The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2017

Your new favorite MLS club is …

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The future is cloudy for Downingtown's Zack Steffen and the Columbus Crew, but one thing's for sure: You will never have as much fun this playoff season as you will while rooting for them. PSP's Dan Walsh explains how cheering for Columbus will stick it to The Man and be a whole lot of fun.

News roundup: Vancouver and Seattle battle to a draw, Philly Unity Cup action, more

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Seattle draws with Vancouver, MLS playoff previews, Unity Cup updates and more.

A creativity problem — the Union’s No. 10s

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PSP's Adam Cann breaks down the DEEP numbers that reveal what went wrong at the Union's No. 10 position this year.

PSP roundtable: The state of the Union

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We asked PSP's writers the big questions about the state of the Union. Here's what they had to say.

News roundup: Zack Steffen fires Columbus upset over Atlanta, Garber on Columbus move

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Downingtown's Zack Steffen played the game of his life before a record crowd in Atlanta, MLS commissioner weighs in potential Columbus move, more on Roland Alberg's potential transfer to Bulgaria, more news.

Footy on the Telly — October 27 – November 3

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It's a Week O'Cups: MLS Cup Playoffs, FIFA U-17 World Cup, the FA Cup, UEFA Championship and Europa Leagues, South America's Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana, and lots of League fixtures elsewhere This week, watch for: 10/28 @7:30am Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur / fuboTV, NBCSports.com, NBCSN 10/28 @10:00am West [.

The Sugarman question

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Can the Union ever be a top team with Jay Sugarman as their owner? Even though the path to getting there is very narrow, Peter Andrews says yes.

Youth soccer travel madness, part 2

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The biggest chunk of our travel fees go to our coaches. Are they worth it?

PSP panel: Why Union fans should either hope or despair

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We asked PSP writers for reasons that Union fans should either have hope for the team's future, or why they should despair. Here's what they said.

News roundup: MLS knockout round begins, Alberg rumors

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The MLS knockout round has begun, rumors about Roland Alberg's future, and more.

Readers poll/PSP panel: Should Jim Curtin return as Union head coach?

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Our readers poll asks you whether you think Curtin should return as head coach and why, and PSP's writers share their views.

Tactical analysis: Philadelphia Union 6-1 Orlando City SC

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PSP's Adam Cann breaks down the Union's final match of the season.

Fans’ View: A fan’s report card on the Union experience in 2017

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Season-ticket holder Scott Pugh assesses his experience over the year.

Player of the week: Brian Carroll

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Could it have been anyone else?

The Steel should lock in Burke

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Brendan Burke has grown since the beginning of the Bethlehem Steel project, and his departure would be a significant loss.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 22

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MLS playoffs begin. Bethlehem out of USL playoffs. Philadelphia exits with a statistically complete performance.

It’s over. What now? (2017 edition)

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It's now eight years for the Union without a playoff win. PSP's Dan Walsh takes stock and looks at the way ahead for the club.

In pictures: Union 6-1 Orlando

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for Sunday afternoon's season finale, as the Philadelphia Union easily handled the Orlando City SC 6-1.

News roundup: Union staff and player rumors, Academy minutes, MLS playoff previews, more

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Just two days removed from Decision Day and the Union rumor mill has already started cranking.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 6-1 Orlando City SC

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After Philadelphia's thrashing of Orlando, it's hard to ignore it may have been the final game for some in the 'blue and gold.' PSP takes a look at their performances, as well those who are likely to return.

News roundup: Union break records (good & bad), MLS playoff field set, more

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The Union's record-setting day, final numbers on the Union's season, MLS playoff field set, tons of news from Atlanta-Toronto, more news.

PSP Union postgame show

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Jim Curtin addresses questions about job security, Brian Carroll on his final MLS game, C.J. Sapong on breaking the Union scoring record, a postgame wrap-up from PSP's Ryan Rose and Nick Fishman, and more.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 6-1 Orlando City SC

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Brian Carroll played his first minutes of the season and last of his career, and three Union players notched braces as Philly trounced a sad Orlando City side 6-1

Match report: Louisville City FC 4-0 Bethlehem Steel FC

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Louisville controlled the match against a Bethlehem side that couldn't overcome the absence of Santi Moar and the presence of some very one-sided officiating.

Philadelphia Union vs. Orlando City SC quick reference

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

News roundup: Rosenberry suspended, Columbus owner twirls moustache

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All news is bad news.

