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  1. Captain Califf returns to PPL as Union host lowly Toronto F.C.

    Apr 13, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

    In this town, we have had plenty of anticipated returns, when our one-time heroes come back to our fair city in another team’s jersey.

    The days leading up to these reunions are built up with questions from fans, local media members and national media-types (all of whom are predicting boos and batteries).

    Will they cheer? Will they boo? Usually, one or two writers will climb onto their nearest high horse to tell you what you should do when he comes out of the tunnel.

  2. Union-Red Bulls Rivalry Is Great, But You Can Have too Much of a Good Thing

    Mar 30, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

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    Major League Soccer is trying its best to reduce the power of some of its greatest rivalries. How? By having the teams play more often. Bear with me here.

  3. USA-Mexico: Soccer fans will be watching, and so should you

    Mar 26, 2013, 11:25 AM EDT

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    Long ago, I stopped trying to be “that guy” who insists everyone should love soccer.

    Sure, I welcome newbies to watch a game or come to PPL Park, and I’ll happily preach the virtues of the sport I love. But I don’t get angry at the soccer “haters” anymore. There are plenty of us who love soccer, and there are many who don’t. To each his or her own.

    But, for the next few hundred words, I will beg you to carve out time in front of the TV tonight (Flyers-Rangers will be over in plenty of time).

  4. Bakary Soumare: It was nice (not really) knowing you (like, at all)

    Mar 19, 2013, 7:23 PM EDT

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    I had a feeling when I wrote this last week, begging to see Amobi Okugo in the midfield and Bakary Soumare get ANY playing time as a center back, it would fall on deaf ears. Not sure John Hackworth is an avid 700Level reader (he should be).

    Well, as it turns out, the idea is nearly dead anyway.

  5. The Union Appear Close to Parting Ways with Freddy Adu By Bringing In Brazilian

    Mar 18, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

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    The Philadelphia Union’s Freddy Adu saga could finally come to an end this week. The Union reportedly have a deal in place to send Adu to Brazil in return for World Cup-winning midfielder Kleberson, this according to Soccer By Ives and other reports out of Brazil.

  6. MATCHDAY: You say you want a Revolution? Union aim to stay perfect vs. New England

    Mar 16, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

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    What is the main job of a coach or manager?

    After the obvious answer of “winning,” the right answer is some variation of “getting the best out of his players.”

    In soccer, that means getting your best players on the field for the maximum amount of time in a formation that suits them.

  7. Okugo is Driving the Union, So Its Time to Let Him Run Wild

    Mar 15, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

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    Any coach or manager not looking to get fired would be as hands-off as possible with a player on a hot streak (or in nerdy British soccer terms: a “rich vein of form”).

    I’m here to argue the exact opposite.

  8. Good News: You’ll Be Seeing A Lot More of Heather Mitts in Philadelphia

    Mar 14, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Longtime Philadelphia sports fans and soccer heads alike are surely familiar with Heather Mitts. The former know her first as the wife of former Eagles quarterback A.J. Feeley while the latter know her for scoring goals and winning gold medals on the pitch. Mitts will be joining the Union’s television broadcasts as a pregame and sideline reporter this season. She’ll also have a role as a soccer ambassador.

  9. MATCHDAY: Bring out the orange ball Union shoot for first points in mile high air UPDATED

    Mar 9, 2013, 10:05 AM EDT

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    The Union’s newest striker spent most of last week’s home opener trying to stay warm on the bench at PPL Park. When he came on in the 84th minute, the Union were already down two goals and the home crowd was cold and restless. So Conor Casey threw his weight around a bit.  The 31-year-old…

  10. Check the Tape: Union have plenty of work to do, but it’s not 2012 all over again

    Mar 5, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

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    Plenty of media outlets and Union blogs will offer their take on games this season immediately after the final whistle. With that in mind – as well as a job that leaves me working nights and a 15-month-old baby at home who makes it hard to do anything not on his schedule – we’re trying something a…

  11. MATCHDAY: Union kick off season at home for the first time as they host Sporting K.C.

    Mar 2, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

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    More than any team in this town, aside from probably the Eagles, Union games have become an all-out event for most fans. There is very little “going to the game.”  By that I mean the guy who says, “Eh, I’m going to the game,”  then heads out the door, parks his car and finds his…

  12. Looking Forward with a Look Back Its Go Time for Hackworths Union

    Mar 1, 2013, 8:32 AM EDT

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    Apparently it’s become a thing to download your Twitter archive, just to see how stupid you sounded when you first created your account. My first few tweets were boring replies to the likes of Grant Wahl and Bill Simmons. My first “real” tweet was, not surprisingly, Union-related. March 25, 2010: @smoore1117: Counting down to @Union2010 season…

  13. Union’s Third Kits Unveiled to Rave Reviews

    Feb 27, 2013, 12:11 PM EDT

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    The Philadelphia Union held an event at Xfinity Live! last night where they unveiled their new third kits in front of a packed house with upwards of 1,200 fans in attendance. The new look pays tribute to our areas soccer history, with patches honoring Bethlehem Steel FC, a soccer team that was in existence from…

  14. 4 Days Away: Questions and Answers for Union Die-Hards, and Newbies Alike

    Feb 26, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Clearly, I am a soccer fan. I played the sport (I still pretend to, on occasion), coached and refereed for a few youth teams and watched enough games on TV to have odd cravings for Singha Lager and Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer – popular sideline advertisers in English stadiums. I love soccer and I want…

  15. Even for Freddy Adus Biggest Supporter, the Time Is Right for Union to Move on

    Jan 21, 2013, 3:01 AM EDT

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    If you followed me on Twitter last season, or sat anywhere within earshot at PPL Park, you know I somehow found myself in a unique role among Philadelphia Union fans: the unofficial president of the Freddy Adu Defenders Club.

