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Brotherly Game 3 hours ago
Matchday 29: Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo

Matchday 29: Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo

The US Open Cup loss hangover cannot last long as the Union return to MLS action and their push for the playoffs continue against the Houston Dynamo No Rest for the Weary? The Philadelphia Union were extremely unlucky to lose out on the US Open Cup to the Seattle Sounders on Tuesday night at PPL Park, especially in a 120 minute affair. That leaves the Union on short rest for their Eastern Conference clash against Houston Dynamo on Saturday night. Having the game at home is a big deal as no traveling will allow for more rest, but playing their 3rd game in 7 days will not be kind to...
Brotherly Game 5 hours ago
HOT TOPIC QUESTION OF THE WEEK: MLS Next and New Logo?

HOT TOPIC QUESTION OF THE WEEK: MLS Next and New Logo?

In typical overblown MLS fashion, the league decided to have a ridiculous press conference to announce their new logo and MLS Next. What should we make of it? MLS is not afraid to have a press conference and, as a matter of fact, they love press conferences. So they had one yesterday to show everyone their new, shiny logo. Or to show their new 22 shiny logos. Yes MLS Next is here, which I'm not sure what is happening to the current MLS or where it's going to go. Much like the new iPhone, MLS Next is sure to be innovative and have a bigger screen. Funny, they wasted all that time on a...
Brotherly Game 8 hours ago

Union Academy Update: Blowouts at Home, Trouble on the Road

Development Academy season began this weekend, and both the Under 18s and Under 16s enjoyed a visit from Baltimore Bays Chelsea. Meanwhile the U13/14s traveled to the place where one can find a woman with grace, elegance, taste, and culture: Queens! Across the country this weekend 77 Under-18 and Under-16 teams and 88 Under-14 clubs of varying  levels took to the field (or turf, sadly) for the first matches of the season.  While the Under 14s traveled to Queens, New York to play new Academy members Metropolitan Oval., the high school kids stayed in Wayne to play Baltimore Bays...
Brotherly Game 23 hours ago
The new MLS logo is... umm... different?

The new MLS logo is... umm... different?

MLS unveiled their new logo today just before FIFA '15 was released, much to the displeasure of almost everyone. I really picked the wrong line of work. Instead of studying how systems work and how to create databases, I should have been a graphical designer. I feel like if I knew how to use photoshop well and understood symbolism, I could make some pretty slick designs which could serve as corporate logos and artwork (or at least logos for some punk rock bands). Then I see the new MLS logo this morning and think "See, I could do that. All I need is MS-Paint and a bottle of bad vodka and I...
Brotherly Game Sep 18, 2014
Union Academy in College: Week 3

Union Academy in College: Week 3

Doyle Tuvesson's first college goal is a game-winner for Lehigh; Darius Madison makes 2014 debut off the bench and Connor Maloney scores another in the third week of the college season. Covers games through 9/16/2014 The 2014 class of incoming freshmen from the Union Academy has seen very little of the field so far this season - Patrick Berneski at Notre Dame, Tyler Skwara at Boston College, Ryan Talbot at South Florida and Joe Harding at Fairfield are still awaiting their debuts - but Doyle Tuvesson has already made a mark both on the field and in the box score for the Lehigh Mountain...
Brotherly Game Sep 17, 2014

You cannot get any closer than that to a trophy: Philadelphia Union 1-3 Seattle Sounders, a.e.t.

It took extra time, but the Union eventually fell in a hard-fought match A couple months ago, the United States found themselves deadlocked with Belgium with time expiring in the second half. With a chance to win the game, Chris Wondolowski was given a perfect opportunity to score a goal that would surely send the United States to the World Cup. He sent the ball over the bar, and the U.S. lost in extra time after Belgium scored two goals. Tonight, the Philadelphia Union found themselves deadlocked with Seattle Sounders with time expiring in the second half. With chance to win the game,...
Brotherly Game Sep 16, 2014

