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Reports from Union loss in H-burg, USA draw, more

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Philadelphia Union

Check out the live chat that was beamed direct from Hershey Park Stadium by PSP’s Eli Pearlman-Storch for a minute-by-minute account of the Union’s 3-2 loss to Harrisburg City Islanders in Tuesday night’s friendly. You can also read his match report. Look for a photo essay later today.

The match marked the debut of Jorge Perlaza, who scored the Union’s first goal.

More match reports from the Union website, the Patriot News, the Carlisle Sentinel, Lebanon Daily News, Philadelphia Daily News, Philly Soccer News and the Brotherly Game.

The inimitable BarbCV has some video clips from the game, including Kai Herdling’s free kick goal.

Peter Nowak said after the game, ““We didn’t play up to our standards tonight. [Harrisburg] appeared to want the game more than we did. It doesn’t matter who you are playing. It is still soccer and you have to want to play the game.

City Islanders coach Bill Becher said, “It was a good team effort tonight. I think some of the guys (J.T. Noone and Morgan Langley) had a point to prove tonight. They have been at the Union team level and want to get back, but I am sure they wanted to prove a point to the Union bosses.”

The team’s will next meet in US Open Cup play on June 26 at PPL Park. Former Union draftee Tom Brandt, now with the City Islanders, said, “It’s going to be a tough challenge (next time). They’re a good squad, an MLS team with a lot of good players, and it’s at their park. It will be a good environment to play in. We got to get through our league games first, our eyes are on them right now. But when the time comes, we’ll be ready to play.”

John Hackworth said about the affiliates meeting in the US Open Cup, “I think we’re both feeling that it’s unfortunate that we’re meeting in the quarterfinals. We wish US Soccer would have maybe looked at that affiliation a little more closely and not put us in the bracket where we could have played each other. But at the end of the day, you’ve got to beat everybody to get to the trophy, so it is what it is.”

Here’s a reminder that Brian Carroll will be doing Soccer Storytime at the Aston Public Library on Friday from 3:30pm-4:30pm.

Don’t forget to vote Union!


Chris Albright was on hand for a ceremony honoring Starfinder Foundation participants who are graduating from high school. For the fifth year in a row all of the foundations participating seniors are graduating and all of the Class of 2012 will be attending college.


Montreal Impact designated player Marco Di Vaio has returned to Italy for questioning in connection to the ongoing match fixing scandal.



Clint Dempsey scored in the 40th minute but the US had to settle for a 1-1 road draw after Marco Pappa equalized for Guatemala in the 83rd minute.

Jurgen Klinsmann said after the game, “Obviously, with the lead one-nil, you want to win it, you want to bring the three points home. We came for three points but I think at the end of the day, the tie, based on all the chances on both sides, is OK.” Does that sound nasty enough to you?

Goal.com says the US accomplished the bare minimum with the draw.

Player ratings from the New York Times, Soccer America and MLSsoccer.com.

The US will be happier knowing Antigua and Barbudas held Jamaica to a scoreless draw.


Some 123 people were arrested as running street fights marred the 1-1 draw between Poland and Russia on Tuesday in Euro 2012 group play. Later reports put the number of arrests at 184 with some 24 people injured.

Poland’s Interior minister has called for severe sanctions for those found guilty of participating in the violence.

In today’s continuing group play, its Denmark vs. Portugal at noon, followed by Netherlands vs. Germany at 2:45pm (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3, ESPN Radio).


  1. Press conference at 2!

    Nowak will not be there!

    PLEASE let this be it!!!!!!!

  2. So…he’s out…but again…why now?

    Cuz we lost to Harrisburg yest? I don’t understand why the team had to be gutted for this bozo to end up getting the boot anyway.

    • I suspect management didn’t know he applied for Hearts. Play on the field doesn’t seem to matter to them.

  3. wow carlos ruiz was pretty impressive in thosehighlights

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