Philadelphia Union

News roundup: USWNT raises SheBelieves Cup, Seattle & Toronto win in CCL, Salone FC joins UPSL

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Plus upcoming Union U17 matches, UCL action, and more

Houston calling, FIFPro challenging FIFA transfer system, FIFA general secretary suspended

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Houston on Sunday. River Cup on Saturday. FIFPro challenging global transfer system. FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke after World Cup ticket resell allegations. More.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, Garber says no pro/rel, more news

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Notes from Curtin's presser. Garber says no pro/rel in MLS anytime soon, believes league on track to join the world's best.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, more news

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Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference and more news.

Off to Toronto, Union U16s fall in Development Academy semis, US readies for Cuba, more

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Union face Toronto on Saturday. Union U-16s defeated in US Soccer Development Academy semifinals. West Chester United in Werner Fricker Open Cup semis today. MLS players ratify CBA. US faces Cuba in Gold Cup quarterfinals on Saturday. More news.

Union bits and more

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Union searching for left back. Power rankings (tissues not included). More news.

Worst start ever and more dreariness, Montreal looks to make history tonight, more news

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Union bits. Impact host Club America in CONCACAF Champions League final deciding game tonight. More news.

Fred suspended second game, Pfeffer appears in US U-23 loss, on the US draw, more

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Fred suspended additional game for violent conduct. Pfeffer provides spark but US U-23s fall short in Denmark. Recaps and reaction to US draw against Switzerland. More.

Union lose, more reports of Vitoria loan, USWNT lose, USMNT win, more

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Union drop first preseason game. Reports from Portugal say Vitoria to Union loan deal done. USWNT underwhelm in loss to France. USMNT ends winless spell with victory over Panama. Much more.

Open practice at YSC today, more Union bits, league and national team news, more

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You can see the Union train today at YSC Sports from noon to 2 pm. More Union bits. Toronto signs another. More news.

Union will host Seattle in USOC final, Bone loaned, Union Academy USBNT call-ups, more news

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Seattle thump Chicago 6-0 to set up US Open Cup final against Union at PPL Park. Corben Bone loaned to USL PRO's Hammerheads. Union Academy players get US BNTs call-ups. Suarez ban upheald. More.

The Bradley bomb, a chat about training facilities, more news

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Michael Bradley to Toronto. How building a Union training facility just got real. More player moves from across MLS. More news.

Vart on Union options, agent “101%” certain Valdes won’t play in 2014 MLS first half, Williams No. 1 RB

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Vartughian says Union looking for options in and out of MLS. Valdes' agent on his current status. Williams ranked No. 1 MLS right back by Soccer America. More news.

Union schedule released, 4 are waived, Eddie Johnson rumor, more

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Union release 2014 schedule, waive Anding, Jordan, Kleberson, and Nikolov. Are the Union interested in Eddie Johnson? More news.

Playmaker is priority No. 1, MLS TV ratings below the WNBA, more

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Hackworth says signing a playmaker is priority No. 1. 2013 MLS ratings below those of the WNBA. FIFPro calls on FIFA to help soccer player trapped in Qatar. More news.

KC news and previews, chemistry, BSFC on MLS Insider, more

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News and previews of tonight's big game in KC. Carroll says Union locker room has the chemistry to make it to the playoffs. Bethlehem Steel segment in latest MLS Insider on NBCSN. More news.

“Dogfight”: News, quotes & previews ahead of DC game, more

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Hackworth expects a tough, physical game against DC, says to expect more support for McInerney. Mwanga scores brace. Sundhage says farewell. More news.


FIFA in deal to end FIFPro transfer complaint

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Zurich (AFP) – FIFA on Thursday reached a deal it hopes will lead to footballers union FIFPro withdrawing its complaint to the European Commission over “transfer market madness”.

World football’s governing body FIFA plans to launch an investigation into transfers after this summer’s record-breaking window sparked renewed unease at FIFPro.

Linc Gold Cup final announcement expected, Union take on Crew, Berry loan report, more

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Linc expected to be announced as host of Gold Cup final. Union face Crew. Reports says Austin Berry headed to South Korea. League news. 2022 WC fallout. More.

Linc to host Gold Cup knockout round game, more league, US, and international news

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Linc to host Gold Cup knockout round games in July. DC stadium funding vote today. Latest MLS personnel moves. More.

Re-entry Draft part 2, SF prez says club is negotiating for Valdes, DC nabs GAM, more

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Stage 2 of the Re-entry Draft takes place today. Santa Fe prez says club negotiating to keep Carlos Valdes. Union 5th most searched soccer team on Google in US. Locals honored with NSCAA COY awards. DC lands Eddie Johnson. More.

Will EPL tourists show solidarity with suffering Indonesian footballers?

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In July, three score of the world's highest paid footballers will visit Indonesia to play off-season friendlies. Their three EPL clubs - Arsenal (14/7), Liverpool (20/7) and Chelsea (25/7) - will earn, and depart with, millions of consumer and sports marketing dollars. Meanwhile, players in Indonesian football, local and foreign, are denied payment of salaries, suffer unfair dismissal, and left

Our Premier League World XI: The Snubs of the World

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Our Premier League World XI: The Snubs of the World

The announcement of the World XI by FIFPRO was instantly criticized for its lack of Premier League players. Here is our Premier League World XI whom we believe can compete and win against the FIFPRO XI.When choosing teams like this, it is often hard to do because there are more than one deserving players at each position.

Die FIFA-Weltauswahl 2012

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Alle Jahre wieder wird von der FIFA die FIFA/FIFPro World XI-Weltauswahl ermittelt. Dazu dürfen 50.000 Fusballspieler aus der ganzen Welt aus einer Liste mit 50 vorausgewählten Spielern die in ihren Augen besten Spieler des abgelaufenen Kalenderjahres wählen. Herauskommt dabei fast immer eine spanische Weltauswahl, ergänzt mit ein paar Spielern, die sowieso schon in der spanischen [.

