Carlos Valdes

Philadelphia Union

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
Stats (Explained Here)
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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.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo

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Once again, the Union find themselves playing the Houston Dynamo following a mid-week U.S. Open Cup game.

UNION GAME #29
VS
PPL Park, Chester, PA
September 20, 2014
7:00 PM ET
TCN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Know Thy Enemy: Dynamo Theory
Starting XI
Conor Casey Forward Omar Cummings, Giles Barnes

Andrew Wenger, Cristian Maidana, Sebastien Le Toux

Maurice Edu, Vincent Nogueira

Midfield Andrew Driver, Luis Garrido, Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis
Ray Gaddis, Carlos Valdes, Ethan White, Sheanon Williams Defense Kofi Sarkodie, David Horst, A.

“We can bounce back”: Readying for Houston, Saturday semi for Hburg, Expansion Draft on Dec. 10, more

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Curtin believes Union can bounce back against Houston. Praise for Nogueira. City Islanders ready for USL PRo semifinal. Report says Expansion Draft to take place on Dec. 10. More.

US Open Cup final match report: Union 1-3 Sounders (Extra Time)

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The Union turned in a valiant effort, but eventually gave up two goals in extra time as the visiting Seattle Sounders took home the 2014 US Open Cup.

GAME THREAD: U.S. Open Cup Final: Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sonders

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The game we've all been waiting for is finally here.

U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL
VS
PPL Park, Chester, PA
September 16, 2014
7:30 PM ET

Local: TCN - Marc Zumoff and Peter Pappas

National: GolTV - Jose Cerna and Felipe Mekhitarian

Know Thy Enemy: Sounder at Heart
Starting XI
Conor Casey Forward Clint Dempsey, Chad Barrett

Andrew Wenger, Cristian Maidana, Sebastien Le Toux

Maurice Edu, Vincent Nogueira

Midfield Lamar Neagle, Andy Rose, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans
Ray Gaddis, Carlos Valdes, Ethan White, Sheanon Williams Defense Leonardo Gonzalez, Zach Scott, Chad Marshall, DeAndre Yedlin
Zac MacMath Goalkeeper Stefan Frei
Rais M'Bolhi, Brian Carroll, Danny Cruz, Fred, Michael Lahoud, Amobi Okugo, Pedro Ribeiro Bench Marcus Hahnemann, Jalil Anibaba, Michael Azira, Marco Pappa, Gonzalo Pineda, Kenny Cooper, Obafemi Martins
Game Officials
Referee: Armando Villareal
Assistant: Peter Manikowski
Assistant: Corey Parker
Fourth: Matthew Nelson

To the winner goes the title of 2014 Lamar Hunt U.

They are who we thought they were, 2014 edition

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This is the Philadelphia Union team we thought we'd see this year. Finally. PSP's Dan Walsh lays it out.

“It’s huge”: Recaps & reaction from win in Toronto, Hburg makes playoffs, league results, more

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Reaction to win over Toronto. Union back in playoff spot. Union Academy starts new season. Harrisburg to face Orlando in USL PRO playoffs. League results. More.

Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 1 - Toronto FC 0

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Poetry Corner Kicks knows the real story is Zac MacMath

A huge three points at home and the Philadelphia Union are looking for more. The problem is that teams like New England and Columbus have been winning lately too. So the Union will just have to keep plugging away and shooting for three points each time or the playoffs will pass them by.

News & previews ahead of tonight’s game against TFC, USA set to face Czechs, more

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Union ready for "tricky" game against Toronto. Le Toux says Curtin has set him free. US plays Czech Republic today. More news.

MacMath named USOC Player of the Round, Union & league news, Donovan’s final US match, more

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MacMath named Player of the Round for performance in US Open Cup semifinal win. Union & MLS news. Landon Donovan to play final game for US in October. More.

San Jose on Sunday, more Union news, Harrisburg continues playoff hunt, new ASL begins play, more news

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Curtin says San Jose is very dangerous but, playing at PPL Park, "it's about us." More Union news. City Islanders continue playoff hunt. New ASL begins play this weekend. More news.

Notes from Curtin’s weekly presser, new Bimbo deal, 8000 USOC final tickets sold so far, more

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Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Union ink new 5-year deal with Bimbo. 8000 US Open Cup tickets sold so far. Union STHs have until Sunday to buy USOC tickets for their regular seats. More news.

Jim Curtin and his use of the Union "Puzzle Pieces"

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After reading an article on the Philadelphia Union website by Doug Ammon, I started to think about his opinion and i decided to voice my own.

Go back a week and a half, and everyone is excited about Carlos Valdes coming back. Jim Curtin has the players playing well to his "system" and everything is fantastic right?

Match report: Houston Dynamo 2 -0 Philadelphia Union

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In their third game in a week, Philadelphia Union fell to the Dynamo 2-0 in Houston.

Meltdown: Houston Dynamo 2-0 Philadelphia Union

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A solid first half gave way to a sloppy second half, and the Union walked away 2-0 losers Friday night in Houston.

Facing their third game in seven games and their second game in 72 hours in Texas during an extreme weather week, the Union literally and figuratively melted. A second half goal from Will Bruin was the death knell for the Union as they lost 2-0 on the road Friday night.

GAME THREAD: Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Philadelphia Union end their week in Texas with a crucial league match against the Houston Dynamo.

