The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2017

Steel playoff chances revisited

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At the three-quarter mark of the season, Bethlehem Steel FC are still in the playoff picture but are in a dogfight with four other sides for one of the bottom three qualifying slots. Here's our opinion of their chances.

Fans’ View: Travel madness

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A short rant about the cost in time and money of elite travel teams.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 27

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Philadelphia playoffs chances edge closer to zero, Bethlehem playoff chances closer to 50/50 now, but hey, we added some historical Union plus/minus player analysis.

News roundup: Rosenberry excels, Union alumni join Academy, more

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Dominic Kinnear to LA, Fred joins the Academy, and more in today's news.

Yaro and Rosenberry remain full of potential, in need of progress

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Keegan Rosenberry and Josh Yaro finally took the field together in 2017. The results? Much like 2016.

Union a class below their fun-to-watch opponents

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Last week's matches against Toronto and Atlanta were evidence of what creativity, talent, and — yes — cash can do for your soccer team. Peter Andrews on another tough week for the too-boring Philadelphia Union.

News roundup: Deflating draw, swooning for Seba, WCQ previews, more

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The Union do it again and a whole bunch of praise for Toronto FC and their Italian talisman.

Tactical analysis: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Atlanta United FC

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Philadelphia Union lost a lead in extra time for the second time in three matches. What can they do further up the pitch to protect the defense?

Player ratings: Atlanta United at Philadelphia Union

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The Union again found themselves on the wrong end of a late goal. Some players did their part to win the match, others did not.

In pictures: Union 2-2 Atlanta United

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PSP photographer has all the action from the Atlanta match in pictures.

News roundup: Union drop another lead, Arena names WCQ roster, more

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The Union drop yet another lead, plenty of MLS rivalry action, and more in today's roundup.

PSP Union Postgame Show: Union 2-2 Atlanta

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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, and the postgame analysis and breakdown with Mike Servedio and Greg Orlandini.

Match Report : Bethlehem Steel FC 2 – 3 Pittsburgh Riverhounds

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Bethlehem Steel FC fail to get a result against in-state-foe Pittsburgh Riverhounds and lose 3-2 on the road in a high-scoring affair.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Atlanta United

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Tyrone Mears scored in stoppage time to earn Atlanta United a 2-2 draw in Philadelphia.

Tactical analysis: Toronto FC 3-0 Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia Union gave up two set piece goals and rarely threatened from open play, falling to a calm and composed Toronto FC side on the road.

Local Spotlight: From Temple to Bethlehem, Matthew Mahoney provides character and consistency

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Former Temple Captain Matthew Mahoney is making nice strides on the pitch and in the locker room for Bethlehem Steel FC so far this season.

Fans’ View: #ComeHomeLeToux

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Le Toux embodied the Philadelphia spirit that this team needs. It's time to bring him back home

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Atlanta United

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Can the Union bounce back and kick off a win streak? PSP previews Saturday's Union-Atlanta match, which has the potential for a lot of goals and which the Union desperately need to win.

News roundup: A cold hard dose of reality

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Champions League draw, big moves in Europe, and the rest of the day's news.

Footy On The Telly August 25 – September 1 READY TO PUBLISH ON FRIDAY 8/25

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This week, The Union are ...(sigh)... well.... Trusting The Process, Again. Also, World Cup Qualifying, College Soccer, Copa MX, and lots of league fixtures

Player Ratings: Toronto FC 3 – 0 Philadelphia Union

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Poor performances from several players overshadowed a few bright spots on the Union's final trip to Canada this season.

Explaining the Steel’s 2017 road record

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Bethlehem Steel head coach Brendan Burke explains why the 2017 road record is already 250% better than 2016's -- two points and the away records table.

News roundup: The Union fall 3-0…again

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Union fall hard to Toronto, Plenty of mid-week MLS action, and more in today's news.

Match report: Toronto FC 3-0 Philadelphia Union

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Toronto easily handled Philadelphia, winning 3-0 at home with goals from Giovinco, Hasler, and Altidore. PSP has the match report after disappointing result.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 20

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Philadelphia's last-minute loss of two points continues to decline the Union's weak playoff odds. Tonight's @ Toronto match doesn't provide great odds.

News roundup: Union try to find points in Toronto

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Wondo looking at more MLS records, European transfer sagas, and the rest of the day's news.

