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Brotherly Game 2 hours ago

FIFA officials arrested, indicted

United States Attorney General bringing wire fraud, racketeering, and money laundering charges against "more than 10" FIFA officials, including Jeffrey Webb, Eugenio Figueredo, and Jack Warner. In a stunning move, officials in Switzerland have begun an operation "to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them to the United States on federal corruption charges" reports the New York Times. According to law enforcement officials who spoke to the Times, the indictment will be unsealed against "more than 10 officials" with charges including wire fraud, racketeering, and money...
Brotherly Game 14 hours ago

Fabinho Named to Pro Soccer Talk Team of the Week

Brazilian left back recognized for excellent performance against the New York Red Bulls. Fabinho has been named to Pro Soccer Talk’s Week 12 Team of the Week. You read that right, Fabinho, according to this list, was one of the best defenders in MLS this week. Despite the fact that Fabinho is often and understandably criticized by the Philadelphia Union fan base, the Brazilian left-back put in quite a performance during the Union’s first ever win at Red Bull Arena. Fabinho was excellent on the offensive side of the ball all game, completing two key passes and leading the team in that...
Brotherly Game 17 hours ago

Potential Soccer Hall of Fame Site in the Poconos?

I spoke with the Director of the Monroe County Planning Commission about the potential new site of the Soccer Hall of Fame and what it would mean for this area in particular. The National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, New York, was once a place where fans could come and take in the sights and learn about the game's history. That site however was shut down in 2010 when, according to the U.S. Soccer website, "the National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum announced its plan to change its current operating model to address its financial challenges."  The contents have since been stored in a...
Brotherly Game 21 hours ago

Monday morning game changers thinks Jim Curtin went Back to the Future.

Every week we "Monday morning manage" the previous Philadelphia Union games, talking about the major points in the game that changed momentum, led to goals and won or lost the points for the Union. This week, it is when the Union finally won at Red Bull arena that will be analyzed. What has been a very exciting few weeks in Union land has come to a close. There was a protest from the Sons of Ben, which ran into a win from the Philadelphia Union. Then a week after Zach Pfeffer was snubbed, Fernando Aristeguieta got snubbed from the Venezuelan Copa America team.That meant that there was a...
Brotherly Game May 25, 2015

The Brotherly Game's List Of Ten Great Soccer Books Worth Reading Over The Summer

Memorial Day officially kicks off the summer season. The staff put together some of their favorite soccer books to help fill the down time we'll all hopefully get. It's that time of year where summer vacations loom and the thought of reading a book somewhere relaxing gets closer to reality. I polled the staff at Brotherly Game and selected ten of their favorite soccer books to help folks whittle down the many options out there. Try not to be lured in by the trashy novels calling to you from the Rite Aid aisle. Give these books on the beautiful game a chance this summer. In no particular...
Brotherly Game May 24, 2015

Deuces Wild: New York Red Bulls 0-2 Philadelphia Union

Two wins a row! Really! The Philadelphia Union are finally emerging from a run of Chivas USA terribleness with yet another much-needed win, this time on the road at Red Bull Arena for a franchise first. A pair of second half goals from Vincent Nogueira and C.J. Sapong are what lifted the Union to their second straight victory giving them their first win streak of the 2015 season. Despite not conceding a goal in the first 45 minutes, the Union had themselves a rough first half. Their only attacking chance came as a result of a Roy Miller turnover getting picked up by Conor Casey and Casey...
Once A Metro May 24, 2015

RECAP: New York Red Bulls 0-2 Philadelphia Union

The Red Bulls lost for just the second time this season against a struggling Philadelphia Union team. A week after earning a point on the road against one of the league's toughest teams, the New York Red Bulls have suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Union. The Red Bulls started the game  by controlling possession and pressing high up the pitch as usual, with Bradley Wright-Phillips working hard up top to force turnovers. Despite this, Philly almost opened the scoring in the 14th minute, thanks to a poor pass from Roy Miller. Only a point blank save from Luis Robles...
Brotherly Game May 24, 2015

