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Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 13

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Philadelphia playoffs chances plummet. New Union player +/- analysis is available though!

Footy On The Telly August 11 – 18

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This week, The Union are up against it - again. Also, the Supercopa de Espana, Supercoppa Italiana, DFB Pokal, Copa MX, UEFA Champions League and lots of fixtures.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 6

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The Union improve slightly in this week's SEBA updates.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through July 30

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Philadelphia's playoff chances actually increase a bit, but nowhere near as far as they need to. Bethlehem shows its belly and joins the fray of teams fighting for playoff slots.

Updated MLS, USL, NWSL, and Gold Cup SEBA projections through July 23

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Philadelphia's chances at the playoffs take a steep dive. The USMNT has a very winnable Gold Cup final, even against Andre Blake.

Bethlehem Steel and the USL to MLS pipeline

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Bethlehem Steel FC has already developed an MLS quality player, with two more potentially on the way. But what should fans really make of the Union's USL setup?

Updated MLS, USL, NWSL, and Gold Cup SEBA projections through July 16

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The USA moves on to the quarter-finals, and the U.S. Open Cup makes progress.

Sporting Kansas City, winner of FC Cincinnati, Miami FC to host U.S. Open Cup semifinals

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The magical run of either FC Cincinnati or Miami FC will continue in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, and no matter who wins, they'll be returning home next round.

The winner of the rescheduled FC Cincy vs. Miami FC quarterfinal will host the New York Red Bulls in the upcoming semifinal round.

Updated MLS, USL, NWSL, and Gold Cup SEBA projections through July 9

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Philadelphia keeps pace with expectations, but still needs to over-perform to make a serious push at playoffs. Gold Cup projections are thrown in as a bonus for those interested.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through July 2

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New SEBA projections. Union chances improve a little, but power ranking improves a lot, as the model still tries to figure out what to think of Philadelphia.

MLS Cupsets On The Decline

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The 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup1 has reached the round of 16, and, in what should not a be surprise, 13 of the remaining clubs come from Major League Soccer.

Upsets are what mythologize any tournament, and while the Open Cup still has its share of feel-good moments, the instances of lower-level Davids knocking lower-level Goliaths out of our national championship are dwindling.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through June 24

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Philadelphia's odds improve, but are still in a deep hole. Chicago stays on top.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through June 18

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Philadelphia's playoffs chances continue to crash. Also, the USOC chances get bleak due to unlucky draw.

Player of the week: Adam Najem

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With the Union looking for answers, one may reside in Bethlehem. Adam Najem shined against NYRBII last weekend. Is our player of the week Philadelphia's next attempt to solve the no. 10 riddle?

U.S. Open Cup Round of 16: Miami FC hosts Atlanta United, FC Cincy hosts Chicago Fire, and more

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With the Round of 16 draw officially complete, the next stage of the U.S. Open Cup features some truly intriguing match-ups

The immediate takeaway is that both Miami FC and FC Cincinnati will host their round of 16 MLS opponents in the South region, with Miami taking on Atlanta United and Cincy battling the Chicago Fire.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through June 11

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Despite only a few games this week, Philadelphia's chances continue to decline a little bit.

FC Cincinnati

U.S. Open Cup Semifinal Preview: FC Cincinnati looks to continue Cinderella run against Red Bulls

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FC Cincinnati has had a Cinderella run for the ages, bringing the USL club to the precipice of a U.S. Open Cup final. To get there, though, they'll have to go through a perennial MLS heavy-hitter that's still looking for the club's first ever tournament crown.

Mitch Hildebrandt, FC Cincinnati not ready for 'special' Open Cup run to end

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Before Mitch Hildebrandt joined FC Cincinnati, he wasn't aware of how much of a soccer hotbed the Ohio city was.

Each and ever time Hildebrandt puts on the blue and orange of the USL club, he's captivated by the support the team has generaged. And now, the nation has been captivated as well by the large crowds the club has produced for its U.

