Chris Albright

Philadelphia Union

Sak not bothered by criticism, USWNT advance to WWC qualification semi, more

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Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz not bothered by fan criticism "because those fans that are saying that are completely wrong." USWNT romps past Haiti to World Cup qualifiers semi. More.

“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.

Union defender Gaddis signs multi-year extension

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Ray Gaddis has earned a big reward for three seasonsof strong performances.

The Philadelphia Union announced Wednesday that the club had inked the 24-year-old defender to a new multi-year contract that will keep Gaddis with the team through 2016.

Union tops Hburg, Sak considering “different kind of structure” for tech staff, local school first in US to ban headers

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Union top Harrisburg in annual friendly. Sakiewicz considering changes to structure of Union technical staff. Shipley School first in US to ban headers for middle school players. More.

Le Toux, Wenger honored, Union bits, more news

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Le Toux named to Team of the Week, Wenger with honorable mentions and up for Goal of the Week. More Union bits, more news.

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.

Union host USOC final with win over Dallas, Valdes’ return, US open Women’s U20 WC play, more

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Union will host US Open Cup final if they defeat Dallas in semi. Valdes returns. MacMath on M'Bolhi signing. US begins play in Women's U-20 World Cup tonight. More.

Hack pleased with latest draft picks, Valdes update, league news, and more

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John Hackworth feels very good about latest draft picks, expects good positional competition. Is a Valdes deal finally near? League news. A message from Manchester police. More.

Re-entry Draft list, KC GK Nielsen retires, USOC games during WC break, more news

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Lots of local connections and other names of interest on Re-Entry Draft list. Jimmy Nielsen announces his retirement. Looks like USOC games will take place during the World Cup break. More news.

Union bits, new HCI prez, World Cup draw and MLS final anticipation grows, more news

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Casey says being healthy all season was awesome. Locals in NSCAA all-region women's teams. League and World Cup draw news. More.

Season review: The other guys

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PSP looks at the 2013 efforts of the Philadelphia Union players who didn't get major minutes this season but spent most of the year with the Union: Aaron Wheeler, Chris Albright, Mike Lahoud, Leo Gonzales, Roger Torres, Oka Nikolov, and Gilberto Souza.

A Chris Albright Retrospective

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Editors Note: When I was a young man, that Albright kid from Juaniata (pronounced: june-e-at-ah) was spoken of in hushed and reverent tones.by those "in the know". He wasn't some rich kid from the suburbs claiming Philadelphia as home. He lived in the shadow of the Market Frankford Line, "the El" as we called it.

It’s over. Now what? (2013 ed.)

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The off-season has begun for Philadelphia Union. PSP's Dan Walsh looks at the major issues facing the Union this off-season, assesses the team's needs, and evaluates which players will likely stay or depart.

“It’s all or nothing” – news and previews of Saturday’s big game, more

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Parke says it's all or nothing for the Union. Okugo says team plays to the fullest with back against the wall. Carroll on not being able to play because of suspension. Previews. More.

Hack on options against KC, Albright to retire, Williams’ century, more news

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John Hackworth on pressing early against KC and options to replace Brian Carroll. Chris Albright to retire at end of the season. 100th Union game for Williams on Saturday. More news.

“We know what we have to do” – Video and transcript of John Hackworth’s weekly press conference

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John Hackworth discusses options to replace the suspended Brian Carroll, pressing the game early against KC, the team's mindset, Chris Albright's retirement, and more.

DC previews, adjustments, helmets, USA notes, and more

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News and previews ahead of Saturday's game in DC. Helmets for Princeton school district soccer players. News and Notes ahead of USA v Jamaica. Champions League to be replaced? More news.

Union presser: No Fabinho appeal, RB & LM options, the DC rivalry, Kleberson’s role, what ticked Hack off, more

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Video and transcript of John Hackworth's weekly press conference. Topics include why no red card appeal, options at right back and left mid, the DC rivalry, Kleberson's role, what ticked Hack off, and more.

“Justification”: Quotes & reaction to Friday’s big win, Eastern Conference roundup, more

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Hackworth says Friday's huge win is justification for team's self-believe. Postgame quotes and recaps. Eastern Conference standings roundup. Lancaster's Valentin thriving in Norway. More.

Philadelphia Union Salaries: Players' Union Update Includes Fabinho, Oka Nikolov And Gilberto

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The Major League Soccer Player's Union released its second half salary numbers for the league yesterday. Philadelphia Union fans will be happy to learn of their three newest additions' (Fabinho, Oka Nikolov and Gilberto) salaries.

