The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2017

Union sign Oguchi Onyewu

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Union announce signing of two-time US World Cup veteran center back.

More Union preseason dates, Bedoya and Pontius in USA-Serbia draw, Bradley on Trump travel ban, more

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Union bits. How did Bedoya and Pontius do in the USMNT's scoreless draw with Serbia? Bradley "sad and embarrassed" by Trump travel ban. More news.

The Ball’s Gotta Move: Chapter Nineteen

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Josh Trott's fictional Philadelphia soccer story continues.

International friendly recap: USMNT 0–0 Serbia

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The first game in ten years for Bruce Arena fizzles rather than fires, but that's no the worst thing that could have happened.

Video: Philadelphia Union Media Day

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Interviews from Union Media Day with Jim Curtin, Josh Yaro, C.J. Sapong, Auston Trusty, and Fabian Herbers.

In Pictures: Union Open Practice, 1-27-17

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Daniel Gajdamowicz was on hand to capture all the action as Philadelphia Union took to the fields of the Power Training Complex to open their 2017 preseason.

Bedoya, Pontius selected for 23-man roster for USMNT friendly vs Serbia

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Chris Pontius and Alejandro Bedoya were named to Bruce Arena's 23-man roster to face Serbia on January 29.

International friendly preview: USMNT v Serbia

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After the end of the Jurgen Klinsmann odyssey, Bruce Arena gets a second chance at a first impression with the USMNT.

The Ball’s Gotta Move: Chapter Eighteen

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Josh Trott's fictional Philly soccer story continues with the playoffs on the line for Jimmy and the team.

Blake and Burke called up, Union bits, league news, Bedoya talks USMNT, more

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Union's Blake, Steel's Burke, called up by Jamaica. Bedoya on what's changed under Arena at USMNT. More.

Footy on the Telly, Jan. 27-Feb. 2

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Union bits, Steel to play Junior Lone Star, league news, more

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Preseason training continues. Steel to play Junior Lone Star in preseason game. League news. USMNT news. More.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Andre Blake

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Andre Blake joins Greg and Mike in the latest KYW Philly Soccer Show pod.

Transcript: Earnie Stewart, Jim Curtin speak to media as preseason opens

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Transcript of comments to the press from Jim Curtin and Earnie Stewart following the opening of the Union's preseason training.

Teaching “self-responsibility” at YSC Academy

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Tim Jones looks at how YSC Academy works to educate students for success, be it on the field or off.

Notes from the start of Union’s preseason, league news, more

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Union open preseason training with trialists and Oguchi Onyewu. Stewart doesn't expect "a real long trajectory" in signing a No. 6 and experienced center back. League news. More.

New away kit, a Union trialist, league news, more

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Union unveil their new away kit. Bild reports Faf Picault trialing with the Union.

Union’s off-season grade: Incomplete

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PSP's Dan Walsh looks at some prospective new additions to the Union as they start preseason training today with their shopping list of off-season needs apparently incomplete.

The Ball’s Gotta Move: Chapter Seventeen

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Josh Trott's fictional Philadelphia soccer story continues.

Have Union acquired Adam Najem? Preseason begins today, Le Toux to DC, league news, more

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Have Union acquired rights to Akron playmaker Adam Najem from NYRB? Union preseason begins today. Has Le Toux signed with DC? Details for second Philly Unity Cup. More.

The Ball’s Gotta Move: Chapter Sixteen

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Josh Trott's fictional Philadelphia soccer story continues.

Strength of schedule and other Union bits, SoB election update, league news, more

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Union news and more.

Footy on the Telly, Jan. 20-26

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Union bits, league news, more

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Got news if you want some.

A quick look at new Steel signing Matt Real

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Tim Jones on new Bethlehem Steel signing, and Union Academy product, Matt Real.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: SoBs 10th Anniversary, Union draft

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Greg and Mike are joined by former Sons of Ben VP and social media director Jeffrey Mitchell to discuss the supporters group's 10th anniversary. Then Greg and Mike talk about the Union's draft picks.

SEPA Soccer Hall of Fame nominations now being accepted

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Nominations for the 70th anniversary class of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame are now being accepted.

Gene Olaff: 1920-2017

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National Soccer Hall of Fame historian Roger Allaway on ASL goalkeeping legend Gene Olaff, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 97.

Union preseason dates announced, three more drafted, Real signs with Steel, more

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Union announce three preseason games, select three in final rounds of draft. Union Academy product Matthew Real signs with Bethlehem. League news. More.

Philadelphia Union draft small strikers, big defender in second phase of SuperDraft

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Syracuse attacker Chris Nanco, West Virginia's big defender Jack Elliot, and Pfeiffer's Santi Moar filled out the Union's 2017 SuperDraft class when rounds 3 and 4 took place Wednesday.

Steel sign Union Academy product Matthew Real

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US youth international becomes third Union Academy product to sign with Bethlehem Steel.

Union preseason match dates announced

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Union announce preseason games against Tampa Bay Rowdies, Montreal Impact, and DC United.

Five thoughts on Philadelphia Union

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Matt Polster is expendable, and so is Ray Gaddis. These and other Philadelphia Union-oriented observations, courtesy of PSP's Dan Walsh.

Union bits, more news

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SuperDraft Rounds Three and Four today. NYRB trade Dax McCarty to Chicago. More news.

The Ball’s Gotta Move: Chapter Fifteen

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Josh Trott's fictional Philadelphia soccer story continues.

Union draft Epps and Jones, Trusty called up, league news, more

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Union draft a midfielder and defender. Trusty called up by US U-20s. League news. More.

