatemala

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While the outlook is a touch overcast just now, if results go the right way tonight, the US senior team could have made a huge stride toward reaching the next stage of World Cup Qualifying, and the U-23s could be in the Olympics.

All Three Points podcast: A good start

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The All Three Points duo doesn't know about you, but they're feeling pretty good. Like six points from nine to start the season good. That said, it's still early—should we pump the brakes?

Must win x 2 for US, Blake up for Player of the Month, more Union and Bethlehem bits

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US in must-win games tonight against Guatemala in a World Cup qualifier, Colombia in an Olympic qualifier. More news.

Bethlehem wins first league game, US humbled in Guatemala, more

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Union's Blake in goal for Jamaica's 1-1 tie with Costa Rica. Bethlehem top Montreal their first-ever USL game. US falls to Guatemala in World Cup qualifier, now third in group. US U-23s draw with Colombia in Olympic qualifying playoff. More.

Olympic qualifying playoff first leg: Colombia U-23s 1-1 USA U-23s

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The US scored early and after conceding a penalty kick held on for the 1-1 draw.

Match Recap: USMNT 0 – 2 Guatemala

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Guatemala profited from two early defensive mistakes from the Americans to grab a 2-0 lead that they would never relinquish.

Union bits, Bethlehem’s first league game tonight, big night for US, more

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No Union game this weekend but there's plenty more soccer on tap.

Footy on the Telly, March 25-March 31

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Bethlehem signs Fred as player/coach, parts ways with Lee

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Fred joins Bethlehem as a player/coach and mutually agrees to part ways with Raymond Lee.

PSP talks to Philadelphia Union defender Ken Tribbett

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PSP talks to Ken Tribbett about his path to MLS, his transition to defense, and bouncing back from the season opener.

World Cup Qualifying Preview: Guatemala v USMNT

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The US has a strong record against Guatemala, even during World Cup qualifying, having not lost since 1988 across 21 games. That said, Guatemala City is almost a mile above sea level, making it a tough place to play. A point is a fine result on its own, but the US really needs three.

PSP talks to SoB president Ami Rivera

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PSP talks to the Sons of Ben president about the recent changes at the Union and more.

Olympic Qualifying Preview: Colombia v US U-23 MNT

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Just like their senior team counterparts, the U-23 Men's National Team faces a home-and-home series in the coming days. And while none would argue the senior side's games unimportant, for the U-23s the games could not be more vital.

“It’s the very beginning of something”: Notes from Curtin’s presser, Cruyff, more news

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Curtin's message. Rosenberry's path. Okugo trialing with Red Bulls. Johan Cruyff passes. More.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly Union press conference

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Curtin discusses the win over New England, penalty kicks, how to keep momentum going on a bye week, and much more.

You don’t need a DP striker when you have C.J. Sapong

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All that talk about Philadelphia Union's need to sign a big money striker means nothing if Sapong continues playing like this, PSP's Dan Walsh writes.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: CJ Sapong

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CJ Sapong joins Greg and Kevin. Then the guys talk about the Union's midfield depth.

Union bits, Bethlehem bits, Academy bits, Pulisic, more bits

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Lots of news bits.

Fans’ View: Unexpected happiness

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Staci Klemmer on the unexpected happiness she's feeling after the Union's home opener.

Player ratings & analysis: Union 3-0 New England Revolution

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The Union were very good defensively in their second win of the season, but there is plenty of work still to be done.

Player of the Week: CJ Sapong

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Sapong demonstrated on Sunday Jim Curtin's belief in him is well placed.

In pictures: A day in the River End

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PSP photographer shares his look at Sunday's home opening win, starting with the Sons of Ben tailgate, the march into the stadium, and in the River End.

In Pictures: Union 3-0 Revolution

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for the Union's 3-0 home opening win over New England.

Sapong, Fabinho, and Rosenberry Best XI honors, power rankings climb, more

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Sapong, Fabinho, and Rosenberry on Best XIs for Week 3. Union power rankings climb. More from Sunday's win. More news.

What a day: Recaps and reaction from Union’s big home opening win, more news

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Union, Bethlehem Steel, and Academy news. USMNT rosters for Olympic qualification playoffs and World Cup qualifiers named. More.

