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Brotherly Game 34 mins ago

Bounced: Union eliminate Red Bulls; Marsch throws tantrum

The Union overcame a dreadful first half to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup. After falling behind early, the Philadelphia Union rallied to defeat the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night. Chris Pontius and Ilsinho linked up twice in the second half to overcome an early goal from Mike Grella. The victory secures the Union's place in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals, making it the third straight year that they've reached that stage. The Red Bulls were totally dominant in the first 45 minutes, and the stats certainly reflect their overwhelming control. New York ripped 13...
Brotherly Game 1 hour ago

Jesse Marsch had a meltdown

Spiking the ball is against the rules in soccer, but ok in football. Professional soccer manager and grown man Jesse Marsch had a bit of a temper tantrum at the end of the New York Red Bulls’ loss to the Philadelphia Union in U.S. Open Cup play this evening at Talen Energy Stadium. Marsch was ejected from the match in stoppage time after Bradley Wright-Phillips was whistled for a handball in the Union’s box. But what happened next was comical. U.S. Soccer At first I thought Marsch was going to go full Bobby Knight and launch a chair out onto the pitch. Then I was...
Brotherly Game 1 hour ago

Player rating survey: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls June 29, 2016

A U.S. Open Cup win over the hated New York Red Bulls thanks to some good performances. How good? Let us know! The Philadelphia Union have advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament, thanks to two great goals from Chris Pontius and some solid goalkeeping by Andre Blake. It wasn’t all sunshine and roses though as the play of the first half left a lot to be desired. Still, a win is a win and that’s all that matters in this tournament. So how did the Union players do in the win over the New York Red Bulls? You tell us! Fill out the sheet by rating the...
Brotherly Game 3 hours ago

GAME THREAD: U.S. Open Cup - Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls

Can the Union reach the USOC quarterfinals for the 3rd straight year? U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 VS Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Online Streaming: Philadelphia Union Live TBG Game Preview Know Thy Enemy: Once A Metro Starting XI Sebastien Le Toux Forward Bradley Wright-Phillips Chris Pontius, Roland Alberg, Ilsinho Tranquillo Barnetta, Warren Creavalle Midfield Mike Grella, Sacha Kljestan, Lloyd Sam Dax McCarty, Sean Davis Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Josh Yaro, Keegan Rosenberry Defense Sal Zizzo,...
Once A Metro 11 hours ago

New York Red Bulls lineup prediction (US Open Cup edition): @ Philadelphia Union, June 29, 2016

How badly does Jesse want it? Somebody must have hired a DC United fan to put this schedule together because the Red Bulls are being royally screwed out of all momentum with this insane number of games over a one month stretch - and it'll only get harder if/when we keep winning. Nonetheless, Jesse Marsch is going to need to make some serious decisions this week as to what is more important: Going all out in hopes of a revenge win over the Union in an effort to get farther in the US Open Cup? Or preserve the starters for a crucial game against a well-rested, momentum-laden New York Smurfs...
Brotherly Game 13 hours ago

Philadelphia Union’s Blake, Rosenberry among MLS All-Star leaders

With one week left to vote, Andre Blake would be in while Keegan Rosenberry would be on the outside looking in. Major League Soccer released the most recent list of leaders for the All-Star Fan XI, and two Philadelphia Union players are among the top vote-getters from the fans. Goalkeeper Andre Blake leads all goalkeepers, ahead of David Bingham of the San Jose Earthquakes, Joe Bendik of Orlando City, Nick Rimando of Real Salt Lake, and Luis Robles of the New York Red Bulls. Rookie right back Keegan Rosenberry is fourth out of all defenders in MLS, trailing San Jose’s Marvell Wynne,...
Brotherly Game 13 hours ago

Can the Union expect yet another deep run in the U.S. Open Cup?

