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Harrisburg announces rebrand and new agreement with Rush Soccer

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Penn FC will be the professional team for the 34,000 strong youth soccer organization

After several days of hints and teases (and maybe a few unintentional leaks), Harrisburg finally revealed the big surprises that will determine the future of the club with a series of coordinated press releases and reveals on social media.

All signs point to big announcements in Harrisburg on Wednesday

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Cryptic tweets and new websites point to a fresh rebrand

The USL season has been over for less than a day, and already there's multiple big moves being made in preparation for 2018. Atlanta and Memphis are talking about new teams joining the fray as early as next year. Then, and another move that's certain to shake up the USL Eastern Conference, Rochester Rhinos coach Bob Lilley came back to Pennsylvania to become the new head coach of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

The Old Guard Shield debuted in Harrisburg Saturday night

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FNB Field was the first stop on its five city tour

As the USL season winds down and the top teams scratch and claw for position in the increasingly tight playoff races this year, it'd be easy to forget that there's a new piece of hardware that's up for grabs in 2017.

The Old Guard Shield was announced back in February to much fanfare from the USL and the eligible teams.

Match recap: Harrisburg City Islanders 0 - Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3

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Woof.

At around 4:30 on Saturday afternoon, a storm rolled out of the west and struck City Island in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Oh, did you think I meant a metaphorical storm? No, it was an actual thunderstorm that hit the island. There was even a tornado watch for a little while there. The metaphorical storm didn't hit City Island until closer to 7:00 p.

Bethlehem Steel

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 22

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MLS playoffs begin. Bethlehem out of USL playoffs. Philadelphia exits with a statistically complete performance.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 15

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Portland wins the NWSL. Bethlehem makes the playoffs but with the hardest first round match-up. Philadelphia slides a bit in power rankings for what that means.

PSP’s chat with Bobby Warshaw, American soccer’s most unique new voice

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Harrisburg-area native Bobby Warshaw is perhaps the most unique voice in American soccer, and he talked recently with PSP's Dan Walsh about his life after soccer, life behind the scenes for pro soccer players, new book, frustrations with Philadelphia Union, and recent time spent in a Syrian refugee camp overseas.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 1

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Philadelphia is officially out. Bethlehem has nearly in the playoffs though. NWSL on to the finals.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 1

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Philadelphia playoff odds climb past a whole percentage point thanks to NYRB stumbles. Bethlehem stumbles put them in jeopardy of making USL playoffs. NWSL playoffs about to begin.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through September 24

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Philadelphia holds steady in playoff odds. Bethlehem moves closer to their playoffs. NWSL playoff teams are set with one week to go.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through September 17

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Philadelphia survives mathematically with a statistically lucky draw. Bethlehem inches closer to the USL playoffs. Final USOC forecast for tonights match.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through September 10

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Philadelphia's odds at playoffs remains above zero but barely

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through September 3

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Bethlehem Steel odds increase a bit. New York City FC effectively clinch playoff spot to join Toronto in SEBA 100 percent club.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 27

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Philadelphia playoffs chances edge closer to zero, Bethlehem playoff chances closer to 50/50 now, but hey, we added some historical Union plus/minus player analysis.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 20

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Philadelphia's last-minute loss of two points continues to decline the Union's weak playoff odds. Tonight's @ Toronto match doesn't provide great odds.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 13

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Philadelphia playoffs chances plummet. New Union player +/- analysis is available though!

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 6

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The Union improve slightly in this week's SEBA updates.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through July 30

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Philadelphia's playoff chances actually increase a bit, but nowhere near as far as they need to. Bethlehem shows its belly and joins the fray of teams fighting for playoff slots.

Updated MLS, USL, NWSL, and Gold Cup SEBA projections through July 23

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Philadelphia's chances at the playoffs take a steep dive. The USMNT has a very winnable Gold Cup final, even against Andre Blake.

Updated MLS, USL, NWSL, and Gold Cup SEBA projections through July 16

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The USA moves on to the quarter-finals, and the U.S. Open Cup makes progress.

FC Cincinnati

Match Preview: Harrisburg City Islanders vs Saint Louis FC

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After beating Ottawa, will Harrisburg torpedo another team's playoff chances?

Match: Harrisburg City Islanders vs Saint Louis FC

Date: Saturday, September 30th

Time: 7:00 p.m. Eastern, 6:00 p.m. Central, 4:00 p.m. Pacific, 11:00 p.

Match recap: Harrisburg City Islanders 1, FC Cincinnati 1

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A City Island upset turns into a draw at the last second

Oh, stoppage time. You are a cruel mistress. A mere three days after Harrisburg found a stoppage time goal to secure a win over Saint Louis FC, they saw their own victory over FC Cincinnati turn into a mere draw after Cincy found a goal deep, deep into stoppage time.

Match preview: Harrisburg City Islanders vs FC Cincinnati

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The Bailey visits The Island

Match: Harrisburg City Islanders vs FC Cincinnati

Date: Tuesday, September 12th

Time: 6:30 p.m. Eastern, 5:30 p.m. Central, 3:30 p.m. Pacific, 10:30 p.m. UTC

Venue: FNB Field (Harrisburg, PA)

Refs: Unavailable at press time.

Ropapa Mensah

Match Recap: Harrisburg City Islanders 2 - Tampa Bay Rowdies 3

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The City Islanders show signs of life during a soggy loss to the Rowdies

Harrisburg may have lost on Wednesday night, but they put together a performance that was miles ahead of their some of their most recent matches. This was a team that had dropped their last four matches by a combined score of 12-0.

