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MLS Cup previews, Guzan to Atlanta?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/10/16

MLS Cup previews, Guzan to Atlanta?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/10/16

The MLS Cup Final is today, prepare for the game with the links. Philadelphia Union News Trusty, Jones receive U.S. U20 call-ups Team will hold international training camp Dec. 13-20 in San Jose, Costa Rica MLS News MLS Cup Head-to-Head: Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders Here's Toronto's preview for the final. Seattle Sounders vs Toronto FC: Tactical PreviewAnd here's how Seattle's preview. Report: Brad Guzan to Atlanta UnitedThe USMNT mainstay could be returning to MLS. Report: Romario Williams to join Atlanta UnitedAnother day, another reported move. 'Fox is not messing around' with...
Brotherly Game Dec 9, 2016
Get to Know: Matt Perrella

Get to Know: Matt Perrella

Matt Perrella was kind enough to sit down and chat about where he’s been and what brought him to Bethlehem Steel FC ahead of the team’s second season. Matt Perrella is a bit of an enigma. Matt just kinda popped up for Bethlehem Steel FC at the tail end of the season following the departure of Samir Badr, and after his first match I asked him how he wound up in the Philadelphia Union organization. His initial response is whether I wanted the two minute version or the full version. I said the two minute to save time now, but I was definitely interested in the full version. Right before...
Brotherly Game Dec 9, 2016
SB Nation's mock expansion draft, video assistant referee system in MLS?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/9/16

SB Nation's mock expansion draft, video assistant referee system in MLS?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/9/16

Links to start the weekend. Philadelphia Union News Union mailbag: Blake, Le Toux, expansion draft ... and HighlanderAll is quiet on the Union front, which is typical for this time of the year. Chris Pontius was acquired by Philadelphia Union one year ago and the veteran did not disappointWednesday Dec. 7 marked the one year anniversary Chris Pontius was acquired by Philadelphia Union via trade with D.C. United. MLS News Mock 2016 MLS Expansion Draft: Atlanta, Minnesota could focus on experienced playersThe expansion draft is scaled way down from what it used to be, but there should still...
Brotherly Game Dec 8, 2016
Union Academy defender verbally commits to Cal Poly

Union Academy defender verbally commits to Cal Poly

Freeman Dwamena will head west to play college soccer in 2017 Philadelphia Union Academy defender Freeman Dwamena is heading west next fall to play college soccer for former USMNT coach Steve Sampson. Dwamena, 18, of Philadelphia, verbally committed to Cal Poly on social media last week. Dwamena has been with the Union Academy since its first season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in 2013-14. Prior to that he was part of the “club and country” Union Academy set-up as a member of club affiliate FC Delco. He scored a goal in 24 appearances for the U16 team in 2013-14, a goal in 13...
Brotherly Game Dec 8, 2016
McGann, U.S. U17s take first in Nike International Friendlies

McGann, U.S. U17s take first in Nike International Friendlies

U.S. U17s won all three matches against Brazil, Turkey and Portugal Philadelphia Union Academy defender Rayshaun McGann and the U.S. U17 team won the 2016 Nike International Friendlies tournament in Florida with a resounding three wins over Portugal, Turkey and Brazil. McGann, 16, was used as a substitute in all three games by head coach John Hackworth. He came on in the 75th minute for midfielder Blaine Ferri in the first game and scored a goal in stoppage time to seal the 7-1 win over Portugal. He came on in the 71st minute for defender Christopher Gloster in the 5-1 win over Turkey and...
Brotherly Game Dec 8, 2016
Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/8/16

Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/8/16

Some warm links for this cold day Philadelphia Union News MLS Offseason 101: Part 1 - Expansion DraftThe MLS offseason is in full swing, and PhiladelphiaUnion.com is here to help navigate all of the steps as the Union build for 2017 with our Offseason 101 primer. MLS News MLS to significantly increase TAM spread across the leagueMLS is increasing the amount of Targeted Allocation Money available to its clubs. Sources: Atlanta United acquiring Michael Parkhurst from ColumbusThe veteran central defender is being shipped to Atlanta United, where his passing skills should be a good fit under...
Brotherly Game Dec 7, 2016
Union Academy U18 and U16 teams close out year at Winter Showcase in Florida

