The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2017

U. S. Open In Pictures: Union 1 (3) – 1 (5) Red Bulls

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Wednesday nights as the Philadelphia Union were eliminated from the U. S. Open Cup in penalty kick by the New York Red Bulls 1 (5)-1 (3). Here's what he saw.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution

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This weekend against New England, Philadelphia could take a step upward in the standings and set the tone at the halfway point of the season.

Players to watch: players we watched, part III

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Before the season began, the staff at Philly Soccer Page identified a group of players that seemed likely to have a large impact on the 2017 side's success. Halfway through, it's worth taking a look how that group have performed.

Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution quick reference

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Get up to speed on the Union-Revolution series history with highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and match stats.

News roundup: Jesse Gonzalez approved for USMNT switch

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Reading beats Ocean City, Germany flattens Mexico, MLS injuries, and the rest of the day's news.

Footy On The Telly June 30 – July 7

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This week, The Union Must Win (twice, don't they?), USMNT and Mexico Friendlies, FIFA Confederations Cup finals, UEFA Euro U21 Final, Copa Sudamericana, and Copa Libertadores

Stock rising, stock falling: New York Red Bulls 1 (5)-1 (3) Philadelphia Union

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PSP takes a look at who is rising and who is falling after a wild affair in Harrison, N.J.

Coach credits “continuity” for recent Steel success

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The Steel have been winning lately, and Coach Burke attributes it to continuity.

Daily roundup: Union lose on PKs, US Open Cup upsets, more

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The Union are knocked out of the Open Cup and more in today's roundup.

Match report: New York Red Bulls 1 (5) – 1 (3) Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia had the Red Bulls on the ropes but failed to capitalize before falling in a shootout in yet another epic Open Cup match.

The anatomy of an amazing save

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PSP breaks down Andre Blake's spectacular, game-defining save against D.C. United, looking at what led to it and how he did it.

Why MLS is more exciting than the EPL

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Collin Deckert explains how the EPL is not as exciting as MLS, and why.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through June 24

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Philadelphia's odds improve, but are still in a deep hole. Chicago stays on top.

Bethlehem, Reading and West Chester play for charity

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Match results were less significant than the act of playing during Tuesday's benefit doubleheader in West Chester, providing support to the Connecticut town that lost so many small children in a 2012 school shooting.

In Pictures: Bethlehem Steel Vs Newtown FC 6/27/2017

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PSP Photographer Mikey Reeves was on hand for the charity soccer game between Bethlehem Steel and Newtown FC on June 27th. Bethlehem Steel and Newtown FC stand together before the night's charity game begins. Santi Moar splits defenders while heading down field. Amoy Brown sets things up from the corner.

News roundup: FIFA’s Garcia Report released in full

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Union set to take on NYRB, Union academy season comes to a close, Toronto wins Canadian Championship, and the rest of the day's news.

Tactical analysis: Union 1-0 DC United

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The Union got a big win over DC United at home, but controlling a match in the late moments remains a big issue.

Five thoughts on the Union: Medunjanin’s class and more

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PSP's Dan Walsh shares some thoughts on the Union, starting with Haris Medunjanin's class and running through to the lesson the Union should learn from the Chicago Fire's signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Player of the week: Andre Blake

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Andre Blake came up huge as his departure to the Gold Cup creeps closer. The Jamaican is our player of the week.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at New York Red Bulls

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The Union head up I-95 to try for a U.S. Open Cup match against the rival New York Red Bulls.

News roundup: Picault’s spotlight, NASL soccer city, Gold Cup roster postures, more

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Fafa Picault's play is earning praise, Gold Cup roster snubs and opportunism, Euro stars invest in San Diego, and the summer Champions League qualifiers you've never heard of.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 1-0 D.C. United

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Just like the fireworks after the match, some players sparkled while others fizzled. Catch up with PSP's player ratings after the Union's victory over D.C. United.

The Union ship of Theseus

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When Earnie Stewart took the helm of the Philadelphia Union, he inherited a fanbase so tired of failure as to mutiny against the team's ownership. How each defines that relationship is a significant part of the team's "now" narrative.

All Three Points podcast: Let’s get philosophical

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After an Icarus-like flight close to the sun that is decent play, the Union crashed back down to earth over the course of the next three games, before beating the worst team in the league, 1–0. Chris and Jeremy cope by getting philosophical.

A closer look at Tuesday’s Sandy Hook soccer benefit in West Chester

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The beautiful game will be used In West Chester Tuesday night to raise awareness and provide assistance in on-going response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy of 2012. PSP describes and explains.

