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WPS and magicJack: Points off the table
Hope Solo was apparently surprised, judging by her Twitter output today. Others really weren’t. WPS laid down the hammer today on magicJack, deducting a point for continued noncompliance with league rules. And as Jenna Pel and Jeff Kassouf tell it, this is merely the latest step in a weeks-long escalation from warning to fine to loss of draft picks to loss of a point. 

An Open Letter to SEPTA Planning " Unholy Union – The fan blog for Phi. Union
I am a season ticket holder for the Philadelphia Union. I also travel SEPTA on a regular basis, as I live in, and work in the city – being a non-licensed driver aside. I have been lucky enough to be able to find fans of the team who drive to join me in attending games at PPL Park to be able to attend on a regular basis. The reason why I am writing is this...

A Midweek Septa Saga " Union City Blue
My fellow bloggers over at http://unholyunion.wordpress.com recently posted some interesting information about a closed Septa train station at Lamokin, about a...

Will the real Carlos Ruiz please stand up? | Philadelphia Daily News | 05/13/2011
FULL DISCLOSURE: I like Carlos Ruiz. Both of them actually, but in this case, I'm referring to the soccer variety who plays forward for the Union.

I Think You’re Mistaken….. " Unholy Union – The fan blog for Phi. Union
I opened up the Metro, which I read during the train ride portion of my daily commute.  The sports section is where I begin my reading, and I came across this article:

The Philly Soccer Page " Match preview: Union at FC Dallas
The Union need to break out of this traveling funk. Strong performances in the friendly confines of PPL Park have kept the Union near the top of the Eastern Conference. Poor showings at Portland and LA threaten to become a pattern when Philadelphia travels to mid-table Dallas (4-3-2) on Saturday.

 The Philly Soccer Page " Player ratings and analysis: Union 1-1 Galaxy

For the first 25 minutes of the second half, Mwanga announced himself with a relentless physical pounding of the LA defense. After 45 minutes chasing Le Toux and using a baby monitor on Carlos Ruiz, the Galaxy back four were wholly unprepared for Mwanga’s commitment to using strength and skill to drive into the final third.

Scouting Report: FC Dallas Unbeaten Since Losing MVP Ferreira | Philadelphia Union

Coming off a trip to the MLS Cup Final in 2010, FC Dallas entered 2011 as a prime contender in the Western Conference. But Schellas Hyndman's side sta...

Union keeper Mondragon listed as probable | Philadelphia Inquirer | 05/13/2011

After being examined on Thursday for a strained groin, Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon is listed as probable for Saturday's game at FC Dallas.

Union's unexplosive offense due to lack of chemistry | Philadelphia Inquirer | 05/13/2011

Sometimes a team can be blinded by fool's gold, a possibility the Union have to consider. Their record is 4-2-2, better than many anticipated for this second-year Major League Soccer franchise. But the Union must make much improvement if they expect to compete in the postseason.

The Philly Soccer Page " Stat chat: Union v Galaxy

Carlos Ruiz said in the lead up to Wednesday night’s draw with LA that he was tired of hearing questions about the sputtering Union offense. Wednesday night, he said, the offense would make a statement that it had improved.

Rank and File: Union vs. Los Angeles Galaxy | The Goalkeeper | 05/13/2011

Here's how you rated the Union's performance in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Los Angeles at PPL Park.

Faryd Mondragon Chant | Section133 : The IllegitimateS

For years kids around the world have heard legends about dragons. The kids in PPL Park have been telling legends about a new kind of Dragon. This Dragon doesn’t breathe fire or fly. This Dragon keeps clean sheets.