CJ Sapong was brought in from Sporting Kansas City last January, in exchange for the Philadelphia Union's first selection (tenth overall) in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Initially thought to be a depth add, Sapong was a starter in the team's first game, in which he broke his face. After a month-long spell on the sidelines, he made his return to the field, primarily in a substitute role.
Creighton and North Carolina kick off third round NCAA Tournament play Saturday and Maryland/Notre Dame and Indiana/Wake Forest highlight slate of seven games on Sunday.
Creighton head coach Elmer Bolowich will return to Chapel Hill to face his former team when NCAA Tournament third round kicks off on Saturday with a tantalizing match between the Blue Jays (18-3) and North Carolina (15-1).
One of the more interesting series of articles to be involved in is the end of season player previews. I had the "pleasure" of having a look back at how our backup strikers did in 2015, read on for more on how well (or not) Fernando Aristeguieta, Conor Casey and Antoine Hoppenot did this season for the Philadelphia Union.
Cristian Maidana followed up his debut campaign with a record-breaking season. His 15 assists were the second most in MLS, and the most by a Philadelphia Union player in a single season. The numbers were largely a product of his complete autonomy in the midfield, as he drifted from touchline to touchline to find space.
The U18s salvaged a late point while the U16 and U14s teams won big in U.S. Development Academy games against Continental FC DELCO on Saturday.
Jerren "J.J." Nixon scored an equalizer in the 85th minute and Michael Swift nearly won it minutes later with a shot that clanged off the right goal post in the U18 team's 1-1 draw with local rivals Continental FC DELCO on Saturday.
With the high school soccer season over, the final USA TODAY/NSCAA Top 25 list is out and local teams are well represented.
The 2015 high school soccer season has ended, with state championships being won in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The final boys' high school rankings from USA TODAY and the NSCAA saw some significant movement at the top, with Cleveland, Ohio's St.
A report by STV Sport indicates a match between Dundee and Celtic could take place next season either in Philadelphia or Boston.
Celtic could be coming back to Philadelphia, if reports from STV Sport are accurate. Dundee has had "preliminary discussions with the Scottish Professional Football League" regarding hosting a league-sanctioned match outside of Scotl for the first time ever.
The ex-Philadelphia Union midfielder and coach of the Serbia team that won the U-20 World Cup will now be the manager of the Chicago Fire.
Veljko Paunovic is returning to the MLS, but he will not be playing on the field (sadly), and he is not returning to the Philadelphia Union. The Chicago Fire confirmed this morning that the ex-Union and Atletico Madrid midfielder will be the new head coach for the 2016 season.
Rutgers was blown out by Akron and last year's finalists Virginia and UCLA were eliminated on a day that saw 14 of 16 seeded teams prevail.
Rutgers' hopes of an upset to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament were destroyed in the first 18 minutes of their match with fourth-seeded Akron on Sunday as the Zips offense erupted for five goals.
What was actually just four weeks and one day seemed like an eternity. The fans of Philadelphia's professional sports teams have been dragged through the proverbial mud when witnessing their favorite teams in person over this span. Be it by rotten luck, or rotten personnel, the results had been predictably the same.
Senior Ryan Logar battled through an ankle injury to lead The Minutemen to a 1-0 win over West Orange in the New Jersey Group 4 final; Schalick fell 1-0 to Brearley in the Group 1 state final.
For the second year in a row, the Washington Township High School boys soccer team are champions.
Senior Ryan Logar, who was on crutches at school during the week after injuring his ankle in the state semifinal, not only started the match but delivered the game-winner in the 22nd minute on a play started by a Travis Yates corner kick on Sunday afternoon at Kean University.
The utility midfielders had mixed results this season, but better days are hopefully ahead for this well matched pair.
When Tranquillo Barnetta arrived in Philadelphia in late July, Zach Pfeffer must have had mixed emotions. Ten years his senior, the Swiss national would certainly take up minutes in the midfield and make it more difficult for Zach to see the pitch.