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Brotherly Game 9 mins ago

Union fan's perfect response to Celtic-Fenerbahçe Twitter row

#thatsnotaknife Like most Philadelphia Union fans, my friend Scott also has a European team he roots for. In his case (and the case of many other Union fans as well), it's Scotland's best known club Celtic. Scott lives and breathes Celtic, who are set to play in the Europa League Group Stage in December. Celtic was drawn into a group with Dutch legends Ajax, Denmark's Molde, and Turkish giants Fenerbahçe on Friday,and the Fenerbahçe fans took to Twitter looking to intimidate the Scottish fans who were going to travel to Istanbul to watch the match. SAY IT AGAIN OROSPU @xnikitakuss...
Brotherly Game 6 hours ago

Andre Blake gets Jamaica National Team call-up

The Philadelphia Union will be without Andre Blake as he goes to represent Jamaica in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Andre Blake is set to miss this Saturday's match against the San Jose Earthquakes, as he'll be with the Jamaican National Team as they do a home-and-home series with Nicaragua in the first round of qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. The 24 year old goalkeeper will look to supplant Ryan Thompson in goal for the Reggae Boyz in their first action since losing to Mexico 3-1 in the 2015 Gold Cup Final in July. Blake did not feature for Jamaica, even when Dwayne Miller...
Brotherly Game 10 hours ago

Sons of Ben win Pope Bot photo of the week contest

93.3 WMMR's Preston and Steve Show named the Sons of Ben winners of the Pope Bot Photo of the Week competition The Sons of Ben were named the winners of the Preston and Steve Show's Pope Bot Photo of the Week contest earlier today. For those who are unaware, Pope Bot was a creation of 93.3 WMMR's morning show Preston and Steve. In the wake of the destruction of Hitch Bot in Philadelphia several weeks ago, Pope Bot was created to not only celebrate the Pope's arrival in Philadelphia but give the citizens of Philadelphia the opportunity to redeem themselves following Hitch Bot's untimely...
Brotherly Game 11 hours ago

What Happened To The Union Offense? (with Cliff Notes)

The Union offense has taken a step back this season. Here's a detailed breakdown of what's gone wrong. The Union spent their offseason shoring up the forward position. They re-signed Conor Casey, traded their first round pick for C.J. Sapong, used their first draft pick on Dzenan Catic and signed a Designated Player in Fernando Aristeguieta. Combining those acquisitions with an unchanged and experienced midfield, it was reasonable to think the Union offense would take a step forward. Fast forward to now, the Union haven't just failed to improve, they are 18% off their pace from last year....
Brotherly Game 14 hours ago

Monday Morning Game Changers Spits In The Wind

Every week we "Monday morning manage" the previous Philadelphia Union games, talking about the major points in the game that changed momentum, led to goals and won or lost the points for the Union. This week, it was a let down against the New England Revolution that will have repercussions for the foreseeable future. By the scoreline, it wasn't the worst loss of the Union's 2015 season. But scoreline doesn't always tell the full story. How did a team that looked in control of the match in the first half see the wheels come off of the match - and possibly the season? 1. If it ain't broke,...
Brotherly Game Aug 30, 2015

Union Academy teams open season today

The Union Academy begins its third season in Development Academy play with games against Players Development Academy at YSC today. While it feels like last season and the U-16 team's incredible run to third place in the Development Academy Championships only just ended, the Philadelphia Union Academy will be kicking off another season today with games against Players Development Academy at YSC. Many of the players from that U-16 team that had such a banner year for the Union have moved up to the U-18 team this season. Players like Auston Trusty, Jerren Nixon, Raheem Taylor-Parkes, Mark...
The Bent Musket Aug 29, 2015

