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Brotherly Game 6 hours ago

What is Philadelphia’s soccer style?

Earnie Stewart wants the Union to play a style that Philadelphia fans will like, but what is that exactly and is that a good idea? On a recent Men in Blazers podcast Philadelphia Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart spoke with co-host Roger Bennett about his career and his current plans with the club. At one point in the conversation Stewart revealed how he started the process of building a winning culture in Philadelphia. He said: We did start with: what is Philadelphia about? What can our fans identify with? Because it’s not my idea. It’s not my vision. It has to be our vision. I...
Brotherly Game 7 hours ago

Match Recap: Bethlehem Steel FC disappoint in 1-1 draw with Rochester Rhinos

Bethlehem Steel FC come out the gates swinging, but can’t close the deal against a lucky Rhinos side “We’re brutally disappointed not to pick up three points today.” James Chambers is trying to light some fires in the Steel FC camp. After conceding a late second half goal, Chambers was trying to make something happen, even yelling at Anderson to go grab the ball after the defender won a free kick in his own half. Not that Anderson did anything wrong really, Chambers just really wants this team to take what they can get every time out. The first half was just about the best half...
Brotherly Game 8 hours ago

Cameroon qualifies for 2017 U20 Africa Cup of Nations

The Philadelphia Union’s Eric Ayuk and the Indomitable Lion Cubs will look to secure a berth in the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup. The Philadelphia Union will have another young player representing his country on the world stage, with Eric Ayuk and the Cameroon U20s having qualified for the 2017 U20 Africa Cup of Nations. Ayuk, who has spent most of the season with Bethlehem Steel FC, joins the likes of Auston Trusty and Sebastian Elney (United States) as Union players who will represent their countries in U20 World Cup qualification. Cameroon lost 1-0 to Libya in Tunisia on Saturday, however...
Brotherly Game 11 hours ago

Game Changers: Impacted

You learn a lot more from a game like this than one where you shell your opponents. What lessons can the Union learn from this? 1.) Opened up by the Open Cup - The Philadelphia Union’s loss to the New England Revolution in penalties set the stage for the loss to the Montreal Impact. 120 minutes on the turf in Boston burned out the Union’s starters. Fabinho was on the bench, and Ray Gaddis was pressed into service. Tranquillo Barnetta and Roland Alberg both looked a half step slower against Montreal, most likely from having gone so long in the match on Wednesday. And while not Open Cup...
Brotherly Game 14 hours ago

Brotherly Game Daily Links 7/25/16

Start the week off with some links. Philadelphia Union News VIDEO: Union fall 5-1 to Montreal Impact There weren't many, but here are the highlights from Saturday's game. RSL maintain tying streak, knot San Jose 1-1 The Union's next game is this coming Sunday, as they face Real Salt Lake. Here's how their last game played out, a 1-1 draw with San Jose. MLS News Red Bulls Trounce NYCFC At Red Bull Arena Red Bulls takes the 2016 Edition of the Hudson River Rivalry and makes NYC Red again. Seattle Sounders at Sporting KC 2016 recap: Pathetic performance Kansas City crushed Seattle 3-0 as...
Brotherly Game Jul 24, 2016

Brotherly Game Daily Links 7/24/16

There are other things to talk about besides last night's Union loss, I promise. Philadelphia Union News Hard Impact: Montreal 5, Philadelphia 1Not one of the Union's better games, there are lessons to be learned nonetheless. MLS News Rumor Mongering: Steven Taylor to the Timbers? Looks like Newcastle United's Steven Taylor could be moving to Portland Timbers. Report: Trabzonspor increases their offer for Fabian Castillo Fabian Castillo could soon be on the move to Turkey as Trabzonspor has increased their offer for the FC Dallas man. Fans had better enjoy this FC Dallas team while they...
Brotherly Game Jul 23, 2016

Hard Impact: Montreal Impact 5-1 Philadelphia Union

Didier Drogba scored a hat trick and the Impact then added two more to bury the Union 5-1 Following a dramatic 2-goal comeback against New York Red Bulls, the Philadelphia Union went up north and dropped a turd of a performance against the Montreal Impact, falling 5-1 at Stade Saputo in a match that was never particularly inspiring for the Union. The Impact scored early, scored frequently, and never let the Union off the hook. In what would become a theme throughout the evening, the first goal came about because the Union defense left Didier Drogba unmarked. In what would also become a...
Brotherly Game Jul 23, 2016