Match Recap: Harrisburg City Islanders 0 - Rochester Rhinos 1

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Harrisburg can't find a goal as they fall to Rochester for the second time this season

My usual readers (if I have any) know that I like to do my match recaps by writing down the blow-by-blow of the whole match before looking at the bigger implications of what went down. Unfortunately, that style doesn't particularly fit for Tuesday night's match between Harrisburg and Rochester.

Richmond Kickers

Richmond Kickers Fall to Harrisburg City Islanders

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Multiple shots on target prove fruitless in 1-0 loss

Richmond fell 1-0 to the Harrisburg City Islanders Saturday, meaning the Kickers only nabbed one point during their three-game road trip. With the loss, the Kickers haven't won one away game all season. Chris Durkin and Chris Odoi-Atsem joined the starting eleven, and newly signed midfielder Oscar Umar made his first start for the team.

Richmond Kickers can’t break down Harrisburg City Islanders, losing 1-0

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Multiple shots on target prove fruitless once again

Richmond fell 1-0 to the Harrisburg City Islanders Saturday, meaning the Kickers only nabbed one point during their three-game road trip. With the loss, the Kickers haven't won one away game all season. Chris Durkin and Chris Odoi-Atsem joined the starting eleven, and newly signed midfielder Oscar Umar made his first start for the team.

The Rest

News roundup: Harrisburg’s fascinating revamp, sordid Columbus news, more

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The USL's Harrisburg side will become Penn FC, a partnership with youth soccer conglomerate Colorado Rush. Also, more awful news out of Columbus from their movie bad guy owner, and interesting stuff from around U.S. and world soccer.

Mechanicsburg native Colton Storm talks about PA soccer and the USL Cup

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The SKC Defender has made 29 appearances with Swope Park Rangers in 2017

The Harrisburg City Islanders won't be making an appearance in the USL cup this season, but there's at least one Central PA soccer product who will be represented in today's showdown in Louisville.

Colton Storm made a big impression when he went 14th overall to Sporting Kansas City in this year's MLS SuperDraft.

An interview with Brandon Miller of Prime Focus Goalkeeping

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You may also know him as goalkeeper for the Harrisburg City Islanders

It was Warren Zevon who famously asked, "What's a Canadian farm boy to do?" Since the farm boy was a hockey player, the answer in that case was, "Hit Somebody!" A more unusual question, one with a less obvious answer, is, "What's a professional soccer goalkeeper with a major in marketing to do?

Match Preview: Harrisburg City Islanders at Charleston Battery

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Harrisburg finishes up their season in South Carolina

Match: Charleston Battery vs Harrisburg City Islanders

Date: Saturday, October 7th

Time: 7:00 p.m. Eastern, 6:00 p.m. Central, 4:00 p.m. Pacific, 11:00 p.m. UTC

Venue: MUSC Health Stadium (Charleston, SC)

Refs: REF: DAVID ERBACHER AR1: Benjamin Wooten AR2: J.

Match Recap: Harrisburg City Islanders 2 - Toronto FC II 1

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Harrisburg secures a come from behind victory thanks to a Ropapa Mensah brace.

It's getting quite late in the season for the City Islanders, but they still ran into a couple of 2017 firsts during their match against Toronto FC II on Saturday night. This would ultimately end up being Harrisburg's first match of 2017 where a player scored a brace, which is either the sign of a troubled offense or a well spread out attack (it's probably more of the first than the second).

Match recap: Harrisburg City Islanders 2, Saint Louis FC 1

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Harrisburg seals the win with a Pedro Ribeiro goal in stoppage time

Harrisburg flew out to St. Louis without much hope for their season. They were mired in a five match losing streak, which was the longest such streak in the Eastern Conference so far in 2017. Thanks to all of the losses, they'd slipped all the way down to 14th in the standings.

Match preview: Louisville City FC vs. Harrisburg City Islanders

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Harrisburg has a chance to pull off the season sweep over Louisville

Match: Louisville City FC vs. Harrisburg City Islanders

Date: Wednesday, August 23rd

Time: 7:30 p.m. Eastern, 6:30 p.m. Central, 4:30 p.m. Pacific, 11:30 p.m.

Match preview: Harrisburg City Islanders vs Rochester Rhinos

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The battle for the 2017 Capelli Sport Hero Cup

Match: Harrisburg City Islanders vs. Rochester Rhinos

Date: Tuesday, August 8th

Time: 7:00 p.m. Eastern, 6:00 p.m. Central, 4:00 p.m. Pacific, 11:00 p.m. UTC

Venue: FNB Field (Harrisburg, Pa.

Match recap: Harrisburg City Islanders 0 - Tampa Bay Rowdies 3

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The less said about this one, the better

Harrisburg was facing an uphill climb as they prepared for Saturday's match against Tampa Bay. They were playing their second match in Florida on only two days rest, and to make matters worse most of the pregame focused on how hot and humid the conditions were in Al Lang Stadium.

USL Week 18: A Midweek Look Ahead

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The two hottest teams in the Eastern Conference come together Tuesday night.

The Harrisburg City Islanders and Charlotte Independence are rocking and rolling through the middle part of the USL season, and have each defied early setbacks to climb the standings. The Independence won their last meeting at home, 2-0, over the Islanders, but Harrisburg is a different team now and should expect a better performance at home.

Match Recap: Harrisburg City Islanders 2 - New York Red Bulls II 0

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Harrisburg tops the 2016 USL champions for the second time this season

Harrisburg finished the first half of the 2017 season with only sixteen points, thanks largely to a ten match winless stretch they endured between April and June. It was clear that they would need to make big improvements in the second half if they hoped to push for a playoff spot.