Footy on the telly: October 20-27

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It's a Week O'Cups: FIFA U-17 World Cup; England's League Cup; France's Coupe de la Ligue; Germany's DFB Pokal; South America's Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana; the KNVB Beker; Spain's Copa del Rey. Also, a USWNT Friendly, and the Union's Grand Finale.

Brian Carroll announces retirement

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Carroll will leave MLS ranked among its top five all-time players in appearances and the only player to ever win four straight Supporters Shields.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union v. Orlando City SC

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The Union take on Orlando City SC for the final match of their underwhelming season.

Bethlehem Steel won’t leave the Lehigh Valley, but they should still move

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As Columbus Crew SC is ripped away from it's fanbase, a Lehigh Valley native ponders how moving a team could be a good thing.

News roundup: Donovan considers replacing Gulati

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Possible replacements are starting to line up for USMNT manager and U.S. Soccer president. More in today's news.

Meaningful late-October soccer, in Louisville

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This week the Bethlehem Steel are getting the attention their season's performance deserves. Playoff soccer is a different animal. PSP reviews the key points of the regular season games, guesses the Steel's line-up, and identifies a potentially key Louisville personnel difference.

Fans’ View: Blah

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Blah blah blah.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 15

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Portland wins the NWSL. Bethlehem makes the playoffs but with the hardest first round match-up. Philadelphia slides a bit in power rankings for what that means.

News roundup: MLS and Austin oddity continues

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U-17s face England next, Champions League action, and the rest of the day's news.

The same old same old from the Union

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With nothing to lose, the Union trotted out the same old lineup on Sunday. Peter Andrews responds with a column made of old sentences from his previous columns.

Tactical analysis: Chicago Fire 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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The Union came from behind in the first half and gave up a lead late in the second half as Chicago's big attacking signing registered a hat trick and the Union's entered in the 90th minute.

Player ratings: Chicago Fire 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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PSP dives into the player ratings of the Union's final road game of 2017, a 3-2 defeat in Chicago.

News roundup: U-17 golazos, potential Crew move to Austin, setting the kids free, more

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Tim Weah almost makes up for World Cup FOMO with a ridiculous goal and the Columbus Crew owner threatens to "Kroenke" to Austin, Texas if the team doesn't build a new stadium.

Players of the week: Bethlehem Steel FC

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As the USL season wrapped up, Bethlehem earned their first trip to the playoffs. PSP looks at why the Steel are our "players of the week."

In Pictures: Bethlehem Steel 1-1 St. Louis FC

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Rob Simmons was on the scene as Bethlehem Steel FC drew against St. Louis.

News roundup: Portland Thorns claim crown

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Steel claim 8 seed in USL Eastern Conference, Gulati defiant, and the rest of the day's news.

Match report: Chicago Fire 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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Despite an improved performance, the Union's road woes continued in their final away match of the season as they lost the lead to a potent Chicago Fire led by Nemanja Nikolic.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel FC 1-1 St. Louis FC

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Bethlehem ended the regular season with frustrating home draw, with Matt Real scoring his first goal as a professional.

Steel playoff update

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With a win Bethlehem will finish 6th and play at the Tampa Bay Rowdies. With either draw or a loss, they will finish 8th and play Louisville in Louisville Friday night.

PSP’s chat with Bobby Warshaw, American soccer’s most unique new voice

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Harrisburg-area native Bobby Warshaw is perhaps the most unique voice in American soccer, and he talked recently with PSP's Dan Walsh about his life after soccer, life behind the scenes for pro soccer players, new book, frustrations with Philadelphia Union, and recent time spent in a Syrian refugee camp overseas.

Book review: When the Dream Became Reality, by Bobby Warshaw

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PSP's Dan Walsh reviews the recently published book by the retired player and Harrisburg-area product, finding it a wholly authentic view of American soccer players' life behind the scenes.

Footy On The Telly October 13-20

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Now that we don't have to worry about booking a trip to Russia anymore... We can watch UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues; the FIFA U-17 World Cup; a USWNT Friendly; all sorts of domestic and international league and college fixtures; and the Union as they play out the string, and player contracts, too.

Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire quick reference

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Get up to speed on the Union-Fire series history. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

News roundup: Steel clinch playoff spot

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Bedoya frustrated, Union U-15s and U-17s finding success, US U-17s move on in U-17 World Cup, and the rest of the day's news.

Steel clinch playoff spot

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Bethlehem Steel FC qualify for the USL playoffs for the first time in their modern history since the Tampa Bay Rowdies eliminated Orlando City B 2-0 Thursday evening. They could finish 8th, 7th or 6th, and will have an away playoff game the weekend of October 20-22.

Stolen memories

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Seeing the World Cup through the experiences of half a lifetime.

