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Philly Soccer Show: Counting Down to 2013 First Kick

(Sheanon Williams and Michael Farfan celebrate a 2012 goal.  Credit:  Abelimages/ Getty Images)

(Sheanon Williams and Michael Farfan celebrate a 2012 goal. Credit: Abelimages/ Getty Images)

(Eli Pearlman-Storch, left, and Greg Orlandini. Photo by Tom Rickert) Eli Pearlman-Storch & Greg Orlandini
Eli Pearlman-Storch, left, and Greg Orlandini are hosts of the...
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By Greg Orlandini

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –- It’s almost time for first kick for the Philadelphia Union, and the KYW Philly Soccer Show gets you ready!

On today’s show, co-hosts KYW’s Greg Orlandini and Philly Soccer Page writer Eli Pearlman-Storch talk over some of the issues facing the team.

With just one more preseason match against DC United in Florida, the team has gone through some changes.  Two highly touted prospects are no longer in the team’s camp, with defender Damani Richards being released and draft pick Stephen Okai currently training with the Seattle Sounders.

Richards could be in the team’s long-term plans, though, and may end up with the USL-affliate Harrisburg City Islanders.

Greg and Eli also look at what possible formations the team could use going into the season.  And the big question is where and how much midfielder Roger Torres will play.  The Colombian has had an excellent preseason after a brutal 2012 campaign marred by injury and reduced playing time.

Listen to the podcast (runs 32:58)…

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