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Brotherly Game 10 hours ago

What will the Union midfield look like without Barnetta in 2017?

With Tranquillo Barnetta going back to Switzerland next season, someone will have to step into his role. It’s never too early to plan ahead, and with the announced departure of Tranquillo Barnetta at the end of this season, I wanted to take a look at some options the Union had in the midfield in 2017. Now obviously a lot will change between now and then - a player may be selected during the Expansion Draft, someone may be put on waivers, the Union may sign someone either from MLS or abroad. But looking just at what they have right now may provide us a glimpse of what we can expect next...
Brotherly Game 11 hours ago

Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 1 - TFC 1

Poetry Corner Kicks looks at the positives. The Philadelphia Union earned a tough point on the road against Toronto FC. Given the circumstances, it’s a result that I’ll take. I’m sure the Union are glad to hear that. That said, there wasn’t a lot to write home about here other than a superb goal by Alejandro Bedoya. There was of course another goal for TFC that tied the game and some controversy surrounding some non-calls by the referee du-jour. But let’s focus on the positives, namely that scrumptious goal from Bedoya. In honor of that goal, let’s do a sonnet to sing its...
Brotherly Game 12 hours ago

Philadelphia Union Academy teams go 3-1 against Baltimore Armour

The U18, U16, and U13 teams all picked up wins on the road over the weekend Josue Monge scored twice in the second half to lead the Union U18 team back into the win column on the road Saturday in Ellicot City, Maryland. Coming off a 7-2 loss at New York Red Bulls last week, the U18 defense and goalkeeper Tomas Romero shut down Baltimore Armour for the team’s third shut out of the season. The clean sheet was the first for the 15-year-old Romero in his first start for the U18 team. He had one clean sheet for the U16 team last year in three starts. Monge’s goals came in the 69th and 78th...
Brotherly Game 13 hours ago

Tranquillo Barnetta heading back to Switzerland in 2017

The Philadelphia Union midfielder will return to his native St. Gallen after the Union’s season is finished The Philadelphia Union announced this morning via press release that midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta will return to St. Gallen at the conclusion of the 2016 season. This puts to rest weeks of speculation around the midfielder’s future with the Union. Barnetta started his professional career with St. Gallen in the Swiss Super League in 2002 before moving to the German Bundesliga and eventually MLS with the Union. He was also capped 75 times by his native Switzerland, with his last...
Brotherly Game 15 hours ago

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/27/16

FIFA 17 releases today! Way to steal the links' thunder. Philadelphia Union News I'm Alejandro Bedoya, and I approve this Alejandro Bedoya goal Alejandro Bedoya scored an awesome goal, and he wants you to know about it. He also wants you to vote for him for MLS Goal of the Week. Bedoya chats with ESPN FCSpeaking of him, Alejandro Bedoya sat down with ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno to reveal how he ended up in Philadelphia. Brian Carroll named to Team of the Week honors Brian Carroll made the MLS Team of the Week 18 man squad. MLS News MLS commissioner to visit CincinnatiDon Garber's upcoming...
Brotherly Game Sep 26, 2016

I'm Alejandro Bedoya, and I approve this Alejandro Bedoya goal

Alejandro Bedoya scored an awesome goal, and he wants you to know about it. Everyone who saw Alejandro Bedoya’s goal against Toronto FC on Saturday knows it’s a quality strike. I know it. You know it. Your cousin in the flyover state who saw it on your Twitter feed knows it. Everyone. Even Alejandro Bedoya. Alejandro Bedoya knows how awesome it is, and when you have something as awesome as that goal, you have to share it with the world right? Alejandro Bedoya posted the video of his goal on Alejandro Bedoya’s Facebook page (I would have posted it too if I had scored it), which has...
Brotherly Game Sep 26, 2016

Recap: Bethlehem Steel FC finish season with loss to Orlando City B

The kids got some serious minutes and looked good doing it though Bethlehem Steel FC ended the season with a 2-0 loss to Orlando City B who try as they might haven’t managed to miss out on the playoffs this year. Speaking of the year as a whole, Steel head coach Brendan Burke said that failing to capitalize on their scoring chances was the story of Steel FC’s year, at least as far as results go. Today wasn’t any different. Bethlehem came out strong, rifling off 13 shots in the first half, with the best effort coming off the foot of Leo Fernandes, who saw his 37th minute curling ball...
Brotherly Game Sep 26, 2016

