Carlos Valdes

Philadelphia Union

So you're saying there's a chance? Vegas releases MLS Cup odds

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Vegas has not been kind to the Union, giving them the worst odds to win the MLS Cup this season.

The fine folks over at Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook have released their odds to win the MLS Cup, and needless to say the Philadelphia Union are not favorites to win this year. Clearly not impressed with the team's off-season acquisition of Steven Vitoria, the odds-makers list the Union at 50/1 - good enough for dead last on their list, tied with the Colorado Rapids, San Jose Earthquakes and Montreal Impact.

How Carlos Valdes destroyed his Philadelphia Union legacy

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Kevin Kinkead explores the seemingly neverending series of loan sagas have tarnished the legacy of Carlos Valdes' time with the Union.

Could the Union improve without major moves?

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There's something to be said for consistency. PSP's Dan Walsh explores the prospect of whether Philadelphia Union could be better in 2015 specifically because they didn't change much of the team.

Official: Steven Vitoria joins the Philadelphia Union

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Benfica center back joins the Union on loan with an option to buy

The Philadelphia Union's quiet winter seems to be over. With Carlos Valdes going to Uruguay's Nacional last Friday, the Union have brought in Benfica center back Stephen Vitoria on loan through the end of the 2015 season "pending the receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.

Union confirm Valdes loaned to Nacional

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The Union confirmed on Friday that Carlos Valdes has been loaned to Uruguayan club Nacional.

Valdes signs with Nacional, Union target Benfica center back Steven Vitoria, notes from camp, USA doubleheader on Sunday, more

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Valdes passes physical, signs loan deal with Nacional. Kevin Kinkead reports Union targeting Benfica center back Steven Vitoria. Notes from camp. USA doubleheader on Sunday. More news.

Nacional says Valdes to sign loan deal, new trialists, Academy commitments, US Open Cup format, more

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Announcement on Nacional website says Carlos Valdes to sign loan deal on Friday. New trialists in Union camp. Union Academy commitments announced. New US Open Cup format. More news.

No Delort, Valdes saga continues, Mbolhi due to arrive on Sunday, Casey’s unfinished business, more news

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Union transfer target Andy Delort rejoins team in France. Valdes saga continues. Mbolhi expected to arrive in preseason camp on Sunday. Casey has unfinished business. More news.

Notes from camp, Mbolhi on to ACN quarterfinals, Academy callups for US U-18s, big trades, USA-Chile, more

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Notes from Union training camp. Algeria tops Senegal, advances to Africa Cup of Nations knockout round. Academy's Elney and Wilson get US U-18 callup. Tuesday's trades. USA-Chile today. More.

Clock ticking on Valdes, Curtin pleased with camp so far, Philly roots, league and NTs news, more

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Albright confirms negotiations with unnamed South American club that wants Carlos Valdes. Training camp notes. On Albright and Curtin's Philly roots. MLS and national teams news. More.

More Valdes rumors and other Union bits, CBA update, more news

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Latest Valdes rumors. Can the Union take advantage of "hideous" Philly sports scene? CBA negotiations update. US U-20s face El Salvador on Saturday to qualify for World Cup. FIFA loses more sponsors. More.

Defensive depth, looking for a forward and holding mid, more Valdes rumors,

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Union go for defensive depth in final rounds of draft. Curtin looking for forward, holding mid. More Valdes rumors. Sons of Ben Movie. More.

Edu deal official, draft previews, Diskerud signs with NYCFC, Altidore-Defoe swap, Solo charges dismissed, more

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Edu deal announced. Diskerud joins NYCFC. Reports of Altidore-Defoe swap. Domestic violence charges against Hope Solo dismissed. More.

2014 Philadelphia Union Players Review: the Defenders

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2014 was a bit of a rollercoaster on defense. Here's how Fabinho, Austin Berry, Carlos Valdes, and Aaron Wheeler's respective seasons went.

2014 Season Summary

Would you believe it if I told you that according to whoscored.com defensive rankings for the Philadelphia Union, Fabinho was the best (non-goalkeeper) defender and Austin Berry was third best?

