The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2016

“It’s worth it,” and other reflections on the All-Star Game

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Arsenal defeated the MLS All-Stars 2-1 last night. PSP's Peter Andrews reports from San Jose on the Union's All-Stars, and on the messy yet worthwhile nature of the game itself.

Fans’ View: Being a Union ball kid

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15-year-old Philadelphia Union fan Megan Ling shares what it was like to be a ball kid for a Union game.

Union vs Real Salt Lake quick reference

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The Union are 0-2-4 against Real Salt Lake all time. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Blake and Rosenberry start for All Stars, Union-RSL, LVU U-18s advance to semis, more news

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Blake and Rosenberry unscathed in All Star starts. Union readying for RSL. Nor'easters host PDL semis on Saturday. LVU U-18s advance to national semis. More news.

Footy on the Telly, July 29-August 4

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Preview: Union vs Real Salt Lake

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Two teams that have struggled through July look to turn it around as they head into the back half of the season.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Chris Albright

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Greg and Mike are joined by Union technical director Chris Albright to talk about the signing of Derrick Jones and the summer transfer window.

Grading Bethlehem Steel’s players so far

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Tim Jones hands out grades for how Bethlehem Steel players have performed in the season thus far.

Highlights from Curtin’s presser, All-Star Game tonight, more

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Highlights from Curtin's weekly press conference and other Union news. MLS All-Stars face Arsenal tonight. Results for local teams at US Youth Soccer national championships. More.

The Front Row: Making the future

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Steve discusses what it will take for soccer to break in to the "Big 4" of professional sports in the US.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Jim Curtin talks about the Derrick Jones signing, readying for RSL, possible changes needed to improve the team's road performances, Maurice Edu's injury status, and more.

PSP talks with the All-Stars

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After Tuesday's All-Star training session, PSP's Peter Andrews talked with Andre Blake and Keegan Rosenberry about the All-Star experience, their paths to the game, and Rosenberry's second career as a barber.

Union sign Jones as Homegrown, locals at US Youth Soccer championships, more

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Jones first homegrown to to take "Path to the Pros" through Union Academy, Bethlehem, to the Union. Other Union news and more.

Union sign Derrick Jones to Homegrown contract

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The former Junior Lone Star and Philadelphia Union Academy, and first-ever Bethlehem Steel signing, is the Union's first Homegrown signing since 2012.

Phoenix Sports Club hosting Gerhard Mengel Cup championship this weekend

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Feasterville's Phoenix SC hosting the semifinals and final of USASA's Over-30 national championship this weekend.

The Union are tired and miss Nogueira

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The reasons for Philadelphia Union's struggles are pretty straightforward. PSP's Dan Walsh lays out the numbers and explains why.

Player of the Week: Nathan Regis

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With a key pass, drawing a decisive foul, and two goals, the Trinidad and Tobago native played a big part in Ocean City winning the PDL Eastern Conference championship.

SEBA Projections through July 24

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Chris Sherman has updated SEBA projections for the Union, Bethlehem Steel, and the City Islanders.

Union bits, Ocean City host PDL semis on Saturday, more

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Union news. Ocean City will host PDL semifinal on Saturday. More news.

Player ratings & analysis: Montreal Impact 5-1 Philadelphia Union

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The Union lost. Big.

“We were poor”: Union trounced in Montreal, BSFC draws, Ocean City tops Reading for PDL Eastern Conference title, more

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Recaps and reports from Union's loss in Montreal. Bethlehem draws at home. Ocean City defeats ten-men Reading for Eastern Conference title. League results. More.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel 1-1 Rochester Rhinos

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An early Derrick Jones goal wasn't enough to hold off a Rochester team that responded well in a battle of tactical smarts and excellent game plans.

Postgame quotes: Impact 5-1 Union

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Postgame comments from Jim Curtin, Josh Yaro, Keegan Rosenberry, and Andre Blake.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-5 Montreal Impact

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The Union suffered their worst loss of the season, a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Didier Drogba's Montreal Impact.