The kids aren’t alright

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The Union plan to build through their academy. But there's no proof the current staff can manage young players once they're ready for first-team minutes. Peter Andrews on the regression of the Union's youngsters this season.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at Toronto FC

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With the playoffs an ever-narrowing point of light in the distance, the Philadelphia Union try and rebound from their weekend collapse on the road again against the best team in MLS, Toronto FC.

Player of the Week: Jack Elliott

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Photo: Paul Rudderow Despite the soul-crushing draw to San Jose on Saturday, one player's stock continued to rise. Yes, opening your MLS goal account 3,000 miles from home will earn you praise, especially when you knock on the assist on the (temporarily) game-winning strike. But Jack Elliott's Player of the [.

News roundup: Snatching defeat, beware the Reds, Elliott accolades, more

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The reviews come in from a back-breaking loss in San Jose and the Union look ahead to their midweek date versus a historically-dominant Toronto FC.

Tactical analysis: San Jose Earthquakes 2-2 Philadelphia Union

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Goals of set piece scrambles nearly helped the Union pull off a rare road win, but a few systemic issues remain to be solved before a showdown with Toronto FC.

Player Ratings: San Jose Earthquakes 2-2 Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia left points on the table at San Jose on Saturday night. Who's to blame for the late collapse?

Maurice Edu’s return to pitch goes smoothly

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After months of speculation and waiting, Maurice Edu returned to the pitch for live-game action. And it went smoothly.

News roundup: Union fall asleep just before game ends

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Edu returns to the competitive pitch, Toronto on pace for records, and the rest of the day's news.

Match report: Bethlehem 1 – 3 Louisville

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While the Steel lost to Louisville, they were not outclassed by the elite side from Kentucky.

Match report: San Jose Earthquakes 2-2 Philadelphia Union

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A last second penalty to San Jose allowed the home side to even the scoreline, leaving the Union with a single point when they were moments from an elusive road win.

Philadelphia Union vs. San Jose Earthquakes quick reference

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Video highlights, stats and more from the Union's past matches with San Jose. Because you can't remember everything.

News roundup: Sebastien Le Toux released

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Union head to San Jose on commercial flight, fourth sub allowed for MLS playoff extra time, and the rest of the day's news.

Footy On The Telly – August 18-25

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This week, The Union are ...(sigh)... well.... "Trusting The Process." Also, College Soccer, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Copa Sudamerica, and lots of league fixtures

Match preview: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Philadelphia Union

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The struggling Union travel to San Jose to take on the Earthquake. PSP tries to convince you to stay up late with our match preview. Hey, it can't be worse than "San Andreas."

Some Union players still have much to fight for

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Hopes are low for the team finding success with what's left of the season, but there are still several players with things left to prove by the end of the year.

News roundup: Union are best fan experience in Philadelphia sports

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The Union are the best fan experience in Philly, Madrid beat Barca, and more in today's news.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel 0-1 Charlotte Independence

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Bethlehem Steel FC fall 1-0 to Charlotte Independence

An assessment a little past midseason: Bethlehem Steel FC

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PSP analyzes why the 2017 version of the Bethlehem Steel is better than that of the previous year. There are three clear reasons.

Fans’ View: It’s not all bad

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Most are writing off the season as a loss, but there's still some positives to look at and a potentially bright future for this franchise

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 13

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Philadelphia playoffs chances plummet. New Union player +/- analysis is available though!

News roundup: Cincinnati falls short in Open Cup semifinal

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Pablo Mastroeni sacked, Philadelphia potentially part of 2026 World Cup bid, and the rest of the day's news.

The Union, the process, and the No. 10

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There has been ample time for Philadelphia Union to acquire help at the No. 10. Through two transfer windows, the Union found nobody. PSP's Adam Cann lays out the problem in depth and takes the front office to task on it.

Local Spotlight: Drexel Hill native Matthew Real’s journey filled with hard-work and dedication

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Matthew Real signed professionally at age 17. The left back possesses a dangerous left foot and a grittiness factor that will continue to improve with Bethlehem Steel FC.

News roundup: Crippling loss, untrust the process, Cinci Open Cup semi, more

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The implications of the Union's loss to Montreal set in, Bethlehem looks for a USL playoff berth, and FC Cincinnati host NYRB tonight in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.

