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The beINSport Debacle

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If you've been looking for La Liga or Serie A programming on GolTV or Fox Soccer Channel, you've been out of luck. Upstart Al Jazeera owned network beINSport has obtained the U.S. broadcast rights for both.

The problem is beINSport is only available in the U.S.on DirecTV and Dish Network. Needless to say this has provoked much consternation among U.

And Thats All They Wrote, Folks

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The Philadelphia Union fell to the Columbus Crew Wednesday night 2-1. The loss effectively marks the end of the Union's playoff hopes for this season even though they may still be mathematically alive. It is unlikely this situation will turn around given the personnel available. I will spare you the gruesome details; suffice to say that the Union managed to lose a "six point" game at home against another mediocre Eastern conference team fighting for a playoff spot while being up a man.

Union and Perlaza Go Separate Ways

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The Philadelphia Union have announced that they have agreed to a mutual contract termination with forward Jorge Perlaza. Perlaza joined the Union this season in a trade which sent MLS Superdraft first overall pick Danny Mwanga to Portland. This move should come as a surprise to no one. Perlaza had not played or been available as a sub for the last ten Union games.

What a Difference a Game Makes

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Many of us are still recovering from the excitement of the Union's 4-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City. Some of the hoped for positive developments of the Hackworth era were on display Saturday night at PPL Park- first and foremost, a win.

The Union continued with the4-3-3 formation trotted out in the game against D.

Is Change Good? Union Fall to D.C. United

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The Philadelphia Union lost 1-0 to D.C. United at home Saturday night. The loss came after a protracted break and the resignation of Union manager Peter Nowak. Under new manager and former coach, John Hackworth, the Union dominated much of the play but ultimately fell on a free kick by Branko Boscovic that was tapped in for a goal  by Chris Pontius.

Nowak Out as Manager

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In a move that should have surprised no one and may have answered the fervent prayers of some Union fans, the team announced today that Peter Nowak has stepped down as manager. Coach John Hackworth will take over as interim team manager.

After a leading the Union to the playoffs in their second season in 2011, everything seemed to unravel quickly for Nowak in 2012.

The Union Off Loads Mwanga

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It goes to show that if you are off Twitter for a few days, all hell breaks loose. The Union are good at lulling you into a fall sense of security that nothing is happening, then executing a sneak attack.

The Union traded under-performing forward Danny Mwanga for under-performing forward Jorge Perlaza of the Portland Timbers on Wednesday.

Poll Feedback – The Union Backline

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I realized that I may have goofed in writing the poll. I failed to include Amobi Okugo as an option at center back. I notice some poll respondents have indicated "other" for the backline configuration they would like to see for the Union. If you have other ideas for a defensive configuration, please leave them in the comments of this post.

Rock Bottom

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The Philadelphia Union fell 1-0 to lowly, winless Toronto FC. Even salvaging a tie in this game would have been an embarrassment.

The Union's inability to score continues, with no end in sight. The offensive statistics make for pretty grim reading. The Union are at the bottom of the table in shots and shots on goal.

The Three Ringed Circus – Manager, Ownership, Sporting Director

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In the wake of the bizarre circumstances surrounding the Danny Califf trade, it is clear that the Unionare a team in crisis. I was previously willing to make excuses for a slow start that could be turned around in the latter half of the season. Given the lack of transparency with both the MLS and the Union, it's unclear where the source of the problems lies.

See You in March – Philadelphia Union Reveals Schedule for 2012

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The Philadelphia Union has released its schedule for 2012. A downloadable file containing the entire schedule can be found here. With the addition of the Montreal Impact to the Eastern Conference this year, MLS has moved to a conference based schedule. Each team will play 34 games, but instead of the balance schedule we enjoyed last year, we will be seeing the following:

Due to the higher number of clubs in the Eastern Conference, each club will play a total of 25 conference matches.

WPS Under a Cloud

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Women's Professional Soccer is awaiting a decision from the US Soccer Federation regarding its future as a USSF sanctioned league. WPS now consists of five teams after the league terminated its relationship with magicJack and its controversial owner Dan Borislow. Â Borislow is currently engaged in litigation with WPS.

Signalling a Foul – The Union’s New Kits

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The  Philadelphia Union unveiled new 2012 kits. It's not a pretty picture, folks. The story on the new kits can be found here. On the positive side, the dreaded C3PU kit is now a bad memory. However, we are faced with overly fussy versions of the original primary and secondary kits. They each contain one color too many as well as unnecessary and visually distracting embellishments.

Much Adu About Nothing – The Union’s Protected List

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Yesterday, during the l-o-n-g wait for the announcement of the MLS teams' protected lists, I tweeted that I expected the Philadelphia Union to protect the following players: Faryd Mondragon, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Sheanon Williams, Gabriel Farfan, Sebastien LeToux, Brian Carroll, Roger Torres, Danny Mwanga, Michael Farfan, and Freddy Adu.

One Fan’s Perspective on the 2011 Season – Off the Field Edition

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The Philadelphia Union played their Hurricane Irene rescheduled game against the New England Revolution on Wednesday night. The game was as wild as the recent weather. The Union came back from a 4-1 deficit at half time to get a draw. Despite the great come from behind effort, the Union really needed a win.