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Brotherly Game 2 hours ago

Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 1 - NYCFC 1

Poetry Corner Kicks asks: Who was that masked man? Just a few days after a late goal gave the Philadelphia Union all three points, another late goal gives them a road point.  Finally the late goals seem to be going the Union’s way.  The goal came from a mystery man- cloaked in mystique and shrouded in substitutionalism – the masked man from the bench!  This mysterious man with a mask appeared from the sidelines to bring hope to a city that had been running low as of late.  His goal in the 86th minutes brought cheers from the players on the field causing visiting fans to wonder...
Brotherly Game 7 hours ago

Match Preview: Union host reigning Eastern Conference Champs New England Revolution

The Philadelphia Union go from one I-95 Cup team to another, as the Revs travel down to Chester for a nationally-televised contest. Philly took 4 out of 6 points from their home-and-home-in-5-days with NYCFC, but with another match just 3 days later, can the blue-and-gold maintain their momentum? Game: Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution Date: Sunday, April 19th Time: 5:00 PM Venue: PPL Park Television: ESPN2 The New England Revolution comes to town a little less than 100%, with Jermaine Jones and Chris Tierney recovering from injuries still.  Yet entering the weekend, they...
Brotherly Game 23 hours ago

Pfeffer Called Up to USMNT U-20 Camp, Friendlies

Zach Pfeffer has been called up to the USMNT U-20 squad and will miss next week's match against Columbus. The Philadelphia Union's midfield depth just got a little thinner, as Zach Pfeffer has been called up to the USMNT U-20 squad. Pfeffer will participate in the team's camp and friendlies against Qatar and Croatia in preparation for this summer's FIFA U-20 World Cup. The camp will run from April 18th to April 26th, but Pfeffer will still be available for selection for Sunday's match against New England according to a tweet from Union Press Officer Chris Winkler. However, Pfeffer will be...
Brotherly Game Apr 16, 2015

Yanking Away A Point: New York City FC 1-1 Philadelphia Union

The Union went to Yankee Stadium and seemingly finagled a point from NYCFC Thursday night on the road. Following what had been a largely lackluster affair, C.J. Sapong ignited the Union with a wonderful volley turning a surefire 1-0 defeat into a 1-1 draw at Yankee Stadium. For a Union team that has so often dropped points this season in the closing minutes, the feeling of stealing one against New York City in the 85th minute must have been a gratifying one. The Union got the better of the chances in the first half, but not much came out of mostly long-range efforts from both sides. The...
Brotherly Game Apr 16, 2015

New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union: How To Watch And Game Thread

Will the Union be able to mix it up with New York City without Diskerud in the line-up? UNION GAME #7 VS Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York City, NY April 16, 2015 7:00 PM ET TCN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas TBG Game Preview Know Thy Enemy: Hudson River Blue Starting XI Adam Nemec, David Villa Forward Sebastien Le Toux, Fernando Aristeguieta Ned Grabavoy, Khiry Shelton Mehdi Ballouchy, Andrew Jacobson Midfield Andrew Wenger, Michael Lahoud, Vincent Nogueira, Eric Ayuk Javier Calle, Chris Wingert, Jason Hernandez, Josh...
Brotherly Game Apr 16, 2015

The Union finally have an exciting player again

Not since PPL Park was graced by the presence of Roger Torres have the Union witnessed a more exciting young player. In the second minute of the Union's match on Saturday, Sebastien Le Toux found himself on the left touchline with the ball at his feet. He dribbled into the final third, before cutting inside and finding Eric Ayuk on the right corner of the 18-yard box. The Cameroonian winger was one-on-one with Jeb Brovsky from about 14 yards out. Instead of waiting for help to arrive, Ayuk gave Brovsky a little shimmy before firing a shot into the side netting. He had a horrible angle, and...
Brotherly Game Apr 15, 2015

