Philadelphia Union

The missed opportunity in hosting Swansea City

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Summer friendlies are great money makers, but could the Union have made more money with a different opponent?

Fans’ View: Time for a new shirt sponsor

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With the Union entering the last year of their contract with Bimbo, one Union fan thinks it's time for a new shirt sponsor, whose name doesn't evoke images of empty-headed but attractive women.

The crest on the front or the name on the back?

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Sebastian Le Toux is a Red Bull. We've had some time for that nightmare of a thought sink in and had the opportunity to witness the horror for ourselves. With hundreds of Union Le Toux shirts still floating around our park, where does this turn of events put you in the name on the front/name on the back of the shirt debate?

Coming Soon: River End Ale

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 The long struggle that began in 2007 is almost complete. We've got the team, we've got the stadium, we've got the Bimbo. We've got the kits, the scarves, the key chains. So what's missing? The beer, that's what. Not that there's any dearth of that sweet nectar in and around PPL Park. Of a given game day, you'll see everything from high-quality local brews like Yard's and Dogfish Head to the ubiquitous old standbys.

Philadelphia Union And Their New Friend Bimbo

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By Geoff Reid

First of all, apologies for being away a while. Busy time of year for all of us the last few weeks and life gets in the way. This time of year the game domestically really starts to get exciting with the MLS Combine, followed by the Superdraft and NSCAA Convention before clubs head into their respective pre-seasons.



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Kevin Kinkead takes a infographical look at the Union's new shirt sponsorship deal.

Report says Ruiz signed, more news

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Jonathan Tannenwald reports the Carlos Ruiz deal is complete and that a signing announcement should be expected today or Tuesday. He reports the "source with direct knowledge of the deal" also says Ruiz has been training with the Union. No further details are presently known.

From the Union website, one of the major benefits from the upcoming trip to Greece will be bonding within the team.

Holder update, Greek details, more news

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Individual and group tickets went on sale yesterday. Buy! Buy! Buy!

On Wednesday we posted an update that linked to a Twitter message from former Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper Shaka Hilsop that said Thorne Holder had signed with the Union. Big Apple posted a story saying that Holder's former college, Aldelphi University, had announced the signing with a quote from coach Carlo Acquista congratulating Holder.

Interest in Mintal widens, more news

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According to the Geman newspaper Nürnberg Zeitung, Toronto FC are also interested in Marek Mintal. In the report, FC Nürnberg Sports Director Martin Bader confirms the interest in Mintal from the Union: "There is a free request." The report goes on to say that "Mintal himself was tight-lipped yesterday and would not comment on the speculation surrounding his future.

PSP is traveling to the SuperDraft on the Union Founding Members bus and will be

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PSP is traveling to the SuperDraft on the Union Founding Members bus and will be posting updates from the draft throughout the day. Be sure to hit your refresh button!

8:55am: Hello there everyone! I'm on the Founding Members bus with PSP photgrapher Nicolae Stoian and about forty other Union supporters.

“Significant signings” TBA next week

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Carlos Valdes


The Union has a couple of posts on their website about the Bimbo shirt sponsorship deal. Of particular interest is this quote from Nick Sakiewicz. "In about a week, fans will begin to see the impact of this partnership because we're going to be announcing some significant player signings.

Say ‘Beembo!’

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The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that the Union have a shirt sponsor, Bimbo Bakeries.

An official announcement from the club is scheduled for later today.

The four year deal is worth approximately $12 million.

Bimbo Bakeries USA has its headquarters in Horsham, PA. The iconic Mexican brand operates 34 bakeries in the US and owns popular brands such as Entenmann's pastries, Stroehmann bread, Old Country bread, Boboli pizza crust, and Thomas' English muffins.

New shirt sponsor for Union and new coach for Temple

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Former Virginia Tech assistant Matt Gwilliam has been named the new head coach for Temple's women's soccer program. Good luck, sir!

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Union have signed Bimbo Bakeries as a shirt sponsor. The deal is worth $12 million over 4 years, and also makes Bimbo a league sponsor, which opens up other advertising opportunities for the company, including stadium ads.

Philadelphia Union wins sponsorship from Bimbo bakery

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Philadelphia Union is poised to announce a major sponsorship deal that will stamp the routinely mispronounced name of the giant Mexico-based baker onto the front of the team jersey.


Ives: Philadelphia Union Set To Sell Sebastien Le Toux To A European Team

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Soccer By Ives is reporting that the Philadelphia Union are "preparing" to sell Sebastien Le Toux to a European club. The American soccer news site indicated that a full story will be released soon on Fox's soccer site.

Le Toux has been the star of the Union since debuting with the then brand new franchise during the the 2010 MLS season, accumulating 25 goals and 20 assists (70 points) over two seasons with the Union.

Union unveil new jerseys for 2012

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Philadelphia Union unveiled their new jerseys for 2012 today.

The two new jerseys, designated as primary and secondary, incorporate the logo of jersey sponsor Bimbo, which signed a deal with the Union last year, albeit too late for brand new jerseys to be designed.

Both jerseys are blue and gold, with blue as the primary color, though in different shades.

San Jose Earthquakes

More Exposure for Union in Year 2

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[Editor's Note: Another fine fanpost, read up folks]

"Does the Chooch that plays for the Unions really wear number 51 too?"
- 63 year old coworker (4/16/11)

In just two years, people who honestly had no idea there was a professional soccer league in the United States have started asking questions about the Philadelphia Union (like the one above).

Wednesday Night Union Freekicks: Evertonians

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The Philly Soccer Page " Union to host Everton July 20
The Union announced on Wednesday the the club will host Everton at PPL Park in a friendly on Wednesday, July 20 at PPL Park.

Friendly: Union vs. Everton FC

One of the summer's big friendlies has been announced, and it looks to be a good one.

The Rest

Club América y su campaña “Grande. Muy grande”

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El día de ayer tuve la oportunidad de ir a la presentación de la nueva campaña del Club América misma que fue realizada por Alazraki Publicidad que dirige el conocido publicista Carlos Alazraki.

La campaña apela a la grandeza del club azulcrema, pero lo interesante es que todas las acciones de comunicación y marketing van alineadas a este concepto que yo le llamo "paraguas" y que cubre a todo lo que ocurre en cuanto a imagen y acciones se refiere.

BIMBO Billboard Photo Shoppe Zoo With Roy Would Be Proud Of

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(h/t @VDub2174)

The BIMBO Bear is tired of people not pronouncing his company's name correctly, shown here in a doctored photo of one of the BIMBO billboards on I-95 and various locations in Philadelphia

While the Union have gained enough internet media popularity to have spawned two fake Twitter accounts, the team has yet to find itself with anyone who covers the team quite like The Fightins or I Want To Go To The Zoo With Roy do with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Tigres UANL: 8 motivos por las que tu supuesta “grandeza” no me afecta

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Semana de clásico, semana llena de discusiones y dilemas contra el rival odiado, mucha gente generalmente deja la amistad a un lado en esta jornada para ejercer una batalla del lado de su bando preferido.

Este post no lo hago para dedicarlo a nuestros compañeros de ZonaRayada y mucho menos a su afición (aunque tengan por seguro que lo leerán) el fin de este post es hacer ver la realidad de su "grandeza" y contestar a sus tan torpes pero seguras burlas.