Philadelphia Union

News Roundup: UNION WIN, Steel mixed results, and Opening Weekend excitement

The Philly Soccer Page at related • 0 views
Plus: Picault Suspended, Toronto upended, and Bayern's title defended.

Game Thread: Philadelphia Union vs New England Revolution

Brotherly Game at related • 0 views

The 2018 campaign for the Philadelphia Union begins on a windy winter day at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester

The season is finally upon us. Follow along here for updates and share your reflections in the comments as the Union host New England Revolution in an MLS rematch of the Super Bowl. Hopefully, the Union fair better than the 2017 Super Bowl winners did in their MLS rematch.

Bořek Dočkal in training with the Union, but still not on the roster

Brotherly Game at related • 1 view

Czech Republic international was spotted in training today at the Power Training Complex in Chester

After being spotted on the bench with the Philadelphia Union in their final preseason match in Florida on Saturday, Czech Republic international Bořek Dočkal has traveled with the team back home to Chester.

Here lies John Morton, signer of the Declaration of Independence

The Philly Soccer Page at related • 0 views
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

The Philly Soccer Page at related • 0 views
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

The Philly Soccer Page at related • 0 views
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

The Philly Soccer Page at related • 0 views
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

The Philly Soccer Page at related • 0 views
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

The Philly Soccer Page at related • 0 views
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

The Philly Soccer Page at related • 4 views
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.

A matter of identity

The Philly Soccer Page at related • 0 views
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.

Orlando and MLS see their future in Chester

The Philly Soccer Page at related • 0 views
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

The Philly Soccer Page at related • 1 view

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.

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

The Philly Soccer Page at related • 0 views

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.

English Premier League

Done deal: Liverpool confirm goalkeeper departure

SoccerLens at related • 0 views

Liverpool have confirmed goalkeeper Andy Firth has joined Vanarama National League side Chester FC on loan until the end of the season. The 21-year-old could make his debut away to Maidenhead United on Saturday.

Firth has been with Liverpool since he was 11 years of age, and was recently working under Mark Morris in the u23s.

Owen targets club management – thanks to Sir Alex

Truly Reds at related • 0 views
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...

Continue to the full story


Book Review: Falling for Football

thetwounfortunates at related • 0 views
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

thetwounfortunates at related • 0 views
[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.

Danny Mwanga

Round-up: Fernando Torres has recovered his soul

The Philly Soccer Page at related • 0 views

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. 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.

Mapp, Seger, and lots of money questions

The Philly Soccer Page at related • 0 views

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.

Preview: Seattle Sounders at Philadelphia Union

The Philly Soccer Page at related • 0 views

Game time: Sunday, 5 p.m.

TV: ESPN2, ESPN Deportes,

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.


The Human Perspective at the World Cup

The Philly Soccer Page at related • 0 views

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

The Philly Soccer Page at related • 0 views

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

My Soccer Blog at related • 6 views
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?

My Soccer Blog at related • 11 views
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

My Soccer Blog at related • 2 views
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

WVHooligan at related • 4 views
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)?

My Soccer Blog at related • 11 views
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?

My Soccer Blog at related • 25 views
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

My Soccer Blog at related • 10 views
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.


Boro defeat Chester in lacklustre display

FC Boro at related • 0 views

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

FC Boro at related • 0 views

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.

Chester Preview

FC Boro at related • 3 views

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.

Major League Soccer


Center Holds It at related • 17 views
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

WVHooligan at related • 26 views
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 [...]

The Rest

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

Who Ate All the Pies at related • 0 views

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

Brotherly Game at related • 0 views

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

thetwounfortunates at related • 0 views
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.

Who are ya?

The Philly Soccer Page at related • 0 views

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.

Boro announce Coaching team

FC Boro at related • 6 views
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, [.