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June 28, 2010
It has been declared on Page 2 by the estimable Mr. Gonzo that Major League Soccer is "a weak product of insufficient entertainment value. " I happen to disagree, but I also spend my winter watching Big Five basketball at the Palestra instead of the 76ers. To each his own, I say. So the question is: What do you think it would take for all of these apparently newfangled American soccer fans to also become fans of Major League Soccer? American fans probably aren't sold on the MLS for the same reason American fans don't watch the NBA's Development League or minor-league baseball: Because, like Page 2, it's not where the best players play.
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July 24, 2012 | By KERITH GABRIEL and Daily News Staff Writer
MISSOURI AND Pennsylvania. First St. Louis, followed by Kansas City — both vs. Philadelphia. Twice the two areas have placed competing bids to Major League Soccer. Both times, Philly has won. The first was in 2009, when it was between St. Louis and Philadelphia to become MLS' 16th franchise. A year later, the Philadelphia Union made its debut. This year, Kansas City threw its name into the ring for Livestrong Sporting Park, just over the Missouri River, to host the upcoming MLS All-Star Game, as did Philadelphia.
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November 17, 2007 | By Mari A. Schaefer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia area's chances for a pro soccer team hinge on the Pennsylvania legislature's approving a $40 million subsidy in the coming weeks, or else St. Louis is likely to get the nod, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber said yesterday. At a news conference, Garber said the league hoped to award its 16th franchise this year, with two more in the future. On Monday, the league awarded its 15th franchise to a Seattle group. "St. Louis is considered a front- runner for future MLS expansion," Garber said, adding that he speaks with the prospective franchise owners almost daily.
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February 9, 2013 | Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com
Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur 7:30 a.m. Saturday (ESPN2) U.S. national team striker Clint Dempsey returns to his English Premier League club, fourth-place Tottenham, after scoring the Americans' only goal in Wednesday's 2-1 loss at Honduras in World Cup qualifying. While Spurs are trying to reach the Champions League, once-mighty Newcastle is just six points out of the relegation zone. Fiorentina at Juventus 11:55 a.m. Saturday (beIN Sport) Once upon a time, this was one of Italian soccer's great rivalries.
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February 10, 1994 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When a proposed new professional soccer league last week announced a list of 29 cities that have expressed interest in having a team, Philadelphia was nowhere to be found. Philadelphia is trying to get on the list now. Belatedly, some people believe. Major League Soccer, the proposed circuit headed by Alan Rothenberg, the president of the United States Soccer Federation and chairman of the U.S. World Cup organizing committee, plans to start play with 12 teams in April 1995.
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May 3, 1996 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Always the sport of the future, soccer may have arrived. Not everywhere. Not in Philadelphia. But the latest major soccer league, Major League Soccer, is up and running in 10 cities and bringing in the faithful. So many people showed up at the Rose Bowl (69,255) for the first game of the Los Angeles Galaxy that police were turning fans away because traffic was too heavy. Before their Giants Stadium opener (46,826), the New York-New Jersey MetroStars' phone system locked up. Last weekend, an old-time soccer fan looked around the parking lot at the Meadowlands and said it wasn't the same when he used to show up to watch Pele and the Cosmos.
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May 16, 1999 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Columbus Crew opened their new stadium with a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution in a Major League Soccer game last night. Jeff Cunningham and Stern John scored.
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June 2, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
Union forward Lionard Pajoy was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount, Major League Soccer announced Friday. The MLS disciplinary committee suspended Pajoy as the result of his challenge on Toronto FC's Joao Plata in the 29th minute of a 1-0 Toronto victory last weekend.
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December 22, 2009 | BY THE INQUIRER
The Philadelphia Union, which begins its inaugural Major League Soccer season in March, yesterday named Reading United AC - formerly the Reading Rage - as its minor-league affiliate in this region. The Union will open the 2010 MLS season March 25 in Seattle. The club's home opener will be April 10 against D.C. United at Lincoln Financial Field.
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June 11, 2015 | By the Inquirer Staff
Andrew Wenger tallied the only goal of the match as the Union defeated Reading United, 1-0, in a friendly Tuesday at Don Thomas Stadium in Exeter, Berks County. Wenger was one of nine former Reading players to suit up for the Union. Goalkeeper John McCarthy, who also played for Reading, got the start in goal after sitting out the last six Major League Soccer matches. Reading is a player developement club for the Union.
