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Brotherly Game 9 hours ago

In case of a strike...

We all hope that MLS and the players can come to an agreement and the season goes on. In case it doesn't, there's still soccer out there. We are down to the wire when it comes to the ongoing labor negotiations between Major League Soccer and the MLS Player's Union, and it's looking grim. What little information that's been leaked suggests that the sides are still far apart on a resolution, and it's seeming less and less likely that the season will start on time. So what's a Union fan to do? There are still domestic leagues to follow. Sure, MLS is the top-flight league here in the United...
Brotherly Game 13 hours ago

2015 Philadelphia Union Depth Chart - Defensive and Central Midfielders

We continue our look at the Philadelphia Union depth chart by taking a look at the central defensive midfielders and central midfielders. Central Defensive Midfielders 1) Maurice Edu It's a pretty easy case for Edu to be the to be the top central defensive midfielder (CDM) on the Philadelphia Union's roster. The Union's top-rated regular according to whoscored.com, Mo will most likely find himself the lone CDM in 2015, due to the departure of fellow CDM Amobi Okugo to Orlando City SC. Also with a new contract as a Designated Player, the only way Edu doesn't play is if he's injured,...
Brotherly Game 13 hours ago

Newcomers get numbers

Some pretty interesting ones here. The Philadelphia Union have made five acquisitions this off-season, and four of them have just been assigned their numbers. CJ Sapong wore number 17 during his time with Sporting Kansas City, and he's decided to get the same digits on the back of his Union kit. 17 isn't really the most desired number, but it seems to hold some sort of significance for Sapong, who has worn it since his rookie year. Steven Vitoria will don number 23 this season. Just trying to be Like Mike. Fernando Aristeguieta chose to put 18 on his back, taking a number usually worn by...
Brotherly Game 23 hours ago

CBA negotiations going down to the wire

Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Union met today, and there were varied reports about where the two sides stand as the season draws closer. Anyone who has followed recent labor disputes in professional sports will tell you that information about the negotiation process can go from good to bad to worse in the course of a few hours. Naturally, the negotiations between MLS and the MLS Players Union are no different. One has to be careful of the information coming out of these negotiations though, as much of it can be rhetoric or old news. However there were a few interesting tidbits...
Brotherly Game Mar 3, 2015

Philadelphia Union sign Raymond Lee, Eric Ayuk Mbu

Union add depth at defense and midfield. On Tuesday afternoon, the Philadelphia Union signed defender Raymond Lee and midfielder Eric Ayuk Mbu, with the terms of the deals not disclosed. The 21-year-old Lee has been training since the beginning of preseason with the team after being selected in the fourth round of the most recent MLS SuperDraft, going 71st overall. A four-year starter at Saint Louis where he was positioned primarily in the midfield, he will be listed as a defender for Jim Curtin's side. An 18-year-old midfielder from Cameroon, Mbu signed from Rainbow FC Bamenda, a club...
Brotherly Game Mar 3, 2015

John Hackworth invites two Union Academy players to U-15 camp

Goalkeeper Carlos dos Santos and midfielder Brenden Aaronson have been invited to a U.S. Under-15 camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Under-14 goalkeeper Carlos dos Santos and midfielder Brenden Aaronson have received invites from former Union coach John Hackworth in his new gig as United States Under-15 Boys' National Team head coach for a camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from March 7-15. Hackworth called up 35 players for the camp, 32 of whom are currently registered with Academy clubs and 17 who are affiliated with Major League Soccer Academy teams. LA Galaxy have the most players on the...
Brotherly Game Mar 3, 2015

Rayshaun McGann called up to U.S. Under-16s for Netherlands trip

U-14 defender Rayshaun McGann will join the U.S. Under-16 team for the second time this year on a trip to the Netherlands for the Netherlands International Tournament March 7-16. Under-14 defender Rayshaun McGann received his second youth international call-up of the year to join the United States Under-16 team on a trip to Rotterdam, Netherlands, for a March 7-16 trip to take part in the Netherlands International Tournament. McGann played with the U-16 team in the Aegean Cup in Turkey in January, starting and playing the full 80 minutes in the first of their three games in the tournament....
Brotherly Game Mar 3, 2015

