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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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
July 30, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
Bringing a National Lacrosse League team back to Philadelphia is a top priority for the league, commissioner Nick Sakiewicz said Thursday. Since the Wings moved to Connecticut in 2014, Philadelphia has been without an NLL team. "It was a legendary team, arguably should have never left here. They brought in great numbers," said Sakiewicz, a former CEO and operating partner of Major League Soccer's Union. "They had a lot of relevance in the city. " Sakiewicz was named the NLL's commissioner in January and is in his first offseason with the league.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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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August 26, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake will miss one Major League Soccer game when he joins Jamaica's team for two World Cup qualifiers. Blake will be away from the Union from Aug. 30 through Sept. 7. Jamaica will meet Panama on Sept. 2 and Haiti on Sept. 6 in the CONCACAF semifinal round World Cup qualifiers. The lone game Blake will miss for the Union is Sept. 3 when they visit the Chicago Fire. A 2016 MLS all-star, the 25-year-old Blake has missed just one game this season, and that was to compete for Jamaica in Copa America Centenario.
SPORTS
August 21, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco was Major League Soccer's MVP last season, his first year in the league. The 29-year-old Italian forward certainly isn't suffering from the sophomore jinx. Giovinco will bring his talents to Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday for a key Eastern Conference game against the Union. After totaling 22 goals and 16 assists in 33 games last season, Giovinco entered the weekend tied for first in MLS with 15 goals and tied for second with 11 assists. The former Juventus star has been especially hot lately, with seven goals and four assists in his last five games.
SPORTS
July 30, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
Bringing a National Lacrosse League team back to Philadelphia is a top priority for the league, commissioner Nick Sakiewicz said Thursday. Since the Wings moved to Connecticut in 2014, Philadelphia has been without an NLL team. "It was a legendary team, arguably should have never left here. They brought in great numbers," said Sakiewicz, a former CEO and operating partner of Major League Soccer's Union. "They had a lot of relevance in the city. " Sakiewicz was named the NLL's commissioner in January and is in his first offseason with the league.
SPORTS
July 18, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
When Brian Carroll began his Major League Soccer career in 2003, he didn't think about how long it would last. At the time, it was just a dream come true to play in the league. He was just trying to make it and enjoy what he was doing. Thirteen years later, Carroll is still enjoying it, and he has the fourth-most starts of any player in league history. As the MLS grew in stability, Carroll has continued to stabilize games from midfield. "To do it for as long as he has in his career is something special," Union coach Jim Curtin said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Philly soccer doc When Major League Soccer (MLS) was granting franchises around the country, it overlooked Philly. Local soccer fans were chagrined. But instead of cursing their luck, a small group of dedicated fans banded together to form a group, Sons of Ben, that lobbied hard to get MLS to reconsider our market. Eventually, they helped Philly get its own team, the Philadelphia Union. The work of those valiant few is immortalized in director Jeffrey Bell' s doc, Sons of Ben: The Movie , which will be available July 22 on DVD and all digital and VOD platforms.
SPORTS
July 11, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
On the manicured grass field set between the riverfront and the cracked asphalt of the surrounding Chester neighborhood, the heat rose in shimmering waves one day last week, and the soccer players swam steadily through, advancing toward the goal. It was just the first of two daily practices for the Philadelphia Union, the only team in Major League Soccer with a training schedule as demanding. It is much tougher than a year ago, and the players either fall in line or fall away. A lot is different with the Union compared with a year ago. The team, which has qualified for the MLS postseason just once in its six-year history and not since 2011, has been near the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
SPORTS
July 10, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
C.J. Sapong returned to action in extreme weather conditions last Saturday after more than a month off, but the Union forward isn't complaining. Competing in his first game since suffering a sprained right ankle in a 3-2 win over visiting Columbus on June 1, Sapong came off the bench in the 63rd minute during that 1-0 Major League Soccer loss at Houston against the Dynamo. The temperature for the game was approaching 100 degrees, but that was fine with Sapong. "It was definitely different," Sapong said.
SPORTS
June 13, 2016 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, STAFF WRITER
For almost the entire time that Jurgen Klinsmann has been part of the American soccer landscape, he has yearned for the kind of occasion that Lincoln Financial Field hosted on Saturday. And not just since he took the helm of the U.S. men's soccer team five years ago. Even before then, as a studio commentator on ESPN's coverage of the 2010 World Cup, he was firing broadsides at aspects of the American soccer system he didn't like. In the same stadium that hosted Klinsmann's first game as U.S. coach in 2011, his longtime dream came true.
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June 8, 2016 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - Few national teams on the planet know the United States better than Costa Rica. From decades of World Cup qualifying slugfests to the many Ticos who've thrived in Major League Soccer, the ties between the two nations are close and long-standing. In this case, familiarity does not breed the same kind of contempt that fuels the Americans' rivalry with Mexico. But the U.S.-Costa Rica relationship isn't exactly cordial, either. Their matchups are often physical and rarely pretty - especially when the stakes are high.
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May 26, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
The Union are in first place in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference, and they have two games in hand on the two teams directly behind them. Despite this advantage, coach Jim Curtin isn't approaching the next few games on the road as if the Union are playing with house money. With so much parity, Curtin said that the Union have to keep pushing in their next three games before having a 16-day break while the Copa America Tournament begins. At 5-3-3 for 18 points, the Union are a point ahead of New York City FC and two ahead of the New York Red Bulls.
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