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Brotherly Game 2 hours ago

The DoopCast nets a hat-trick.

Three episodes in one as The Lads play catchup. I'm no proctologist, but I know an asshole when I see one and Titi Henry was up to his usual whining and moaning as he tried once again to referee a game.  And sadly for the U the dream is over as the Sounders make like Pepto Bismol and stop the run.  You know Langston Hughes asked if a dream deferred festers like a sore or sags like a heavy load… ready to explode. Well there were plenty of explosions from an incredible crowd on cup final night with an atmosphere more cracking than Rob Ford and Lamar Odom but against Houston after that...
Brotherly Game 5 hours ago

Union Academy in College: Week 5

Connor Maloney scores a pair of game-winners, Jared Martinelli goal wins one for Temple and Zack Steffen registers two clean sheets in week five of college soccer action. Covers games through 9/29/14 Penn State's incredible run to start the season continued in week five, and sophomore forward Connor Maloney was a big reason why yet again. Maloney scored a pair of goals and added an assist in a mid-week win over Penn, and then scored the lone goal in a 1-0 road victory at Michigan on Sunday afternoon. The Michigan winner was Maloney's seventh of the season, which leads the Big Ten and is...
Brotherly Game Sep 30, 2014

The Chase: A Post-Match Day 30 Look At The Union's Playoff Picture

The Union didn't do themselves any favors with a loss to DC. The playoffs are still only 3 points away, but Toronto is back in the mix and the end of the season is looming ever closer. Magic Number: 55 Even with New York sitting in the 5th and final spot, Toronto has a better points per game with a game in hand. Columbus and Toronto sit in the last spots based on maximum possible points. DC can become the first team in the Eastern Conference to book their post season spot this week. A win or a tie against Sporting KC would be enough or they can do with either New York Red Bulls and Houston...
Brotherly Game Sep 30, 2014

Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 0 - D.C. United 1

Poetry Corner kicks recaps a rather forgettable game. It was a rather forgettable game.  As with the early season game between the Philadelphia Union and D.C. United back on May 10, an early United goal proved to be the difference maker.  Philly has quite a hill to climb after this one, and only four games left to do it.  Let’s take a closer look at Saturday’s debacle, shall we? What a great big hill to climbThe Union had to start withTheir effort ‘gainst United’s guysThe U could not take heart withA couple chances for the UFrom Wenger and from othersIn the early minutes were...
Brotherly Game Sep 29, 2014

Monday Morning Game Changers must be on the same page at all times

Every week we "Monday Morning Manage" every game with our fellow Union faithful. What could have been done better? What were the missed opportunities? Did that sub really need to happen? We bring all the talking points to you each week right here. Another week closer to the end of the MLS regular season, another game without getting a win for the Philadelphia Union as D.C. United extended their lead atop the East standings with a 1-0 win. Like other recent performances, it was a poor one for the Union, with no real clear cut chance created. What were the turning points of the game? 1. Jim...
Brotherly Game Sep 27, 2014

Sun Turning Into Shade: D.C. United 1-0 Philadelphia Union

The Union's playoff prospects continue to fade away following a 1-0 loss to D.C. United on Saturday afternoon. D.C. United came into this match in first place in the Eastern Conference and looking ahead toward the playoffs. The Union came into this match winless since their 6-point sweep of Toronto earlier this month. The first place team pretty easily disposed of the slumping fringe playoff team 1-0 thanks to an early goal enabling them to sit on the lead as the Union flailed about RFK Stadium for 90 minutes. To bullet points, ahoy! The Philadelphia Union are at their best when they are...
Brotherly Game Sep 27, 2014

2nd Half Thread: D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union

The Union trail 1-0 at half time. Rais M'Bolhi has not been sharp. Carlos Valdes has cleared two balls off the line. The offense has missed chances. Sorry for the delayed thread, I had brunch'd too much in a place too far away to make it back in time to set up a proper chart and what not. Comment on the rest of the game here. Go Union! DOOP!
Black And Red United Sep 27, 2014

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union MLS TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

A win would give the Black-and-Red a six-point edge in the East, and could clinch a playoff spot with some help in other games. For Philly, it's almost must-win time. This should be a good one. Last night's loss by KC last night opened the door for D.C. United to take a six-point lead atop the Eastern Conference with a win today at home against the Philadelphia Union. In fact, with the right set of results - TFC and Columbus both dropping points - United may well clinch a playoff spot before even our most responsible readers go to bed tonight. For the Union, meanwhile, it's a far more...
Black And Red United Sep 26, 2014

D.C. United Scouting Report: Philadelphia Union

Philly has changed a lot since we last saw them back in May, and are a more formidable outfit these days. Previously in this space, any game between D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union usually meant I could zero in on one of two points: The frequency of red cards when these teams get together, or the strange decisions of Union coach John Hackworth. There was a point where this fixture saw an average of over one red card per game, and in Hackworth's case the list of bizarre positional experimentation and constant formation changing - usually while calling everything a 433 - required...

