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Philadelphia Union announce pre-academy program for U8-U11 age groups

Philadelphia Union announce pre-academy program for U8-U11 age groups

Program will launch in the fall at YSC Sports near King of Prussia The Philadelphia Union have announced a new pre-academy program for youth that will feed into the Philadelphia Union Academy. Known as the Philadelphia Union Juniors Pre-Academy, the program will launch this fall for players born in 2007 through 2010. “Now that we’re established and we have programs in place we feel it’s timely to look at the younger ones,” Academy Director Tommy Wilson said in a video on PhiladelphiaUnion.com. “If you look at best practice across the world, young players of that age are with...
Brotherly Game 7 hours ago
Josue Monge commits to University of South Florida

Josue Monge commits to University of South Florida

Philadelphia Union Academy and Bethlehem Steel FC midfielder announces college choice A promising playmaker in the Philadelphia Union system has verbally committed to play college soccer at the University of South Florida this fall. Josue Monge, of Philadelphia, announced his decision on social media on Wednesday. The 17-year-old started in the midfield for Bethlehem Steel FC in a friendly against local NPSL club Junior Lone Star FC on Wednesday. He made two appearances and played 19 minutes for Steel FC last season. He has three goals in 10 appearances for the U18 team this season, but...
Brotherly Game 9 hours ago
Claudio Ranieri sacked, MLS All-Stars against Real Madrid?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/24/17

Claudio Ranieri sacked, MLS All-Stars against Real Madrid?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/24/17

Weekend links are almost here. Philadelphia Union News Philadelphia Union sign Aaron Jones The former Tiger is ready to hit the ground running in 2017. Union launch innovative new program, "Union Juniors Pre-Academy" In the fall of 2017, Philadelphia Union will be launching an innovative new program for selected boys aged seven to ten. Union notes: Montreal highlights and reaction, mysterious bone spurs and danger on the breakThe Union conceded a 90th-minute equalizer in an entertaining 2-2 draw with the Montreal Impact on Wednesday night. MLS News MLS expects agreement to face Real...
Brotherly Game 23 hours ago
Philadelphia Union sign Aaron Jones

Philadelphia Union sign Aaron Jones

The former Auburn Tiger is ready to hit the ground running in 2017. Per a press release, the Philadelphia Union have officially signed 2017 MLS SuperDraft pick Aaron Jones. The defender now joins Marcus Epps as the second Union signing from this year’s draft. Jones played two years at Georgia State University before transferring to Clemson for the second half of his collegiate career. At Clemson he made 35 starts and caught the Union’s eye at the 33rd overall pick. In an interview with Kyle Kepner from Indomitable City Soccer, Jones said that he “has some stiff competition at the...
Brotherly Game Feb 23, 2017
Presser notes: Jim Curtin 2/23

Presser notes: Jim Curtin 2/23

Coach Curtin gives his weekly presser just ahead of the MLS regular season Philadelphia Union Head Coach Jim Curtin gave his usual weekly press conference as always presser questions are given by committee and I’ll try and denote who I can by name and outlet. Questions asked will be in bold Opening statement: Just to rewind back to last night, Montreal is a very strong opponent, in a lot of ways good for us. Similar to Vancouver that they’ve got a lot of speed down the field and can counter attack. Happy from the standpoint of the first 60 minutes in that we kept a clean sheet and...
Brotherly Game Feb 23, 2017
Bethlehem Steel top Junior Lone Star in first preseason match

Bethlehem Steel top Junior Lone Star in first preseason match

Santi Moar and Justin McMaster each had braces in the win Rookie Santi Moar and Philadelphia Union Academy forward Justin McMaster each chipped in a pair of goals and three others found the back of the net in Bethlehem Steel FC’s 7-0 win over Junior Lone Star FC in their first preseason friendly at YSC Sports Wednesday afternoon. Moar, who was drafted by the Philadelphia Union out of Division II Pfeiffer University and spent time training with the first team in Florida, opened the scoring in the 22nd minute on a hard liner from outside the 18 and doubled the lead eight minutes later...
Brotherly Game Feb 23, 2017
Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/23/2017

Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/23/2017

The links are back and better than ever. Philadelphia Union News Philadelphia Union 2017 Season PreviewOur own Jared Young crunches the numbers. Talking Tactics: Why the pieces are in place for a Union 3-5-2 Question: What's the best way to protect a deep-lying playmaker with defensive limitations? Bedoya, Medunjanin building chemistry for Union attackNot only did Medunjanin fill an immediate role, but he also made an immediate impact with the Union. MLS News The Montreal Impact acquire Argentine midfielder Adrián Arregui The Impact add more depth in midfield with Adrián Arregui. United...
Brotherly Game Feb 22, 2017
Philadelphia Union 2, Montreal Impact 2: Recap and player ratings

