The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2017

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

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As the season winds down, the Union face a battered but talented Chicago Fire. Learn all you need to know with Nick Fishman's match preview.

Youth and pride: If not now, when?

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Shana Tovah! Steve Whisler rings in the Jewish New Year with all sorts of disbelief about the Union's resistance to play their best young prospects.

News roundup: Curtin and Stewart speak

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Kansas City wins US Open Cup, Montreal shocks Toronto, Atlanta continues torrid form, and the rest of the day's news.

Tactical analysis: New Jersey Red Bulls 0-0 Philadelphia Union

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Photo: Paul Rudderow Over the past two seasons (at least), Philadelphia Union and New Jersey Red Bulls have shared an odd dynamic. The Bulls have always been the more talented and organized team, yet even when they find their rhythm, Jesse Marsch's men look frustrated. As if they assume beating [...]

News roundup: NASL files lawsuit against U.S. Soccer

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U.S. Open Cup Final tonight, USWNT beats New Zealand, and the rest of the day's news.

A more frugal 2018 Union bench?

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Possible off-season organization roster promotions ranging from plausible to bold. They would clear salary space for needed help, if our salary guesses are anywhere close to reasonable.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through September 17

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Philadelphia survives mathematically with a statistically lucky draw. Bethlehem inches closer to the USL playoffs. Final USOC forecast for tonights match.

The frustration of Chris Pontius

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Chris Pontius hasn't scored a goal this season, despite playing almost every game. Peter Andrews considers his frustrating season and why Pontius continues to start every game.

Player of the week: Andre Blake

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Andre Blake stellar performance in North Jersey brings back our "player of the week" piece after a slight hiatus.

News roundup: Andre Blake multimillion dollar transfer to EPL killed due to arcane permit rule

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Jamaican players can't move to Europe thanks to their low FIFA ranking, Jay Heaps gets the ax, MLS is considers changing playoff format, USWNT heads to Cinci, and much more.

Player Ratings: New York Red Bulls 0 – 0 Philadelphia Union

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The good, the bad, and the concerningly disinterested.

News roundup: New York Red Bulls vs. Andre Blake

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Attendance records, national team updates, and the rest of the day's news.

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

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The Union and Red Bulls played to a scoreless draw in sunny Harrison, NJ on Sunday. The hosts battered the Union defense all afternoon but were left without a goal thanks to an unflinching performance from Andre Blake.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel 2-2 Louisville City

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Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 2-2 Louisville City

Match Preview: New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia heads to New Jersey for the last time this season. Will the kids get a chance to show what they can do against a rival side?

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.

Footy On The Telly September 15 – 22

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This week, we can watch the US OPEN CUP on Wednesday. Other watchables include WAFU Nations Cup action; Copas Sudamericana and Libertadores; England's League Cup; 2 USWNT Friendlies; a surfeit of league and college action; and The Union's ever Sisyphean Process on ESPN.

News roundup: Union head to North Jersey

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Men's and Women's World Cup updates, Atlanta sets all-time MLS attendance record, and the rest of the day's news.

Skill, preparation, and chance

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The Union aren't close to being a good team. They are, however, closer than you might think to being in the thick of things.

News roundup: Possible Marquez return, Champions League action, and more.

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Pulisic's Dortmund fall to Tottenham, NYCFC looking for a new stadium, and more.

Fans’ View: Let the kids play

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If we can't buy a team we have to build one. With the amount of young talent on the roster, it's time the Union start getting them the experience they need to reach their potential.

Distance, time and money: USL conference realignment

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PSP analyzes travel time and travel costs for the USL east and the USL west, and guesses what realignment into three conferences might look like.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through September 10

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Philadelphia's odds at playoffs remains above zero but barely

News roundup: Champions League action begins

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Gulati challenged, hacking concerns, and the rest of the day's news.

The mysterious, lost season of Richie Marquez

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He was the Union's best defender for two years. Then he got benched after a sickness. PSP's Dan Walsh looks at Richie Marquez's lost season.

Player ratings: Minnesota United 1 – 1 Philadelphia Union

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If you didn't watch the game, you didn't miss much. Did anyone stand out in a messy game in Minnesota?

News roundup: RSL Homegrown push, U.S. youth pipeline, beIN fail, more

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MLS youth trends, how to fix U.S. qualifying woes, and a Qatari media conglomerate runs into a political mess.