USL Week 17 Rewind: FC Cincinnati makes road statement, Independence roll, and more

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FC Cincinnati made a big statement on the road against Louisville City, earning a hard fought victory away from home in their attempt to climb the Eastern Conference table.

FC Cincinnati had won only a single road match this season, and with the playoffs fast approaching, earning results away from home will be critical for any team that doesn't finish in the top two spots.

FC Cincinnati, Miami FC U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal rescheduled for August 2nd

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Fans of FC Cincinnati and Miami FC will need to wait a while longer for their much-anticipated U.S. Open Cup match.

The match, which was rained out on Wednesday night due to severe thunderstorms in the Miami area, has been rescheduled for August 2nd at 7:30 p.

USL Week 12: A Look Ahead

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FC Cincinnati pulled off an improbable upset in the U.S. Open Cup midweek, defeating the Columbus Crew SC.

With a proposal for a new stadium, the Open Cup victory, and the massive crowds, Cincinnati should be on cloud nine. Their results in the league don't inspire the same way their off-the-field happenings do right now.

Didier Drogba

USL Week 20 Rewind - Drogba dazzles, several teams snatch late goals, and more

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Didier Drogba stole the show with a thunderous free kick for Phoenix Rising this past weekend. The Ivorian veteran continues to make headlines in the USL scoring some audacious goals, even if the results haven't been there for Pheonix.

In the rest of this weekend's matchups, six results were the product of goals scored after the 80th minute.

Must-See Goal: Didier Drogba

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OH MY GOODNESS ⚽@DidierDrogba

An absolute laser from the man from @PHXRisingFC #SCTop10 #LAvPHX pic.twitter.com/4J8GyD5P7l

- USL (@USL) August 6, 2017


USL Week 14: A Look Ahead

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The non-stop USL action continues this weekend with a big match-up between teams splitting the headlines the last few weeks.

Didier Drogba and Phoenix Rising FC will come face to face with Western cConference juggernauts Real Monarchs SLC Saturday night. The Monarchs are now the USL record holders in consecutive games won and look like an unstoppable force.

Swope Park Rangers

USL Week 19 Rewind: Reno rolls past Swope Park Rangers, Battery stumble, and more

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The Charleston Battery once again stumbled and all of the Eastern Conference challengers capitalized on the opportunity.

The Charlotte Independence, Louisville City FC, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and the Rochester Rhinos all made up ground on the waning Eastern leaders with big wins. The Eastern Conference's top six teams are now separated by just seven points heading into the final third of the season.

USL Midweek Rewind: Swope Park Rangers rolling, City Islanders earn a big draw, and more

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The Swope Park Rangers moved within five points of the Western Conference leaders after completing a Cascadia away trip that saw them win all three matches with clean sheets to boot.

After starting the season with three straight victories, the Rangers won just a single match over the next six outings.

USL Week 17 Midweek Look Ahead: Fight in Florida, SPR look to extend streak, and more

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The fight for Florida resumes Thursday night as Orlando City B host the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The two teams met way back on March 25in the first match of the 2017 USL season. The Rowdies walked away victorious over their in-state rivals, 1-0. Despite the hot start to the Rowdies season, though, the team has dropped a number of games and fallen from secondto fourth over the last five games.

USL Week 12 Rewind: Drogba nets two, Rochester keeps winning, Louisville rolls, and more

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It was a wild weekend of USL action featuring goals, streaking teams, and plenty of penalties. Seven teams in both conferences are carrying unbeaten streaks of four or more games as teams are beginning to find their grooves. Four other teams were able to register shutouts on the weekend while three teams netted three goals.

Bethlehem Steel

USL Week 18 Rewind: Kickers upset Steel, OCSC move closer to playoffs, and more

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The USL's longest unbeaten run came to a sudden end this weekend at the hands of an unlikely foe, as the Richmond Kickers upset the Bethlehem Steel.

