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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.

Fans’ View: Sleeping giants

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We all know that teams go through lots of ups and downs... but when do those fortunes change? Collin Deckert uses history to try and see similarities of Spanish giants and little old Philadelphia.

The Union return to competence

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Despite the loss to D.C. United, Philadelphia Union solidified the notion that they may be a competent team again. PSP's Dan Walsh has some observations on that and other Union matters.

How the 2011 election affected the Philadelphia Union

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Kevin Kinkead reviews how a change in leadership in Chester changed the Union's relationship with the city.

Union eying two Delaware County sites for practice complex

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Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz called the need for a practice facility the team's top priority during his annual State of the Union conference call. A complex could include multiple fields, including some open for public use. Also, Alejandro Moreno will not return as a Union TV analyst in 2014.

Union pay overdue taxes to Chester

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Philadelphia Union and the city of Chester have settled a $500,000 payment due to the city government and are close to resolving the last remaining payout from 2010.

Sakiewicz: Adu not asked to take pay cut

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In an wide-ranging exclusive interview, Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz tells PSP that Freddy Adu was never asked to take a pay cut and has turned down transfer offers from five countries. He also addresses PPL Park expansion, the Nowak controversy and more.

Orlando and MLS see their future in Chester

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Orlando's mayor will visit PPL Park this weekend as her city considers building a soccer-specific stadium for a prospective MLS club. She'll get a complex view in Philadelphia, and if MLS officials are smart, they'll look at the complex view cities like Orlando offer.

The great allocation money chase

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Featured photo: Eli Pearlman-Storch

Allocation money jokes rarely get old in Philadelphia.

Among the things Philadelphia Union have traded for allocation money, according to Union fans, are hotel rooms at Harrah's, human souls, and perhaps even the MLS Cup. There's this gem: "The Union is proud to report that the Harrisburg City Islanders have been traded to Sporting KC for allocation money.

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Book Review: Falling for Football

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Falling for Football editedby Adam Bushby and Rob MacDonald Published by Ockley Books 2014, £11.99 [F]alling for Football is a highly significant book and not just because of the way it expertly conjures up why we fall for the sport, its tribulations and tensions, its vitality and emotion, in the first place.

The Death of the 92 Club

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[I] was surprised to learn that the fabled 92 Club – the movement that recognises those hardy souls who have attended a match at all the Football League grounds - dates back only to the late seventies – ironically perhaps in that the accession of Wimbledon and Wigan Athletic to the competition will have immediately thrown things into confusion.

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A matter of identity

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Philadelphia Union's throwback jersey isn't merely an homage to Bethlehem Steel's soccer club. If you look a little deeper, it's far, far more. PSP explains.

H-burg friendly, Chester, USA, Euros, more

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Photo: Earl Gardner

Philadelphia Union

You can follow all of the action from tonight's friendly between Harrisburg City Islanders and the Philadelphia Union with a live chat from HersheyPark hosted by PSP's Eli Pearlman-Storch. The chat starts at 6:45pm.

Brian Carroll says of tonight's friendly, "I am not sure who we plan on playing and who they plan on playing, but all I know is, no matter what, it's going to be a tough-fought game, both in the friendly and when we play them in the Open Cup.

The Human Perspective at the World Cup

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Given the empathy-laden lens through which South African author Ivan Vladislavic presents his home city to us in the walking tour that is Portrait With Keys: The City of Johannesburg Unlocked (see my City Paper review here) , he seemed a perfect fit to help widen the perspective on the 2010 World Cup.

Photos from the first Union match at PPL Park

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Team picture before the game.


Union walk out onto the field.


Goalkeeper Chris Seitz looking at the ball.


Alejandro Moreno #15 of the Union and Leonardo González #19 of the Sounders FC fight for the ball


Sons of Ben celebrates during the game.

MLS Expansion - Philadelphia stadium good, grocery store better

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When Philadelphia won their expansion club in February, the residents of Chester (the site of their new stadium) were happy, but the biggest reward might not be the team. Instead, the community of 36,000 might finally get a grocery store of their own thanks to the new soccer club.

