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 was a let down against the New England Revolution that will have repercussions for the foreseeable future.
The Union Academy begins its third season in Development Academy play with games against Players Development Academy at YSC today.
While it feels like last season and the U-16 team's incredible run to third place in the Development Academy Championships only just ended, the Philadelphia Union Academy will be kicking off another season today with games against Players Development Academy at YSC.
The Philadelphia Union squander an opportunity to get themselves back into playoff contention, losing 1-0 to the New England Revolution at PPL Park.
On a night where the Eastern Conference playoff race seemed more open than ever before, the Philadelphia Union failed to assert themselves as real competitors for the sixth and final spot in the postseason.
The second installment in this 3-game season series sees both teams playing well recently. While the Revs are 6 points ahead of Montreal for 5th place, Union face long odds of getting into the Eastern Conference playoffs. With just 8 matches remaining, Philly needs the win quite badly.
The Union Academy target man will join teammate Raheem Taylor-Parkes in Charlottesville in 2016.
Union Academy forward Jerren "J.J." Nixon has verbally committed to play college soccer at the University of Virginia, joining teammate Raheem Taylor-Parkes in the 2016 recruiting class for the defending national champions.
Union Academy alumnus likely won't play his senior year.
Philadelphia native Darius Madison has been booted from the University of Virginia's men's soccer team. According to Steven Goff of the Washington Post, a violation of team rules will preclude the senior from playing in his final season with the Hoos.
With Rais M'Bolhi - and his gargantuan salary and wasted international slot - firmly in the past, the Union have several options available to them.
Rais M'Bolhi is gone, replaced with $350,000 of salary cap space and an international slot. Even though the international transfer window has closed for the year, the Union still can acquire players by signing free agents (see: Tranquillo Barnetta) or making deals domestically until September 15.
The Union are one of seven franchises that have yet to pay a player a million dollars. There is plenty of speculation as to why that's the case, including an ownership group that isn't able or willing to take the risk.
The Union have never been a team to invest big money on players. Since they've been in the league, their average rank in player compensation is 11th out of an average of 18 teams.
A few weeks from now, the Union will allow fans to vote on the name of the team's new USL franchise. If you don't like one of the four pre-selected names up for election, you can write in an alternative. With that in mind, here are some dumb things we can name the team:
Philadelphia Union - Simple and clean, this name would seamlessly integrate the club and community into the already strong Philadelphia Union brand.