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Ugly hazing allegations from Philadelphia stint raise questions for U.S. U-17s coach John Hackworth | Soccer Wire: Hackworth being called into question for his role in Peter Nowack's abuse of the players during Nowack's stint with the Philadelphia Union.
It was a slow news weekend for the MLS news-wise with free agency creeping along, but there were some interesting new tidbits about Euro 2016, USL unionization and TV ratings for the MLS Cup Final. Check it out and more below!
USL players on brink of union recognition | Inside World Football The United Soccer League Players Association (USLPA) - consisting of those players employed in the United Soccer League (USL), which is considered the third tier of US soccer – is coming close to formal unionization.
He's not guaranteed to start, but it's highly likely that Nelson Valdez will be in the 18
Despite having been injured and unavailable for last weekend's trip to Houston, Seattle Sounders forward Nelson Haedo Valdez was back in training on Friday and according to Sigi Schmid, is available for Saturday's home match against Philadelphia Union.
Bethlehem Steel FC isn't the only club with ties to the greater Philadelphia region.
The Philadelphia Union's new USL team won't be the only team in the third division league featuring players with ties to the greater Philadelphia region. Here's a list of players to keep an eye on - all the league's games are streamed on YouTube - this season.
When the schedule was released, not many looked at the first three games and predicted what has transpired thus far in the MLS season for Philadelphia.
The MLS schedule wasn't kind to the Philadelphia Union - the first three games in particular. With games slated against the 2015 runner up to the Supporters Shield FC Dallas, the runner up to the 2015 MLS Cup Columbus Crew SC, and a strong Eastern Conference challenger in the New England Revolution, the Union were expected to flounder points in all three.
A report by STV Sport indicates a match between Dundee and Celtic could take place next season either in Philadelphia or Boston.
Celtic could be coming back to Philadelphia, if reports from STV Sport are accurate. Dundee has had "preliminary discussions with the Scottish Professional Football League" regarding hosting a league-sanctioned match outside of Scotl for the first time ever.
Everyone's favorite Cameroonian teenager found plying his trade in Thailand gets his season review.
It was a beautiful afternoon in March down at PPL Park, the cathedral of soccer in the Philadelphia tri-state area. Despite the weather, the product on the field wasn't up to par. The Philadelphia Union were losing 2-0, to eventual Western Conference first seed FC Dallas, and also down a man thanks to a Zack Pfeffer elbow to the face to Mauro Diaz.
A disaster first half dooms the Revolution in Philadelphia.
A disastrous first half doomed the New England Revolution, who lost 3-0 to the Philadelphia Union on Sunday afternoon.
The Union were active in the opening stanza, frequently pressuring the Revolution's back four. Their persistence paid off in the 18th minute when Fabinho sent in a cross that evaded Andrew Farrell before finding C.
MLS is hard to figure sometimes and the Fire are even more perplexing. After defeating front running FC Dallas at Toyota Park on August 2, Chicago proceeded to drop two games to Philadelphia and another to Western Conference bottom dwellers Colorado. The New York Red Bulls entered this game riding a five game unbeaten string, rested from a long break, and looked poised to overtake DC United at the top of the East with games in hand.
Philadelphia was chosen as a host city for the fable South American tournament's 100th anniversary. As if that wasn't good enough news, they'll be hosting one of the United States Men's national team matches.
In a joint press release, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL announced the match schedule for the highly anticipated Copa America Centenario, being played from June 3rd to June 26th next summer in the United States.
While teams, dates, and times are still to be determined, Lincoln Financial Field was named as one of the ten sites for the historic event.
The 100th Copa America tournament named Philadelphia as one of the host cities for the tournament, according to a joint statement from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and the Copa America Centenario Local Organizing Committee (LOC).
Is it harder to be a fan of a perennially losing team, or a perennially winning team?
I am not from Philadelphia. I grew up in the Pittsburgh area and now live in Brooklyn, NY. My blood runs Black and Blue and Gold for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Union. Having grown up in Pittsburgh, I have been a fan of many winning teams over the years, with the exception of the Pirates who only lately have gotten their act together.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's plan for a city-wide soccer tournament celebrating the city's immigrant groups draws praise from PSP's Dan Walsh, who recalls his own immigrant soccer story in the Philadelphia area.
"You know what it is, it's not my style, it's not the way I work. That's why it was very important that the first discussions that I had that we talked about the core values of the Union. I want to make sure that we have a playing style that fits for the fans of Philadelphia and that we all can identify ourselves with.
The MLS mainstay finds a new home in Columbus during a time where the Crew find their striker corps in a state of flux.
Much like Jack McInerney before him, Conor Casey joins the oddly specific list of ex-Philadelphia Union strikers to end up in Ohio. Casey started his career with Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga, and after six seasons with Dortmund, Hannover, Karlsruhe, and Mainz 05, he went to Toronto FC of Major League Soccer for two games.
Two current and two former Philadelphia Union Academy members get call-ups to the United States U20 camp in Miami.
United States U20 coach Tab Ramos called in 36 players to the first camp of the year in Miami, including current Philadelphia Union Academy players Abu Winter and Yosef Samuel as well as former Union Academy players Sebastian Elney and Isaiah Young.
History is made in the Lehigh Valley as Derrick Jones becomes the first player signed to Bethlehem Steel FC.
Philadelphia Union Academy prospect Derrick Jones signed with Bethlehem Steel FC today. The resident of Philadelphia has been with the academy for the last three seasons, and now has the distinct honor of becoming the first player to sign to the USL franchise.
Amherst College, which plays Friday in the Division III national semifinal, has a starting goalkeeper who spent time with the Philadelphia Union Academy and three players from Philadelphia on the roster.
The Division III championships in Kansas City this weekend won't feature a team from the Philadelphia region for only the third time since 1998, but one team does have a number of local ties.
What was actually just four weeks and one day seemed like an eternity. The fans of Philadelphia's professional sports teams have been dragged through the proverbial mud when witnessing their favorite teams in person over this span. Be it by rotten luck, or rotten personnel, the results had been predictably the same.
With NFL games being played in London, it only makes sense for other leagues to play regular season games in the USA, right?
There have always been rumors in the last few years that the English Premier League have wanted to play a regular season fixture in the United States. Now neighboring Scotland wants in on that idea as well.
93.3 WMMR's Preston and Steve Show named the Sons of Ben winners of the Pope Bot Photo of the Week competition
The Sons of Ben were named the winners of the Preston and Steve Show's Pope Bot Photo of the Week contest earlier today. For those who are unaware, Pope Bot was a creation of 93.3 WMMR's morning show Preston and Steve.