The Philadelphia Union have a history of being a kingmaker in the U.S. Open Cup tournament. Is this finally their year? It’s funny how some games just creep up on you, no matter how important they are. The Philadelphia Union are playing the New York Red Bulls today in the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals, and honestly for me it’s barely been a blip on the radar. Perhaps it’s because there’s been so many games compressed into so little time thanks in part to the Copa America and the break Major League Soccer took for it. I’m sure that plays into it. If I’m being honest though, it’s...
Brotherly Game 15 hours ago

Parity is failing Major League Soccer

Parity has long been touted as one of the things Major League Soccer has done right in growing the game in the United States, but has this model outlived its usefulness? Major League Soccer boasts one virtue that other soccer leagues around the world can't claim, and that is parity. But how important is parity? Parity is a state where all of the teams have an equal chance of winning a championship, and the benefit is that uncertainty breeds excitement all across the league. The flip side of parity of course is a lopsided league or one where only a few teams have a legitimate shot at winning...
Brotherly Game 17 hours ago

Brotherly Game Daily Links 6/29/16

The Union return to US Open Cup action tonight, enjoy the links before the game. Philadelphia Union Links Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls Here's our preview for the game against the Red Bulls. Three questions with Once A MetroOur own Eugene Rupinksi sat down with Steve Toto of the New York Red Bull's blog Once a Metro and asked him three questions about what we can expect from the NYRB. Three Questions with Brotherly Game Here are the questions Eugene was asked and his answers. Philadelphia Union's Roland Alberg wins MLS Player of the Week for Week 16...
Brotherly Game Jun 28, 2016

US Open Cup Quarterfinals: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls

Everything you need to know about the Philadelphia Union's US Open Cup Quarterfinal match with the New York Red Bulls, from previews to reviews and analysis. Game: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls Date: Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 Time: 7:00 P.M. EDT Venue: Talen Energy Stadium Television: Nah Streaming: U.S. Soccer via YouTube How the Union will look: This will be the Union's fifth game in the past two weeks, so expect a bit of squad rotation. It looks like Head Coach Jim Curtin is going with John McCarthy in goal for at least the opening rounds of the Open Cup, allowing Andre...
Brotherly Game Jun 28, 2016

Match 17: Philadelphia Union vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Everything you need to know about the Philadelphia Union's match with the Vancouver Whitecaps, from previews to reviews and analysis. Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Date: Saturday, June 25th, 2016 Time: 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific, 11:00 PM UTC) Venue: Talen Energy Stadium Officials: REF: ARMANDO VILLARREAL AR1: Daniel Belleau AR2: Jose Da Silva 4TH: Jorge Gonzalez Television: TCN Philadelphia Streaming: MLS Live, MLS Direct Kick All-time Record: The Philadelphia Union and the Vancouver Whitecaps have a short history despite some thrilling results over the last five...
Brotherly Game Jun 28, 2016

Roland Alberg nominated for MLS Player of the Month

MLS’ Player of the Month voting is part meritocracy, part popularity contest. Roland Alberg has the merit, but only you can help with the popularity part. June was certainly a very good month for Roland Alberg. The Dutch midfielder made the most of the opportunity presented to him by Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin, scoring six goals in four games (seven if you count the one he banked off of Chicago Fire defender Jonathan Campbell), and in addition to being named MLS Player of the Week for Week 16, Alberg has been nominated for MLS Player of the Month for the month of...
Brotherly Game Jun 28, 2016

Three questions with Once A Metro

We spoke with Steve Toto of Once A Metro, SB Nation's New York Red Bulls blog, about the upcoming US Open Cup match between the Union and RBNY. Brotherly Game) Last season, the New York Red Bulls won the Supporters' Shield. This season, they're third in the East and seventh overall for the Shield. What happened, and what should be done to improve NYRB's place in the standings? Steve Toto, Once A Metro) The beginning of the season was maddening. The only starters the New York Red Bulls lost from 2015 were Matt Miazga to Chelsea FC and Damien Perrinelle due to ACL surgery. Granted they are...
Brotherly Game Jun 28, 2016