D.C. United versus Philadelphia Union staff and reader predictions

Overall, the B&RU staff is confident the team will get three points out of Philly coming to town, but there are many different ways we think the team will get there. D.C. United takes on the Philadelphia Union in a game that is, while not a must win, a need win for a United team that hasn't won a game in the league in a little while. A win puts the team back on the inside track for the Eastern Conference championship and a spot in next year's Concacaf Champions League, while a loss would put them in a dogfight with Sporting Kansas City yet again. Overall we are fairly confident, but there...
Brotherly Game Sep 26, 2014

Match Day 30: DC United vs Philadelphia Union

Time to put on your hard hats once again as the Union venture into the crumbling confines of RFK Stadium to take on the Eastern Conference leading DC United. A little thing called rest After a busy stretch for the Union, they will finally get a week of rest before heading on a short road trip to DC. After 3 games in 7 days there should be no excuses for heavy legs and lifeless form like we saw against Houston. In that three game span Maurice Edu and Ray Gaddis have played  300 minutes, Ethan White 262, Andrew Wenger 261, Seba LeToux 247, Cristian Maidana 239 and Vincent Nogueira 230 being...
Brotherly Game Sep 26, 2014

Edu: A video worth a million words

Just three minutes that speaks volumes about the veteran Union midfielder If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth a few million - just ask Pamela and Tommy Lee. The sometimes Philadelphia Union captain and on loan midfielder wore a mic for the home match against the New York Red Bulls and the editors at MLS pulled 3 minutes and 34 seconds of goodness from the match. The video shows an Edu who is in charge and vocal about it. He's yelling at the back line, telling Raymon Gaddis and Ethan White to work together and communicate more, Fabinho to tuck in and even Andrew...

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union - Flashback Friday: The original Geiger Show

With the Philadelphia Union set to visit D.C. United and RFK Stadium tomorrow, let's go back to the game that gave us such unforgettable turns of phrase as "Geigering," "joker in the middle," and so much more.
Brotherly Game Sep 26, 2014

The Whole Story: Matchday 29 the Union go to Washington

Get The Whole Story from matchday 29 when the Union travel to out nations capital to face a DC United team that is lighting it up both domestically and internationally from previews to post match analysis We spoke to Ben Bromley from SB Nation's DC United site, Black and Red United and asked his three questions about the team and the match this weekend. He sounded about as buoyant as a fan of a team in the drivers seat should. tBG: With DCU winning the USOC last year and now performing so well in the league and CCL, what has the mood been like around the capital? Could this be the birth of...
Brotherly Game Sep 26, 2014

3 questions with Black and Red United

Get to know thine enemy Union fans, we rung up Black and Red United and asked them three questions about DC United and the upcoming match. We spoke to Ben Bromley from SB Nation's DC United site, Black and Red United and asked his three questions about the team and the match this weekend. He sounded about as buoyant as a fan of a team in the drivers seat should. tBG: With DCU winning the USOC last year and now performing so well in the league and CCL, what has the mood been like around the capital? Could this be the birth of a new DC dynasty? B&RU: I wouldn't call it a dynasty yet, but I...
Brotherly Game Sep 26, 2014

The Furyous Five

Philadelphia Fury General Manager Graham King Charters answers five questions about the team. This is the Furyous Five.   1) The Fury defeated the Evergreen Diplomats 2-1 last Saturday night coming back from being down a goal  at halftime. How do you think the team played?Graham King Charters ("GKC"): The first half we were perhaps slightly inhibited and we didn't look sharp at all. However, once the second half began we quickly found our rhythm and the players did fantastic in coming back.2) Scott McCoubrey has seemed to changed the team fortunes since joining the team including...
Brotherly Game Sep 25, 2014

Top 100 Soccer Clubs in the United States and Canada - September Rankings

The top 100 clubs in the United States and Canada. Rankings are current as of September 22, 2014. The past month saw some movement in the top 100 rankings, although the Seattle Sounders were able to hold on to the top thanks in part to their US Open Cup win over the Philadelphia Union. Sporting Kansas City - last month's number two - fell six spots to number eight. They weren't the biggest movers though, as the FC Dallas Reserves and Dayton Dutch Lions both dropped eight spots from last month. The biggest positive gain was made by the red-hot New England Revolution, who jumped up seven...
Brotherly Game Sep 25, 2014

Jim Curtin Presser - 9/24/2014

Every week the Union Head Coach gives the what's what of the week for the media. "I'm still the interim head coach" After a night where the soccer media bombarded a story reporting that the Union have removed the interim tag from Jim Curtin, the interim head coach revealed that this wasn't true. Perhaps the Union are considering it, but Curtin was in the position to refute such claims that it had already happened. Curtin's position on the matter is that he is still fighting to remove the tag from his title and that if it weren't for the fight of his players that he wouldn't be in the...
Brotherly Game Sep 24, 2014

The MLS CBA: Unpacking Don Garber's recent comments on single-entity

Bruce Arena didn't like how Major League Soccer handled the negotiations with Sasha Kljestan on behalf of the LA Galaxy. Don Garber fined him and then attempted to defend the honor of the league's single-entity structure. Did he actually say anything meaningful? Major League Soccer and the Major League Soccer Players Union are currently engaged in a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiation that will usher in a new era for soccer in the United States and Canada. One of the bigger areas for potential change (at least from a fan point of view) is the structure of the league,...
Brotherly Game Sep 24, 2014

Union Academy in College: Week 4

Doyle Tuvesson scores another game-winner for Lehigh in overtime, Jelani Williams' late equalizer secures a road point for Monmouth and Andrew Herr and Michigan State back line record fifth clean sheet of the season. Covers games through Sunday, September 21 Lehigh freshman forward Doyle Tuvesson continued his impressive start to the season, scoring a golden goal game-winner in overtime on Friday night to lead the Mountain Hawks to their fourth win of the season over Stetson, who you may have noticed wearing green track suits in the River End of Saturday's Philadelphia Union game. The goal...

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