The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2017

Why is the MLS season so long?

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The MLS season is just too long, writes Christian Sandler

News roundup: Crew fall to Toronto in second leg

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Toronto eliminate Columbus, MLS announces four finalists for expansion, and more

News roundup: More contract deadline moves, Conestoga 3rd in the nation, more

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Contract moves continue to be released, transfer rumors heat up, and a couple local high school finish high in the national rankings.

A Union holiday buying guide

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It's the holiday season. Should you be looking for Union gifts for your loved ones, this is the place to find them.

News roundup: MLS deadline apocalypse, NCAA tourney heading to Talen, more

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MLS contract deadline day fiascos and the NCAA soccer tournament is down to eight teams vying for a place in the College Cup in Chester.

News roundup: Jay Sugarman wants to spend, Lewandowski to MLS?, and German Thanksgiving

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Also: CONCACAF Player of the Year voting, public perception of the playoffs, and rising Premier League Wages

Footy on the Telly Nov. 24 – Dec. 1

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This week, the

A very Union Thanksgiving

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It's not all bad! Steve Whisler writes that Union fans still have plenty to be thankful for.

News roundup: MLS Conference Championships, Union’s challenges ahead, more

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MLS Conference Championship's kicked off last night. Catch recaps and more of the day's news here.

The case against soccer-specific stadiums

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Chris Gibbons argues that the Union are in the entertainment, not soccer, business – and that calls for a versatile stadium.

News roundup: Academy honors, MLS conference finals 1st leg, USSF rumors, more

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Union Academy players earn recognition, the first legs of the MLS Conference Finals begin tonight, and more rumors and murmurs from around the globe.

News Roundup: Union offseason needs, continuing Columbus drama Columbus, an important discussion about net quality

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The headlines you missed if you weren't paying attention this weekend.

Footy on the Telly Nov. 17-24

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Looking to watch Footy from Liga MX, Ligue1, MLS Cup Playoffs, Premier League, Serie A, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Taca de Portugal, La Liga, Copa MX Copa Sudamericana or Copa Libertadores? This week's action is all here. Bundesliga

Fans’ View: The Waiting

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The Union's plans are wearing on Fans' View's Scott Ellis's patience.

The continuing conundrum of C.J. Sapong

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C.J. Sapong had a career year and moved into first place for the Union's all-time season goals record. Yet somehow his position next year doesn't feel secure.

Player to watch: Jay Simpson

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Jay Simpson's future is cloudy as the Union embark on another season outside of the playoffs.

News roundup: Harrisburg’s fascinating revamp, sordid Columbus news, more

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The USL's Harrisburg side will become Penn FC, a partnership with youth soccer conglomerate Colorado Rush. Also, more awful news out of Columbus from their movie bad guy owner, and interesting stuff from around U.S. and world soccer.

Player to watch: Andre Blake

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It's going to be an interesting offseason for Union goalkeeper Andre Blake as he enters the last year of his contract.

News roundup: Italy misses World Cup, Sapong shines in friendly

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International shock as Italy fail to qualify for the World Cup, C.J. Sapong plays for USMNT, and more in today's news roundup.

Player to watch: Keegan Rosenberry

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After a disappointing season, what does the offseason and 2018 hold for Keegan Rosenberry?

In Pictures: 2017 Philly Unity Cup

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PSP's Rob Simmons was on the scene for the PHL Unity Cup Championship Day.

Philadelphia Unity Cup: A celebration of the city

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The Philadelphia Unity Cup concluded on Veteran's Day. Catch PSP's recap of the one-of-a-kind tournament here.

Player to Watch: Anthony Fontana

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Take a look at one of the Union's most promising young prospects, Anthony Fontana.

News roundup: Liberia win PHL Unity Cup, USL final, WCQ heroics and heartbreak, more

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Liberia lifts the cup at the Linc, USL final tonight, Switzerland, Croatia, and Morocco qualify for the World Cup, and much more.

