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Ever consider being a ref?

The Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer Association is offering classes for new referees. Costs range from $60 to $100. Courses are available right now and throughout the spring. For info on how to sign up, check out this link.

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The Casa Soccer League’s playoffs are set, and this Saturday’s matches at Philadelphia Soccer Club will finally settle Casa’s longest, wettest season ever.

In the Primera Division, the Allstars snuck into the playoffs with a 1-0 win over Penn United on Saturday, thanks to a first half goal by George Owura Brew. The two teams were essentially in a win-or-go-home scenario, and the Allstars sent Penn home after what had been a brilliant season for Penn, marked by their surprise rise to Primera and then this year’s solid showing in the top division.

The Allstars needed some help though, because KS Cracovia could have surpassed them with a win Saturday over defending champion Deportivo Arsenal. Unfortunately, Arsenal didn’t cooperate, as Declan Gomley netted twice to lead them to a 3-1 win over Cracovia.

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EPSA Cup champs

 

Phoenix SC scored in overtime Sunday to defeat United German Hungarians 2-1 and claim the EPSA Open Cup. 

Kamara Freebolle and Jack Pocorobba both netted for Phoenix, which now lays claim to the title of best amateur soccer team in eastern Pennsylvania. Tim O’Neill scored UGH’s lone goal. 

The two teams played despite an afternoon downpour in 40-degree weather that slicked the field in Plymouth Meeting. (They were originally scheduled to play Dec. 6, but that was postponed due to snow.) That may have driven away some fans, but it didn’t drive away the two storied local soccer clubs that were competing for the right to move on into the U.S. Open Cup qualifiers. 

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The Eastern Pennsylvania Open Cup final between Phoenix SC and United German Hungarians has been rescheduled for this Sunday in Plymouth Meeting.

The winner moves on to advance to qualifiers in the U.S. Open Cup, the nation’s most prestigious knockout tournament, which was won this year by Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders.

Sunday’s game starts at 2 p.m. at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School on Germantown Pike, which is easily accessible from the Interstate highways that run through the area. Click here for a map and directions. (If you have no car, I’m told the #27 SEPTA bus stops within a half mile from the field.)

UGH and Phoenix were originally scheduled to play last week, but the weekend snowfall caused a cancellation. (For more on the match-up, click here.) These teams are among the best amateur teams eastern Pennsylvania has to offer, so it’s definitely a good way to spend two hours on a Sunday afternoon. Who knows? Maybe the winner can repeat a similar run last year by the Ocean City Barons, the PDL amateur team from New Jersey that went deep into the U.S. Open Cup before losing to eventual finalist D.C. United.

Thanks to Matt, one of our readers, for keeping us in the loop on this.

Posted via web from The Philly Soccer Page

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It first started during the unlikely run of the US in the Confederations Cup: was the victory over Spain the US team’s greatest victory since the 1-0 victory over England in the 1950 World Cup hosted by Brazil? If the US had beaten Brazil in the Confederations Cup final, would that have been the greatest victory? With last week’s World Cup draw, it started again: England v the USA in the 1950 World Cup, one of the greatest upsets in the history of the game – could it happen again in June?

It’s no insult to wonder if most American soccer fans know anything about the match – the game happened nearly 6 decades ago and most Americans  knew nothing about it then. Sure, a book called The Game of Their Lives: The Untold Story of the World Cup’s Biggest Upset came out in 1996. And a rather saccharine film “from the creators of Rudy and Hoosiers”, based on the book and variously titled The Game of Their Lives or The Miracle Match came out in 2005 to limited theatrical release and then on DVD. But even if you know something of the match, did you know that the two Philadelphia-based players on the team were instrumental in creating the winning goal?

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Real Optimus shut out Philadelphia Athletic 3-0 on Saturday to win the regular season title in the Casa Soccer League’s second division. Leland Raum scored two goals, and Nick Jennings added another to earn Real Optimus promotion to Casa’s Primera division next spring.

Real Optimus came into the match sitting in second place, needing some help from Cannons FC, who were set to play then-division leader Philly United. Cannons FC answered by knocking off Philly United 3-1 to clinch second place in the final standings.

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The Casa Soccer League plays its last round of regular season games this week (weather permitting), with playoff and promotion spots on the line.

In the league’s top division, five teams are vying for the final two playoff spots, with West Philly FC and Deportivo Arsenal already having clinched postseason berths. The Penn United vs. Allstars match at 12:40 p.m. will likely determine one of those spots. Penn can clinch a playoff spot with a win, while the Allstars need a win – a draw won’t do – to keep their longshot hopes alive. If Philly Soccer Firm and KS Cracovia can upset the division’s top two teams, at least one of them will be playing come postseason time. (View schedule and standings.)

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