Counteracting the high press

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How might the Union approach the extreme high press if teams continue to use it to disrupt their buildups?

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.

The Front Row: Finding US soccer’s Atlantis

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In the latest episode of the pod, Steve discusses the rediscovery of the original American Soccer League (1921-1933), which was essentially "lost" to historians for almost 60 years.

Union at Montreal, Reading hosts conference semis and finals, more

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Union face Montreal on Saturday. Reading hosts PDL Eastern Conference semis and finals this weekend. Final USWNT Olympic warmup game. More news.

Match report: Bethlehem 0-1 Harrisburg

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A late goal by Harrisburg was enough to down Bethlehem in a match between current and former Philadelphia Union affiliates.

Footy on the Telly, July 22-28

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Sons of Ben: The Movie available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play on July 22

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Sons of Ben: The Movie is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play on Friday. Here's an exclusive clip from the film.

Preview: Union at Montreal Impact

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Philly should be able to create more, and better, chances than the home side.

Union out of USOC, Curtin ESPN’s midseason coach of the year, Steel-City Islanders today, more

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Union fall on PKs to Revs in US Open Cup quarterfinal. Curtin picks up ESPN award. Albright on summer acquisitions. Bethlehem hosts City ISlanders. More.

Match Report: New England Revolution 1-1 Philadelphia Union (4-2 APK)

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Philadelphia crashed out of the U.S. Open Cup, losing to New England Revolution 4-2 on PKs.

Four snapshots of Bethlehem Steel players

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Bolu, Jambo, Taylor and Cole. Recent real improvement characterizes their play for Bethlehem Steel. PSP's Tim Jones take a look at the arc for the two Philadelphia Union loanees and two signed to the Steel.

Union-NE USOC quarterfinal tonight, Pappas fired after guilty plea, Reading and OC advance in PDL playoffs, more

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Union look to reach USOC semis for fourth time in five years. Pappas fired after guilty plea for fraud. Reading and Ocean City advance to PDL Eastern Conference semis. More news.

Pappas pleads guilty to prescription drug kickback scheme

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The Union color commentator has pleaded guilty in federal court to "receiving nearly $500,000 in kickbacks for filling unneeded prescriptions for himself and recruiting others to the scheme."

In Pictures: Union 2-2 Red Bulls

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Sunday night as the Philadelphia Union fault back to save a draw with the New York Red Bulls.

Player of the Week: Chris Pontius

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Earning a penalty and scoring a goal within three minutes will earn you Player of the Week honors every time.

SEBA Projections through July 17

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Chris Sherman has the latest SEBA projections for Philadelphia Union, Bethlehem Steel, and the City Islanders.

Union notes, Keegan card, Trusty gets US U-20 callup, Reading and OC in PDL playoff games tonight, more

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News and such. Lots of it.

Player ratings & analysis: Union 2-2 New York Red Bulls

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Fabian Herbers and Chris Pontius guided the Union to a come-from-behind draw against New York Red Bulls.

“Belief”: Union fightback to draw with NYRB, Reading and OC playoff bound, league results, more

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Union comeback draw against Red Bull. Edu in full training. PDL playoffs for Reading and Ocean City on Tuesday. League results, More news.

Match report: Union 2-2 New York Red Bulls

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Two second half goals in two minutes from CJ Sapong and Chris Pontius earned Philadelphia Union a 2-2 draw against New York Red Bulls in front of a buzzing crowd in Chester, PA.

Postgame video and transcript: Union 2-2 NYRB

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Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference. Comments from CJ Sapong, Fabian Herbers, Keegan Rosenberry, and Chris Pontius. More.

The Front Row: A new soccer war

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Steve discusses the new soccer war on the horizon, the role of American antitrust law in the battle, and previous challenges to USSF/FIFA authority.

