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“We didn’t deserve anything”: Reaction to Union’s loss, results wrap, more

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Philadelphia Union

In the new post Vincent Nogueira era, and without CJ Sapong who was out with an ankle injury, the Union put in a tepid first half display before making a game of things in the second half in Saturday’s game against NYCFC. It was a losing effort.

Apologizing to fans for the Union’s poor performance in Saturday’s loss to NYCFC, Jim Curtin said ‘we didn’t deserve anything today,” adding, “Overall, on the day, as a team, our decision making collectively, we just weren’t ourselves and I just told the group, before the game, what’s gotten us here is strong goalkeeping, team defense, and being good on restarts. I think we get an F for that tonight.”

Curtin took responsibility for his team’s loss: “I didn’t have them ready to play, that’s on me.”

Fortunately, the team does not have long to dwell on their poor performance as they host Chicago Fire on Wednesday.

Recaps and reports at PSP (recap, postgame quotes), Philadelphia Union (recap, notes), Philly.com (recap, reportDelco Times, Philly Soccer News (recap, report), Brotherly Game (recap, analysis), Vavel, MLSsoccer.com (recap, Union, NYCFC), NYCFC, New York Daily News, New York PostNewsday, Big Apple Soccer, (recap, report, report, report, report), Empire of SoccerMetro Soccer Nation, ESNY, NY Sports Day, Hudson River Blue, Skyscraper BluesESPN, Fox SoccerFox Sports, Sports Journal, SBI, The GuardianThe 42MetroPlaying for 90, and the AP. USA Today has a photo gallery.

With the loss, the Union drop two spots to No. 4 in ESPN’s power rankings: “The Union can be forgiven for an uneven performance in New York, both because of the narrow playing conditions at Yankee Stadium and the sudden loss of Vincent Nogueira.”

MLSsoccer.com on how the Union missed Vincent Nogueira — and CJ Sapong — in the loss to NYCFC. Philly Voice, Union Tally, MLSsoccer.comSection 215, Pattison Ave, and Philly Sports Nation consider the Union’s options in filling the hole left by Nogueira’s departure.

Section 215 on Roland Alberg’s importance now that Vincent Nogueira is gone. Also at Section 215, on the Union’s resiliency.

The Union Foundation’s Cocktails and Cleats fundraising gala will take place on November 10.

Former Union man Corben Bone is fitting in nicely at FC Cincinnati.

Bethlehem Steel

Bethlehem (17 points, 4-4-5), tenth place in the Eastern Conference took an early lead from a Seku Conneh goal in the 19th minute but had to settle for a 1-1 draw in rainy North Carolina against ninth place Wilmington Hammerheads (17 points, 4-4-5) on Friday. The team resumes its series of road games on Friday against DC United affiliate Richmond Kickers. Recaps of the Wilmington draw at PSP, Bethlehem Steel FC, Unauthorized Bethlehem Steel FC Blog, Philly Soccer News, Brotherly Game, USLsoccer.comWilmington Hammerheads, and Star News.

Philadelphia Union Academy

The Union Academy teams are in Texas this week for postseason US Soccer Development Academy play. The Union U-13/14s face Sockers FC of Illinois today in Frisco at 4:30 pm. The U-15/16s face their counterparts from Real Salt Lake on Wednesday at 5 pm, with the U-17/18s facing Connecticut’s Beachside FC the same day at 7:30 pm. More at Philadelphia Union and Brotherly Game.

Harrisburg City Islanders

Eleventh place in the Eastern Conference Harrisburg (13 points, 4-9-1) lost 1-0 on the road from an 82nd minute penalty kick on Saturday to fourth place Charleston Battery (24 points, 7-4-3). City Islanders now begin a two-game home series at FNB Field, hosting FC Montreal on Tuesday at 7 pm, and Charlotte Independence on Friday, also at 7 pm. Recaps of the loss to Charleston at USLsoccer.com, Philly Soccer NewsCharleston Battery, The Post and CourierDirty South Soccer,

PDL

It was a winning weekend in area PDL action. First place in the Mid-Atlantic Division Reading United (16 points, 5-1-1) defeated fifth place Jersey Express on Saturday, 2-1. Recaps at Reading United and Reading Eagle. Also on Saturday, third place Ocean city Nor’easters (12 points, 4-3-0) defeated sixth place Evergreen FC, 3-1. Recaps at Ocean City Nor’easters and Press of Atlantic City. On Sunday, last place Lehigh Valley United (7 points, 2-5-1) defeated Jersey Express (9 points, 3-5-0), 1-0.

