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Brotherly Game 1 hour ago
Red Bulls 2-1 Union: Stat Zero of the Match

Red Bulls 2-1 Union: Stat Zero of the Match

The Union have a problem giving up good shots and the numbers back it up. That problem was exposed by the Red Bulls on Wednesday night and this time there wasn't enough offense to save the day. Perhaps one of these days it will be the Philadelphia Union that play like the desperate team. The New York Red Bulls, at home and desperate for their first win, found enough space inside their offensive 18 to net two goals and earn the win. The Union again showed effectiveness controlling the game from box to box, but continued to break down when the ball is close to the net - just where it counts...
Brotherly Game 8 hours ago

Bulled Over: New York Red Bulls 2-1 Philadelphia Union

It all went wrong for the Union as a solid first half gave way to a leaky second half, and the Union dropped all three points on the road at Red Bull Arena. Sometimes things go your way, and other times they all go wrong. For the Philadelphia Union, this was one of those nights where things did not go their way. After a rough start where the Red Bulls were all out of starts, they played what has to be considered their best game of the season en route to a 2-1 victory over the Union. The first half provided us with an entertaining and wide open affair. NYRB were first on the attack with...
Brotherly Game 13 hours ago
Game Thread: New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union

Game Thread: New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union

Comment on the game below! UNION GAME #7 VS Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ April 16, 2014 7:30 PM ET TCN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas Know Thy Enemy: Once A Metro Starting XI Thierry Henry, Bradley Wright-Phillips Forward Cristian Maidana, Sebastien Le Toux, Andrew Wenger Eric Alexander, Dax McCarty, Peguy Luyindula, Lloyd Sam Midfield Maurice Edu, Vincent Nogueira, Leo Fernandes Roy Miller, Ibrahim Sekakya, Jamison Olave, Kosuke Kimura Defense Fabinho, Aaron Wheeler, Amobi Okugo, Ray Gaddis Luis Robles Goalkeeper Zac MacMath Jonny Steele, Ryan...
Brotherly Game 22 hours ago

Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls - A Derby Retrospective

A look back at the Turnpike Derby between the Philadelphia Union and New York Red Bulls over the years, match-by-match. A quick look back at the regular season and US Open Cup matches held between the New York Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union. April 24, 2010: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgeD3qKZpEI The first meeting between the two clubs takes place in Harrison, New Jersey as the second-ever MLS match at Red Bull Arena. The Union lost 2-1 thanks to a handball in the box by Michael Orozco giving Juan Pablo Angel a shot from the penalty spot. Salou Ibrahim scored the first goal for...
Brotherly Game Apr 16, 2014
HOT TOPIC QUESTION OF THE WEEK: When is a Draw Acceptable?

HOT TOPIC QUESTION OF THE WEEK: When is a Draw Acceptable?

The most recent draw at the weekend against Real Salt Lake hit home a little differently after playing well against the best MLS has to offer. When is a draw acceptable? The Philadelphia Union managed to draw again against Real Salt Lake at PPL Park this weekend, as has been the recurring theme thus far in the young Philadelphia season. With John Hackworth's team doing their best Bill Murray impression from Groundhog's Day, there was seemingly mixed feelings around the Unionverse about the result of this match. A draw at home is not the best result, certainly a disappointing one if...
Brotherly Game Apr 15, 2014
Paid Their Dues: Michael Farfan's Cruz Azul Debut

Paid Their Dues: Michael Farfan's Cruz Azul Debut

Former Union midfielder comes on late for Cruz Azul, salvages tie for Los Cementaros. Ex-Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Farfan had a dream Liga MX debut on Saturday, coming on for Sergio Saucedo in the 79th minute and scoring the game-tying goal against Pachuca in stoppage time. Pachuca took a 2-0 lead in the 65th minute on a brace from Ecuadoran Enner Valencia. Cruz Azul got one back when Pachuca's Miguel Herrera fouled Achille Emana in the box. Christian "Chaco" Gimenez took the penalty, and while Pachuca goalkeeper Oscar Perez made the initial save, El Conejo was unable to...
Brotherly Game Apr 15, 2014

"In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke."

