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PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: Andre Blake #1 of the Philadelphia Union makes a diving save in the first half of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup Final against Sporting Kansas City on September 30, 2015 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.

It took winning in penalties, but the Philadelphia Union have survived to last another round in the Leagues Cup. It was not pretty. They had to overcome 3 yellow cards, 2 offsides calls, and getting outshot. But thanks to some strong goaltending by Andre Balke, and some clutch shooting in penalties, the Union are moving to the round of 16. There they will face the New York Red Bulls, who beat NYFC last night 1-0.

The best news for them? They get to host yet another game. Anyone who has followed the Union for the past few years knows that can make all the difference. Over the past 4 seasons in MLS play, they have lost just 4 games at Subaru Park, not counting the playoffs. They are undefeated thus far in the Leagues Cup at home too. There are home-field advantages, and then there is what the Union have when they play in Chester. Compile that with the Red Bulls’ struggles all season long when they play outside the confines of Red Bulls Arena, and it’s a match made for success for the Philadelphia Union.

Thus far, The Red Bulls have gotten to play all 3 Leagues Cup games at home. But now they have to travel for the first time. And the Red Bulls have won just 1 game on the road in MLS play all season long.

That game will be played on Monday Night. And if they do get past the Red Bulls, they would await the winner of Queretaro vs New England Revolution. If you are rooting for another home game, Quertaro would be the more ideal opponent. Any game between two MLS teams will be hosted by whichever team has teh better regular season record, and the Revolution currently have 3 more points in the standings than the Union does.

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5 Things You Need To Know: USA Women's FIFA World Cup

The Women’s FIFA World Cup is just hours away from kickoff. In anticipation of the 2023 games, we will highlight five things you need to know about the USA Women’s FIFA World Cup team.

Although we’ll get underway in New Zealand, this is the first time two countries will serve as the host nations. Australia is the other. Four cities and stadiums will be the site of the games in New Zealand. Furthermore, five cities and six stadiums will be used in Australia.

The opening ceremonies are planned to take place at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand prior to the first game between New Zealand vs. Norway. This is a 50,000 capacity stadium. “The ceremony will feature mind-blowing, electrifying performances showcasing the cultural diversity and heritage of New Zealand and Australia,” states.

This year’s World Cup will feature 32 different nations. This is eight more than previous tournaments. In addition, eight nations will be making their FIFA World Cup debut.


The USA Women’s FIFA World Cup team has been placed in Group E. This includes Vietnam, Portugal, and the Netherlands. In total, there are eight different groupings. USA’s group is aligned to New Zealand for the first round of play.

To date, the USA Women have won four World Cup titles. They are the defending champions, beating the Netherlands during the 2019 tournament in France. Before that the USA Women’s team also won the World Cup in 2015, 1999 (the Brandi Chastain winning penalty kick year) and 1991.

Although the USA is ranked #1, they are considered a young team. NPR explained that “Nine players on this year’s U.S. roster were part of the 2019 champion team. This includes Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz.” Five players remain from the 2015 team.

Excitement is surely mounting. Team USA has now been in New Zealand for a week. In anticipation of their defending title run, here are five additional things you need to know about the USA Women’s FIFA World Cup team.

  • New Uniforms

    Back in April, new uniforms were debuted by Nike. USA will wear white when they are the home team, and blue when they are the away team. Nike crafted this uniform using innovative techniques emphasizing player comfort and staying cool.


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  • A Massachusetts Player Is On The Roster

    #22 Kristie Mewis was born in Weymouth, and grew up in Hanson. She graduated from Whitman-Hanson Regional High School where she was a three-time All-American midfielder. Unfortunately, Samantha Mewis (Kristie’s sister) is not on this year’s World Cup team due to a knee injury she is currently recovering from.


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  • This Is Megan Rapinoe's Last World Cup

    Rapinoe recently announced her retirement. Therefore, this will be her last World Cup experience. #15, this legendary midfielder/winger is the oldest member of the team at 38 years old. The youngest player is Alyssa Thompson, an 18-year-old forward. She is sporting an iced-blue hair color look for 2023 Cup.


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  • Equal Pay Bill

    The United States women’s soccer team has had a  long battle to be paid as much as the men’s team. “The Equal Pay for Team USA Act, passed late Wednesday, will require all athletes representing the United States in global competition to receive equal pay and benefits in their sport, regardless of gender,” ESPN reported back in December.

    USA pose for a photo during the New Zealand Football Ferns official FIFA Women's World Cup.

    USA pose for a photo during the New Zealand Football Ferns official FIFA Women’s World Cup. Photo by: Phil Walter/Getty Images

  • Alex Morgan and Lindsey Horan are the captains.

    There are 23 members of the team. This also includes Dennis Rodman’s daughter, #20 Trinity Rodman. The USA Women’s Team will play their first game on July 21 (9PM EDT). It will be vs. Vietnam and played in Auckland, New Zealand.


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