The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2017

Match Report: Bethlehem lose to Charlotte 0-4

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Bethlehem suffered their worst home defeat ever, matching the four goal loss away to New York in second game ever last season. Charlotte were simply the better team.

Match report: New England Revolution 3-0 Philadelphia Union

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Stuck in first gear, Philadelphia Union failed to trouble the New England Revolution, who rode a brace from Kei Kamara to a 3-0 victory.

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.

In Pictures: Union 3 – 0 Crew

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for Wednesday nights match, as Philadelphia Union defeated Columbus Crew 3-0 in the second half of a home and away series.

In defense of Roland Alberg

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The Union have a problem. After a very public confrontation on Wednesday night, Roland Alberg is the most disliked player on the team. With fans, media, and teammates all angered, Nick Fishman comes to Alberg's defense.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union v. New England Revolution

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As the Union try to salvage their playoff hopes, they bring their road game up the I-95 corridor north to try and take points from the New England Revolution.

Tactical quick hits: Philadelphia Union 3-0 Columbus Crew

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The Union returned to their aggressive style, and it paid off.

News roundup: Blake to miss at least ten days due to hand laceration

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Two new head coaches in LA, local youth teams having success in tournaments, and the rest of the day's news.

Footy On The Telly July 28 – August 4

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This week, The Union must win. Also, a slew of Friendlies, Pre-Season "Cups," UEFA Champions League, UEFA Women's European Championship, Copa Sudamericana, NWSL, and "El Classico").

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew

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The same teams, playing the same game, lead to significantly different results.

On concussions

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The rules for treating concussions properly and the rules governing a soccer game are incompatible, as Derrick Jones's recent injury may help to illustrate. That incompatibility is, and continues to be, unacceptable.

Daily roundup: Union win, Blake out, Morris and Altidore win the Gold Cup

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Both the Union and USMNT won last night, but Andre Blake may miss some more time. Today's news.

PSP Union Postgame Show: Philadelphia Union 3-0 Columbus Crew

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In case you missed it, here's the PSP Union Postgame Show, interviews with Union players from the locker room, head coach Jim Curtin, Union fans after and before the game, and the postgame analysis and breakdown with Peter Andrews and Greg Orlandini.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-0 Columbus Crew

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Philadelphia brushed aside nine-man Columbus Crew 3-0 at Talen Energy Stadium, but an on-field confrontation between Roland Alberg and C.J. Sapong took some luster off the victory.

Gold Cup final recap: USMNT 2–1 Jamaica

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The United States defeated Jamaica in the Gold Cup final, 2–1, on Wednesday, with goals from Jozy Altidore and Jordan Morris. Jamaica lost their inspirational captain, Andre Blake, early in the first half.

The life — and murder — of a U.S. Soccer president

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In September 1953, Elmer Schroeder, U.S. soccer's first American-born president, was brutally murdered in his West Philadelphia apartment. No one was ever convicted for his murder. PSP's Ed Farnsworth writes about the life and death of a man who was an American soccer pioneer in more ways than one.

Is Blake for sale? Sort of, but…

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Jim Curtin weighed in on Andre Blake's transfer prospects after the goalkeeper's impressive Gold Cup, as well as one prime prospective replacement.

Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew quick reference

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Match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more from the series history between the Union and Crew.

Updated MLS, USL, NWSL, and Gold Cup SEBA projections through July 23

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Philadelphia's chances at the playoffs take a steep dive. The USMNT has a very winnable Gold Cup final, even against Andre Blake.

News roundup: United States seeks Gold Cup victory

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Union set for rematch with Columbus, Dom Dwyer sold to Orlando, and the rest of the day's news.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew SC

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A second date with Columbus, this time in Chester, is a must-win game for the Union.

Five thoughts on the Union, the universe and everything

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Andre Blake's international breakthrough, a Union summer transfer window update, Roland Alberg does Roland Alberg things, Najem and Epps, and the man/myth/legend that is Mike Petke. PSP's Dan Walsh hits it all.