Name Position Base Salary ($) Guaranteed Compensation ($)
Chris Albright LB/RB/CB 75,000.

Mid-Season Friendly Game Thread: Philadelphia Union vs. Stoke City

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Game and Information: Philadelphia Union vs. Stoke City; 7:30 PM ET; PPL Park, Chester, PA; Game will be streamed online at PhiladelphiaUnion.com through the Philadelphia Union's YouTube page.

Philadelphia Union starting XI: (4-4-2?) Oka Nikolov; Fabinho, Aaron Wheeler, Chris Albright, Matt Kassel; Michael Lahoud, Kleberson, Roger Torres, Don Anding, Antoine Hoppenot, Leo Fernandes

Philadelphia Union bench: Chris Konopka, Sheanon Williams, Amobi Okugo, Jeff Parke, Raymon Gaddis, Brian Carroll, Michael Farfan, Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Cruz, Keon Daniel, Conor Casey

Stoke City starting XI: (5-4-1?

Jack’s back, Hack’s suspended, Le Toux knew he had it, Blatter blathers. more news

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McInerney returns to the Union after being released from US Gold Cup squad. Hackworth suspended for Saturday's game. Le Toux happy to be playmaker, just wants to win. Blatter says Brazil hosting the World Cup may have been a mistake. More.

Analysis & Player Ratings: Union 2-2 FC Dallas

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The Union made matters too easy on Dallas, failing to dictate play the way they did against Columbus and New York.

Match Day #14 Game Thread: Philadelphia Union At Toronto FC

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Game: Toronto vs. Philadelphia Union

Where: BMO Field, Toronto, ON

When: 6:00 PM ET

Channel: The Comcast Network

Commentators: JP Dellacamera and Alejandro Moreno

Meet The Opposition: Waking The Red

Philadelphia Union starting XI: (4-1-2-1-2) Zac MacMath; Raymon Gaddis, Jeff Parke, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams; Brian Carroll; Michael Farfan, Danny Cruz; Kleberson; Sebastien Le Toux, Jack McInerney

Philadelphia Union bench: Keon Daniel, Antoinne Hoppenot, Chris Albright, Conor Casey, Chris Konopka, Leo Fernandes, Matt Kassel

Toronto starting XI: (4-4-2) Joe Bendik; Darren O'Dea, Steven Caldwell, Doneil Henry, Ryan Richter; Jeremy Hall, Matias Laba, Bobby Convey, Jonathan Osorio; Robert Earnshaw, Luis Silva

Toronto bench: Gale Agbossoumonde, Jeremy Brockie, Danny Koevermans, Reggie Lambe, Quillan Roberts, Darel Russell, Ashtone Morgan

Prediction: Despite playing like absolute ass against the top teams this year, the Union have actually gotten a lot of good results against weak competition this season.

Out of their depth: The 2013 Union bench

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The Union coaching staff has praised the team's depth but only 16 field players have seen more than 10 minutes in 2013 and 2 of those are no longer on the team. PSP takes a look at the impact Union substitutions have had on games this season.

Match Day #12 Game Thread: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

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Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

Where: PPL Park, Chester, PA

When: 7:30 PM ET

Channel: The Comcast Network

Commentators: JP Dellacamera and Alejandro Moreno

Meet the Opposition: Hot Time In Old Town

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

Philadelphia Union bench: Chris Konopka, Chris Albright, Keon Daniel, Leo Fernandes, Roger Torres, Conor Casey, Antoine Hoppenot

Chicago Fire starting XI: (4-4-2) Sean Johnson; Wells Thompson, Jalil Anibaba, Austin Berry, Gonzalo Segares; Dilly Duka, Logan Pause, Jeff Larentowicz, Joel Lindpere; Patrick Nyarko; Chris Rolfe

Chicago Fire bench: Paolo Tornaghi, Michael Videira, Corben Bone, Brendan King, Alex, Quincy Amerikwa, Sherjill MacDonald

Prediction: The last time these two squads met, the Union won but things could have gone better.

Match Day #11 Game Thread: Philadelphia Union Vs. LA Galaxy

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Game: Philadelphia Union vs. LA Galaxy

Where: PPL Park, Chester, PA

When: 7:30 PM ET

Channel: Comcast Sportsnet

Commentators: JP Dellacamera and Alejandro Moreno

Meet the Opposition: LAG Confidential

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

Philadelphia Union bench: Aaron Wheeler, Chris Konopka, Chris Albright, Michael Farfan, Antoine Hoppenot, Roger Torres, Conor Casey

Los Angeles Galaxy starting XI: (4-4-2) Carlo Cudicini; Todd Dunivant, Tommy Meyer, Omar Gonzalez, A.