Postgame video and transcript: Union 3-0 Revolution

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Video of MIke and Greg's postgame wrap. Postgame comments from Jim Curtin, CJ Sapong, Andre Blake, Chris Pontius, Roland Alberg, and more.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-0 New England Revolution

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Philadelphia Union opened their 2016 home season with an emphatic 3-0 win over a 10-man New England side despite missing two penalty kicks. CJ Sapong had a brace and Sebastien Le Toux finished off the scoring.

In Pictures: 2016 Meet the Team event

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Wednesday evening at Dave & Buster's for Philadelphia Union's 2016 Meet the Team event.

2016 Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame class announced

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Banquet on May 14 to honor 69th annual class inductees and award winners.

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.

Snow talk, more Union news, new Bethlehem and USNT kits, more

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Snow forecast for Sunday's Union home opener. New Bethlehem home and away kits unveiled. More news.

Footy on the Telly, March 18-24

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Bethlehem Steel FC unveils inaugural home and away kits, jersey sponsor

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Inaugural kits will be available for purchase online at at all Bethlehem Steel and Philadelphia Union home games.

Preview: Union vs New England Revolution

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Both Philly and New England have yet to establish an identity this season. The Union will look to build on last week's win as they aim for the first of (at least) ten home victories in 2016.

11 soccer heresies from afar

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PSP's Dan Walsh tosses out 11 soccer thoughts that might seem like heresy to soccer fans in Philadelphia and elsewhere.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, Kenney proposes Philly International Cup, No. 22, more

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Curtin press conference highlights. Mayor Kenney has proposed a "Philadelphia International Cup" to "feature teams representing the cultures and countries of Philadelphia's immigrant communities." Philly ranked No. 22 soccer market in US. More.

Transcript: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Curtin discusses the status of Vincent Nogueira, Tranquillo Barnetta, and Roland Alberg, the importance of winning the home opener, the new training facility, and much more.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Chris Pontius

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Chris Pontius joins Greg and Kevin after his two-goal game against Columbus. Then Dave Zeitlin joins the discussion.

Blake called up by Jamaica for World Cup qualifiers

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Blake will not miss any Union games while away on international duty, March 21-30.

Fortress Tallen Energy Stadium, Steelmen top City Islanders, FIFA wants restitution

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Curtin targeting minimum of ten homes wins. Late strike sees Bethlehem top Harrisburg in preseason play. FIFA requests corruption restitution. More news.

Player of the Week: Chris Pontius

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Pontius scored his first brace since 2012 to give the Union their first win of 2016, and first-ever win in Columbus.

Team and Player of the Week honors, Union Academy call ups, more news

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Union named Team of the Week at Goal.com. Blake, Fabinho, and Pontius get multiple Best XI honors. Trusty and Elney called up for US U-20 MNT. More news.

Analysis & player ratings: Columbus Crew 1-2 Philadelphia Union

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The Union's defensive organization gave them a chance to win on Saturday, and Chris Pontius did the rest.

Big win over the Crew, Academy teams sweep, more news

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Recaps and reaction from the UNion's first-ever win in Columbus. Union Academy teams sweep Continental FC Delco. League results and more news.

Match Report: Columbus Crew SC 1-2 Philadelphia Union

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The Union spoiled the homecoming party for Columbus Crew SC, pulling out a 2-1 win behind a brace from offseason acquisition Chris Pontius and more heroics from ascendant goalkeeper Andre Blake.

Postgame quotes: Crew 1-2 Union

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Jim Curtin, Andre Blake, and Chris Pontius on the Union's first-ever win in Columbus.

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.

Crew up, Academy derby, more news

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Union face Columbus on the road on Saturday. Academy derby. More news.

Footy on the Telly, March 11-17

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PSP talks to Columbus holding midfielder Wil Trapp

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Adam Cann talks to Columbus holding midfielder Wil Trapp ahead of Saturday's game against the Union.

Preview: Union at Columbus Crew

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Philadelphia Union need to rebound against a talented Columbus side. Philly may not get a win, but they need to show more fight than they did last week.

More on Edu’s injury, Barnetta update and other Union bits, Morgan stunner as US top Germany, more

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More from Curtin's weekly press conference. USWNT tops Germany to sweep SheBelieves Cup. More news.