Philadelphia Union player spits on Lee Nguyen

Cristian Maidana spit on Lee Nguyen. There are few acts more despicable in soccer than spitting on an opponent, which is why Cristian Maidana was rightfully shown a red card on Saturday night. In a play shrouded in mystery, Maidana was ejected by referee Chris Penso during stoppage time of the game between the Philadelphia Union and New England Revolution. The presence of a red card seemed harsh initially as Maidana took down Nguyen in a fairly routine foul. The replay brought clarity to the situation as the Philadelphia midfielder was seen spitting on Lee Nguyen. It was clearly...
Brotherly Game Aug 29, 2015

Failure To Launch: Union 0-1 Revolution

The Philadelphia Union squander an opportunity to get themselves back into playoff contention, losing 1-0 to the New England Revolution at PPL Park. On a night where the Eastern Conference playoff race seemed more open than ever before, the Philadelphia Union failed to assert themselves as real competitors for the sixth and final spot in the postseason. The New England Revolution only needed one goal to take all three points from the Union, and they found it early in the second half. After taking down a throw-in and drawing Steven Vitoria far out of position in the process, Charlie Davies...
Brotherly Game Aug 29, 2015

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution

The Union hope to make it back-to-back wins in Andre Blake's first home start this season. UNION GAME #27 VS PPL Park, Chester, PA Saturday, August 29, 2015 7:00 PM ET TCN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas Online Streaming: MLS Live TBG Game Preview Know Thy Enemy: The Bent Musket Starting XI C.J. Sapong Forward Charlie Davies Tranquillo Barnetta, Cristian Maidana, Sebastien Le Toux Brian Carroll, Vincent Nogueira Midfield Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe Scott Caldwell, Jermaine Jones Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Steven Vitoria,...
Brotherly Game Aug 28, 2015

Defender Raymond Lee waived

The rookie out of St. Louis University made only one appearance for the Union this season. Rookie Raymond Lee was supposed to provide defensive depth for the Union this season at left back, but his place in the squad proved to be short-lived with the announcement Friday of his departure. The 71st pick in the MLS SuperDraft of St. Louis University in January, Lee made only one 12-minute appearance in league play for the first team as a substitute in a 3-2 loss to Sporting Kansas City on April 5 and started in the friendly against AFC Bournemouth on July 14. Lee wasn't part of the City...
Brotherly Game Aug 28, 2015

Union Academy in College: Season kicks off tonight

The Division I college soccer season kicks off tonight with games involving dozens of Union Academy alumni, some who will suit up in their first official games. The Philadelphia Union Academy third season in the Development Academy kicks off this weekend with the U-14, U-16 and U-18 teams hosting Players Development Academy at YSC this Sunday. Kick-off of the Division I college soccer season begins in earnest tonight with 91 games, many involving alumni of the Philadelphia Union Academy. Freshman forward Sebastian Elney and his Maryland Terps are in Bloomington today to play the 2013...
Brotherly Game Aug 28, 2015

Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution: Match Preview

The second installment in this 3-game season series sees both teams playing well recently. While the Revs are 6 points ahead of Montreal for 5th place, Union face long odds of getting into the Eastern Conference playoffs. With just 8 matches remaining, Philly needs the win quite badly. Game: Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution Date: Saturday, August 29th Time: 7:00 PM Venue: PPL Park Television: The Comcast Network New England Revolution visit Chester Saturday night well-rested, having had last week off.  They're in good form as well bringing an unbeaten streak of 4 matches,...
Brotherly Game Aug 28, 2015

Academy forward Jerren Nixon verbally commits to Virginia

The Union Academy target man will join teammate Raheem Taylor-Parkes in Charlottesville in 2016. Union Academy forward Jerren "J.J." Nixon has verbally committed to play college soccer at the University of Virginia, joining teammate Raheem Taylor-Parkes in the 2016 recruiting class for the defending national champions. Nixon, 17, scored 5 goals in 20 appearances and 7 starts for the U-16 team in his first season with the Union Academy last year. One of his biggest goals was a game-winner he scored for the U-16s in a win over DC United in the Generation Adidas Cup regionals. Another...
Brotherly Game Aug 27, 2015