Game Changers: Games of luck and skill

The Philadelphia Union were lucky to come away from their match with Toronto FC with a point. They were also unlucky to come away with just a point. 1.) Back to front - Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin went with a brand new look against Toronto FC, putting Alejandro Bedoya at the 10 for the injured Tranquillo Barnetta and used a double-pivot central defensive midfielder combination of Warren Creavalle and Brian Carroll behind Bedoya. Normally we’d have expected Bedoya to remain in the 8, Creavalle or Carroll in the 6, and Roland Alberg in the 10 so this was a look that I’m sure...
Brotherly Game Sep 26, 2016

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/26/16

Another week, some more links. Philadelphia Union News Seeing Red Again: Toronto FC 1-1 Philadelphia Union In case you missed it here's our recap from Saturday's game. HIGHLIGHTS: Union vs. Toronto FC Here are the highlights from the game. Daniel Royer puts New York Red Bulls top of the East Union face rival New York Red Bulls this weekend, let's see how NYRB did in their last game. MLS News LA Galaxy blown out by Seattle Sounders Jordan Morris scores a brace as LA are stunned at home MLS Saturday Review: Red Bulls, Toronto into play-offs And here's all the results from Saturday. The...
Brotherly Game Sep 25, 2016

Yosef Samuel signs pro contract with Bethlehem Steel FC

The Philadelphia Union Academy grad made his debut for Steel FC on Sunday Philadelphia Union Academy grad Yosef Samuel made his Bethlehem Steel FC debut on Sunday afternoon as the club’s latest signing. Samuel, 19, subbed into the match in the 62nd minute against Orlando City B. Steel FC lost 2-0. The Atlanta native spent two seasons with the Union U18 team after joining the Academy from Gwinnet Soccer Association in 2014. He scored 10 goals in 37 appearances and 26 starts. He’s been called up twice this season to the United States Men’s National Team U20s, most recently for a...
Brotherly Game Sep 25, 2016

Villanova wins it late; Penn routs Drexel

Freshman Jacob Anderson scored in the 86th minute to give the Wildcats their first Big East win; Alec Neumann’s first-half hat trick led the Quakers to a derby win Freshman Jacob Anderson’s second goal of the game in the 86th minute off a free kick from Miguel Polley lifted Villanova to their first Big East win of the season on Saturday night at Marquette. The Wildcats (4-3-1) went down in the 51st minute on a Patrick Seagrist goal, but it was Anderson responding with the equalizer in the 62nd minute off a cross from Polley that set up the dramatic finish that snapped the Golden Eagles...
Brotherly Game Sep 25, 2016

Preview: Bethlehem Steel FC vs. Orlando City B

With playoffs out of the picture, Bethlehem can end the season on a positive note with a win. Match: Bethlehem Steel FC v. Orlando City B Date: Sunday, September 25th 3:00pm EST Venue: Goodman Stadium Officials: REF- Rafal Siudjik AR1- Dustin Killick AR2- Terrance Mull 4th- Wojciech Gluszak Stream: All time record vs OCB: 0-0-1 Bethlehem Steel FC played the first match in the USL regular season against FC Montreal on Friday, March 25th. Exactly six months later to the day Bethlehem get to end the USL regular season by playing Orlando City B. The lion cubs are still (by the time of writing...
Brotherly Game Sep 24, 2016

Seeing Red Again: Toronto FC 1-1 Philadelphia Union

A dominant first half by the Union could not translate to more than one goal, and Toronto capitalized in the second half. The Philadelphia Union entered BMO Field underdogs on the road against the best team in the Eastern Conference. And while they did not pick up the victory they may have been able to given their first half performance, they still escaped Toronto with a point off a 1-1 draw and that remains one more point than many expected heading into the match. The Union controlled the 1st half of the match from the start and while they were not able to score in the opening minutes,...
Brotherly Game Sep 24, 2016

