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A new chapter in American soccer history

Friday, September 24, 2010, 1:30 PM
Sometimes, the biggest news in American soccer doesn't happen on the field. In one of the most stunning announcements ESPN has made in quite some time, the network revealed today that it has brought back Ian Darke to be its lead soccer voice across all platforms. This includes the English Premier... Read more

Rank and File: Union at San Jose

Friday, September 17, 2010, 10:38 AM
Looks like I wasn't the only person who stayed up late Wednesday night. Goalkeeper Brad Knighton: 6.00 - "Knighton nearly got to the only goal, despite three defenders not marking up and made a heck of a save on a bending free kick from 20 yards out. He deserves to be named starter for the... Read more

Rank and File: Union vs. Chicago Fire

Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 9:30 AM
I had my say yesterday. Now it's your turn. As ever, if you want to cast a ballot, just email me and I'll add you to the listserv. The more, the merrier. Goalkeeper Brad Knighton: 7.29 - "Knighton was an improvement over Seitz and was as aggressive as Seitz is terminally indecisive. He was lucky... Read more

Rank and File: Union vs. Kansas City Wizards

Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 12:46 PM
Sorry this took so long to put together, as I've been busy with other work for the last few days. Let's first round up a few news items of note. - The FIFA World Cup inspection team arrived in New York yesterday. There are some photos of the group's visit to the Meadowlands and Red Bull Arena here... Read more

Train schedule for Saturday's game

Friday, September 3, 2010, 3:45 PM
It's a 3:30 p.m. kickoff against the Kansas City Wizards at PPL Park. Here's the SEPTA schedule. Looks like fans going back to Center City will have to hurry a bit after the game, but fans going to Wilmington will have a convenient postgame train. Pregame service From Center City ... Read more

Rank and File: Union at New England Revolution

Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 9:00 AM
A few quick tidbits before we get to your player ratings. First of all, the Union announced yesterday that Wednesday night's game against Chivas will be broadcast on Univision on a one-hour tape delay. I've yet to hear who the announcers will be, and whether they'll be on site or calling the games... Read more

PPL Park to host U.S. men's national team on Oct. 12

Saturday, August 28, 2010, 8:15 PM
The news has just broken that PPL Park will host the United States men's national team's friendly against Colombia on October 12. J.P. Dellacamera made the announcement during the first half of the broadcast of the Philadelphia Union's game at New England tonight. It was speculated last week by Steven... Read more

Rank and File: Union at D.C. United

Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 9:30 AM
Before we get to the ratings, a few minor news items. First of all, there was some discussion on Twitter yesterday about the current Major League Soccer attendance table. The Union currently rank third, with an average of 20,346 per game. Obviously that number will fall as the season progresses, because... Read more

Union lack 'substance' in bad loss

Sunday, August 22, 2010, 11:58 PM
WASHINGTON - Peter Nowak wasn't happy, and he shouldn't have been. The Union's 2-0 loss to D.C. United at RFK Stadium was without question its worst game of the year. "There was no substance in that whole game today," Nowak said afterwards. "We weren't active the way we normally are... Read more

The Washington establishment

Thursday, August 19, 2010, 2:40 PM
The Sons of Ben have been rightly hailed for creating one of the most electric atmospheres in Major League Soccer. But the River End represents only the most recent chapter in the story of Major League Soccer's supporters' clubs. Before Philadelphia, there was Seattle, with its sea of green filling... Read more
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