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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.

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

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

After successful summer, Ben Lundgaard confident going into final season at Virginia Tech

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Greenville, Delaware native among the top goalkeeping prospects in the country

When the Major League Soccer SuperDraft returns to Philadelphia in January, Delaware native Ben Lundgaard is likely one of the names you will hear called.

But talking about the Virginia Tech senior's draft prospect - his mom already has the date circled on the calendar - is a bit premature given the other big event coming to the region in December, the College Cup in early December at Talen Energy Stadium.

Musket Rounds: Why college soccer is a valid path to MLS, plus more daily links

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Nine stories worth reading from the week in soccer.

Revolution News

Kouassi stock rises in Revolution draw vs. NYCFC / The Bent Musket

The Ivorian midfielder hobbled his way into a late equalizer.

Krafts not interested in a stadium at Franklin Field / The Bent Musket

The search for a stadium site continues.

Philadelphia Union Academy

Local Soccer Notebook 9/2/17

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Philadelphia Union Academy alums debut in college; local trio on USL Team of the Week

Dave Zeitlin wrote about Jordan Morris' mentorship to Penn men's soccer coach Rudy Fuller's son Liam, who like Morris has type 1 diabetes.

Bob Kulinski was named the new head coach for the boys soccer team at Gloucester Catholic.

Justin McMaster commits to Wake Forest

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Bethlehem Steel FC and Union Academy forward has college soccer in his future planning

Wake Forest lost one recruit from the Philadelphia Union Academy for the fall but could be gaining another.

Forward Justin McMaster has committed to the ACC power for the fall, joining Union Academy and Bethlehem Steel FC teammate Mark McKenzie in the Demon Deacons potential 2017 recruiting class.

College Signing Day Tracker

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Tracking Philadelphia Union Academy and other signings of local importance on the first day of the college soccer signing period

Today is the first day of the college signing period for soccer, which means standout student athletes from the Philadelphia Union Academy / YSC Academy, Continental FC, PA Classics, Penn Fusion and other area clubs and high schools will make their commitments to play college soccer official.

North Carolina

College Soccer Weekend Preview: UNC-Providence, Creighton-Va. Tech headline opening weekend

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The 2017 college soccer season kicks off on Friday, and while some teams prefer to start their seasons off with easy openers, several of the nation's top teams are jumping right into tough challenges.

Providence College is one of those teams. The SBI No. 14 Friars are wasting no time diving into the deep end of competition, opening the season with matches against No.

MLS Draft Spotlight: UNC defender Colton Storm ready to bring hard-hitting style to MLS

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Colton Storm loves a tackle, and he always has. He enjoys the mental aspect just as much as the physical. It's certainly fun to leap in and win the ball back, but it's even more fun to look in the attacker's eyes afterwards and know that the message has been sent.

Storm has been making those types tackles all of his life.

College Cup Quarterfinal Rewind: Stanford top Louisville, Denver edges Clemson and more

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Although the College Cup 2015 champions are still very much in the running for this year's trophy, three other deservingsemifinalists will be jumping at the chance to unseat Stanford.

The four teams emerging from the quarterfinal round are North Carolina, Denver, Wake Forest and Stanford.

NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal Preview: Louisville takes on Stamford, Clemson faces Denver and more

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As the NCAA Tournament kicks off its quarterfinal matches on Friday, the clear dominance from ACC representatives isclear to see.

All four of the matches in this round will be hosted by an ACC team, and the battle between Wake Forest and Virginia Tech will ensure that at least one ACC representative travels to Houston next weekend.

Rob Lovejoy retires from soccer

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Lovejoy announces retirement on Twitter.

On Monday, the Houston Dynamo announced that Rob Lovejoy was among the players who did not have their contract options picked up. On Tuesday, Lovejoy took to Twitter to announce that he would be retiring from soccer at 25. The midfielder is originally from North Carolina and will be returning home after accepting a job back home.

College Soccer Rewind: Maryland edges Michigan, top teams draw, and more

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While No. 1 ranked Maryland was able to get it done on the road in Michigan, a number of top teams settled for draws on this weekend in men's college soccer.

The road result wasn't easy for Maryland, however, as a late equalizer from Michigan's Chris Odoi-Atsem took the match into overtime.

College Spotlight

SBI College Season Preview: Stanford focused on defending national title with 'cautious optimism'

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Stanford is gearing up for a season filled with high expectations. As defending national champions, a layer of pressure was always set to arrive at their doorsteps.

