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Brotherly Game 49 mins ago

Union Extinguished: Chicago Fire 1-0 Philadelphia Union

A lifeless performance from the Union yielded them zero points Sunday afternoon in Bridgeview. The Philadelphia Union came into a largely empty Toyota Park hoping to overcome their depth issues and to erase the memories of the season's first three games, but facing a dreadful Chicago Fire side, they put on a dreadful display of their own, dropping 1-0 to the hometown Fire. Lacking roster depth and lacking quality, the Union also lacked goals, hope, and eventually a man during a forgettable 90-minute Sunday afternoon in Bridgeview. Adailton scored, Fred got sent off, and the Union left...
Brotherly Game 5 hours ago

HOW TO WATCH AND GAME THREAD: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

The Union are looking for their first win of the season against the lowly Chicago Fire. UNION GAME #4 VS Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL Sunday, March 29, 2015 5:00 PM ET ESPN2 - Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman TBG Game Preview Know Thy Enemy: Hot Time In Old Town Starting XI Quincy Amerikwa, Kennedy Igboananike Forward Fernando Aristeguieta Joevin Jones, Michael Stephens, Matt Polster, Harrison Shipp Midfield Andrew Wenger, Vincent Nogueira, Sebastien Le Toux Michael Lahoud, Maurice Edu Lovel Palmer, Adailton, Jeff Larentowicz, Eric...

Chicago Fire v Philadelphia Union, MLS #4, storystream

Follow this story-stream for all the buildup, banter and analysis of the Men in Red's first matchup with an Eastern Conference foe blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering blathering...
Brotherly Game 13 hours ago

Suspended in MLS, Pfeffer scores for Harrisburg in 5-2 loss

The City Islanders opened their season with a 5-2 loss at Pittsburgh Riverhounds with Union loanees Jimmy McLaughlin and Zach Pfeffer combining for one of the few highlights of the night. Union loanees Jimmy McLaughlin and Zach Pfeffer combined for one of the few highlights of the Harrisburg City Islanders' ugly season-opening loss Saturday night in Pittsburgh. McLaughlin delivered a pinpoint pass to Pfeffer in the 22nd minute and the midfielder slotted the ball past the keeper for his first career USL goal in just his second appearance for the Union affiliate (see the 30-minute mark of the...
Brotherly Game 20 hours ago

Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire : The Whole Story - Match 4

The Union head to Bridgeview, Illinois take on the Chicago Fire for three huge points. From previews to reviews, this is the whole story. Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire Date: Sunday, March 29th Time: 5:00 PM EDT Venue: Toyota Park "A must win game." Hoo boy, am I getting sick of writing and saying that when it pertains to the Philadelphia Union. Must win games are never fun to talk about, if your team wins you merely stave off that feeling for another week. If you lose, it only continues the dogpiling of doom and gloom that surrounds the team. But entering Sunday's contest...
Brotherly Game Mar 28, 2015

Paid Their Dues: Freddy Adu signs with Kuopion Palloseura

Yawn. Kukas sieltä @ari_lahti:n vierestä löytyykään? Tervetuloa Kuopioon, @FreddyAdu! #KuPS #veikkausliiga pic.twitter.com/SvBrNDiOcP— Kuopion Palloseura (@KuPS1923) March 28, 2015 Former Union midfielder Freddy Adu has signed with Kuopion Palloseura (KuPS) of Finland. This will be Adu's 11th club. KuPS has been a mid-table club for most of their 92 years, but they experienced some success during the beginning of the decade. The Finnish club took 2nd place in the 2010 domestic campaign, which earned them a spot in the 2011-12 Europa League. They lost to CS Gaz Metan Mediaș in the...
Brotherly Game Mar 28, 2015