USMNT vs. Mexico: How to watch and game thread

The United States will host Mexico in a game so close to the border that it may not be a home game at all. Wednesday, April 15, 2015 8:30 pm EST Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas Team News Jurgen Klinsmann has made several roster changes before facing off against the United States' biggest rival. One of the biggest moves is the addition of wonger/full back Fabian Johnson who will undoubtedly be his usual dangerous self, bombarding up and down the flanks. The team will also be without defender Michael Orozco due to his club Puebla not releasing him for the match. Additionally, Toronto FC striker...
Brotherly Game Apr 15, 2015

Rayshaun McGann gets another U.S. call-up

The U-14 defender will join the U.S. Under-15 team on a trip to Italy and Slovenia for the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni. Philadelphia Union Academy Under-14 defender Rayshaun McGann received his third youth international call-up of the year to join the United States Under-15 Boy's National Team on a trip to Italy and Slovenia April 21-May 2. The U.S. team has been drawn into Group C of the tournament with Slovenia, Costa Rica and Croatia and will play its group matches in various cities across Slovenia. They kick the trip off with training in Italy before playing its opening match against...
Brotherly Game Apr 15, 2015

Academy teams go 2-0-1 against DC United

U-18s draw and U-16 and U-14 teams both notch wins over DC United on Sunday. Jack Skahan found a winner in the 80th minute to lead the Philadelphia Union Academy U-16 team to a 1-0 win over D.C. United Sunday afternoon. The win was the fourth straight for the team dating back to December, and moved them a point ahead of New York Red Bulls in the East Conference Atlantic Division standings. The team is now 15-2-0 on the season - the Red Bulls are on 44 points with a game in hand. The game was the first for the U-16s since traveling to Frisco, Texas for the Generation Adidas Cup finals. The...
Brotherly Game Apr 15, 2015

Sebastien Le Toux okay to play

A gruesome moment in Saturday's match was Sebastien Le Toux crashing into the advertising boards during the second half, lacerating his right arm. He was forced by the injury to leave the match, as stitches were required to stop the bleeding. The Philadelphia Union's first win of the season on Saturday against New York City FC stopped the figurative bleeding, as their outset to the 2015 season saw them dead-last in the league a month in.  An unfortunate incident that happened was in the 62nd minute, when Le Toux tried to run a ball down in the corner to prevent it going over the end...
Brotherly Game Apr 14, 2015

Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 2 - NYCFC 1

Poetry Corner Kicks: the Union get their win. The Philadelphia Union have a win!  "O frabjous day!  Callooh!  Callay!"  The Union have slain the evil predator known as The Losing Streak.  It had been taking its toll on players and fans alike, but was finally defeated with goals from Vincent Nogueira and Zach Pfeffer’s butt.  The battle it seemed was never against the expansion NYCFC, but rather against losing itself.  Let’s take a look at the battle as it played out...The army of the Union was a weary, beaten lotMany scars and bruises showed from battles that they’d foughtToday...
Brotherly Game Apr 14, 2015

Match Preview: NYCFC's turn to host Philadelphia Union

Just 5 days after the first meeting between these teams the match up shifts from Chester to the Bronx, marking the first time the Philadelphia Union will play in the state of Ne The what: New York City FC vs Philadelphia Union The where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York The when: Thursday, April 16th at 7pm (The Comcast Network) The history: The rich history between these two teams runs less than a week old. The stoppage time winner from Vincent Nogueira gives the 5-year-old franchise the early bragging rights over the newcomer. The Union dominated the game in the first half, with NYCFC...
Brotherly Game Apr 14, 2015

NYCFC at Union: How the Union won their first game

This week's look beyond the score finds a sturdy defensive performance and an efficient offense as keys to the Union's first win of the season. On Saturday, the Union possessed the ball just 37% of the game, and they completed just 64% of their passes. Those aren't impressive stats and they certainly don't sound like the stats of a winner. But those are fine stats for a Union team that cedes possession and takes risks on offense, and it worked well enough to beat NYCFC for their first win of the season. Here's why the Union were able to overcome not having the ball, and passing it poorly...
Brotherly Game Apr 13, 2015