We hardly knew thee, Union Academy YNT call-ups, more Expansion Draft and transfer news

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Union get allocation money after Ribeiro selected in Expansion Draft. Union Academy players get US youth national team call-ups. More Expansion Draft, transfer, and other news.

Pfeffer called up, Academy U-18s win, State of the League, player moves, more

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Pfeffer gets US U-20 callup. Academy U-18s win final Winter Showcase game. Garber on the state of the league. Dallas re-signs Seitz. More.

Valdes says Millonarios move “a very remote possibility,” report says “major changes” coming to Union-HCI, LA-NE MLS final, more

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Valdes on transfer rumors. Are changes coming to Union-Harrisburg partnership? LA to host NE in MLS Cup final. Report says MLS playoff field to increase in 2015. More.

What the latest Valdes transfer rumors reveal

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Dan Walsh looks at the latest transfer rumors around Carlos Valdes and considers what they say about the Union roster under new manager Jim Curtin.

First preseason game announced, on the Academy, Valdes, Sony to end FIFA sponsorship, more

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Union announce preseason game in Jacksonville. On the Union Academy. Millonarios boss acknowledges interest in Valdes and others. More.

Valdes rumors — again, Union moneyball, more news

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New Valdes rumors signal official start of silly season. Are the Union using moneyball as a model? Blake could be away with Jamaica for as long as two months in 2015. More.

The 2014 Expansion Draft: Who Would You Protect?

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The Expansion Draft is the next order of business for the Philadelphia Union. With only the opportunity to lose players, who would you protect to minimize the damage?

The Union will begin an offseason needing to add players, but instead potentially losing some in the Expansion Draft. With NYCFC and Orlando City joining the fold next season, the Union will look to keep valuable assets.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, MacMath to start in Columbus, USMNT vs. Colombia confirmed, more

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Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Zac MacMath to start in season finale in Columbus. League and national teams news. More.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City

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Playing for pride and draft picks.

UNION GAME #33
VS
PPL Park, Chester, PA
October 18, 2014
7:00 PM ET
TCN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Know Thy Enemy: The Blue Testament
Starting XI
Brian Brown Forward Soony Saad, Dominic Dwyer, Sal Zizzo

Andrew Wenger, Cristian Maidana, Danny Cruz

Vincent Nogueira, Amobi Okugo

Midfield Benny Feilhaber, Lawrence Olum, Paulo Nagamura
Ray Gaddis, Maurice Edu, Carlos Valdes, Sheanon Williams Defense Seth Sinovic, Kevin Ellis, Aurelien Collin, Igor Juliao
Zac MacMath Goalkeeper Eric Kronberg
Andre Blake, Fabinho, Brian Carroll, Zach Pfeffer, Jimmy McLaughlin, Pedro Ribeiro, Richie Marquez Bench [Players]
Stats (Explained Here)
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“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.

In Pictures: Union 2-3 Crew

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow look at Saturday's heart-breaking loss to Columbus.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew

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The Union are in a must-win game. Fabinho is starting at left back. What could possibly go wrong?

UNION GAME #32
VS
PPL Park, Chester, PA
October 11, 2014
7:00 PM ET
TCN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Know Thy Enemy: Massive Report
Starting XI
Conor Casey Forward

Aaron Schoenfield

Ben Speas

Andrew Wenger, Vincent Nogueira, Sebastien Le Toux

Maurice Edu, Amobi Okugo

Midfield Justin Meram, Tony Tchani, Wil Trapp, Ethan Finlay
Fabinho, Carlos Valdes, Ethan White, Ray Gaddis Defense Bernardo Anor, Tyson Wahl, Michael Parkhurst, Hector Jimenez
Zac MacMath Goalkeeper Steve Clark
Andre Blake, Sheanon Williams, Brian Carroll, Danny Cruz, Cristian Maidana, Antoine Hoppenot, Pedro Ribeiro Bench Matt Lampson, Chad Barson, Emanuel Pogatetz, Eric Gehrig, Romain Gall, Jairo Arrieta, Adam Bedell
Stats (Explained Here)
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Playoff scenarios, international callups, Sak focus of criticism, more

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On the Union's slim playoff chances. Mbolhi only Union player with international callup. Sakiewicz focus of criticism in press reports. Much more.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

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The Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire square off for some Thursday Night Football tonight on ESPN2. All my rowdy friends do not want to watch Christian Ponder play handegg.

