The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2017

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Keegan Rosenberry

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Greg and Mike talk with right back Keegan Rosenberry and preview the upcoming Union season.

Postgame video: USA 1-0 Germany

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USWNT head coach Jill Ellis, Carli Lloyd, Christen Press, Lynn Williams, Samantha Mewis and Casey Short spoke to the media after 1:0 victory against Germany in Chester. PSP was there and has video.

Player to watch: Fabian Herbers

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Last year, Herbers gradually worked his way into the lineup and become a key contributor. Where does he fit this year? New PSP writer Zac DeMedio looks at this intriguing second year player.

Preview: Philadelphia Union at Vancouver Whitecaps

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PSP's Adam Cann talked with reporter Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Sun to get a sense of just what to expect from the Whitecaps, and he produced this somewhat unorthodox match preview.

Elegy for Michael Farfan’s career and the Union that never were

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PSP's Dan Walsh looks back on the Philadelphia Union star who never was but could have been, and he considers whether the young Union players of today will stick around long enough to become athletic idols for a generation of young fans.

Question to answer: Can Jim Curtin get the most out of his players?

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PSP's Philadelphia Union season previews wraps up with the most pressing question facing the team: Is their coach up to the challenge, and can he get the most out of his talent to fashion a winning team?

News roundup: Trash talk, USWNT in Chester, Dallas through in CCL, Steel down Nova, more

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Alejandro Bedoya reveals Union locker room dynamics and the USWNT score a victory in Chester.

USWNT downs Germany 1-0 in Chester

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Lynn Williams scored the lone goal to lead the U.S. Women's National Team to a 1-0 victory over Germany in the SheBelieves Cup on Wednesday.

Match report: Villanova 2-3 Bethlehem Steel

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Santi Moar led Bethlehem to victory in another warmup for the Union's USL affiliate.

Video: USWNT stalwarts talk to media ahead of Germany match

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Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Kristen Press, and head coach Jill Ellis spoke to the media ahead of tonight's U.S. Women's National Team match against Germany in Chester. PSP was there and has video.

Tactical season preview: New and … improved?

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Philadelphia Union's roster changes necessitate a different tactical approach in 2017.

Union questions: Who will score the goals?

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Who will score the goals for a Union side seeking an offensive identity?

Player to Watch: Derrick Jones

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Mental quick study Derrick Jones may become the first product of the Union Academy and wholly-owned affiliate Bethlehem Steel FC to start for the Union as a complementary player to Haris Medunjanin and Alejandro Bedoya.

Fans’ View: Philadelphia Union kick off their 8th season

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After an emotional 2016, Philadelphia Union embark on their eighth season. Second year Sporting Director Earnie Stewart has made a number of moves this offseason leaving fans anticipating a playoff run.

News roundup: Union starting lineup?, GK McGuire trialing, new roster rules, more

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First choice squad practicing?, goalie on trial, new roster rules, preseason predictions, and the rest of the day's news.

On openers: Memory and possibility

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With the Union's season opener looming on Sunday, Peter Andrews ponders his relationship with season openers.

Readers poll: Philadelphia Union predictions

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How will the Union do this year? Who will be their MVP? How would you grade their off-season? Will Maurice Edu ever make it back? Vote on these questions and more in our preseason readers poll.

Question to answer: Are the Union a playoff team?

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Can the Union meet or even exceed the benchmark they set last season? PSP's Jim O'Leary takes stock.

Player to watch: Oguchi Onyewu

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What can we expect from Oguchi Onyewu in 2017?

News roundup: Roster upgrades, U-20’s top Mexico, more

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How much has the Union roster really improved from last year and a historic win for the US U-20's over Mexico.

Questions to answer: Philadelphia Union and the season ahead

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PSP's season preview on Philadelphia Union kicks off with this introduction to our weeklong series, Questions to Answer.

Player to watch: Haris Medunjanin

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Our Philadelphia Union season preview kicks off with the first of a weeklong series, Players to Watch, as PSP's Dan Walsh looks at the deep-lying playmaker expected to key the Union's attack this season.

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Stock rising/falling: Union 2-3 DC United

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The Union wrapped up preseason play with dispiriting 3-2 loss to DC United. Which players took advantage of the opportunity? New PSP writer Nick Fishman breaks it down.

News roundup: Union fall in last preseason game, Elliott signed, new PRO guidelines, more

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Union fall 3-2 to DCU, Elliott signed, new points of emphasis for MLS refs, Brek Shea traded, and the rest of the day's news.

Preseason match report: Philadelphia Union 2-3 DC United

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Philadelphia Union gave up three early goals and only pulled two back in the second half as they finished out an uneven preseason with a loss to DC United.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Oguchi Onyewu

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New centerback and USMNT veteran Oguchi Onyewu talks to Greg Orlandini about signing with the Union and working with the young back line.

