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Union Open Practice Drill Recap and Second Helping of Observations

Dig in to the observations of Andrew Stoltzfus from the open practice as well as the practice schedule of the day. Friday afternoon I joined a number of Union fans at the YSC indoor facility as the Union provided open access to the team's training session, before they head off to Florida for the rest of preseason. It was an experience I recommend to everyone the next time it is provided. Acting the part of @philaunion fan boy today. Get excited! A photo posted by The Bearded Beer Bearer (@tkedoop) on Jan 30, 2015 at 9:43am PST Open Practice Schedule Leading up to the noon start...
Brotherly Game Jan 31, 2015

2015 Africa Cup of Nations: How to watch Algeria vs. Côte d'Ivoire

Les Verts and Rais M'Bolhi face Côte d'Ivoire in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Quarterfinals. Rais M'Bolhi is probably the only Philadelphia Union player hoping to postpone the preseason trip to Florida. While the rest of his teammates have started practicing in the snowy Philadelphia suburbs, M'Bolhi is already in a tropical climate playing soccer. Rais and les Verts advanced out of the group stage in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and will face les Éléphants of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in the quarter-finals on Sunday, February 1 at 2:30 PM. M'Bolhi has had a very good tournament...
Brotherly Game Jan 31, 2015

Fans get up close and personal with the Union at Open Practice

The Philadelphia Union ended their first week of training with a practice open to fans Friday afternoon at YSC Sports near King of Prussia. About 100 fans lined the outside of the field inside YSC Sports to watch the boys in blue train and get autographs at the indoor practice facility near King of Prussia Friday afternoon. The annual event was the first chance fans of the club, some on extended lunch breaks and others playing hooky from school had to see newcomers like CJ Sapong and draft picks Dzenan Catic, Eric Bird, Raymond Lee and Aaron Simmons. It was also an opportunity to check out...
Brotherly Game Jan 30, 2015

The Union are using quite an interesting hashtag

You should probably wait until you're off work to read this. Today, the Union hosted their annual open practice. Fans were welcome at YSC Sports to watch the Union train from noon to 2:00 PM. The Union's twitter account, @PhilaUnion, tweeted a few photos with the hashtag #OpenPractice. The hashtag hadn't been used in the lead-up to the event, but it was featured heavily on their social media accounts today. A simple scroll through the hashtag shows some, uh, rather risqué (NSFW) tweets. Take a look. OUR НORNY GIRLZ WILL GЕT U НАRD ;) - http://t.co/pfC4V7PaOY! #mesiguestesigo ...
Brotherly Game Jan 30, 2015

Players Union Director Talks CBA Negotiations

MLS and the Players Union have continued to meet, but still seem miles apart on an agreement MLS preseason is just getting warmed up as players get ready for first kick in March. But while teams are signing players - or in the Union's case not signing players - and coaches get their teams prepared for the season, MLS and the MLS Players Union (MLSPU) are behind the scenes trying to agree on a new CBA. Bob Foose, Executive Director of the MLSPU sat down for an interview with the Orlando Sentinel's Paul Tenorio to give talk about where the CBA negotiations are at this stage. On the...
Brotherly Game Jan 30, 2015

The Philadelphia Union supports your freedom of choice (of TV providers)

Major League Soccer released today that MLS Live, the broadcaster of games online, will operate similarly to how it worked last year. That makes me happy. What content you watch and how it gets funneled into your home should not be so painful to manage. But it is. I choose to use DirecTV for said funneling, but that leaves me without the all important Comcast Sports Network and therefore, the local sports content. The younger generations are more frequently avoiding cable boxes altogether, and also rely on online streaming to watch their TV. The bottom line is, a growing number of Union...
Brotherly Game Jan 29, 2015

The Philadelphia Union's Growing Club Culture: Legends and Cult Heroes

While most clubs around the world have decades of history, the Union's is just starting. Before the sixth season kicks off, here is a look back at the beginning of the club's culture. Go to any pub within a stone's throw of a Premier League venue on game day. Strike that, go to any pub within a stone's throw of any club in any league in Europe, South America, or really anywhere. It won't take long to learn quite a bit about the local club. When were the good times? Who are the best, or most loved players in the clubs history? Who would not be welcomed in that pub? Where ever there are fans...
Brotherly Game Jan 29, 2015

What if PPL Park had been built near Glassboro, N.J.?

