The You Be The GM series shifts to the backups who may still be around after the MLS Expansion Draft. These are the players with cult followings and niche capabilities. Do they have enough to make the team?
Full disclosure: I am currently drinking bourbon as I type. I believe writing on the topic of Danny Cruz commands some blurring of reality.
Maryland, Michigan State, Georgetown, Virginia and eight other teams with players who played for the Union Academy earn bids to the NCAA tournament.
The NCAA tournament field of 48 was unveiled Monday, and as expected the field has plenty of Philadelphia Union Academy connections. A total of twelve teams boast players with academy experience either in their starting lineups or among the reserves.
Jim Curtin invited us to look at Edu's record as a center back. So we did.
In a recent interview with Dave Zeitlin for MLSSoccer.com, Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin expressed a desire to bring back Maurice Edu and pair him with Carlos Valdes at center back. He's licking his chops at the thought of the All Star caliber center back tandem shutting down the likes of Kaka and David Villa.
Interview with mlssoccer.com raises more questions than it answers as Philadelphia Union boss Jim Curtin says future is still uncertain for Okugo.
In an interview with mlssoccer.com's Dave Zeitlin, Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin talks about having Maurice Edu - currently on loan from Stoke City - returning to anchor the back line with Carlos Valdes in 2015, saying that he was "cautiously optimistic" that the Union, Edu, and Stoke would come to an agreement.
The Chicago Fire exercised contract options on six of their players today, which means they also declined to exercise the options on eleven of their players today. As reported by our friends at Hot Time in Old Town earlier this month, there are quite a few recognizable names on the list.
Andre Blake and Jamaica defeated Trinidad and Tobago in a shootout to win the 2014 Caribbean Cup - their sixth overall. Not only did the Reggae Boyz secure their spot in the 2015 Gold Cup, they also punched their ticket to the 2016 Copa América Centenario tournament.
Philadelphia area financial advisor joins Jay Sugarman et al as investors in the club.
Give credit where credit is due - the much maligned Nick Sakiewicz has always had a bit of a nose for the business side of things (when he's not collecting goalkeepers and playing real-life Football Manager).
Out the gate on the for realla, a thrilla, or a Natural Born Killa
Jamaica defeated Haiti 2-0 on Sunday to advance to the 2014 Caribbean Cup Final against Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday. Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake stopped a penalty in the 89th minute to preserve his second straight shutout.
The You be the GM series shift gears to focus on the expansion draft and which players are most expendable.
With the fans overwhelmingly in Andrew Wenger's camp heading into next year, the Union is running thin on players they can protect. Most people seem to agree that the following ten players should be protected: Maidana, Nogueira, Okugo, Gaddis, Valdes, Le Toux, A goalkeeper, White, Williams and Wenger.
It was definitely a Dre Day - understand this my man Dre couldn't be touched
The Philadelphia Union's Andre Blake and Jamaica blanked Antigua and Barbuda 3-0 on Friday night to draw themselves level with Haiti in the Group B standings of the 2014 Caribbean Cup tournament. Kemar Lawrence of Harbour View F.
In which Sakiewicz twitches while Jay Sugarman delivers his quinquennial address.
With Philadelphia Union Chairman/Owner Jay Sugarman making his first real appearance of import in five years, big things were perhaps expected of this special announcement. Sadly it was all a bit of an anti-climax as the big news was merely making the rumors of Muelensteen's 'appointment' a formal reality.
With all of the talk about Zac and Rais, some people had something to say, but nothing comes out when they move their lips - just a bunch of gibberish because you probably act like you forgot about Dre.
Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake and Jamaica's Reggae Boyz drew Martinique 1-1 in the opening round of the 2014 Caribbean Cup in Montego Bay, Jamaica last night.