Philadelphia Union 2, Montreal Impact 2: Recap and player ratings

Goals by Ilson Jr. and CJ Sapong weren’t enough as Montreal equalized in stoppage time. A first half rocket by Ilson Jr. and a second half header by CJ Sapong was negated by a goal by Nick DePuy and a goal by Anthony Jackson-Hamel, and the Philadelphia Union and Montreal Impact finished with a 2-2 draw. The first half was starters against starters, with Montreal doing a wholesale change at the 45 minute mark while Jim Curtin elected to wait until the 63rd minute to switch out most of the Union’s regulars. By the time the match ended, it was mostly reserves and trialists and no first...
Brotherly Game Feb 22, 2017
Game thread: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact

Game thread: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact

Game Info Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Time: 7:00 PM Eastern, 4:00 PM Pacific, 12:00 AM UTC Venue: Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex (Clearwater, Fla.) Television: None Streaming: Philadelphia Union's YouTube Page All-time record: Montreal leads 5-3-5 (W-L-D) Know Thy Enemy: Mount Royal Soccer, a Montreal Impact community Starting XI Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Keegan Rosenberry, Oguchi Onyewu, Richie Marquez, Fabinho; Haris Medunjanin, Derrick Jones; Ilsinho, Alejandro Bedoya, Fabian Herbers; Jay Simpson Montreal Impact: Maxime Crepeau; Daniel Lovitz, Victor Cabrera,...
Brotherly Game Feb 22, 2017
2017 Preseason: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact story stream

2017 Preseason: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact story stream

The Union go from Tampa to Clearwater to face off against the Montreal Impact. Here is everything you need to know about the match, from previews and press conference to reviews and reactions. Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact Date: Wednesday February 22nd Time: 7:30 PM Eastern, 4:30 PM Pacific, 12:30 AM UTC Venue: Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex (Clearwater, Fla.) Television: None Streaming: Philadelphia Union's YouTube Page All-time record: Montreal leads 5-3-5 (W-L-D) What Montreal will look like: The Impact opened their Suncoast Invitational with a 4-2 win over D.C. United. Four...
Brotherly Game Feb 22, 2017
Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact

The Union are back in action against Montreal, facing the Impact in their penultimate preseason match. Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact Date: Wednesday February 22nd Time: 7:30 PM Eastern, 4:30 PM Pacific, 12:30 AM UTC Venue: Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex (Clearwater, Fla.) Television: None Streaming: Philadelphia Union's YouTube Page All-time record: Montreal leads 5-3-5 (W-L-D) What Montreal will look like: The Impact opened their Suncoast Invitational with a 4-2 win over D.C. United. Four different goalscorers powered Montreal to an impressive win on Saturday, and the...
Brotherly Game Feb 21, 2017
Presser notes: Haris Medunjanin

Presser notes: Haris Medunjanin

The Bosnia and Herzegovina native gives his first press conference for the Union. Haris Medunjanin gave his first press conference as a member of the Philadelphia Union earlier. Didn’t call in? No worries, we have you covered. Per the usual when I write these up, questions are in bold and were asked by committee. Answers will follow in plain typeface. Marisa Pilla (CSN): How has this training differed from training with the other clubs you have been a part of?I see the team is very professional. It’s nice to play with the guys and every day the training is different. Nice to be able to...
Brotherly Game Feb 21, 2017
Breaking Good: What a great Philadelphia Union season looks like

Breaking Good: What a great Philadelphia Union season looks like

If everything goes right, this is what the Union could look like this season. I am the staff geezer and the staff curmudgeon. These two facts, I believe, allow me to claim the title of staff realist but there would be a few ruffled feathers if I squawked that too loudly. Perhaps my colder approach was caused by decades of blind hope that I've carried into countless sports seasons. The results usually range from moderately satisfying to downright excruciating. Big wins, and joy, are rare. I finish counting the championship trophies my teams have lofted before I can say "and this little piggy...
Brotherly Game Feb 21, 2017
Former Union prospect Connor Maloney signs with Columbus Crew