Union Academy U18 and U16 teams close out year at Winter Showcase in Florida

The U18s went 2-1-0 and the U16s went 1-2-0 in their final games of 2016 The Philadelphia Union Academy U18 and U16 teams closed out the calendar year against some of the top teams in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy at the Winter Showcase in Lakewood Ranch, Florida over the weekend. The U18s won their first two matches, 2-1 over Real So Cal and 3-1 over Sporting Kansas City, before dropping the final match on Sunday 2-0 to Atlanta United. Tiger Graham continued his goal-scoring form with the game-winner in the 82nd minute to beat Real So Cal and the third goal in the 3-1 win over...
Brotherly Game Dec 6, 2016
Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/6/16

Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/6/16

All the links you could want in today's post. Philadelphia Union News Andre Blake Named to MLS Best XIBlake joins Sebastien Le Toux in Philadelphia Union history with the prestigious honor. MLS News Atlanta United signs Miguel Almirón, hopefully sparking a trend of ambitious MLS signingsLike Nicolás Lodeiro before him, Almirón is an impressive signing, and the type of signing that MLS should focus on. Sounders compensated for Atlanta’s signing of Paraguayan playmakerSounders apparently had a discovery claim on Miguel Almiron. MLS Best XI revealed: Who was the best at each position in...
Brotherly Game Dec 5, 2016
Andre Blake Named to MLS Best XI

Andre Blake Named to MLS Best XI

Blake joins Sebastien Le Toux in Philadelphia Union history with prestigious honor. After making just seven MLS starts in his first two seasons in the league, Andre Blake appeared in 32 of the club’s 34 matches in 2016. The Generation Adidas product was the first goalkeeper ever to be selected with the No. 1 pick in the MLS SuperDraft and showed why in his first full season as a starter. Statistically, Blake’s Best XI honor is questionable at best. His 66% save percentage is on par with the league average while his 99 saves barely put him in the top ten in the league. However, anyone...
Brotherly Game Dec 5, 2016
Bournemouth's wild comeback against Liverpool, Miguel Almiron to Atlanta?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/5/16

Bournemouth's wild comeback against Liverpool, Miguel Almiron to Atlanta?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/5/16

New week, new links. Philadelphia Union News Fabian Herbers earns 2016 Goal of the YearThe 2016 Goal of the Year goes to Fabian Herbers and his ankle cracking top bins strike versus Columbus Crew SC on June 1st at Talen Energy Stadium. Casey retires among Union's all-time offensive leadersConor Casey, one of the more memorable players in Union history and a consummate fan favorite, announced his retirement after an illustrious professional career. MLS News Sounders cracking down on scalped MLS Cup ticketsTeam revoked tickets of at least one person trying to sell tickets at massive...
Brotherly Game Dec 4, 2016
Three MLS players the Union could target

Three MLS players the Union could target

With teams making their personnel decisions, here are three options that would be a potential fit in the 2017 Union squad. Let’s be clear. None of the players mentioned below are in anyway linked to the club, but with more and more contract decisions being made around the league, there is a strong sense of who may be available this off-season. With the lack of forward depth, loss of Tranquillo Barnetta, and struggles of Ken Tribbett, there are plenty of questions to be answered in Earnie Stewart’s second year in Philadelphia. With clubs announcing returning and departing players on...
Brotherly Game Dec 3, 2016
Philadelphia Union Academy defender commits to Drexel

Philadelphia Union Academy defender commits to Drexel

Patrick Murphy is staying close to home for college Philadelphia Union Academy defender Patrick Murphy is staying close to home to play college soccer. Murphy, of Lansdale, Pa., announced his decision on Twitter earlier this week. I am extremely excited to announce that I have verbally committed to play soccer at Drexel University.⚽️#GoDragons— murph (@pmurph1309) November 26, 2016 He’s made eight appearances this season for the Union U18 team, scoring a goal in their 2-1 win over Real So Cal at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase in Florida on Thursday....
Brotherly Game Nov 30, 2016

Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/1/16

Some links to start the last month of 2016. Philadelphia Union News FINALS: Goal of the Year Barnetta vs. Herbers We're done to the finals for goal of the year as Fabian Herber's first career goal goes up against Tranquillo Barnetta's long range bomb. Keegan Rosenberry and Alejandro Bedoya Predicted For a USMNT January Camp InviteWhen the United States Men’s National Team decided to make a change replacing Jurgen Klinsmann with Bruce Arena it was expected that there could be a shakeup with the USMNT roster and give more players an opportunity to make their case for a roster spot. MLS...
Brotherly Game Nov 30, 2016

