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Brotherly Game 4 hours ago

Union sell Lahoud to Miami FC

The long-time utility man has been sold to Miami FC of the NASL. Following reports of his departure yesterday, the Philadelphia Union have announced that Michael Lahoud has been sold to Miami FC of the NASL. Lahoud was loaned to the Cosmos in January in conjunction with the signing of Walter Restrepo. Kristian Dyer of BigAppleSoccer.com reported yesterday that the Union exercised their right to recall Lahoud from his loan at any time. Just two weeks ago, Miami, an expansion side in the NASL, reportedly spent a whopping $750k to acquire Richie Ryan from the Jacksonville Armada. The deal...
Brotherly Game 5 hours ago

Match 12: Philadelphia Union at Orlando City SC

Everything you need to know about the Philadelphia Union's match with Orlando City SC, from previews to reviews and analysis. Brotherly Game) The last time Orlando City played Philadelphia, they were without left back Brek Shea. What does it mean to OCSC to have him back in the lineup? The Mane Land) Well, it depends who you ask, I suppose. Some see him as a terrible left back who should be playing left wing. Some see him as a guy still learning a new position and showing signs of improvement but still lacks consistency. But whatever you consider him, Orlando City has been a better team...
Brotherly Game 6 hours ago

Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 1 - United 0

Do I need a rhyming rival (brought to you by Heineken)? A quick rhyming recap as we look forward to many games coming up in quick succession…The Philadelphia Union are in sole possession of first place in the East. With three more games coming in the next eight days, it was important for the Union to get these three points. Much has been made in comments sections around the interwebs this past week about whether Philadelphia Union v. D.C. United is actually a rivalry. Jim Curtin pointed out that if you have to ask if it is, then it isn’t. In the end, it doesn’t really matter. The...
Brotherly Game 11 hours ago

Philadelphia Union at Orlando City SC: Match Preview

Tranquillo Barnetta and the Philadelphia Union we're able to stun a short-handed Orlando City SC side the last time these two teams met. The Union head to Central Florida and will look to extend their unbeaten run to six games. Game: Philadelphia Union at Orlando City SC Date: Wednesday, May 25th Time: 7:30 PM EST Venue: Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium (Orlando, FL) Referees: TBA Television: Comcast SportsNet Streaming: MLS Live (no blackout) All-time record: The Union have played Orlando City three times, winning two and drawing one What Orlando City will look like: Orlando will typically...
Brotherly Game 12 hours ago

Andre Blake called up to Jamaica's Copa America squad

The Philadelphia Union's star goalkeeper was (unsurprisingly) named to Jamaica's 23 man roster for the upcoming Copa America Centenario tournament. Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake has been officially added to the Jamaican Men's National Team roster. The 25 year old is the presumptive starter for the Reggae Boyz going into the Copa America Centenario tournament, who are in Group C with Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Our 23 man squad for the upcoming Copa Centenario.....Andre Blake Philadelphia Union GoalkeeperDamano Solomon... https://t.co/YwzWDNNRsh— Official J.F.F...
Brotherly Game 14 hours ago

Match Preview: Toronto FC II at City Islanders FC

The City Islanders suit up again Tuesday evening when they host Toronto FC II at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, PA. Game: Toronto FC II at City Islanders FC Date: Tuesday, May 24nd Time: 7:00 PM Venue: Clipper Magazine Stadium - Lancaster, PA Referees: TBA Streaming: City Islanders FC (3-5-1) will host Toronto FC II (2-5-2) at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, PA on Tuesday at 7:00pm in their second match in three days. After beating Bethlehem Steel FC 3-1 on Sunday with a rotated roster, the City Islanders will again look to an alternate lineup to compensate for the short...
Brotherly Game 15 hours ago

Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/24/16

One more day before the Orlando game, so let's get to the links. Philadelphia Union News Three questions with Michael Citro of The Mane Land Our fearless leader, Eugene Rupinski, braved the lions' den and asked SB Nation's Orlando City blog representative Michael Citro three questions ahead of the game. Intelligence Report: Orlando City vs. Philadelphia Union Here are the questions posed by Orlando and Eugene's answers. Andre Blake to stay in net for two more games before Jamaica call-up The Union luck out as they'll be with their top goalkeeper for the next two games before he embarks on...
Brotherly Game May 23, 2016