UNION GAME #31
VS
PPL Park, Chester, PA
October 2, 2014
8:00 PM ET
ESPN2 - Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman, Alexi Lalas
Know Thy Enemy: Hot Time In Old Town
Starting XI
Andrew Wenger, Pedro Ribeiro Forward Harry Shipp, Quincy Amerikwa

Cristian Maidana, Amobi Okugo, Vincent Nogueira, Fred

Midfield Grant Ward, Logan Pause, Jeff Larentowicz, Sanna Nyassi
Fabinho, Carlos Valdes, Maurice Edu, Ray Gaddis Defense Lovel Palmer, Patrick Ianni, Bakary Soumare, Alex
Rais M'Bolhi Goalkeeper Sean Johnson
Zac MacMath, Michael Lahoud, Brian Carroll, Antoine Hoppenot, Ethan White, Brian Brown, Danny Cruz Bench Kyle Reynish, Gonzalo Segares, Chris Ritter, Patrick Nyarko, Matt Watson, Robert Earnshaw, Florent Sinama-Pongolle
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Mbolhi 6th highest paid GK in MLS, Chivas USA hiatus, vanishing spray health risk, more

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Players Union releases latest MLS salary figures. Keys for Union to reach playoffs. Vanishing spray health hazard. More news.

Match Report: DC United 1-0 Philadelphia Union

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Luis Silva rose in traffic to direct home the only goal of the match as Philadelphia Union fell to DC United at RFK Stadium.

2nd Half Thread: D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Union trail 1-0 at half time. Rais M'Bolhi has not been sharp. Carlos Valdes has cleared two balls off the line. The offense has missed chances.

Sorry for the delayed thread, I had brunch'd too much in a place too far away to make it back in time to set up a proper chart and what not.

Comment on the rest of the game here.

Curtin “still fighting” to have interim tag dropped, Union notes, more calls for release of FIFA ethics report

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Jim Curtin says he's "still fighting" to have the interim tag dropped. Notes from Curtin's presser. Gulati, Garcia call for public release of FIFA ethics investigation report. More.

Maurice Edu

Season review: The defense

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New contributor Davis Russell considers what worked defensively, and what did not, for the Union in 2014.

You Be The GM: Should Ethan White Stay Or Go?

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A good GM is always using the latest information to inform decisions. Given recent comments about the future of Maurice Edu, the fans must take a hard look at the future of Ethan White.

Newly anointed Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin teased his intention to resign Maurice Edu and pair him with Carlos Valdes at center back.

Maurice Edu's Record At Center Back

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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.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 2-1 Sporting Kansas City

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Goal from Brian Brown and Pedro Ribeiro saw the Union defeat Kansas City 2-1 in the final home game of the season.

The Rest

Official: Carlos Valdes goes to Uruguay's Nacional

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The Colombian center back's move to the Uruguayan Primera Division was made official today.

Carlos Valdes is officially back in South America.

The Union confirmed today that the rumors we first heard back in January from Juan Arango were indeed true. The 29-year-old center back will go on loan to Uruguayan side Nacional for the entirety of 2015.

Carlos Valdes is, like, probably gone (for 2015)

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Maybe.

Siempre hay otra oportunidad

A photo posted by carlos valdes (@carlosvaldes5) on Feb 4, 2015 at 5:03pm PST


Carlos Valdes posted this photo just moments ago, with a caption that roughly translates to, "There is always another opportunity prayer hands emoji.

You Be The GM: The results are in!

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Final 2014 Union Player Salaries

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The MLS Players Union released their end of season list of player salaries. For the Union, the salaries of the summer signings are revealed, and the final list provides a peak at what to expect next season.

The Union spent more than $4M in guaranteed compensation in 2014, not including any transfer fees that may have been paid in the offseason or during the summer transfer window.