Reaction to Garfan trade. Previewing tonight's game against LA. Reading and Ocean City victorious in US Open Cup first round play. More news.
Bakary Soumare denies reports that Union offered him to Chicago after Saturday's game. Area US Open Cup play begins tonight with Reading United hosting LVU Sonic and Ocean City hosting Red Bulls U-23s. Union PA license plates now available. More.
By THOMAS FLOYD
For all the success Sporting Kansas City have had over the past two years, the Houston Dynamo have been the one riddle the club can't solve.
After being ousted come playoff time by Houston two seasons in a row, Kansas City will travel to BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday and attempt to get a result against a Dynamo side that, in addition to riding a 36-game home unbeaten streak, just wrapped a 2-0 road trip.
Parke's injury not as bad as feared but Soumare looks set to start against Chicago on Saturday. On rotation and depth. Ansboro on stepping down as SoB prez. Moyes leaving Everton, expected to take over at Manchester United. More news.
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By DAN KARELL
Bakary Soumare's tenuous situation with the Philadelphia Union is taking a different turn than expected.
After asking for a trade two weeks into the season and not playing a single minute all year, Soumare is being thrown right into the starting lineup following the hamstring injury to teammate Jeff Parke, who won the position battle during the preseason.
Jeff Parke says no point in rushing return from injury. Harrisburg to face winner of Lehigh Valley/Reading United in USOC first round. Juan Agudelo traded to Revs. Altidore says club won't release him for May USMNT camp. Feguson to retire as manager of Manchester United. More.
The storyline heading into Chicago is whether Soumare will finally get to play. MLS salary info released. Power ranking roundup. Cruz's performance earning honors.
There were plenty of chances to win the match - the final uncalled penalty aside - but the Union left too much space for Seattle in the attacking third and paid the price.
Hackworth says Union could have done more to win but poor officiating played big part in Saturday's draw. Cruz on his brace. With Parke injured and Williams suspended, is it Soumare time. HCI win. More news.
Facing the last place team in the Western Conference, the Philadelphia Union were only able to muster a 2-2 draw against the Seattle Sounders in a crazy and controversial game that saw the Union lose two defenders, Jeff Parke to injury and Sheanon Williams to red card and a penalty shout at the end of the game that could have potentially given them a last second victory.
JAck McInerney becomes only the second Union player to be named MLS Player of the Month. Hack says the defense needs return to earlier form for Union to have success against Seattle. PDA U-18s ranked No. 1 in the country. More.
Quotes from John Hackworth's weekly presser. US Open Cup 1st round ties announced. Hernandez scores but City Islanders drop first game. Timbers make a wish come true. More.
There was very little about which to smile in the Union's 2-0 defeat against the Revs. Perhaps John Hackworth will shuffle his deck before Saturday's showdown with Seattle.
Hackworth describes Saturday's performance in loss to NE as the Union's worst of the year. Jimmy McLaughlin scores in Harrisburg's home opener win. NYT reports Abu Dhabi royal nearing purchase of 20th MLS team. Garber says "way too muc" soccer on TV. More
Are the Union a possession or counterattacking team? What's going on with the Union midfield? PSP explores with some postgame analysis and player ratings for Sunday's game against DCU.
Philadelphia scored three goals in the first 26 minutes to pick up a 3-2 road win over D.C. United. PSP has the match report.
John Hackworth's side showed plenty of running and hustle, but was largely devoid of creativity in Saturday's draw.
Hack says Saturday's draw feels like a loss. More quotes and reports from the game. Cristhian Hernandez assists Harrisburg's stoppage time winner. US knocked out of CONCACAF U-17 Championship quarterfinals. More news.
In his weekly press conference, John Hackworth says Union isn't taking Toronto FC lightly. Hack says he plans to keep the Union back four intact. Anding on loan to Harrisburg. Mourinho the nice guy. More.
Jack McInerney has sights set on Golden Boot. Toronto prepping. Seattle out of CONCACAF Champions League. UEFA Champions League results including spectacular Dortmund tifo. More news.
Road draws are a big deal, especially considering the Union are finally off the mark at Crew Stadium, earning their first road point in Columbus
Kleberson unveiling tonight in Horsham. The Union's history with the Crew. Basso, Brandt, and Ekra return to City Islanders. Gomez and Santos defeat Seattle. FIFA names goal-line technology for Confederations and World Cup. More.
The Union were thoroughly outplayed in Saturday's 2-1 loss at Red Bull Arena.
Sheanon Williams says the better team won on Saturday. John Hackworth says the Union must play better. Conor Casey says of yellow card, "fair enough." More quotes, reaction, and reports from Saturday's game.
Did you miss the Pumas friendly Saturday? PSP is here to tell you who impressed and who didn't with post-game analysis and player ratings from the Union's 1-0 win on Saturday.
Freddy Adu with Bahia. Union prepare for Pumas. Okugo yellow rescinded after Rev's Toja fined for embellishment. Must-win qualifier against Costa Rica for USA. More news.
Three good center backs, two positions. As people look for someone to blame for Bakary Soumare's trade request, PSP explains why no one is to blame and this is just life and sport.
Hackworth press conference today at 1:30pm. McInerney named to Team of the Week, No. 2 in Castrol Weekly Top 20. Meola praises Union for sticking with Zac. Trouble brewing in USMNT squad? More news.
Philadelphia Union center back Bakary Soumare has asked the Union to trade him. Soumare talked to PSP from Bamako, Mali, while on international duty.
Report says Adu flying to Brazil today to ink deal. Parke named to PST Team of the Week, McInerney voted Top Three Performer. Power rankings. Reaction to US World Cup qualifying roster. More.
PSP has player ratings and analysis from Saturday's game, along with video of postgame interviews from the locker room and manager's press conference.
Your weekly look at how local players are doing in the pros here and abroad.
Photo: Earl Gardner Regular readers of this column will recall that it was not long ago that Philadelphia area players were in a bit of a scoring drought. Well apparently the rain dance has worked, because this week we saw a storm of scoring. Here's the round up: In Saturday's [...]
Anthony Allison puts in a Man of the Match performance in Sweden. Greg Cochrane shines in his first MLS start. Ryan Richter gets first MLS appearance. Christhian Hernandez assists Harrisburg's season opening game winner.
Corey Hertzog becomes the first local player to score in MLS in 2013 and more news of area pro players.
Local players make moves to Scandinavia and the NASL's San Antonio Scorpions.
Despite missing Obafemi Martins (knee), Shalrie Joseph (hamstring), Steve Zakuani (groin) and Osvaldo Alonso (birth of daughter), the Seattle Sounders certainly did not look like a depleted team early. In the tenth minute, the always explosive Eddie Johnson scored on a corner kick service from Mauro Rosales, and Seattle were up 1-0.
It happened on August 23 of 2011. A team of mainly reserves (this isn't hyperbole) went down to Monterrey, Mexico and pulled off a 1-nil win. That Seattle Sounders side faced a fairly standard Rayados lineup. They won. It was an upset, but the stakes were not high. It damaged the mystique, but was not an advancement in a knockout stage.
Bakary Soumare will be back in Chicago but it won't be in the manner it seemed it would be 10 days ago. The former Fire defender is likely to make his second MLS appearance for Philadelphia versus the team that he made his only Union start against. His old club, the Chicago Fire. Soumare said the Union and Fire had engaged in talks for a trade last week but now it seems unlikely that a deal will be consummated any time soon.
Hackworth says why disrupt Casey-Mac partnership when its working so well. Union officials to talk PPL expansion. Klinsmann says Donovan USA return not a sure thing. FIFA general secretary says democracy makes things hard. More news.