Despite playing a phenomenal game, a brief lapse on a last second corner kick ruined everything and cost the Union two points on the road at Portland.
Let's get one thing out of the way. The Philadelphia Union played brilliantly for 90 minutes tonight. Of that there is no question. But all that went to waste when the Union Keystone Kops'd a last second corner kick that allowed the Portland Timbers to tie the game and steal a point at Providence Park on the opening day of the season.
The anticipation ends, the season begins, and the question on everyone's mind will begin to get answered. In what ways will the Union disappoint this year? It's time to find out.
|UNION GAME #1 |
|Providence Park, Portland, OR |
|March 8, 2014 |
|10:30 PM |
|CSN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas |
|Know Thy Enemy: Stumptown Footy |
|Starting XI |
| Darlington Nagbe, Maximiliano Urruti, Gaston Fernandez ||Forward ||Jack McInerney |
|Diego Chara, Diego Valeri, Will Johnson ||Midfield || |
Vincent Nogueira, Cristian Maidana, Sebastien Le Toux
Brian Carroll, Maurice Edu
|Jack Jewsbury, Norberto Paparatto, Pa Modou Kah, Michael Harrington ||Defense ||Fabinho, Austin Berry, Amobi Okugo, Ray Gaddis |
| Donovan Ricketts ||Goalkeeper ||Zac MacMath |
|Andrew Weber, Mamadou Danso, Ben Zemanski, Kalif Alhassan, Michael Nanchoff, Steve Zakuani, Frederic Piquionne ||Bench ||Andre Blake, Michael Lahoud, Aaron Wheeler, Leo Fernandes, Corben Bone, Antoine Hoppenot, Danny Cruz |
|2013 Stats (Explained Here) |
Hey! Ref! Suck on my collective bargaining agreement!
Perhaps that doesn't scan quite as well as the original, but then again The Sons of Ben are clearly superior at chants than the Professional Soccer Referees Association(PSRA) and PRO (Professional Referee’s Organization) are at coming to an agreement.
The 2014 season kicks off with the Philadelphia Union traveling to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Portland Timbers. How will the revamped Union fair in their first true test?
Portland Timbers vs Philadelphia Union
Providence Park - Portland, Oregon
March 8th, 10:30pm Eastern - Comcast SportsNet
In the first trip to the stadium formerly known as JELD-WEN Field since 2012, the Union will be looking for their first ever win in Portland.
After the most exciting offseason in club history, the Philadelphia Union's roster has finally taken shape. In this article the Brotherly Game takes an in-depth look at the club roster, break down what's there and what needs to be there, and project the team depth chart before the Union take the field at Providence Park Saturday night.
With the MLS season about to start, we take a look at those who have left us.
Andrew Jacobson (FC Dallas)
Jacobson has been a starter under Schellas Hyndman for the past three years, but he appears to be the odd man out in Manager Oscar Pareja's 4-3-3. Following Hyndman's departure this Winter, FC Dallas poached Pareja from the Rapids.
Zack Steffen and Alex Shinsky will travel with Maryland to England; Billy McConnell's Hoosiers face annual date with Mexico U20 team and more as Union Academy alums in college compete in slate of spring friendlies.
While many of their classmates will be relaxing somewhere warm, Maryland goalkeeper Zack Steffen and midfielder Alex Shinsky have international friendlies with the development teams of some of the best clubs in the world to look forward to for their spring break this year.
Don't like the shirt? I blame the bear.
All 19 MLS teams have at least one new shirt in 2014, and with the exception of one or two early (DC United) and late (Chivas USA) releases the fans all wait eagerly, desperately searching social media for 'leaked' photos or attending release parties.
This week we've reached out to Michael Orr of Stumptown Footy, SBN's Portland Timbers blog, for a look at what to expect from PDX.
This week we've reached out to Michael Orr of Stumptown Footy and asked three questions regarding the Timbers and what to expect from them.
1.) Portland lost a couple of key players in Andrew Jean-Baptiste and Ryan Johnson.
The Union kick off the 2014 season in just a few days, so Murph sits down and lays out the Brotherly Game's game plan for the coming season and outlines a few ways for you to not only get involved but also possibly score some free stuff.
Salutations readers! It's Murph and I ask for your indulgence once again while I sweep the porch and dust the shelves in anticipation of a great opening weekend.
Previewing how the Union's roster will fare in Fantasy MLS this year.
MLS Fantasy is back, and the people over at mlssoccer.com are mixing it up a little bit.
In a departure from the Premier League's system of valuation, defenders, midfielders, and forwards are now priced just about evenly.
New season, new players, that new year smell - it's time for soccer. Time to look at what we're going to look at in the 2014 MLS season.
1.) Jack McInerney - This comes from another topic that could have been written as "Look for where the goals should be coming from", but the topic of Jack as his own self overshadows this entirely.
The Brotherly Game staff have released their inner Nostradamus and predicted the Union's 2014 fate. To compliment the many perspectives, here is a purely mathematical projection. At the end we invite you to play with the model and make a nerdy projection yourself.
The incredibly knowledgeable staff at Brotherly Game has published their predictions for the upcoming season.
The start of MLS season is finally upon us! How does Brotherly Game's staff believe the Union season will unfold?
This is it. We are just a few days away from that time of year. The players are back in the harsh weather of the northeast, far from the paradise of sunny Florida. Rosters are finalized and the fans are chomping at the bit.
It's been a busy off-season for the Philadelphia Union with many interesting moves designed to improve the team and make it a contender in 2014. Here, we take a look at what our top 5 off-season moves by the Union have been, and how they may impact the team going forward.
In the past the Philadelphia Union have often been very busy in the off-season.