Match Day #10 Game Thread: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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Game: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

Where: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL

When: 1:30 PM ET

Channel: NBCSN

Commentators: Arlo White and Kyle Martino

Meet the Opposition: Hot Time In Old Town

Philadelphia Union starting XI: (4-4-2) Zac MacMath; Gabriel Farfan, Amobi Okugo, Bakary Soumare, Raymon Gaddis; Brian Carroll, Keon Daniel, Michael Farfan, Danny Cruz; Conor Casey, Jack McInerney

Philadelphia Union bench: Matt Kassel, Roger Torres, Chris Konopka, Sebastien Le Toux, Chris Albright, Kleberson, Antoine Hoppenot

Chicago Fire starting XI: (4-4-1-1) Sean Johnson; Gonzalo Segares, Austin Berry, Jalil Anibaba, Wells Thompson; Dan Paladini, Logan Pause, Joel Lindpere, Dilly Duka; Chris Rolfe; Patrick Nyarko

Chicago Fire bench: Corben Bone, Quincy Amerikwa, Paolo Tornaghi, Alex, Maicon Santos, Michael Videira, Yazid Atouba

Prediction: The Union continue to run out a formation and starting XI that has been show time and again to not work.

Philadelphia Union 2013 Player Salaries

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Name Position Base Salary Guaranteed Compensation
Chris Albright CB $75,000 $75,000
Don Anding* LB/LW $35,125 $35,125
Brian Carroll CDM $176,400 $176,400
Conor Casey ST $175,000 $175,000
Danny Cruz RM $120,000 $126,500
Keon Daniel CAM $80,004 $80,004
Gabriel Farfan LB/LM $50,820 $50,820
Michael Farfan RM/LM/CAM $98,670 $136,170
Leo Fernandes* CM/CAM $35,125 $35,125
Raymon Gaddis RB/LB $46,500 $46,500
Cristhian Hernandez* CAM/ST $62,500 $64,375
Antoine Hoppenot ST $48,400 $48,400
Greg Jordan* CDM/CB $46,500 $46,500
Matt Kassell MF/RB $46,500 $46,500
Jose Kleberson# CAM/CM/CDM $495,000 $495,000
Chris Konopka GK $46,500 $46,500
Michael Lahoud CM/CDM/RM/RB $90,000 $93,333.

Fans’ View: News At 11 is that you peaked at 18

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The middle ground that exists between burning out and fading away...It exists. if only Freddy would take it.

Player ratings and analysis: Union 1-0 Revolution

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PSP has player ratings and analysis from Saturday's game, along with video of postgame interviews from the locker room and manager's press conference.

Will Casey play against NE & other talking points, Amobi everywhere, good news on USMNT injury front, more

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Hackworth hopes Casey will be available for New England game. Union talking points. Amobi is everywhere, and just on the pitch. Good news on USMNT injury concerns. More.

Michel Platini

Union bits, Ribeiro at HCI, more news

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Union bits. Why Pedro Ribeiro has been playing centerback with Harrisburg. More news.

“We weren’t good enough” – Union bits, local college and youth players excel, playoff updates, more

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Zac and Mac on where the Union fell short. Local college and youth players coming up big. Playoff news. More news.

Bobby Warshaw

Philadelphians Abroad: Where the locals have landed

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PSP's Chris Luczkowiak gets you up to date on where local players landed during the offseason and how they did over the MLS season's opening weekend.

Union v Stoke news and previews, Garber says MLS will expand beyond 20, Holden has torn ACL, more

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Brek Shea joins Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu in Philly with Stoke. Hack plans to play "a bunch of guys." Gaber says not a question of if MLS expands but when and how much. Holden diagnosed with torn ACL. More.

Philadelphians Abroad: Allison, McLaughlin, and Hoppenot see the net

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Catching up on a number of players from around the area who continue to put in some hard work.

The Rest

Who is Jim Curtin?

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Who exactly is the Union's new interim head coach. We did a little research to find out

Jim Curtin is a 34 year old Oreland, PA native who played youth soccer in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, even catching a few matches with Chris Albright. Curtin played at Villanova with distinction, was drafted by the Chicago Fire in 2001 and the big (6'4") defender plied his trade in MLS for the next 10 years, lifting the US Open Cup in 2003 and 2006.

Albright headlines North Catholic HS Soccer Hall of Fame inductions

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The Union's Chris Albright was the guest speaker at the 6th annual North Catholic High School's Soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremony.