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Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/16/17

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Union News, MLS Week 28 preview and more in today's links.

Philadelphia Union News

Earnie Stewart focused on Philadelphia Union's long-term success as playoff hopes fade
Earnie Stewart promised big changes at Philadelphia Union, but he was smart enough not to box himself inside too specific a timeline.

Thanks, Chicago! More news.

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Union disappoint in loss to Orlando even if all but assured of playoff spot. Union Academy results. League wrap. More news.

Union schedule, Restrepo report, no USOC for BSFC, WCU USOC date, more news

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Reaction to the 2016 schedule. Another report says Walter Restrepo signing with the Union. No US Open Cup for Bethlehem. West Chester United's third round USOC date announced. more.

Official: Union acquire Fernando Aristeguieta on loan from Nantes

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The Philadelphia Union have announced the acquisition of Venezuelan striker Fernando Aristeguieta.

Subtraction by Expansion

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A look at the Union's roster as an impending double Expansion Draft approaches this offseason. Who on the roster is safe? Who is likely to be risked? Here is a first look at how the roster currently sits.

The first batch of Philadelphia Union players to be signed were selected from other teams from an Expansion Draft.

“Winter is coming”: Philadelphia Union faced with a long list of offseason issues

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Kevin Kinkead reviews a laundry list of issues facing the Union in the offseason.

Jack to Impact? Union in Chicago previews, more USA-Mexico reaction, more news

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Taylor Twellman tweets McInerney could be headed to Montreal. Union in Chicago previews and news. More reaction to USA-Mexico friendly. More news.

Moreno & Martino explain the Union midfield

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The Union's back and front lines are among the league's best. But there's always that midfield. Leave it to TV analysts Alejandro Moreno and Kyle Martino to describe the midfield perfectly. PSP's Dan Walsh fills you in on how.

Club v Academy, headgear for soccer in Princeton, US Open Cup semis, more

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Berks County player chooses Union academy over high school team. Princeton school district mandates headgear must be worn by soccer players. US Open Cup semifinal previews, more.

Match Day #22 Game Thread: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Philadelphia Union

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Game Information: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Philadelphia Union, 7:00 PM ET, BC Place, Vancouver, BC, The Comcast Network with JP Dellacamera and Alejandro Moreno on the call.

Philadelphia Union starting XI: (4-4-2) Zac MacMath; Raymon Gaddis, Jeff Parke, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams; Brian Carroll, Michael Farfan, Keon Daniel, Danny Cruz; Sebastien Le Toux, Jack McInerney

Philadelphia Union bench: Chris Konopka, Matt Kassel, Fabinho, Kleberson, Leo Fernandes, Aaron Wheeler, Antoine Hoppenot

Vancouver Whitecaps starting XI: (4-3-3) Brad Knighton; Jordan Harvey, Johnny Leveron, Brad Rusin, Lee Young-Pyo; Jun Marques Davidsoon, Gershon Koffie, Nigel Reo-Coker; Kenny Miller; Camilo Sanvezzo, Russell Teibert

Vancouver Whitecaps bench: Matt Watson, Erik Hurtado, Corey Hertzog, Kekuta Manneh, Daigo Kobayashi, David Ousted, Carlyle Mitchell

Ex-Union members Brad Knighton and Jordan Harvey, now members of the Vancouver Whitecaps, will be eager to make an impact against their former team.

Match Day #21 Game Thread: Philadelphia Union vs. Portland Timbers

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Game Information: Philadelphia Union vs. Portland Timbers, 7:30 PM ET, PPL Park, Chester, PA, Comcast Sportsnet with JP Dellacamera and Alejandro Moreno on the call.

Philadelphia Union starting XI: (4-4-2) Zac MacMath; Raymon Gaddis, Jeff Parke, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams; Brian Carroll, Michael Farfan, Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Cruz; Conor Casey, Jack McInerney

Philadelphia Union bench: Antoine Hoppenot, Kleberson, Fabinho, Leo Fernandes, Matt Kassel, Chris Konopka, Aaron Wheeler

Portland Timbers starting XI: (4-3-3) Donovan Ricketts; Michael Harrington, Pa-Modou Kah, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Jack Jewsbury; Darlington Nagbe, Diego Chara, Will Johnson; Frederic Piquionne, Ryan Johnson, Diego Valeri

Portland Timbers bench: Sal Zizzo, Milos Kocic, Mamadou Danso, Ben Zemanski, Kalif Alhassan, Ryan Miller, Jose Valencia

If you are going to the game tonight, please make sure you stay hydrated.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Alejandro Moreno

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Union original - and now Union color commentator - Alejandro Moreno joins the pod. Also, the big win over New York and looking ahead to Dallas.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 1-1 Crew

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Road draws are a big deal, especially considering the Union are finally off the mark at Crew Stadium, earning their first road point in Columbus

Union start USOC play on May 28, moving on from KC, Hoffman happy, more

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Union begin US Open Cup play on May 28th. U looks to learn from mistakes against KC as they prepare for Rapids. Chandler happy in LA. USWNT begin Algarve Cup play. New Fox channel. Lesbians banned from Nigerian football, more.