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls

The Union and the Red Bulls will meet in the U.S. Open Cup for the second straight year, this time in the round of 16. Game: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls Date: Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 Time: 7:00 P.M. EDT Venue: Talen Energy Stadium Television: Nah Streaming: U.S. Soccer via YouTube How the Union will look: This will be the Union's fifth game in the past two weeks, so expect a bit of squad rotation. It looks like Head Coach Jim Curtin is going with John McCarthy in goal for at least the opening rounds of the Open Cup, allowing Andre Blake to rest after a hectic June. The...
Brotherly Game Jun 28, 2016

Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 2 - Whitecaps 3

Poetry Corner Kicks is worried about the defense Another game, another three goals surrendered. I almost don’t mind losing games if we make a good showing. Alas, the Philadelphia Union defense is looking very porous and NYCFC, Fire, and Vancouver Whitecaps have all teed off on us.  On the other hand, the Union have scored eight goals in the last three games. Usually that would be good for more than three out of nine available points. But when you give up nine in that same stretch, it spoils the offensive effort. So how’d it all go down?The U at homeTheir winning zoneAlas ‘twas not...
Once A Metro Jun 28, 2016

Three Questions with Brotherly Game

Preparing for a tough USOC opponent, we catch up with the Philadelphia Union's SBN blog The Red Bulls face two-time US Open Cup finalist, Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night.  I caught up with Brotherly Game writer Eugene Rupinski... Once a Metro: This is the first of four scheduled meetings between the New York Red Bulls and the Union this season. The Union have had an uncharacteristically hot start. What has changed since the past few seasons? Brotherly Game: Red Bulls fans who were around in 2007-08 will understand - when the Union fired Nick Sakiewicz it was a brand new day. Earnie...
Brotherly Game Jun 28, 2016

Auston Trusty called up to U.S. U20 team

U.S. plays Costa Rica, Panama and Japan in the second annual NTC Invitational in Carson, California. Union Academy and Bethlehem Steel FC defender Auston Trusty has been called up to the U.S. U20 team for a tournament this week in Carson, California. The U.S. opens play in the second annual NTC Invitational against Costa Rica at 9 p.m. eastern time on Wednesday and plays Panama on July 1 and Japan on July 3. All three matches will be streamed on ussoccer.com. Trusty is one of 21 players on the roster. The Media native has spent most of his time with Steel FC this season, appearing in nine...
Brotherly Game Jun 28, 2016

Brotherly Game Daily Links 6/28/16

If you don't read these links, you're gonna have a bad time. Philadelphia Union News Roland Alberg Named to MLS Team of the Week Roland Alberg's five-goal week earned him a spot on the MLS Team of the Week. Doomed by defensive mistakes: Player grades and analysis for Vancouver 3, Union 2 Let's take one more look back at the Vancouver game with PhillyVoice. MLS News AT&T MLS All-Star voting update - #QuakeTheVote shaking up Fan XI Andre Blake maintained his top spot among fan voting and Keegan Rosenberry is just one spot out of the top three to automatically make the MLS All-Star Team. Go...
Once A Metro Jun 27, 2016

New York Red Bulls Ready for Philadelphia Union in US Open Cup

It's a big game, and a chance to avenge last season's USOC loss to the same opponent. But RBNY is approaching the match with a level head. Once again the New York Red Bulls have a big match up next on their calendar. The upcoming game against a resurgent Philadelphia Union - seemingly instantly transformed since Earnie Stewart took over as Sporting Director - must be won or RBNY's 2016 US Open Cup will be done. The fifth round USOC match-up presents a big task for this Red Bulls side, currently in the midst of a four-game road swing that has yielded one league point from two games to date....
Brotherly Game Jun 27, 2016

Perez hat trick leads Union U18s to knockout round of DA playoffs

U16s won final group match but are edged on goal differential by Real Salt Lake. Needing a draw to guarantee a spot in the knockout round of the U.S. Development Academy playoffs, the Philadelphia Union Academy U18 team had to pull off a miraculous recovery to advance by the thinnest of margins on Sunday night. After two straight 2-0 wins, the Miami-based Kendall SC gave the Union all they could handle, barraging them with three first half goals to put themselves in position to advance out of the group on goal differential. Jonathan Bolanos opened the scoring in the eighth minute and...