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Brotherly Game 14 hours ago
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 18 hours ago

"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...
Brotherly Game Oct 16, 2014

DC Utd. and Chicago get the DoopCast treatment.

The DoopCast fellows discuss the DC United and Chicago debacles. Well, well, well... With the Philadelphia Union clinging on to faint playoff hopes by their fingernails like Wile E Coyote hanging off the edge of a cliff, the boys in blue looked anxious and tighter than Jim Curtin's suits.  Gone was the free-flowing panache of the Open Cup Final and in it's place was an approach more cautious than a seventh grade Dr. Who fan at the middle school dance asking one of the popular girls to cut a rug with him. The offense looked as devoid of creative ideas as a CBS sitcom.  The defense looked...
Brotherly Game Oct 15, 2014

HOT TOPIC QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Who is to Blame?

Frustration sums up this season. Another trophy-less and non-playoff season doesn't cure it. Who's to blame? It has been really hard to write about this team in recent weeks. Since the US Open Cup Final, the Philadelphia Union have looked ragged and worn thin. It has come back to haunt them in the past two games with two late collapses. We can blame the players, the coach, or even the owners, but who shares the most blame? The Brotherly Game has been asked that question and they will weigh in below. -- Heather Reppert - I'd say it's a combination of John Hackworth, Jim Curtin, and Nick...
Brotherly Game Oct 14, 2014

Another Look At The Collapse Against Columbus

A different look at how the Union managed the game during the 7 minute collapse that ended the season With a promising Union season giving way to the bitterest of disappointments, allocating the blame has become the topic du jour. Criticism of ownership, Nick Sakiewicz, Jim Curtin's recent decisions, player fitness, player quality and consistent physical and mental lapses are all worthy factors to be dissected. Breaking down the 7 minute collapse against Columbus (from the Union going up 2-0 to the Union being down 3-2) reveals another issue to add to the discussion, an inability to adjust...
Brotherly Game Oct 14, 2014

Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 2 - Crew 3

So. Very. Frustrated. In a game the Philadelphia Union just had to win, they fell completely flat.  I don’t know that I’ve seen a more frustrating game than that one in a long time.  If I’m being honest with myself, I would say that the Union just don’t deserve to go to the playoffs.  But the fan in me still says that we’ve got the talent to play with anyone, hence the frustration.  It's enough to drive you crazy; "Homer Simpson" crazy.   But of all the let-downs this season (horrible start to season, USOC Final loss, no playoffs) probably the most depressing is that without...
Brotherly Game Oct 13, 2014

Monday Morning Game Changers analyzes what went wrong in the collapse to Columbus

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. Everyone that is old enough to legally drink (and I am sure some of us not old enough) have their own hangover cures. It probably ranges from not drinking in the first place to energy drinks to some concoction of food blended together that seems undrinkable. Whatever your own hangover cure is, I think the Union need to try it, as they seem to be...
Massive Report Oct 12, 2014

The Columbus Crew complete an impossible comeback against the Philadelphia Union

Two goal deficit with 15 to play? No problem! For 75 minutes, the Philadelphia Union dealt a blow to the Crew's playoff chances. In four minutes, Ethan Finlay, Justin Meram, and Jairo Arrieta all but punched that elusive playoff ticket completing an unlikely comeback. Columbus struggled out of the gates without the suspended Federico Higuain and Waylon Francis. The Union's aggressive pressing forced the Crew into numerous turnovers. The first big chance came a minute into the game. Wil Trapp's exit pass deep in his own half was deflected right to Sebastian La Toux. Andrew Wenger headed the...
Brotherly Game Oct 12, 2014

Gone in 262 Seconds: Philadelphia Union 2-3 Columbus Crew

Wellllllp The Philadelphia Union lost. The New York Red Bulls won. Therefore, the Philadelphia Union are mathematically eliminated from MLS Cup contention in 2014. A simple enough scenario no one would have been surprised with at 7:00 PM, but how it happened was nothing short of galling. The Red Bulls took care of business simply enough, but the Union had it in the bag, up 2-0 in the second half with 13 minutes plus stoppage time to go. And then poof. Not even five minutes later, it was all gone. In 262 seconds, the Union went from up 2-0 to trailing 3-2. Embarrassing. Humiliating....
Brotherly Game Oct 11, 2014
GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew

The Union are in a must-win game. Fabinho is starting at left back. What could possibly go wrong? UNION GAME #32 VS PPL Park, Chester, PA October 11, 2014 7:00 PM ET TCN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas Know Thy Enemy: Massive Report Starting XI Conor Casey Forward Aaron Schoenfield Ben Speas Andrew Wenger, Vincent Nogueira, Sebastien Le Toux Maurice Edu, Amobi Okugo Midfield Justin Meram, Tony Tchani, Wil Trapp, Ethan Finlay Fabinho, Carlos Valdes, Ethan White, Ray Gaddis Defense Bernardo Anor, Tyson Wahl, Michael Parkhurst, Hector Jimenez Zac...
Brotherly Game Oct 10, 2014

Opposite View: 3 Massive Questions

This week we speak with the MASSIVE REPORT's Pat Murphy about the rebrand, Kei Kamara and a small matter of two matches that will likely decide the Unon's post season fate. We got to spend some e-time with Pat Murphy of Massive Report to discuss the upcoming series of matches between the Columbus Crew and the Philadelphia Union that will likely send one into the playoffs and the other whimpering into the off season. tBG: Let's talk rebrand - What's the general feeling amongst the fanbase on the rebrand? MR: I think people were cautiously optimistic heading into Wednesday night, but the...
Massive Report Oct 10, 2014

The Columbus Crew at the Philadelphia Union

The Crew and the Union meet in a crucial Eastern Conference showdown. The Columbus Crew and the Philadelphia Union haven't seen each other since the second game of the year for the Black and Gold. The Crew won the first meeting 2-1 at home, but neither team is the same as they were then. Both teams traded away a piece they believed to be a key offensive cog to start the year (Dominic Oduro for Columbus and Jack McInerney for Philadelphia). The Crew enter the match after suffering their first loss since August 9 last weekend, losing 2-1 on the road to the New England Revolution. The Union,...
Massive Report Oct 10, 2014

Scouting Report: Philadelphia Union

It has been a while since the Crew and the Union last met. Now they square off twice in three weeks in a battle for the playoffs. When the Columbus Crew and the Philadelphia Union step on the field Saturday night, it will be the first time the teams have seen in each other in six months. The Crew defeated the Union 2-1 on March 22, the second game of the season for the Black and Gold. At that point, Philadelphia still relied on Jack McInerney - now a member of the Montreal Impact - and Columbus had the services of Dominic Oduro and Giancarlo Gonzalez. Both teams have struggled throughout...
Brotherly Game Oct 10, 2014

The Whole Story: Matchday 32 Union host the Crew

It's simple, really. A win keeps the Union's playoff hopes alive. A draw or loss brings the offseason even closer. Saturday night the newly rebranded Columbus Crew SC will come to the Delaware Valley to take part in the first half of a home and home with the Union.  Philadelphia can't afford to leave the field after 90 minutes with anything less than a win.  A draw would reduce the club's playoff chances would make missing the playoffs a near-certainty; a loss and a Red Bull win over Toronto FC will eliminate them from participating in the postseason.  The Union will play the...
Brotherly Game Oct 10, 2014

The Furyious Five

Every week we ask the Philadelphia's Fury GM 5 pressing questions. We call them The Furyous Five. Coming off a heartbreaking defeat against Western Mass, how do they move on? TBG) The Fury had a heartbreaking loss to Western Mass when the visitors scored two quick goals in the last five minutes. How has the team handled the loss?GCK) Naturally there is an element of disappointment around the squad, but that's a good thing. If the players are all smiling and happy then we would obviously have to question their ambition. I know from speaking with some of them they are extremely determined...

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