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14
Oct
09

Tragedy Strikes Team USA

Charlie Davies, a young and emerging star forward on the United States World Cup squad, was in an accident late last night in the Washington, DC area.  For more information, click here.

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08
Oct
09

Bring the World Cup to Philly!

No matter what national team you root for we imagine you’d love to see the World Cup back in the US in 2018 or 2022, and to have games in Philadelphia to boot.

There’s two official petitions to sign, one to show your support for the US as host, and another for Philly to host games. Please sign both if you haven’t yet!

U.S. Petition
Philly Petition

21
Sep
09

Starfinder invites you to Meet Dani Moreno

For more information on Dani Moreno, please visit this link.

13
May
09

Who has a team name? We do!

It’s official! Your 2010 Philadelphia MLS club’s name is: the Philadelphia Union!

The team name was announced today, during a ceremony at City Hall, along with the team colors and team logos.

Philadelphia Union Primary LogoPhiladelphia Union Secondary Logo

During the ceremony, new VP of Communication for the Union, Carl Cherkin, explained that everything to do with the team name, colors and logos had an intended meaning.

The name Union was chosen by a fan poll and has a direct tie to the Philadelphia area. In 1776, this country’s founding father’s signed a document dedicated to the formation of “A more perfect union” in the then capital of the Thirteen Colonies, Philadelphia.

The team colors of navy and gold are directly tied to the colors of the Continental Army’s uniforms during the American Revolution. The light blue accent color on the team logo is connected to the same light blue on the Philadelphia civic flag.

The primary logo for the Union is circular, standing for unity. The thirteen gold stars are for the original Thirteen Colonies and the crest of the logo has a similar contour to the Philadelphia coat of arms.

Though the logo and name had been leaked a week or so prior to the unveiling, a major question about the Rattlesnake still loomed. The snake pays homage to a political cartoon featured in the Pennsylvania Gazette in 1754, drawn by Benjamin Franklin. On the team’s secondary logo, a banner with the Latin phrase “jungite aut perite” is featured. The phrase roughly translates into “Join or Die” and is the official team motto.

03
Apr
09

CONCACAF action could bring USA, young stud to Philly!

GET OFF ME!!!!

GET OFF ME!!!!

There is nothing sweeter than seeing one of your own predictions coming true, especially when it comes to US soccer!

Jozy Altidore, the US’ OTHER up-and-coming 19-year-old stud — where you at Freddy? — is playing like a MAN! After the US’ miserable play against El Salvador last weekend, Altidore manned up an netted himself a hat-trick against Trinidad and Tobago to lead the States to a 3-0 victory.

This bodes well for both Team Red, White and Blue and for you, Philly!

July 18th is quickly approaching — now just 15 weeks away — and it is looking more and more likely that Team USA will be one of the four teams competing in the double-header action at The Linc!

All soccer fans should be excited about seeing A) Team USA play; and B) Jozy Altidore continue to blossom into the US’ next big star. Tickets go on sale to the public on April 17th, at 10 AM, but if you have already put down your hard earned Washingtons on tickets with the MLS’ club, you can get tickets earlier than the 17th by contacting the club.

Let’s go Philly, show the world that soccer is going to thrive in our city!

25
Mar
09

Opening Weekend Recap

We beat New York! Wait, so did everyone last year...

We beat New York! Wait, so did everyone last year...

The first weekend of the 2009 season has come and gone, but there were plenty of story lines. Here are the five biggest stories after Week 1!

5. Away Teams Start Strong

  • In 2008 away squads did not fair nearly as well as those on their home pitch. Away squads had an appalling 47 wins and 106 losses with 57 draws — a .224 winning percentage, compared to home teams who posted a .505 winning percentage. The first weekend in 2009, though close to an even split, saw the away squads holding the upper hand, going  3-2-2 (W-D-L) in the 7 contests.

4. Most Start Similar to ’08

  • If your squad played well in ’08, there’s a good chance they were one of the strong teams this past weekend and if they were terrible, well you can see where I’m going with this. Reigning champs Chicago started off with a with a 3-1 drubbing of FC Dallas and despite a championship game appearance, New York was pretty awful during the ’08 regular season and started off just as bad in ’09, losing to the expansion Seattle Sounders, 3-0.

3. New Schedule Means Bye Weeks

  • Now that there are 15 squads participating in the 2009 MLS season, the league now has to deal with one squad not participating each week. How will it affect teams? First to find out: Real Salt Lake. Will the squad play as strong as it did last season or will it drop its opener against expansion Seattle coming off its week one victory?

2. Goals-a-Plenty For Top Stars

  • Landon Donovan was one of five players, including KC breakout Davy Arnaud and Seattle stud Fredy Montero, to post two goals opening weekend. Donovan, coming off a 20-goal season for LA — tops in 2008 — looks to be the leading force for a Galaxy squad without the services of middy David Beckham until July 1. Dallas’ Kenny Cooper — 2008’s league #2 scorer — put his name in the “Top Goals of 2009” hat with his spectacular goal, scoring from past midfield in the 9th minute. Arnaud has gone from league’s best-kept secret to superstar and Montero may not be in Seattle long if he keeps playing at his current level.

1. Expand Your Mind, MLS!

  • The new expansion squad in Seattle definitely impressed in its debut match. Besides Montero’s 2 goal, 1 assist performance, Seattle played a fantastic overall game, pounding on the Red Bulls from New York, 3-0. Qwest Field also proved to be a rather loud and intimidating local for the game as players had to ask coaches to use hand signals to relay information due to the volume of the crowd. Let’s hope Philly (2010), Portland (2011) and Vancouver (2011) prove to have the same type of atmosphere in each team’s inaugural season.

After a great opening weekend, we here at Philadelphia Soccer News can’t wait to see what happens this weekend. If you want some more soccer insight, check out the weekly Power Rankings by the folks over at ESPNSoccerNet. Always keeping the nation up to date on MLS news!

17
Mar
09

Soccer in 2010: Not Just For The Boys!

wpsphilly2010

That’s right ladies, not only will 2010 be the return of professional men’s soccer to Philadelphia, but it will also be the inaugural season for a professional women’s soccer team.

The newly formed Women’s Professional Soccer league will be bringing a franchise to Philadelphia for its second professional season in 2010. The team, which will be officially the 8th team in WPS, will also take up residence in the to-be-constructed stadium in Chester, which is home to the yet-to-be-named men’s team.

The WPS will begin its inaugural season in 2009 with seven current franchises and hope to expand to 10 by 2010. The seven franchises currently getting ready to take the pitch this season are:

Besides Philadelphia, WPS is looking at Atlanta and Dallas as possible expansion locations.

The WPS schedule starts March 29th when the LA Sol take on the Washington Freedom.




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