The Union came close to making a peach farm property owned by Rowan University in South Jersey near Glassboro, N.J. their home. Here's what it would have looked like if it had happened. Before Major League Soccer and the Philadelphia Union decided on Chester as a location for PPL Park, Rowan University was the front-runner to land the team in South Jersey on its undeveloped 600-acre campus in Harrison Township off Routes 322 and 55. I was a higher education reporter for a daily newspaper at the time in South Jersey, so I ended up writing a lot about a proposal that was real enough for a...
Brotherly Game Jan 28, 2015

Paid Their Dues: Is Freddy Adu coming back to MLS?

Fans of all 20 teams are all holding their collective breath praying their team is not one of the two. This is the story - and the player - that won't go away. Per a report by the Washington Post's Steven Goff, not one but two MLS clubs are interested in bringing Freddy Adu in for a look. 2 MLS clubs have reached out to Freddy Adu for trial but time running out to accept. Out of contract. Training on own in DC area — Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) January 28, 2015 Adu could be looking to head to his eleventh club, provided that one of the two clubs Goff is referring to isn't D.C....
Brotherly Game Jan 28, 2015

The full 2015 Philadelphia Union preseason schedule

The Union's preseaon schedule is out The Philadelphia Union released their preseason schedule yesterday, from the open training this Friday up to First Kick on March 7. When What Who Where Friday, January 30 (12 p.m. ET) Open Training Philadelphia Union YSC Sports Complex, Wayne, PA Saturday, February 7 (5 p.m. ET) Match vs. Jacksonville Armada Everbank Stadium, Jacksonville, FL Tuesday, February 10 (6 p.m., ET) Match vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies TBD Wednesday, February 18 (2:30 p.m., ET) Match vs. Costa Rica U23's IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL Saturday, February 21 (7:30 p.m.,...
Brotherly Game Jan 28, 2015

Union Academy duo named to U-18 roster for Copa Chivas Tournament

Union Academy forward Sebastian Elney and midfielder Sean Wilson have been named to the U.S. Under-18 roster for the Copa Chivas Tournament in Mexico Jan. 30-Feb. 7. Philadelphia Union Academy duo Sebastian Elney and Sean Wilson can add Mexico to their travel plans after the United States Under-18 men's national team head coach Javier Perez named both to his twenty player roster for the 2015 Copa Chivas Tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico. Both were also recently named (along with Academy teammate Andrew Verdi) to the senior team's preseason camp roster so they'll be missing the open practice...
Brotherly Game Jan 28, 2015

Lockout Looming?

MLS vs. MLS Players Union might be the biggest matchup of the 2015 season. There's quite a bit going on with the Philadelphia Union these days. The Carlos Valdes saga, the loss of Amobi Okugo and Zac MacMath, the lack of off-season signings and the general unrest among the Union fan base. But there is a growing issue in MLS that could potentially bring all those conversations to a halt, if not put them on temporary hold. The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is set to expire Saturday, January 31st, and it appears that MLS and the MLS Players Union are very far apart on some key issues....
Brotherly Game Jan 28, 2015

What if PPL Park had been built in Wilmington?