Tomas Romero, El Salvador U17s qualify for CONCACAF Championship

The Philadelphia Union Academy goalkeeper started in 2-1 win over Belize Philadelphia Union Academy goalkeeper Tomas Romero and the El Salvador U17 team booked a spot in the CONCACAF U17 Championship next spring with a third place finish in the Central American qualifying tournament in Costa Rica. Romero, 15, of Cherry Hill, N.J. started one of the four matches, a 2-1 win over Belize on November 21. Jairo Guadardo started the other three matches, a 2-0 loss to Honduras on November 18, a 3-0 loss to host Costa Rica last Thursday and a 2-0 win over Nicaragua on Saturday that wrapped up the...
Brotherly Game Nov 30, 2016

Union U16s draw Red Bulls in GA Cup qualifier

Red Bulls earned an extra point in the standings with a PK win after a 3-3 draw on Sunday Daniel Bloyou scored a hat trick but the Philadelphia Union Academy U16 team failed to gain ground in the standings after a 3-3 draw and penalty kick loss in Generation adidas Cup play to the New York Red Bulls in North Jersey on Sunday. The Union remain in fourth place with five points after four games played behind the New York Red Bulls, which picked up an extra point with the penalty kick win and now have five points through three games. The Union also lost the penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw...
Brotherly Game Nov 30, 2016

Predicting the USMNT roster, Jermaine Jones a free agent?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/30/16

Hump Day links! Philadelphia Union News SEMIFINALS: Goal of the Year We're down to the Semifinals for the Union's 2016 Goal of the Year. MLS News Game Preview: Eastern Conference Final Leg 2 - Toronto FC vs. Montreal ImpactHere's a preview for tonight's final leg of the Eastern Conference Final between Montreal and Toronto. Minnesota United Names Head CoachMinnesota United has announced that Adrian Heath will be the club’s coach for the 2017 Major League Soccer season. Sporting Kansas City, Peter Vermes agree to extensionPeter Vermes is being brought back through the 2019...
Brotherly Game Nov 29, 2016

McGann called up to U.S. U17 team for Nike Friendlies

The Union Academy defender and his former teammate C.J. dos Santos are in the squad Rayshaun McGann will be rejoining the United States U17 team for the 13th annual Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, Florida this week. McGann was one of 20 players called into head coach John Hackworth’s squad for matches against Portugal, Turkey and Brazil. Former Philadelphia Union Academy goalkeeper C.J. dos Santos (Benfica) is one of three non-U.S. Soccer Development Academy players on the roster. Dest Sergino (Ajax) and Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain) are the others. McGann, 16, of Royal...
Brotherly Game Nov 29, 2016

Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/29/16

Enjoy your Tuesday links. Philadelphia Union News QUARTERFINALS: Goal of the YearWe've seen a lot of beautiful goals this year and now it's time to vote for the 2016 Philadelphia Union Goal of the Year. MLS News Seattle Sounders further proving that the MLS regular season really doesn't matter The Seattle Sounders are headed to their first MLS Cup without Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, or Sigi Schmid. NYCFC Makes Roster Announcements for 2017Some familiar faces will not be returning for the 2017 season. The first cuts are the least deep: New York Red Bulls announce first off-season...
Brotherly Game Nov 28, 2016

2016 player review: CJ Sapong

Our player review series finishes up with the man up top. 2016 Summary: CJ Sapong had a bit of a breakout year in 2015, and he looked likely to follow that form in 2016. When the Union added players like Chris Pontius, Ilsinho, and Roland Alberg, conventional wisdom said that Sapong would have all of the offensive support he needed to continue his upward trajectory. It worked - for a bit, however he then went cold, got injured, and returned as cold as ever. It remains to be seen if the Union are going to continue with Sapong as the lone striker, look to alter the tactics to a two striker...
Brotherly Game Nov 26, 2016

Report: Philadelphia Union makes offer for Colombian striker

I wouldn’t buy a jersey with his name on it just yet though. The Philadelphia Union have reportedly made an offer for Colombian striker Dario Rodriguez. The 21 year old Colombian striker currently plays for Atlético Bucaramanga in Colombia’s Categoría Primera A (first division), however his rights are owned by Santa Fe. The report, from Colombian journalist Diego Rueda with Alargue Caracol that was discovered by the Union Rumors twitter account last night, also says that offers have been made to Bucaramanga by Junior FC (also of the Categoría Primera A), the Union, and an un-named...

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