In pictures: Union 0-0 Crystal Palace friendly

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Wednesday night as Philadelphia Union settled on a 0-0 draw with visiting Crystal Palace FC.

Preview: Union vs New York Red Bulls

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Adrenaline will be a factor in this rivalry game. The manager that can get his squad to prepare for the match as if it was any other game will give his players the early advantage.

Union host Red Bull, Steel wins, PDL regular season play concludes this weekend, more

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Big game on Sunday!

Match report: Bethlehem Steel 3-0 Wilmington Hammerheads

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Bethlehem outlasted the intense mid-day heat and Wilmington to pick up a big victory.

Footy on the Telly, July 15-21

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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.

Bethlehem’s Badr shows class in recent run

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Samir Badr has impressed during a recent run of starts for Bethlehem.

PSP talks to Union winger Chris Pontius

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Chris Pontius talks to PSP about his roles on the pitch and in the Union locker room this season.

“A great exercise”: Union-Crystal Palace draw, Reading United clinches division title, more

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Union play Crystal Palace to a scoreless draw. Reading United clinches Mid-Atlantic Division title, playoff spot. Bethlehem faces Wilmington today. More.

Exhibition match report: Philadelphia Union 0-0 Crystal Palace

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Philadelphia Union and Crystal Palace FC played out a 0-0 tie in Chester, PA on Wednesday night.

Postgame video and quotes: Union 0-0 Crystal Palace

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Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference. Remarks from Derrick Jones, Cole Missimo, John McCarthy and Ray Gaddis. Alan Pardew's postgame remarks.

Fans’ View: What the Euros looked like in Germany

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Staci Klemmer on being in Europe during Euro 2016.

Beyond the obvious stats: Barnetta, Sapong, and the Union

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Dan Walsh on some of the little things on the field that are behind the Union's turnaround in 2016.

Union host Crystal Palace tonight, Ilsinho voted Player of the Week, more news

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Union in friendly tonight. Ilsinho voted MLS Player of the Week and more Union news. USWNT Olympic roster announced. more.

The Front Row: The American “Soccer War” of 1928-29

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In the latest episode of The Front Row podcast, Steve Holroyd discusses the American "Soccer War" of 1928-29, and what it can mean for competing leagues today.

Player of the week: Ilsinho

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The man with a million moves finally opened his account this weekend in style. Ilsinho's dominant outing earned him our Player of the Week award.

SEBA Projections through July 10

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Chris Sherman has updated SEBA projections for the Union, Bethlehem Steel, City Islanders, and more.

Alberg and Ilsinho named to Team of the Week, Crystal Palace friendly news, more

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News and such.

In Pictures: Union 3-0 DC United

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz shares his look at Philadelphia Union's 3-0 win over DC United.

Player ratings & analysis: Union 3-0 DC United

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Philadelphia Union tore apart a DC United side that echoed the 2015 Union in organization and self-belief.

“Manhandled”: Union boss DC, Blake and Rosenberry named to ASG Fan XI, Bethlehem victorious, more

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Recaps and reaction to win over DC and more Union news. Bethlehem tops Pittsburgh. League results wrap. More news.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel 2-0 Pittsburgh Riverhounds

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Bethlehem returned home in dominating fashion.

Postgame video and quote sheet: Union 3-0 DC

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Video and transcript of Jim curtin's postgame press conference. Remarks from Andre Blake, Chris Pontius, CJ Sapong, and Keegan Rosenberry. More.

Match report: Union 3-0 DC United

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A brace from Ilsinho led Philadelphia Union to an easy 3-0 victory over a disappointing DC United.

Blake, Rosenberry named to MLS All-Star team

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Andre Blake and Keegan Rosenberry were named to the 2016 MLS All-Star team Saturday night.

The Front Row: Why history matters

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In the debut episode of The Front Page podcast, Steve Holroyd discusses why soccer history matters.

