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Mendoza signed, GK Restrepo trialing, training camp updates, reaction to MLS-USL PRO deal, more

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Union add Harrisburg native Alex Mendoza to midfield. Restrepo trialling? Hack says club now has No. 9s. Soumare on his fitness, reaction to MLS-USL PRO deal, more news

First phase of MLS Re-Entry Draft set for today (several players missing from original list)

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Teams hoping to land a quality player in today's MLS Re-Entry Draft, the first phase of a two draft re-entry process, will find the selection much smaller than what was initially released by Major League Soccer earlier this week.

Several top options have been removed from the initial list, and won't be available in today's draft, including the likes of Marvell Wynne, Tony Tchani, Justin Mapp and Rodney Wallace.

MLS Re-Entry Draft Stage 1 Players Available

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The Re-Entry Draft list has been updated for Stage 1, which will take place Friday, December 7, at 3:00 p.m. EST.

Here's your updated list - 11 players are off the original list we posted yesterday.

The following players have been removed: Gonzalo Segares (re-signed by Chicago), Rodney Wallace (re-signed by Portland), Josh Gardner (traded from Montreal to SKC), Tony Tchani (Columbus), Justin Mapp (Montreal), Kyle Nakazawa (Los Angeles), Brian Perk (Los Angeles), Marvell Wynne (Colorado), Steve Purdy (Portland), O'Brian White (Seattle), and Stephen King (D.

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Re-Grading The 2010 MLS SuperDraft

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I've been bad about this in the past and for some reason I didn't really think to even do this until this year. So here we go, another small project for the preseason to write up.

I've decided to go back through the last three SuperDrafts and re-grade each club. Today I am going to start with the 2010 SuperDraft.

Supplemental Draft today, news from open practice, reaction to Hackworth presser, more

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Supplemental Draft streams at 2pm, News and impressions from Monday's open training session. Reaction to Hackworth's press conference. Former Union mid Kyle Nakazawa reportedly retires. Landon just needs some time. More news.

The great allocation money chase

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Allocation money jokes rarely get old in Philadelphia.

Among the things Philadelphia Union have traded for allocation money, according to Union fans, are hotel rooms at Harrah's, human souls, and perhaps even the MLS Cup. There's this gem: "The Union is proud to report that the Harrisburg City Islanders have been traded to Sporting KC for allocation money.

Union vs Sporting KC quick reference

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

All-time record: 0–1–3
At PPL Park: 0–0–2
At Livestrong Sporting Park/CommunityAmerica Ballpark: 0–1–1
Goals for: 2
Goals against: 4

Did you know.

PSP wants your photos!

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

Do you shoot photos of anything related to local soccer? Would you like to show them off?

Share your photos via PSP's Flickr stream, and PSP may feature your work on the main site. We'll credit you as photographer and link to your work.

PSP is always looking for local soccer photos, whether of youth or high school soccer, local pickup leagues, soccer pubs, Philadelphia Union or the various other teams stretching from Cape May out to Reading and Harrisburg.

Union vs Red Bulls quick reference

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photo by Daniel Gajdamowicz

All-time record: 2–2–0
At PPL Park: 2–0–0
At Red Bull Arena: 0–2–0
Goals for:Â 3
Goals against: 3

Did you know.

Union v San Jose quick reference

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Photo: Paul Rudderow

All-time record: 1–2–1
At PPL Park: 1–1–0
At Home Depot Center: 0–1–1
Goals for:Â 2
Goals against: 3

Did you know...
San Jose Earthquakes' 2–1 win on July 10, 2010 was both the first home loss and first loss at PPL Park for the Philadelphia Union.

Union vs Chivas USA quick reference

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All-time record: 2–0–2
At PPL Park: 2–0–0
At Home Depot Center: 0–0–2
Goals for: 7
Goals against: 4

Did you know...
The Union's 1–1 draw with Chivas USA on July 3, 2010 was the second time the club had earned points on the road.

Torres out 8-10 weeks, ASG PPL expansion test run

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Kerith Gabriel reports at the Daily News that Roger Torres will be out "for 8 to 10 weeks."

Peter Nowak says of the injury, "It doesn't look good. His knee went completely to the side. I knew from the beginning there was something wrong.

Union v Colorado quick reference

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Photo: Paul Rudderow

All-time record: 0–2–2
At PPL Park: 0–1–1
At Dick's Sporting Goods Park: 0–1–1
Goals For: 4
Goals Against: 8

July 29, 2011: Philadelphia Union 1–2 Colorado Rapids

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Meet the new U… same as the old U?