Post-match analysis: Philadelphia Union 0-3 Montreal Impact

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Montreal Impact used another simple move up the left to punish Philadelphia Union for the second time this season.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 0-3 Montreal Impact

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Another disappointing effort by the Union. Who's to blame for the latest humbling defeat?

Union responds to criticism over town hall meeting

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A Philadelphia Union spokesman responded to a PSP column critical of the team's town hall meeting for season ticketholders last week, saying there was no intent to keep secret the meeting's contents. He explained the club's approach and thought process. Here's what he had to say.

In Pictures: Union 0 – 3 Impact

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for Saturday night's late game meltdown, as the Philadelphia Union fell to the Montreal Impact 0-3.

News roundup: 3-0uch

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The Union lay down to rest in Chester. Plus, the rest of the weekend's news.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 3- 1 Toronto FC II

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After a tough night for the Union, Steel FC capitalized on a PK and good distributing play from their back-line to grab three points at home against Toronto.

PSP Union Postgame Show: Union 0-3 Montreal

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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 Mike Servedio and Kevin Kinkead.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-3 Montreal Impact

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Blerim Dzemaili scored twice and Ignacio Piatti added a PK as the Impact defeated the Union 3-0.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Jack Elliott

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Mike and Greg recap the win against Dallas, preview the match against Montreal, and talk with Union defender Jack Elliott.

Goodbye to my friend, Kenny Hanson

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PSP Photographer Earl Gardner says goodbye to his friend, former Sons of Ben president Kenny Hanson.

Doubting the process

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The Union held a town hall meeting for season ticket-holders but refuse to let anyone else know what happened. PSP's Adam Schorr thinks he knows why.

You should be happy the Union aren’t signing a No. 10 this summer

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Steve Whisler is relieved the Union passed on Nicolás Martinez.

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.

Footy On The Telly August 11 – 18

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This week, The Union are up against it - again. Also, the Supercopa de Espana, Supercoppa Italiana, DFB Pokal, Copa MX, UEFA Champions League and lots of fixtures.

News roundup: Union make a deadline deal!

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Don't get too excited - they traded an international spot for 50K.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact

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Third time's a charm as the Union look to beat the Impact in their final meeting this season.

On miracles and passion

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Another up and down season has this writer watching the game but not loving it. All it took was a moment of Brazilian brilliance to begin to unlock the love.

The best place for impromptu soccer

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Fans' View writer Rashaad Jorden has played pickup soccer all over the world, but there's one spot he enjoys most.

Investigating home field advantage in MLS, Part 4a: Aggregate Referee bias

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Home field advantage can be staggering in MLS. Chris Sherman breaks down the numbers to see if the referees have anything to do with that.

News roundup: MLS transfer window closes without Union deals

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There was a ton of player movement around MLS, but the Union's biggest personnel move is a new tattoo artist. PSP runs down the day's news, including the sad news about former Sons of Ben president Kenny Hanson.

A letter of support for Kenny Hanson

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Former Sons of Ben president Kenny Hanson has suffered a traumatic brain injury. His friend and fellow member has a heartfelt letter for all to read and support.

A Machiavellian response to USL’s complaining owners

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If USL were to expel its player-development sides, NASL could succor them, solve its problems, and make two equal division two leagues in North America a permanent situation.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 6

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The Union improve slightly in this week's SEBA updates.

News roundup: MLS transfer deadline approaches

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Former Sons of Ben President Kenny Hanson suffers serious injury, NASL and USL announce expansion sides, and the rest of the day's news.

Time to demand more on the road

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Why can't the Union replicate their home form on the road? Peter Andrews discusses the need for the Union to be bold on the road, along with his thoughts about Ilsinho, Ray Gaddis, and VAR.

Player of the week: Ilsinho

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After a brilliant performance, Ilsinho is PSP''s player of the week. Maybe his friends from Brazil should visit more often.

News roundup: Union soak up weekly honors, no Nico, VAR reviews, ArJo out, more

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The Union earn praise for their destruction of Dallas, Nico Martinez ain't coming to Philly, lots of goals in MLS Week 22, the Iceman is looking for a new home, and much more.

