Tranquillo Barnetta, John McCarthy, and others get new jersey numbers today.
The Philadelphia Union released the most recent changes in jersey numbers today via the club's twitter account.
Number changes and additions: pic.twitter.com/ExcshZ5SQ1
— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) February 4, 2016
Tranquillo Barnetta has given up his former number 85 for a more traditional 10, which was held previously by Cristian Maidana, while John McCarthy moves from 55 to 27, which was recently vacated by Zach Pfeffer.
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Pontius's eighth year in MLS will be spent in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Union have acquired Chris Pontius in a trade with D.C. United, the club announced today. DCU will receive targeted allocation money and plain ol' allocation money, the amounts of which are, as always, undisclosed.
PSP's Dan Walsh offers some quick hit reaction to the Philadelphia Union roster moves reported this week. Many Union fans were probably as surprised about the Chris Pontius trade as Pontius when the photo at left was shot.
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According to Ives Galarcep, the Union have traded for midfielder Chris Pontius in exchange for allocation money
The Philadelphia Union have acquired midfielder Chris Pontius from D.C. United in exchange for allocation money according to reports from Ives Galarcep of Goal.com. The 28-year-old had been with DCU since 2009, but his playing time has decreased from his 2012 All-Star and MLS Best-XI winning campaign.
United's longest-tenured player is heading a couple of hours up 95, with some allocation money coming south in the exchange.
The first major move of the MLS offseason appears to involve D.C. United, as Goal.com is reporting that D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius was being traded to the Philadelphia Union for allocation money.
D.C. United is humbled in 3-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls, losing the Atlantic Cup
Needing a win by two clear goals to retain the Atlantic Cup and to keep the New York Red Bulls at bay in the Eastern Conference, D.C. United failed on both fronts, falling to the Red Bulls 2-0 on Sunday night at Red Bull Arena.
D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union meet yet again in the US Open Cup.
D.C. United, having beaten the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, will now face an MLS opponent in the US Open Cup. The travel to Chester, Pennsylvania, tomorrow night to take on their old friends, the Philadelphia Union. The Union have been relying on their first-choice starters in a brutal stretch of games, whereas Ben Olsen has been rotating his squad.
DC United's Chris Rolfe (18) keeps the ball away from Philadelphia's Vincent Nogueira during the second half of their team's match at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. United defeated the Union 2-1 with an 85th minute penalty kick goal from Chris Rolfe. Photo: Martin Fernandez.
Chris Rolfe converted a penalty in the 85th minute to give the Black-and-Red all three points
D.C. United looked set to run their winless streak to four games on Saturday night, in their tilt against the Philadelphia Union, after falling behind early to Sebastian Le Toux's 5th minute goal. But Chris Pontius' first half equalizer and Chris Rolfe's late penalty saw United to a 2-1 win over the I-95 rivals.
We've come to the last Benny Award, that for D.C. United's most valuable player of 2015.
We have reached the end of the Benny Awards season, so there is only one more award to give out: The Etchy Award, given to D.C. United's most valuable player. The award is obviously named after El Diablo himself, Marco Etcheverry, who was the catalyst of those early D.
D.C. United's fan favorite is on the block today: who do you have?
The Esky Award is named for Alecko Eskandarian, former D.C. United forward whose career was cut short due to concussions. Eskandarian vaulted into fan favorite territory with his spitting out the Red Bull goal celebration, which remains one of the best goal celebrations in team history.
We combine awards to name one player as D.C. United's best new player
After a massive overhaul last year, D.C. United made fewer changes this year over last. And with only one obvious rookie candidate, the awards committee has decided to merge the Nelly Award, for best Newcomer, with the Andy Award, for best rookie.
Since Pontius is already gone, we're taking a slightly different angle when looking back over his 2015.
We're going to have to take a slightly different path with Chris Pontius today since the question of whether he should stay with D.C. United or not is already settled. We know that Pontius will have to don the unfortunate colors of the Philadelphia Union this season.
Could Ben Olsen have ten returning starters for next year?
We're now into the second week of December (time flies, don't it?), and our still-too-soon looks at D.C. United's potential lineups for next year just keep coming. Check them all out at our StoryStream.
I think there will be some drastic changes to United's personnel group this offseason, with several big names on the way out.
2015 didn't go exactly as planned for Farfan due to injuries and perhaps due to his fit within the team.
Back when D.C. United acquired Michael Farfan, it seemed like a perfectly sensible move. Farfan could play on either flank or in the middle, had MLS experience, was still young-ish, and wouldn't cost a lot of money.
Hope you have lots of time to read, because a lot of stuff happened.
There were a lot of moves within MLS yesterday. Expect more today, since the transfer window closes tomorrow. Let's get to it:
D.C. United needs to improve defense, but are personnel changes in store? | Soccer Insider Some pretty good injury news here from Steve Goff, including Bill Hamid apparently getting close to a return as well as potential one-game loans to build fitness for guys like Sean Franklin, Michael Farfan, and Chris Pontius.
Is United going to get an unexpected boost tonight?
D.C. United arrived on Wednesday and trained on Thursday for their game Friday with the Seattle Sounders. Steve Goff reported on Thursday that Chris Pontius, Sean Franklin and Michael Farfan did not make the trip. And Goff's presence in Vancouver makes him a lot closer to Seattle than most of us are.
D.C. United should have a full complement of players from which to choose for their match against Orlando City.
D.C. United travels to Florida take take on Orlando City SC for what seems like the 275th time this season already. They will do so having gotten a week off for the first time in ages, and so should have most of their first choice starters available to them.
D.C. United is back to dealing with injuries as the face the New England Revolution.
After losing last Sunday to the Philadelphia Union, D.C. United looks to rebound this Saturday when they take on the New England Revolution. The Revolution have a midweek match against Sporting Kansas City, and so Jay Heaps will have to make some hard choices for each of these two games.
The offseason is a cavalcade of MLS news, so you get an onslaught of Filibuster for your ears
It is a Tuesday morning, and Filibuster is back in its rightful place! Jason, Adam, and Ben start the show by diving into the offseason. We talk about Portland Timbers' move to sell Jorge Villafana and acquire Chris Klute, the way that Max Urruti got to FC Dallas, the neverending march of MLS expansion, and the new free GarberBucks that are floating around the league.
Cristiana Maidana is gone. The man who was tied for second in MLS this past season with 15 assists and an all-time team high. He was arguably one of the few positives in a very long, horrid 2015 Union season. Poof, like a puff of smoke he is gone. What do the Union get in return, you may ask?
Join the guys in as they look back at United's past few games, including the streak ending loss at RFK Stadium at the hands of Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC at RFK Stadium. The boys also discuss the recent stadium developments and look ahead to United's next games.