Saturday, January 31, 2015

Live MLS preseason video: Portland Timbers vs. Sporting Kansas City

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 5:30 PM
For some fans across Major League Soccer, it might feel like the 2014 MLS Cup final only just ended. For others (including, perhaps, some here in Philadelphia), it might feel like last season ended a long time ago. Lo and behold, a new season is approaching. Even as the outdoor temperature for many... Read more

How would free agency in Major League Soccer actually work?

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 12:38 PM
As I write this post on Saturday morning, just hours remain in the life of Major League Soccer's current collective bargaining agreement with the Major League Soccer Players Union. It seems more likely than ever that there will be a work stoppage for the first time in the league's 20-year history... Read more

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

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 9:59 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

Games to Watch: Celtic and Rangers renew "Old Firm" rivalry

Friday, January 30, 2015, 7:50 AM
Rennes at Paris Saint-Germain 2:25 p.m. Friday (beIN Sports) Paris Saint-Germain has all the money in the world, but money can’t buy them happiness. Manager Laurent Blanc benched star attackers Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi for three games after they came back late from France’s... Read more

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

Monday, January 26, 2015, 9:58 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
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Jonathan Tannenwald
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