Three questions with Michael Citro of The Mane Land

We spoke with Michael Citro from The Mane Land, SB Nation's Orlando City SC blog, about what to expect from the Lions in Wednesday's match against the Philadelphia Union. Brotherly Game) The last time Orlando City played Philadelphia, they were without left back Brek Shea. What does it mean to OCSC to have him back in the lineup? The Mane Land) Well, it depends who you ask, I suppose. Some see him as a terrible left back who should be playing left wing. Some see him as a guy still learning a new position and showing signs of improvement but still lacks consistency. But whatever you consider...
Brotherly Game May 23, 2016

Michael Lahoud recalled from New York Cosmos loan

The Sierra Leone defensive midfielder is recalled from the New York Cosmos to the Philadelphia Union, and rumors are swirling about him being sold to Miami FC. After being loaned out to the NASL side New York Cosmos for the entire 2016 season, the Philadelphia Union have reportedly brought back Michael Lahoud, with rumors saying the Union will sell him on to Miami FC - one of the Cosmos' rivals in NASL. Lahoud confirmed his departure from the Cosmos on social media, tweeting: Thanks to the @NYCosmos for welcoming me to the club and to the fans for the support during my time here....
Brotherly Game May 23, 2016

Recap: Bethlehem Steel FC falls to City Islanders

Not good enough. Bethlehem Steel FC couldn't get to six games undefeated, in what was a sloppy performance in Lancaster on Sunday night. Former Philadelphia Union center back/striker Aaron Wheeler scored twice in 17 seconds for City Islanders FC, due to a good cross by Shawn McLaws on the first goal and terrible marking on the second. Everyone knows Aaron Wheeler's game by now. The 6'4" forward will win just about everything in the air if you let him, and the center back pairing of Ken Tribbett and Anderson Conceicao didn't seem too interested in defending the through balls. The most...
Brotherly Game May 23, 2016

MLS Capology: Where the Union (might) stand with the salary cap

MLS Capology 101 and a take on what the Union might be up to this summer. MLS Capology is a fools errand. Don Garber & Co. make sure of this. One part science and eight parts art, MLS Capology is a gathering of ancient press releases, odd bits of rumor and fact sheets only found by the best search engines. MLS doesn't even call it a salary cap. It's called a "salary budget." But whatever, it's a cap and we can't let this get in the way of understanding what our beloved Union might be up to and how much space they have to work with.The MLS players salaries were released late last week by the...
Brotherly Game May 23, 2016

Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/23/16

Back to the work week grind, but the links will ease the pain. Philadelphia Union News Union have their own version of Steve Birnbaum in Richie Marquez - Philadelphia UnionThe hero from Friday night is drawing comparisons to a USMNT player. MLS News MLS Review: Rapids win to stay top, Impact continue winless run - Goal Here's all the action you may have missed from the weekend. Mo Babouli 'blossoming' into useful Toronto FC attacker - Yahoo SportsThe 23-year-old has been thrust into a starting role after Jozy Altidore's hamstring injury, and he's not looking out of place. Red Bulls destroy...
Brotherly Game May 22, 2016

Match 11: Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United

Everything you need to know about the Philadelphia Union's match with D.C. United, from previews to recap and analysis. Game: Philadelphia Union Vs D.C. United Date: Friday, May 20th Time: 7:00 PM EST Venue: Talen Energy Stadium - Chester, PA Referees: REF: Jaime Herrera, AR1: Adam Garner, AR2: Claudiu Badea, 4TH: Juan Guzman Television: UniMas Streaming: MLS Live (no blackout) All-time record: The Union have played 18 games against D.C., winning seven, drawing three, and losing eight. What D.C. United will look like: United play a 4-4-2 formation, generally having Fabian Espindola...
Brotherly Game May 22, 2016

Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/22/16

Easy like Sunday morning hanging a touchdown on New York City FC. Philadelphia Union News Orlando City vs Montreal Impact: Final Score 2-1 as Cyle Larin's Brace Leads Lions To VictoryThe Union face Orlando City in their next match on Wednesday.  Here's how Orlando did in their last game. MLS News Red Bulls Smash Seven past NYCFC Not much of a rivalry when you've just won 7-0 like New York Red Bulls did over NYCFC. MLS move has damaged my international chances, says Andrea Pirlo of New York City FC Hasn't seemed to hurt Sebastian Giovinco. US Soccer News USA finalize 23-man roster for...
Brotherly Game May 22, 2016

Sunday Morning Game Changers: Hitting the Marquez

A day early, but we are getting the jump on all of the upcoming fixtures as we look back on the Philadelphia Union's win over D.C. United. No Nogueira, no party - Vincent Nogueira was a late scratch with an strain to his left oblique muscle, leaving the Union to rely on Brian Carroll and Warren Creavalle in the midfield. This defensive-minded lineup meant that the Union were going to have to convert their offensive opportunities if they were going to come out of the match with a win. The filp side of that is that the Union weren't going to give up many opportunities to D.C. United - in...
Brotherly Game May 21, 2016

How to watch: Bethlehem Steel FC at City Islanders FC

The City Islanders host Bethlehem Steel FC in the first match of a new rivalry at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, PA. Game: Bethlehem Steel FC at City Islanders FC Date: Sunday, May 22nd Time: 6:00 PM Venue: Clipper Magazine Stadium - Lancaster, PA Referees: REF: MARGARET DOMKA, AR1: Mark Treilman, AR2: Kevin Lock, 4TH: Dustin Killick Streaming: City Islanders FC (2-5-1) will host Bethlehem Steel FC (3-2-3) at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, PA on Sunday at 6:30pm. Sunday will be the first match of the 2016 season that the City Islanders will play in Lancaster. The club...
Black And Red United May 21, 2016

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union GIFs

We include animated internet files to entertain and amaze. D.C. United ran into a Philadelphia Union squad that was unbeaten in their last four, albeit 3 of those were draws. It certainly didn't make their 1-0 stoppage time loss to the Union any easier to swallow, particularly as we head into the summer months. With that in mind, some GIFs, ye olde commenters. The first is a bad sequence from Taylor Kemp, where he turned the ball over to Sebastien Le Toux, and almost cleared it off Le Toux moments later for what would have been a quirky goal: Next up was a nice...
Brotherly Game May 21, 2016

Match Preview: Bethlehem Steel FC @ City Islanders FC

It's the first clash of the former and current Union affiliate clubs as Bethlehem travels to Lancaster Sunday night Bethlehem Steel FC will look to continue their unbeaten streak tomorrow night as they face off against Harrisburg City Islanders in the first of three meetings in the Battle of I-78 this season. Steel FC have been white hot, carving out an undefeated streak that currently sits at 5 games and they're fresh off a deserved 2-1 victory over FC Montreal last weekend. Cory Burke is back for the side, which should provide a nice lift as he and Seku Conneh both looked pretty deadly up...
Brotherly Game May 21, 2016

Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United - Brotherly Broadcast

Our Trey Madara put together a great video of last night's win over D.C. United. There's nothing quite like waking up the morning after a thrilling win by the Philadelphia Union in stoppage time and realizing that you're now on top of the Eastern Conference. Except when that win came at the expense of one of your teams closest competitors (rivals maybe? frenemies?) - and you have a sweet video to remember the win by. Thanks to our Trey Madara, you have just that. Enjoy being a fan of the best team in the East, and enjoy this video he put together for you!
Brotherly Game May 21, 2016

Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/21/16

Always nice to kick the weekend off with three points. Enjoy your Saturday links! Philadelphia Union News #RivalryWeek: Union score late to defeat DCURevisit last night's dramatic ending with our review of the game. MLS News Captain Chris Wondolowski Signs Multi-Year Extension Chris Wondolowski signed a new contract with the San Jose Earthquakes. He might end that contract as the highest goal scorer in MLS history. International Comment: Italy call-up for Euro 2016 would vindicate Giovinco's MLS moveSebastian Giovinco has been in sublime form for Toronto FC and regardless of what Antonio...