Who knew that Don Pedro and Benedick from Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing' were anticipating the Red Bulls wretched start to the 2014 season? For those of you not up on your sixteenth century literary criticism, the quote from the title refers to the fact that even the most successful Lotharios do eventually succumb to the ravages of time and are forced to change their womanizing ways and settle for a less glamorous life. After a winter of discontent in Philadelphia, it is time to make a glorious summer in the sun made glorious by the sons of (New) York. There is a tide in the...
Brotherly Game Apr 14, 2014

The Whole Story: Match Day 7 Philadelphia Union at New York Red Bulls

Get The Whole Story on Match Day 7 as the Union visit New York Red Bulls - from preview to post match analysis. tBG) New York has gotten off to a terrible start, going 0-2-4 so far. Why is this? OaM) I don't know if I can point to one thing. Part of it is that the team seems like they're still working through tactics. Another part is that it seems like the Red Bulls still need to get on the same page. It seems like more times than not, they need a half to really gel. tBG) Unlike years past, this offseason was relatively quiet for New York. Which of the new guys has impressed you...
Brotherly Game Apr 14, 2014
Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 2 - Real Salt Lake 2

Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 2 - Real Salt Lake 2

Poetry Corner Kicks is happy that the Union had a late goal of their own this time. When they want to, the Philadelphia Union can play with the best teams in the league.  Perhaps they can even beat the best teams in the league.  But until they fix their mental gaps, they won’t BE the best team in the league.  It’s hard to fault the Union for giving up two goals against a very good Real Salt Lake, but it was frustrating to see another late goal conceded.  At least the Union were able to get a late goal of their own this time.  Oh, and Andrew Wenger scored.  How ‘bout them...

Why are we in a panic? RSL's unbeaten start warrants patience

Why are we in a panic, people? I mean, not everyone is in a panic. But seeing reaction to Saturday's 2-2 draw against Philadelphia Union sure gives that sensation. All over, people are fretting about dropped points and how that could affect our standings at the end of the season. Which is fair, really, because we all want to end the season with the most points. That Supporters Shield is something we really do want, and rightly so. But looking at any given match and being dismayed at what could have been the case six or seven months down the line? Let's calm down. First, there are some...
Brotherly Game Apr 14, 2014

At The Beautiful Game

A tribute to the Union game experience We run opposite the birds in spring, flocking south down to Chester. We rest under the Commodore's bridge to watch the Union play their game. And who will be anointed a hero today? As we round the turn, arms wave us in - half welcoming a long lost friend, half directing our wheels that roll like soccer balls over the stones. People idle through a dusty haze. The rolling wheels make the sound of popcorn popping, and for certain there is theatre nearby. We stand together holding drinks, our sun baking each forehead. The structures, the river and the...
Once A Metro Apr 14, 2014

Week 7 - Philadelphia Union

Once a Metro's coverage of New York Red Bulls vs the Philadelphia Union. Jason, Pat, & Truman discuss the very disappointing 1-0 loss to D.C. United. Next they preview the midweek match against the Philadelphia Union. Lastly, they take a look at the recently release MLS Player Salaries. WARNING: The Red Bull Rant is a free flowing conversation about soccer that may include adult language or topics. Listener discretion is advised. Follow @RedBullRant Subscribe via RSS Reader
Brotherly Game Apr 14, 2014
Union 2-2 Real Salt Lake: Stat Hero of the Match

Union 2-2 Real Salt Lake: Stat Hero of the Match

This week's stat zero and stat hero awards are tight and we went against the grain with the winners. We also examine the USMNT World Cup showdown between Kyle Beckerman and Maurice Edu. Another day another draw. The good news is the Union have just one loss in 6 games. The bad news is the Union have just one win in 6 games. These types of results keep fans guessing just what kind of team the Union can be. But the latest draw with Real Salt Lake has to be viewed as a confidence builder for the young team. After taking bad penalty and spotting one of the best teams in MLS the lead, the Union...
Brotherly Game Apr 14, 2014

