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Brotherly Game 13 hours ago

Philadelphia Union to hold training camp in Clearwater, Florida

The Philadelphia Union will hold their 2015 training camp in Clearwater, Florida where the Philadelphia Phillies hold their spring training. the700level.com announced today that the Philadelphia Union's February training camp will be held in Clearwater, Florida. Since MLS may or may not have rules prohibiting teams from hosting training camp within a certain proximity of an MLS club's home, the Union had to abandon their previous camp in Deltona (roughly 30 miles northeast of the Citrus Bowl where Orlando City SC will play) and look for something a bit further away (Clearwater is roughly...
Brotherly Game 14 hours ago

Transfer Talk: Zack Steffen

One of the best things about writing for SB Nation is the access to fans of almost every team imaginable. I asked a question to some of the SB Nation writers who cover the Bundesliga to ask about SC Freiburg, new home of former Union Academy goalkeeper Zack Steffen. Here's what I learned. Eugene Rupinski) I'm curious about SC Freiburg's goalkeeper situation and academy setup. Zack Steffen snubbed the Philadelphia Union for them, and I want to know what he's gotten in to so to speak. Davis VanOpdorp, Bavarian Football Works) SC Freiburg has invested a lot in their academy. Oliver Baumann,...
Brotherly Game 16 hours ago

SKC was never in for MacMath

Cross SKC off the list. Rumors of Zac MacMath's departure filled twitter last Monday, as he was reported to be going the other way in the CJ Sapong trade. Soon after surfaced conflicting reports saying that Sporting Kansas City would receive a first-round SuperDraft pick in exchange for Sapong. The second report would later be confirmed, and earlier today, SKC CEO ROFLMAO Robb Heineman insisted that his club was never in for MacMath. The young goalkeeper's situation has been in flux since last summer, when the Union signed Rais M'Bolhi. It's been presumed that both sides are looking...
Brotherly Game 19 hours ago

How will CJ Sapong fit in Jim Curtin's system?

CJ Sapong has his strengths and weaknesses. We examine what they are and offer a few ideas for how Curtin might best use the new forward. The Philadelphia Union faithful know this off-season is the off-season of the striker. The strikers of yesteryear are a mere ghost of themselves. Conor Casey might be back as a reserve and Pedro Ribeiro was lost in the expansion draft. Those two players accounted for nearly all the forward minutes under Jim Curtin. The roster up top is thin to say the least. The Union did not wait all that long to start the rebuilding process as they traded their first...
Brotherly Game Dec 16, 2014

Philadelphia awarded CONCACAF Gold Cup Knockout Round match

Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, and MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey to host knockout stage matches. Christmas came early for fans of international soccer in our region. Today, CONCACAF announced the venues for the 2015 Gold Cup tournament. Twelve Americancities and Toronto, Canada will host matches, and Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and East Rutherford, New Jersey will all host a knockout round match. According to the CONCACAF press release, Complete groups and schedule, including selection of dates and assignment of matches for...
Brotherly Game Dec 16, 2014

Putting the Union into a Philadelphia context

It's easy to throw the Philadelphia Union into the overall sports landscape, but is it an accurate measuring stick? Forget about the mistakes of the Sixers that have left them moribund in the crawlspace beneath the NBA's Eastern Conference. Forget about the mistakes of the Flyers, who are now entering their fourth decade without sipping from Lord Stanley's Cup. Forget about the Phillies, who were once good but look to be the Sixers of MLB in the years to come. Forget about the Eagles, who haven't won a Super Bowl ever and haven't won an NFL Championship since your grandparents were your...
Brotherly Game Dec 15, 2014

The MLS CBA: What could Major League Soccer look like in 2020?

