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Can Philly host the World Cup?

Sunday, July 19, 2009, 8:41 PM
I spent so much time blogging and editing video last night that I forgot to put together the gallery of Ron Cortes' photos from the doubleheader. They're quite good, so check them out above. Next, as promised, is audio of U.S. World Cup bid executive director David Downs' interview with reporters... Read more

United States 2, Panama 1 a.e.t.

Sunday, July 19, 2009, 4:11 AM
I'm going to keep this post as short as I can because it's 4 a.m. as I write this and I really want to go to sleep. Here's all the multimedia from after the game. You've got full audio of the coaches' postgame press conferences as well as that of man of the match Kyle Beckerman. You've also got video... Read more

Live blog: United States vs. Panama

Saturday, July 18, 2009, 7:50 PM
Here we go. It's the United States national soccer team's first visit to Philadelphia since 1991, and its first official match here since 1968. It's also a quarterfinal game in the CONCACAF Gold Cup against Panama. The winner will face Honduras, which beat Canada 1-0 in the first game, in the semifinals... Read more

Countdown to U.S.-Panama

Saturday, July 18, 2009, 12:32 AM
So here we are in the final hours before the United States faces Panama at Lincoln Financial Field. This will be the last post on here until the match kicks off, so let's lay out a few things you should know before you head to the stadium. - I'll be live-blogging the U.S. game, and I hope you'll join... Read more

September 25, 1968: Israel 4, United States 0

Thursday, July 16, 2009, 9:52 PM
As promised, tonight we look back at the U.S. national team's last full international match in Philadelphia: a 4-0 loss to Israel on September 25, 1968. It was played at the now-defunct Temple Stadium, and drew a crowd reported at 7,000. Here's how the story was played in the sports section of the... Read more

David Akers plays soccer

Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 6:42 PM
I said yesterday that I'd be featuring the U.S. soccer team's 1968 game against Israel in Philadelphia here on the blog today, but I'm going to push that to tomorrow for a reason that I think you'll appreciate. I went down to the NovaCare Complex this morning for the U.S. team's practice, figuring... Read more

'The best crowd we've ever played in front of'

Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 7:39 PM
The quote in the headline was uttered by Bruce Murray, a midfielder on the United States national team that beat Dnepr of Ukraine, 1-0, at Franklin Field on August 25, 1989. A total of 43,356 fans descended upon 33rd Street that night. At the time, it was the largest crowd ever to watch a U.S. match... Read more

The Yanks come marching in

Monday, July 13, 2009, 5:57 PM
Welcome to a historic week in Philadelphia sports. This coming Saturday, the United States men's national soccer team will play here for the first time since 1991. Their match against Panama at Lincoln Financial Field will be a quarterfinal showdown in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the regional championship... Read more

Technology fails, Nowak doesn't

Friday, May 29, 2009, 7:34 PM
"I understand that soccer is not perfect." Of everything Peter Nowak said this afternoon, I think that's the line that stands out to me the most. Soccer is a capricious game. It can tempt you with free-flowing passes and Iverson-worthy dribble fakes, like what we saw from Barcelona on Wednesday... Read more

Live blog: Introducing Piotr Nowak

Friday, May 29, 2009, 3:11 PM
Greetings from Chester, where Philadelphia Union is holding a press conference this afternoon to introduce Piotr Nowak as its first coach. As John Smallwood wrote in this morning's Daily News, Nowak is a very good choice. He won MLS Cup as a player with the Chicago Fire in 1998 and as a coach with... Read more
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Soft Pretzel Logic is's college sports blog, with a primary focus on the University of Pennsylvania. You'll also see coverage of the Big 5, other major college sports events in the region, and the annual Penn Relays track and field meet.

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