The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2017

Footy on the Telly, Dec. 29 – Jan. 5

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Your Guide to great Footy all week long.

Goodbye to you, 2017

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As some of our readers might say, it's been a long season, but maybe this year (2018) will be better than the last. PSP's Dan Walsh hopes so, and he takes stock of the year that was and the year that will be.

PSP’s Plays of the Year

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It may have been a tough season overall for Philadelphia Union, but the team provided fans with some spectacular moments. PSP videographer Ryan Griffith picked out some of the top plays of the year in this collection of video highlights.

Putting the book in: American soccer literature to read this winter

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Steve Holroyd gives you some of the best American soccer books to read this winter.

News roundup: Crew loses Manneh, FC Dallas leaks list, Russian official steps down

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Plus: Temple's new head coach.

News roundup: End of year rankings, EPL Boxing Day action, more

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As the year winds down, plenty of sites are putting out their various rankings. Where do the Union players fall on those lists?

PSP Local Teams of the Year: Eastern PA ODP U17 Boys and Conestoga High School Boys

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Conestoga High School and Eastern PA ODP U-17 earned PSP's Local Teams of the Year honors.

News roundup: Pulisic Xmas miracle, Atlantic City FC, soccer coach convention in Philly, Boxing Day, more

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Can the Union sign Christian Pulisic's dog to a contract?

Coming In From The Cold: The National (Indoor) Soccer League

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Just imagine... A United States soccer league playing a winter/spring schedule...having a contract with a major television station featuring matches of the week...regularly filling stadiums to capacity...and featuring promotion and relegation. A dream come true for certain segments of the today's soccer community.

Footy on the Telly – Dec. 22 – 29

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Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day from Footy/Telly

News Roundup: Pulisic to EPL?, US Federation Presidential Candidates, USWNT announce 3rd annual #SheBelievesCup

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Casillas to MLS? Pulisic to EPL? Union promote goal scoring forward from USL affiliate Bethlehem Steel FC. USWNT announce teams, locations, and schedule for the third annual #SheBelievesCup.

Learn more about Union’s new signing Cory Burke

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The Philadelphia Union have promoted former Bethlehem striker Corey Burke to the first team. Burke is the first Steel player to be promoted from the developmental side without passing through the Union's academy.

Philadelphia Union sign striker Cory Burke

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Philadelphia Union sign striker Cory Burke after the Jamaican spent two seasons with Bethlehem Steel.

News roundup: Union re-sign 3, MLS expands to Nashville, Swansea manager-less, more

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Also: Union preseason date, Blake's European ambition, Rutgers article, RSL acquisition, MLS long-shot video, Female Young Player of Year, ManU loses, soccer books for Xmas

PSP Men’s Player of the Year: C.J. Sapong

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C.J. Sapong had a career year. What better way to celebrate it than to name him our Men's Player of the Year.

An ode to the life of a Union fan

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One PSP writer shares his seasonal optimism in verse, an ode to the life of a Union fan.

PSP Women’s and Amateur Player of the Year: Amirah Ali

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The reigning NSCAA Girls' Soccer Player of the Year is also PSP's Amateur and Women's Player of the Year. All this time, she was starring on fields right in our backyard.

With many roster needs, Bethlehem remains silent

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Bethlehem Steel FC's roster -- and its 2018 United Soccer League competitive milieu -- has not yet emerged from 2018's decision-making cocoon.

News roundup: MLS announces opening matches, expansion side

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The Union have a new television deal, MLS makes some big announcements, and more.

Coach of the Year: Brendan Burke

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Brendan Burke earns honors for steering Bethlehem Steel FC to their first ever playoff birth.

Player Ratings: Happy Holidays from the Philadelphia Union

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How did your favorite player perform in this festive holiday film?

News roundup: Draft reminiscing, CCL draw, transfer news, more

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The SuperDraft returns to Philly in a month, MLS teams earn favorable CCL draws, and more wheeling and dealing ahead of the January transfer window.

News Roundup: Happy Holidays from the Union, Kaká retires, Morgan wins CONCACAF award, and Premier League records

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Also; Sorber to LAFC, questions remain for Miami, Pulisic being a boss, and petty revenge in Italy.

Footy on the Telly Dec. 15 – 22

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This week, we've added readers' requests to follow Monterrey, Werder Bremen, St. Pauli, and Manchester City (as if no one else follows Manchester City, right?)

News roundup: MLS roster moves are heating up, Re-entry draft today, USSF campaign heats up

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MLS Re-Entry draft this afternoon, Union U-17 performed well in Florida showcase, Premier League heats up, US Soccer presidential race picks up steam

PSP Executive of the Year: Bill Salvatore

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Photo: Rob Simmons 48 teams. Over 1,200 players. Dozens upon dozens of games, scattered around the city of Philadelphia, all free to the public. A final at Lincoln Financial Field. An engagingwebsite that helps the public to follow and enjoy the tourney. Good soccer from the best teams, capped [...