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The season opening win in 2011 was not a pretty one. Danny Califf's 5th minute header sucked the ambition from the Union and forced Houston to push forward impatiently, throwing wave after wave against Philadelphia's rocks.

When you want to hold a lead for 85 minutes on the road, a conservative 4-3-3 seems like a darn good option.

Union v Portland quick reference

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Photo: Earl Gardner

It is tough to provide much meaningful information about the match history of the Philadelphia Union against the Portland Timbers considering that the teams have only played one another twice. From a Union perspective, it becomes harder still when you consider that five of the starters in either of those two games (Mondragon, Le Toux, Mapp, Ruiz, Paunovic) are no longer with the club.

The Lost XI

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Roster turnover. Throughout the Union's brief two year life in MLS, it has been one of the unavoidable topics surrounding the team. Each season has seen a drastic overhaul of the lineup and this year is no different. With the opening kickoff in Portland only days away, PSP takes a moment to check in with all the former Union players to see where they've landed for the 2012 season.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Philadelphia Union

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In 2011, the Philadelphia Union earned their first playoff berth in what was a breakout season for the club in its second year of existence. In 2012, the Union will look to go even further, but this time with an even younger squad.

Philadelphia let go or traded a number of veteran players with years of experience in Major League Soccer and abroad this offseason.

Valdes on life without the Dragon, soccer’s rising popularity, more

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Look for part one of our Union roundtable later today.

Carlos Valdes says of the departure of Faryd Mondragon, "Faryd taught me a lot of things. His experience was very important for us. Maybe now we are more motivated."


Penn Live have a Q&A with former Union player Morgan Langley, who has returned to Harrisburg City Islanders.

Borislow still at it, Naka scores, Union job fair, more news

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Philly native Dan Borislow continues to show he has absolutely no shame or class by pushing for his Florida club to play friendlies this season while the rest of WPS had to cancel their season because of legal battles with Borislow.

Le Toux to Union fans: “Support your team.” More news.

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In an interview on's ExtraTime Radio podcast, Sebastien Le Toux tells Union fans who are angry that he was sold to Vancouver that it is important that they continue to support the Union: "To have you in the stands—it is always great to play in front of you and all of the guys who played with me are wonderful players and they need you.

The Offseason: 10 Things to Keep Union Fans Up at Night

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A few of the issues that gnaw at us, on the eve of season 3. How 'bout you?

The Obituaries

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Pour a sip on the concrete, and take a look back at the dearly departed.

“New heroes will be created,” Capt. Califf, MacMath No. 1, more news

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian from 2011

The offseason can be crazy in the business that is soccer and sometimes it can be all too easy to forget that in the end, it's really about the game. If you are looking for some inspiration to help you get your soccer head back on straight, go to the Ritz East tonight to see the Philadelphia premier of Laduma.

Galaxy acquire Nakazawa from Union

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The Los Angeles Galaxy and Philadelphia Union both made their fair share of headlines this week, so it is only appropriate that they combined for another one.

Los Angeles acquired central midfielder Kyle Nakazawa and a second-round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft from Philadelphia Wednesday in exchange for an international roster spot.

LA Galaxy

Report: Former Union Midfielder Kyle Nakazawa Retires At 24

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In a surprising move, Kyle Nakazawa has retired at the relatively young age of 24.

The former Philadelphia Union midfielder has apparently left the world of professional soccer, according to Adam Serrano. The LA Galaxy insider tweeted that Bruce Arena, head coach of the defending Major League Soccer champions, informed Serrano of Nakazawa's decision.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Los Angeles Galaxy

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In 2011, the Los Angeles Galaxy won it all. Now in 2012, the Galaxy appear even stronger than the side that took the MLS Cup home in November.Â

During the offseason the Galaxy added forward Edson Buddle to pair with Robbie Keane and returned both David Beckham and Juninho to the club's stacked midfield.

2012 MLS Positional Rankings: Midfield

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Javier Morales and Kyle Beckerman give RSL a big punch in the midfield. (Getty Images)

We are inching closer to the start of the new season and I couldn't be more jazzed about it. We'll continue on with our preseason rankings as we get closer to the first power rankings of the new year. Today's ranking will be all about the midfields for each club.

A Few Words With Galaxy midfielder Kyle Nakazawa

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Cali kid: Kyle Nakazawa of Palos Verdes Estates is now a Galaxy player. I've followed the career of Palos Verdes Estates' Kyle Nakazawa since he pulled the strings in midfield for UCLA. Now he's joined his hometown Galaxy and will (hopefully) play regularly at Home Depot Center, a stadium where

Lessons learned as Galaxy defeat Chivas USA 3-2 in scrimmage

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Preseason is all about learning and both the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA felt that a great deal was learned in their preseason scrimmage on Thursday as the Galaxy defeated Chivas, 3-2

 Starting a primarily reserve team lineup, the Galaxy jumped out to a three goal lead in the first half goals.

