Brotherly Game Archives for January 2011

Michael Thurk's January Transfer Prospects Limited As Union, Whitecaps Show No Interest

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The Philadelphia Union have brought in a few international players during the offseason to bolster the team's roster ahead of the 2012 MLS season, but it appears that a veteran German striker isn't in the team's plans.

Michael Thurk, who has been linked to the Union since the 2011 summer transfer window, is not on his way to MLS, especially Philadelphia or the Vancouver Whitecaps, according to reports out of Germany.

The Last Live Brotherly Game Q&A Of 2011: The Transcript

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On Monday we held a the last live Q&A on the Brotherly Game for the 2011 year. Some of the formatting got screwed up by the conversion to SBN. Here's the transcript:

Hello everyone! Welcome to the Brotherly Game's last live Q&A of the 2011 year. Ask your questions as we head even closer to the 2012 MLS season.

Live Q&A With The Brotherly Game - Last One Of The Year

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The Brotherly Game is hosting a live Q&A with its readers at 1:00 pm today (about 25 minutes). The Cover It Live Q&A feed is below. You can put your name in and ask questions, with me answering them as time permits.

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Evaluating The Philadelphia Union's Offseason (So Far) - Part I

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There is one thing you have give to the Philadelphia Union, so far during this and the previous off season they've had needs on the team and pretty much filled them up. After the inaugural season it was painfully obvious to anyone that wasn't Helen Keller that Chris Seitz was not going to be the answer at Goalkeeper.

Thank You, David Beckham: One Writer's Take On MLS's First "Training Wheels"

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Dear David Beckham,

I just wanted to introduce myself first. My name is Matt, I'm 29-years-old and, to be honest, I didn't really get involved in soccer all that much until 2006. At that time, I was in Iraq. As you can imagine, soccer is beloved in Iraq, but what got me caught up in it was the fact that I couldn't friggin' escape it.

Union Acquire Costa Rican Left Back Porfirio Lopez, Not Cedric Fabien

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The Philadelphia Union revealed today that the team has acquired Porfirio Lopez, the first transfer in a long time that the club has managed to keep secret before the official announcement. The signing will go through once the team receives Lopez's International Transfer Certificate and P-1 visa.

Lopez has played mostly in Costa Rica, his native country, throughout his career, after debuting with Santos de Guapiles in 2005.

Philadelphia Union Announce Signing Of Gabriel Gomez

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In yet another foreign news or Twitter released move, the Philadelphia Union have officially signed Gabriel Gomez. The 27-year-old midfielder/defender will join the team upon receiving his International Transfer Certificate and the acceptance of his application for an American P-1 Visa.

Gomez was rumored to be joining that Union last week, when a Central American news outlet, Presna.

According To Player's Agent, The Trinidadian "Ronaldinho" Trialed With The Union Earlier This Year

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The Philadelphia Union have been busy in the last year as they attempt to bring in talent from around the world, with Colombia and Trinidad and Tobago as two key locations of interest for the team. According to a player agent, the Union have continued to look at Trinidad and Tobago for new players, despite the recent release of former backup and third string goalkeeper Thorne Holder, and the still unknown situation of Keon Daniel's work visa.

The SB Nation Android App Is Here: Get The Brotherly Game On Your Phone

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SB Nation has released an Android version of its vastly popular iPhone app.

Now you can stay on top of all the latest news and commentary for The Brotherly Game and all 300+ SB Nation blogs from your iPhone. With the SB Nation iPhone app you can:

  • Get the latest, breaking sports news as it happens.

Colombian Connection: America de Cali Goalkeeper Diego Restrepo Says The Union Are Interested In A Transfer

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With the relegation of Colombian powerhouse America de Cali for the first time in the team's 84-year history, speculation was that Roger Torres' loan may finally turn into a permanent transfer to the Philadelphia Union. Instead, it appears that Cali's fall could bring in a different player to MLS and Philadelphia.

Union Reportedly Set To Sign French Left Back Cedric Fabien

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French news outlet MLS-News is reporting that the Philadelphia Union are set to add a French left back to the team's roster soon.

Cedric Fabien is considered one of the best left backs in France's League Two, at least by a one person who follows the league (see the YouTube video below). Fabien is a former Le Mans player, and has spent the vast majority of his career in the second division of France.

The Live Brotherly Game Q&A: The Transcript

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Scott Kessler: Hi everyone, I'm hoping we get some questions on such short notice.

Comment From Jared
I'm sure you will. I'll start it off. Have you heard any rumors on further moves the Union is planning?