2015 Philadelphia Union Depth Chart: Defenders

We continue our look at the Philadelphia Union depth chart by taking a look at the defenders. As a defender myself, in a family of defenders, building a team based on a strong defense is something that I would make me very happy. Jim Curtin has said that is how he wants to play, so let's have a look at the players he'll use to form that sturdy back line. Central Defenders: 1) Steven Vitoria. With Carlos Valdes stealing a lot of the talk preseason for all the wrong reasons, the Union had to replace the Colombian once a loan deal was finally agreed. They replaced him pretty quickly by signing...
Brotherly Game Mar 2, 2015

OFFICIAL: Philadelphia Union signs Dzenan Catic

The new Philadelphia Union striker was the 2014 NAIA Player of the Year and scored 63 goals in two years with Davenport (Michigan) University. The Philadelphia Union came one step closer to finalizing their Opening Day roster, signing their first pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft on Monday. The 22 year old Bosnian forward won the NAIA Player of the Year award in 2014 with Davenport University in Michigan, scoring 39 goals and contributing 11 assists in last season alone. Since Catic had played professionally with German club FC Kaiserslautern, he was ineligible to play in an NCAA school -...
Brotherly Game Mar 2, 2015

OFFICIAL: Berry loaned to South Korean side FC Anyang

Get ready to say 안녕 to Korea! The Philadelphia Union officially announced that defender Austin Berry was loaned to FC Anyang, which plays in South Korea's second division K League Challenge. In a very brief press release, the Union said that the loan was "for the 2015 season" and that "per club and league policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed." Berry has been in the press for all the wrong reasons lately. Rankled by not getting playing time, Berry lashed out at Union manager Jim Curtin and technical director Chris Albright in a recent article for lack of playing time,...
Brotherly Game Mar 2, 2015

2015 Philadelphia Union Depth Chart: Goalkeepers

Keeper. Goalie. Netminder. Last line of defense. First line of offense. Whatever you call the guys who go against everything we are taught in life and put their bodies in front of fast moving objects, here is a look at those wearing the orange in net for the Union in 2015. Despite the jokes about how many goalkeepers the Union were planning to play at one time over the last 6 months or so, the Union went into the offseason with a log jam at the "#1" position, but are entering the opening weekend with a clear picture of who holds each role in the staff. Here is what to expect in...
Brotherly Game Mar 2, 2015

Let's give Fernando Aristeguieta a nickname

It's been too long. Before Fernando Aristeguieta even joined the team in Florida, Union Twitter was clamoring for a nickname for the club's new Venezuelan striker. Aristeguieta is of Basque heritage, as his last name indicates. People from the Basque Country, which is located in Northern Spain, are known for having very distinct surnames. Guerricaechevarria, Magunagoikoetxea, and Oyangurengoitia are examples of last names held by those from the region. As you can see, they can be a bit of a mouthful. Union fans have not expressed any interest in pronouncing or typing his name, which has...
Brotherly Game Mar 1, 2015

Union hoist IMG Suncoast Pro Classic Trophy

#WeWantTheIMGSuncoastProClassicTrophy The Match After a four-match stretch where the Union went up against the Costa Rican U-23 national team, some semi-pro nobodies, and two professional soccer teams, they have been crowned the champions of preseason soccer in Bradenton, Florida. The Union took on the Red Bulls on Saturday night, after marching through the group stage with relative ease. Of course, two of the teams they faced were hardly MLS quality, but they did manage to pull out a victory against a talented Columbus side. Jim Curtin trotted out a strong starting XI, lining them up in a...
Brotherly Game Feb 28, 2015

How to watch: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls

Sure, it's preseason. But there's a chance to defeat the Red Bulls and hoist the club's first trophy tonight. The Philadelphia Union's preseason ends tonight. Win or lose, the time in sunny Florida is just about up. All that's left to do for the club is the beat the Red Bulls and bring home a trophy. Sure, it's just a preseason trophy. It's not the MLS Cup nor the US Open Cup. It's not even the I-95 Cup. But it's something more than the club has right now at the first team level (the club did win the 2012 Generation adidas Cup, but that's an Under 17 tournament). And it's against the Red...
Brotherly Game Feb 28, 2015