If MLS plans on expanding to a 24-team league, they have a lot of work ahead of them if Don Garber also wants it to be among the world's best. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has publicly expressed two bold visions for his league. His first bold vision sees the league growing to 24 teams by 2020. His bold second vision is that the quality of the league will be amongst the world's best by 2022. Those two visions happen to directly conflict with one another. When sports leagues expand they run the risk of actually diluting the talent on the field. Over the next six seasons MLS...
Brotherly Game Dec 15, 2014

Previewing the 2015 MLS Superdraft through the MLS Combine

It's time to start looking ahead to the 2015 MLS Superdraft. Major League Soccer's list of 55 invitees to the annual pre-draft combine, released last week, provides an early glimpse at some college seniors whose names we'll be hearing more of over the next month as the MLS Superdraft approaches. For the Philadelphia Union, more than half of the players on the list, which will undoubtedly change before the draft, will be gone by the time they get their first pick all the way at No. 31 in the second round. Unlike last year when the Union had four of the first 30 picks and ended up being the...
Brotherly Game Dec 15, 2014

MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement Story Stream

The MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire on December 31, and if a new one can't be agreed upon by both the MLS Player's Union and the league, there could be a work stoppage in 2015. Here's everything you need to know about this situation. I went on a backpacking trip around the Black Forest Trail in Northern Pennsylvania a few years back. I was in the middle of reading Ernest Hemingway's To Have And Have Not and brought it with me on the three night hike. Even though the book would add a little weight to my pack, I had a dream of finding a few moments of solace with a rock...
Brotherly Game Dec 12, 2014

Zack Steffen signs pro contract with SC Freiburg of Bundesliga

Union Academy alumnus Zack Steffen has decided to forgo his final two seasons at Maryland to join German club SC Freiburg. University of Maryland sophomore goalkeeper and Philadelphia Union Academy alumnus Zack Steffen has signed with Bundesliga club SC Freiburg. Maryland Athletics announced the signing on Friday, confirming reports earlier in the week that the Downingtown, PA native would forgo his final two seasons in College Park, MD to sign a professional contract. Steffen, 19, spent two seasons with the Terps, playing every minute of 48 games and recording seventeen clean sheets and a...
Brotherly Game Dec 12, 2014

The DoopCast Annual Awards: Part Two

With the MLS season at an end The Lads won't be recording on any kind of regular schedule, but keep subscribing as there will be ad hoc episodes covering items such as the various and sundry drafts, trades, acquisitions, and etcetera.  If there are any Union specific topics you would like Richie, Pat, and Dan to cover then please let us know.  You can post in the comments section below or send an email to thelads@doopcast.com - if the subject sounds appealing then we will give it a shot. In the meantime the 2014 Doopies continue in the second half of the episode, with such awards being...
Brotherly Game Dec 11, 2014

Philadelphia Union and the craft beer movement

Bucking the trend of big beer sponsorship in professional sports, the Philadelphia Union have always left a spot at the table for the little guys. The biggest move of the 2014/15 offseason is welcoming Dogfish Head Brewery to the club's sponsors. The American sports scene has long been dominated by large brands. Budweiser sideboards line soccer pitches, either Pepsi or Coke rule the concession stands, and stadium names range from Busch Stadium to Heinz Field to PPL Park. The big corporations are even plastered across the front of (almost) every MLS kit. Since day one the Philadelphia Union...
Brotherly Game Dec 11, 2014

Union Academy in college: Darius Madison back in College Cup

Darius Madison will be the lone representative with Union Academy experience in this year's College Cup after Virginia stunned Georgetown to advance to back-to-back final fours. Darius Madison's junior season has fallen well short of expectations but the Virginia forward will have a chance to showcase his talent on college soccer's biggest stage this weekend in Cary, North Carolina, after his Cavaliers pulled off a remarkable comeback in the nation's capital Saturday afternoon. Georgetown and Union Academy alumni Keegan Rosenberry, Melvin Snoh and Brett Campbell were 54 seconds away from...
Brotherly Game Dec 11, 2014