But what if you are coming in as back-to-back national champions? Does that amplify the weight resting your shoulders?

SBI College Preview Spotlight: Mo Adams hoping to become latest Brit to take path from American college to pros

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Just a few short years after the club released him from its academy, Mo Adams returned to Derby County this past winter. It was one of several clubs he had stopped at during his childhood journey through the English academy system, and it was a journey that, like many cautionary tales, ended in tragedy and without a professional contract.

SBI College Preview Spotlight: Tomas Hilliard-Arce hungry to add to legacy ahead of final season at Stanford

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Not many players can say they have won it all at the collegiate level. Twice? Even fewer. For Tomas Hilliard-Arce, winning national championships has been as common as celebrating Christmas the past two years.

As PAC-12 Defensive Player of the Year and Herrman Trophy semifinalist, there's little doubt of Hilliard-Arce's professional readiness, more so after Stanford lifted its second straight Division I title in Houston this past December.

SBI College Preview Spotlight: Michigan's Francis Atuahene is American soccer's next Ghanaian sensation

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Francis Atuahene remembers what it's like to feel starvation. He also remembers the day his life changed, and the frustration that preceded it. He remembers sitting on the sideline and waiting for his name to be called, wondering if it was all worth it. He thought about turning home, heading back towards the hunger while accepting his fate, but he also thought about what it could mean if he could simply find a way to push on.

MLS Draft Spotlight: From West Ham to Combine success, Louisville's Johnson takes winding road to MLS

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The road to the MLS Combine and Draft is direct for many, but Daniel Johnson has taken the circuitous route around a minefield of speed bumps to reach the showcase week for college prospects. The University of Louisville midfielder's journey has taken him to England, back home to the States and then to two different colleges before landing in California for the combine and draft.

The SBI NCAA Tournament Preview

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College Cup 2016 offers a number of dominant teams the chance to secure a title they so desperately crave, while also allowing weakened dynasties a chance to resurface as champions.

The most widely favored teams this season are Maryland, Wake Forest, Clemson, and Stanford, but yet a favorable bracket could see Florida Gulf Coast or Michigan State through to the final rounds in Houston.

SBI College Spotlight: Harkes forging own path towards pros with Wake Forest

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Ian Harkes, understandably, only remembers bits and pieces. He remembers a match against Tottenham, several with the Columbus Crew. He's seen highlights, read stories and certainly heard countless tales, but Harkeswas just a bit too young to fully grasp what he was watching as his father forged his legacy as a captain for both club and country.

MLS SuperDraft

2018 MLS SuperDraft: An Early Look at Prospects for Next Year’s Draft

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A look ahead to the some of the top college prospects for next year

Another SuperDraft has come and gone, and while a lot can happen before next January, here's an early look at some of the top non-MLS Academy prospects in college soccer to keep an eye on through the spring exhibition season, summer amateur leagues and the fall regular season.

How to watch today’s MLS SuperDraft action

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There's another draft today. It's the continuation of the SuperDraft, but with less Super.

Today's third and fourth rounds of the MLS SuperDraft are a bit less interesting than the early rounds. The 117 players remaining for selection with today's 44 picks aren't in Generation Adidas, nor were most on Hermann watchlists (though Sounders HGP eligible Seattle U senior Kyle Bjornethun was).

MLS Draft Spotlight: After training with Everton, Monmouth's Klenofsky ready for MLS challenge

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The transition from college soccer to the professional game is a difficult task in itself, but trying to do that as a goalkeeper, where limited positions are held across the league, is even more difficult. Monmouth goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky is aware of that from his experiences with MLS-affiliated youth clubs and his time on trial in England, but he feels he's ready to makethe step up.

MLS Draft Spotlight: After years of position changes, UCSB forward DePuy ready to grow his game in MLS

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Nick DePuy immediately sticks out on a soccer field because of his size. It's an asset, along with a few other strengths of his skill set, that has led him to every position on the pitch since a young age. Now a forward, the UC-Santa Barbara product played full back and center back in college, as well as midfield when he was younger.

Maryland

Semifinalists for MAC Hermann trophy announced

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Nine seniors, four juniors and two sophomores in the running for college soccer's player of the year trophy

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America released the list of semifinalists for the annual Player of the Year award for college soccer on Tuesday.

The men's list includes the son of a former USMNT star and seven internationals.

