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Brotherly Game 5 hours ago

Union acquire Matt Jones on loan from Belenenses

The England native joins the Union on a season-long loan from a top-flight Portuguese team. The Union have announced the season-long loan signing of goalkeeper Matt Jones from Portuguese club Belenenses. Jones was born in England, but he holds a U.S. green card, meaning he will not occupy an international roster spot. From the Union's release, here's sporting director Earnie Stewart on his newest player: "Matt's experience and ability in big games will be a key asset to this goalkeeping group," Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart said. "We will count on him to become an immediate...
Brotherly Game 12 hours ago

Why I don't want the Union to sign a superstar Designated Player

With apologies to Union Hulk... "You know what it is, it’s not my style, it’s not the way I work. That’s why it was very important that the first discussions that I had that we talked about the core values of the Union. I want to make sure that we have a playing style that fits for the fans of Philadelphia and that we all can identify ourselves with. Once you have that, and you win games, I’m pretty sure we can fill up seats in the stadium, and make sure it’s full all of the time. But most important is that people can identify themselves with our style of play. That’s...
Brotherly Game 15 hours ago

Je-Vaughn Watson wants out of Dallas

The FC Dallas and Jamaica right back wants to come to Philadelphia to be close to his daughter, however it doesn't look like that scenario will play out. Steven Goff of the Washington Post reported earlier via Twitter that 32-year-old Je-Vaughn Watson of FC Dallas was looking to come to Philadelphia to be closer to his daughter. JeVaughn Watson of Dallas not in camp, may retire after making multiple trade requests to be closer to hearing impaired daughter in Philly — Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) February 9, 2016 Watson came to MLS after six seasons with Sporting Park Academy in the...
Brotherly Game Feb 8, 2016

Danny Cruz signs with Minnesota United FC

The ex-Philadelphia Union winger will now ply his trade in a place slightly less cold than Norway. Minnesota United FC announced today that they had signed former Philadelphia Union winger Danny Cruz. Cruz had been without a club since the Union released him after a stint on loan with FK Bodø/Glimt in Norway's Tippeligaen (First Division). Cruz spent his first five years in MLS, starting with the Houston Dynamo in 2009 and moving to D.C. United in January of 2012. Halfway through the 2012 campaign, Cruz was traded to the Union for Lionard Pajoy and an international roster spot. Cruz...
Brotherly Game Feb 8, 2016

Could Fred be working toward a coaching career?

The 36-year-old Brazilian recently earned his National E License, opening the door to a possible coaching career in the near future. Former Philadelphia Union player Fred recently attended a U.S. Soccer National E License Course in Wayne, Pennsylvania. The course is geared toward teaching 9-12 year-old players and is the second step in the ladder that eventually leads to the U.S. Soccer A License. As a former professional player he could have skipped the National F and National E license courses, moving straight into the National C course, but he opted to work his way up from the bottom and...
Brotherly Game Feb 6, 2016

Squid Vicious: Union lose 1-0 to Jacksonville Armada

More than 30 players got playing time in the Union's preseason opener in Jacksonville. An excellent chip from Charles Eloundou sunk the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night, as his 80th-minute goal propelled the Jacksonville Armada to a 1-0 victory. The match served as the preseason opener for both sides. The Starters I think this might be slightly off. pic.twitter.com/7tiik5ufFE — The Brotherly Game (@BrotherlyGame) February 6, 2016 Can you spot what's wrong with this picture? I'll give you a minute. ... Correct! Whatever you said was correct! They did manage to spell Philadelphia...
Brotherly Game Feb 6, 2016

Evaluating the Union's signing of Roland Alberg

Where do the Union stand after the transfer of 25-year-old Roland Alberg? The Union finalized the signing of Roland Alberg on Thursday, tapping into their Targeted Allocation Money depository to acquire the 25-year-old Dutch midfielder. The former ADO Den Haag player was first linked to the Union about a week ago, as the process accelerated quickly before culminating in an official announcement. Given the recent revitalization of the attacking midfield and a rumored pursuit of a DP striker, signing an impact midfielder comes as a bit of a surprise. The Union seemed to have had an attacking...
Brotherly Game Feb 5, 2016