Bethlehem Steel: Progress at striker

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The numbers back the eye-test. Cory Burke and Seku Conneh are much more productive strikers in the 2017 season. Standing pat worked.

News roundup: More USMNT World Cup fallout

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More fallout from the U.S. missing the World Cup -- and still more, because that's everything right now.

Disaster

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It's all over. Peter Andrews on U.S. Soccer's ultimate nightmare.

In memoriam: USMNT’s qualifying hopes

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The USMNT has failed to qualify for the World Cup. Jim O'Leary takes a look at their road to failure.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 1

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Philadelphia is officially out. Bethlehem has nearly in the playoffs though. NWSL on to the finals.

News roundup: U.S. misses the World Cup, reactions to crushing failure

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There is a worse team in the U.S. than the Union!

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 0-1 Rochester Rhinos

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Bethlehem Steel FC fall 1-0 to Rochester Rhinos

News roundup: Steel playoff hopes, NWSL final set, make or break in T&T, more

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Bethlehem Steel can clinch a playoff berth tonight in Rochester and the Yanks head to wet Trinidad & Tobago with the World Cup on the line.

Thoughts on civic identity while standing in line at Wawa

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Orlando has Wawas, as well as a level of community engagement that the Union should be learning from.

Updated SEBA World Cup Qualifying forecasts through October 7

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USA back in comfortable qualification chance range. The system now incorporates the new FIFA World Cup Draw procedure.

News roundup: Union officially eliminated from playoff contention

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USMNT takes big step towards World Cup Qualification, Pirlo announces retirement, and the rest of the weekend's news.

Match Report: Toronto FC II 2 – 4 Bethlehem Steel FC

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With every match meaning more each week, Bethlehem Steel FC grab another road result with a dominating performance winning 4-2 behind rookie Santi Moar's brace.

News roundup: USMNT desperately seeking win against Panama

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Updated MLS salaries released, WCQ around the globe, and the rest of the day's news.

Footy On The Telly October 6 – 13

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This week, it's World Cup Qualifying time again! Also, the U17 Club World Cup; second and third-tier league and college action; and the Union rest for the final Playoff (PLAYOFFS!???) stretch.

Chaos: The Canadian Premier League, NASL, and USL

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Soccer Canada has approved the Canadian Premier League for play in 2018. NASL met Friday to try to appeal from U. S. Soccer's demoting them from division 2. The only certainty about the future of minor league professional soccer in North America is that it won't be the same in 2018.

News roundup: Curtin speaks on anthem kneeling

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Jim Curtin has song strong thoughts about anthem protests, the Academy and Union prospects have a great week, and more.

The Steel and the playoffs – it’s gonna be close

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PSP looks at the Steel's playoff chances, both the old-fashioned eyeball instinctual way and using Chris Sherman's statistics. the techniques both old and new say it will be extremely close against Red Bulls 2 for the final slot and the right to go to Louisville on Friday October 20th.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 1

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Philadelphia playoff odds climb past a whole percentage point thanks to NYRB stumbles. Bethlehem stumbles put them in jeopardy of making USL playoffs. NWSL playoffs about to begin.

Fans’ View: The end is near – pending

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While some fans grow weary of the Union, Rashaad Jorden finds sadness in the nearing end of season.

News roundup: Union still have paths to the playoffs

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Minnesota wins wild one in Atlanta, Germany fined for Nazi chants, and the rest of the day's news.

News roundup: Academy call-ups, Nashville expansion, NWSL wraps up, U.S. camp, more

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Local youngsters Matt Real and Mark McKenzie have earned a spot on the U.S. U-18 roster and the Union are hanging on by a thread to playoff hopes.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union v. Seattle Sounders

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Bedoya and Blake stand out as PSP weighs in with player ratings on the Union's win over Seattle.

In pictures: Union 2-0 Sounders

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PSP photographer Dan Gajdamowicz was on the scene for the Union's 3-1 win. Take a look at the action.

PSP Union Postgame Show: Union 2-0 Sounders

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In case you missed it, here's the PSP Union Postgame Show, interviews with Union players from the locker room, head coach Jim Curtin, Union fans.

News roundup: Union win ninth home game this season

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Turbulence in Catalonia affects Barcelona game, USMNT roster named, and the rest of the day's news.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-0 Seattle Sounders

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Goals from Marcus Epps and Roland Alberg gave the Union a 2-0 win over Seattle.

Match report: Tampa Bay 1-1 Bethlehem

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Two Union Academy players contributed to Bethlehem securing a key road point against Tampa Bay.