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In the beginning: Shrovetide football
World Soccer History

In the beginning: Shrovetide football

The beginning of the Union’s 2011 season is just a few short days away. Here’s a look at a form of folk football, the beginning point of soccer, still being played in England today.

2011 Union roundtable, part 1
Featured / Union

2011 Union roundtable, part 1

The Union’s 2011 preseason has been filled with so many questions. As the season opener draws ever closer, the PSP has part one of a roundtable discussion about some of those questions.

Defense questions, more news
Daily news roundups / Featured

Defense questions, more news

Soccer America ranks Union defense 17th in the league; Soccer America says Valdes could make the Union playoff contenders – which is it, guys? Makeshift defense news. Ruiz has a lot to say. Are the Union a “darkhorse”? Wacky video blasts from the past and much more news.

Matchday 2011: What’s new?
Featured / Local

Matchday 2011: What’s new?

With the home opener less than two weeks away, the PSP asks the Union about what changes and improvements have been made that will affect the matchday experience in 2011. Among the topics covered are parking at PPL Park, the shuttle bus service, the new season ticket card and paper ticket scanners, as well as food and beverage offerings inside the park.

Le Toux MRI, MLS tonight, fajitas in Houston
Daily news roundups

Le Toux MRI, MLS tonight, fajitas in Houston

Le Toux to undergo MRI, MLS on ESPN tonight, fajita cookoff before Dynamo-Union match, and it’s Liverpool’s birthday!

Setting Le Toux free. (Photo: Nicolae Stoian)
Daily news roundups

Five freaking days to go!!!

More season previews. The Union trademark “Doop.” FSC in HD coming to Philly. Garber wants refs to “reward attacking soccer.” More news, including a crazy final in Australia.

Independence Matters
Featured / Independence

Independence Matters

A look at Independence news and notes, including Independence players at the Algarve Cup, coach Paul Riley’s new award, and the team’s group of new sponsors for the 2011 season

Eighth place?!?
Daily news roundups

Eighth place?!?

A poll of MLS players ranks PPL Park the eighth most intimidating stadium in the league. Eighth?!? Union take a few days off. Support ‘Stache Bash. Lousy losers. Your weekend Footy on the Telly listings and more morning news

They’re home!
Daily news roundups / Featured

They’re home!

The Union are finally home, and the PSP is as excited as a bunch of little girls at the Beatles concert at JFK in 1964. More season previews. Soccer haters, take that! MLS doops with new MLS Matchday app. Toronto FC wipes clean the Union’s indignity at losing to a USL side by losing twice to a USL side. Two Independence assists in USWNT Algarve Cup win, more news.

Do not make this man angry
Featured / Union

“It will be a fluid system”: Nowak talks tactics

In a conference call on Wednesday, Union manager Peter Nowak talked about keeping the team’s tactics fluid, what the young talent is showing in camp, and cutting the goals in half this year.