Player of the week: Andre Blake

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Is there any question who is PSP's player of the week. Need a hint? It's Andre Blake.

News roundup: Union scoring drought, pro/rel media bid, Dwyer on the move, more

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The Union forgot how to score, MLS turns down $4 bazillion dollars, Dom Dwyer looks destined for a return to Florida, Gold Cup news, and more.

Tactical analysis: Columbus Crew 1-0 Philadelphia Union

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Neither team was good in the final third, but Columbus stuck to their gameplan and it paid off with a big win over the Union

Player Ratings: Columbus Crew 1 – 0 Philadelphia Union

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Saturday's game earns some players praise, and several players scorn.

News roundup: United States earn birth in Gold Cup final

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Union sink in Columbus, USA to face Andre Blake and Jamaica in the Gold Cup final, and the rest of the day's news.

Match report: Columbus Crew 1-0 Philadelphia Union

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The Union's shorthanded, sputtering offense failed to threaten Columbus Crew SC, who rode a lucky goal from Justin Meram to a 1-0 victory at MAPFRE Stadium.

Match report: Richmond 3 – 2 Bethlehem

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Richmond Kickers ended Bethlehem Steel's undefeated streak while stopping their own string without a win 3-2 at City Stadium in Virginia's capital.

Fixing the Gold Cup

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The Gold Cup is the premier competition for CONCACAF supremacy. It does little to further the US Men's National Team's international agenda, however, and getting "results" in the competition have little impact results in subsequent World Cups.

Footy On The Telly

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This week, Footy never sleeps. The Union must win (twice), and USMNT must win. Also, a slew of Friendlies, Pre-Season "Cups," UEFA Champions League, UEFA Women's European Championship, Copa Sudamericana, NASL, NWSL, and South American League play (if you have the channels).

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew

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Can the Union overcome the Crew and the schedule to discover at least one point in Columbus?

A work of fiction: Gulati’s DONGARBER proclamation

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In an alternate universe, one where the Union season isn't beginning to look exactly like almost every other one before it, USSF President Sunil Gulati makes a proclamation that changes everything about American soccer.

Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew quick reference

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Match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more from the series history between the Union and Crew.

News roundup: Jamaica advances to Gold Cup semis

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Reading's season ends in defeat, USWNT and U-17 USBNT announce rosters, and the rest of the day's news.

Tactical notes: Montreal Impact 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia Union gave up two soft goals and failed to create their own in a 2-1 defeat to Montreal.

Player ratings: Montreal Impact 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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With both sides playing poorly, the Union lost 2-1 in Montreal. This week's player ratings take a look at what went wrong for the boys in blue.

Local Spotlight: Yosef Samuel

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Yosef Samuel's journey from Ethiopia to the USA has proven to be successful. Samuel has been finding his stride of late with 14 straight appearances in the 18-man matchday roster for a very hot Bethlehem Steel FC team who begin the second half of their season Saturday.

Bethlehem Steel and the USL to MLS pipeline

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Bethlehem Steel FC has already developed an MLS quality player, with two more potentially on the way. But what should fans really make of the Union's USL setup?

Daily Roundup: Wednesday soccer all night

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USMNT win, the Union lose and more in today's roundup.

Match report: Montreal Impact 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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The Union fall on the road in Quebec due to careless defending and a lethargic final touch.

Match report: USMNT 2-0 El Salvador

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Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj were on target as the USMNT outlasted El Salvador on a hot night at the Linc.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette

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New podcast previewing the Union's match in Montreal as well as the USMNT's Gold Cup match in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Union vs Montreal Impact quick reference

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

Steel’s Burke comments on USL’s competitive mix

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The 2017 United Soccer League mixes together traditional, stand-alone, independent teams newer and older, with more recent wholly-owned Major League Soccer farm teams. Bethlehem head coach Brendan Burke has commented on the "unique mix."