FIFA Name 15 Chosen Midfielders For FIFA/FIFPRO World XI 2012

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The worldwide players' union FIFPro and FIFA has announced the 15 midfielders shortlisted for the FIFA/FIFPro World XI 2012, part of the 55-player final shortlist to be revealed at a press conference in São Paulo on 29 November 2012.

After the unveiling of the five shortlisted goalkeepers and the 20 shortlisted defenders, the shortlist of 15 midfielders is now also known.

The Hijab on the Pitch

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(Article cross-posted from "Muslim Feminisms" forum at The Feminist Wire) Members of the Iranian National Women's Football team (Source: FIFPro) On Friday, July 6, the French Football Federation announced that it would ban the wearing of hijab during all organized competitions held in France. The Federation declared that in doing so it was fulfilling [.


FIFPro launches legal case to make transfer fees illegal in Europe

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Tony Attwood

I do try to keep up with the murky world of Fifa and Uefa, but I must admit, sometimes I miss something. And it seems this Christmas I missed a big one for FIFPro launched a legal challenge to the whole transfer system and I let it slip by without my noticing.

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Arsenal could take advantage of the blackmailing of Llorente and Sneijder

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The worldwide trade union for professional footballers, Fifpro, has highlighted an alarming trend in the way clubs deal with players who are nearing the end of their contract, one example is the Arsenal transfer target Fernando Llorente who plays, or rather doesn't, for Athletic Bilbao.

Fifpro have also highlighted the case of the Dutch international midfielder, Wesley Sneijder, who is under contract with the Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan.

Lionel Messi

On why no training, local colleges in NCAA play, One World Futbol, more news

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Hack on why no post-season training. Local colleges in NCAA Division III tournament play. MLS Cup rematch in the makings. Messi on pace for single year record. One World Football. more news.

Lionel Messi “Titanium” Skills Goals and Tricks in HD

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Sit back and relax, turn up your speakers and enjoy some of the best of Lionel Messi in this collection of Skills, Goals, and Tricks. The Messi video is nicely put together and set to the music and song by David Guetta featuring Sia, Performing Titanium...Soccer and Music at it's finest.

Just in case you've been living under a rock and have no idea just how good a soccer player Messi is or who he is.

The Rest

41% of football players made to wait for wages – survey

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London (AFP) Over 40 percent of the world's professional footballers have experienced delayed payment of wages, according to a wide-ranging survey published by global players' union FIFPro on Tuesday.

In the survey, carried out by the University of Manchester, 41 percent of the 13,876 players who responded had been forced to wait for their salaries over the past two seasons.

Interview with FIFpro’s Chief Medical Officer on topic of mental health in soccer

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Mental health is an issue that soccer has an uneasy relationship with. Despite all the advancements in the game from physical conditioning, boot design and treatment of injuries the topic of mental health still draws uncomfortable breaths from players and coaches alike. Mental health is still an area that is considered taboo in football circles although there are ongoing efforts to lift the stigma attached it.

Michael Lahoud co-recipient of 2015 FIFPro Merit Award

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On Saturday, Michael Lahoud was named, along with Kei Kamara, recipient of the 2015 FIFPro Merit Award for his work with Schools for Salone.

Homegrown – September 2015

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On this month's Homegrown with our hosts, Dan and Jay: FIFPro is suing FIFA over the transfer fee system, claiming it is uncompetitive and a restriction of free movement of trade. Time to determine who is definitely not going to make the MLS playoffs. The CONCACAF Cup, the NWSL Finals,..

Das ist die Weltauswahl 2013

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Tja, Franck Ribery hat den Ballon d'Or nicht gewonnen. Lange kann er aber nicht enttäuscht sein, denn der französische Wirbelwind gehört trotzdem so ganz nebenbei zu den besten Spielern der Welt. Neben dem Weltfussballer wurde am Montagabend auch die Weltauswahl des vergangenen Jahres, dieFIFA FIFPRO World XI, vorgestellt und dort.

International Footballers' Union Outrage Over Mendieta

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FIFPro is shocked by the news of the death of Diego Mendieta. FIFPro - the worldwide representative of all professional football players - demands that the Indonesian football association make an end to the structural mismanagement of countless football clubs.
Diego Mendieta is a Paraguay footballer who has, for several years, been earning his living in Indonesia.

FIFPro Questions ‘Blackmailing’ of Key Players

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FIFPro, the Trade Union, for global professional football players says clubs need to stop blackmailing key players who refuse to sign new contracts.

FIFPro has suggested that Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder and Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente are two recent examples of players who are being treated unfairly by their clubs as a result of their stance over current contracts.

The link between rest and Champions League success (or why United failed in Europe)

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Players should be guaranteed three full days' rest between matches, the world players' union FIFPro said on Tuesday, adding that the idea could bolster the much-criticised Europa League.

Euro 2012 fans might be defeaned by Polish ‘sound cannons’

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With all the news of measles, dog slaughter, and "criminal" police forces in Ukraine, it's about time we heard something controversial about Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland. And that controversy has arrived in the form of "sound cannons" — crowd control devices that blast out noise at horrendous volumes to curb the enthusiasm of rowdy fans.

This Week In Balotelli: Mario Needs “Professional Help”

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The behavior of Mario Balotelli is even for #FIFPro no longer acceptable. He desperately needs professional mental support.

- Theo van Seggelen (@theovanseggelen) April 10, 2012

The latest and greatest after Mario Balotelli's latest and greatest moment, seeing a red card end his Manchester City career.