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Brotherly Game 13 hours ago
MLS Bought A Record for Goals Scored - Is That A Good Thing?

MLS Bought A Record for Goals Scored - Is That A Good Thing?

A large investment in forwards paid off for Major League Soccer. More goals were scored this season than any other in MLS history. But are there too many goals now? In the 58th minute of the game between the New York Red Bulls and the Columbus Crew on October 19th, Midfielder Lloyd Sam blasted a shot off the arm of goalkeeper Steve Clark and into the net. The goal was the 900th of the MLS season, the first time MLS as a league had achieved that milestone. The regular season ended with 924 goals scored, which was 70 more or 8% higher than the previous high of 854 in 2012. Even when looking...
Brotherly Game 18 hours ago

You Be the GM: Should Maurice Edu Stay Or Go?

How the Union’s Front Office makes personnel decisions is a murky mess, so we thought the fans could fill what appears to be a major void. Over the course of the MLS playoffs we’ll look at all of the Union’s key players and decide who should stay and who should go. Who do fans most want to see stay? Who do fans most want to see go? We’ll tally it all up before the MLS Expansion Draft. The marquee acquisition last off-season was the loan that brought US National Maurice Edu into the Union family. Hopes were high that Edu's leadership qualities and physical, defensive mentality would...
Brotherly Game Oct 30, 2014

Top 100 Soccer Clubs in the United States and Canada - October 2014 Rankings

The latest rankings are completed through October 26th - the end of MLS regular season. With the MLS Regular Season in the bag, it's time to reassess the top 100 clubs in the United States and Canada. (For last month's rankings, see this article. For the methodology associated with these rankings, see this article.) The top two teams stay the same as last month, with the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy maintaining an ever slimming (albeit still rather large) lead. The Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake switched spots, moving to third and fourth respectively, and the fifth spot is still held...
Brotherly Game Oct 30, 2014

Philadelphia Fury vs Mass United recap

The Philadelphia Fury blow a two goal lead on the way to a 3-3 tie The Philadelphia Fury played Mass United FC  in American Soccer League action on Saturday. The game saw the two teams play a game that gave the crowd on attendance an entertaining night. Philadelphia opened the scoring in the tenth minute when Nic Kolarac flipped his shot pass the Mass keeper to open the scoring. A few minutes later Seydou Ba received a cross from Josh Challah and cleanly put it past the keeper to give the Fury a 2-0 lead. Mass United tied the game with two quick goals of their own. Lasannah Sanha...
Brotherly Game Oct 29, 2014

You Be The GM Story Stream

How the Union’s Front Office makes personnel decisions is a murky mess, so we thought the fans could fill what appears to be a major void. Over the course of the MLS Playoffs we’ll look at all of the Union’s key players and decide who should stay and who should go. Who do fans most want to see stay? Who do fans most want to see go? We’ll tally it all up before the MLS Expansion Draft. We kick off the proceedings with a fan favorite; a player who has played with the Union every season they've existed; a player who is the living example of building a team through a young core. That...
Brotherly Game Oct 29, 2014

The Philadelphia Union's history in MLS Expansion Drafts

We take a detailed look at how the Philadelphia Union has managed - and mis-managed - the previous two expansion drafts. On December 10th, MLS will hold the 2014 Expansion Draft. Orlando City SC and New York City FC will be selecting ten players each from the pool of players not protected by the other eighteen established MLS teams. For those not familiar with the process, each MLS team protects eleven players from their roster, and those eleven plus the additional exempted players (Homegrown Players and Generation Adidas players that haven't graduated) are therefore not eligible for...
Brotherly Game Oct 28, 2014

HOT TOPIC QUESTION OF THE WEEK: It's Hard to Say You're Sorry

Nick Sakiewicz continues to put his foot in his mouth, but surely he hasn't lost your respect forever, right? There are many things Nick Sakiewicz has done to really distance himself from the Philadelphia Union fanbase. Routinely contradicting yourself, passing blame to others, and scoffing at potentially losing your job would lose respect in any city if you ask me. Sakiewicz does that seemingly every day that goes by and the only way he knows how to get out of a hole is to dig deeper. It's not working. But he can't have completely walked himself out of the Union faithful's hearts. There...
Brotherly Game Oct 28, 2014

Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 1 - Crew 2

Poetry Corner Kicks rhymes his last. So that’s all she wrote.  The season ends on a note that summarizes this season well: Union not playing particularly well, somehow still in it, giving up a late goal at the end to drop some (or all) points, and walking away disappointed.  Except for a stretch run just after the firing of John Hackworth, this sounds about right for the Union’s season.  And now, for your bittersweet enjoyment, here is the last rhyming recap of the year for your Philadelphia Union. What a jokeWhat a chokeThe Union were outplayedTaking stockOf this crockCan only bring...
Brotherly Game Oct 26, 2014

Fin: Columbus Crew 2-1 Philadelphia Union

The Philadelphia Union season ended as it began. The season ended as it began, with the Union dropping points. One must not confuse the situations, though. To start the year at Portland, it was a draw and given all the new acquisitions there was a sense of optimism about the Union coming into the season. The Union's play was encouraging and despite the elephant in the room there was a sense this season may not be a disaster like 2013 and 2012. Eight months and one roller coaster ride later, all that's left is apathy after a loss at Columbus. Some were watching Philadelphia's professional...
Brotherly Game Oct 26, 2014

GAME THREAD: Columbus Crew vs. Philadelphia Union

Let the season end UNION GAME #34 VS Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, OH October 26, 2014 4:00 PM ET TCN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas Know Thy Enemy: Massive Report Starting XI Jairo Arrieta Forward Sebastien Le Toux Justin Meram, Ben Speas, Ethan Finlay Tony Tchiani, Wil Trapp Midfield Andrew Wenger, Cristian Maidana, Danny Cruz Amobi Okugo, Brian Carroll Waylon Francis, Tyson Wahl, Michael Parkhurst, Hector Jimenez Defense Ray Gaddis, Ethan White, Maurice Edu, Sheanon Williams Steve Clark Goalkeeper Zac MacMath Matt Lampson, Emanuel...
Massive Report Oct 25, 2014

Previewing Philadelphia Union at the Columbus Crew

Since the Crew and the Union just played a week ago and it will be tough to predict how the Union will come out, we decided to do something a little different than the normal Scouting Report. Two weeks ago, the Philadelphia Union were up 2-0 on the Columbus Crew at home with only 12 minutes to play. The Union needed a result in the game to keep their playoff hopes alive, yet the Crew scored three goals in a five-minute span to win 3-2 and eliminate Philadelphia from post season contention. On Sunday the two teams will meet again with much less on the line, but that does not mean Columbus...
Brotherly Game Oct 24, 2014
Have the Philadelphia Union found a loophole in the Homegrown Player rule?

Have the Philadelphia Union found a loophole in the Homegrown Player rule?

The recent signing of 15 year old Justin McMaster raised a lot of eyebrows - and questions about the Homegrown Player Rule. Here's why the Union may have just pulled a fast one. The signing of Jamaican youth international Justin McMaster caught all of us a bit by surprise. McMaster is set to join the Union's Academy as soon as the Reggae Boyz U-17 team finishes playing in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship Qualifiers (Jamaica beat Guadeloupe 3-2 on Tuesday and will face off against Cuba tonight to go on the Final). McMaster won't be eligible to be selected as a Homegrown Player since he hasn't...
Brotherly Game Oct 24, 2014

The Furyous Five - Match 8

Once again we catch up with the general manager of the Philadelphia Fury, Graham King Charters, in the latest installment of The Furyous Five. 1.) The team had a much needed bye week. How refreshed is the team going into these last couple matches?GKC: We are feeling really good and we are excited for the remaining games of the season. Sometimes a break is needed as it allows players with knocks to recover and it also gives us a chance to work on some of the minor details. We're grateful for the bye, but we are certainly ready to end the season on a real positive.2.) Philly is coming off a...
Brotherly Game Oct 24, 2014

