The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2017

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Fabian Herbers

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Greg and Mike talk with Fabian Herbers, preview the match with D.C. United, and discuss the USMNT's World Cup Qualifying matches.

Full transcript and notes: Jim Curtin’s weekly presser

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Jim Curtin talked injuries, a big game against DC United, and Christian Pulisic on Wednesday afternoon.

The Union Bible: The Book of Earnest: Ch 17, Vs. 1-3

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Back by popular demand, The Union Bible! Read on for the gospel, or something not remotely like it.

News roundup: Curtin presser, return from break, Fire World Cup champs, more

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The Union return from international break, Schweini arrives stateside, and other news tidbits.

Have the Union answered our questions?

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Jim O'Leary asks if we know more about this team after three games than we did in preseason?

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at D.C. United

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The Union aim for their first win in seven months when they travel to RFK Stadium on Saturday. PSP previews the match.

Bethlehem Steel outlook for 2017

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Preseason is over for the Steel. It is time to fearlessly forecast their future. PSP's Tim Jones looks at Bethlehem's projected lineup, how they'll play, and how the Union loanees and Union Academy players fit in.

Fans’ View: Leadership on the pitch

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The Union have all the talent they need for success, but they lack the leadership to bring them all together to win. Fans' View writer John Fleming draws on his military experience for comparison.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through March 26

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Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through March 26

News roundup: USMNT draw Panama 1-1, MLS roster news, and more

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USMNT grab a point in Panama, roster news from around MLS, Drogba to Phoenix, and the rest of the day's news.

Union Pre-Academy gets it right — a parent’s view

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Tryouts for Philadelphia Union's inaugural Junior Pre-Academy have begun. PSP contributor Scott Pugh shares his perspective as his young son goes out for the team.

Alejandro Bedoya, for club and country

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After Alejandro Bedoya's 75-minute appearance for the United States in their demolition of Honduras on Friday night, Peter Andrews discusses the differences in his game when with the national team and with the Union. Plus, Pulisic!

SEBA World Cup projections, qualification, and more projections

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World Cup projections, qualification, gold cup, every kind of cup forecast. Oh, and you will also find complaining about the FIFA rankings algorithm.

News roundup: Union fan survey, new Steel brass, Panama previews, more

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The positives and negatives of being a Union fan and every angle imaginable ahead of tonight's WCQ match versus Panama.

World Cup Qualifying preview: Panama v USMNT

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After thrashing Honduras on Friday, spirits are up, and the USMNT looks to notch another win in the Hex versus Panama.

In Pictures: Union 3-1 Steel FC

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Saturday afternoon as the Union played Steel FC in an extended training session friendly open to Bethlehem's season ticket holders.

News roundup: USMNT wins 6-0, Union win scrimmage, and more

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USMNT smashes Honduras, Union beat Steel in scrimmage, Yaro back at practice, and the rest of the day's news.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-1 Bethlehem Steel

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C.J. Sapong scored twice, but Bethlehem held their own for much of the match in their final USL season tuneup. PSP has a match report.

World Cup Qualifying recap: USMNT 6-0 Honduras

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The United States demolished Honduras behind Christian Pulisic and Clint Dempsey in Bruce Arena's first game back in charge.

All Three Points podcast: Expectations versus reality

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So, the season has officially begun, which means there are actual games to discuss, though a notable lack of wins...

News roundup: Simpson returns to training, Creavalle on national duty, and more

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Simpson back to training, Creavalle off to Guyana, and the rest of the day's news.

News roundup: Simpson returns to training, Creavalle on national duty, and more – FRIDAY

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... and the rest of the day's news.

Footy on the Telly – March 27 – 31

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and (sometimes) on satellite radio. As always, we try to make these listings as accurate as possible, but matches get cancelled, broadcasters change their listings, we make mistakes, etc. If you see an error or a new listing that we may [...]

World Cup Qualifying preview: USMNT v Honduras

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The US faces Honduras on Friday as they try to right the ship in Hexagonal Qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Parramore: An outsider’s view of the Orlando City stadium experience

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PSP's Chris Gibbons writes about his remarkable fan experience in Orlando last weekend and reflects on what it says about Philadelphia Union in Chester.