Tactical analysis: Minnesota United 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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A wild and ugly game produced some intriguing tactical moves by the managers, but the scoreline reflects Philly's chronic inability to create good chances out of good positions.

Irma challenges the Steel

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Mother Nature is not helping Bethlehem make the playoffs. Their home Tampa match is postponed to the end of the month, creating a back-to-back home-and-homes within a four-day span.

News roundup: VAR saves Union again

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Union Academy loses another prospect to Atlanta, Atlanta opens new stadium, and the rest of the day's news.

Match report: Minnesota United 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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Goals by C.J. Sapong and Ethan Finlay canceled each other out as —with a little help from VAR — Philadelphia Union earned a 1-1 draw at Minnesota United.

Philly Unity Cup kicks off tonight

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The Philly Unity Cup kicks off tonight. The city-wide tourney features 48 teams representing immigrant communities throughout the area. PSP has the story and a preview of a sports tournament unlike any in America.

Updated SEBA World Cup Qualifying forecasts through September 5

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USA is still probable to qualify for the World Cup, but not quite as reassuringly probable as we would prefer.

News roundup: News, news, and more news

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Union prepare to play vets, FC Cincy outdrawing many MLS teams, Premier League changes transfer window, and the rest of the day's news.

Footy On The Telly September 8 – 15

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This week, we can watch the UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues; the WAFU Nations Cup; Copas MX, Sudamericana, Libertadores and Argentina; England's League Cup; a USWNT Friendly; a ton of league and college action; and The Union's ever trustworthy Process.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Unity Cup Director Bill Salvatore

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Greg and Mike talk Philly Unity Cup, the Union travelling to Minnesota, and USMNT.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at Minnesota United

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The Union are set to face Minnesota United in Minnesota. Their away record is abysmal and so are their chances of coming out with three points.

Philadelphia football: Comparing Union players to Eagles players

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As the Union's season crawls to a disappointing conclusion, the Philadelphia Eagles kick off their season this Sunday in Washington D.C. PSP is here to offer the definitive comparison of the two teams. Some choices are simple (I wonder who Doug Pederson is), while Carson Wentz's counterpart may surprise you.

Bethlehem Steel FC match vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies cancelled

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Due to Hurricane Irma, Bethlehem Steel FC's match against Tampa Bay Rowdies has been cancelled.

News roundup: Hurricane Irma delays Steel match

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Bethlehem Steel match cancelled, Kansas City named best soccer city in America, and more.

World Cup qualifying match report: Honduras 1-1 USMNT

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Bobby Wood's late goal earned a point for the US even as Honduras once again exposed an unprotected and jittery back line.

News roundup: NASL denied Division 2 status

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USMNT needs late equalizer in Honduras, WCQ around the world, and the rest of the day's news.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through September 3

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Bethlehem Steel odds increase a bit. New York City FC effectively clinch playoff spot to join Toronto in SEBA 100 percent club.

Three veteran constants in Bethlehem Steel’s 2017 universe

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Three veterans put the competitive steel in the Bethlehem Steel in 2017. They are Cory Burke, Hugh Roberts and James Chambers.

News roundup: Time to sell Blake?, Yanks desperate for road result, WCQ news, more

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Tonight's away match versus Honduras could be the decider for the U.S.'s automatic qualification for Russia 2018.

What went wrong for USMNT Friday night

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Analysis and thoughts on the World Cup Qualifier between the USMNT and Costa Rica.

News roundup: USMNT lose WCQ vs. Costa Rica

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David Villa injured in Spain's WCQ, PSG under investigation, and the rest of the day's news.

World Cup qualifying match report: USMNT 0-2 Costa Rica

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Marcos Urena notched a brace to take down the USMNT in World Cup qualifying in New Jersey.

News roundup: Epps on target for Steel, transfer deadline day remains wacky

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Marcus Epps secured a draw for Bethlehem Steel against Orlando City B, Coutinho returned to the pitch with a goal, and Kinkhead moves on.

Footy On The Telly September 1 – 8

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This week, USMNT and every other National Team in World Cup Qualifying action. Also, NASL, NWSL, Euro U-21 Qualifying, a smattering of action from the international pro leagues, College Soccer, And The Union get to Trust The Process while they rest.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel FC 1 – 1 Orlando City B

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Bethlehem Steel FC salvaged a draw against Orlando in the humidity and heat.