Fans’ View: Union Half-Season Power Rankings

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Seth Finck ranks all things Union at the midway point of the season.

Ten biggest on-field surprises of the Union season so far

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The Union have been full of surprises in 2016. So what are the ten most surprising on-field developments halfway into season?

Union vs DC United quick reference

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

Readying for DC, Union U-18s fall, Bethlehem back at home, more news

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Union home against DC. Union U-18s fall in USSDA playoffs. Bethlehem back at home for first time in a month. USWNT Olympic warm-up game on Saturday. More.

In Pictures: Mitchell & Ness Sons of Ben/Union apparel launch

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz shares his look at the launch of the new Philadelphia Union-Sons of Ben line of apparel from Mitchell & Ness.

Footy on the Telly, July 8-14

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KYW Philly Soccer Show: Previewing DC United

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Greg and Mike preview the Union's home game on Saturday against DC United.

Preview: Union vs DC United

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If DC uses a 4-1-4-1 like Houston did last week, the Union will need to come up with new ways to attack it.

All Three Points podcast: Summer swoon?

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The Union have hit a summer plateau, and their depth is being stretched. Is it time to worry?

SEBA Projections through July 4

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Chris Sherman has updated SEBA projections for Philadelphia Union, Bethlehem Steel, City Islanders, and more.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, Steel falls short, Reading thumps, Union U-18s in USSDA quarterfinals today, more

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Highlights from Curtin's weekly press conference. Bethlehem ends road series with loss in Toronto. Reading thumps Evergreen FC 7-1. Union U-18s face PDA in USSDA playoffs quarterfinal. More.

Match report: Toronto FC II 3-2 Bethlehem Steel

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After conceding twice in the first 13 minutes, goals from Ryan Richter and Josh Heard were not enough as Bethlehem's five-game road series ends at 1-2-2.

Transcript and video: Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Curtin has an update on Sebastien Le Toux's injury status, CJ Sapong's return, discusses the need for the team collectively improve defensively, summer transfer window plans, and more.

Midway: What we’ve learned from Bethlehem Steel

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Halfway through Bethlehem Steel's inaugural season, PSP's Tim Jones takes stock of what we've learned about the club thus far.

Union injury update, more news

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Got news if you want some.

Player of the week: Chevaughn Walsh

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We never heard of him until recently either, but the Ocean City striker is tearing up the PDL scoring charts.

Player ratings & analysis: Houston Dynamo 1-0 Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia Union created and gave up few opportunities in a slog that was ended by Cristian Maidana's last second blast.

The transfer window opens, the Union take stock

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The summer international transfer window opened Monday. What will Philadelphia Union do in the window? PSP's Dan Walsh talks it out.

Maidana sinks Union, results wrap, more

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Recaps and reaction to Union's loss in Houston. Local and league results. More.

Post-game quotes: Union 0-1 Houston Dynamo

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Transcript of Jim Curtin's post-match comments following the Union's last kick loss to Houston Dynamo.

FC Cincinnati vs. Bethlehem Steel Match Report

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Bethlehem Steel traveled to battle against FC Cincinnati and lost 1-0, breaking their three game unbeaten road streak. First Half FC Cincinnati entered the game with energy and looked a class above the Steel, just as their table position suggests. Players moved the ball quickly, never taking more than three [.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-1 Houston Dynamo

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Chaco Maidana had his revenge, finishing off a drab Union side with a gorgeous free kick in stoppage time for a 1-0 Dynamo win.

US Open Cup In Pictures: Union 2-1 Red Bulls

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Wednesday night as Philadelphia Union defeated the New York Red Bulls 2-1 in the round of 18 of the 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open.

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. WARNING: Autoplay highlights inside.

Injury updates as Union head to Houston, weekend previews, more

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Le Toux out with concussion. Union news and previews of Saturday's game in Houston. More.

Footy on the Telly, July 1-7

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