News roundup: Unfortunate 45, Picault possibilities, local club news, more

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Curtin wax tactical about beating the press, area soccer tryouts and news, and can the Yanks right the ship in the hex?

Full transcript: Jim Curtin’s midweek presser

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Jim Curtin talked about a rough first half in Orlando, Fafa Picault's contributions, and Jay Simpson's health in his midweek press conference.

Player of the week: Zack Steffen

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This week, PSP's player of the week is a Downingtown native Zack Steffen of the Columbus Crew.

Fans’ View: The great unknown

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The great unknown. Those three words could sum up the feelings of many Union fans entering the season. Unknown because it's uncertain how the new signings (Oguchi Onyewu, Jay Simpson, Harris Medunjanin, etc.) will pan out. Unknown because we have idea when the players absent due to injury (Maurice Edu, [.

Meet Santi Moar

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Santi Moar, a Spanish left channel attacker, has made a strong impression in preseason, providing defense, assists,and goals.

News roundup: Bedoya off to USMNT camp, International Champions Cup teams announced, and more

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Bedoya off to play with the national team, 8 big European teams heading stateside, HCI signs two, and the rest of the day's news.

News roundup: Bedoya off to USMNT camp, International Champions Cup teams announced, and more – WEDNESDAY

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Bedoya off to play with the national team, 8 big European teams heading stateside, HCI signs two, and the rest of the day's news.

Where the Union stand

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We are three weeks into the MLS season. What fate lays in store for the Philadelphia Union?

News roundup: Orlando’s blanket, Schweini signs, Cassar out, more

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Player ratings, Orlando's shut-down strategy, and should the Union chase Polster after Schweini signing?

Post-match analysis: Union at Orlando City SC

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Philadelphia Union were timid and impatient, and Orlando City used speed to pounce of the defense's mistakes.

Prize-winning Club Frontera documentary screening & discussion Wednesday at Villanova

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Club Frontera, an award-winning documentary about Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles, will be screened for free at Villanova University Wednesday followed by a discussion with the director.

Player ratings: Union 1-2 Orlando City SC

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Our weekly absolutely scientific and not at all arbitrary player ratings from the Union's latest match.

News roundup: Union lose in Orlando, Wood out for USMNT matches, and more

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Union fall in Orlando, Wood out for USMNT, Gold Cup to expand to 16 teams?, and the rest of the day's news.

In pictures: Bethlehem Steel vs Notre Dame U.

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PSP photographer Mikey Reeves was on hand for Bethlehem Steel's preseason match with the University of Notre Dame on March 17. Auston Trusty clears the ball away from the Notre Dame attacker. Hugh Roberts brings the ball up the pitch. Jake McGuire quickly throws the ball out to the [...]

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-2 Orlando City SC

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Cyle Larin proved the difference in the Union's first loss of the season, a 2-1 defeat in Orlando.

Union v Orlando quick reference

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

News roundup: Simpson has bruised lung, Yaro cleared to run, CAF shakeup, more

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Simpson likely out due to a bruised lung, Yaro cleared to start running next week, CAF presidential election surprise, and the rest of the day's news.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel 1-2 Notre Dame

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Najem, Moar, and Epps impress, but Bethlehem Steel fall 2-1 to Notre Dame in the second of two preseason scrimmages.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel 1-1 Harrisburg City Islanders

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A hybrid side of Steel professionals and Academy amateurs holds Harrisburg City Islanders full preseason squad in the wind in Wayne.

Footy on the Telly, March 17 – 24

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and (sometimes) on satellite radio. Cheers and jeers have been heard from Footy on the Telly readers, and as a result we are trying a hybrid format. The limiting factor has been, and will continue to be, the time this editor [...]

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Haris Medunjanin

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Union midfielder Haris Medunjanin joins Greg and Mike in this edition.

What Atlanta United’s early success means for the Union

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Atlanta United's big start poses a stark comparison for Philadelphia Union. PSP's Rob Elder breaks it out.

In pictures: Philadelphia Union “Meet the Team” day

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Wednesday for the Union's "Meet the Team" and media day.