Poetry Corner Kicks: MLS Cup Final

Now that the dust has settled and the Expansion Draft is over we can finally wax poetically regarding MLS Final! And so it ends.  The 2014 season is in the books.  What stories were written?  Seattle barely misses the treble; LA wins a record fifth Cup title; the Union have work to do; and the narrative that loomed the largest over the whole season: Landon Donovan goes out a champion.  Often times in the literary community sports are seen as a waste of time.  But many of the finest stories are told in the arena.  How did this, sometimes sloppy, final turn out?Today L.A. would hope to...
Brotherly Game Dec 10, 2014

Pedro Ribeiro to join ex-Philadelphia Union players Amobi Okugo and Danny Mwanga at Orlando City

Orlando City acquires second Philadelphia Union player in three days, taking Pedro Ribeiro in the Expansion Draft. Ex-Union striker Danny Mwanga also selected. So much for the rumored "gentleman's agreement". Orlando City used their Fourth Round Pick in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft to acquire attacking midfielder Pedro Ribeiro from the Philadelphia Union. The Lions also used their Seventh Round Pick to select ex-Union striker Danny Mwanga from the Colorado Rapids. Mwanga, who was traded to the Portland Timbers in 2012 for Jorge Perlaza, was most recently loaned out to the NASL's New York...
Brotherly Game Dec 10, 2014

Link: Watch the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft

We all want to know who - if anyone - from the Philadelphia Union will be looking to move to Manhattan or down to Disney. The best way to find out what happens? Watch the Draft! As you probably know, today is the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft. Today we'll see if any other Philadelphia Union players will be selected by either New York City FC or Orlando City SC. There are lots of talks of "gentleman's agreements" and "what-if's", so this draft will not be short on intrigue and drama. The rules are that each team is allowed to select ten players, so with 20 overall players moving the odds are good...
Brotherly Game Dec 10, 2014

Opposite View: What to expect from CJ Sapong

Ben Gartland of The Blue Testament, SB Nation's Sporting Kansas City blog, gives us some insight into the newly acquired CJ Sapong. CJ Sapong burst onto the scene in 2011 as a rookie, scoring the first goal for Sporting Kansas City under the rebrand in 2011 and winning Rookie of the Year that same year. After 2012, in which he had another solid campaign, Sporting Kansas City brought in Claudio Bieler as their new designated player at center forward. This pushed Sapong out to the wing full time instead of giving him some reps at center forward, which had been his true position. Claudio...
Brotherly Game Dec 10, 2014

The Union and the Expansion Draft

You probably didn't know about it...right? With the expansion draft but a day away as I write this, the Union presented their protected/exposed players for the world to read, mock and generally over-evaluate.  Since I'm not one to back down from a challenge I decided to do my own evaluations of each of the Philadelphia Union's exposed players and who might get taken by whom.  For the purposes of this article I won't be doing an evaluation as to the Generation Adidas players (Andre Blake) or the Homegrown Players (Zach Pfeffer & Jimmy McLaughlin) because the Union didn't need to have a...
Brotherly Game Dec 9, 2014

What the Expansion Draft list and Okugo deal says about the Union

Yesterday, MLS clubs released their list of protected players in anticipation of the Expansion Draft.....and by the way, Amobi Okugo was traded to Orlando City SC, because that is how the Union roll. I have two passions in my life, soccer and music. It's always been that way from what I can remember. Other kids got cool BMX bikes and Air Jordan's and I got my first Arsenal kit, a bass guitar and a Ramones album. It's just part of my DNA at this point. The funny thing about passions is that although they never really fade, the longer you have them the more perspective on them you acquire. I...
Brotherly Game Dec 9, 2014

Rules of Expansion

On December 10th, New York City FC and Orlando City will take part in selecting players from the current MLS franchises. With the Philadelphia Union roster possibly seeing one or two players wearing different colors next season due to the draft, it is important to know what to expect. Here is our rundown on the rules of the expansion draft. If you've been frequenting the Brotherly Game recently, you've seen all of the You Be The GM posts asking who should earn a protected spot in the Expansion Draft. So what exactly does that mean? Did you know there is a certain number of international...