Academy team heads to Dallas for Generation Adidas Cup finals

The Union open the final group stage of the annual U-17 tournament Sunday afternoon against Brazilian club Palmeiras. The Philadelphia Union Academy will open play in the final group stage of the Generation Adidas Cup on Sunday afternoon with a match against a youth team from Brazilian club Palmeiras at 4:30 p.m. The team will turn around a day later to play German club Eintracht Frankfurt at 3 p.m. and close Group C play Wednesday afternoon against San Jose Earthquakes at 3 p.m. The winner of the group will automatically advance to the knockout round on April 2 and the top overall second...
Brotherly Game Mar 27, 2015

Opposite View: Three Questions with Sean Spence of Hot Time in Old Town

This week we talk with Sean Spence of Hot Time in Old Town, SB Nation's Chicago Fire blog, about the upcoming match between the Fire and the Philadelphia Union. tBG) The Chicago Fire have undergone some pretty dramatic lineup changes since last season. Is the slow start the club has gotten off to in 2015 due to the club not gelling as much as necessary, or are people starting to second guess some of the personnel moves? HTOT) That's the big question everyone's grappling with here. Is this team better than they've shown? Frank Yallop is putting on a brave face at the moment, asking for...
Brotherly Game Mar 27, 2015

Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire Preview

The Union take on the Chicago Fire in Bridgeview, Illinois with big implications. If not for their season, for our sanity. Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire Date: Sunday, March 29th Time: 5:00 PM EDT Venue: Toyota Park "A must win game." Hoo boy, am I getting sick of writing and saying that when it pertains to the Philadelphia Union. Must win games are never fun to talk about, if your team wins you merely stave off that feeling for another week. If you lose, it only continues the dogpiling of doom and gloom that surrounds the team. But entering Sunday's contest with a record...
Brotherly Game Mar 26, 2015

Hot Topic Question of the Week: Who needs to step up offensively?

Three games in, three goals scored. Time for someone to step up. Just three games into the 2015 MLS season, the Philadelphia Union have managed to record three goals, all coming in one game with one being an own goal. They have been shutout in two games, and do not seem to be clicking offensively. The blame for this slow start offensively can be placed on many different players, but is there anyone that stands out particular and needs to improve the most? This question was posed to the Brotherly Game staff, and there was consistency among answers. Douglas Gobrecht- As of right now it's all...
Brotherly Game Mar 26, 2015

The Top 500 clubs in CONCACAF

Again we've put mathematics and statistical analysis into play by objectively ranking the top five hundred soccer clubs in the CONCACAF nations. In order to be the best, you've gotta beat the best. But how do you determine who's the best? We think we've come up with a way using mathematics to weight games and competitions. We've compiled the data going back to 2011, and have stacked the teams up against one another. So who can lay claim to being the best in CONCACAF? As explored in our previous article about the top 10 leagues in CONCACAF, it should be no surprise that Liga Bancomer MX is...
Brotherly Game Mar 26, 2015

Methodology for ranking top 500 clubs in CONCACAF

The methodology for ranking top 500 clubs in CONCACAF uses an Elo rating system with over 22,000 games coupled with the Poisson distribution to rank as many clubs in CONCACAF as we could. This post walks through the process we developed to rank the Top 500 soccer clubs in the CONCACAF region. As with our top 100 soccer clubs in the United States and Canada ranking the Elo rating system is what drives the ranking. However, this time we coupled the Elo system with the use of the Poisson distribution to set the crucial weights that the Elo system uses. This rating includes the results of over...
Brotherly Game Mar 25, 2015

Pfeffer gets additional suspension

Union midfielder Zach Pfeffer receives an additional ban after his red card on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Zach Pfeffer and the Philadelphia Union, the MLS Disciplinary Committee has decided to suspend the 20-year-old midfielder and additional game, meaning he'll not only miss the match this weekend against the Chicago Fire, but next weekend against Sporting Kansas City as well. Pfeffer received a straight red card during Saturday's match for an elbow thrown in FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz’s temple. After the game Pfeffer claimed that he did not intend to elbow Diaz on twitter,...
Big D Soccer Mar 25, 2015