Pulisic scores again, Bedoya gets call-up, Eric Ayuk’s whereabouts, more news

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Photo: Paul Rudderow Philadelphia Union The Union posts photos of indoor practice after the whole Delaware Valley is shrouded in snow. Alejandro Bedoya has been called up to the U.S. national team for upcoming World Cup qualifiers. More below. The Brotherly Game's Matt Ralph does some detective work on Eric [.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at Orlando City SC-THURSDAY

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We take a look at the upcoming Philadelphia-Orlando match. Here is a few things to watch when the teams take the field in central Florida.

Fans’ View: What is this Fan Council thing?

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As readers of this website know, I am not shy about sharing my opinion. So when offered the opportunity to have ongoing small group discussions with the front office, I said "Sign me up!" Last year early in the season, the Union put out a call for fans to apply [...]

Steel profile: Anthony Fontana

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Is Newark Delaware's Anthony Fontana, a YSC Academy junior who practiced with the Philadelphia Union start-to-finish this preseason, their next home grown signing?

Updated MLS and USL SEBA projections through March 12

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* As I will be on vacation next week with limited access to my computer/programs, there will not be a new forecast next week. I will run it for over-time-graph purposes, but the next published forecast will be on the 29th. Below are the updated season forecasts using data [...]

In Pictures: Philadelphia Union 2 – 2 Toronto FC

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Saturday night as the Union came back to tie Toronto 2-2 on what ended up being a very frigid night.

News roundup: BSFC/HCI Friendly rescheduled, Galaxy in trouble for tweet, and more

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Bethlehem/Harrisburg friendly rescheduled, Galaxy tweet makes MLS unhappy, Leicester advances, and the rest of the day's news.

Post-match analysis: Union 2-2 Toronto FC

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Bad weather gave the Union the opportunity to grab three points against the Eastern Conference champions, but Mark Geiger wasn't having it. Post-match analysis of a promising performance in Philly's home opener.

In Pictures: A Day With The Sons Of Ben

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For additional photos please check out Earl Gardner'sFlickr page.

Player of the week: Christian Pulisic

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With a Champions League goal, Hershey's second most famous export is PSP's player of the week.

News roundup: Strike force, expected goals, WCQ call-ups, more

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A further review of weekend action and an incisive look at the numbers behind the scorelines.

Bad luck, or something more?

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Was the Union's draw on Saturday a case of pure bad luck? Or is something deeper at work in Chester? Peter Andrews takes a look at where the Union stand after two matches.

Player ratings: Union 2-2 Toronto

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PSP's weekly player report card. Please sign and return.

News roundup: Union draw Toronto, Simpson injured, Minnesota United struggling, and more

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Union draw Toronto 2-2, Simpson injured after scoring, Minnesota crushed again, and the rest of the day's news.

Postgame video: Union 2-2 Toronto

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PSP's Mike Servedio and Greg Orlandini break down the match. Interviews with Rosenberry, Blake, Medunjamin, Bedoya and Sapong. Postgame press conference with Curtin. Click on for more.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Toronto FC

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Alejandro Bedoya missed a penalty, but Philadelphia Union rode goals from Jay Simpson and C.J. Sapong to a 2-2 draw in their 2017 home opener against Toronto FC.

Union sign goalkeeper Jake McGuire

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The Union have found their third goalkeeper, who will likely play for Bethlehem Steel FC this year.

YSC Academy seniors announce college choices

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Union-affiliated YSC Academy announces its seniors' college plans, and 100% will be playing soccer somewhere.

News roundup: Philly ready for home opener, BSFC sign Nanco, and more

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Union ready to host Toronto, draft pick Nanco signs with BSFC, Derrick Jones potentially US-eligible, and the rest of the day's news.

Union vs Toronto quick reference

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Get up to speed with the Union's series history against Toronto. We've match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Footy on the Telly March 10-17

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The week's TV listings for professional soccer.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Robin Fraser

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Greg and Mike talk with Toronto Assistant Robin Fraser and preview this week's home opener, recap the draw in Vancouver, touch on Champions League results.

Players to watch: Players we watched

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PSP identified five Union Players to Watch in our season preview. PSP's Chris Gibbons takes a look at how those five players showed in the team's opener.

Match preview: Union vs Toronto FC

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The defending Eastern Conference champions come to Chester looking for their first win of the season as the Union try to show they can compete with the team that exposed them last season.