Tactical analysis: Philadelphia Union 3-1 FC Dallas

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Philadelphia Union's number 10 dominated and, finally, the opponent's playmaker was the struggling as a talented Dallas side was dispatched with ease in Chester Saturday night.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 3-1 FC Dallas

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The Union put on one of the best team performances in recent memory. Who shined most in the team's first-ever victory over Dallas?

In pictures: Union 3-1 FC Dallas

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PSP photographer Dan Gajdamowicz was on the scene for the Union's 3-1 win. Take a look at the action.

PSP Union Postgame Show: Philadelphia Union 3-1 FC Dallas

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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 and the postgame analysis and breakdown with Peter Andrews and Mike Servedio.

News roundup: “Philadelfhia” dominates Dallas

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Bethlehem win in Ottawa, Reading's Molloy named PDL Young Player of the Year, and the rest of the day's news.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-1 FC Dallas

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The Union downed FC Dallas 3-1 behind two goals from C.J. Sapong and one from Ilsinho.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 2 – 1 Ottawa Fury

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Bethlehem Steel FC took points from the Ottawa Fury at home, and they did so with minimal loans from the Union.

On the current USL league meetings

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USL owners criticize the so-called MLS2 player development sides that make up 37% of USL. Will they stay in Division Two or be dropped to Division Three?

Philadelphia Union vs FC Dallas quick reference

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It's been a year since the Union played Dallas. We've got all the match stats, highlights from our recaps and analysis, video highlights, and more from the series history between the teams.

News roundup: Promotion/relegation argument moves to CAS

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Neymar transfer official, Union prepare for Dallas, and the rest of the day's news.

Footy On The Telly August 4-11

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This week, The Union are up against it - again. Also, the FA Community Shield, Copa Libertadores, Copa MX, some friendlies, a bunch of "Super Cups," UEFA Women's European Championship Final, England's League Cup, Copa Sudamericana, and the return of European league fixtures.

USL game schedule to expand next season

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USL announced an additional week and an addition two games per team for its 2018 schedule.It further referenced three expansion sides for next season, although so far only two have been officially announced, Nashville and Fresno. Many expect Las Vegas will be the third.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. FC Dallas

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In desperate need of three points, the Union will face off against one of MLS' best: FC Dallas. PSP gets you ready for what's to come this Saturday.

Who is Nicolás Martínez?

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The Union are rumored to be signing Nick Martinez on loan. We take a look at the attacking midfielder.

Daily roundup: Analysis of Union shot production, All-Stars to PKs, more

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Today's local, MLS, and Union news

Notes from Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Jim Curtin talked playoffs, injuries, transfer rumors, young players, and the MLS All-Star Game in his weekly press conference.

Player of the week: C.J. Sapong

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After finally hitting double digits in goals, C.J. Sapong is PSP's player of the week. But who would you choose?

Bethlehem Steel’s academy pipeline resets

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As last year's academy graduates leave to pursue college, the beginning of the new school year provides and opportunity to meet new young players. Brendan Burke sets out evaluative criteria and introduces us to some of them.

Fans’ View: Apathy creeps in

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Scott Ellis has been a Union fanatic since the beginning. Now, something has changed.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through July 30

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Philadelphia's playoff chances actually increase a bit, but nowhere near as far as they need to. Bethlehem shows its belly and joins the fray of teams fighting for playoff slots.

News roundup: Union to sign Nicolas Martinez?

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An actual Union transfer rumor!

All Three Points podcast: Hello, darkness

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The Union are mired in a seasons-long stretch of frustrating impotence, and Chris and Jeremy are slowly coming to grips with it. It's not pretty, and there might be some ugly-crying on this episode (metaphorical, of course).

Playoffs? The road ahead for the Union

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The Union's remaining schedule doesn't look good. PSP's Dan Walsh breaks it down game-by-game to lay out what their playoff chances really look like. Also, some chatter about some young Union players who need to get some minutes.

Every player in Union history, ranked

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The Union have signed 125 players to first-team contracts in their history. Let's remember some guys. Peter Andrews walks us through the good, the bad, the ugly, and the Mbolhi.

News roundup: Union road pwned, homegrown game, Fire rebuild, Miami a go?, more

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The Union can't hack it away from Chester, Trusty and Jones take on Chivas, a study in how to rebuild a losing team, and maybe this time Miami to MLS is really happening, maybe?