Player rating survey: Philadelphia Union at Montreal Impact July 23rd, 2016

Quickly rate the players so you can erase that game from your memory. Looks like that U.S. Open Cup extra time affair took too much out of the Union. Maybe it's just those white jerseys. There were too many mistakes by too many players and Montreal made the Union pay for most of them on their way to a 5-1 victory . Didier Drogba and Ignacio Piatti shredded the Union defense as they allowed their most goals this season in what can only be described as an embarrassing performance. So how did the Union players individually perform against Montreal? Fill out the sheet by rating the players on a...
Brotherly Game Jul 23, 2016

GAME THREAD: Montreal Impact vs. Philadelphia Union

Despite being in 2nd place in the East, the Union have only won one road game this year. They hope to change that with a crucial Eastern Conference match against Montreal Impact. UNION GAME #21 VS Stade Saputo, Montreal, QC Saturday, July 23, 2016 7:30 PM TCN - JP Dellacamera and Janusz Michallik Online Streaming: MLS Live TBG Game Preview Know Thy Enemy: Mount Royal Soccer Starting XI Forward Midfield Defense Goalkeeper Bench Numbers of Note 1.5 - Philadelphia Union's points per game, 2nd in Eastern...
Brotherly Game Jul 23, 2016

Match 21: Montreal Impact vs. Philadelphia Union

Everything you need to know about the Philadelphia Union's match with the Montreal Impact, from previews to reviews and analysis. Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact Date: Saturday, July 23rd Time: 7:30 PM Venue: Stade Saputo Referees: REF: Ismail Elfath AR1: Corey Parker AR2: Kermit Quisenberry 4th: Silviu Petrescu Television: TCN, Direct Kick Streaming: MLS LIVE What the Union will look like: Coming off of a disappointing loss to the New England Revolution in Open Cup play, expect Jim Curtin to make some small changes to the starting lineup against the Impact. After resting...
Brotherly Game Jul 23, 2016

Match preview: Bethlehem Steel FC v Rochester Rhinos

Bethlehem play a tough Rochester team on short rest Sunday in Bethlehem Match: Bethlehem Steel FC vs. Rochester Rhinos Date: Sunday July 24th Time: 4:00 PM EDT Venue: Goodman Stadium (Bethlehem, PA) Referees: REF: MATTHEW FRANZ, AR1: Mark Treilman, AR2: Dustin Killick, 4TH: Daniel Pannullo Jr Television: Service Electric TV2 (Lehigh Valley) Streaming: All Time Record: 0-0-1 Bethlehem Steel FC try to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Harrisburg with a big test against the Rochester Rhinos. Last time out in Rochester, Bethlehem had the lead until a last minute stunner saw the Rhinos...
Brotherly Game Jul 23, 2016

Three questions with Mount Royal Soccer

We spoke with John Richan of Mount Royal Soccer, SB Nation's Montreal Impact blog, about the upcoming match between the Impact and Union. Brotherly Game) Since the last time the Philadelphia Union and Montreal Impact met, it seems like the Impact have been the definition of the word "average". They've won two, lost two, and drawn four and sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Is this an average team? John Richan, Mount Royal Soccer) I am biased here but I believe the Impact are a better team then they are showing over the last couple of months. Montreal have had a difficult time...
Brotherly Game Jul 23, 2016

Brotherly Game Daily Links 7/23/16

It's gameday again as the Union head up North to face Montreal, let's enjoy some links before then. Philadelphia Union News Match preview: Montreal Impact vs. Philadelphia Union The Union round out a busy week with a road game against a talented Impact squad, here's our preview for the game. Philadelphia Union name replacement for Peter Pappas When you tune in for the game tomorrow you'll be hearing a new voice as Janusz Michallik will be replacing Peter Pappas in the booth for the Union. He'll be doing the rest of the games in July. Union rookie Rosenberry has always shown leadership...
Mount Royal Soccer Jul 22, 2016