United States vs Canada: Preview and how to watch

Off the back of a 3-2 comeback victory against Iceland, the United States Men's National Team will close out Camp Cupcake against Canada. There are plenty of players looking to make an impact before qualifying starts up again. The United States Men's National Team (USMNT) victory that opened 2016 gave manager Jurgen Klinsmann plenty to think about heading in to the last friendly before qualifying ramps up again. The Canada match will give the German one last chance to look into the fringe players in camp as he builds his roster for a very important year. Ethan Finlay, Kellyn Acosta, Tony...
Brotherly Game Feb 5, 2016

Silly Offseason Complaints Part 6: Not enough players on the roster

In his new series, writer Drew Gobrecht tells you why your complaints about the Union are wrong. We know he's being condescending, but deep down he's really insecure, and this is the only way he knows how to feel good about himself. I have both good news and bad news today. The good news is that part 6 of Silly Offseason Complaints has finally arrived! The bad news is that this is the final chapter of this series. Today is the day I finally finish telling you all how wrong you are. I know,  I'm sure you're as sad for this to be over as I am. If you haven't yet, please check out Part 1,...
Brotherly Game Feb 5, 2016

FIFA 16 Roster Update: Philadelphia Union Edition

As the transfer window rolls on, we take a look at how it impacts the roster on FIFA 16. MLS is often overlooked when it comes to the worlds most popular soccer video game, FIFA 16 and understandably so. Most would rather play with the highly rated squads in the major European leagues than mess around with a league full of players with mid-60's overall ratings and the occasional aging superstar. But there are many who are fans of the game that enjoy starting a career mode with their favorite MLS franchise and leading them to glory in the MLS cup without the constraints of the voluminous...
Brotherly Game Feb 5, 2016

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Jacksonville Armada FC

New year, new U. Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Jacksonville Armada FC (NASL) Date: Saturday, February 6th Time: 6:00 PM Venue: Community First Park at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, FL Television: None Streaming: TBA All-time Record: In their first match ever, Jacksonville defeated the Union 3-1. Andrew Wenger scored the lone Union goal. How Jacksonville will look: Jacksonville has already played a closed-door scrimmage against the New York Red Bulls, so they've had some time in a game setting to gel a bit. Forward Alhassan Keita scored in that scrimmage - he was the...
Brotherly Game Feb 4, 2016

OFFICIAL: Philadelphia Union sign Roland Alberg

The Philadelphia Union announced today that they have acquired 25 year old Dutch Midfielder Roland Alberg from Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag using Targeted Allocation Money. The Rumors started just a few days ago, but today the Union officially announced the acquisition of their newest midfielder, Roland Alberg. Alberg is coming to the Union from Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag, where he primarily played attacking midfielder, but also spent some time out on the left wing. Alberg played in 71 games for ADO, starting 60 of them. In that time he has bagged 16 goals and 13 assists, 8 of those...
Brotherly Game Feb 4, 2016

Philadelphia Union announce new jersey numbers

Tranquillo Barnetta, John McCarthy, and others get new jersey numbers today. The Philadelphia Union released the most recent changes in jersey numbers today via the club's twitter account. Number changes and additions: pic.twitter.com/ExcshZ5SQ1 — Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) February 4, 2016 Tranquillo Barnetta has given up his former number 85 for a more traditional 10, which was held previously by Cristian Maidana, while John McCarthy moves from 55 to 27, which was recently vacated by Zach Pfeffer. Other players got new numbers as well. Chris Pontius took number 13, which was...
Brotherly Game Feb 4, 2016

