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Barnetta and Edu doubtful for season opener, Tribbett a “revelation,” more news

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Edu and Barnetta unlikely to be ready for season opener. Tribbett impresses. Sapong clarifies. More news.

Philadelphia Union vs. Crystal Palace Match Review

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While the match wasn't televised, if you look up "uninspired bore draw" on YouTube you'll probably find this match (only kidding).

Friday night lights and a Premier League team at PPL Park on a beautiful evening. What could have better? Frankly, most anything. The match itself was an uninspired run-out.

USL Pro

USL Pro Week 5: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Arizona United SC rebounded from their mortifying USL Pro debut after Jonathan Top's late-game winner claimed a 2-1 victory over the Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday night at the Peoria Sports Complex.

The Republic broke the deadlock when forward Thomas Steward found Rodrigo Lopez, who struck from close range to beat goalkeeper Evan Newton in the 27th minute.

USL Pro Week 4: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

While a majority of USL Pro clubs have already seen action in the 2014 season, Arizona United SC officially enters the mix this weekend when they make their league debut on Saturday at home against Oklahoma City Energy FC.

The Energy are coming off a 4-2 loss to LA Galaxy II after winning their first-ever match against the Orange County Blues FC.

Philadelphia Union

Union news and notes, Jack has something to prove, SoBs condemn hate tweet, more news

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Power rankings, Edu's World Cup prospects, and more Union news and notes. Vereinigung Erzgebirge wins Easter PA Amateur Cup. Wambach says players not behind Sermanni firing. More news.

Nogueira on joining MLS and preferred position, Grandpa, US underwhelms, more

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Vincent Nogueira on why he joined MLS and where he likes to play. Fred has a new nickname. Academy news. USMNT looks terrible in loss to Ukraine. More news.

Union sign Ribeiro and Marquez, waive Kassel

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The Union sign draft picks Pedro Ribeiro and Richie Marquez and waive former New York Red Bulls Homegrown Player Matt Kassel.

John Hackworth lays out his postseason plans

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Union manager John Hackworth laid out his offseason plan to PSP, breaking down his team's offseason needs, which players are returning (or not), designated player prospects, recent scouting trips to Europe and South America, and plans to fix the midfield.

It’s over. Now what? (2013 ed.)

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The off-season has begun for Philadelphia Union. PSP's Dan Walsh looks at the major issues facing the Union this off-season, assesses the team's needs, and evaluates which players will likely stay or depart.

“It’s on us”: Video and transcript of Hackworth’s weekly press conference

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John Hackworth on Montreal, Le Toux's injury status, goal scoring, and more

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 1-1 DC United

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While their closest opponents both scored precious road victories, the Union failed to bring the required intensity and attacking numbers in DC and were only able to salvage a draw.

Review: Philadelphia Union 1-1 DC United

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So much history for such a young club. The Union have never won three games in a row, they have never recorded a win with Kleberson in the starting line-up. A loss would virtually assure that DC United becomes the worst team in the entire history of Major League Soccer. The Union's playoff changes were not assured, but greatly enhanced by a win against arguably the worst team in MLS.

Preview: Union at DC United

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Can Michael Farfan string together a pair of strong performances? Can John Hackworth make a back four out of three players? These answers and more... will not be answered until Saturday.

Union presser: No Fabinho appeal, RB & LM options, the DC rivalry, Kleberson’s role, what ticked Hack off, more

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Video and transcript of John Hackworth's weekly press conference. Topics include why no red card appeal, options at right back and left mid, the DC rivalry, Kleberson's role, what ticked Hack off, and more.

Fabinho appeal, Temple, Penn State, and Delaware in NCAA Top 25, MOF gets USMNT call-up, more

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Union will appeal Fabinho's red card, who will play fullback absent both Fabinho and Sheanon Williams, River Cup raises over $35,000 for charity, 3 local colleges in national top 25, anti-FIFA protests in Brazil, and more in today's news roundup.