The Kickers had been struggling to earn points and were on a 13-game winless streak and gave Bethlehem their first loss since May 25th. Elsewhere in USL action,

Let's take a look at the rest of this weekend's action.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 1 – Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1

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Playing for the first time in 2017 without any players loaned from the Philadelphia Union, Bethlehem maintained its undefeated streak by drawing the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1-1. The team's "character players" rose to the challenge.

Real Monarchs

USL Week 16 Midweek Rewind: Reno wins big over Galaxy II, Rowdies break winless streak, and more

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The LA Galaxy II suffered a horrific loss at the hands of Reno 1868 FC, kicking off an eventful midweek slate for the USL.

Along with the huge victory for Reno, the Charlotte Independence staked their claim to a spot at the top of the Eastern Conference table with their fourth road victory this season.

USL Week 15 Rewind: Monarchs lose, Timbers tie Orange County, and more

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Real Monarchs SLC lost their first game in almost three months, dropping points to the Tulsa Roughnecks.

The shutout loss was the first against the Monarchs this season and leaves them winless in their last two attempts. The Roughnecks did well to hold off the Western Conference leaders with two second-half goals.

FIFA Confederations Cup

Footy on the Telly – June 23-30

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This week, The Union Must Win (twice, don't they?), FIFA Confederations Cup, UEFA Euro U21, Copa Sudamericana, Segunda Playoffs, and a lot of soccer history.

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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A quiet Monday kicks off in Russia, before traversing West into Europe and finally across the Atlantic for some USL action in the U.S.

Australia and Germany headline a slow day with an 11 a.m. kickoff in Russia. The defending World Cup champions take on the Asian Football Confederation representative in the FIFA Confederations Cup on Fox Sports 1 as the lone match of the day.

The Rest

USL announces expansion franchise in Birmingham

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USL officially announced Tuesday afternoon that it would add an expansion franchise in Birmingham, Alabama. The franchise would join the league in 2019 but will play in the PDL starting in 2018.

The owners of the Birmingham team include Jeff Logan, co-owner of the minor league baseball team Birmingham Barons, James Outland, founding and managing partner of New Capital Partners and Lee Styslinger, III, chairman and chief executive officer of Altec, Inc.

USL set to expand regular season in 2018

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Starting in 2018, the United Soccer League is set to expand its regular season play.

On Wednesday, the USL Board of Governors approved the decision to upsize the league's regular season games from 30 to 34 and to extend the season to 31 weeks. With the season expansion and the addition of three new clubs set to join next season, the USL is projected to exceed 500 games played within the regular season alone, a league record.

Fresno Football Club set to join USL in 2018

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A new club is coming to the ever-expanding USL.

On Wednesday, the USL announced that Fresno Football Club will join the league in 2018. The club will join Nashville SC and one more club to be announced as expansion clubs in 2018. The team's ownership group is headed bylocal businessman Ray Beshoff.

USL Week 18: A Midweek Look Ahead

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The two hottest teams in the Eastern Conference come together Tuesday night.

The Harrisburg City Islanders and Charlotte Independence are rocking and rolling through the middle part of the USL season, and have each defied early setbacks to climb the standings. The Independence won their last meeting at home, 2-0, over the Islanders, but Harrisburg is a different team now and should expect a better performance at home.

Dare we think Steel and playoffs?

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A club record unbeaten streak, a 6-point season sweep of last year's champions, lying fifth in the table, and achieving these while missing a major defender and two mainstay attackers provokes thoughts of eastern Pennsylvania sports fans favorite "P" word, "Playoffs."

USL Week 15: A Weekend Look Ahead

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The midweek highlight for the USL wasFC Cincinnatipulling off an upset of the Chicago Fire, but now the focus shifts to league play as a full weekend slate awaits.

Reno 1860 and Phoenix Rising should combine for a tasty matchup as one of the most exciting attacking teams in the league takes on one of the grittiest teams in the USL.