Fans’ View: The time is now

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As the rest of the city's sports teams are patiently stacking up for the future, the Union are in a unique position to grab the attention of starving Philly sports fans.

Updated MLS, USL, NWSL, and Gold Cup SEBA projections through July 16

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The USA moves on to the quarter-finals, and the U.S. Open Cup makes progress.

News roundup: USMNT faces El Salvador in Philly

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The Gold Cup comes to Philly, Union play in Montreal, and Ale Bedoya welcomes his second child into the world. Today's news here.

Match preview: Montreal Impact vs. Philadelphia Union

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A busy two weeks kicks off tomorrow night with two teams missing key players and C.J. Sapong and Laurent Ciman ready to battle.

Making the leap, and why it’s time to trade Josh Yaro

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PSP's Dan Walsh writes about the joy of watching young players make the leap and why the Union should trade Josh Yaro. Also, a look at how the Union's tough remaining schedule will impact their playoff hopes.

Reviewing the Union organization’s depth chart

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Wondering about moves during the transfer window? PSP attempts a combined depth chart of the Philadelphia Union-Bethlehem Steel-Philadelphia Union Academy professional rosters.

News Roundup: Tony Fontana comes to town, Union schedule woes, the East rises, and Gold Cup musing

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The Union added to their Homegrown arsenal by signing Anthony Fontana, the schedule is about to get rough, MLS Eastern Conference rises above the west, and Gold Cup news and views.

Player of the week: Alejandro Bedoya

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If you're getting tired of us telling you who is the player of the week (Alejandro Bedoya, obviously), now is your chance to let us know. We've included a poll where you can cast a vote for your favorite candidate.

Anthony Fontana signs Homegrown contract with Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia Union ink their sixth homegrown signing, but Anthony Fontana won't join the active roster until 2018.

Stock rising/falling: Union 2-2 Swansea City

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It may have been a glorified training exercise, but that won't stop us from assessing player performances. Peter Andrews on who impressed and who didn't against the Swans.

In Pictures: Union 2-2 Swansea City

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In a mid-season friendly against Swansea City Saturday night, PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand.

News roundup: A Mo Edu sighting!

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Union draw Swansea 2-2, USMNT win Gold Cup group, and the rest of the day's news.

Friendly match report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Swansea City

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Goals from C.J. Sapong and Jay Simpson earned the Union a 2-2 draw in their friendly match against Premier League side Swansea City.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 1 – Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1

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Playing for the first time in 2017 without any players loaned from the Philadelphia Union, Bethlehem maintained its undefeated streak by drawing the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1-1. The team's "character players" rose to the challenge.

Updated Gold Cup SEBA projections through July 13

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A quick update on Gold Cup projections with two matches per team completed

Local Spotlight: Cardinal Dougherty is alive and well. Just ask the soccer folk

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Cardinal Dougherty is alive and well. Just ask the soccer people. Photo courtesy of Steve Schmidt. Left to right: Paul Lukert, Steve Schmidt, Larry Teal. Photo courtesy of "Cardinal Dougherty Soccer Alumni Facebook" "I'll tell ya, soccer people are a different breed." That was probably the highlight of the conversation [.

News roundup: Herbers sees green

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Swansea brings underwhelming roster, Union have hardest remaining schedule, and the rest of the day's news.

Footy on the Telly: July 14 – 21

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This week, CONCACAF Gold Cup continues, MLS returns, a bunch of Friendlies, Pre-Season "Cups," UEFA Women's European Championship, FIFA U-17 World Cup, NASL, NWSL, and South American League play (if you have the channels)

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Casa Soccer League’s Tim Hampson

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Casa Soccer League President Tim Hampson joins Greg and I for this week's podcast. We discuss the Casa League (one of the largest amateur leagues in the country), the league's upcoming Casa Day at Talen Energy Stadium featuring their women's league final as well as the Kelly Cup Final, and [...]