Turns out the city has not had their own grocery store since 2001, causing residents to either shop at mini-marts or travel large distances (including crossing over to Delaware) to get their food.

MLS Expansion – Philadelphia 'will draw very well’; Increased stadium size?

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New Director of Operations Rob Smith thinks his Philadelphia side will be a huge draw come 2010.
"I believe the new team will draw very well," said Smith, who has no plans to give up his coaching duties at Downingtown West. "I think the attraction to the sport has grown tremendously.

Philadelphia gets WPS expansion team

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Just a few months ago, Philadelphia won the MLS expansion lottery, but they will not be the only top-league team in the area as they have also captured an expansion side in the new Women's Professional Soccer league.
"Since signing on the dotted line with our initial seven investor groups in September of last year, we've had our sights set on adding an eighth team to the league," said WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci.

Philly Announcement Set For Thursday

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Just when I thought I wasn't going to hear about it today, I get a friendly phone call to tell me otherwise. The MLS will announce Philadelphia as the league's 16th team at 2pm on tomorrow at Turbine Hall in Chester, PA. MLS commissioner Don Garber and members of the Philadelphia expansion group will be in [.

MLS Expansion - Philadelphia to officially get team next Thursday - What to call them (with poll)?

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After the Delaware River Port Authority signed off on the final piece of the Philadelphia puzzle yesterday, MLS appears ready to make it official, Philadelphia will be the 17th team in the league. The announcement is expect next Thursday (28 Feb) in Chester.

The new Philadelphia team will begin play in their 18,500-seat stadium in 2010.

MLS Expansion - Philadelphia gets stadium deal, team to follow?

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It looks like Philadelphia has won the race for the 16th MLS spot as the state is set to announce an agreement to use $45 million to partially fund construction of a soccer stadium in Chester. A formal announcement from the state is expected tomorrow.

Since this was the final piece MLS said was needed, it does appear that Philadelphia is about to become the 16th MLS team.

MLS Expansion - State 'undetermined' on Philadelphia soccer stadium

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Even as time moves on, Pennsylvania officials appear to be no closer to reaching an agreement on funding part of the soccer stadium needed to land Philadelphia a MLS franchise.

When asked if the state would provide the needed $45m to make the stadium a reality, State Sen. Dominic Pileggi, the Republican Senate majority leader, said 'undetermined.

MLS Expansion – Philadelphia stadium plans released; All comes down to PA Senate

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The plans for a new MLS stadium in the Philadelphia area were unveiled yesterday. It is a 20,000-seat facility that follows in the steps of other proposed second-generation MLS stadiums and has a roof covering the fans (click on image for larger view - thanks to Philadelphia Pro Soccer Foundation for the image).

It total, the stadium will cost $115 million.

MLS Expansion – Philadelphia bid gets $30m boost

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The Sons of Ben are a little closer to having a team to cheer on as 'Delaware County has agreed to spend $30 million for the construction of a soccer stadium on the Chester waterfront, bringing a Major League Soccer franchise closer to the Philadelphia region.'

And whom do soccer fans in the area have to thank for this money? The gambling industry.

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Round-up: Fernando Torres has recovered his soul

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Goals of the Week

A few GotW round-ups for you. First off we have Romain Poyet (2:06) with a stunner of a volley for Brest. 101greatgoals.com has a top ten list, with the goal of the week going to Pavlyuchenko for being on the receiving end of Gareth Bale magic against Inter.

Preview: Seattle Sounders at Philadelphia Union

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Game time: Sunday, 5 p.m.

TV: ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com

And finally – the real home opener.

Philadelphia Union opens PPL Park in Chester this Sunday with a match against the Seattle Sounders, as the Union  end their hiatus during the World Cup and the road trip from hell.

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Mapp, Seger, and lots of money questions

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The Union News

The big news of the day is the Union's trade for Justin Mapp. Mapp has the pedigree to slot into the distributing midfield role that can't finder an owner on the current Union squad. Many have had a cup of coffee as the more offensive central midfielder but nobody has put their stamp on it the way Miglioranzi has grabbed the reins of the defensive role.

MLS Philly: CONFIRMATION!!

