Player Signs with Union, Red-Carded Just Hours Later

New York Red Bulls defender Ronald Zubar (23) and midfielder Sal Zizzo (15) exchanges words with Philadelphia Union midfielder Ilsinho (24) as he gets called for a red card on New York Red Bulls defender Gideon Baah (3) during the first half at Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex.

New York Red Bulls defender Ronald Zubar (23) and midfielder Sal Zizzo (15) exchange words with Philadelphia Union midfielder Ilsinho (24) as he gets called for a red card on New York Red Bulls defender Gideon Baah (3) during the first half at Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex.

Yesterday afternoon, the Philadelphia Union announced it had signed Ilsinho to a two-year contract using “Targeted Allocation Money” (I am not making this term up). The Union splashed the signing on their website and Twitter, dubbing him a “Brazilian international” as a way to hype him up even though he’s only played in one game for the national team, in 2007. (The Union played its first game in 2010.)

That’s quibbling, though. Ilsinho, a 30-year-old midfielder, used to play for Ukranian club Shakhtar Donetsk. He appeared in 19 games for Shakhtar in the UEFA Champions League, the league with the highest level of soccer in the world. He even scored a goal in the UEFA Champions League against heavyweights FC Barcelona. There was much reason to be excited about the signing. Read more »

Carli Lloyd Wins FIFA Player of the Year Award in a Landslide

Carli Lloyd of the USA and Argentina's Lionel Messi pose with their trophies after winning the FIFA soccer player of the year 2015 prize during the FIFA Ballon d'Or awarding ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, January 11, 2016.

Carli Lloyd of the USA and Argentina’s Lionel Messi pose with their trophies after winning the FIFA soccer player of the year 2015 prize during the FIFA Ballon d’Or awarding ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, January 11, 2016.

FIFA announced today that Carli Lloyd was the winner of the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Award. The Delran, New Jersey, native took home the trophy with 35.28 percent of the votes.

Second place was Germany’s Célia Šašić with 12.6 percent of the vote, so Lloyd won in a landslide. The votes came from 136 national team coaches, 135 national team captains and 106 media representatives. Read more »

Seven Reasons to Watch the Union’s Open Cup Final Tomorrow Night

 

Aug 12, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Union fans celebrate forward Sebastien Le Toux (not pictured) goal against the Chicago Fire at PPL Park. The Union won 1-0.

Aug 12, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Union fans celebrate forward Sebastien Le Toux (not pictured) goal against the Chicago Fire at PPL Park. The Union won 1-0.

Pity poor soccer. While the rest of the world can’t get enough of it, America blithely continues to thumb its nose at the sport, choosing instead to worship baseball, football, basketball and even ice hockey. This is dumb. Soccer has so much to recommend it. And tomorrow night at Chester’s PPL Park, Philadelphia’s very own professional soccer team, the Union, will be competing in the finals of the Lamar Hunt Open Cup, one of the oldest soccer competitions in the world. The Open Cup is very democratic, because it’s open to amateur as well as pro teams, and also very Republican, as it’s named for the younger brother (and Hill School grad!) of the famed Hunt Brothers silver-hoarding tycoons.

But you don’t care about that. You likely don’t even care that to the immense joy of U.S. soccer fans, the final match of this year’s Cup competition will be televised on ESPN2, which was not at all assured right up until last Friday. (It’s the first time ESPN has televised the final game since 1999.) And while the Union aren’t normally a powerhouse team, they have performed extremely well in Open Cups; last year, they lost in overtime in the finals to Seattle, which is a powerhouse team. This year, they’re playing Sporting Kansas City.

So, why should you spend your Wednesday night cheering for the Union? Here are great seven reasons why. Read more »

Delran’s Carli Lloyd to Be on Sports Illustrated Cover

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Sports Illustrated is honoring the 2015 U.S. Women’s World Cup championship team in a way no other team has been honored before.

In an “unprecedented” move for the nationwide sports magazine, SI is giving all 24 members of the U.S. Women’s World Cup team — including coach Jill Ellis — each their own cover. A 25th cover features Delran’s Carli Lloyd in a group shot which also includes Julie Johnston, aka Zach Ertz’s squeeze. (See the covers here.)  Read more »

What They’re Saying About World Cup Star Carli Lloyd

Jul 5, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; United States midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) reacts after scoring a goal against Japan in the first half of the final of the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup at BC Place Stadium.

Jul 5, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; United States midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) reacts after scoring a goal against Japan in the first half of the final of the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup at BC Place Stadium.

