Monday, January 26, 2015

Vald├ęs may be leaving Union again; Curtin says 'there will be signings'

Monday, January 26, 2015, 5:58 PM
The Union hoped to open preseason training without the drama that has clouded past winters. And they almost got away with it. Just three of the 35 players on the preseason roster weren't on the field when the team kicked off its first official practice session Monday morning at YSC Sports in Wayne... Read more

Union release 2015 preseason training camp roster

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 3:54 PM
The Union will officially open preseason training on Monday at YSC Sports in Wayne. Ahead of the first full practice, the team put out its preseason roster on Sunday. It includes some trialists and academy prospects who've been invited to train with the first team. Goalkeepers (5): Andre Blake, Rais... Read more

Games to Watch: U.S. national teams face big tests

Friday, January 23, 2015, 9:09 AM
Ghana vs. Algeria 10:55 a.m. Friday (beIN Sports, beIN Sports Español) The African Cup of Nations, which began last weekend, is always entertaining. This time around, Philadelphia soccer fans have a particular reason to watch, as Union goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi is leading Algeria’s attempt... Read more

2015 Major League Soccer national television schedule

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 5:55 PM
Here's the full national television schedule for the 2015 Major League Soccer season. This year brings unprecedented national exposure for MLS. It's the start of the league's eight-year, $720 million rights deal with Univision, ESPN and Fox. Each network will get an exclusive national broadcast window... Read more

Union add defensive depth in late rounds of MLS SuperDraft

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 4:09 PM
After the first two rounds of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft took place last week amid glitz and glamour of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the final two rounds were confined to a conference call. By the time the rapid-fire half-hour of selections was over, the Union had reeled in two players... Read more

Union to spend preseason in Clearwater

Monday, January 19, 2015, 11:38 AM
The Philadelphia Union will have a "spring training" trip of their own in 2015, and it will be right next door to the Phillies' longtime home in Clearwater. Jim Curtin's squad will spend much of February on the soccer fields at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex, which is literally across a street from... Read more

Rene Meulensteen opens up about his role with the Union

Sunday, January 18, 2015, 2:03 AM
To wrap up coverage of this year's NSCAA Convention, I wanted to go back to an event on Friday that was of consequence for Union fans, but might have flown a little bit under the radar for some people. Rene Meulensteen was in town this week, and he was pretty busy. On Thursday, he joined Union owner... Read more

NBC Sports' 2014-15 English Premier League and MLS TV schedule

Sunday, January 18, 2015, 1:43 AM
Here is NBC Sports' television schedule for English Premier League and Major League Soccer games. MLS games are in italics, and Union games are in bold. This season's providers of authenticated streaming and Extra Time TV channels are the same as last season's. You'll see broadcast teams added to... Read more

Bayern Munich legend Paul Breitner analyzes Jurgen Klinsmann's effect on American soccer

Friday, January 16, 2015, 10:39 PM
A few days before the NSCAA Convention, I got an email from a PR rep who works with Bayern Munich's New York office asking if I wanted a one-on-one interview with former Bayern and German national team star Paul Breitner. Sometimes, I'm wary of soliciations for interviews, because they often come... Read more

Games to Watch: U.S. U-20s in trouble, Liga MX, England's Championship

Friday, January 16, 2015, 4:34 PM
Club América at Tijuana 10:25 p.m. Friday (ESPN Deportes, Azteca America, WZPA-33.7) One of this weekend's marquee matches in Mexico's Liga MX features quite a few Americans. Tijuana's squad includes U.S. national team veterans Joe Corona and Greg Garza. América, the reigning Mexican... Read more
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