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Philadelphia Union

Curtin & Albright on draft, Edu, Kljestan, and more, Union preseason opponents, more news

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Jim Curtin and Chris Albright discuss a number of topics ahead of Thursday's draft. Report names Union's opponents at preseason IMG Tournament. Is Mix-NYCFC deal signed? Turf it is at Women's World Cup. More.

Game Thread: Montreal Impact vs. Philadelphia Union

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Bonjour tout le monde, let's take three points from Saputo Stadium this afternoon.

UNION GAME #9
VS
Saputo Stadium, Montreal, QC
April 26, 2014
4:00 PM ET
TCN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Know Thy Enemy: Mount Royal Soccer
Starting XI
Jack McInerney, Marco Di Vaio, Justin Mapp Forward Fabinho, Andrew Wenger, Danny Cruz
Patrice Berner, Collen Warner, Felipe Martins Midfield Brian Carroll, Maurice Edu, Vincent Nogueira
Jeb Brovsky, Matteo Ferrari, Karl Ouimette, Hassoun Camara Defense Ray Gaddis, Aaron Wheeler, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams
Troy Perkins Goalkeeper Zac MacMath
Evan Bush, Eric Miller, Heath Pearce, Maxim Tissot, Santiago Gonzalez, Callum Mallace, Blake Smith Bench Andre Blake, Austin Berry, Leo Fernandes, Cristian Maidana, Sebastien Le Toux, Antoine Hoppenot, Conor Casey
Game Officials
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Assistant: Eric Boria
Assistant: Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho
Fourth: Silviu Petrescu

Well this is a, uh, interesting starting XI.

Season opener previews & predictions, more Union news

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Season opener previews and season predictions. French connection. Maidana on coming to MLS. Pfeffer's goal. Much more.

Fernandes levels Union with Orlando again, Maidana on joining the Union, more

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Union come-from-behind for 1-1 draw with Orlando. Maidana on coming to MLS. Preseason tournament news and results. More news.

Reports of Edu deal, Valdes loan, Name That Trialist season begins, HCI sign a Rover, more

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Reports emerge on Friday that Edu deal is complete. Valdes loan to San Lorenzo also done. City Islanders sign Portuguese youth international from Blackburn Rovers, more news.

2013 Re-Entry Draft preview

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Who might the Union take in this week's Re-Entry Draft? PSP examines the options, including Philly native Bobby Convey (pictured), in this entirely too long preview.

Newsie bits and bobs including US Soccer’s Athletes of the Year, WC stadium crane collapse update, and more

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Knighton and Hertzog released by Vancouver. Eastern Pa. US Open Cup qualification update. Altidore and Wambach lead US Soccer AOY awards. News from crane collapse at Sao Paolo WC stadium. More.

Major League Soccer

Report: Pearce inks deal with Impact

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By FRANCO PANIZO

After a bit of uncertainty, Heath Pearce has a found a home in MLS,

Pearce has signed a deal with the Montreal Impact just ahead of the beginning of the 2014 season, according to a report from Goal.

Ferreira, De Rosario still available in stage two of MLS Re-Entry Draft

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By DAN KARELL

Following the excitement of the first stage of the 2013 Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft, even more action is expected as we get set for the second stage.

A total of 48 players are available for the second stage of the Re-Entry Draft (3pm, Wednesday), including former MLS MVP winners David Ferreira and Dwayne De Rosario and other veterans such as Heath Pearce, Joe Cannon, Joel Lindpere, and Brian Mullin.

Cooper, Convey, Alston among players to opt-out of MLS Re-Entry Draft

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By DAN KARELL

The amount of players available in today's first stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft (3pm via teleconference) has dwindled by 11 from the original 68 players announced last Monday.

Of the 11 players to opt-out of the Re-Entry Draft, Kenny Cooper, Bobby Convey, and Kevin Alston are the most noticeable.

Reaction to Union’s disappointing draw, HCI wins, Reading draws, OC wins, Carli Lloyd hat trick, more

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Lots of reaction and quotes from the Union's let down draw. Sainey Touray with goal and assist in Harrisburg win. Reading blows lead, settles for draw. Ocean City with commanding win. Carli Lloyd hat trick. More news.

2013 SBI MLS All-Overpaid Team

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By IVES GALARCEP

As we learned when the MLS players salaries were released recently, there are some players who are paid way less than the value they bring to their teams. We also saw predictable and clear evidence that there are players who are coming nowhere close to bringing a good return of investment on their sizable salaries.

Trades That Impacted The 2012 Season

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Alvaro Fernandez has been a huge boost for the Fire. (Getty Images)

Every season I always made bold predictions and in those predictions I always have one that is pretty common from season to season. I always claim that a trade will reshape a season or at least allow one or two teams to get ahead.

New York Red Bulls

MLS veteran Pearce lands in Impact training camp

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By DAN ITEL

Veteran MLS defender and former U.S. national team member Heath Pearce has joined the Montreal Impact's preseason training camp in Orlando, Fla., the club announced Wednesday.