Player rating survey: Philadelphia Union at Toronto FC September 24th, 2016

Rate the player performances in the 1-1 draw at Toronto. The Union let more points slip away, but it's a point they'll definitely take. The Union held on to a 1-1 score in Toronto as Toronto dominated possession, but managed just two shots on frame. It was a rare solid defensive performance from the Union that desperately needed one against a dangerous team. Alejandro Bedoya opened his MLS account with a beautiful chip goal over the leap of Clint Irwin, but Toronto equalized when back Justin Morrow sliced home a shot from a difficult angle. So how did the Union players individually perform...
Brotherly Game Sep 24, 2016

GAME THREAD: Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union

The Union’s road trip continues as they head to Canada to face the best team in the East. The Philadelphia Union haven’t won in their last three, and are in dire need of points if they’re going to improve upon their fourth place standing in the Eastern Conference. They are chasing Toronto FC, who thanks to a New York City FC victory last night slipped to second place in the east. These two teams will face off in Toronto, and a lot is at stake in the Eastern Conference race. Including today’s game, the Union have five games left to make up seven points on NYCFC. Toronto on the other...
Brotherly Game Sep 24, 2016

Match 30 story stream: Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union

Everything you need to know about the Philadelphia Union's match with Toronto FC, from previews to reviews and analysis. Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC Date: Saturday, September 24th Time: 5:00 PM EDT Venue: BMO Field (Toronto, Canada) Officials: REF: Chris Penso, AR1: Mike Rottersman, AR2: Adam Garner, 4TH: Daniel Radford Television: The Comcast Network, TSN2, DirecTV 471 Streaming: MLS Live The Union travel to first place Toronto FC, looking to turn their latest fortunes around and cement their spot in the playoffs. The Union are winless in their last three matches, and just four...
Brotherly Game Sep 24, 2016

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/24/16

Weekend's here, the links are here, the Union game is soon. Philadelphia Union News Match Preview: Philadelphia Union at Toronto FC Here's our preview of the game. Three questions with Waking The RedWe spoke with James Grossi of Waking The Red, SB Nation’s Toronto FC blog, about the upcoming match between TFC and the Union. Previewing the enemy: Philadelphia Union, meeting the second And we stopped by for a chat with Waking The Red. MLS News MLS Week 29 preview, TV scheduleD.C. United hosts Orlando City in a critical matchup for the Eastern Conference playoff race Saturday, while...
Brotherly Game Sep 23, 2016

Three questions with Waking The Red

We spoke with James Grossi of Waking The Red, SB Nation’s Toronto FC blog, about the upcoming match between TFC and the Union. Brotherly Game) It seems like the injury bug has hit Toronto FC hard over the last little bit, however since they've lost only once in their last ten it also hasn't slowed them down at all. Can you talk about the replacements for the injured Sebastian Giovinco, Clint Irwin, etc. and how they've been able to keep things running smoothly. James Grossi, Waking The Red) Indeed, the injury bug that has bitten in Toronto would have laid a lesser team low. But the fact...
Brotherly Game Sep 23, 2016

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union at Toronto FC

The Union travel to Toronto to play East leading Toronto FC. Will this be the game they turn it around? Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC Date: Saturday, September 24th Time: 5:00 PM EDT Venue: BMO Field (Toronto, Canada) Officials: REF: Chris Penso, AR1: Mike Rottersman, AR2: Adam Garner, 4TH: Daniel Radford Television: The Comcast Network, TSN2, DirecTV 471 Streaming: MLS Live The Union travel to first place Toronto FC looking to turn their latest fortunes around and cement their spot in the playoffs. The Union are winless in their last three matches and just four games removed...
Brotherly Game Sep 23, 2016

College soccer week five preview

The Army-Navy Cup at Talen Energy Stadium highlights a full slate of college games in week 5. Talen Energy Stadium will again host one of the greatest rivalries in all of college sports tonight with the fifth edition of the Army-Navy Cup. The Patriot League rivals enter the match with identical 2-3-1 records as they open conference play. Navy is 2-1-1 in previous Army-Navy Cup matches and leads the all-time series with a 40-28-14 record. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets are available here. Saturday will be a full day for teams from the region with Temple and Villanova both playing on...