In pictures: Union 1-0 DC United

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Sebastien Le Toux made his return to Talen Energy Stadium. Oguchi Onyewu D.C. United coach Ben Olen. Time to take the field. Jim Curtin The National Anthem. C.J. Sapong looks to break up a play. Seba started for DC United. Giliano Wijnaldumgot the start for the Union. Gooch looks to [...]

News roundup: Blake saves 3 points

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Medunjanin causes ref to rescind red, Bedoya and Blake to the Gold Cup, USWNT #1, and the rest of the day's news.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-0 D.C. United

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A Fafa Picault strike, an Andre Blake penalty save, and a red card given... then rescinded highlighted Philadelphia Union's first win since May, a 1-0 home victory over D.C. United.

Postgame video: Union 1-0 D.C. United

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PSP's Peter Andrews and Philly Voice's Kevin Kinkead break down the match. Union fans sound off on their home team and D.C. United. Interviews with goalscorer Fafa Picault, Alejandro Bedoya and Man of the Match Andre Blake. Postgame press conferences with Jim Curtin and Ben Olsen.

In pictures: Union 0-2 Red Bulls

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PSP photographer Dan Gajdamowicz was on the scene for the Union's loss. Take a look at the action.

Philadelphia Union vs D.C. United quick reference

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Get up to speed with the Union's series history against DC with our quick reference. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

News roundup: Union set to face D.C. United

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San Jose sign DP attacking mid, Saief officially part of USMNT, muffins, tractors, and the rest of the day's news.

Footy on the Telly – June 23-30

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This week, The Union Must Win (twice, don't they?), FIFA Confederations Cup, UEFA Euro U21, Copa Sudamericana, Segunda Playoffs, and a lot of soccer history.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. Union

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The Union need a win. D.C. comes to town fresh off a slump-busting midweek win over Atlanta. Can the Union take the season series at home on Saturday?

Who is Elías Aguilar?

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Elias Aguilar was training with the team in Chester yesterday, but what if it was more than just "training"?

Fans’ View: Five reasons why Philly needs an NWSL team

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Philly is one of the largest sports markets, yet we still don't have a top-tier women's professional sports team. My 5 reasons why we need to change this.

News roundup: Costa Rican CAM training with Union, more

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Might the Union have finally found Tranquillo Barnetta's replacement? News on Union trialist Elías Aguilar and a strange collection of news from around the U.S. and world.

Two mid-June details

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Bethlehem Steel lie 5th in the Eastern Conference table of the USL, and YSC Academy graduated its class of 2017 all but one of whom are off to college. The exception will accumulate college credits on line under the aegis of academy head of school Nooha Ahmed-Lee.

News roundup: Bethlehem Steel wins third straight

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Tony DiCicco passes away, DCU acquires Deshorn Brown, and the rest of the day's news.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through June 18

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Philadelphia's playoffs chances continue to crash. Also, the USOC chances get bleak due to unlucky draw.

Rubber Match report: Harrisburg City Islanders 0 – Bethlehem Steel FC 1

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Philadelphia Union's second string defense keep a clean sheet, and Captain James Chambers took the game's only goal early in he second half to win the Bethlehem Steel's season series against Harrisburg.

Tactical analysis: Union 0-2 New York Red Bulls

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The Union were never on the front foot, but still had two big chances to take points against a New York team that was disjointed in attack.

Time for changes on defense

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The Union's current back four isn't good enough with the ball and aren't part of the team's future. Peter Andrews on why it's time to change course.

News roundup: Straight reds, Steel-City, leaky kits, more

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Derrick Jones' straight red was hardly surprising, the Steel take on a struggling rival, Pfeffer living the co-ed life, charges have been dropped against Sheanon Williams, and all your daily news.

Player of the week: Adam Najem

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With the Union looking for answers, one may reside in Bethlehem. Adam Najem shined against NYRBII last weekend. Is our player of the week Philadelphia's next attempt to solve the no. 10 riddle?

Postgame video: Union 0-2 Red Bulls

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PSP's Mike Servedio and Peter Andrews break down the match. Union fans sound off on the Union and Red Bulls. Interviews with Haris Medunjanin, Andre Blake and Jack Elliott. Postgame press conference with Jim Curtin.

Player ratings: New York Red Bulls 2-0 Philadelphia Union

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Plenty of players share the responsibility for the Union's loss against the Red Bull's. This week's Player Ratings will explain who.

News roundup: Union wilt in the heat

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Bethlehem and Reading beat NYRB affiliates, Confederations Cup kicks off, and the rest of the day's news.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-2 New York Red Bulls

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Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice late as the Red Bulls defeated 10 man Philadelphia Union 2-0.

Philadelphia Union vs New York Red Bulls Quick Reference

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Get up to date on the Union's history against New York Red Bulls. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 2 – 0 New York Red Bulls II

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Bethlehem got their first-ever win against Red Bulls II, currently the highest scoring team in the United Soccer League.