Scott Kessler: Jared, I've been looking around without much success of late.

Live Q&A With The Brotherly Game - You Ask, Then Get Answers

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The Brotherly Game is hosting a live Q&A with its readers at 12:30 pm today (about 15 minutes). The Cover It Live Q&A feed is below. You can put your name in and ask questions, with me answering them as time permits.

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Kerith Gabriel: Union Agree To Deal With Gabriel Gomez

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Kerith Gabriel, of the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com, is reporting that the Philadelphia Union have come to an agreement with Gabriel Gomez. An announcement should come sometime next week, according to his article.

A team source confirmed to Gabriel that a Presna.com article proclaiming talks between the Union and Gomez had reached the finalizing stage was correct.

Sport Illustrated: Most Ambitious MLS Teams

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Sport Illustrated: Most Ambitious MLS Teams

The Philadelphia Union are ranked eighth out of 19 teams in MLS.

Union Reportedly Close To Finalizing Deal With Gavilan Gabriel Gomez

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The Philadelphia Union are finalizing a deal with Panamanian international Gavilan Gabriel Gomez, according to a report by Presna.com. MLS Rumors first spotted the story earlier today and pointed out that Gomez has a history of success against Panamanian CONCACAF rivals.

The 27-year-old has spent much of his career with an inability to become settled in nearly every city Gomez has attempted to play.

Wednesday Morning Union Freekicks: Naka, McLaughlin and Sacramento?

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The Philly Soccer Page " Season Review: Kyle Nakazawa
At the end of the 2010 season, the jury was still out on Kyle Nakazawa. Public opinion was split nearly 50/50 about his prospects with the Union.

Beckham in a Phils Hat? " Broad Street Hooligans

This obviously won't blow up the way Plaxico did, which is good, but nobody really knows where he's going.

Target Strikers: Updates On Three Union Linked Forwards

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Nicolas Anelka

The former French international signed with Shanghai Shenhua, of the Chinese Super League, this week. Anelka's two year contract with Shenua will pay the 32-year-old 175,000-euros-a-week, which is nearly $12 million-a-year. The Montreal Impact attempted to negotiate a contact with Anelka to bring the striker to MLS, but the two sides could not reach an agreement on a salary that made the offer competitive with Shenhua's deal.

Jimmy McLaughlin Signs With The Philadelphia Union, Becomes Team's Second Ever Home Grown Player

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Zach Pfeffer is no longer all alone as the only Philadelphia Union Home Grown Player. The 16-year-old midfielder now has fellow former academy star Jimmy McLaughlin as a teammate on the Union's first team roster.

McLaughlin started all 22 games possible at Colgate in 2011, including the University's 4-1 loss to Rutgers in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Despite Josue Martinez Joining The Union, Michael Thurk Reportedly Still Waiting On Word From The Team

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Suspended Augsburg FC striker Michael Thurk is still waiting for word from the Philadelphia Union about signing the German, despite the team having recently acquired Josue Martinez.

Reports out of Germany today continue to discuss Thurk favoring a move to MLS, particularly the United States, with the Union and Vancouver Whitecaps still at the top of his list of possible destinations.

Union To Return To Florida In The Preseason To Play The Orlando City Lions On February 18

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The Philadelphia Union will return to Florida to play the Orlando City Lions in a friendly on February 18 at 7:30, according to the Lions' team website. The announcement comes within a day of a Costa Rican news outlet reporting a friendly between the Union and Deportivo Saprissa next summer.

Per the Orlando website:

This year marks year two of a four-year agreement between Orlando City and the Philadelphia Union.

Generation Adidas loses to Ajax reserves 4-2. Zac MacMath, Jack McInerney, Danny Mwanga and Amobi...

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Generation Adidas loses to Ajax reserves 4-2. Zac MacMath, Jack McInerney, Danny Mwanga and Amobi Okugo all played in the game.

Philadelphia Union To Play Friendly Against Deportivo Saprissa As Part Of Josue Martinez Transfer Deal

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(All translation help from @barbcvphilly)

A Costa Rican news outlet, Teletica Deportes, is reporting that Deportivo Saprissa will play the Philadelphia Union in a summer friendly during the 2012 MLS season. Deportes says that the Union areed to play Saprissa as part of the two teams' transfer that ended with striker Josue Martinez joining Philadelpia.

Five Philadelphia Union Players Named To USMNT Under-23 December Camp

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United States Men's National Team head coach Caleb Porter named five Philadelphia Union players as part of his 28-man roster for the Olympic squad's December camp, today. The Union players make up the largest group of club teammates on the team.