Footy On The Telly Nov. 10-17

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Special Road Trip Note For Advance Planners - US Open Cup, Round 3: 11/18 @8:00pm Lansdowne Bhoys FC (NY) vs Junior Lone Star U23s (PA) Tibbetts Brooke Park; Yonkers, N.Y. 11/19 @1:00om Christos FC (MD) vs. Phoenix Soccer Club (PA) Anne Arundel Community College; Arnold, Md. And now, back to our regularly scheduled Footy, coming to you at a couch near you:

News Roundup: Sam Allardryce interested in USMNT job, FIFA releases 2018 World Cup ball, Jack Elliot finishes 3rd in RoY voting

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Sam Allardyce interested in USMNT position, Donovan isn't, and more

Breaking News: Moar finalist for USL Rookie of the Year

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The Bethlehem Steel's Santi Moar is one of three finalists for the 2017 USL Rookie of the Year Award.

Local Spotlight: Refugee Team inspires city during 2017 Philadelphia Unity Cup

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There was an inspirational team added to the 2017 Philadelphia International Unity Cup : an all-Refugee Team. Their formation story here.

The Union Academy’s 2017 seasons summarized

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PSP briefly summarizes how the older teams in its Academy have fared during calendar 2017.

News roundup: Sapong, Bedoya to USMNT, Brad Friedel to New England, Pirlo retires

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Union players get called up to their national squads, Pirlo and Rogers retire, and more

Season review: Andre Blake

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The Union's No. 1 has been nominated for Goalkeeper of the Year again, so clearly his season went well. But it's less clear what lies ahead for the Jamaican international.

Who’s ready to jump from USL to MLS?

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PSP analyzes which of the Bethlehem Steel's players might be ready to jump to the Union first team.

News roundup: MLS playoff insanity! Altidore v. Kljestan, Crew fairy tale continues, Houston shock Portland, more

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MLS playoff insanity! Altidore v. Kljestan, Crew fairy tale continues, Houston shock Portland.

Footy On The Telly November 3-10

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With Premier League, Bundesliga, MLS Cup Playoffs and even NASL Championship, you could watch great footy from dawn to midnight this Sunday. Also this week: the FA Cup, Copa MX, Copa Argentina, a dash of WC 2018 Qualifiers, some notable Friendlies including USWNT, and League fixtures elsewhere.

Assessing the Union departures

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PSP assesses the personnel departures announced by Philadelphia Union this week.

Season review: Alejandro Bedoya’s year

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Photo by Earl Gardner Did the Philadelphia Union get the most out of Alejandro Bedoya this year? Did he provide what you'd expect a U.S. National team member to? Did he live up to expectations? I'd venture to guess that a lot of Union supporters would answer "no" to the [...]

News roundup: Union, Steel announce 2018 roster moves, Curtin returns, Stewart speaks of consistency

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Both teams announced roster moves, Earnie Stewart and Curtin hold their last press conference for the season, and more in today's roundup.

2017 Philadelphia International Unity Cup: A review so far

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The second Philadelphia Unity Cup is next weekend. Matt McClain has a recap of the action up to this point.

Bethlehem Steel FC announce 2018 off-season roster moves, Matt Real returns

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Bethlehem Steel FC have announced roster moves in preparation for the 2018 season. Details and brief analysis here.

Players we watched: end of season edition

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The final entry in a season-long series entitled, "Players to watch."

Union end of season presser: Curtin stays, Pontius leaving, more

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Earnie Stewart and Jim Curtin spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon, confirming that Curtin will return as head coach and that the club will continue to build on the foundation laid over the past two seasons.

Jim Curtin to return as Union head coach in 2018

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Union sporting director Earnie Stewart confirms the local product will be back to lead the club on the field next season.

Union decline contract options on Ilsinho, Herbers, Onyewu, Wijnaldum, Edu

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The Union cleared a bunch of roster space with Wednesday's moves, which Earnie Stewart and Jim Curtin will discuss in a press conference this afternoon.

Monday’s night’s player development lessons

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While Red Bulls did not win Monday night's first leg hosting Toronto in the playoffs, their excellent player development process was fully on display.

Season Review: The missteps

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The Union made more than a few mistakes this year, but a handful stand out as specific moments where things went wrong.

News roundup: Alberg signs with Bulgarian side, Crew blow out NYC, more

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Roland Alberg has officially signed with CSKA Sofia, two Union players are finalists for end-of-year awards, a bunch of awesome Columbus news, and more in today's roundup.