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Brotherly Game 10 hours ago

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

The second in a two-part series that ranks the top 100 clubs in the United States and Canada. Rankings are current as of August 18, 2014, So the inaugural Top 100 Ranking is out, and the Seattle Sounders are top of the table. All of the ratings back to 2011 can be viewed on the chart below. Select the team(s) you are interested in on the lower right hand portion of the graph. (For the methodology associated with these rankings, see this article.) With a 1494.6 rating, Seattle is the top team by a slight margin, holding only a 4.4 point lead over Sporting Kansas City, while the LA Galaxy...
Brotherly Game 12 hours ago

Top 100 Soccer Clubs in the United States and Canada - Methodology

The first in a two-part series that ranks the top 100 clubs in the United States and Canada. This lays out the methodology used to formulate the rankings. This post walks through the process we adapted to create the Top 100 Soccer Clubs in the United States and Canada and the Elo rating that drives the ranking. The score can be used as a way to predict the outcome of games, the formula for which is also laid out below. The Top 100 Soccer Clubs in the United States and Canada uses a modified Elo rating system to rank the teams and also provides a score to compute the probability of outcomes...
Brotherly Game 15 hours ago
Union Academy in College Returns to Campus

Union Academy in College Returns to Campus

College freshman with experience suiting up for the Philadelphia Union move into their dorms as they join upperclassmen Academy alumni prepping for the 2014 college soccer season. A deadly Harry Shipp set piece kept Zach Steffen and Alex Shinsky from tasting College Cup victory at PPL Park in December, but both return to the University of Maryland Terrapins this fall looking for a repeat trip to college soccer's season-ending tournament. They'll have to do it without two-time Hermann Trophy winner Patrick Mullins, and the path to college glory will go through the Big 10, but Sasho...
Brotherly Game Aug 19, 2014
Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 0 - Dynamo 2

Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 0 - Dynamo 2

Poetry Corner Kicks ain't even mad, bro. Ray, I’m not even mad at you man.  The look on Gaddis’ face after his own goal in the 90th minutes said it all – the Philadelphia Union were gassed.  Many of the players, including Gaddis, were playing in their third game in seven days and it showed.  There were some bright moments, most of them coming from our third string keeper Andre Blake, but all in all this was a forgettable game against the Houston Dynamo.  Things have been going well for the Union lately, but with only 10 games left, they are going to need to pick up some points...
Brotherly Game Aug 19, 2014

Should Ray Gaddis be on the left or the right?

Both managers have been slinging Ray Gaddis from one side of the field to the next. Here are five observations on how the team and individuals have fared when Gaddis is on the right or the left. Somewhere on the Union's list of needs is an upgrade at left back. There was a call for such a move in the off season, but Fabinho was given the job to start the season. He performed admirably enough that those calls dwindled and other needs became more readily apparent. But there was still a gap as the defense struggled. With both Sheanon Williams and Ray Gaddis capable at full back, ex-manager...
Gribbs / Dynamo Theory Aug 19, 2014
Player Ratings: Dynamo vs Union

Player Ratings: Dynamo vs Union

The Houston Dynamo defeated the Philadelphia Union 2-0 at home last Friday. Heat, humidity, and tired legs played a factor for the Union as they seemed to have run out of gas after Will Bruin’s opening goal. 5 quick observations about this one: 1) Bruin and Barnes are linking up extremely well. They created plenty of opportunities for each other. Right before Bruin's goal (you know, the one that had a Barnes assist), Bruin tried to find Barnes in space which almost worked. 2) Garrido and Clark are our version of the "Bash Brothers" from D2 Mighty Ducks. 3) Counter attacks that go around...
Brotherly Game Aug 19, 2014

Jim Curtin and his use of the Union "Puzzle Pieces"

After reading an article on the Philadelphia Union website by Doug Ammon, I started to think about his opinion and i decided to voice my own. Go back a week and a half, and everyone is excited about Carlos Valdes coming back. Jim Curtin has the players playing well to his "system" and everything is fantastic right? Well, since the Valdes announcement, there have been some worrying signs for some Union faithful. One of this was in the form of this interesting article on the Philadelphia Union Website written by Doug Ammon. The first thing to point out was his preferred Union lineup. One...
Brotherly Game Aug 16, 2014
Meltdown: Houston Dynamo 2-0 Philadelphia Union