Mix to Miss Midweek Match Against Union

Philadelphia Union fans will let out a sigh of relief to hear that Mix Diskerud will be with the United States National Team as they face Mexico instead of with New York City FC as they face the Union. If you look solely at the statistics from Saturday's Philadelphia Union match against New York City FC, it will look like Mix Diskerud had a quiet afternoon. Just one total shot and one shot on goal are the only numbers in his stat line. No goals. No assists. Not even an offsides, free kick committed, or foul suffered. In 90 minutes of play the statistical line shows Mix as almost not even...
Brotherly Game Apr 13, 2015

Game Changers: It's About Flipping Time The Union Reverse Late Game Struggles

Every week we "Monday morning manage" the previous Philadelphia Union games, talking about the major points in the game that changed momentum, led to goals and won or lost the points for the Union. This week, it is the 2-1 win at home to New York City FC that will be analyzed. Maybe all it needed was to have a team from New York come to town to lift the Philadelphia Union players and fans, but it was a different feel around PPL park on Saturday afternoon as the Union finally got their first win of the season. They even did it without the guy that has been the teams best player as Fernando...
Brotherly Game Apr 11, 2015

John McCarthy's heartfelt interview is amazing

Philadelphia fans often use "passionate" to describe their fervor for their team. Today, John McCarthy embodied that passion. Much like the chants that rang throughout the stadium as play started proclaimed, John McCarthy is one of us. The story is the stuff of legend. The Philly kid gets pressed into service after the number one goalkeeper is asked to leave and the number two is still nursing an injury. He's got a patchwork team in front of him, and an undefeated rival coming to town - a rival from New York with the big names. No one would have batted an eye if the Union dropped yet...
Brotherly Game Apr 10, 2015

Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC : The Whole Story - Matches 6 and 7

For the home-and-away series between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC, we have teamed up with Hudson River Blue - SB Nation's NYCFC blog - to bring you everything from previews to reviews and analysis from both sides. This is the whole story. Summertime - Will Smith "Back in Philly we be out in the park / A place called the Plateau where everybody go" Everyone has at one time or another spent a summer day up on the Plat - even the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In the late 80's Will Smith started his journey as the rapper The Fresh Prince, and along with DJ Jazzy Jeff the two would...
Brotherly Game Apr 10, 2015

Philadelphia Playlist

As part of our series with Hudson River Blue, we've come up with some Philly artists to listen to. Show your civic pride and ditch the Billy Joel for a week for crying out loud. Summertime - Will Smith "Back in Philly we be out in the park / A place called the Plateau where everybody go" Everyone has at one time or another spent a summer day up on the Plat - even the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In the late 80's Will Smith started his journey as the rapper The Fresh Prince, and along with DJ Jazzy Jeff the two would have success with songs like Parents Just Don't Understand and the eponymous...
Brotherly Game Apr 10, 2015

Philadelphia Fury Spring Season preview

The Philadelphia Fury open the Spring season in the American Soccer League this Saturday with high expectations. After entering the inaugural fall season with many expecting them to win the Mid-Atlantic Conference, the Philadelphia Fury fell short, finishing second. Now the team will open this Saturday with many changes and many high hopes. One of the big changes was in the front office. Team owner Matt Driver stepped down from being head coach to focus more on team business, as well as being ASL CEO. Taking his place will be goalkeeping coach Cris Vaccaro, whose resume lists many years of...
Brotherly Game Apr 10, 2015

Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC: This is How You Beat Us

Hudson River Blue's Peter Axtman gives us a NYCFC fan's view about his team's strengths and weaknesses, and we counter with a quick primer on how to beat the Union. How to beat New York City FC by Peter Axtman There's no recipe for beating New York City FC. That's not to say they can't be beaten — they most certainly can, say Sporting Kansas City fans. I mean that they haven't been beaten enough for opponents to establish a pattern of vulnerabilities. In the first four games, we haven't seen a major stinker from the Gotham Blues. They've had some suboptimal performances, but each can be...

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