Impact vs Philadelphia Union: Q & A with Brotherly Game

After another disappointing result at home last weekend against New York City FC, the Impact look to bounce back this weekend against the Philadelphia Union. With the Montreal Impact dropping another three points at home last weekend against New York City FC, the Impact will look to rebound this weekend against the Philadelphia Union. There is no doubt the Impact will benefit from the return of Ignacio Piatti, however will be without central defenders Laurent Ciman and Wandrille Lefevre. The last time these two teams met back in May the match ended in a draw, with Didier Drogba scoring...
Brotherly Game Jul 22, 2016

Former Union youth player Zack Steffen signs with Columbus Crew

One of the top young U.S. goalkeeping prospects is returning to the states to play for one of the Union's rivals. Zack Steffen is coming back to the U.S., but it won’t be with his local club. Instead, the goalkeeper who spent time in the Philadelphia Union’s youth setup in its "club and country" days will be playing seven hours away for rival Columbus Crew SC. The Crew unexpectedly announced the signing of the 21-year-old from Downingtown Friday morning. Though he’s spent time in the U.S. youth national team system, he was not subject to the allocation process other U.S. national...
Brotherly Game Jul 22, 2016

The Philadelphia Union take the best quality shots in MLS

The Union aren't good at possession or even shooting - so how do they lead the league in goals? How do the Philadelphia Union lead the league in goals scored with 34 without a top class shooter? They collectively take the best quality shots in the league. The Union rank 13th in the league with 49% possession but have been efficient converting that possession into the 7th most shots in the league. But what sets them apart is getting the best quality shots. Believe it or not, their aren't particularly good at finishing those shots either. Let's dig in. An expected goals model predicts the...
Brotherly Game Jul 22, 2016

Philadelphia Union name replacement for Peter Pappas

ESPN, FOX Sports 1, and TSN’s Janusz Michallik will do color commentary for the Union’s remaining July matches. In a press release this morning, the Philadelphia Union announced that Janusz Michallik would be replacing Peter Pappas as part of their broadcast team for the final two matches in July. Michallik will serve as color commentary during the Union’s matches against the Montreal Impact this Saturday and against Real Salt Lake on July 31. Pappas and the club parted ways earlier this week when it was revealed that Pappas had pled guilty in federal court in Newark, New Jersey of...
Brotherly Game Jul 22, 2016

Reading United A.C. set to host PDL Eastern Conference Finals

Reading will face off against the Carolina Dynamo while the Ocean City Nor’Easters will play the Charlotte Eagles. David Musante - Brotherly Game Reading will host the 2016 PDL Eastern Conference Finals Exeter High School’s Don Thomas Stadium will be the site of the Eastern Conference Finals for the PDL playoffs this coming weekend as the best four teams from the East descend on Reading. Saturday will see the Charlotte Eagles (South Atlantic Champions and overall #1 seed) face off against Ocean City Nor’easters (Mid Atlantic runner up and overall #4 seed....
Brotherly Game Jul 22, 2016

Match preview: Montreal Impact vs. Philadelphia Union

The Union round out a busy week with a road game against a talented Impact squad. Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact Date: Saturday, July 23rd Time: 7:30 PM Venue: Stade Saputo Referees: REF: Ismail Elfath AR1: Corey Parker AR2: Kermit Quisenberry 4th: Silviu Petrescu Television: TCN, Direct Kick Streaming: MLS LIVE What the Union will look like: Coming off of a disappointing loss to the New England Revolution in Open Cup play, expect Jim Curtin to make some small changes to the starting lineup against the Impact. After resting Keegan Rosenberry on Wednesday, he will be restored...
Brotherly Game Jul 22, 2016

Brotherly Game Daily Links 7/22/16

So close to the weekend, these links will help get through Friday. Philadelphia Union News Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Montreal Impact downed by costly mistakes While last night's game was disappointing as it saw the Union bow out of the US Open Cup, we have to look forward to tomorrow, as the Union face the Montreal Impact, let's see how they did in their last game. Philadelphia Union Academy year-end awards Our own Matt Ralph handed out season ending awards to the Union's academy. MLS News LA Galaxy oust Seattle Sounders to set U.S. Open Cup semifinals The LA Galaxy will meet FC Dallas and...