Meltdown: Houston Dynamo 2-0 Philadelphia Union

A solid first half gave way to a sloppy second half, and the Union walked away 2-0 losers Friday night in Houston. Facing their third game in seven games and their second game in 72 hours in Texas during an extreme weather week, the Union literally and figuratively melted. A second half goal from Will Bruin was the death knell for the Union as they lost 2-0 on the road Friday night. An effect of going hard after the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday was using a heavy dose of line-up rotation at Houston. Andre Blake started in goal over Zac MacMath, Fabinho replaced Ray Gaddis at left back and Gaddis...
Brotherly Game Aug 15, 2014

GAME THREAD: Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union

The Philadelphia Union end their week in Texas with a crucial league match against the Houston Dynamo. UNION GAME #24 VS BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX August 15, 2014 9:00 PM ET NBCSN - JP Dellacamera and Eddie Robinson Know Thy Enemy: Dynamo Theory Starting XI Will Bruin, Giles Barnes Forward Pedro Ribeiro Brad Davis, Ricardo Clark, Luis Garrido, Oscar Garcia Midfield Danny Cruz, Vincent Nogueira, Sebastien Le Toux Amobi Okugo, Brian Carroll DeMarcus Beasley, Jermaine Taylor, David Horst, Kofi Sarkodie Defense Fabinho, Carlos Valdes, Maurice Edu,...
Dynamo Theory Aug 15, 2014

Game Thread: Houston Dynamo vs Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union are a high-flying team coming in off a win in Dallas on Wednesday in US Open Cup Play. Will tired legs doom the Union and help propel the Houston Dynamo to a much needed victory? THE BASICSHouston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia UnionFriday, August 15, 8:00 p.m. CTBBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas BROADCAST INFORMATIONNBC Sports Network - 8:00 p.m. CHANNEL LISTINGSYahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM - 8:00 p.m. (7:30 p.m. pregame)La Ranchera 850 AM - 8:00 p.m. (7:30 p.m. pregame) PREVIEWA pair of teams in the thick of the race for playoff places in the Eastern Conference meet when the...
Dynamo Theory Aug 15, 2014

Match Day 24: Houston Dynamo vs Philadelphia Union

In a vital Eastern Conference matchup, two teams will test their newest formations in the Texas heat. After two games, key defensive signings look to brighten playoff chances as the schedule dwindles down. That's the story for both teams heading into BBVACompass Stadium on Friday night. While DaMarcus Beasley and Luis Garrido continue to establish their presence in the Dynamo defense, Philadelphia Union reclaimed center back Carlos Valdés after a 2-year stint in South America. Paired with Ethan White, these central anchors sit in the middle of a stingy defense that is undefeated in their...
Brotherly Game Aug 15, 2014

Confirmed: US Open Cup Final will be on September 16

Multiple sources confirm US Open Cup Final will be on September 16, quashing rumors. Our counterparts at Sounder At Heart - SBN's Seattle Sounders blog - received confirmation yesterday that the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final will be played at PPL Park on September 16th, putting to bed rumors that the match would be moved to the 17th. It's unclear where the rumors started, however they gained traction yesterday when it was picked up on social media and spread like wildfire. The date was further confirmed by me a few minutes ago when I called the Philadelphia Union's own toll-free ticketing...
Brotherly Game Aug 15, 2014

Corben Bone loaned out to USL PRO's Wilmington Hammerheads

The Philadelphia Union loans attacking midfielder Corben Bone to the Wilmington Hammerheads of USL PRO. The Philadelphia Union have announced a loan agreement with USL PRO's Wilmington Hammerheads for the services of attacking midfielder Corben Bone. Bone was selected by the Union in the 2013 Re-Entry Draft after playing four seasons for the Chicago Fire and seeing a total of 26 minutes in the last two years, John Hackworth was familiar with Bone due to him being in Hackworth's USYNT U-17 camp back in 2005. I'm sure this is a welcomed opportunity for the 26 year old former First Round pick,...
Brotherly Game Aug 15, 2014