In Pictures: Union 3-1 City Islanders

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Wednesday night as the Philadelphia Union defeat the Harrisburg City Islanders 3-1 in the Fourth round of the U. S. Open Cup.

The heat is on: Looking ahead to MLS’ summer labyrinth after the international break

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After the international break, the Union are about to hit a crucial stretch that could make or break their season.

Local pro, semipro clubs to play Sandy Hook benefits in West Chester

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Bethlehem Steel FC, Reading United, and West Chester United will join Connecticut-based -- and undefeated this year -- Newtown Pride for the benefit. Tickets are available.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls

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The Union are looking to take another three points from the Red Bulls. After Sapong's hat trick helped secure a 3-0 win in the last meeting, PSP gets you primed for what to expect on Sunday. Nick Fishman with the match preview.

News roundup: Union ready for the Demolition Derby

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Cyle Larin arrested for DUI, USSF releases tax return, and the rest of the day's news.

Footy On The Telly June 16 – 23

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This week it's the RETURN OF THE UNION! FIFA Confederations Cup, UEFA Euro U21, and Segunda Playoffs

Stock rising, stock falling: Union 3-1 Harrisburg

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The Union breezed past Harrisburg on Wednesday night. Which players helped their standing with the team, and which players failed to seize the opportunity?

Updated SEBA international forecasts through June 13

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Updates to USMNT projections after their draw at Azteca; Updates on total world cup picture

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 3-1 Harrisburg City Islanders

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Derrick Jones, Marcus Epps, and C.J. Sapong were all on target as the Union defeated Harrisburg 3-1 in the U.S. Open Cup.

Daily roundup: Open Cup upsets, Union not upset

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The Union advance, FC Cincinnati upset their opponents, and more in today's news roundup.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: The Past Two Shows – Earnie Stewart and Matthew De George

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Our last two podcasts: This week featuring Matthew De George and last week's featuring Earnie Stewart.

Today’s Union Lineup

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Should Jim Curtin use tonight's USOC match against Harrisburg judiciously to experiment?

Fans’ View: A Flashback to My Youth

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The Street Soccer USA took my back to my childhood soccer-playing days.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through June 11

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Despite only a few games this week, Philadelphia's chances continue to decline a little bit.

News roundup: Union set to take on Harrisburg City

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Union getting healthy, expansion team stadium plans, and the rest of the day's news.

Union fans are in the middle of a great story

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What do @PhilaUnion have in common w/ Inigo Montoya and Luke Skywalker? You're still in the middle of the story, dear fans. PSP's Dan Walsh explains what the Union have in common with the most beloved fictional swordsmen of the last 40 years. (Yes, really.)

A year on: 2017 Bethlehem Steel Roster v. 2016

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Tim Jones compares a younger, more versatile 2017 Bethlehem Steel roster to the team's inaugural squad.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Harrisburg City Islanders

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The Islanders make their yearly pilgrimage to Chester for the U.S. Open Cup.

Player of the week: Christian Pulisic

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PSP takes a look at Christian Pulisic's brilliant week and what he means to the local community.

News roundup: Open Cup riffs, Pulse remembrance, Arena the Phoenix, more

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The Yanks are marching and Arena's earning accolades, plus Open Cup musing, Orlando remembers, and more.

Youth development: Broad or deep?

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Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Union One question about soccer development is whether the path forward is to develop widely or to develop identified talent intensively. The ideas are not inherently at odds, but they do come into conflict when one considers that there are limited resources for development.

Match Report: St. Louis FC 1 – Bethlehem Steel FC 2

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A more disciplined high pressure approach forced by the second half headwind brought the Steel a come back win with an equalizer from Seku Conneh and the winner from James Chambers.

World Cup Qualifying recap: Mexico 1–1 USMNT

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The U.S. earned a vital and hard-fought point in Mexico City on Sunday night, drawing 1–1 with Mexico. Michael Bradley scored a worldy to get the result.

News roundup: USMNT take a point out of Estadio Azteca

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Bethlehem win in St. Louis, USWNT win in Norway, England wins U-20 World Cup, and the rest of the day's news.

Updated SEBA international forecasts through June 8

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How can stats forecast the Hex for the USMNT? Chris Sherman has the latest.

World Cup Qualifying recap: USMNT 2–0 Trinidad & Tobago

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The U.S. downed Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday night, getting a vital win in their march toward qualification for Russia.

Footy On The Telly June 9 – 16

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This week it's World Cup Qualifying, the US v El Tri, the U20 World Cup Finals, a dash of MLS, some Friendlies, African Cup of Nations, and the Spanish Segunda with the most televised club fixtures.