Former Union prospect Connor Maloney signs with Columbus Crew

Maloney was the 49th overall pick in January’s SuperDraft Add Connor Maloney to the list of former Philadelphia Union youth to join Major League Soccer. The 21-year-old who starred for four years at Penn State was officially signed by Columbus Crew SC on Monday. “I’m very honored to have this opportunity and I’m definitely not going to take it for granted,” he said in a video on the Columbus Crew website. The Harrisburg native was drafted by the Crew with the fifth pick in the third round and the 49th overall selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft last month. Prior to college, he...
Brotherly Game Feb 20, 2017
Philadelphia Union U16s fall in final Generation adidas Cup qualifier

Philadelphia Union U16s fall in final Generation adidas Cup qualifier

D.C. United scored a late goal to win 3-2 A late goal from D.C. United ended the Philadelphia Union U16 team’s chances of advancing to the Championship division of the Generation adidas Cup on Monday. D.C. United took a 2-0 lead inside the first half hour off a counter from a corner kick and a turnover deep in the Union end. But the boys in blue responded to the early hole with a goal from Chad Letts in the 26th minute and an equalizer from Michael Pellegrino just before halftime. Pellegrino’s goal was set up by a short corner and cross from Seth Kuhn, which you can see in the video...
Brotherly Game Feb 18, 2017
Jones’s goal lifts Union over Rowdies

Jones’s goal lifts Union over Rowdies

The Union worked in 21 players in their first official preseason game. A second-half goal from Derrick Jones was all the Philadelphia Union needed to open up their Rowdies Suncoast Invitational campaign with a win. 21 Union players took part in the 1-0 victory over the host Tampa Bay Rowdies. Jones created the goal almost single-handedly, forcing a costly turnover from a Rowdy (a Rowdies player can be referred to as a Rowdy) in the midfield, then continuing up the field and dancing past goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald. In the 87th minute now, still 1-0 thanks to this beauty from Derrick...
Brotherly Game Feb 18, 2017
Philadelphia Union 1, Tampa Bay Rowdies 0: Recap and player ratings

Philadelphia Union 1, Tampa Bay Rowdies 0: Recap and player ratings

A Derrick Jones goal was enough to give the Union a 1-0 win at Al Lang Stadium. By preseason standards, it was a great game. The players all looked pretty fit, the Union scored a goal, and no one got hurt as the Philadelphia Union downed the Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0. After a rather uneventful first half, Derrick Jones got sprung on a great pass from Chris Pontius and faked out the goalkeeper to give the Union a goal in the 73rd minute. In the 87th minute now, still 1-0 thanks to this beauty from Derrick Jones. #DOOP pic.twitter.com/GfLVYx0pWp— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) February 19,...
Brotherly Game Feb 18, 2017
Game thread: Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Philadelphia Union

Game thread: Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Philadelphia Union

Game Info Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017 Time: 7:30 PM ET Place: Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg, FL Stream: Tampa Bay Rowdies YouTube (RowdiesOfficial) Know Thy Enemy: In lieu of an SB Nation blog, visit /r/TampaBayRowdies for Rowdies info/links/and the like. Starting XI Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Ray Gaddis, Jack Elliott, Richie Marquez, Fabinho; Haris Medunjanin, Derrick Jones; Fabian Herbers, Marcus Epps; C.J. Sapong Tampa Bay Rowdies: Matt Pickens; Darnell King, Tamika Mkandawire, Neill Collins, Luke Boden; Martin Vingaard, Michael Nanchoff; Darwin Jones, Joe Cole, Leo...
Brotherly Game Feb 18, 2017
2017 Preseason: Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Philadelphia Union story stream

2017 Preseason: Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Philadelphia Union story stream

The Union are finally back on the pitch. Here is everything you need to know going in, from previews and press conference to reviews and reactions. Game: Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Philadelphia Union Date: Saturday, February 18th Time: 7:30 PM Eastern, 4:30 PM Pacific (12:30 AM UTC) Venue: Al Lang Stadium (Saint Petersburg, Fla.) Television: None Streaming: Tampa Bay Rowdies YouTube Channel Finally. The offseason is over, and the preseason is about to begin in earnest as the Philadelphia Union are set to play in an actual friendly match tonight, and it feels so good to say that. The random...
Brotherly Game Feb 18, 2017
Philadelphia Union’s Depth in Defense

Philadelphia Union’s Depth in Defense

Here’s how I see Union’s order of preference in their back line When last the Philadelphia Union lined up, in their MLS Playoff match at BMO Field in Toronto, their back line consisted of Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Ken Tribbett, and Keegan Rosenberry. 2017 has brought changes to the roster and changes in health status, therefore changes on the depth chart. Two of these men are sure to be starters come March 5th (health issues notwithstanding, *knocks on wood*), but two of the spots will likely have a different starter than the last time the Union were in Canada. I’ll start with the...

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