PSP's series on Philadelphia Union's offseason issues kicks off with a look at what the Union can and should do about the Union's manager position. PSP's Dan Walsh examines the issue and argues for a managerial hire you may not expect.
The Union's big week didn't go as hoped, but while moral victories ring hollow, the team still has a lot to play for. With the Open Cup final showing both its promise and weaknesses, the team must regroup for the final push.
Many know that while I am a huge soccer fan and a fan of my local Philadelphia Union, I am not a fan of MLS at all. While the quality of play leaves a lot to be desired, my main complaint with the league is the way it (for me) sucks the soul out of the game, with all of its complex rules for signing players, parity mechanisms such as player lotteries and drafts, as well as the fact that many games mean really nothing at all since over half the teams make the play-offs and there is no relegation.
The Union are entering the most important home stretch in team history, beginning with two Eastern Conference six-pointers and the US Open Cup final in the span of a week. Kevin Kinkead asks who should start, who should come off the bench, and who should be rested.
Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Union ink new 5-year deal with Bimbo. 8000 US Open Cup tickets sold so far. Union STHs have until Sunday to buy USOC tickets for their regular seats. More news.
As the Union prepare to host their first US Open Cup final, a look at Philadelphia-area teams in the final throughout the history of the country's oldest national soccer tournament, which has had local winners ten times since 1914.
Quotes from Union US Open Cup semifinal win in Dallas. Tickets for Sept. 16 final at PPL Park go on sale on Thursday. Ribeiro named USL PRO Player of the Week. US advances to Women's U-20 World Cup quarterfinals. More news.
Union will face Dallas on the road in US Open Cup semifinal after Dallas defeats Carolina in quarterfinals. Curtin on points needed to reach playoffs. Argentina outlasts Netherlands to reach WC final. More
On this month's Homegrown our hosts, Dan and Jay, bring on special guest Carlos Torres from Threeforawin.comto help them answer some pressing US soccer questions: Is USL-Pro actually the 2nd tier of the US soccer pyramid? DC United has gone from worst to first in one season, is this good..
We are proud to present thelatest addition to our podcast lineup, Homegrown. Homegrown will be the Soccer Yanks home for domestic soccer (in the US naturally). The show is brought to us from one of our top contributors,Jay (@rescindedred) and hosted by Dan of Soccer Yank fame (infamy) (@socceryankdan).
In the 1960 US Open Cup final, Philadelphia's Ukrainian Nationals came from behind three times over 120 minutes to win the championship with Mike Noha scoring all five of the Uke Nats goals. Roger Allaway has the story.
The Portland Timbers faced two battles with Sporting Kansas City in various competitions during the last week of June - a June 24 date in KC in the 5th round of the U.S. Open Cup and a June 27 fixture in Portland in regular MLS league play. The June 24 affair featured another scoring flourish by Gaston Fernandez and exceptional goalkeeper from Andrew Weber as the Timbers advanced to the next round, where they will play the Seattle Sounders on July 9 in Tukwila, WA in the USOC quarterfinals.