Following on from Matt Reppert and Barry Evans' fantastic articles considering the What If's of PPL Park being built at the Sports Complex in Philadelphia and Camden Riverfront, I wonder what if it was built down in Delaware.For starters, it probably wouldn't be called "PPL" Park. Location: The most obvious location would be at the Wilmington Riverfront, near where the Carolina League Wilmington Blue Rocks play baseball. Daniel S. Frawley Stadium most likely wouldn't be a suitable venue for soccer since there are no outfield seats (and besides, look at all of the issues that New York City...
Brotherly Game Jan 27, 2015

Rais M'Bolhi's clean sheet helps Algeria to Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals

Rais M'Bolhi's Africa Cup of Nations performance continues to impress as he helped Algeria advance to the quarterfinals on Sunday. Rais M'Bolhi saved three shots and earned his first clean sheet of the tournament as Algeria beat Sengal 2-0. The win confirmed les Verts will appear in the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals on February 1 against a team from Group D, which will be decided tomorrow.. Senegal was the more aggressive side throughout controlling 59% of the possession and outshooting Algeria 15-7, but Algeria found the space on the counter and cleanly finished two quality looks....
Brotherly Game Jan 27, 2015

Why you should not be freaking out about Carlos Valdés.

Chillax, Union bros I'm not sure why there's all the fuss over the Carlos Valdés situation. This is what happens when you have a player that is wanted by teams that have more money, a better reputation, the chance to play for awesome silverware - there are rumors that clubs are going to swoop in and sign him. It's the nature of the business. I hate to say it, but this is the first time that the Philadelphia Union have a player that is wanted on an international scale. This is a good thing, and a situation that I hope is repeated over and over. I hope the Union always have players that are...
Brotherly Game Jan 27, 2015

What if PPL Park had been built in Camden?

Following on from Matt Reppert's fantastic article considering the What If's of PPL Park being built at the Sports complex in Philadelphia, I wonder what if it was built across the river in Camden NJ. In the second part of our series of What if's, we have a think about what if PPL park had been built in Camden NJ. Matt Repert started us off with his article on the stadium being built in the Sports complex next to Citizens Bank Park and the Linc, now it is Camden's turn to see what could have been. We've all heard the jokes, and the fact about Camden always being one of the most dangerous...
Brotherly Game Jan 26, 2015

2015 Africa Cup of Nations: How to watch Algeria vs. Senegal

It's do or die time for Rais M'Bolhi and Les Fennecs. In a must-win match, Rais M'Bolhi and Algeria face off against Senegal in the Group C final match in the Africa Cup of Nations tomorrow. Algeria won their first match against the Republic of South Africa 3-1 on January 19, however thanks to an injury time goal by Asamoah Gyan, Les Fennecs suffered defeat to Ghana last Friday. As a result, the Desert Foxes are on the outside looking in, however a win against Senegal puts them into the quarterfinals. A loss and they're out of the tournament. A draw, and then it gets complicated. If Algeria...
Brotherly Game Jan 26, 2015

What if PPL Park had been built in Philadelphia?

It's in Chester, but we can imagine a world where it joins the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. With soccer specific stadiums currently being all the rage within MLS with DC United getting approval for their new stadium as well as Las Vegas passing a stadium resolution (contingent on the city getting awarded an MLS franchise), I decided to look at our own PPL Park.Now, I'm not decrying PPL Park's design nor it's location, I think we all enjoy the River End and the bridge view from the stadium is, to put it mildly, awesome.  However, what could it have meant for the team if they had...
Brotherly Game Jan 25, 2015

Philadelphia Union release preseason camp roster

Per a press release, the Philadelphia Union's preseason roster has been announced. In a rather unprecedented step, the Philadelphia Union released their preseason roster via a press release, reported CBS3's Kevin Kinkead. While most of the players on the list were expected, it's of note that the trialists are listed as well - usually a guessing game by those attending the open practice. Also noteworthy are the thee academy players who are getting a look by manager Jim Curtin and staff. Rais M'Bolhi will miss the start of camp while with the Algeria National Team in the Africa Cup of...
Brotherly Game Jan 24, 2015

GM change in Fury front office

The Philadelphia Fury may have been quiet in the public during the offseason, but the franchise still had a shake up. The Philadelphia Fury and former General Manager Graham King Charters mutually parted ways during the team's offseason, as GM of the Fury and fellow American Soccer League team AC Crusaders team owner Matt Driver confirmed at this years NSCAA convention. He also confirmed the promotion of former AC Crusaders assistant coach Victor Malagisi to the position. Driver said when interviewed that Charters requested a more on field presence as a coach instead of being in the...

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