Philadelphia Union fall in U.S. Open Cup Final

There's always the MLS Playoff race Well that did not go as fans had hoped. The Union's magical run to the U.S. Open Cup Final ended on Tuesday with a 3-1 loss in extra time to the Seattle Sounders. The Philadelphia Union kept it close but despite their best efforts and many second half near misses, none of it was not enough to defeat an extremely talented Seattle Sounders side this evening. Though the loss today hurts, it is important to remember the Union did well to even get here. This run epitomized well the Union's turnaround led by interim manager Jim Curtin. It was an incredible run...
Brotherly Game Sep 16, 2014

GAME THREAD: U.S. Open Cup Final: Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sonders

The game we've all been waiting for is finally here. U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL VS PPL Park, Chester, PA September 16, 2014 7:30 PM ET Local: TCN - Marc Zumoff and Peter Pappas National: GolTV - Jose Cerna and Felipe Mekhitarian Know Thy Enemy: Sounder at Heart Starting XI Conor Casey Forward Clint Dempsey, Chad Barrett Andrew Wenger, Cristian Maidana, Sebastien Le Toux Maurice Edu, Vincent Nogueira Midfield Lamar Neagle, Andy Rose, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans Ray Gaddis, Carlos Valdes, Ethan White, Sheanon Williams Defense Leonardo Gonzalez, Zach Scott, Chad...
Brotherly Game Sep 16, 2014

Just The Facts: The U.S. Open Cup Final

Factoids to know for tonight's Open Cup clash between the Union and the Sounders. With the latest installment of the country's oldest soccer competition looming, we take a look at some interesting stats and factoids from U.S. Open Cups past. The Seattle Sounders have not played a road game during the 2014 U.S. Open Cup. Their last Open Cup game on the road was in May of 2013, when they lost to the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Their last Open Cup road win was against the San Jose Earthquakes in June of 2012. Seattle hasn't won a USOC game on the East Coast since 2009, when they defeated D.C....
Brotherly Game Sep 15, 2014

The Whole Story: US Open Cup Final against Seattle Sounders

The Union are hosting their first ever US Open Cup Final against Seattle in the final match of the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. From previews to post-match reviews, this is The Whole Story. tBG) What has changed with the Sounders since the teams last met back on May 3? SAH) A few personnel things are different. Dylan Remick and Djimi Traore have both been in and out of injury and are unlikely to start. Gonzalo Pineda may be getting pushed out of the starting lineup by Andy Rose. More significant than the changes in players is how Seattle is playing. Back then Seattle's only hope was...
Brotherly Game Sep 15, 2014

Opposite View: Four, no FIVE questions with Sounder At Heart - US Open Cup Edition

This week we talk with Dave Clark of Sounder At Heart, SBN's Seattle Sounders blog, about the upcoming US Open Cup Final between the Philadelphia Union and Seattle. Questions and hijinks ensued. tBG) What has changed with the Sounders since the teams last met back on May 3? SAH) A few personnel things are different. Dylan Remick and Djimi Traore have both been in and out of injury and are unlikely to start. Gonzalo Pineda may be getting pushed out of the starting lineup by Andy Rose. More significant than the changes in players is how Seattle is playing. Back then Seattle's only hope...
Brotherly Game Sep 15, 2014
Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 2 - Red Bulls 2

Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 2 - Red Bulls 2

A game of two halves. I admit I was a little worried when I saw the starting lineup for the Philadelphia Union against the New York Red Bulls.  I thought for sure that Curtin was throwing in the towel for this one and focusing solely on the US Open Cup Final on Tuesday.  But this is a different team from the one earlier this season.  Not only were the Union able to fight for a tie, but they did it while giving some of their starters some rest and letting some new blood get some minutes.  How’d they manage to rhyme their way out of this one? The rainy weather that befellThe players...
Prost Amerika Sep 15, 2014

U.S. Open Cup: Union Navigated a Rocky Road to the Final

The Philadelphia Union was five minutes away from elimination at the hands of its minor league affiliate. It was June 17th, 34-year old Jim Curtin’s first game as interim team manager. The Union trailed Harrisburg…
Brotherly Game Sep 15, 2014

US Open Cup Final Press Conference feat. Sigi Schmid and Kenny Cooper

The Union and Seattle had a press conference party. With the US Open Cup Final tomorrow night, the Seattle Sounders were in town to discuss the final with the Philadelphia Union during today's press conference. Typically Jim Curtin takes center stage but Kenny Cooper and Sebastien Le Toux, brothers from another mother, were the ones with the spotlight. Philadelphia's Championship Woes When Jim Curtin was posed with the question regarding Philadelphia's lack of trophies in all professional sports, he looked rather disgruntled. Almost annoyed that a writer would bring it up, I thought...