UNION GAME #24
VS
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
August 15, 2014
9:00 PM ET
NBCSN - JP Dellacamera and Eddie Robinson
Know Thy Enemy: Dynamo Theory
Starting XI
Will Bruin, Giles Barnes Forward Pedro Ribeiro
Brad Davis, Ricardo Clark, Luis Garrido, Oscar Garcia Midfield

Danny Cruz, Vincent Nogueira, Sebastien Le Toux

Amobi Okugo, Brian Carroll

DeMarcus Beasley, Jermaine Taylor, David Horst, Kofi Sarkodie Defense Fabinho, Carlos Valdes, Maurice Edu, Ray Gaddis
Tally Hall Goalkeeper Andre Blake
Tyler Deric, Eric Brunner, Andrew Driver, Corey Ashe, Brian Ownby, Servando Carrasco, Omar Cummings Bench Zac MacMath, Sheanon Williams, Michael Lahoud, Conor Casey, Andrew Wenger, Fred, Ethan White
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“It’s awesome”: Recaps & reaction to Union’s USOC semifinal win, Ribeiro named USL PRO PotW, more news

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Quotes from Union US Open Cup semifinal win in Dallas. Tickets for Sept. 16 final at PPL Park go on sale on Thursday. Ribeiro named USL PRO Player of the Week. US advances to Women's U-20 World Cup quarterfinals. More news.

In Pictures: Union 2-1 Impact

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for Saturday night as Philadelphia Union defeated Montreal Impact 2-1 with Sebastien Le Toux netting a pair of goals.

Recaps & reaction to win over Montreal, head coach candidates, league results wrap, more

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Reaction to win over Montreal. Union coaching candidate news. City Islanders win streak now at 4. MLS & NWSL results. More news.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 2-1 Montreal Impact

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The Union earn 3 valuable points with an ugly 2-1 win against the Montreal Impact.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact

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Needing to stay in the playoff race, the Philadelphia Union hope to gain three points from a last place team that's already stolen five points from them.

UNION GAME #23
VS
PPL Park, Chester, PA
August 9, 2014
7:00 PM ET
CSN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas, Reporter: Heather Mitts
Know Thy Enemy: Mount Royal Socccer
Starting XI
Conor Casey Forward Jack McInerney

Danny Cruz, Vincent Nogueira, Sebastien Le Toux

Brian Carroll, Maurice Edu

Midfield

Andres Romero, Felipe Martins, Justin Mapp

Gorka Lorrea, Patrice Bernier

Ray Gaddis, Carlos Valdes, Ethan White, Sheanon Williams Defense Krzyzstof Krol, Matteo Ferrari, Wandrille Lefevre, Eric Miller
Zac MacMath Goalkeeper Troy Perkins
Andre Blake, Michael Lahoud, Amobi Okugo, Fred, Fabinho, Brian Brown, Andrew Wenger Bench Evan Bush, Calum Mallace, Karl Ouimette, Maxim Tissot, Issey Nakajima-Farran, Dilly Duka, Anthony Jackson-Hamel
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Union vs. Montreal Match Preview

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Carlos Valdes is home. M'Bohli could take over as starting keeper. This match has all the potential for awesome.

Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact
PPL Park, Chester, PA
August 9, 2014
7:00 pm Eastern on Comcast Sports Net

The only storyline that you need to know going into this weekend is that our #2 Carlos Valdes returned to Philadelphia.

Union bits, All-Star Game tonight, MLS Deputy Commish on pro/rel, schedule, expansion, and more

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MacMath not surprised by M'Bolhi signing. Abbott says pro/rel never going to happen in MLS. US loses to Germany in WOmen's U-20 World Cup opener. More.

Major League Soccer

Maurice Edu nutmegs Dominic Oduro with one of the coldest moves since the Polar Vortex

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Maurice Edu has no fear.

Beware, MLS forwards: Maurice Edu can make you look ridiculous at a moment's notice - just ask Dominic Oduro. In the twenty-second minute of last night's Philadelphia Union match against Toronto FC, Edu (playing center back in place of the injured Carlos Valdes) got a pass with Oduro - one of the fastest forwards in the league - quickly closing down on him.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Philadelphia Union; Match Day 24

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A roller coaster of a week ends on a low after high flying heights. There is much to be celebrated, but it was a crash landing Friday night.

The Good: Individual Performances

Andre Blake was the stand out performer against Houston. His MLS debut might have been a loss, but there is still great promise for the future of his career.

Jim Curtin

Mbolhi, Valdes & Lahoud to miss TFC games with NT call ups, the Toronto mess, league results, more

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Six Union players receive international call ups. Coaching change in Toronto. MLS results. KC wins NWSL title. USMNT news. Record transfer window in England. More.

Union preparing MacMath to start against SJ, Maidana update, video of practice facility construction, more

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Mbolhi could resume training with Union today. MacMath expected to start against San Jose. Maidana continues recovery from hamstring injury. Practice facility construction video. More news.

“It’s big”: Quotes & previews ahead of tonight’s USOC semi, more news

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Union and Dallas quotes ahead of tonight's US Open Cup semifinal, as well as a roundup of previews. More Union, MLS, and national team news.

The Rest

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.

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.

The DoopCast analyzes the SKC game and player acquisitions.

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A well deserved point from the champs and the chaps champing at the bit to see our acquisitions in action.

Well, what to make of Jim Curtin? Have we seen a big enough body of work to make a true assessment of his efficacy as head coach, or is he just riding the wave that a coaching change inevitably brings?