Transcript: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Curtin discusses the status of Edu and Barnetta, and how the team will learn from its mistakes in the loss against Dallas as it prepares to face Columbus.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Peter Pappas

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Greg, Eli, and Kevin are joined by Peter Pappas to discuss the Union's season opening loss to Dallas.

Edu out for at least 3 months

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Jim Curtin says Maurice Edu will be out a minimum of three months with a leg fracture.

Bethlehem Steel coach Brendan Burke talks with PSP

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Bethlehem Steel FC head coach Brendan Burke talked with PSP about his club, how loans will work with Philadelphia Union, what players will likely come on loan, who the early training camp standouts are, and the strange case of signing a player drafted by another MLS club.

Praise for Blake and other Union bits, BSFC-Lehigh U friendly, more

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Newsy news bits and such like.

11 thoughts to start the season

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Eleven thoughts to start the MLS season, courtesy of PSP's Dan Walsh, along with a review of last week's readers poll.

Player ratings & analysis: FC Dallas 2-0 Union

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The rest of the season won't be this bad. But without some quickfire adjustments, next week could be.

Player of the Week: Andre Blake

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Big saves from Blake ensured the Union returned home with a not unexpected loss rather than an embarrassing scoreline.

“Timid”: More reaction to Union’s season opening loss, league attendance strong, more

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Curtin "disappointed in a lot of areas" after Union's loss to Dallas. Opening weekend attendance strong. More news.

Recaps and reaction to Union’s season opening loss, good weekend for BSFC and Union Academy, more

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Recaps from loss to Dallas and more Union stuff. Lots of goals scored in BSFC and Union Academy wins. More news.

Dallas 2-0 Union: Postgame comments from Jim Curtin

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Postgame comments from Jim Curtin following the Union season opening 2-0 loss to Dallas.

Match report: FC Dallas 2-0 Philadelphia Union

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FC Dallas dominated from the opening whistle, handing Philadelphia Union a 2-0 loss to start the 2016 MLS regular season.

PSP talks to FC Dallas Technical Director Fernando Clavijo

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PSP spoke to FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo about what is required to build a long-term winner from academy players and a limited budget. Clavijo preaches patience and having everyone on the same page.

Union vs FC Dallas quick reference

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It's been a year since the Union played Dallas. We've got all the match stats, highlights from our recaps and analysis, video highlights, and more from the series history between the teams.

Preview: Union at FC Dallas

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Last year the Union began the season against one of MLS' worst teams. In 2016, they face one of the best. A revamped defense will be put to the test when Philly faces Dallas on Sunday.

It begins: Union open season against Dallas on Sunday, team and league news, more

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PReviews and other team news ahead of Sunday's season opener in Dallas. More news.

Footy on the Telly, March 4-10

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The MLS season returns in your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio.

PSP roundtable: Philadelphia Union in 2016

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PSP's crack(ed) team of writers sounds off on some of the key questions facing Philadelphia Union as the club enters the 2016 season. You get a few predictions, a few assessments, and a few "I don't cares."

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

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Curtin says team is better and further ahead than it was this time last year. Lots of Union bits. More news.

Transcript: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Jim Curtin discusses the injury status of Edu and Barnetta, the team's preparations for Dallas, and more ahead of Sunday's season opener.

Is it 2014 all over again for Philadelphia Union?

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With 2016 opening day at hand, PSP's Dan Walsh marvels at how familiar it looks. Is it 2014 all over again?

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Let the season begin!

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Greg, Mike and Kevin discuss the start of the 2016 MLS season and who the Union could field against Dallas in Sunday's season opener.

Barnetta and Edu doubtful for season opener, Tribbett a “revelation,” more news

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Edu and Barnetta unlikely to be ready for season opener. Tribbett impresses. Sapong clarifies. More news.

PSP preseason readers poll: Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia Union face plenty of questions as they head to opening day this Sunday. Here is your chance to answer some of them.

All Three Points podcast: Back in the saddle

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Chris and Jeremy kick off the fourth full season of the All Three Points podcast reviewing the most tumultuous offseason the Union have ever had, which is saying something! There's a lot to get through.

Union grades, previews, and pre-season power rankings, Copa kickoff times at the Linc, more

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News and such.