Sounders at Philadelphia Union US Open Cup Final - Four Questions

Trophies are fun, and Seattle's first chance at a major trophy in 2014 happens in Chester, PA on Tuesday night. The 4:30 PM match is on GolTV, or audio streamed on SoundersFC.com. You have some questions. Here are some answers. As early as 6:30 PM Seattle Sounders FC could qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League by winning their fourth Lamar Hunt US Open Cup trophy. All that stands in the way are the Bethlehem Steel FC clad Philadelphia Union. The Union are led by former Sounder Sebastien LeToux, the man with more goals in the modern era of the US Open Cup than any other. Seattle has...
Brotherly Game Sep 15, 2014
The DoopCast does double duty

The DoopCast does double duty

Home or away? Doesn't matter... The result is the same. "Can we play you every week?" is the chant sung when handily beating a team, especially one that was much hyped.  Although I would happily take three points every time it was kind of like watching a bar brawl where one guy is hopelessly drunk so it is not a fair fight.  Sure, the drunk guy was asking for it by signing those big name players (Dafoe, Bradley) hiring a foreign coach with an impressive playing record (Nelsen) while the lowly old Philadelphia Union just wanted to have a quiet night down the pub with their girl-next-door...
Brotherly Game Sep 15, 2014

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Philadelphia Union; Match Day 28

With one eye towards the Open Cup final in midweek, Jim Curtin decided to roll the dice and gamble on playoff race. After an hour weather delay the two sides played out to a 2-2 draw. Time to dissect the wet and wild 28th game of the Union schedule in this week's edition of Good, Bad, Ugly. The Good: The second half After the break, the Union controlled, if not dominated, the New York Red Bulls. The combination of first team players Sebastien Le Toux, Cristian Maidana, and Vincent Nogueira entering the game, subtraction of three of the fringe players, and the Red Bulls showing the signs of...
Brotherly Game Sep 15, 2014

Monday Morning Game Changers points to the spot

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. 1. The US Open Cup is on Tuesday, and maybe the CONCACAF Champions League game on Wednesday. Teams all over the world learn to prioritize important games over less important games. On Tuesday, the Union are in their first ever cup final. On Wednesday, New York Red Bulls travel to Montreal to visit an almost resurgent Impact team in what is really...
Brotherly Game Sep 14, 2014
Despite positives, Bearfight FC loses opener to Vereinegen Erzgebirge

Despite positives, Bearfight FC loses opener to Vereinegen Erzgebirge

Bearfight FC drops the first match 5-2 to Vereinegen Erzgebirge. Despite the rocky start, there were lots of positives to take away from the match. Bearfight FC of Wilmington started their 2014-15 season off today in Warminster against the Vereinegen Erzgebirge (V-E). V-E was relegated last season from the top division of the Inter-County Soccer League, and look to get back as soon as possible. Last week they dismantled Warrington Men's Senior 5-0, and looked to do the same to Bearfight FC, who had a bye week last week. The match started off well, but thirteen minutes in, Marco Paparo put...
Brotherly Game Sep 14, 2014

Mike Petke calls Union fans "scumbags" during postgame tantrum

Apparently there is a rivalry, New York fans. The banter between fans and players and coaches is supposed to be a one-sided affair - fans berate while players and coaches act professionally and ignore it. Sometimes the players and coaches will see the humor in some of the more creative chants (we still love you here in Philly, Jimmy Nielsen), others not so much. File Mark Petke and the New York Red Bulls under "not so much". After the controversial final minutes of the match that saw the Union snatch a point from the jaws of defeat, the capos on the stand started jawing at the New York...

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