Orlando City hopes for another good result, Moreno replaces Rigby, Steffen gets US U-20 callup, more

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Orlando City hopes for another good showing against the Union. Alejandro Moreno replaces Bob Rigby as Union color commentator. Hackworth says Le Toux is a leader. Zack Steffen gets US U-20 callup. More news.

Alejandro Moreno New Color Commentator, TV Broadcast Details Released

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The yearly changing of the guard for the Philadelphia Union's television color commentator has brought back a former player to take over the role from Bob Rigby.

Alejandro Moreno is the latest person to hold he title of Union color commentator, according to a press release on the team's official website.

MLS Re-Entry Draft: Thoughts From Burgundy Wave On Conor Casey

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A target striker. The necessary piece to solving a problem the Philadelphia Union have had since the beginning of 2011.

Conor Casey, acquired in the Second Stage of the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft, will play a role that the Union have not truly had since Alejandro Moreno left via the Expansion Draft.

MLS Re-Entry Draft: Union Acquire Rights To Conor Casey

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In an unsurprising move to most, the Philadelphia Union selected Conor Casey with their first round choice in the Second Stage of the 2012 Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft.

The target striker will fulfill a two year long need for the Union at his preferred role up front. Philadelphia has not had a target striker since allowing Alejandro Moreno to leave during the 2010 Expansion Draft.

MLS Re-Entry Draft: Three Former, One Current Union Player Available

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The Philadelphia Union were forced to place goalkeeper Chase Harrison on the Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft availability list for a second straight year, due to the process' rules, but he isn't the only player with ties to the team who is available.

Also listed are former captain Danny Califf, former fellow central defender Shavar Thomas and former starting striker Alejandro Moreno.

Califf heads big names available in Re-Entry Draft

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The Union now have their chance to bring back Danny Califf, if they want to. PSP previews the upcoming MLS Re-Entry Draft with a look at Califf and other intriguing players available.

It’s time to start Danny Mwanga again

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

It took Danny Mwanga eight minutes to do what Lionard Pajoy hasn't done in 367: Create a goal.

If that one play isn't a good enough reason of why Mwanga needs to replace Pajoy in Philadelphia Union's starting lineup, here are a few more.

  • Only one team in Major League Soccer has a worse goals-per-game rate than the Union's 0.

Nowak, Union await discipline verdict, Valdes in Best XI

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Still awaiting official notice of his suspension for entering the field of play in last Saturday against Chivas USA, Peter Nowak said at Wednesday's weekly press conference, "I don't really want to go into details before the whole situation with the verdict and we see what happens.

Analysis & player ratings: Chivas USA 0-1 Union

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Heading across the country to take on a Chivas USA who despite their poor home form have looked much improved in 2012, the Philadelphia Union would have taken a victory any way they could get it. That's a good thing considering that, although they recorded their second consecutive victory and first road win of the season, they were largely outplayed by their hosts and suffered two important ejections which could hurt them badly in the coming weeks.

Match report: Chivas USA 0-1 Union; Nowak, Daniel & Garfan ejected

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It's hard to imagine the assist being nicer than a backheeled goal. But Michael Farfan set up Freddy Adu's winner with a hypnotizing run, and the Union held on to earn their first road win of the season over Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Philadelphia is now unbeaten in their last three, and Chivas USA remains winless at home.

Preview: Union at Chivas USA

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What: Philadelphia Union at Chivas USA

Where: Home Depot Center, Carson, CA

When: 10:30pm ET, Saturday, April 21

TV: The Comcast Network

With their first three points in the bag, the Union head to the west coast with hopes on beginning their first winning streak of 2012.


Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/27/16

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FIFA 17 releases today! Way to steal the links' thunder.

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I'm Alejandro Bedoya, and I approve this Alejandro Bedoya goal
Alejandro Bedoya scored an awesome goal, and he wants you to know about it. He also wants you to vote for him for MLS Goal of the Week.

ESPN Announces World Cup TV Commentator Assignments For June 20-26

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ESPN has announced its World Cup TV commentator assignments for the second week of coverage from Brazil, from June 20 to June 26.

There are few surprises in the assignments for the final games of the Group Stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman will commentate the US-Portugal and US-Germany games, while Fernando Palomo and Alejandro Moreno will announce the Mexico-Croatia game.

World Cup Qualifiers Today on ESPN/2/3

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World Cup Soccer Watch Party USA vs Algeria

ESPN is pulling out all the stops for its coverage of the USA's World Cup qualifiers Friday against Costa Rica and Tuesday at Mexico.

The Mexico-USA telecast will feature a one-hour pre-game show originating live from Mexico City, marking the first time ESPN is airing a one-hour pre-game preceding a World Cup qualifying match.

Juan Pablo Angel

Chivas USA Scouting Report: Turning Out the Lights

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Last week the Sounders helped keep some playoff hopes alive by beating the Vancouver Whitecaps, and in the coming weeks they have a chance to end those hopes with three consecutive games against the two playoff hopefuls left in the West. Today's is the first of two against Chivas USA, a pretty implausible playoff contender.

