June 1, 2015 |
Throughout Philadelphia's sports history, soccer has popped up sporadically, an invading virus that the city's natural indifference to the game typically manages to resist. Sometimes, as now with the Union, the outbreak is more severe. But mostly, like the rest of America, we've been immune to the sport that so infects the world. So it was jarring last week when news of a soccer-related scandal was stripped across The Inquirer's front page, even if this story's appeal was amorality and not athletics.
July 26, 2014 |
The text message to Gerald van Wilgen, the president of the Camden Youth Soccer Club, was purposely vague. The sender, a coach with the club, hinted at news and asked van Wilgen to give him a call. Van Wilgen did so and could hardly believe what he heard: Liverpool FC, one of the world's most famous teams, wanted to come to Camden. And not just come, but put on a soccer clinic. "We just have to deliver the kids," van Wilgen said this month. And van Wilgen has plenty of those.
February 21, 2014 |
ITALIAN SOCCER clubs A.S. Roma and Inter Milan will meet at Lincoln Financial Field on Aug. 2, as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup. Kickoff will be at 1 p.m. "We are excited to have two of the world's premier clubs, A.S. Roma and Inter Milan, at Lincoln Financial Field," Eagles president Don Smolenski said. "Relevent Sports has assembled some of the finest teams in the world for a U.S. tour. In partnership with the Philadelphia Union, we are excited to showcase two historic teams from Serie A. " Tickets will go on sale on March 5 at 10 a.m. To purchase tickets, go to www.ticketmaster.com , or call 1-800-745-3000.
January 27, 2013 |
CAIRO - Clashes broke out in the Egyptian coastal city of Port Said on Saturday, leaving at least 30 dead and several hundred injured, following a court verdict imposing death sentences on 21 people for killings during a soccer riot in the city last year. It was the second day of violence in Egypt after tens of thousands of protesters marking the two-year anniversary of their revolution clashed with police in cities across the country Friday, leaving at least nine people dead in the city of Suez and more than 260 others injured nationwide, according to state officials.
June 12, 2012 |
VINCENT MICKLE, sometimes calling himself "Hot Vinny," once cruised the Internet with confidence to meet young women whom he eventually entertained in person with alcohol and marijuana. He had sex with one, tried to have sex with others and exchanged nude pictures. The only problem was that the six young women were very young — ages 14, 15 and 16. In October 2009, Philadelphia police got a tip about Mickle from one of the girls, who became afraid after he showed up at one of her field-hockey games.
February 28, 2012 |
SOCCER is a breathtaking sport that features dynamic athletes and awe-inspiring action, despite what all the haters say. I futilely have been defending the sport for decades, but the detractors are absolutely correct about one thing: It attracts serious knuckleheads. This week in knucklehead news we have alleged Hitler salutes and BMW smuggling as well as the newest backyard game: toss the grenade. Guess who allegedly insulted Israeli striker Itay Shechter with Hitler salutes?
September 25, 2011 |
As Haddonfield boys' soccer coach Joe Falana is nearing yet another major milestone, it's interesting that a major factor in his success has been his ability to teach - social studies. A graduate of Collingswood High and Scranton University, and a standout goalie at both, Falana was a math major in college. As a senior at Scranton, Falana was told that Haddonfield was interested in him as a soccer coach, but had a teaching job available only in social studies. This was before his second semester in college, so Falana rearranged his schedule, took social studies courses, added a number of courses that summer, and was certified.
September 16, 2011 |
Jessica Melendez, a member of the varsity softball team at the University of Pennsylvania, surveyed the 24 acres of new athletic fields at Penn Park and expressed giddy enthusiasm. "I feel like I'm in Disney World," the 20-year-old junior said. "Everything came out amazing. " Maybe part of the excitement was practicing against a spectacular evening view of the Center City skyline right across the Schuylkill. And all the grass, real and synthetic, was so green. Penn officials celebrated the official opening Thursday of the $46.5 million collection of fields, a multipurpose stadium, tennis courts, and walkways that serves as the latest people-friendly connection between Center City and University City, and ultimately the rest of West Philadelphia.
July 15, 2011 |
As the Union's chief executive officer and operating partner, Nick Sakiewicz gets to pull rank, which might explain why he will be in the starting lineup for Friday's inaugural River Cup Challenge, 6:30 p.m. at PPL Park. This unique event will pit the Union management in a benefit soccer game against the Sons of Ben supporters club. To the victor goes the coveted River Cup. But as Sakiewicz points out, the true winner will be Chester United, a soccer club the Union started for the youth of Chester, which has approximately 600 members.
June 27, 2011 |
Legendary soccer club River Plate was relegated to the Argentine second division for the first time in its 110-year history yesterday, sparking ugly street battles between police and fans with dozens injured inside and outside Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires. The relegation came after a 1-1 draw with Belgrano in the second leg of a demotion playoff. Violence broke a minute before the match was over. Angry fans pelted players with objects thrown from the stands, and police replied with high-powered fire hoses.