GAME THREAD: New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union

Can the Union actually make it two in a row? UNION GAME #13 VS Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ Sunday, May 24, 2015 5:00 PM ET FS1 - JP Dellacamera and Brad Friedel, Reporter: Grant Wahl Online Streaming: MLS Live TBG Game Preview Know Thy Enemy: Once A Metro Starting XI Bradley Wright-Phillips Forward Conor Casey Mike Grella, Sacha Kljestan, Lloyd Sam Felipe, Dax Mccarty Midfield Andrew Wenger, Cristian Maidana, Sebastien Le Toux Brian Carroll, Vincent Nogueira Kemar Lawrence, Roy Miller, Karl Ouimette, Chris Duvall Defense Fabinho,...
Once A Metro May 24, 2015

HOW TO WATCH New York Red Bulls vs Philadelphia Union

An almost rivalry renewed. The Philadelphia Union look to reverse their curse at Red Bull Arena and take home their first away win against the New York Red Bulls. The Red Bulls are coming off a 0-0 draw against FC Dallas. The Union stopped a four-match losing streak with a 1-0 win over D.C. United. Anthony Ali outlined the players to watch for each team. RBNY: Felipe. The Red Bulls, although dominant in possession, have failed to score more than two goals in a single match this season. A lot of this is due to the fact that the midfield trio has struggled with finding the final ball,...
Brotherly Game May 23, 2015

Aristeguieta snubbed by Venezuela national team, available for Red Bulls

Instead of scoring goals for the Venezuela National Team during the Copa América in Chile, Fernando Aristeguieta will be scoring them for the Philadelphia Union during June. Venezuela National Team manager Noel Sanvicente and the Federación Venezolana de Fútbol (the Venezuelan Football Federation) announced its final 26 man roster for the Copa América tournament, which starts on June 11th and runs through July 4th. Philadelphia Union forward Fernando Aristeguieta was invited into the camp but did not make the final roster, and thus will be available for the Union as they head to New...
Once A Metro May 23, 2015

Damien Perrinelle is the key to the New York Red Bulls defense

The French center back has been instrumental this season. As the New York Red Bulls (4-1-5) gear up to play the Philadelphia Union (2-7-3), Coach Jesse Marsch says the team is ready to play and full of confidence every time they step onto the pitch. The Union are coming off a last gasp winner against DC United at home and have ended their losing streak, whereas the Red Bulls seem to be hitting a wall with only six points in their last 5 matches. One of the advantages the Red Bulls have over the Union is a roster with a much higher level of talent. The team seems to have been adapting well...
Brotherly Game May 23, 2015

Opposite View: Three questions with Jason Iapicco of Once A Metro

This week we talk to Jason Iapicco of Once a Metro, SB Nation's New York Red Bulls blog, about the upcoming match between the Philadelphia Union and their "not-rivals" rivals. tBG) Is this the year that the New York Red Bulls lift the MLS Cup? OaM) If you are going by our history, no. It's not that this team doesn't have potential, it could be one of the best teams this year. Right now we're hanging in third place and with six teams making the playoffs, so it's hard to say that the Red Bulls will miss out. They could go on a post season run, but D.C.& New England look to be in good form....
Once A Metro May 23, 2015

Preview: New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union

After earning a tough road point against Dallas, the Red Bulls return home to play Philadelphia. The Red Bulls were shut out for the first time this season against FC Dallas last week, but have many positives to take home from last week going into their match with the Philadelphia Union. The defense, for one, has remained one of the consistent strong points for Jesse Marsch's squad despite it being a concern at the start of the season. The Red Bulls are tied for first in the league in terms of goals against, with 9 goals concede so far. Most notably, they managed to shut out what was the...
Brotherly Game May 23, 2015

Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls: The whole story - Match 13

