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Brotherly Game Jul 26, 2014
Report: Philadelphia Union Sign Algerian Goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi

Report: Philadelphia Union Sign Algerian Goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi

A report out of France suggests Algeria's World Cup starting goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi is set to join the Union's already crowded staple of keepers. The Philadelphia Union are already crowded at goalkeeper. They have an established MLS starter in MacMath, a #1 overall pick who many feel is better than MacMath, and there is Union academy product Zack Steffen whose career trajectory could take him as far as the USMNT. The Union have needs, goalkeeper is the absolute last area of needs, and they should be looking to upgrade other areas in this transfer window, namely central defense. So...
Brotherly Game Jul 26, 2014
Philadelphia Union vs. Crystal Palace Match Review

Philadelphia Union vs. Crystal Palace Match Review

While the match wasn't televised, if you look up "uninspired bore draw" on YouTube you'll probably find this match (only kidding). Friday night lights and a Premier League team at PPL Park on a beautiful evening. What could have better? Frankly, most anything. The match itself was an uninspired run-out. There were some positives - it was good seeing Andre Blake in goal, we got a good look at newest signing Brian Brown, and umm... well that's about it. This match was everything that those that hate friendlies complain about. The atmosphere in the stadium was as flat as the play on the pitch....
Brotherly Game Jul 25, 2014

Philadelphia Union Ring of Honor

The Brotherly Game staff was polled to see who would be inducted into a Ring of Honor. A lot of different teams (especially NFL teams) have a Ring of Honor, where players are enshrined (usually in a ring around the stadium) for their achievements with that specified club. Those achievements are often as players, but can also be with the front office, or the community at large. As the Union's fifth season continues, we thought it would be a fun idea to kick around regarding who would be inducted into a Union Ring of Honor. Some ground rules were set. First, only players were considered for...
Brotherly Game Jul 25, 2014
Union to play the Eagles in a game of football !

Union to play the Eagles in a game of football !

International Friendly, Friday July 25th at 7:00 PM P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } Unfortunately this will not be a cross-code game against the Philadelphia Eagles - although it would be fun to see some of those big fat linemen trying to run for longer than six seconds - the birds in question are Crystal Palace from the English Premier League, nicknamed 'The Eagles'. The Union kick off at 7:00 PM on Friday, July 25th in an 'International Friendly' against a Palace side that surprised many by finishing 11th last year in their first season back in the Premier League. Much of their success...
Brotherly Game Jul 24, 2014
The Brotherly Game Mailbag - Volume One

The Brotherly Game Mailbag - Volume One

Have a question? Email eugene@nasmg.com and we'll answer questions in a weekly column. Ever have a question about soccer or the Union but didn't want to ask for whatever reason? Well fear not. Send me your questions via email and once a week I'll answer a question here in the column. We'll only use first names and last initials, and your email address will remain confidential. This week, reader Mike M. sent the following email: On a spectrum from casual fan to die hard season ticket holder Son of Ben, I'd say I fall somewhere right in the middle when it comes to Union fandom (sp?) I go to...
Brotherly Game Jul 24, 2014

HOT TOPIC QUESTION OF THE WEEK: To handball, or not to handball?

The official in the Union’s match against Chicago forgot what arms look like and made several horrible decisions regarding handballs (or not handballs). After a spectacularly satisfying 3-1 victory over the horribly supported New York Red Bulls, the Union traveled to the city of Chicago and completely forgot what they did in the midweek by playing a John Hackworth style game. I am perhaps being a bit unfair here, as the Union looked like a side that was playing their third game in eight days - and by a bit of horrifying referee work the Union scrapped away with five points from three...
Brotherly Game Jul 24, 2014

Ten reasons the Union offense is the hottest in MLS

Through the Union’s first 11 matches they scored less than 1 goal per game. And over the course of their last ten they are scoring more than the Seattle Sounders. What happened? Here are 10 reasons the Union have become one of the hottest offenses in the league. I'm sure if you think back hard enough you'll remember how bad the Union offense was this season. It was so bad writers were counting the minutes between goals. During one stretch the Union took 55 straight shots without scoring. It was bleak. And then everything changed. The Union have averaged 2.3 goals per game over their last...
Brotherly Game Jul 23, 2014