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Ives has been wrong before, but let's be honest, he rarely is...and is easily one of the most credible places to go for news in the US soccer world. But if you don't believe Ives - the Philadelphia Inquirer works too. We will know the details on February 28th...and this will be your place to go [..

MLS Expansion: Philly Stadium Photo

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I don't think I even need to say much other than just present what is below. Here is a photo of what the proposed stadium will look like in Chester, PA. I see why this stadium could take until 2010 to finish. It is down right beautiful. Props to The Offside Rules for posting this [...]

MLS Expansion: Philly Getting Closer

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Lots of media hype for Philly on the MLS expansion front today. Reports out of the City of Brotherly Love, is that Chester,PA will be building a $150 million soccer stadium on the water-front in Delaware County. The rendings of the new stadium look very nice. Click the link above to see a video report on [...]

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Boro defeat Chester in lacklustre display

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It wasn't the best match you will ever see down at Broadhall Way, but we did enough to secure the three points against a poor Chester side. Westley named a similar team to what started on Saturday against Forest Green, with Mitchell Cole, David Bridges and Charlie Griffin again left out. Chester named Nick Chadwick up front alongside former Cambridge United striker Mark Beesley.

Chester Preview

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Tomorrow night see's the league's bottom club, Chester City visit Broadhall Way for the first time since the opening day of the 2003/2004 season. Chester won the Conference that season after finishing 1 point clear of Hereford United, who were arguably the better side. Stevenage, with Westley at the helm, finished in 8th position, but took 4 points off the eventual champions which included a 2-1 win at the Deva Stadium.

Boro announce Coaching team

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Stevenage Borough last night announced that former Ipswich academy coach Steve Greaves has been appointed as first team coach under the new managerial set up at Broadhall Way. Greaves spent 14 years as a coach at Portman Road after being forced to quit playing football at the age of just 24 after spells with Fulham, [.

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Non-League: Two Hardcore Fans Make 260-Mile Trip To Watch North Ferriby Lose To Chester On Freezing Tuesday Night (Photo)

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Proving once again that non-league football is where the real heroes reside, a travelling contingent of just two count 'em, two North Ferriby supporters braved the sub-zero temperatures to watch their side on Tuesday night.

The stout and hearty duo embarked on a260-mile round trip from the east coast of Northern England to the west to watch the National League's bottom club take on Chester ina near-deserted stadium.

Union Foundation donates $25,000 to Chester nonprofit grocery store

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The Union Foundation did a check presentation on Thursday at Fare & Square, a nonprofit grocery store in Chester.

A nonprofit grocery store not far from Talen Energy Stadium has more frozen food options now thanks to a $25,000 donation from the Philadelphia Union Foundation.

Fare & Square, the only full-scale nonprofit grocery store in the nation, has made it its mission to provide Chester families "good food right around the corner.

Hopeless Football League Teams 5: Chester City, 2008-9

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For the fifth in our Hopeless Teams series, we delve back relatively recently into the past by welcoming Richard Bellis. Richard co-runs Richard and Neil's Football Blog with his brother Neil and was the proud recipient of a nomination in the recent NOPA football blogging awards run by Picklive. 201i, however, largely saw Richard and Neil occupy themselves with the production and dissemination of The Blue & White Fanzine, a new print publication mainly devoted to the reformed Chester FC: a luscious object designed by our own Michael Kinlan and featuring contributions from TTUers William Abbs and myself.

Owen targets club management – thanks to Sir Alex

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Michael Owen was pulled out of the hat by Sir Alex Ferguson this time last year, the general consensus was that the former England striker was being given a final chance to resurrect his injury...

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Who are ya?

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Opening day jubilation edition

The excitement was off the scale. Our team the team the area's many soccer fans had been eagerly waiting for was finally opening their new stadium, an absolutely stunning venue on the banks of the Delaware with the Commodore Barry Bridge hawking a view of the action from the background.

Chester Preview

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After dramatic victory against Mansfield last Saturday, Boro return to action tomorrow against bottom side Chester. After having 25 points deducted at the start of the season it was always going to be an up hill struggle for Chester to overcome and 9 points from their opening 9 games have not given them a great start either.