Parity Crashers

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It's my parity, I can cry if I want to. Read more to see how many cheesy puns Steve Whisler can fit into one article.

Newcomer of the Year: Jack Elliott

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He deserved to win Rookie of the Year, but we didn't have a say in that matter.

NBC Sports had it right, now it’s wrong

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Christian Sandler sees some problems with NBC's "Premier League Pass"

News roundup: Hack wants back in MLS, Ayuk’s Sweden loan ends, Nagbe to Atlanta, King Pep

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Also: probable Portland coach, reaction to Stewart interview in FourFourTwo, Wayne Rooney

In Pictures: NCAA Men’s College Cup

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Your 2017 NCAA Men's College Cup champions: The Stanford Cardinal.

College Cup Review: Cold, snow, and great soccer

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The 2017 College Cup was a great weekend of soccer. The weather played a factor but it was nothing the Talen Energy Stadium crew couldn't handle.

2017 Expansion Draft: Who the Union are protecting, and what that says about 2018

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Reading the tea leaves and trying to extrapolate that to what this team will look like next season.

College Cup showcases Philly’s skill as a host

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After the College Cup and a chance at World Cup matches on the horizon, Talen Energy Stadium is a perfect host to big games.

In pictures: A year in review

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The photographers of PSP have been busy all year bringing some of the best photos of the Union. We hope you have had as much fun viewing them as we have had taking them.

News roundup: Undocumented soccer stars, local champ, Davies to ManU?, more

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Canada's Pulisic on trial in Manchester and the tough road to stardom for undocumented immigrants on and off the pitch.

News roundup: Expansion draft, MLS Cup, and Stanford wins (again)

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Also: Ayuk on the move, new financial rules for 2018, and interesting moves in a half-day trade window.

Stanford Cardinal beat undefeated Indiana, win third straight championship

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Photo by Rob Simmons Stanford Cardinal became the second team in NCAA history to win three consecutive College Cup championships Sunday afternoon, beating the only undefeated team in the nation in sudden death overtime. Defense defined this year's final. This should come as no surprise. Indiana Hoosiers entered the match [.

Stanford roll over Akron 2-0 to reach the College Cup final

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A goal in each half fired Stanford to a 2-0 victory over Akron, leaving the Cardinal just one win away from their third consecutive NCAA championship.

Indiana stays perfect with win over UNC to reach College Cup final

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Indiana's 1-0 over North Carolina sets up a dream matchup with Stanford in the College Cup final.

Footy on the Telly Dec. 8 – 15

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Check out our curated list of Footy Worth Watching

16 players to watch in the 2017 College Cup

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Nick Fishman ranks 16 players to watch as the best four teams in men's college soccer come to Philly.

NCAA College Cup semifinals preview: North Carolina vs. Indiana

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Photo courtesy of NCAA Where: Talen Energy Stadium When: Friday, December 8th, 8:45 pm How to watch: ESPNU If Friday evening's earlier semifinal between 9th seed Stanford and 5th seed Akron is a bit of a surprise match-up, the night's later match-up between perennial powerhouses North Carolina and Indiana [.

NCAA College Cup semifinals preview: Akron vs. Stanford

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With the College Cup coming to Talen Energy Stadium this weekend, Nick Fishman previews the first of Friday's semifinal doubleheader. Here's everything you need to know about Stanford and Akron.

In pictures: The Sons of Ben Help Kick Hunger

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The Sons of Ben held their annual Help Kick Hunger fundraiser over the weekend, and a familiar face showed up to join in the event. PSP's Earl Gardner was there to capture the event in photos.

The 12 days of Union Kits-mas

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The Union have donned a seasonally appropriate 12 pieces of gay apparel since their inception in 2010. We've compiled a list of the best and worst moments in each shirt.

The Union, the expansion draft, and a depth chart

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PSP guesses whom the Union will protect and expose in the LAFC expansion draft, within the context of its best understanding of the organization's current depth chart.

News roundup: Herbers training with German side, Champions League action, more

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Fabian Herbers seen training with lower-tier German side, Champions League roundup, and a new candidate for U.S. Soccer President.

Why do the Union need to wait for TAM numbers?

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Wanting to know their budget before going shopping sounds smart, but the Union need more than big-money players to succeed.

News roundup: Gulati out, Berry retires, Valeri MVP, Cup previews, more

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Sunil Gulati confirms he's not seeking another term as USSF president and a look ahead to a cold Saturday afternoon in Toronto.

News roundup: Maher on the move, Jersey girl to SKC, and Jürgen’s new job

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Also- Jermaine Jones in your ears, Pogba playing Uno, and American Outlaw optimism.

Footy on the Telly Dec. 1 – 8

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Watch or Listen to Footy around half the Globe

News roundup: Seattle to face Toronto in final

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MLS Cup finals are set, U17s lose, and more in today's roundup.