MLS

In the Eastern Conference, first place Philadelphia (23 points, 6-4-5) lost 3-2 on the road to third place NYCFC (21 points, 5-5-6). Second place NYRB (22 points, 7-7-1) defeated Seattle, 2-0. Fourth place Montreal (20 points, 5-4-5) drew 0-0 on the road with ninth place Columbus (15 points, 3-5-6). Fifth place Toronto (19 points, 5-5-4) defeated LAG, 1-0. Sixth place New England (19 points, 4-4-7) defeated Vancouver 2-1 on the road. Seventh place DC (17 points, 4-6-5) drew 0-0 on the road with Houston. Eighth place Orlando (17 points, 3-3-8) drew 2-2 with San Jose, with former Union man Shea Salinas scoring the stoppage time equalizer for the Earthquakes. Last place Chicago (11 points, 2-6-5) lost 2-1 on the road to Colorado.

In the Western Conference, first place Colorado (31 points, 9-2-4) defeated Chicago, 2-1. Second place Dallas (28 points, 8-5-4) lost 2-0 on the road to fourth place Kansas City (6-8-3). At the very least, it should’ve been a 2-1 loss. Third place Salt Lake (24 points, 7-4-3) drew 2-2 with eighth place Portland (20 points, 5-6-5). Fifth place Vancouver lost 2-1 to New England. Sixth place LAG (21 points, 5-3-6) lost 1-0 on the road to Toronto. Seventh place San Jose (21 points, 5-4-6) drew 2-2 on the road to Orlando. Ninth place Seattle (16 points, 5-8-1) lost 2-0 on the road to NYRB. It was Sig Schmid’s 500th MLS game as head coach. Last place Houston (14 points, 3-7-5) drew 0-0 with DC.

Well done, Orlando City,

New York Red Bulls have given head coach Jesse Marsch a contract extension.

Miami Herald reports, “David Beckham hopes to land the parent company of the All Aboard Florida rail and real estate portfolio as his partner in a new soccer stadium in Overtown, with talks under way to have the private equity firm help bankroll the 25,000-seat venue about six city blocks from the planned train depot in downtown Miami.”

NWSL

First place Chicago (18 points, 5-1-3) defeated last place Boston (4 points, 1-7-1), 3-0. Second place Portland (17 points, 4-0-5) defeated fourth place Western New York (15 points, 5-4-0), 2-0. Third place Washington (17 points, 5-1-2) defeated fifth place Orlando (12 points, 4-5-0), 2-0. Sixth place Seattle (12 points, 3-3-3) drew 0-0 with seventh place Sky Blue (10 points, 2-3-4). Eighth place Kansas City (9 points, 2-4-3) defeated ninth place Houston (seven points, 2-5-1), 1-0.

US

The US appealed the cards awarded to Jermaine Jones and Bobby Wood during last week’s quarterfinal win over Ecuador in the Copa America. The appeals were denied.

So, what will the starting US lineup look like with no Jones, Wood, or Alejandro Bedoya, who will also miss the semifinal due to yellow card accumulation? Speculation at ESPN, SI, Washington Post, CBS Houston, and the AP.

Jurgen Klinsmann said of facing Argentina: “We are not scared of them at all. We admire their players. This is now a special moment. I told the players yesterday before we started training, ‘This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity now.’ You got into the semifinal, you made yourself proud but now go for more.”

Michael Bradley said, “We know [Argentina is] a very good team with a lot of very good players, but we don’t want to make this out to be mission impossible. It’s 90 minutes. It’s a semifinal. It’s a chance to get into a final and at the end of the day, whoever’s sharper, whoever has more guys play well, whoever has more guys who can compete at a high level and understand the moment, that’s typically what team is going to have a better chance to win.”