Freddy Adu, Zac MacMath, Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo and Sheanon Williams will head to Florida from December 15-28 to train with the rest of the under-23 team at the Premier Sports Campus.

A Second Look Into the US U-17 National Team

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[Editor's note: Another look at the USMNT under-17 team]

This evening's game took place only 2 days after the American's 2-1 victory over Turkey. One of my players to watch, Herber Mejia-Flores had an assist and goal in that game. That same day Brazil drew with France 1-1. In this round robin tournament that meant that Brazil and the US each had 4 points going into this game.

Is Academy Star Christian Hernandez Set To Sign With The Philadelphia Union? Clues Point To Yes

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Christian Hernandez's summer proclamation to ESPN Rise that he would be going pro appears to be on its way to becoming true, if clues to the identity of a major New Jersey soccer agency's newest client point in the right direction. Hernandez could become the Philadelphia Union's second ever Home Grown Player signing, and third acquisition of the 2011-12 MLS Offseason.

Philadelphia Union Officially Acquire Deportivo Saprissa Striker Josue Martinez

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Josue Martinez has officially joined the Philadelphia Union on a transfer, according to a press release on the team's website. As per Union official policy, the club will not release the terms of either Martinez's contract or the transfer itself.

Martinez had been linked multiple times to the Union over the course of the last six months, particularly throughout late Novemember and into December.

MLS First Kick: Union Head To Portland On March 12 To Open 2012 MLS Season Against The Timbers On ESPN2

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The Philadelphia will travel to Oregon to face the Portland Timbers on March 12, part of the opening week of the 2012 MLS season.

The games is one of four opening week MLS games that will be featured on national television (the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact game is nationally televised in Canda).

Michael Thurk Reportedly Deciding Between The Philadelphia Union, Vancouver Whitecaps And Four 2. Bundesliga Teams

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The Philadelphia Union have been linked to Michael Thurk again, this time with the team being listed as one of the German's two front runners for his services. Thurk's agent, Klaus Gerster, said that Thurk will make a decision this week, with both the Union and fellow MLS team the Vancouver Whitecaps as the forward's favored destinations.

Report: Josue Martinez Will Join The Union After Playing His Last Game With Saprissa

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Deportivo Saprissa is set to allow Josue Martinez to move to the Philadelphia Union, according to La Republica.

A throwaway line in the website's game recap of Saprissa's 2-2 draw with Alajuelense included a comment about Martinez's future with Saprissa, saying that the 21-year-old had played his last game with the Costa Rican power.

Looking At Potential Philadelphia Union Signings And Transfer Targets

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The loss of Justin Mapp in the expansion draft to me wasn't a huge loss, Mapp is replaceable by younger talent, however, the Union regardless have positions that they need to fill over the off-season. The Union (and MLS in general) have been linked to several high profile names in other soccer leagues around the world.

Taylor Twellman No Longer Union Color Commentator, Officially Lead Soccer Analyst At ESPN

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2011 Philadelphia Union color commentator Taylor Twellman has officially left the team's broadcast team. The former New England Revolution star striker thanked the team's fans for making him "feel like family" during his year with the Union.

Twellman was reported as the next ESPN lead soccer analyst by Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl because John Harkes' ESPN contract was not renewed.

President Of Deportivo Saprissa Confirms The Union Are Negotiating A Transfer For Josue Martinez

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The Philadelphia Union are negotiating with Deportivo Saprissa over a transfer for Josue Martinez, Saprissa President Juan Carlos Rojas confirmed on 103.9 FM program Primer Tiempo. Costa Rican soccer news outlet everardoherrera.com picked up on reports from the United States about Martinez and is reporting that Rojas said on the radio show that the Union have had contact with Saprissa over the 21-year-old.

MLS Reserves: Interview With Taylor Twellman

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MLS Reserves: Interview With Taylor Twellman

Our friends at MLS Reserves have a very interesting interview with Taylor Twellman up today. Read it!

Philadelphia Union Reportedly Submit Bid For Spanish Striker Kepa Blanco

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Spanish news outlet Albiazules is reporting that the Philadelphia Union are among a group of MLS teams that have submitted bids to La Liga Adelante (second division) club Real Club Recreativo de Huelva for Kepa Blanco.

Blanco has had an up-and-down career in Spain, having impressed with Sevilla B, before being promoted to Sevilla's La Liga first team and scoring nine goals in 37 games.