Updated MLS SEBA projections through March 5

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Updated SEBA rankings & projections through March 5th, 2017

News: Mad Beatz and other gifts from the sky

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A brief look at news proceeding national team call ups for the US, and Union news, especially the new game day experience at Talen. Map courtesy of the Philadelphia Union. Philadelphia Union Attending Saturday's game? You'll hear Mad Beatz, watch gifts descend from the sky, and see some fan generated [.

Against odds, a good start for the Union

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Everything pointed to a loss until, suddenly, it didn't. Peter Andrews provides his perspective from Vancouver on the Union's season-opening draw.

Player of the week: Derrick Jones

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There was a lot placed on the shoulders of a homegrown player making his professional debut. No one could have expected a performance like this. Derrick Jones is PSP's player of the week.

Fans’ View: First Kick to Pfeffer

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High school soccer player Collin Deckert shares his experience about what it's like to be a kid opening an MLS game on the field at Talen Energy Stadium.

News roundup: Garber tours Philly, USWNT fall, Jones praised, more

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Garber praises the Union Academy, USWNT fall 3-0 to France, Derrick Jones gets more praise, and the rest of the day's news.

Post-match analysis: Whitecaps 0-0 Union

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The Union put in a strong performance that indicates they can find success on the road, but their lack of big chances leaves questions about the attack unanswered. Adam Cann dives in with about as thorough an analysis as you're ever going to read.

Player ratings: Whitecaps 0-0 Union

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Who impressed? Who didn't? PSP hands out player ratings for the Union's opener.

USL hybrids, profits and imitating baseball

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As professional soccer evolves in the United States, it has begun to imitate the oldest of American pro sports. PSP's Tim Jones explains.

News roundup: Union play it smart, rankings galore, Garber in town, more

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The Union play it smart to earn a draw and close out the opener, plenty of meaningless league rankings, local youth connections, and the USWNT play on in the SheBelieves Cup.

Union postgame: Union 0-0 Vancouver

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From BC Place, PSP has postgame video from Derrick Jones, Alejandro Bedoya and Fafa Picault. Also, a transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame remarks.

PSP transition update

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The times are still changing. You've seen a host of new writers join PSP over the last few weeks. I like to call them the PSP Newbie Army. (That's my first time saying it aloud. Be gentle.) Nick Fishman, Rob Elder, Zac DeMedio, Jim O'Leary, Chris Gibbons, Matt Custer, and [...]

News roundup: Union draw Vancouver, Ilsinho injured, USMNT U-20s win Championship, and more

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Union and Vancouver play to a scoreless draw, Ilsinho held out due to a hamstring injury, USMNT U-20s win CONCACAF U-20 Championship, and the rest of the day's news.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-0 Vancouver Whitecaps

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Philadelphia Union earned a point on the road as they played out a tight 0-0 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place.

In pictures: USWNT-Germany in Chester

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Wednesday night as the U.S. Women's National Team defeated Germany 1-0 in the first leg of the SheBelieves Cup.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel 1-0 Temple

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Steel blanked Temple on the back of an Adam Najem goal. Fellow Union players Brian Carroll, Giliano Wijnaldum and Marcus Epps also featured.

Steel sign trialist defenders

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Bethlehem Steel FC create competition and depth at left back by signing University of Kentucky trialist Charlie Reymann from Worthington, OH

Player to watch: Alejandro Bedoya

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We look at Alejandro Bedoya, the final player in the season preview's "Players to watch" series. The U.S. international will be asked to do many things. Where will he excel, where will he struggle, and is he the face of the Philadelphia Union?

Question to answer: Will the midfield click?

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In the final post in our Questions to Answer series, Peter Andrews examines the potential combinations in the center of midfield.

2017 initial SEBA projections

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Initial 2017 MLS projections, along with how the model has changed from last season and a re-introduction as to what it is.

Union vs Whitecaps quick reference

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

News roundup: Season previews and predictions, Union head to Canada, more

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Season previews, predictions, and rankings, Union head to Canada, Diskerud cut, and the rest of the day's news.

Footy on the Telly, March 3-10

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and on satellite radio. We try to make these listings as accurate as possible, but matches get cancelled, broadcasters change their listings, we make mistakes, yadayadayada. If you see an error or a new listing that we may have missed, remember [...]

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.