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February 7, 2009 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Reading soccer club in England released former Penn Charter star Bobby Convey yesterday after he failed to regain a place in the Royals' starting lineup. A deal seems imminent for Convey to return to Major League Soccer, likely with the San Jose Earthquakes, Goal.com reported. The 25-year-old midfielder joined Reading from D.C. United in July 2004 and two years later was among the few U.S. players to impress World Cup spectators. Convey had been drafted in 2000 by D.C. United, becoming at the time the youngest player ever signed by MLS. ESPN failed in its attempt to gain British television rights to English Premier League matches.
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April 8, 2004 | By Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Limerick Township's long-standing practice of winking at a youth sports organization's alleged zoning violations now threatens to bankrupt local soccer programs or scuttle local zoning laws, the two sides say. For three years, the township ignored alleged violations at the West-Mont United Soccer Association Hilltop Farm complex, allowing the 3,000-member group to play without complying with 11 local ordinances. That changed in late February, when the township tried to enforce the law and impose penalties on West-Mont.
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September 24, 1987 | By Joe Ferry, Special to The Inquirer
The Warrington Soccer Club has asked the township Zoning Hearing Board for a special exception to permit construction of a private recreation area and club. At a meeting Monday night, John Devlin, a member of the soccer club's board of directors, outlined plans to build three playing fields and related facilities on 8 acres at Folly and Bradley Roads. The property is in a Planned Residential District. After hearing testimony and listening to complaints from residents of the area, the board voted to continue the matter until its next meeting, Nov. 16. Board member Sanford Oxman asked the soccer club to provide a more detailed drawing of plans for the site, as well as an agreement of sale for the property and the club's incorporation papers.
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August 31, 1989 | By Larry Borska, Special to The Inquirer
The Downingtown Spirit United Soccer Club captured two of 10 age-group championships at the club's third annual tournament last weekend. The 1978 A and 1979 A boys' teams both won titles in the tournament, which attracted 52 teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and Virginia. The teams were categorized by the years the players were born and by skill levels (A and B). The 1979 A team rolled through its bracket, getting a total of 18 goals from 11 different players over their four games.
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March 15, 1998 | By Susan Weidener, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Every day Angela Biesecker watched helplessly as her son Evan, 12, played video game after video game on the big-screen TV in the family's finished basement. "Evan is shy," said Biesecker in a matter-of-fact tone. "He wants friends but has no opportunity to be around other deaf children. So this is what he does every day. " Over the years, Biesecker's frustration mounted concerning her son, who is deaf and developmentally disabled. When he skates in front of his home, he does not hear cars coming and the neighbors get concerned.
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July 17, 1993 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
FC Delco isn't the only hot soccer club in Philadelphia. The United German- Hungarian Club in Oakford has a men's team in the National Open Challenge Cup finals today in Indianapolis. That means UGH, or the German-Hungarians (for some reason, they don't care for the acronym UGH) are playing for the honor of being the best men's club in the nation. Their opponent is a California team, CD Mexico. "I think our guys have proven there is good soccer here," said German- Hungarians coach Bill Wilkinson.
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July 19, 1992 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Willingboro Strikers girls' soccer club has continued to uphold its outstanding national reputation. Two years ago the group won the 16-and-under national title. Last year, competing in the 17-and-under division, the Strikers finished third in the national tournament. This season, the Strikers have qualified for the national semifinals during the 19-and-under championships to be held at the University of Richmond beginning Wednesday. The Strikers won five games in regional competition to earn the Region I title.
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December 29, 1996 | By Mary Beth Warner, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
For as long as most local soccer enthusiasts can remember, Okie field in West Deptford, or Cray's for you older folks, has been the place for boys and girls to practice their kicks, headers and fancy dribbling. But, like other soccer fields and peach orchards in the county, the field will metamorphose into the picture of suburban sprawl within about a year. It is being sold, and will be developed by 1998, possibly as homes. With the sale of the West Deptford field, where the youths played free of charge, Woodbury soccer club officials have been left wondering how to cram the 350 youngsters in the league onto their two other sites.
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October 1, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Two women were killed and 13 others were injured when a van carrying a soccer club from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., collided with two other vehicles on Interstate 75 in south Georgia, officials said yesterday. Sasja Odenyo, a former soccer player for Florida International University, and Theresa Wint, a former athletic trainer at FIU, died in the collision Sunday night involving the van, a car and U-Haul truck about 80 miles north of the Florida state line, the Georgia State Patrol said.
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March 15, 1998 | By Susan Weidener, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Every day Angela Biesecker watched helplessly as her son Evan, 12, played video game after video game on the big-screen TV in the family's finished basement. "Evan is shy," said Biesecker in a matter-of-fact tone. "He wants friends but has no opportunity to be around other deaf children. So this is what he does every day. " Over the years, Biesecker's frustration mounted concerning her son, who is deaf and developmentally disabled. When he skates in front of his home, he does not hear cars coming and the neighbors get concerned.
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June 1, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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July 26, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 21, 2014 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
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.
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January 27, 2013 | By Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post
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.
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June 12, 2012 | By Mensah M. Dean and Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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February 28, 2012 | By DREW McQUADE, Daily News Staff Writer
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?
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September 25, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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September 16, 2011 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 15, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 27, 2011 | Daily News Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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