Union release 2016 primary jersey

Snakeskin is featured prominently on the Union's new kit. Earlier today, the Union unveiled their primary jersey for the 2016 season. Snakeskin is in.Preorder your 2016 @PhilaUnion primary jersey today. https://t.co/71VosTbfZf pic.twitter.com/4zy3opookO — Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) February 4, 2016 The design stays true to the club's inaugural jersey, a then-pure navy kit with a wide gold stripe running down the center. Like previous primary jerseys, the 2016 (and likely 2017) kit features slight variations on the original. After a brief flirtation with pinstripes, the jersey...
Brotherly Game Feb 4, 2016

Academy players sign to play college soccer

Twelve current and former members of the Philadelphia Union Academy signed national letters of intent to play college soccer on Wednesday. A dozen current and former Philadelphia Union Academy members put ink to paper to sign National Letters of Intent today in the annual first day of the signing season. The signings included two who hadn't previously made their commitments public in forward Tiger Graham, who will be joining Academy alum Matthew Greer at Dartmouth this fall and goalkeeper Justin Bajek, who will join Sebastian Elney at Maryland. The Philadelphia Union officially announced a...
Brotherly Game Feb 4, 2016

Steel add three more to coaching staff

Comisky, Khan, and Peck round out BSFC coaching staff. We already knew that Brendan Burke is the head coach and that he'll be joined by Reading United head coach Stephen Hogan as well as former Union Academy coach Jeff Cook. Now we can add three more coaches to the staff. First will be Dave Peck, who is being brought on as the athletic development coach for Bethlehem Steel. Peck might be a recognizable name to some of you who are familiar with YSC or the Union Academy as he works in a similar role for both of those organizations. Peck, like Hogan, will maintain his prior duties with the...
Brotherly Game Feb 4, 2016

2016 Philadelphia Union primary kit leaked

The Union's new kit was leaked the day before it is supposed to be officially released. On Media day, I caught a glimpse of the new kits for the upcoming season and sent a little teaser tweet about it. The new Union kits are simple, original, and in my opinion, very nice — The Brotherly Game (@BrotherlyGame) January 28, 2016 That same day, rookie Fabian Herbers put a picture of the back of his new kit on Instagram. Yesterday, an image was leaked of the new kit and I can confirm that the image Footy Headlines released will be the new kit for the Philadelphia Union in 2016.  ...
Brotherly Game Feb 3, 2016

ADO Den Haag: Roland Alberg transfer almost complete

The Dutch winger's club says a reported two-year deal with the Philadelphia Union is almost done. ADO Den Haag published an article on their website today that stated winger Roland Albert is very close to signing with the Philadelphia Union. The article also said Alberg was in the United States, and pointed out that he will miss Den Haag's match on Saturday against Roda JC. Alberg's last appearance for ADO was on December 4 in a 1-0 win over Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart's former club AZ Alkmaar, going a full 90 minutes. He was in the eighteen as recently as the December 12 match...
Brotherly Game Feb 3, 2016

Philadelphia Union and MLS News and Notes 2-3-16

Andre Blake, Fabian Herbers, and more Union news dominate today's headlines. After 2 years of waiting, Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake enters 2016 as team's clear No. 1: "He's going to be the guy" | MLSsoccer.com:The Union are counting on Andre Blake showing the potential that made him their number 1 overall draft pick this coming season when he will be deputizing as the number 1 keeper. Philly Union will have retooled offense in 2016 | Metro:As the Union continue to retool their roster before preseason starts, fans should prepare themselves for a much different look on the...
Brotherly Game Feb 3, 2016

MLS single-entity and the issue of trust

Do you trust the owners in MLS to do what it takes to win? Those of you readers who recognize the "unionoscopy" byline and have read my stuff before know that I desperately try to support any assertion I make with numbers. I collect data from the far reaches of the soccer web to learn about the machine beneath the game and then present what I find. But today I write without any data, basically because there is no data to be found on this topic. The lack of data is in fact the nature of the issue. The topic is single-entity and how it impacts the league from a fan's point of view. I am...