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June 21, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Honduras World Cup midfielder Wilson Palacios finished his week-long trial with the Union and now the team will decide on whether to make him an offer during Major League Soccer's transfer window, which begins July 8. "Wilson's trial is done with the team," Union coach Jim Curtin said. "We will evaluate things further and have talks with ownership and see what makes the most sense for the club and his agent and make a decision that is best for the team. " While the team would likely want to bring on somebody who has appeared in the last two World Cups for Honduras, it isn't that easy.
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June 11, 2015 | By the Inquirer Staff
Andrew Wenger tallied the only goal of the match as the Union defeated Reading United, 1-0, in a friendly Tuesday at Don Thomas Stadium in Exeter, Berks County. Wenger was one of nine former Reading players to suit up for the Union. Goalkeeper John McCarthy, who also played for Reading, got the start in goal after sitting out the last six Major League Soccer matches. Reading is a player developement club for the Union.
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June 7, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
The film highlights soccer fans, soccer players, soccer coaches, and soccer balls, but, says director Jeffrey Bell, it's not a soccer movie. It is instead a tale of passion and faith, of an improbable Philadelphia sports victory that sprang from two crazy ideas: One, that a big, active fan base could develop to support a team that did not exist. Two, that the ceaseless efforts of those fans could help bring that hoped-for team into being. Implausible, but true. And now, immortalized.
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May 19, 2015 | BY JONATHAN TANNENWALD, Philly.com
IN THE MIDST of yet another season of struggle on the field for the Union, fans' frustrations with the team's perennial struggles finally boiled over last night at PPL Park. And at the very last minute, those same fans finally got a much-needed reason to celebrate. Just days after narrowly being cut from the U.S. national team for the upcoming under-20 World Cup, Zach Pfeffer scored in the 93rd minute to give the Union a 1-0 win over D.C. United. It was just the team's second victory in 12 games this season.
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May 18, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union have confirmed that goalie Brian Sylvestre's short-term loan has been extended for eight weeks. Sylvestre was on a short-term loan from the Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League. In addition, the Union loaned rookie forward Dzenan Catic to the RailHawks. Catic has not seen action this year for the Union. The Inquirer reported on Friday that the deal was agreed to , but it had to await approval from Major League Soccer. Sylvestre is expected to be the starter in Sunday's 7 p.m. game at PPL Park against D.C. United (6-1-3)
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May 2, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a Major League Soccer season when little has gone right for the 1-5-3 Union, coach Jim Curtin pulled no punches this week when discussing the team's deficiencies. First and foremost, this is a team that does not challenge defenses enough and also makes too many errant passes. "Possession-wise we've been a disaster this year," Curtin said. "Confidence goes the longest way. " This is not a confident team. "When you have confident players, they want the ball in tight spots, and right now we would rather shy away from moving an extra yard or two to keep possession," Curtin said.
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April 3, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
MAYBE THERE is something bad in the water that Philadelphia Union players drink during training sessions. This season was supposed to be different. Manager Jim Curtin, instead of diving in headfirst at midseason as he did when he got the job on an interim basis last year, has had a full offseason to plan and prepare for the task. Collaborating with technical director Chris Albright and assistant coach Mike Sorber, Curtin has brought in his own players and put together the roster he wanted.
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March 31, 2015
TORONTO FC has been one of the worst clubs in Major League Soccer. In an effort to improve, the Reds have spent millions of dollars to improve the talent on the roster, which now boasts U.S. national-team stars Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore. Last night, Toronto FC lost at Real Salt Lake, 2-1, sans Altidore and Bradley, who are with the national team in Europe for an international friendly against Switzerland tomorrow. Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, Orlando City defender Brek Shea and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes missed matches with their MLS teams for the same reason.
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March 5, 2015 | BY JONATHAN TANNENWALD, Philly.com
AFTER TWO preseason training stints in Florida, the Union is back in town and preparing for Saturday's season opener against the Colorado Rapids at PPL Park (4 p.m., 6ABC). There's just one small problem: The game might not happen. Major League Soccer and the players union are locked in contentious negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement. With the first game leaguewide of 2015 set for Friday night - Chicago at Los Angeles (10 p.m., UniMás) - time is running out to get a deal done.
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February 26, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
WHAT HAPPENS if a professional sports league goes on strike and hardly anyone cares? Major League Soccer might soon find out. On March 6, MLS is scheduled to kick off its 20th season when the reigning champion Los Angeles Galaxy plays the Chicago Fire. With 20 teams - including expansion franchises in New York City and Orlando, Fla. - a 34-game schedule and long-desired international respect as a quality league, MLS is about as healthy as it has ever been. Last May, MLS along with United States Soccer, signed a landmark 8-year, $720 million television and media rights deal with ESPN, Fox Sports and Univision Deportes to broadcast games from this year through 2022.
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