Pearce, who was released by the New York Red Bulls at the end of the 2013 season after undergoing season-ending hip surgery during the summer, has not signed a contract with Montreal but is eligible to play in the upcoming Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic preseason tournament, the team said.

Who Will It Be This Week?

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As the 2nd Stage of the Re-entry Draft draws near, who will the Union have in mind?

Heath Pearce (New York Red Bulls; $340,746)

Pearce is a versatile defender who has appeared for the U.S. Men's National Team 35 times. He's a natural left back, but can also play as a center back if need be.

Red Bulls part ways with Pearce after injury-shortened season

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By DAN KARELL

Heath Pearce's tumultuous time in New York has come to an end.

On Wednesday, the club announced that they were parting ways with the out-of-contract defender after an injury-shortened 2013 season. The 29-year-old Pearce only made 14 appearances this season for the Red Bulls before electing to undergo season-ending hip surgery in early July.

Red Bulls add Australian international Carney

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By DAN KARELL

Just hours before the end of the Major League Soccer summer transfer window, the New York Red Bulls added some much needed depth to their squad.

On Thursday, the Red Bulls announced the signing of Australian international David Carney subject to the passing of a physical, receipt of his P-1 Visa, and his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

Red Bulls sign trailist Sekagya

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By DAN KARELL

Since losing Heath Pearce to season-ending hip surgery, the New York Red Bulls have been shopping for another experienced defender to provide squad depth and spot starting ability.

As of Thursday, the search is over.

The Red Bulls announced that Ugandan defender Ibrahim Sekagya has signed a contract with the club on a free transfer from sister club Red Bull Salzburg.

Former FCD defender Heath Pearce opts for season-ending surgery

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When FC Dallas travels to Harrison, New Jersey in September to face the New York Red Bulls, one storyline that figures to get a lot of play is how many ex-FCD players, a group including Eric Alexander, Kevin Hartman, Dax McCarty as well as local product Andre Akpan, are currently playing for that side.

Union salary breakdown: Steals, deals & … trades?

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PSP analyzes Philadelphia Union's salary breakdown and identifies the steals (like Ray Gaddis, pictured), veteran bargains, surprises, and winner of the Juan Diego Gonzalez Award. Also, we take a look at several potential trade scenarios for Bakary Soumare.

Eastern Conference preview

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PSP's Eastern Conference preview looks at each club and how the Union match up against them. In the end, PSP picks Michael Farfan and the Union to finish ... well, click on to read more.

MLS announces awards schedule

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On Thursday, Major League Soccer announced the finalists and the schedule for their 2012 awards. New York's Thierry Henry, San Jose's Chris Wondolowski, and Kansas City's Graham Zusi are up for the Most Valuable Player. Rookie of the Year Finalists Austin Berry (Chicago Fire) Nick DeLeon (D.C. United) Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps FC) Xbox Individual Fair Play Finalists* Ante Jazic (Chivas USA) Logan Pause (Chicago Fire) Heath Pearce (New York Red Bulls) *Selected by MLS.

Marquez’s status in doubt for East semifinal second leg

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What first appeared to be a fictional story of an injury concocted to cover-up a dust-up between a player and coach is looking more and more like a real injury and real problem for the New York Red Bulls.

Red Bulls defender Rafa Marquez is nursing a calf injury and is questionable forthe Red Bulls' second leg against D.

D.C. United Vs. New York Red Bulls: Mistakes & Missed Chances Highlighted In Draw To Start 2012 MLS Playoffs

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D.C. United left a lot of plays on the field tonight in a 1-1 tie with the New York Red Bulls. It was the first match of a two-legged playoff series that will see United travel to New Jersey on Wednesday.

United took the lead in the 61st minute when a cross from Chris Korb was deflected into the New York goal by Roy Miller, a player who we all hope to see starting the next leg.

MLS Playoffs: D.C. United vs. Red Bulls (Match Night Commentary)

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The New York Red Bulls have made the trip down I-95 to take on D.C. United in the Eastern Conference playoff semifinals, which kick off tonight in first-leg action at RFK Stadium (8pm, NBC Sports).

D.C. United enters tonight's match on a seven-match unbeaten streak, riding a strong defense and the attacking efforts of Chris Pontius, Branko Boskovic and Nick DeLeon to a strong finish despite losing reigning MLS MVP Dwayne DeRosario for the rest of the regular season with an injury.

Defense coming together for Red Bulls

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

Have the Red Bulls finally stumbled upon the right formula for their backline? That is the hope of Coach Hans Backe and his men after this Saturday's encouraging draw against Sporting KC.

"I would guess so because Brandon [Barklage] is out definitely for the Philly game, perhaps the rest of the season," the Red Bulls boss said.

Not Pretty but We'll Take the Point

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It certainly wasn't the prettiest nor the best game that Sporting KC has played all season, but Kansas City got out of New York with a point, and with other results around the league clinched a top 2 spot in the Eastern Conference. The Red Bulls also clinched a playoff spot, but that result was certainly less assured before the game started.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week 24)

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FC Dallas' Colombian connection has the club entering the playoff discussion after a horrid stretch of play seemingly had the club closer to the Western Conference cellar than the postseason, and it looks like David Ferreira and Fabian Castillo have no intentions of slowing down.