2012 Supplemental Draft Pick Krystian Witkowski Signs With The Philadelphia Union

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Krystian Witkowski has signed a contract with the Philadelpia Union, according to Ted Philipakos, his agent.

The 2012 Supplemental Draft second rounder (thirty second overall) became the second member of the Union's draft class to sign with the team and MLS (the other being Chandler Hoffman, who signed a Generation Adidas contract prior to the SuperDraft).

Songo'o shines as Timbers defeat Galaxy 4-1 in preseason scrimmage

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CARSON, Calif. -- Cameroonian midfielder Franck Songo'o stole the show for the Portland Timbers as the trialist set up a pair of goals to help lead the Timbers to a 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Tuesday in the first MLS pre-season match for both teams.

Juninho returns on loan to Galaxy

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The Los Angeles Galaxy's search for Juninho's replacement has ended with Juninho himself.

The Sao Paulo central midfielder is on his way back to Los Angeles for another loan spell with the Galaxy. Multiple reports out of Brazil say that Sao Paulo manager Emerson Leao had no plans to use the 23-year-old Juninho, who signed a new three-year deal with Sao Paulo during the MLS offseason.

Lionard Pajoy Reportedly Having Issues Obtaining A P-1 Visa

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The Philadelphia Union were expected to announce the signing of Lionard Pajoy last week, but the team has yet to officially recognize the striker as a player. According to a Colombian league report, Pajoy is experiencing visa problems, which are keeping him from joining the Union.

The 30-year-old had problems getting out of his contract with Itagui Ditaires, per a source that talked to Kerith Gabriel, of the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.

Galaxy Notebook: Villarreal out six weeks, Birchall's status in question and more

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The Los Angeles Galaxy enjoyed a banner day on Wednesday, but it was by no means a perfect one.Â

After signing forward Edson Buddle and acquiring midfielder Kyle Nakazawa in a deal from the Philadelphia Union, the Galaxy learned that homegrown signing Jose Villarreal will be out for six weeks.

OFFICIAL: Union Trade Nakazawa, Second Rounder For Galaxy International Roster Spot

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The Philadelphia Union have officially completed a trade of Kyle Nakazawa to the LA Galaxy. Nakazawa will be sent to California with a second round selection in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft for one of the Galaxy's international roster spots.

Nakazawa was reported to be on his way to the Galaxy early this morning, when the Brotherly Game published a storywith information from a source knowledgeable on the situation.

Daniel, Nakazawa Not At The Youth Sports Complex With The Union Today

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Keon Daniel is not at the Youth Sports Complex, in Wayne, PA, according to fans that are at the Philadelphia Union's open team practice. Despite seeing a player of Daniel's build with a dreadlocks style haircut, the midfielder is not at the camp today.

Fans tweeted that the 25-year-old was sighted at preseason training camp this morning, before retracting their observations.

Freddy Adu

MacMath to train with Everton, Adu on past & future plans, more news

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MacMath to train with Everton in offseason, Hernandez with Real Sociedad. Adu he's happy to play at a place where he feels wanted, plans to return to Europe after one more season in MLS. La Salle women A-10 champs. More news.

The Aftermath: Has The Union's Free Kick Situation Improved? Yes And No

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Sebastien Le Toux and Kyle Nakazawa were seen as the two major free kick takers on the Philadelphia Union through the team's first two seasons of existence.

For Le Toux it was because of his massive number of free kicks, coupled with a perceived high failure rate on them. Nakazawa's status as a free kick taker came from a mystique that he developed among the Union's fan base from great technique.

The Rest

Paid Their Dues: Soumare Out?

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Could Bakary Soumare be on the way out of Chicago?

According to our friends at Hot Time In Old Town, Bakary Soumare will be without a club this off-season unless he takes a pay cut. Soumare made 25 starts for the Fire this season.

Kyle Nakazawa now plays beach soccer! Surprised it's taken so long.

'Stache Bash Raffle List (As Of March 8)

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We've shown you the 'Stache Bash shirt, made our live music announcement, and made our call to arms. Now, we bring you the most comprehensive list of 'Stache Bash 2012 raffle items to date. We have over 30 items, most donated by private individuals and local businesses,

We have received donations from numerous businesses owned or operated by Philadelphia Union fans and Sons of Ben members, making 'Stache Bash more than just an charity event, but a show of support to and from our local business community.