The DoopCast Two Part Catch-up

Catch-up episodes take you all the way to the Red Bulls game. We are getting close to being all caught up.  Part one takes a look at the Open Cup run and league games up to and including the 3-3 draw with Colorado.  Part two focuses on the truly marvelous 3-1 victory over those nasty Red Bulls.  Next week we will run the rule over Chicago and Crystal Palace to finally get back on a more regular schedule. It has been quite a run since the departure of Hack, who now has more time to focus on his burgeoning wake boarding career.  Every time a struggling coach is removed there always seems...
Brotherly Game Jul 23, 2014

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Philadelphia Union; Match Days 22 and 23

Two more games down in the 2014 season and Interim Manager Curtin continues a slow, but steady climb back into the playoff picture. A win against Red Bull and a late equalizing pk against Chicago gave the Union 4 more points and a handle full more talking points. The Good: Bend, but don't break Dropped points against the Colorado Rapids and questionable red cards had the Union on the edge of collapse. Not in the position to be able to throw away points it seemed like the 2 points dropped against Colorado would be followed by more as both central midfielders would miss time. That isn't how...
Brotherly Game Jul 23, 2014

Carlos Valdés breaks silence with radio interview

Colombian center back breaks his silence with an interview on Argentine radio, says "either MLS, San Lorenzo, or my agent is lying." The latest twist in the Carlos Valdés saga came yesterday when the Colombian defender broke his silence on Argentine radio. In an interview with AM 950 Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Valdés reaffirmed that he had not been paid in six months, saying that "either MLS, San Lorenzo, or my agent is lying" about payments. This marks the first time Valdés  had brought his agency into the line of fire. It wasn't clear whether he was referring to Efraín Pachón, who is...
Brotherly Game Jul 23, 2014

Philadelphia Fury holds trial day

The American Soccer League's Philadelphia Fury held a trial day to scout talent for their inaugural season. The Philadelphia Fury held a tryout on Saturday July 19, to look for the final pieces to complete their roster. The trial was part of an eventful day that featured players that are already signed to the team and players who came from all over the northeast looking for a chance to impress team officials before the start of the team's inaugural season in the American Soccer League. The tryouts were held at the Total Turf Complex in Pitman, New Jersey that was split into two sessions -...
Brotherly Game Jul 23, 2014

OFFICIAL: Zach Pfeffer added to MLS Homegrown Roster

The Union's first Homegrown Player, Pfeffer has been with the Union since the age of 15. Attacking midfielder Zach Pfeffer has been added to the league's 20-man roster that will take part in MLS's inaugural Homegrown Player Game, sponsored by Chipotle (and the approval of my taste buds).  The HGPs will take on Portland Timbers U23s on Monday, August 4th at 10 PM Eastern.  Pfeffer will be the lone Union representative during MLS All-Star Weekend. In a statement released by the Union, the 19 year old Dresher, PA relished the opportunity, "I'm very excited and honored to be selected as...
Brotherly Game Jul 22, 2014

Are the Philadelphia Union a finalist for DeMarcus Beasley?

Well here's a rumor sure to get the attention of Union fans who support the USMNT. Transfer season is silly season and silly season can be fun season. For many, it is a chance to speculate and dream away about their favorite players joining their favorite club. For the Philadelphia Union, a team of many needs especially on their back line and along the left wing (sorry Danny Cruz), it is natural for them to be linked to a versatile player like Beasley who can play both left back and left wing. Which brings us to the United States' World Cup starting left back, DaMarcus Beasley. Beasley, who...
Brotherly Game Jul 22, 2014

Mid-season friendly (aka who is that guy?) - and why you should care.

