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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Kaka of Real Madrid attends the launch of the new adidas Predator boot at the Truman Brewery on May 17, 2011 in London, England  (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Kaka of Real Madrid attends the launch of the new adidas Predator boot at the Truman Brewery on May 17, 2011 in London, England (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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The Philly Soccer Page " KYW Philly Soccer Show podcast: JP Dellacamera
The KYW Philly Soccer Show podcast is back with a great guest this week. KYW’s Greg Orlandini and Philly Soccer Page writer Adam Cann are joined by the TV voice of the Philadelphia Union, JP Dellacamera.

Union in negotiations to host Real Madrid | The Goalkeeper | 05/17/2011

The rumors you have heard are true: the Philadelphia Union are in negotiations to host Real Madrid this summer at Lincoln Financial Field as part of the MLS-sponsored World Football Challenge.

Touchlines – Not really getting you there " Unholy Union – The fan blog for Phi. Union

Word has it there are various reasons why SEPTA would not plan to rebuild Lamokin, or look into creating a closer, more viable and convenient station for commuters to PPL Park.  One of the reasons being cited: High crime rate.  I think that’s the point.

Seattle Sounders Should Not Hurt Selves To Help Philadelphia Union - Sounder At Heart

Philly can have their cash, but not at Seattle's expense

Report: Phil. Union might dump Sounders FC for Real Madrid | Seattle Times Newspaper

Read the comments.

 The Philly Soccer Page " Reading United news and notes

With the announcement of two high-profile exhibition matches, Reading United provided another example of its expanding national reputation. Reading is set to play the United States Under-17 National Team on May 22, followed by the New York Cosmo’s Under-23 team two months later. The Harrisburg City Islanders and Philadelphia Union are already scheduled to visit Exeter’s Don Thomas Stadium in the coming weeks.

The Philly Soccer Page " A United union

The partnership between the Philadelphia Union and Reading United AC, the PDL affiliate of the Union, is one that Union fans would do well to keep an eye on, as several of the players from last year’s roster are currently plying their trade in the MLS. Included in that list is current Union rookie Levi Houapeu. Reading United’s head coach, Brendan Burke, also serves as the Union Reserve Team coach and can frequently be spotted during pre-game warm-ups as well as on the bench at PPL Park.

FAN PROFILES – Chris Billig, A Texas SoB | Union Dues

I’m rarely in the mood for talking for people the day after a Philadelphia Union loss, so writing a piece for The Union Dues is especially rough after driving up to Frisco for what has been the worst loss of the season to date. But hey, maybe the experience will be therapeutic.

Report: AS Roma Wants Donovan. Badly | Major League Soccer Talk

Comment section is absolutely hilarious.

Union in talks to host Real Madrid at the Linc, sources say | Philadelphia Daily News | 05/18/2011

A year ago on Yahoo, "Bon Jourrr" posed the following question: "Do you think Philadelphia Union will ever play Real Madrid? The only game [Real] are playing this season (well, that I could find) is [against the Los Angeles] Galaxy, which is very far away from me, so I'll never be able to go."

Source: Union likely to host Real Madrid in July | Philadelphia Inquirer | 05/18/2011

All signs are pointing toward the Union's playing host to international soccer power Real Madrid this summer. A formal announcement could come later this week, but a soccer source indicated that the two are expected to meet July 23 at Lincoln Financial Field.

American Coach Finds Success in Guatemala -

ANTIGUA, Guatemala — A gem of a town nestled in the central Guatemalan highlands, Antigua attracts plenty of Americans. They come for all sorts of reasons — to see the ruins of this one-time Central American capital, to climb the picturesque volcanoes that surround the city, and to get a taste of a region known as the land of eternal spring.

Andrea Pirlo Says Goodbye To AC Milan -

May 18, 2011 - Andrea Pirlo, who spent ten years with AC Milan, said goodbye to the Italian club on Wednesday, realizing that he wasn't going to be signed to a contract extension, as Milan were only prepared to offer him a one-year deal. Pirlo missed four months of the season due to injury, and with the scudetto winning club eager to shift toward a slightly younger squad, it seems there is no longer a place for the 31 year old midfielder.

PBPP: Offense and Defense Both Struggle in Dallas | Philadelphia Union

For the first 25 minutes on Saturday, it looked like it might be a very good night for the Philadelphia Union. They were not just dominating the home...