News from Hackworth press conference, Williams expects Union to bounce back, Donovan stays with LA, more

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Hackworth on options to replace suspended Okugo, will McInerney start, status of Kleberson. Daniel and Gaddis still questionable for Saturday. Donovan stays at LA with new deal. AO and USSF say reports of AO Seattle takeover untrue.

Match Day #24 Game Thread: Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United Game

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Game Information: Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United

Where: PPL Park, Chester, PA

When: 8:00 PM

Channel: NBCSN

Commentators: John Strong and Kyle Martino

Philadelphia Union starting XI: (4-4-2) Zac MacMath; Sheanon Williams, Amobi Okugo, Jeff Parke, Fabinho; Keon Daniel, Brian Carroll, Danny Cruz, Sebastien Le Toux; Conor Casey, Jack McInerney

Philadelphia Union bench: Kleberson, Michael Lahoud, Chris Konopka, Matt Kassel, Aaron Wheeler, Antoine Hoppenot, Michael Farfan

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Best and worst performances: Union 0-2 Stoke

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Who helped themselves the most? Who took a step back? PSP looks at the key takeaways for players after the Union's 2-0 friendly loss to Stoke City.

Shea suffers knee injury in Stoke City friendly vs. Union

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Brek Shea might be in for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Two days after scoring the game-winner in the U.S. Men's National Team's 1-0 win over Panama in the Gold Cup final, Shea suffered a knee injury in Stoke City's 2-0 friendly loss against the Philadelphia Union on Tuesday.

Stoke’s Brek Shea injured in win over Union, ASG tonight, new Crew owners, more

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Stoke City's Brek Shea injured after a nasty tackle in Tuesday night's win over the Union.MLS All-Stars take on Roma tonight. Columbus Crew has new owners. Iceland is angry. More news.

Mid-Season Friendly Game Thread: Philadelphia Union vs. Stoke City

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Game and Information: Philadelphia Union vs. Stoke City; 7:30 PM ET; PPL Park, Chester, PA; Game will be streamed online at PhiladelphiaUnion.com through the Philadelphia Union's YouTube page.

Philadelphia Union starting XI: (4-4-2?) Oka Nikolov; Fabinho, Aaron Wheeler, Chris Albright, Matt Kassel; Michael Lahoud, Kleberson, Roger Torres, Don Anding, Antoine Hoppenot, Leo Fernandes

Philadelphia Union bench: Chris Konopka, Sheanon Williams, Amobi Okugo, Jeff Parke, Raymon Gaddis, Brian Carroll, Michael Farfan, Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Cruz, Keon Daniel, Conor Casey

Stoke City starting XI: (5-4-1?

Match Day #22 Game Thread: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Philadelphia Union

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Game Information: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Philadelphia Union, 7:00 PM ET, BC Place, Vancouver, BC, The Comcast Network with JP Dellacamera and Alejandro Moreno on the call.

Philadelphia Union starting XI: (4-4-2) Zac MacMath; Raymon Gaddis, Jeff Parke, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams; Brian Carroll, Michael Farfan, Keon Daniel, Danny Cruz; Sebastien Le Toux, Jack McInerney

Philadelphia Union bench: Chris Konopka, Matt Kassel, Fabinho, Kleberson, Leo Fernandes, Aaron Wheeler, Antoine Hoppenot

Vancouver Whitecaps starting XI: (4-3-3) Brad Knighton; Jordan Harvey, Johnny Leveron, Brad Rusin, Lee Young-Pyo; Jun Marques Davidsoon, Gershon Koffie, Nigel Reo-Coker; Kenny Miller; Camilo Sanvezzo, Russell Teibert

Vancouver Whitecaps bench: Matt Watson, Erik Hurtado, Corey Hertzog, Kekuta Manneh, Daigo Kobayashi, David Ousted, Carlyle Mitchell

Ex-Union members Brad Knighton and Jordan Harvey, now members of the Vancouver Whitecaps, will be eager to make an impact against their former team.

Match Day #21 Game Thread: Philadelphia Union vs. Portland Timbers

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Game Information: Philadelphia Union vs. Portland Timbers, 7:30 PM ET, PPL Park, Chester, PA, Comcast Sportsnet with JP Dellacamera and Alejandro Moreno on the call.

Philadelphia Union starting XI: (4-4-2) Zac MacMath; Raymon Gaddis, Jeff Parke, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams; Brian Carroll, Michael Farfan, Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Cruz; Conor Casey, Jack McInerney

Philadelphia Union bench: Antoine Hoppenot, Kleberson, Fabinho, Leo Fernandes, Matt Kassel, Chris Konopka, Aaron Wheeler

Portland Timbers starting XI: (4-3-3) Donovan Ricketts; Michael Harrington, Pa-Modou Kah, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Jack Jewsbury; Darlington Nagbe, Diego Chara, Will Johnson; Frederic Piquionne, Ryan Johnson, Diego Valeri

Portland Timbers bench: Sal Zizzo, Milos Kocic, Mamadou Danso, Ben Zemanski, Kalif Alhassan, Ryan Miller, Jose Valencia

If you are going to the game tonight, please make sure you stay hydrated.

No Jack on ASG roster, details from Sunday’s Union academy draw with Chelsea U-23s, US wants to send CR a signal, more

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Reaction to Jack McInerney's omission from All-Star Game roster. Details from Sunday's Union reserves/academy scrimmage with Chelsea U-23s. Klinsmann says US wants to send Costa Rica a signal in final Gold Cup group game. More news.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 3-1 Chivas USA

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With conditions as bad as they were on Friday, the Union would not have minded a little bit of help from the official. Thanks, Mr. Gonzalez.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 0-1 Dynamo

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With all four strikers on the pitch from the opening whistle, the Union had no answer once Houston scored the inevitable opener.

Match Day #19 Game Thread: Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union

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Game Information: Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union, 9:00 PM, BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX, Comcast Sportsnet with JP Dellacamera and Alejandro Moreno Philadelphia Union starting XI: (4-2-2-2) Zac MacMath; Raymon Gaddis, Jeff Parke, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams; Brian Carroll, Leo Fernandes; Antoine Hoppenot, Sebastien Le Toux; Aaron Wheeler, Conor Casey Philadelphia Union bench: Jimmy McLaughlin, Christian Hernandez, Matt Kassel, Roger Torres, Chris Konopka, Don Anding, Chris Albright Houston Dynamo starting XI: (4-1-2-1-2) Tally Hall; Jermaine Taylor, Eric Brunner, Bobby Boswell, Warren Creavalle; Adam Moffat; Andrew Driver, Oscar Boniek Garcia; Ricardo Clark; Giles Barnes, Omar Cummings Houston Dynamo bench: Alex Dixon, Cam Weaver, Brian Ownby, Jason Johnson, Bryan Salazar, Mike Chabala, Tyler Deric This can't be serious right?

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 2-2 RSL

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Up a man and a goal, the Union played bunker ball. It didn't work.

More from Sunday’s big win, Jack’s path, power rankings surge, Casey for Goal of the Week, more news

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Post-win storylines. Jack's path to greatness. Casey for Goal of the Week. Union surge in power rankings. Local teams in US Development Academy playoffs. US U-20 WC hopes stay alive. News from Brazil. More.

Union Notes: Fernandes impresses in Open Cup; Torres absence discussed; and more

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By JOEL HOOVER

The Philadelphia Union's lineup stated it, but head coach John Hackworth wanted to explain: the U.S. Open Cup match Tuesday night against the Ocean City Nor'easters was not a time to try out new players or "play guys on the roster."

"We've taken it very seriously.

Match Day #10 Game Thread: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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Game: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

Where: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL

When: 1:30 PM ET

Channel: NBCSN

Commentators: Arlo White and Kyle Martino

Meet the Opposition: Hot Time In Old Town

Philadelphia Union starting XI: (4-4-2) Zac MacMath; Gabriel Farfan, Amobi Okugo, Bakary Soumare, Raymon Gaddis; Brian Carroll, Keon Daniel, Michael Farfan, Danny Cruz; Conor Casey, Jack McInerney

Philadelphia Union bench: Matt Kassel, Roger Torres, Chris Konopka, Sebastien Le Toux, Chris Albright, Kleberson, Antoine Hoppenot

Chicago Fire starting XI: (4-4-1-1) Sean Johnson; Gonzalo Segares, Austin Berry, Jalil Anibaba, Wells Thompson; Dan Paladini, Logan Pause, Joel Lindpere, Dilly Duka; Chris Rolfe; Patrick Nyarko

Chicago Fire bench: Corben Bone, Quincy Amerikwa, Paolo Tornaghi, Alex, Maicon Santos, Michael Videira, Yazid Atouba

Prediction: The Union continue to run out a formation and starting XI that has been show time and again to not work.

Lineup changes expected, City Islanders eye new stadium, USWNT tops Iceland, more

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Hackworth says to expect new lineup against Colorado, not sure if Conor Casey will start. City Islanders want new stadium in next two years. Reading United set amateur team record fifth consecutive berth in USOC. More.

Official: Philadelphia Union Sign Matt Kassel

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The Philadelphia Union announced the signing of trialist Matt Kassel on the team's official website.

Kassel played mostly at right back for the Union during the preseason and impressed the coaching staff enough to gain a highly contested roster spot.

He spent last year with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, scoring six goals and assisting on two more playing out of a central attacking midfield role.

Union sign Matt Kassel

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The Union announce the signing of the trialist and former New York Red Bulls Homegrown Player.

Hack on cuts, Chellis wants the Farfans, Caps sign Reo-Coker, more news

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John Hackworth on recent preseason roster cuts, sees Harrisburg as landing spot for Richards and Schoenle, confident in left back depth. Chivas USA coach wants the Farfans. Whitecaps sign Nigel Reo-Coker. US U-20s in action tonight. More news.

The Rest

Bethlehem Steel FC announce announcing team

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The inaugural 2016 BSFC season now won't sound like it's permanently on mute with the addition of Dave Leno and Matt Kassel

Bethlehem Steel FC continue the trend of bringing a young, enthusiastic feel to soccer in the Lehigh Valley as Dave Leno and Matt Kassel were brought on today as the official voices of BSFC home games.

MacMath & Gaddis in Top 20, Shertz Memorial Tailgate info, more news

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Photo: Paul Rudderow The Sons of Ben have announced an Eric Shertz Memorial Tailgate that will take place on May 10 before the home game against DC, 12-3 pm. The tailgate will be BYOB with the Sons of Ben providing free hamburgers, hot dogs, and other snacks, but registration is [...]

Paid Their Dues: Beginnings and Ends for Former Union Players

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Don't worry, Porfirio still has the 'fro.

Kleberson will make his NASL debut this weekend, but until then, he is living it up. He's been very active since joining Twitter a few weeks ago, and has been more than willing to engage Indianapolis fans on the microblogging site. Indy kicks off their inaugural season on Saturday, when they will host the Carolina RailHawks.

Montreal loss sets up big game on Saturday, Le Toux availability “doesn’t look great,” WC seeds, more

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Montreal's loss to LA raises the stakes for Saturday's game against the Union. Le Toux availability in doubt. Underdogging. More press conference news. WC seeds announced. More.

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Nearly a month after suffering a knee injury that initially looked to threaten his season, Brek Shea made his Stoke City return on Wednesday.

Shea started for the Potters in their 3-1 victory over Walsall in the Capital One Cup, starting and playing 45 minutes in the match played at Britannia Stadium.