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Brotherly Game 12 hours ago
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 13 hours ago

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 13 hours ago

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 16 hours ago

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...
Brotherly Game Oct 22, 2014

Is it the right call to move on?

It seems as though, despite massive improvement over the course of a few seasons, that Zac MacMath has been dumped for a shiny new goalkeeper. Was it the right call? There is no doubt that Zac MacMath has had growing pains during his development in Philadelphia. Criticism of him has been fair in years prior, but as the goalkeeper improves so does the intensity of his critics. Perhaps patience is lacking from the fan base (given other circumstances it's hard to blame them). On the other hand maybe increased frustration at struggles with another option on the bench is accelerating the calls...
Brotherly Game Oct 22, 2014

Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 2 - SKC 1

A win's a win. Yes!  The Philadelphia Union won!  They beat a fairly good Eastern Conference team bound for the playoffs!  Their young guns scored the goals!  Aaaand it ultimately meant nothing.  Despite it not helping the Union at all, despite this win not coming a couple of games ago and helping them reach the playoffs, despite all of that... a win still feels good.  So let’s go with that, shall we? It was the last at PPLThe fans were in full throatNo playoff games to play at homeSo this was all she wroteThe Union took it to KCWhose heads were caused to spinIt wouldn’t matter,...
Brotherly Game Oct 22, 2014

Keeper-Go-Round

The curious case of the Philadelphia Union and its unique Goalkeeping situation might come as a surprise to most of you. Unfortunately, it's more like business as usual for a Nick Sakiewicz-run team. 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...
Brotherly Game Oct 21, 2014
Innocence Lost: The dataization of MLS

Innocence Lost: The dataization of MLS

MLS is wired. The ingratiation of data collection and management tools have the ability to change the game in ways we haven't even dreamed up yet. Could the dataization of MLS lead world soccer into a Brave New World? It's not very often that we post something not Union related, but I personally found this immensely interesting on several different levels. The first time I watched this I felt a bit like the Native American shedding a tear in that PSA about the trash from my youth and yes, I am that old. Now don't get me wrong, this is not the musings of a ancient Luddite railing against...
Brotherly Game Oct 20, 2014
Monday Morning Game Changers: Finding Happiness In Playing Sporting Kansas City

Monday Morning Game Changers: Finding Happiness In Playing Sporting Kansas City

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. While there were some vital games going on in MLS this weekend (especially that game in LA), the Philadelphia Union had nothing to play for other than pride. Maybe that was what helped keep the three points in Chester. However, the best reason for the win may be that the Union seem to be able to beat Sporting Kansas City, taking an incredible 10...
Brotherly Game Oct 20, 2014

"Death Be Not Proud:" Saturday night's The River End tifo incident

A (no so) funny thing happened during the Sporting Kansas City match and it wasn't on the field for once For those of our readers who don't pay attention to social media there was an incident during the Sporting Kansas City match. No, not the one where Ray Gaddis shoved Benny Feilhaber over. This appeared in The River End. To explain, the above pictures show Nick Sakiewicz as the grim reaper and the tombstones show his previous clubs, the Tampa Bay Mutiny, the New York/New Jersey Metrostars and current club the Philadelphia Union. Sakiewicz was in charge of the Tampa Bay Mutiny when it...
Brotherly Game Oct 18, 2014
Young Guns: Philadelphia Union 2-1 Sporting Kansas City

Young Guns: Philadelphia Union 2-1 Sporting Kansas City

In a season where they will not make the playoffs, the Union went undefeated against Sporting Kansas City. In a game that essentially meant nothing, the Philadelphia walked away from PPL Park tonight with an unimportant 2-1 win. Quick bullet points on a game that will surely soon be forgotten. The main talking point entering the game would be who Jim Curtin played and save for the striker position, he went with the usual first choice line-up. Brian Brown got the start up top while Conor Casey was not even on the bench. That said, Jim Curtin did let Jimmy McLaughlin make his first Union...
Brotherly Game Oct 18, 2014

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City

Playing for pride and draft picks. UNION GAME #33 VS PPL Park, Chester, PA October 18, 2014 7:00 PM ET TCN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas Know Thy Enemy: The Blue Testament Starting XI Brian Brown Forward Soony Saad, Dominic Dwyer, Sal Zizzo Andrew Wenger, Cristian Maidana, Danny Cruz Vincent Nogueira, Amobi Okugo Midfield Benny Feilhaber, Lawrence Olum, Paulo Nagamura Ray Gaddis, Maurice Edu, Carlos Valdes, Sheanon Williams Defense Seth Sinovic, Kevin Ellis, Aurelien Collin, Igor Juliao Zac MacMath Goalkeeper Eric Kronberg Andre Blake, Fabinho,...

Sporting KC at Philadelphia Union Match Thread

Live updates and opinions from the Sporting KC vs. Philadelphia Union match. The Teams Sporting Kansas City 14-7-11, 8-1-7 on the road 49 Points 3rd in the East Manager: Peter Vermes (6th season) Philadelphia Union 9-12-11, 5-8-3 at home 39 Points 8th in the East Manager: Jim Curtin (Interim) Other info Lineups #SportingKC XI vs @PhilaUnion: Kronberg; Juliao, Collin, Ellis, Sinovic; Olum, Nagamura (C), Feilhaber; Zizzo, Dwyer, Saad #PHIvSKC — Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) October 18, 2014 #SportingKC available subs vs @PhilaUnion: Kempin, Lopez, Steuble, Medranda,...
Brotherly Game Oct 17, 2014

Do we care? SKC Preview

“The point is there ain't no point.” ― Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men So it has come to this.  An essentially meaningless game will be our last chance to watch the boys in blue at PPL Park in 2014.  Sporting Kansas City have already punched their ticket to the playoffs (although nowadays shouldn't it be "swiped their card" to the playoffs?) so I wouldn't expect their stars and starters to feature too heavily.  That is a shame for an already embattled Philadelphia Union fan base as not only do we have to put up with watching a dead rubber of a game but we also likely won't...
Brotherly Game Oct 17, 2014

Opposite View: Three Questions with the Blue Testament

This week we talk with Ben Gartland of the Blue Testament, SBN's Sporting Kansas City blog, about the Union's last home match of the year. tBG) Sporting Kansas City has sputtered a bit heading into the playoffs, losing soundly to New England twice and D.C. United once. What went wrong there, an what's been done since to fix the issues? tBT) A lot of it has been the defense has not been as consistent as it once was. Some of this can be attributed to exhaustion, given that two of the stalwarts of the defense have had about three weeks total off of soccer since MLS Cup 2013. Besler and...

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