Fury release schedule for 2015 Spring Season

The Philadelphia Fury released the schedule for the upcoming Spring Season. The team will return to Tom Brown Field at Washington Township. Philadelphia Fury Spring Schedule 2015 (Home team listed first) April 4th Western Mass Pioneers Vs Philadelphia Fury 7:30pm April 11th Icon Vs Philadelphia Fury 7:00pm April 18th Philadelphia Fury Vs Evergreen Diplomats 7:00pm April 26th AC Crusaders Vs Philadelphia Fury 6:00pm May 2nd Philadelphia Fury Vs Rhode Island 7:00pm May 9th Philadelphia Fury Vs Icon 7:00pm May 16th Mass United Vs Philadelphia Fury 7:00pm May 23rd Evergreen Diplomats Vs...
Brotherly Game Feb 28, 2015

MLS Fantasy: Philadelphia Union rundown

Join the Brotherly Game's fantasy league! The code is 356-1349. The MLS season is about a week away, but MLS Fantasy has been up and running for a while now. We're gonna tell you which Union players you need to have on your team, and which you should avoid at all costs. Goalkeepers Rais M'Bolhi ($5.5) - In fantasy terms, M'Bolhi was below average in his four games with the Union last year, but it'd be unfair to base expectations on such a small sample size. This year, he'll be playing behind a consistent back four, unlike the constantly changing unit of the 2014 season. Having had months to...
Brotherly Game Feb 26, 2015

Union Need Continuity to Succeed in MLS

The rotating door of coaches and players has harmed the Union over the past six seasons and they need to find consistency to truly succeed For the past six seasons the Union have sat somewhere between a pretty good soccer team and an absolute hot mess. Exciting and memorable moments have been intertwined with mismanagement and a perceived lack of direction. This inconsistency reaches from the front office down to the on-field product and must be drastically reduced, and eventually eliminated for the Union to truly succeed in MLS. Continuity is something that needs to happen starting with...
Massive Report Feb 25, 2015

Rain, Rain, Go Away: Columbus Crew SC Fall to Philadelphia Union in IMG Suncoast Pro Classic

After being down at the half, Crew SC equalize but fall to the Union in penalty kicks. It was a miserable day in Bradenton, Fl. that any Columbus Crew SC fan back home would have taken over the cold temperatures and snow in central Ohio. The weather fit the mood of Crew SC fans as they watched their team struggled and lose in penalty kicks against their second MLS side of the preseason. The Black and Gold came into the contest having won three games over inferior opponents, but had a hard time breaking down the Philadelphia Union. The match began brightly and it appeared Columbus took the...
Massive Report Feb 25, 2015

How to watch Columbus Crew SC vs. Philadelphia Union online, TV schedule, live stream and more

Crew SC take on the Union in the final group match of the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic. It's still only preseason for Columbus Crew SC, but the Black and Gold are getting close to the start of the regular season. After beginning the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic with two straight wins - 7-0 over London United and 2-0 the Costa Rican U-23s - Columbus now gets an MLS opponent in the Philadelphia Union. Head coach Gregg Berhalter will likely roll out several of his starters, as he did in the last match, in order to make sure they are prepared for the start of the MLS regular season on March 7. A win...
Massive Report Feb 25, 2015

Columbus Crew SC Face the Philadelphia Union in Final Group Match of the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic

A spot in the championship game of the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic is on the line in this preseason contest. Alright gang, it's time to get serious. That is what Columbus Crew SC head coach Gregg Berhalter is likely telling his team ahead of today's preseason match with the Philadelphia Union. Well not really serious, but things are certainly ramping up for the Black and Gold as they continue in the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic tournament in Bradenton, Fl. In Saturday's contest with the Costa Rica U-23s - a 2-0 win for Columbus - Berhalter played what is likely to be very close to his first...

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