Ferreira and Castillo both played major roles in the club's road victories at Vancouver and Real Salt Lake and were easy selections for SBI's MLS Best XI for Week 24.

Heath Pearce: Victorious, Sweaty, Partially Sexy

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New York Red Bulls defender and resident SSIT, Heath Pearce, freaked the F out after scoring his team's match winning goal at home yesterday. New York came from behind to defeat Portland 3-2.

Ogunbiyi's RBNY move falls through

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Babajide Ogunbiyi's long-awaited move to the New York Red Bulls is off.

Citing medical conditions, the Red Bulls parted ways with Ogunbiyi, an original draft pick of the club in 2009 who plied his trade in Denmark before agreeing to terms with the club on July 31.Â

"During our standard, thorough physical, our medical team noticed an issue regarding Jide's health," Red Bulls general manager Erik Soler said in a statement.

Dynamo vs. Red Bulls: Your Running Commentary

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The top two teams in the Eastern Conference battle for first place as the Houston Dynamo welcome the New York Red Bulls to BBVA Compass Stadium (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network) in a Friday night bout fit for primetime.

The match -- the first of two consecutive ones between the two clubs -- marks the MLS debut of New York Designated Player Tim Cahill, who went 45 minutes and drew a penalty kick against Tottenham in Tuesday night's friendly.

Red Bulls Rewind: Defensive issues a cause for concern after Montreal loss

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

There is a bittersweet feeling in the air at Red Bull Arena. Though today's press conference to officially announce the signing of Tim Cahill will surely nab headlines, a disappointing loss in Montreal will undoubtedly bubble beneath the surface.

UEFA Champions League

O’Brien and FC Nordsjælland drawn in Champions League third qualifying round

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By DAN KARELL

Despite Josh Gatt's season-ending knee injury with Molde FK, there will still be at least one American playing in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

FC Nordsjælland and their midfielder Conor O'Brien were placed against Zenit St. Petersburg in the league route of the Champions League draw on Friday.

FC Nordsjælland vs. Chelsea: European Champs face-off against Danish Minnows

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Eden Hazard of Chelsea (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Danish Superliga team, FC Nordsjælland, face off against European champions and Premier League juggernauts Chelsea in the second match of Group E this Tuesday. For those unfamiliar with this little-known team, they are mere toddlers in comparison to the age of the wisened old Chelsea FC.

Dax McCarty

Revisionist History: Schellas Hyndman and Disgruntled Players

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On twitter today there was quite a bit on talk about Brek Shea and coach Hyndman. One topic was the same criticism of Schellas Hyndman we've heard before, that he runs off players who speak up, rebel, or aren't on board with his coaching. I, for one, tend to find that an overblown characterization.

Juan Mata, Jonjo Shelvey, and Sergio Aguero Feature in this Week’s Twitter Top 10

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This week's Twitter Top 10 features sunshine, rain, and freezing temperatures. Some of the best players across Europe are preparing for the grueling winter period ahead, and with that, great photos and tweets from everywhere will soon start to pour in. Enjoy some of best photos from this past week as we take you from the US to Italy to England over to France, into Spain and back to England again.

The Lowry Lowdown: Best XI Soccer Players on Twitter

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Everyone loves Twitter and their social media links to the world, but there are times when people need new people to follow. With that in mind here is a list of my favorites for all of you to additionally enjoy.


  • Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid http://soccerwithoutlimits.com/test/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/cfimg579470613937109619-e1350042134519.

The Rest

Fantasy Focus: Deep Impact

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MLS returns with a full slate, and four Montreal players lead the charge.

To kick things off we have Bayern Neverlusen leading the way this week with 97 points. Captaining the ship was Montreal's Jack McInerney ($8.2) with 28 points while playing twice, scoring two goals, and should probably get bonus points for scoring what will probably be goal of the year against Houston.

Outstanding Camp Cupcake Invites: Who’s (Maybe) HDC-Bound

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Who's this year's January campers?

January camp is slated to likely begin sometime next week with an expectation of a full roster out perhaps Monday by USSF.

Here's a few bets on the roster: (A * denotes the invitation/attendance has already been confirmed.)

G: Nick Rimando, Sean Johnson, Bill Hamid

DEF: Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, George John, Steven Beitashour, Chance Myers, Heath Pearce, Amobi Okugo

MID: Alfredo Morales*, Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Graham Zusi, Dax McCarty, Brad Evans

FW: Chris Pontius, Freddy Adu, Josh Gatt, Benny Feilhaber, Mix Diskerud

STR: Eddie Johnson*, CJ Sapong, Alan Gordon, Juan Agudelo

* Wildcard: Maurice Edu.

So what now, now?

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Two more players, both (ahem) USMNT left backs are out for Friday. Edgar Castillo is also out for the Guatemala closer, but Fabian Johnson could be back for that. So... why aren't Heath Pearce and Chris Rolfe on their way to camp? We're now painfully thin (at best) at attack wide positions and left back, and reinforcements should be brought if for no other reason than in case of more injuries.