Workhorse of the Week vs. Philadelphia Union

It began as a tight, physical grudge match but ended with FC Dallas taking complete control. Which FCD player muscled his way into our profound admiration and respect with his work rate, effort, and moxy? Cast your vote. First, congratulations to Zach Loyd for emerging as the clear Workhorse of the Week versus Sporting Kansas City by a huge margin in last week's vote. Michel clocked in at second, but third was split by Moises Hernandez, Matt Hedges, and Ryan Hollingshead. All excellent choices. This week, we take a look at the game against the Philadelphia Union. For me, it was a tale of...
Brotherly Game Mar 25, 2015

How To Watch: USMNT at Denmark

March 25, 2015, 3 pm EST NRGI Park - Aarhus, Denmark TV - ESPN, Watch ESPN, Univision Deportes USA, UniMas Jurgen Klinsmann and the United States National Team will travel to Denmark for the first of their two friendlies during this weekend's international break (except it's not a break for MLS). While the squad may be without any Union players, that doesn't mean you shouldn't watch. Klinsmann has called up an interesting collection of players to go with USMNT regulars like Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley. One of the more interesting roster decisions was the inclusion of goalkeeper...
Brotherly Game Mar 25, 2015

Philadelphia Union Spin Zone: Gameday 3

A two goal loss breeds plenty of negative opinions, especially after a controversial red card, however there is still an optimistic outlook to what happened. No matter how far we need to dig to see out of our rosy colored glasses, you can rest assured that we will find it! The FC Dallas match up got off to a rocky start as the Philadelphia Union pushed back kick off from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon. The postponed game time saw a limited crowd able to attend, but that didn't stop the teams from giving us plenty to talk about in the aftermath this week. The Optimist Relax! We are...
Brotherly Game Mar 25, 2015

Zach Pfeffer and the case of the first career red card

Our first homegrown player is all grown up, earning the praise of his coach and getting thrown out for reckless elbows. Here's a look at the reaction surrounding the biggest talking point of the FC Dallas loss. If you have been living under a rock this week and haven't seen the play, take a second and catch up. Scoreless at halftime at PPL Park. Via @LaDiavolina, here's a GIF of the Pfeffer incident. Judge for yourself. http://t.co/mKOGGFlQ9z — Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) March 21, 2015 The video doesn't show very well for Pfeffer. His elbow is definitely raised and swings...
Big D Soccer Mar 24, 2015

By The Numbers: FC Dallas vs Philadelphia Union

Numbers don't lie... except when they do FC Dallas continues their perfect start to their 2015 campaign with a solid 2-0 win against the Philadelphia Union last Saturday. Dallas will bring their perfect record up against the Supporter's Shield holders Seattle Sounders this Saturday back home in Frisco at Toyota Stadium, but before we get into that let's look at some interesting numbers from last weekend's game. 1 - Dallas' first win in Chester PA ever (1-0-3 all time) 1 - This was also Chris Seitz' first ever clean sheet in Philly (including his one season there in 2010) 1 - With the...
Big D Soccer Mar 24, 2015

The Splendid, Shoddy, and Just Sickening - Silly Philly!

An evenly matched first half took a turn in the Hoops direction after a flying blow to the head and they never looked back. FC Dallas visited the Philadelphia Union in a delayed collision between two undefeated teams (albeit in different ways) and from the get-go both teams threatened to take command of the match early. Seitz was forced into action with a massive kick save and Akindele had a tap-in slide between his legs and harmlessly out for a throw in. Both sides pinned their ears back and went after it, but one decision changed the match and was too much to overcome. Silly Philly,...
Brotherly Game Mar 24, 2015

Poetry Corner Kicks - Union 0 - FCD 2

Poetry Corner Kicks' rose-colored glasses are broken. "That was turrible." – Charles Barkley.The Philadelphia Union were undone by a RED card which had the Union fans seeing RED against the team in RED.  I’m sensing a theme here.  You know what?  In order to make it up to you for using a quote from such a disreputable source such and Sir Charles, let’s blatantly riff on someone slightly more reputable, the poet Allen Tate and his sonnet "Red Stains", which you can read first here to get the idea for the below...In a raucous Philly where S.O.B.s reignMy team and FCD sat swapping...

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