News roundup: Pulisic! leads USMNT to 2-0 victory

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Union dealing with numerous minor injuries, USWNT wins 1-0, U.S. youth international training with Union, and the rest of the day's news.

Local Spotlight: Joel Sobalbarro, teenage traveling soccer stalwart

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Our first Local Spotlight focuses on a globetrotting teenager who competed in an international tournament two months ago.

How good is Andre Blake?

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Andre Blake is the reigning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and one of the best shot-stoppers in the league. He is also such a conundrum in possession that he is holding the Union back from reaching their full potential.

Postgame video: NYCFC 2-1 Union

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Video of the postgame press conference with Jim Curtin, and interviews with Andre Blake, Fafa Picault, and Josh Yaro, after Saturday's match at Yankee Stadium.

News roundup: USMNT to face Trinidad tonight, Beckam’s stadium hopes advance, and more

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The U.S. have a big game tonight, Andre Blake receives another honor, and more in this morning's news roundup.

Union Academy graduation highlights Bethlehem Steel brotherhood

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Due to imminent overseas absence for two almost-graduates, YSC Academy held an early graduation ceremony Friday, June 2, 2017 for two members of the class of 2017. Both play for the Bethlehem Steel.

Fan’s View: Set Piece Anxiety

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It's well established by now that part of being a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan is the familiar feeling that no matter how well things seem to be going, there's always trouble lurking just ahead. Cynical maybe, but following the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, 76ers, and Union definitely built my immunity to [.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through June 4

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Chicago at the top of the power rankings. Philadelphia continues declining. They'll need to pull at least 7 points from the next three home matches to improve their playoffs outlook.

News roundup: Cory Burke gets Jamaican National Team call-up

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Arda Turan attacks journalist, controversy over an 8 year old girl, and the rest of the day's news.

Yankee Stadium’s soccer pitch is an embarrassment to MLS

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Slips, falls, pinball soccer -- NYC FC's pitch is a joke. This is not the view of an opposition fan. This comes straight from someone who grew up going to Yankee fans and should be an NYC FC fan. Read on.

Player of the week: Andre Blake

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With seven saves, five against David Villa, Andre Blake was the Union's best player. We take a closer look at PSP's player of the week.

News roundup: Union dead ball doom, Blake call-up, Pugh scores, Pulisic-dependent, more

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What does it say that the USMNT is already hooked on Pulisic? More reflections on MLS Week 14 and the USMNT squad ahead of the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.

Tactical analysis: NYCFC 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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NYC executed their tactical approach better than Philly and it paid off with a late win.

Player ratings: New York City FC 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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Up a goal through 80 minutes, the Union lost focus on two sloppy set pieces to return from the Bronx with zero points.

News roundup: A bad way and a good time to go on break

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Union lose, U-20 USMNT lose, senior USMNT draw, Union trialist, and the rest of the day's news.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 1-1 Ottawa Fury

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A saved PK and a brilliantly saved on-frame strike by the Fury keeper prevented the Steel from securing all three points. Disappointment aside, they played dominating possession soccer that was a pleasure to watch.

International friendly recap: USMNT 1–1 Venezuela

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The U.S. salvaged a draw versus Venezuela on Saturday night. The U.S. gave up a poor goal from a restart in the first half, before Christian Pulisic scored with a shot from the top of the box midway through the second.

Match report: NYCFC 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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Two late goals from NYCFC erased Fafa Picault's opener as the Union lost their second straight match, 2-1.

Updated SEBA international forecasts through May 29

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USMNT projections, World Cup/Qualifying projections, Gold Cup projections, all kinds of projections

Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC quick reference

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Highlights from our recaps and analysis/player ratings, video highlights, match stats and more.

Footy On The Telly June 2-9

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Ah June! That wonderful time of year when a Footy-Hungry world turns its eyes to World Cup Qualifying, some intriguing Friendlies, and the MLS - where there are more first-division footy fixtures televised than anywhere else in the world. Oh yeah, and that little club tournament where that Spanish team plays that Italian team.

News roundup: Yaro returns to action, Reading-Ocean City face off

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Creavalle set to make first start, Alex Morgan injured, Reading United and Ocean City in PDL's game of the week, and the rest of the day's news.

Match Preview: New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Union travel to Yankee Stadium looking to avenge a 2-0 defeat earlier in the season. Can Jim Curtin find scoring depth? Will the back line contain David Villa? PSP gets you ready for Saturday's match against NYCFC.

Finding a 10: What took so long?

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Ilsinho has been the best fit at the 10 this season. But why did it take so long to get him there? And will it take that long the next time a change needs to be made?

Daily News Roundup: U-20s Advance, Lamar Hunt action, and more.

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The U-20s advance, MLS midweek matches, and the rest of the day's news