Matchday 24: Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo

After a thrilling victory in Dallas on Tuesday, the U will make the trek south to the coast city of Houston. Can they finish out a packed week strong? In an endlessly packed week for the Philadelphia Union, the journey cannot stop with them reaching the US Open Cup Final for the first time. They simply don't have much time to even celebrate. Wheels were up shortly after their semifinal clash with FC Dallas and the Union were on the road to Houston. Defensively Disastrous Houston has struggled this season and it is in no doubt that I can say they might just be worse defensively than the...
Brotherly Game Aug 14, 2014

The Whole Story: Match Day 24 Philadelphia Union at Houston Dynamo

Get The Whole Story on Match Day 24 as the Philadelphia Union face the Houston Dynamo - from preview to post match analysis. tBG) How will this Houston Dynamo team differ from the team that drew the Philadelphia Union back on April 19? DT) Brad Davis will be healthy, which is a huge boost to the team. By simply having Davis on the field changes the energy, creativity, and effectiveness of this Houston Dynamo team. The team has been bolstered by the arrival of DaMarcus Beasley and Luis Garrido which will make it more difficult for this team to be scored on while providing support in the...
Brotherly Game Aug 14, 2014

US Open Cup Final: Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders FC

September 16th at PPL Park will see the Philadelphia Union face off against the Seattle Sounders for the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Everything you need to know about this historic event here in one place. The Philadelphia Union now know their opponents for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final: three-time winners Seattle Sounders will make the trek to PPL Park on September 16. Seattle destroyed the Chicago Fire 6-0 to reach their fifth Cup Final in six years, having won the threepeat from 2009 through 2011 - the club's first three years in MLS. The Union on the other hand are making their...
Brotherly Game Aug 14, 2014

Opposite View - Three Questions with Dynamo Theory

We sit down with Derek Stowers of Dynamo Theory, SBN's Houston Dynamo blog, and find out what to expect this time around from the 2006 MLS Cup Winners. tBG) How will this Houston Dynamo team differ from the team that drew the Philadelphia Union back on April 19? DT) Brad Davis will be healthy, which is a huge boost to the team. By simply having Davis on the field changes the energy, creativity, and effectiveness of this Houston Dynamo team. The team has been bolstered by the arrival of DaMarcus Beasley and Luis Garrido which will make it more difficult for this team to be scored on while...
Brotherly Game Aug 14, 2014

Union to face Seattle in US Open Cup Final

September 16th at PPL Park will see the Philadelphia Union face off against the Seattle Sounders for the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The Philadelphia Union now know their opponents for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final: three-time winners Seattle Sounders will make the trek to PPL Park on September 16. Seattle destroyed the Chicago Fire 6-0 to reach their fifth Cup Final in six years, having won the threepeat from 2009 through 2011 - the club's first three years in MLS. The Union on the other hand are making their first appearance in a club final since the club's inception in 2010, with...
Big D Soccer Aug 13, 2014
FC Dallas falls in penalty kicks to the Philadelphia Union in the semifinals of the 2014 US Open Cup

FC Dallas falls in penalty kicks to the Philadelphia Union in the semifinals of the 2014 US Open Cup

Fabian Castillo scored a late game-tying goal to send the game to extra-time. It wasn't meant to be in the end for FC Dallas on Tuesday night as they fell on penalty kicks to the Philadelphia Union in the semifinal round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The Union controlled the bulk of this game including the games' best chance in the first half. In the 23rd minute, Vincent Nogueira took a shot that skipped across the ground directly to teammate Sebastian Le Toux, who was inside the penalty box. Le Toux took a touch to his right before FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges made a goal-saving...
Brotherly Game Aug 13, 2014
Philadelphia Fury sign former Union keeper Thorne Holder

Philadelphia Fury sign former Union keeper Thorne Holder

The Philadelphia Fury of the newly formed ASL announced the signing of former Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Thorne Holder; The Philadelphia Fury signed former Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Thorne Holder to their team on Monday. The Trinidadian joins an already deep keeper corps, and will likely be fighting to get the starting position. When interviewed last week at the Fury's first practice, Holder said he was eager to start a new season with the team. "(It's) difficult to have expectations but I will do my best," he said. "I will develop good relations w/ coaching staff and players on and...

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