The missed opportunity in hosting Swansea City

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Summer friendlies are great money makers, but could the Union have made more money with a different opponent?

Match preview: Philadelphia Union v. Swansea City AFC

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The Swans are coming and its Game of Thrones night for some reason! Why this international friendly may be worth checking out.

Curtin’s press conference: homegrowns and swan songs

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PSP recaps Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. The coach touched on two Union players' selection in the MLS Homegrown game, the friendly with Swansea City, and the club's overall first half of the season.

News roundup: USMNT come back to win, Union players named to Homegrown Game, and more

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The USMNT come back to win after blowing a lead, Derrick Jones and Auston Trusty receive Homegrown honors, and more in Thursday's roundup.

Dare we think Steel and playoffs?

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A club record unbeaten streak, a 6-point season sweep of last year's champions, lying fifth in the table, and achieving these while missing a major defender and two mainstay attackers provokes thoughts of eastern Pennsylvania sports fans favorite "P" word, "Playoffs."

Updated MLS, USL, NWSL, and Gold Cup SEBA projections through July 9

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Philadelphia keeps pace with expectations, but still needs to over-perform to make a serious push at playoffs. Gold Cup projections are thrown in as a bonus for those interested.

Fans’ View: Watching the Union or Bust?

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The "less is more" approach (in regards to watching about soccer on TV) may make the sport more enjoyable

News roundup: Reading and West Chester clinch playoff births

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James heads to Bayern, French Guiana intentionally starts ineligible player, and the rest of the day's news.

Union’s class of 2017 looks good at the halfway mark

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Earnie Stewart's offseason signings started slowly, but have become essential pieces of the 2017 Union. Peter Andrews analyzes the new crop of players.

In pictures: Club America 4 – 0 Puebla FC

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Paul Rudderow takes in a Liga MX summer friendly dominated by Club America.

Player of the week: John McCarthy

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After stealing a point in Kansas City, there's no doubt about who is PSP's player of the week.

News roundup: Gauging the Union, Blake shines, Welsh is insane, MLS transfer window, more

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Are the Union actually good? Why European clubs should take note of Andre Blake. Fafa is super worldly. And Welsh is the weirdest looking language on Earth.

Bethlehem Steel’s “character” players

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PSP takes a look at some lesser known players for Bethlehem Steel who are making an impact. Also, some Steel players now face a choice in the coming weeks on whether to play college ball or sign pro deals to play in USL.

Investigating home field advantage in MLS, Part 3: Scheduling and short rest

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Chris Sherman looks at the impact of short rest on performance. He also looks at whether MLS schedules favor home teams with longer rest and if that could impact home field advantage.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC sweeps season series with New York Red Bulls II with 2-0 victory

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Bethlehem Steel FC swept its season series Sunday afternoon with a second 2-0 victory of the season, reclaiming fifth place in the table and extending its club record seven game undefeated streak.

News roundup: Bedoya and Blake captain Gold Cup squads

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Bethlehem continues good run of form, Lukaku and Rooney swap teams, and the rest of the day's news.

Tactics quick hits: Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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PSP's Adam Cann fires off some quick hit observations about the tactical dynamics of Philadelphia Union's road draw against Sporting Kansas City.

Player ratings: Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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The Union escaped Kansas City with a point through some John McCarthy heroics and a Roland Alberg penalty. We've got complete player ratings.

Union injury rehabs pose questions for shorthanded Bethlehem side

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By intention, the Steel had one discretionary substitution Saturday. It turns out they needed two. Was it a necessary sacrifice or an unnecessary risk?

News roundup: Union conjure up a point in Kansas City

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and the rest of the day's news.

Match report: Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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The Union survived a middling performance thanks to a Roland Alberg penalty finish and some big saves by John McCarthy.