Stock rising/falling: Union-Impact 2-2

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Who helped their case for the season opener, who looks bench-bound following the Union's 2-2 draw with Montreal?

Footy on the Telly – Feb. 24 – Mar. 3

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We're trying a new format hope you like it. Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online and on satellite radio. We tryto make these listings as accurate and complete as possible, but matches get cancelled, broadcasters change listings, we make mistakes, and so on. If you see [...]

News roundup: Starting lineup still TBD, Picault injured, new “Pre-Academy”, more

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At least one starting spot up for grabs, Picault injury, new "Pre-Academy", Ranieri sacked, and the rest of the day's news.

All Three Points podcast: Raring to go

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The All Three Points duo are back in the saddle after a long and eventful offseason.

Steel Profile: Josh Heard

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A glance at the potential of Bethlehem Steel midfielder Josh Heard

Loving Jim: Apologizing for Curtin in 2017

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Jim Curtin has a lot to prove in 2017. How Union fans measure that improvement is up for debate.

News roundup: Union give up two leads, Steel win big, CCL fever, more

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A late goal leads to a Union draw, Bethlehem crushes Junior Lone Star, all-MLS CCL draw, and a bevy of preseason action.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Montreal Impact

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Montreal twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against the Union in preseason play.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel FC 7-0 Junior Lone Star

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Bethlehem dominated the NPSL side from Philly in a scrimmage that was as much for conditioning as it was for the soccer.

Steel continuity and change from 2016 to 2017

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PSP's Tim Jones provides a brief look at some of the changes coming to Bethlehem Steel and USL this season.

News roundup: Impact game preview, Medunjanin speaks, Champions League fireworks, more

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Union-Impact game preview and watch information, Medunjanin conference call, Antoine Hoppenot scores, USMNT U-20s win, crazy Champions League day, and more!

PSP transition update No. 2

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An update on the ongoing transition at The Philly Soccer Page.

Philadelphia may have improved, but so has everyone else

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Philadelphia Union could be the most improved team in the Eastern Conference, but when teams like Toronto can pick up guys like Victor Vazquez, it means most teams are getting better thanks to TAM. PSP's Dan Walsh explains.

News roundup: Pressure on Curtin, youth movement, expansion expectations, more

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Jim Curtin welcomes the pressure in 2017, preseason minutes reveal Bethlehem Steel players making a push for the Union roster, inaugural season previews for Atlanta and Minnesota, and sideline pies.

The Medunjanin manifesto

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It was just one game, but Union fans can now dream about what Haris Medunjanin will mean to the team. PSP's Peter Andrews spotlights what the Bosnian showed in Saturday's preseason match.

Stock rising/falling: Union 1-0 Rowdies

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Haris Medunjanin, Adam Najem and Ray Gaddis really stood out, but who hurt themselves in the Union's Saturday friendly? New PSP writer Jim O'Leary breaks it down.

News update: Union beat Rowdies, VAR issues red, Harkes fired, more

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Union 1-0 Rowdies, HCI Preseason schedule, Video Assistant Referee helps issue red, USMNT U-20s lose, Harkes fired, and more.

Preseason match report: Tampa Bay Rowdies 0-1 Philadelphia Union

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Derrick Jones scored the lone goal of the match as Philadelphia Union defeated Tampa Bay Rowdies in their opening Suncoast Invitational match.

News update: Union preseason roster, BSFC preseason schedule, and more

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Full Union preseason roster with jersey numbers, Bethlehem announces three preseason games, Ayuk called up to Cameroon U-20s, Nanco offered Bethlehem contract, and more.

Footy on the Telly, Feb. 18-24

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Jay Simpson

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Matt DeGeorge joins Greg and Mike to talk Union signings and preseason excitement.

News roundup: USMNT uniform drop, Ayuk’s future, Union scrimmage, more

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Eric Ayuk falling down the depth chart, new red USMNT jersey introduced, Vancouver and NYC announce big signings, more news.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-3 Orlando City

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C.J. Sapong equalized for the Union and Ilson, Jr. produced a brilliant goal as the Union played to a 3-3 draw in a 135-minute scrimmage that was not available for viewing by the public.

Steel profile: Cory Burke

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PSP continues our series of profiles looking at key contributors for Bethlehem Steel FC. Up this week is Jamaican international Cory Burke.

News roundup: Medunjanin insights, MLS transfer window open, more

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All the MLS off-season moves can become official starting today. The Linc will host a Gold Cup QF Doubleheader. Champions League update. More!

News roundup: Ink is for more than contracts

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The Union hire a Chief Tattoo Officer, Oneywu over Tribbett, Medunjanin in Florida, Rampone's retirement, and more.