After last night’s record-setting performance in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final against Japan — including the first-ever hat trick by a woman and second-ever in any World Cup Final — Delran native Carli Lloyd is getting a lot of play in the media, with articles, Tweets and videos showing wild support of her during her conquest for the Cup.

Even Wikipedia briefly listed Lloyd as President of the United States, instead of her usual position of midfielder for the U.S. Women’s National Team. If only for a fleeting moment, she might as well have been …

Here are some notable media hits pertaining to the area’s newest global superstar: Read more »

Carli Lloyd Scores Hat Trick in U.S. Win

United States' Carli Lloyd celebrates after scoring her third goal against Japan during the first half of the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sunday, July 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

United States’ Carli Lloyd celebrates after scoring her third goal against Japan during the first half of the FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sunday, July 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Carli Lloyd dominated the biggest stage in women’s soccer.

The Delran native scored a hat trick in the first 16 minutes of Sunday’s championship game against Japan, leading the United States Women’s National Team to its first FIFA Women’s World Cup title since 1999, five tournaments ago.

This newest championship is also the third for the U.S. women’s team, the most World Cup victories in the history of the women’s tournament. Read more »

Carli Lloyd, USA Beat Germany in World Cup Semifinal

United States midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) reacts after scoring against Germany on a penalty kick during the second half of the semifinals of the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup at Olympic Stadium. Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports

United States midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) reacts after scoring against Germany on a penalty kick during the second half of the semifinals of the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup at Olympic Stadium. Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports

Carli Lloyd, a native of Delran, New Jersey, is making her city, state and entire country proud.

The U.S. Women’s National Team is advancing to the FIFA Women’s World Cup championship match against either Japan or England, which play each other in tonight’s semifinal match, after defeating Germany 2-0 last night.

Lloyd scored the deciding goal on a penalty kick in the 69th minute of the match, just shortly after Germany’s own Celia Sasic missed her own chance on a penalty kick, sending it just left of the net. U.S. goalie Hope Solo has allowed one goal over the entire course of the tournament thus far, against Australia in the first game of the tournament.

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WATCH: That Time Air Bud Won The Women’s World Cup

Have you been feeling a little warmer recently? It’s not the temperature. You’re suffering from soccer fever, baby!

The Women’s World Cup is in full swing, and on Monday the United States defeated Australia, 3-1, in their first game. Tonight, the USA faces Sweden — expected to be the toughest test for the Americans in the group stage.

There aren’t many films about women’s soccer. Bend It Like Beckham is likely the best one. There’s also these two I’ve never seen. And then there’s Ladybugs, where Rodney Dangerfield cheats and puts a boy on the team.

Then there is the one where a dog wins the Women’s World Cup for the United States. Read more »

Five Things You Need to Know About the U.S. Women’s World Cup Team

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USA midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) and Korea midfielder Cho Sohyun (15) fight for the ball during the second half at Red Bull Arena on May 30th.

[UPDATE] The U.S. women won their opening match, 3-1. Their next match is Friday against Sweden.

[ORIGINAL] It’s that time of year again. Every other June marks the beginning of a FIFA World Cup tournament, whether it be men or women on the pitch. With the 2015 Women’s World Cup already underway, here are five things you need to know about the US women’s team going into the action: Read more »

Union Just Benched $400K Goalkeeper

Apr 5, 2015; Kansas City, KS, USA; Confetti falls as Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi (92) reacts after allowing the game winning goal to Sporting KC forward Krisztian Nemeth (not pictured) during the second half at Sporting Park. Sporting KC defeats Philadelphia Union 3-2

Apr 5, 2015; Kansas City, KS, USA; Confetti falls as Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi (92) reacts after allowing the game winning goal to Sporting KC forward Krisztian Nemeth (not pictured) during the second half at Sporting Park. Sporting KC defeats Philadelphia Union 3-2

Last summer, the Philadelphia Union made a big deal for a goalkeeper: The team spent $400,000 in transfer fees to sign Raïs M’Bolhi, a goalie who made a big splash at the 2014 World Cup. Thanks to M’Bolhi’s efforts, eventual champions Germany needed extra time to beat Algeria.

The Union signed M’Bolhi to a three-year deal. Now, having played just nine games for the Union, M’Bolhi has been benched. Coach Jim Curtin wouldn’t say if M’Bolhi would ever return to the club, but it didn’t sound like it from his comments at the press conference today. John McCarthy will be the Union’s new starter in net.  Read more »

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