    As much as I defended Adu, and as talented as he might be, it’s time for the Union to move on from Nowak’s experiments. And none of those was as risky as signing Freddy Adu.

  16. ‘Who’s That Guy?’ Soccer Jerseys and Finding a New Way to Be a Sports Fan

    Jan 11, 2013, 1:49 PM EDT

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    If you’re even a casual sports fan, you’ve probably had the “whose jersey should I get?” discussion. Whether it’s an Eagles jersey for yourself or a Flyers sweater for a nephew, it’s always an important decision. But for soccer fans around the world, this isn’t often an issue. Take a look at this photo of…

  17. Soumares Role Could Be a Backline Bellwether for Union in 2013

    Jan 8, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

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    By Steve Moore Do you know who Bakary Soumare is? If you’re a dedicated Union fan, you know he’s the (really) big defender with lingering knee problems who barely played after signing last summer (one league start). If you’re a casual fan who didn’t pay much attention in August and September as the floundering Union…

  18. Gallery: One Philly Sports Blogger’s 2012 in Instagram Photos

    Dec 20, 2012, 3:16 PM EDT

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    Running a Philly sports website is a pretty fun gig most of the time. I get to go to tons of sporting events and call it work. Like most human beings in the civilized world I also own a smartphone that is capable of taking photographs. Sometimes we take photos of said sporting events we…

  19. Watch Harry Kalas Call an Indoor Soccer Game in 1978

    Dec 20, 2012, 6:13 AM EDT

    All we know about the Philadelphia Fever is what we learned from Wikipedia. And from watching this clip we stumbled upon on YouTube this morning featuring none other than Harry Kalas calling their first ever game way back in 1978. They apparently only lasted until 1982, according to their Wiki entry. The video was uploaded…

  20. Rome Soccer Thugs with ‘knives, brass knuckles, belts and iron bars’ Make Philly Sports Fan Look Like Mother Theresa

    Nov 26, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

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    There’s fans throwing down with some fisticuffs at a football game and then there are European soccer hooligans planning anti-Semetic attacks on opposing team’s fans. A trio of local college kids studying abroad got caught up in an awful scene in Rome over the weekend. The Daily News’ Bill Bender has the story: The Telegraph…

  21. Here’s the Trailer for New Sons of Ben Movie

    Nov 26, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Here’s another trailer for a new movie coming out next year about the Sons of Ben and their passion for soccer in Philadelphia. If there’s one takeaway from this trailer it’s that Philly sports fans are a crazy passionate bunch, even when it comes to the Union on the soccer pitch. I think most of…

  22. Video: Antoine Hoppenot Bangs In a Missed PK, Does a Little Jig, Union Lose Anyway

    Oct 25, 2012, 10:17 AM EDT

    Antoine Hoppenot played his role as second half sub to perfection on Wednesday night for the Philadelphia Union, banging a goal home off of a missed penalty kick to even things up at 1-1 against Sporting KC. The Union would later give up the game winner and fall 2-1, but Hoppenot took advantage of his celebratory moment by doing a nice little jig of sorts.

  23. Lingerie Football League Coming to PPL Park Next Summer

    Sep 25, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

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    There’s been plenty of ugly on the field at PPL Park this summer due to the Philadelphia Union’s inability to put the ball in the net for weeks at a time. The ladies of the Lingerie Football League will attempt to give you something a bit more appealing to look at on the pitch next summer as the Philly Passion will play two home games at the soccer stadium in Chester on June 15 and July 13.

  24. Of Course Lionard Pajoy Beat the Union

    Sep 21, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

    The Union are not very good at that soccer thing. Their former striker Lionard Pajoy scored the game winner on Thursday night in Chester and Sheanon Williams response was hilarious.

  25. Video: Here’s Herculez Gomez Beautiful Free Kick Winner from 25 Yards Out for USMNT Against Jamaica

    Sep 12, 2012, 12:16 AM EDT

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    The USMNT played great soccer for most of the night against Jamaica in Columbus, Ohio but didn’t have a tally to show for it into the second half. That all changed when Herculez Gomez hit a beautiful strike off a set piece from 25 yards out that found the back of the net and helped the U.S. on to a 1-0 victory and get their World Cup qualifying effort back on track.

    NBC Sports’s Steve Davis called Gomez’s goal “probably the biggest U.S. goal since Landon Donovan’s late strike against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup.”