Deconstructing the “injury-prone” label

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Is Josh Yaro injury-prone or is something else at play? PSP's Dan Walsh looks at the different factors that lead to frequent injuries for certain types of players and hazards a guess on how this affects the sidelined Union defender.

News roundup: The preseason marches on

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Daily news roundups are back! Catch up on soccer news from the last week.

Deconstructing the “injury-prone” label

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Is Josh Yaro injury-prone or is something else at play? PSP's Dan Walsh looks at the different factors that lead to frequent injuries for certain types of players and hazards a guess on how this affects the sidelined Union defender.

News roundup: Ink is for more than contracts

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The Union hire a Chief Tattoo Officer, Oneywu over Tribbett, Medunjanin in Florida, Rampone's retirement, and more.

No Yaro, no problem?

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Josh Yaro's injury opens the way for someone else to claim a starting center back spot for Philadelphia Union next to Richie Marquez. Who will step up? PSP's Peter Andrews looks at the candidates.

PSP transition update

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A quick update on PSP's ongoing transition.

News roundup: The preseason marches on

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Daily news roundups are back! Catch up on soccer news from the last week.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-1 Chicago Fire

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Michael de Leeuw scored the lone goal to drop the Union in a closed door scrimmage in Bradenton, Florida.

Josh Yaro undergoes shoulder surgery

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The Union announced that Josh Yaro will miss three to four months after shoulder surgery.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Matthew DeGeorge

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Matt DeGeorge joins Greg and Mike to talk Union signings and preseason excitement.

James Chambers: Elder statesman

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Bethlehem's lone returning veteran, James Chambers, will play a central role on a young squad in 2017.

Union sign Adam Najem

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Following a trade for his rights, the Union announced the signing of attacking midfielder Adam Najem.

PSP’s midweek bits ‘n bobs

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Notes from Jay Simpson's presser, insight into the academic side of the Union academy, and lots of Gulati quotes.

Auston Trusty: Trailblazer

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Auston Trusty broke new ground in 2016, and he can do so much more going forward.

The Union are a veteran team built to win now

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PSP's Dan Walsh looks at how Earnie Stewart quickly turned a young team with a smattering of veterans into a veteran team with a smattering of youth.

Five Union preseason battles to watch

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As Phase Two of preseason heats up, PSP's Peter Andrews breaks down five key positional battles on what might be the deepest Philadelphia Union team ever.

Steel profiles: Brendan Burke

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PSP's series of Bethlehem Steel player profiles actually starts with the coach.

Union sign draft pick Marcus Epps

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The Union's second round draft pick is their first draftee to sign with the first team this year.

We want you! Help wanted at PSP

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PSP is looking for volunteers to write about Philadelphia Union, MLS and Bethlehem Steel FC, among other things, as well as editors and copy editors to help run the site.

The Ball’s Gotta Move: Chapter Twenty

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Josh Trott's fictional soccer story wraps up as Jimmy faces the off season. I could tell you about the rest of that year. I mean, English wasn't my best subject, I hated Romeo and Juliet and ended up with a C on the year, plus I slacked a little at [...]

International friendly recap: USMNT 1–0 Jamaica

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The second game of the Bruce Arena 2.0 Era had a finer sheen than the first, as the US defeated Jamaica, 1–0.

Transcript: Jim Curtin’s preseason conference call

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Jim Curtin spoke with the media on Friday about the shape of the Union midfield, Oguchi Onyewu's preferred side of the pitch, and the big impression Fabian Herbers has made so far in preseason.

A transition at The Philly Soccer Page

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With Ed Farnsworth stepping down as PSP's managing editor, this publication is about to go through a major transition. Here's what we're thinking -- and how we'll miss Ed.

Picault signed, Bedoya/Pontius vs Blake in USA-JAM friendly tonight, league news, more

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Union add a speedy winger. Union teammates face off in tonight's USA-Jamaica friendly. League news. For and against Trump travel ban. A thank you.

Footy on the Telly, Feb. 3-9

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio.

Union sign Fabrice “Fafa” Picault

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Picault is a Union trialist no more.

What Medunjanin will bring and other Union bits, league news, more

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Insight into new signing Haris Medunjanin and other Union news. SoB election results. Steel open preseason training. League news. more.

Transcript: Oguchi Onyewu on signing for Philadelphia Union

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Oguchi Onyewu discussed the role he would like to play for Philadelphia Union and how he recovered from injury to earn a chance in MLS in 2017.

Union complete off-season with whirlwind of signings

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The Union hit for a hat trick of signings this week. PSP's Dan Walsh takes a closer look at each signing, changes that Incomplete grade for the off-season, and considers if these moves could pave the way for Roland Alberg's departure.

Union sign Medunjanin, St. Pauli says Picault to join the Union, more news

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More roster moves for the Union and other Union bits. League news. More.