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A lesson in building a soccer team from Peter Wilt

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 1:30 AM
INDIANAPOLIS - Peter Wilt is back in a familiar place. Not so much in the literal sense, as this city is still relatively new for him, but in a figurative sense. On Wednesday, Wilt gave birth to yet another professional soccer team. No one who knows him well needed the reminder, but bringing a North... Read more

Toronto FC’s Thomas Rongen tries to mix new and old in youth soccer player development

Monday, January 16, 2012, 9:35 PM
The homegrown player incentive program in Major League Soccer is still relatively new. As such, many of MLS’ 19 clubs are still creating their own paths towards developing their own young talent. We all know what the ends are in the process. Homegrown players don’t count against the salary... Read more

Vancouver Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie finally reaches his destination

Monday, January 16, 2012, 8:04 PM
It is a long enough journey to travel through the North American coaching ranks and end up in Major League Soccer. For Vancouver Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie, the trip has been especially so. Rennie’s latest move spanned over 3,000 miles. The Whitecaps brought him all the way across the continent... Read more

More details on Independence draft pick Sarah Hagen's contract situation

Saturday, January 14, 2012, 5:14 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When I first heard about Philadelphia Independence first round draft pick Sarah Hagen's contract situation, I was intrigued. Whether in Women's Professional Soccer or Major League Soccer, it's very rare that you see players in the draft pool who are under contract with other professional... Read more

Video: Paul Riley talks about the Independence's draft picks

Saturday, January 14, 2012, 2:34 AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After the 2012 Women's Professional Soccer draft wrapped up Friday afternoon, I spent a few minutes chatting with Philadelphia Independence head coach Paul Riley. He gave me plenty of details about the team's six selections, and his expectations for each player in the coming season... Read more

Video: Q&A with Women's Professional Soccer CEO Jennifer O'Sullivan

Saturday, January 14, 2012, 2:31 AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Friday's Women's Professional Soccer draft represented the first occasion in which new league CEO Jennifer O'Sullivan was really in the spotlight. After spending most of Friday afternoon overseeing the WPS draft, O'Sullivan spent a few minutes chatting with reporters about the goals... Read more

Eric Wynalda's epic NSCAA Convention seminar

Friday, January 13, 2012, 7:54 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When I was done covering the Women's Professional Soccer draft, I walked to a nearby room at the Kansas City Convention Center to check out a seminar being given by Fox Soccer studio analyst and former U.S. national team star Eric Wynalda. It was entitled, simply, "Why Not US?"... Read more

Independence make six picks in 2012 Women's Professional Soccer draft

Friday, January 13, 2012, 2:26 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With their six picks in Friday's Women's Professional Soccer draft, the Philadelphia Independence selected three forwards, two defenders and a potential starting goalkeeper. The team's first-round pick, No. 5 overall, was University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee forward Sarah Hagen. From... Read more

Philadelphia Independence brass talk about the uncertainty surrounding Women's Professional Soccer

Friday, January 13, 2012, 2:12 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - On the eve of the Women's Professional Soccer draft, I spent quite a bit of time talking with Philadelphia Independence owner David Halstead and head coach Paul Riley. Most of those quotes didn't make it into my story in this morning's Inquirer. So I thought I'd provide a transcript... Read more

Union assistant coach John Hackworth talks about the team's 2012 SuperDraft picks

Friday, January 13, 2012, 2:57 AM
Just before the Union’s coaching staff left for the airport, I caught up with Union assistant John Hackworth to discuss the club’s two second-round draft picks. Hackworth has personally scouted Creighton midfielder Greg Jordan and West Virginia midfielder Raymon Gaddis, so he was well-equipped... Read more
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The Goalkeeper is your home for the latest news about the Philadelphia Union, Major League Soccer, the National Women's Soccer League, the U.S. men's and women's national teams, and the rest of the world's most popular sport. It's also a place for fans to gather and celebrate the culture of soccer and its unique place on the sports landscape.

Jonathan Tannenwald
Lauren Green Inquirer Staff Writer
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