Mid-season friendlies are always a good way to see the guys who don't get on the pitch and what they bring to the table. It's time for the Union's annual mid-season friendly against a mildly interesting European team. This year's role of "cash-grabbing, out-of-form European carpetbaggers" goes to Crystal Palace, who as someone who admittedly doesn't follow the Premier League all that closely, is a team I neither know anything about nor am interested in learning about. So why do I care? One reason - Union bench players. This is the annual try-out for the guys who trained well enough to...
Brotherly Game Jul 21, 2014

The DoopCast Lost Episode - Vancouver / Hack is Sacked

2014 Season - Episode 12 covers Union 3 - 3 Whitecaps and the departure of John Hackworth. We thought that the original recording was lost forever to a corrupt file but after a lot of work it has arisen like a phoenix from the flames.  You will have to take a trip in a TARDIS and go back in time to the land that time forgot, also known as 'before the World Cup', and consider the Vancouver game from June 7th and the 'breaking news' that Hackworth had been fired.  In fact, why don't you take a quick look at the highlights from the Vancouver match to refresh your memory. Remember all that...
Brotherly Game Jul 21, 2014

Monday Morning Game-Changers hits the spot

Every week we "Monday Morning Manage" every game with our fellow Union faithful. What could have been done better? What were the missed opportunities? Did that sub really need to happen? We bring all the talking points to you each week right here. With yet another week of three games in eight days, it is an extra long edition of game changers. We'll talk about the Union's 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire, but first, let's talk about the exciting mid-week win that was the Union's 3-1 victory against New York Red Bulls at PPL Park. 1) New York fielding an inexperienced back 4. Earlier this...
Brotherly Game Jul 20, 2014

When you're hot you're hot, you really shoot your shot: Chicago Fire 1-1 Philadelphia Union

A last minute penalty saved the Union from disappointment as Le Toux's shot stole the Union a point in Toyota Park. Playing their third game in eight days, the Philadelphia Union played like it Saturday night at Toyota Park. But thanks to a controversial late penalty call, the Union managed a 1-1 draw in a crucial road match that all things considered will have them sleeping well at night. When the Union released their starting XI it was clear from the outset they were going to miss Cristian Maidana. Vincent Nogueira is an incredibly talented player, but he is not the same player as Maidana...
Brotherly Game Jul 19, 2014
Game thread: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

Game thread: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

The Philadelphia Union travel to Bridgeview in an attempt to put out the Fire in a critical Eastern Conference match. UNION GAME #21 VS Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL July 19, 2014 8:30 PM ET CSN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas Know Thy Enemy: Hot Time In Old Town Starting XI Quincy Amarikwa, Mike Magee Forward Sebastien Le Toux, Conor Casey Alex, Jeff Larentowicz, Matt Watson, Harrison Shipp Midfield Danny Cruz, Amobi Okugo, Michael Lahoud, Vincent Nogueira Lovel Palmer, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Bakary Soumare, Gonzalo Segares Defense Ray Gaddis, Ethan...
Brotherly Game Jul 19, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: FutbolMLS.com reports Carlos Valdes will return to the Philadelphia Union "next week"

An article by FutbolMLS.com confirms the Colombian center back will be headed back to Philadelphia next week to resume playing with the Union. FutbolMLS.com - mlssoccer.com's Spanish-language site - is reporting that Carlos Valdes will return to the Philadelphia Union "next week to start his second stint in the American League (MLS)." The article says Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin told the site that "Having said he will not continue with San Lorenzo, he has an obligation to report to the Philadelphia Union. The future is quite clear." The article talks about the twitter spat with...
Brotherly Game Jul 19, 2014

Opposite View: Three questions with Hot Time In Old Town

This week we sit down with Sean Spence from Hot Time In Old Town, SBN's Chicago Fire blog and talk about one of the teams with whom we are battling for a spot in the playoffs. tBG) The Chicago Fire on paper are a solid team, with players like Sean Johnson, Bakary Soumare, and Mike Magee. However they sit 4 points out of a playoff sport at the moment. Why? HTIOT) It's been a difficult year for the Fire, primarily because the team is in rebuild mode but doesn't want to admit it. Also, with the exception of Johnson, the guys you mentioned have not had stellar seasons to date - Soumare seems to...

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