The Whole Story: Match day 34 - the Union host the Columbus Crew

Get The Whole Story on Match Day 34 as the Philadelphia Union host the Columbus Crew - from preview to post match analysis. tBG) The new Columbus Crew logo is sharp. Will any part of you miss the hard hat guys? What were the best/worst comments people have said over the years about them? MR) I think there will be some nostalgic people who will miss the original logo, especially those that have been around since 1996. I think the biggest thing will be people having to buy new apparel, although some will likely just keep what they already have. The most common joke, that is appropriate to...
Brotherly Game Oct 24, 2014

Preview: Union play for pride on the road against the Crew in season finale

Let's finally put this miserable season to bed. The Union travel to Columbus for a game less meaningful than a Harrisburg City Islanders friendly. The Union play the Crew on Sunday because the schedule says so (and for absolutely no other reason). Enjoy your last 90 minutes of goalkeeper intrigue, Philadelphia! It's difficult to preview the Union's final match Sunday in Columbus without recognizing the giant elephant in the room: the stakes of the match couldn't possibly be any lower.  The Union were eliminated by Columbus (and New York) 2 weeks ago in a 3-2 heartbreaker at PPL Park,...
Brotherly Game Oct 23, 2014

Keeper-Go-Round Story Stream

Your seat on the Goalie-Go-Round. Keep up with which of the Philadelphia Union's three-headed keeper monster is doing what. Don't forget the Dramamine! Nick Sakiewicz was a goalkeeper in his "playing" days. One would think he would know a thing or two about the position and the psyche of the players, but that doesn't stop him from playing mind games or just being fickle with them. Here's a little of the Philadelphia Union history. Prior to the inaugural season the Union used their third round pick in the Expansion Draft to select Brad Knighton from the New England Revolution, and pulled a...
Massive Report Oct 23, 2014

Previewing the Philadelphia Union at the Columbus Crew with Eugene Rupinski of Brotherly Game

The Crew and the Union met just two weeks ago, but play once again in the final game of the regular season for each team. We once again caught up with Eugene Rupinski of Brotherly Game to talk about the match. Two weeks ago the Philadelphia Union were eliminated from playoff contention by the Columbus after a 3-2 loss in which the Black and Gold came storming back from a 2-0 deficit in the second half. A week later, the Crew clinched a playoff spot without playing, as Toronto FC tied the Montreal Impact, guaranteeing a return to the post season for Columbus. The Union and the Crew meet...
Brotherly Game Oct 23, 2014
Union Academy in College: Player Awards and Updates

Union Academy in College: Player Awards and Updates

As the College season enters into its final weeks, we take a look back at how the players with experience suiting up for the Union Academy have fared. Covers games through 10/21/2014 With more than two-thirds of the college soccer season complete, now is as good a time as any to take a look at what all of the players with experience suiting up for the Philadelphia Union Academy have been up to and give out some premature end-of-the-season awards. Player of the YearSophomore forward Connor Maloney has been without a doubt the most exciting player with Union Academy experience in college...
Brotherly Game Oct 23, 2014

Opposite View: Three Questions with Massive Report

This week we sit down with Pat Murphy of Massive Report, SB Nation's Columbus Crew blog, to talk about anything but the upcoming fixture against the Philadelphia Union. tBG) The new Columbus Crew logo is sharp. Will any part of you miss the hard hat guys? What were the best/worst comments people have said over the years about them? MR) I think there will be some nostalgic people who will miss the original logo, especially those that have been around since 1996. I think the biggest thing will be people having to buy new apparel, although some will likely just keep what they already have. The...
Brotherly Game Oct 22, 2014
Union reportedly sign 15 year old prospect to the Academy

Union reportedly sign 15 year old prospect to the Academy

Jamaican U-17 player Justin McMaster will reportedly join the Philadelphia Union's "Soccer High" after competing in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship tournament later this month. According to a report in the Jamaica Observer, 15 year old Justin McMaster is headed to the Philadelphia Union's Academy. McMaster, who plays on the Reggae Boyz U-17 squad as a forward. McMaster is the third Jamaican international signed this year by the Union, following goalkeeper Andre Blake,who was taken with the First Pick in the SuperDraft, and Brian Brown, who is on loan from Jamaican club Harbour View, where...

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