Argentina head coach Gerardo Martino said of the US, “As I always say, any team that gets to this stage in a tournament, like the U.S., they get there because of their own merit. They had a very difficult group, and they even lost the first game, but they recovered. It’s true that for this game they have three suspended players but nevertheless the fact they have got this far and the fact that they are the home team means that they are a rival we have to be very careful with. They’re a top rival, and just like Venezuela they can complicate things for us. We have to try not to offer things up to them. We offered Venezuela a little window of opportunity.”

Yahoo Sports says the US ‘ success in the tournament comes down to confidence. More at Fox Soccer and MLSsoccer.com.

At US Soccer, the story of the rainbow-colored captain’s armband Michael Bradley wore in the quarterfinal win over Ecuador to honor the victims of the mass killing in Orlando. By the way, Grant Wahl tweeted on Friday, “US Soccer spokesperson: We have received no notification of any sanction for Bradley’s rainbow armband, but if there is we’d happily pay it.”

Elsewhere

After the USA-Argentina Copa America Centenario semifinal on Tuesday in Houston, Colombia and Chile will meet in the other semifinal on Wednesday in Chicago. Colombia prevailed in penalty kicks over Peru in Friday’s quarterfinal after a scoreless 90 minutes of play in regulation time. Chile absolutely humiliated Mexico with a 7-0 win on Saturday.

Soccer America has the attendance numbers for all of the Copa America games that have been played so far: “The four Copa Centenario quarterfinal matches averaged 64,062 fans, pushing the tournament average to 44,565 fans a game after 28 games. The lowest crowd for the quarterfinals was 47,332 for USA-Ecuador in Seattle.” The Guardian on how attendance ought to have been higher.

Croatia has been charged by UEFA after fans threw flares and fireworks on the pitch during the team’s Euro 2016 match against Czech Republic on Friday. Vice Sports reports, “A leading Croatian supporters’ group has promised further disruption to Euro 2016, calling for ‘structural changes in the Croatian Football Federation and the departure of leading people within the organisation.'”

Other countries charged by UEFA following unruly fan behavior include Albania, Romania, Hungary, Belgium, and Portugal.

9 Comments

  1. Andy Muenz says:

    Correction to the Copa America quarterfinals. Colombia beat Peru on PK’s (4-2), not Venezuela (who lost to Argentina 4-1).

    • Ed Farnsworth says:

      Thank you. With the Copa America and Euros, the US Open Cup, and now the resumption of MLS play, I’ve watched so much soccer over the past few weeks I’m surprised I didn’t write that Colombia defeated Slovakia. It’s all just become a big blur (not that I’m complaining).

  2. el Pachyderm says:

    I’ve got a bad feeling~~~~ this manager needs to show some resourcefulness and imagination in problem solving otherwise this season is Curtins.

    • OneManWolfpack says:

      Agreed… and well done on the pun 🙂
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      Curtain just used his ONE mulligan in my book. Anything less than 3 points this Wednesday against a beatable team AT HOME… and we have problems.

  3. US Soccer twitter took a jab at Mexico’s embarrassing loss:
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    U.S. SoccerVerified account
    ‏@ussoccer
    We’re proud to represent @CONCACAF in the #CopaAmerica semifinals.

  4. OneManWolfpack says:

    Only 47 and change in Seattle… hmm, we had 51 + here in Philly for the Paraguay game. Maybe the QF is here next time? Just saying…

    • Andy Muenz says:

      Saturday vs. Thursday? On the other hand, Philly is drawing from a MUCH bigger market, especially for a Saturday game. Not just from Philly but anywhere from Boston down to Richmond can come to Philly whereas Seattle is pretty much Seattle and Portland in the same distance.

      • OneManWolfpack says:

        QF vs 3rd (possibly meaningless) game of a group stage. Some tickets were probably purchased after the game became important, so I would like to see what it was prior. I see both your points though…

      • Roger Allaway says:

        Saturday vs. Thursday does make a difference. And Philadelphia’s geographical advantages over Seattle do make a difference. And I was disappointed with the attendance at the Paraguay game here as well as the Ecuador game there. However, Philadelphia hasn’t been promoted as the home of the country’s greatest soccer fans. All those empty seats in Soccer City, USA didn’t look good.

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