Opposite View - Three Questions With Once A Metro

This week we chat with Matt Coyne of Once A Metro, SBN's New York Red Bulls blog, and find out what to expect from the 2013 Supporter's Shield winners. tBG) New York has gotten off to a terrible start, going 0-2-4 so far. Why is this? OaM) I don't know if I can point to one thing. Part of it is that the team seems like they're still working through tactics. Another part is that it seems like the Red Bulls still need to get on the same page. It seems like more times than not, they need a half to really gel. tBG) Unlike years past, this offseason was relatively quiet for New York....
Brotherly Game Apr 12, 2014
Match Review - Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake

Match Review - Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake

Philadelphia twice came back from one-goal deficits to earn a draw at home against Real Salt Lake. RSL stay undefeated through goals from Luke Mulholland and Kyle Beckerman. Union equaled the scoreline with goals from Andrew Wenger and Maurice Edu. Union still have yet to defeat RSL, but this match was highly entertaining, full of talking points. The 2-2 score line doesn't begin to tell the story of a match that was equal parts thrilling, confusing, and frustrating. The thrills came from a second saved penalty in as many matches from Zac MacMath, a goal from a new acquisition, as well...

RSL concede late goal to draw 2-2 with Philadelphia Union

Real Salt Lake conceded a late goal against Philadelphia Union to draw 2-2 on the road in a back-and-forth match that, once it hit full speed, never really slowed down. Olmes Garcia won a penalty to start the match, with Philadelphia defender Austin Berry sending the Colombian to the floor with a shoulder barge just inside the area. Alvaro Saborio's ensuing penalty was saved by Zac MacMath, but Luke Mulholland pushed into the box on the right side to finish the rebound - which seems rather a common theme with the Englishman. Andrew Wenger equalized for Philadelphia Union in the 58th minute,...
Brotherly Game Apr 11, 2014

2014 Philadelphia Union Player Salaries

Here is the first look at MLS player salaries in 2014. We break them down and look at how our off-season projections fared. The MLS Players Union released the 2014 salaries for all players. Over the course of the off-season we took our best shot at peering through MLS' opaque salary curtain (with plenty of help from the community). Here's a table of the Union salaries sorted by their estimated salary budget number and a comparison to the prediction. The first column of numbers is 2014 base salary provided by the MLS Players Union. The next column, also provided by the Players Union, is the...
Brotherly Game Apr 11, 2014

The Whole Story: Matchday 6 Union host Real Salt Lake

Get The Whole Story on Matchday 6 as the Union host Real Salt Lake at PPL - from preview to post match analysis The Philadelphia Union face their toughest test this Saturday when last year's MLS Cup Runners Up Real Salt Lake come to PPL Park. Make no mistake, this will be one of the toughest matches the Union will play all year. What To Expect From Philadelphia: The Union come in to this match at 1-1-3 and in the fifth place in the East. The club had a disappointing yet relieving result last week when they tied the Chicago Fire 2-2. The Union were up 2-1 before Juan Luis Anangonó knotted...
Brotherly Game Apr 11, 2014
Paid Their Dues: Beginnings and Ends for Former Union Players

Paid Their Dues: Beginnings and Ends for Former Union Players

Don't worry, Porfirio still has the 'fro. Kleberson will make his NASL debut this weekend, but until then, he is living it up. He's been very active since joining Twitter a few weeks ago, and has been more than willing to engage Indianapolis fans on the microblogging site. Indy kicks off their inaugural season on Saturday, when they will host the Carolina RailHawks. Here is Kleberson on a billboard: After Cerro Porteño eliminated Deportivo Cali from Copa Libertadores contention on Tuesday, Faryd Mondragon has announced that he has played his last game with the Cali club. He has now...
Brotherly Game Apr 11, 2014
Opposite View - RSL Perspective's Denzel Eslinger Talks Real Salt Lake

Opposite View - RSL Perspective's Denzel Eslinger Talks Real Salt Lake

Today we get a bit of a different perspective on Real Salt Lake from Denzel Eslinger of rslperspective.com So Real Salt Lake will head into Philly as one of just two teams without a loss, and the reason is simple – Depth – nothing more, nothing less. While RSL started the season with a completely new coaching staff, new head coach and all new assistants, the roster remained largely the same as the team that played for MLS Cup . The depth of that roster has been called upon early due to injuries, last weekend RSL was missing Robbie Findley, Joao Plata, Sebastian Velasquez, Jordan...

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