Philadelphia Union add depth at right back, select Aaron Jones 33rd overall in 2017 MLS SuperDraft

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Philadelphia Union selected Clemson right back Aaron Jones 33rd overall in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

Philadelphia Union trade up to select winger Marcus Epps with 25th overall SuperDraft pick

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Philadelphia Union trade up to select winger Marcus Epps with 25th overall selection in 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

The Ball’s Gotta Move: Chapter Fourteen

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A multi-part fictional Philadelphia soccer story continues as Jimmy writes an essay, tries to get more playing time, and talks to a girl. New chapters will runon Mondays and Fridays. All the characters, soccer clubs, and schools in the story are fictional. Mrs. Johnson had us write an essay for [..

Tactical thinking: Two tips on the spear

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Could the 4-2-3-1 Union use the 4-4-2?

2017 schedule, SuperDraft today, league news, more

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Union schedule out. SuperDraft won't be as exciting as last year for Philly. League news. More.

Footy on the Telly, Jan. 13-19

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2017 Union schedule announced

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Get those calendars out, the 2017 Union schedule is here.

Tactical thinking: Three backs to rule them all?

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Three back systems are en vogue again. Might such a system work for the Union?

Season schedule released today, Union bits, USWNT host Germany at Talen in March, more

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The 2017 Union schedule will be released today. Union bits. USWNT host Germany at Talen Energy Stadium on March 1. Latest MLS signings. More news.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: New signings and SuperDraft talk

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Reading United's Sean Doyle joins Greg and Mike to preview Friday's SuperDraft. Then the guys talk about the Union's new signings.

Tactical thinking: Options for the Union in 2017

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Philly will likely stick with their 4-2-3-1 in 2017 even though many have suggested utilizing a 4-4-2 or three-back system. What were the Union hoping to achieve with their particular system, and what are the pros and cons of the other options?

Stewart says Union looking for “controlling midfielder,” Simpson notes, league news, more

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Earnie Stewart says Union still searching for new signings. Insight on Jay SImpson. Union second most popular MLS team among Combine participants. More news.

The Union go bottom-feeding, but did they find a gem?

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Jay Simpson scored 22 goals in 29 games last season in England until a managerial change wrecked that. As Philadelphia Union go bottom-feeding for overlooked bargains, did they just find a gem in Simpson? PSP's Dan Walsh takes a look.

Union sign forward, Steel looking forward to D2, league news, Lloyd voted world’s best, more

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Union sign English forward Jay Simpson. More Union bits. Searls and Burke on USL becoming D2. League news. Carli Lloyd named FIFA's Women's Player of the Year. FIFA approves World Cup expansion to 48 teams. More.

2017 USL takes shape

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What's new for the newly Division 2 USL in 2017?

Union Sign Forward Jay Simpson

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Union add English striker Jay Simpson.

A chat about the 2017 Union, part 5

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Peter Andrews and Dan Walsh wrap their week-long chat about Philadelphia Union by discussing whether the Union should try to sell Andre Blake and whether the pressure is on team chairman Jay Sugarman to start spending more money on players.

USL and NASL both D2 for now, Union bits, more news

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USL and NASL to share Division 2 status in 2017. Union bits. League news. More.

The Ball’s Gotta Move: Chapter 13

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Josh Trott's fictional Philly soccer story continues.

The Ball’s Gotta Move: Chapter Twelve

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Josh Trott's fictional Philadelphia soccer story continues.

A chat about the 2017 Union: Part 4

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Dan Walsh and Peter Andrews have some thoughts about the 2017 Union. About a week's worth of thoughts, actually. Part four considers what this season holds for Jim Curtin.

Union signing and national team call ups, league news, sanctioning vote today, more

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Union sign Dutch left back Giliano Wijnaldum. Bedoya, Pontius, Rosenberry called up by USMNT. Division 2 sanctioning vote expected today. More.

Footy on the Telly, Jan. 6-12

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Union Sign Defender Giliano Wijnaldum

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Union add Dutch defender Giliano Wijnaldum.

Bedoya, Pontius, and Rosenberry get USMNT callups

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Union trio called in USMNT January camp.

A chat about the 2017 Union: Part 3

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Dan Walsh and Peter Andrews have some thoughts about the 2017 Union. About a week's worth of thoughts, actually. Part three tries to figure out center midfield and defense.

What might stand in the way of Division 2 sanctioning for the USL?

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If the USL fails in its bid for Division 2 sanctioning, it is the stadium capacity of a significant number of MLS-owned teams that may have been the issue.

Some Union rumors, other Union bits, league news, more

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Get yer news on.

It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia: Bob Bradley, Union rumors, and Kevin’s dog

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Baxter the dog joins Kevin and Dave as they discuss the Union's 2017 outlook, the lack of news coming out of Chester, and Bob Bradley's firing.

A chat about the 2017 Union: Part 2

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Dan Walsh and Peter Andrews have some thoughts about the 2017 Union. About a week's worth of thoughts, actually. Part two looks at Roland Alberg, Ilsinho, and the rest of the attack.

Union links, league news, more

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Could Union players face off in February's USA-Jamaica friendly? More Union notes. League news. More.

A chat about the 2017 Union: Part 1

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PSP's Dan Walsh and Peter Andrews have some thoughts about the 2017 Union. About a week's worth of thoughts, actually. Part 1 looks at the striker position.

Union bits and bobs, more news

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News and such.

The Ball’s Gotta Move: Chapter Eleven

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Featured image:ebwoolworthdesign.com Note: Josh Trott's multi-part fictional Philadelphia soccer story continues with Chapter Eleven. New chapters will runon Mondays and Fridays. All the characters, soccer clubs, and schools in the story are fictional. I guess I wasn't in a great mood for our next game.

News and notes for a new year

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Union bits, league news, more.