Footy On The Telly July 7 – 14

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This week, while MLS and the Union get a break, it's CONCACAF Gold Cup Time! Copa Sudamericana, UEFA Women's European Championship, NASL, NWSL and some Friendlies

Is tonight’s game a rivalry match?

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In the absence of a true regional rivalry, perhaps Union fans can look further afield to find a match worth getting worked up about.

Fans’ View: Rituals, good luck charms, and karma

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Looking for good luck charms and rituals to combat the bad soccer karma in my house.

Philadelphia Union vs Sporting Kansas City quick reference

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Get up to speed on the Union's series history against Kansas City with our quick reference, featuring match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Updated SEBA international forecasts through July 3

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Ahead of the Gold Cup, check out the tournament's projections for the USMNT. Also includes updated World Cup Qualifying projections.

Daily roundup: Pontius leaves tomorrow, Danny Williams Premier premiere

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Chris Pontius heads to the Gold Cup and more in today's news.

Updated SEBA international forecasts through July 3

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Ahead of the Gold Cup, check out the tournament's projections for the USMNT. Also includes updated World Cup Qualifying projections.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at Sporting Kansas City

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The Union travel to Kansas City on Thursday to face what could be the league's best team in one of the league's toughest venues. PSP's Dan Walsh previews the match.

Tactical analysis: Union 3-0 New England Revolution

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Philadelphia Union were the better team on Sunday, and they are looking more and more organized on both sides of the ball.

Player of the week: Jack Elliott

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What do some of our founding fathers and PSP's player of the week have in common? They're both British!

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through July 2

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New SEBA projections. Union chances improve a little, but power ranking improves a lot, as the model still tries to figure out what to think of Philadelphia.

News roundup: Bedoya a leader with the USMNT

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Rangers shocked out of Europa League, Americans abroad, and the rest of the day's news.

Halfway there: Gili starts, Haris’ defense, direct play, and other notes at the midseason mark

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Giliano Wijnaldum has earned a starting role and why the change in Union fortunes is all about Haris Medunjanin.

Here lies John Morton, signer of the Declaration of Independence

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The grave of a signer of the Declaration of Independence lies not far from Talen Energy Stadium. One Union fan notices it when driving to games, and he shares details on the life and final burial place of one John Morton.

In pictures: Union 3-0 NE Revolution

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Earl Gardner's photos tell a fun story from the Union's 3-0 win over the New England Revolution in Chester.

News roundup: Steady Haris, midseason awards, top league leaps, more

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The new Union captain brings a cool hand to the midfield and why is it so hard for second tier players to make the jump to MLS?

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 3-0 New England Revolution

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As we celebrate our nation's independence, the Philadelphia quelled a Revolution of their own. PSP is here with the player ratings from the Union's 3-0 win over (New) England.

News roundup: Union dominant in 3-0 victory

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The Union dominate, Germany wins Confederations Cup, and the rest of the day's news.

Postgame video: Union 3-0 New England Revolution 

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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 New England Revolution. Interviews with Haris Medunjanin, Andre Blake, Ilsinho and Oguchi Onyewu. Postgame press conferences with Jim Curtin.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-0 New England Revolution

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Sumptuous goals from Ilsinho and Roland Alberg highlighted a solid performance by Philadelphia Union, as they defeated the New England Revolution 3-0.

Pregame & Postgame Show: Union vs. Revolution

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Check out PSP's live video coverage of the Union-Revs match, featuring commentary from Peter Andrews and Kevin Kinkead.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 1 – Richmond Kickers 1

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After a 92-minute rain delay, Bethlehem Steel FC and Richmond Kickers played to a 1-1 draw Saturday evening at Goodman Stadium.

Curtin’s press conference: Red Bulls, injuries, and influx of youth

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PSP recaps Jim Curtin's Friday press conference. He touched on Maurice Edu's health, the loss in the U.S. Open Cup, and the play of his young midfielders.