Goff: Darius Madison kicked off UVa roster

Union Academy alumnus likely won't play his senior year. Philadelphia native Darius Madison has been booted from the University of Virginia's men's soccer team. According to Steven Goff of the Washington Post, a violation of team rules will preclude the senior from playing in his final season with the Hoos. In his time with Virginia, Madison accumulated 12 goals and four assists in nearly 60 games. The forward was twice named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team, most recently in 2014, when his fifth-minute goal against UMBC sealed Virginia's place in the final. 2015 was set to be the year of...
Brotherly Game Aug 26, 2015

FIFA '16 demo release date announced

EA Sports has announced the release date for the demo of this year's highly anticipated iteration of the FIFA video game EA Sports announced that their demo for FIFA 16 will be released to the public from September 8-10th and will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The demo will feature classic modes such as Kick-Off and Skill Games, while adding in the new FIFA Ultimate Team Draft which is EA's attempt to spruce up the wildly popular Ultimate Team mode. The release of the demo will also mark the first chance for the general public to play as the newly...
The Bent Musket Aug 26, 2015

Revolution Wary of Union's Subtly Dangerous Attack

The Union have been streaky on offense, but that doesn't mean Saturday's game will be a walk in the park. From an outside perspective, it seems likely that the New England Revolution will return home with three points from their visit to the Philadelphia Union this Saturday. After all, the Revs sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and Philly is in a lowly ninth place. However, it's vital to avoid such premature conclusions. Although streaky and inconsistent, the Union have quietly scored 33 goals across their 27 league games and shown signs of rich offensive form in recent weeks....
Brotherly Game Aug 26, 2015

Edu, Kinkead go head to head over "sources"

Maurice Edu and CBS 3's Kevin Kinkead got into a dispute over information about Rais M'Bolhi's tenure with the Union In case you missed it, there was an interesting exchange on Twitter between Union captain Maurice Edu and Kevin Kinkead of CBS 3. It was no secret that there were issues with M'Bolhi during his tenure with the Union. Jim Curtin basically said as much during one of his weekly press conferences a few months ago. "There's no one incident to point to, it's just a combination of performance on the field, interactions in the locker room with the rest...
Brotherly Game Aug 25, 2015

Where should the Rais M’Bolhi money be spent?

With Rais M'Bolhi - and his gargantuan salary and wasted international slot - firmly in the past, the Union have several options available to them. Rais M'Bolhi is gone, replaced with $350,000 of salary cap space and an international slot. Even though the international transfer window has closed for the year, the Union still can acquire players by signing free agents (see: Tranquillo Barnetta) or making deals domestically until September 15. Aside from that, they'll have to wait until 2016 to make any moves. But what should the club do? First, they should assess the greatest areas of need....
Brotherly Game Aug 25, 2015

iStar, Jay Sugarman and the Missing Million-Dollar Player

The Union are one of seven franchises that have yet to pay a player a million dollars. There is plenty of speculation as to why that's the case, including an ownership group that isn't able or willing to take the risk. The Union have never been a team to invest big money on players. Since they've been in the league, their average rank in player compensation is 11th out of an average of 18 teams. In 2015 they rank tenth out of the 20 teams, but about an eighth of their base salary was loaned out this season, so they likely rank lower. Of the 20 current franchises, 13 have paid a single...
Mount Royal Soccer Aug 24, 2015

Impact is feeling the pressure after frustrating loss to the Union

Frank Klopas must be feeling pressure after latest MLS loss against the Philadelphia Union. Didier Drogba made his MLS appearance as a Montreal Impact player against the Philadelphia Union. His entrance was cheered on, his charisma was felt instantaneously and for a few minutes, everyone just watched on to get a glimpse of magic. At the end, only the result would be remembered as the Impact fall 1-0 at home to the Union , a loss they could not afford. With such a bad record during away games, maximizing points at home while taking advantage of games in hand put the Impact in an excellent...

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