Another Sunday match, another opponent the Union aren't expected to challenge. Can the boys in blue pull an upset on the red-hot New York Red Bulls? From previews to reviews and analysis, this is the whole story. Date: Sunday, May 24th, 5:00 PM EST Place: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey TV: Fox Sports 1 Still on a high after handing DC United their second loss of the season, the Union will head up to Harrison in the hope of knocking off another regional rival. Defensive Shuffling With Maurice Edu, Steven Vitoria, and Ray Gaddis out, doubtful, and questionable, respectively, the Union...
Brotherly Game May 22, 2015

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls

I hope you enjoyed that last win. Date: Sunday, May 24th, 5:00 PM EST Place: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey TV: Fox Sports 1 Still on a high after handing DC United their second loss of the season, the Union will head up to Harrison in the hope of knocking off another regional rival. Defensive Shuffling With Maurice Edu, Steven Vitoria, and Ray Gaddis out, doubtful, and questionable, respectively, the Union are set to tinker with their back line when they play the Red Bulls this Sunday. Fabinho and Sheanon Williams will get the nod at the full back positions, while Ethan White and...
Once A Metro May 22, 2015

Is the Philadelphia Union match a trap game?

A tactical look at how the New York Red Bulls can beat the Philadelphia Union. "Philly are not a good team. They are a bad team." Yes, this could've been said by just about anyone, in reference to just about any sport, at just about any time in history. The quote that I am referring to though comes from this week's Seeing Red podcast, in which host Mark Fishkin points out the obvious: the Union are not good at playing soccer. The New York Red Bulls, for the time being, appear to be quite good at playing soccer. Additional factors, including the Red Bulls' home field advantage, the absence...
Brotherly Game May 22, 2015

Three U-14 players called into U.S. Futures Camp

Carlos dos Santos, Nykolas Sessock and Brendan Aaronson are on the list of 58 players going to California for the inaugural U.S. Futures Camp. Three Union Academy U-14 players are on the 58-player roster gathering in Carson, California for the first U.S. Boys' National Team Futures training camp. Goalkeeper Carlos dos Santos (Philadelphia), defender Nykolas Sessock (Philadelphia) and forward Brendan Aaronson (Medford, N.J.) received call-ups from Director of Scouting Tony Lepore. The camp will consist of players born in 2000 and 2001 and runs May 23-26 at the U.S. Soccer National Training...
Brotherly Game May 21, 2015

CJ Sapong cleared to play

He could start on Sunday. CJ Sapong has returned to practice and been cleared to play against the Red Bulls this Sunday, the team announced today. Until today's announcement, all indications were that Sapong would be in rehab until his hearing on June 11. Sapong had a hearing scheduled for May 11 that was continued while he was undergoing MLS-mandated treatment. Still has a hearing June 11— Matthew De George (@sportsdoctormd) May 21, 2015 Sapong was arrested for DUI and reckless driving on May 1st, the night before the Union's 1-0 loss to Toronto FC. Prior to the arrest, the young...
Brotherly Game May 21, 2015

American Soccer League introduces developmental league ASL2

The American Soccer League officially announced that they would be starting a developmental league that will begin play this summer named ASL2. The American Soccer League officially announced that they would be starting a developmental league that will begin play this summer named ASL2. The league will feature players that are NCAA eligible and later on move on to their respected pro teams. "I believe ASL2 will be a pivotal component of ASL's business and player development models," said ASL CEO, Matt Driver in a press release. "We believe it's important for us, as a league, to facilitate...
Brotherly Game May 21, 2015

Transfer Talk: Richard Foster and Jon Daly

Not one but two transfer rumors concerning the Philadelphia Union have surfaced. But should fans be excited? Let's take a look. A rumor surfaced on the BBC's website that Rangers FC defender Richard Foster had been identified by the Philadelphia Union as a possible transfer target during the summer transfer window. "Richard Foster, the right-back who has just returned to action following a hernia problem, is the latest Rangers player to be targeted by Philadelphia Union, the Major League Soccer club also being linked with striker Jon Daly. (Daily Express, print edition)" I spoke with a...

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