College Soccer Rewind: Maryland continues to roll, BC upset UNC, and more

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It was abusy weekend of post-season college soccer, with the standout result being Boston College's defeat of North Carolina in the ACC quarterfinal.

BC earned a 1-0 victory over UNC to set up a semifinal match against a highly-touted Clemson team that beat Syracuse in penalties on Sunday.

College Soccer Weekend Preview: Louisville faces Clemson, regular season wraps up

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Maryland holds on to the No. 1 ranking for yet another week as the regular season comes to a close in college soccer this weekend. While some teams have two or three games left, most are wrapping up their regular season campaigns.

Maryland vies to hold on to the top spot yet again as the Terrapins face Michigan on Sunday.

College soccer week 10 recap & awards

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Maryland and Jamie Franks' Denver Pioneers keep winning, Delgado breaks program scoring mark and Villanova pulls off huge upset in week 10 of the college soccer season

Unbeaten seasons are rare in college soccer - Santa Clara was the last to do it with a 20-0-3 and a national title in 1989 - but two teams this season have made it this far into October without suffering a loss.

The Rest

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.

SBI College Soccer Season Preview: Notre Dame relying on solid core of seniors

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No one truly knows how good their team will be in August, but Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark has a good sense of where the Fighting Irish will be by the end of the season thanks to a strong group of upperclassmen in South Bend.

The Fighting Irish boast a strong senior core, led by forward Jon Gallagher, who was the top scorer on the roster last season with 14 finishes into the back of the net.

SBI College Season Preview: Michigan looking to make the leap into nation's elite

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The Michigan Wolverines are not yet counted among the nation's elite. Following a four-win season, it's impossible they could be. The Wolverines sputtered through the 2016 campaign, losing several close calls and overtime matches while missing the NCAA tournament altogether.

However, head coach Chaka Daley believes the Wolverines are on the right path, and the roster the team has assembled certainly has the ability to make some waves throughout the 2017 campaign.

SBI College Season Preview: Syracuse looking for quick rebuild while competing in rugged ACC

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Every team in college soccer expects to lose key pieces from season to season. It's just the nature of the college game. Players move on, graduate, turn pro. Continuity is far from guaranteed as programs are consistently rebuilt on the fly from year to year.

SBI College Season Preview: Wake Forest looking to bounce back after College Cup defeat

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After losing on a heartbreaking penalty kick shootout, a team may use that loss as motivation the following year. Others may forget it entirely since it was in the past and not the present. Regardless if you want to think about it or not, more lessons can be taught from defeat than victory.

Talen Energy Stadium to host Army-Navy Cup on October 15

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Army-Navy Cup VI will be part of a college double-header weekend with Villanova playing Georgetown on Friday

One of college soccer's best rivalries is returning to Talen Energy Stadium with the sixth edition of the Army-Navy Cup scheduled for Sunday, October 15.

The match will be played at 2 p.

Ian Harkes reportedly set to sign homegrown deal with D.C. United

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The Black-and-Red appear to have midfield set for he foreseeable future with the addition of college soccer's best player

The Washington Post's Steven Goff reported Sunday night that D.C. United has agreed in principle to sign midfielder Ian Harkes as a Homegrown Player. Harkes, a Wake Forest graduate and son of former D.

2017 MLS Draft: SBI Live Commentary

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The 2016 MLS Draft is upon, and SBI has you covered for all of the day's coverage.

Beginning at 3 p.m., some of college soccer's top stars will begin their careers via the MLS Draft. Throughout the day, SBI will be providing live pick-by-pick commentary and analysis, keeping you covered for all of the comings and goings of Friday's event.

NCAA Tournament Round of 16 Rewind: Unranked Providence and Virginia Tech proceed to quarterfinals

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The NCAA Tournament's Cinderella story took another step toward an improbably run at the Final Four, while the defending champions took another step towards a potential repeat.

After knocking out the top-seed in Maryland last week, Providence eked out a late winner over Creighton to keep its season going.

Harvard cancels remainder of Men's soccer season amid scandal

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In response to the recent scandals concerning sexually explicit reports on the Women's soccer team, Harvard has officially ended the Men's soccer team's season.

The Harvard Crimson reported thatAthletics Director Robert L. Scalise sent a letter to student-athletes on Thursday that the University was terminating the Men's season after finding thatthe reports scandal continued beyond 2012 and even into the 2016 season.