Chivas USA: The Most Boring Team in MLS

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I can imagine the scene at the Home Depot Center tomorrow. Thousands of children, their hands sticky from cotton candy and soft drinks, screaming, blowing vuvuzelas, playing with handheld gaming devices, shooting spitballs at each other (at least, that's what I remember doing when I was a kid, minus the vuvuzelas) -- pretty much doing anything but watching the game on the pitch.

Seattle Sounders at Chivas USA - Gamethread

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May's packed schedule is nearly up for the Seattle Sounders with their last MLS match of the crowded schedule. For some players this will mean a rest. For others, due to injuries, they will be pressed into more duty than one could expect. On top of a likely start at CDM for either Andy Rose or Servando Carrasco there could also be a change in the backline.

Chicago Fire 2 - Chivas USA 1: Summary, Highlights, and Quotes

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Chicago Fire 2 - 1 CD Chivas USA

Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson; Dan Gargan, Arne Friedrich, Austin Berry, Gonzalo Segares; Logan Pause ©, Pavel Pardo, Marco Pappa; Sebastian Grazzini (Rafael Robayo 78'); Patrick Nyarko, Dominic Oduro (Federico Puppo 86')

Substitutes not used: Paolo Tornaghi, Hunter Jumper, Michael Videira, Daniel Paladini, Orr Barouch

CD Chivas USA: Dan Kennedy; John Valencia, Rauwshan McKenzie, Heath Pearce, James Riley; Oswaldo Minda, Nick LaBrocca, Jorge Villafana (Michael Lahoud 81'), Miller Bolanos (Ryan Smith 66'); Alejandro Moreno ©, Juan Pablo Angel (Jose Correa 70')

Substitutes not used: Tim Melia, Ante Jazic, Peter Vagenas, Laurent Courtois

Scoring Summary
CHV - Juan Pablo Angel (penalty kick) 23'
CHI - Austin Berry (Sebastian Grazzini) 25'
CHI - Marco Pappa (Federico Puppo) 93+'

Misconduct Summary
CHV - Oswaldo Minda (caution) 16'
CHI - Pavel Pardo (caution) 20'
CHI - Dominic Oduro (caution) 72'

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Assistants: Ian Anderson, Fabio Tovar
Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Attendance: 14,652



Chicago Fire Head Coach Frank Klopas

On Marco's goal.

Pappa’s stoppage-time winner lifts Fire past Chivas USA

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CARSON, Calif. -- Chivas USA came into Friday night's match hungry for their first win home win of the season, while the Chicago Fire came in looking to become the latest team to take three points at the Home Depot Center.

It looked like neither team was going to get what the wanted as the final seconds ticked away, but Marco Pappa lifted the Fire past Chivas USA when he belted a game-winning goal from 20 yards away in the dying seconds of the match to give Chicago a 2-1 victory.

HIGHLIGHTS: Philadelphia Union 1 - 0 Chivas USA

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  • 0:33 - Kickoff.
  • 0:54 - Ryan Smith sends a dangerous cross into the Philadelphia Union's box. Gabriel Farfan kicks the ball out to around the 30.
  • 1:04 - Michael Farfan tears apart the Chivas USA defense and places a low ball across the goal mouth toward a waiting Freddy Adu.

Chivas USA signs second-highest scorer in Colombian league

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He's 19-year-old striker Jose Erick Correa, who most recently played for Boyacá Chico FC, Chivas USA officials announced today. "He's a great young talent that will come and help us right away, and also learn a lot from our experienced forwards like Juan Pablo Angel and Alejandro Moreno," said Chivas

The Rest

Some Soccer News for Apr 12, 2016

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It's Day 103 of 2016.

Sing it with me. (To the tune of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap):
Carl Craig And A Bleep Bleep Bleep
bum bum
bum bum
Bleep Bleep Bleep
(practice right here)


No broken bones for Darlington Nagbe.

MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Finals, How to Watch: TV and Streaming Listings

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The MLS Cup Playoffs return after the international break with the first leg of the Conference Finals. Three Big Storylines, How to watch on TV and online and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your MLS Cup Conference Finals First Leg Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. The last time Columbus Crew SC played the New York Red Bulls in the playoffs, it was MLS Cup 2008.

Monday After

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On Friday UMB Bank, n.a., a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corporation announced that the company is partnering with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer. Per the presser, "UMB Bank is a "First Team Partner," Sporting KC's most elite level of sponsorship, and is the soccer club's official commercial banking sponsor.

Philadelphia Union Season Preview: Predictions, Predictions, Predictions

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Team Leader in Goals:

Jake Pavorsky: Conor Casey. After two injury riddled, Casey is looking to get his career back on track, and I expect him to have a year similar to his 2008 campaign. The 31 year old gives the Union their first true target striker since Alejandro Moreno, and his presence in front of the net will certainly advance the team to new offensive heights.

Chivas USA: Not Much More to Say

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Geoff hit on it this morning - it's only been ten days since the last time the Timbers played Chivas, and all we had to say about them then was that they were the most boring team in MLS.

Ten days haven't changed that.

In fact, the only thing that has changed for either team in the ten days since is they've both lost another game.