Chris Pontius

Philadelphia Union

Power rankings and more Union bits, Leicester Premier League champs, more

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Postgame video and quotes: Union 1-1 Earthquakes

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Mike and Matthew's postgame wrap. Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference. Comments from Chris Pontius, Josh Yaro, and Richie Marquez.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes

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Philadelphia Union went up a man but gave up a late goal as they split the points with San Jose Earthquakes Saturday in Chester, PA.

Earthquakes score late to steal point from Union

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A late goal from Simon Dawkins tarnishes the Union's perfect home record.

The ten-man San Jose Earthquakes rallied to steal a point from the Philadelphia Union, who had been perfect at home up to that point. Simon Dawkins's late goal equalled out Chris Pontius's first-half strike.

The Union got their goal off a 30th-minute corner kick.

Monday Morning Game Changers: Giving the Blues the blues

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The Philadelphia Union did all of the right things - and had a bit of luck - in their win over New York City FC.

1.) Over before it started? New York City FC's starting eleven was missing some of its marquee players. David Villa started, as did Kwadwo Poku, however Mix Diskerud was on the bench - which is more than could be said for either Frank Lampard or Andrea Pirlo.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 8

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Week 8 in MLS had it all. Controversial calls, impressive goals, blowout wins and disappointing performances. Here's a look at all nine match stories and follow-up features from over the weekend on SBI:

Yet another controversial call has Orlando City SC frustrated, as the Lions fell to the New York Red Bulls, 3-2, on Sunday.

Back on Top: Union defeat NYCFC 2-0

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With the win over NYCFC, the Union are first in the Eastern Conference once again.

The Philadelphia Union had little trouble in defeating their neighbors to the north on Saturday, as they coasted to a 2-0 victory. The win sees the Union rise to the top of the Eastern Conference.

The Union took the lead 26 minutes into the game, when Chris Pontius finished off a cross from Tranquillo Barnetta.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-0 New York City FC

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C.J. Sapong and Chris Pontius were both on target as Philadelphia Union went back to the top of the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 win over New York City FC.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC

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Following a loss last week at Seattle, the Philadelphia Union hope to come home and get a win critical win against New York City FC.

UNION GAME #7
VS
Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
Saturday, April 23, 2016
4:00 PM
6ABC - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Online Streaming: MLS LIVE
TBG Game Preview
Know Thy Enemy: Hudson River Blue
Starting XI
CJ Sapong Forward Stiven Mendoza, David Villa, Khiry Shelton
Sebastien Le Toux, Tranquillo Barnetta, Chris Pontius, Brian Carroll, Vincent Nogueira Midfield Kwadwo Poku, Federico Bravo, Mikey Lopez
Keegan Rosenberry, Josh Yaro, Richie Marquez, Fabinho Defense Ronald Matarrita, Jason Hernandez, Frederic Brilliant, Andoni Iraola
Andre Blake Goalkeeper Josh Saunders
Matt Jones, Ray Gaddis, Anderson Conceicao, Ilsinho, Warren Creavalle, Leo Fernandes, Fabian Herbers Bench Eirik Johansen, RJ Allen, Diego Martinez, Mix Diskerud, Thomas McNamara, Tony Taylor, Patrick Mullins
Numbers of Note
4 - Teams in MLS, including the Philadelphia Union, yet to end a match in a draw this year
106 - Shots attempted by New York City, 3rd most in MLS
45 - Shots on target from New York City, 3rd most in MLS
Game Officials
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivera
Assistant: Brian Dunn
Assistant: Jose Da Silva
Fourth: Mathieu Bourdeau

Have we seen the last of the cross happy Union?

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The Union aren't sending crosses into the box as often this year. Is that a secret to their success?

This past offseason the Philadelphia Union departed with a trio of offensive-minded players and replaced them with a trio of midfielders that would better hold possession in the midfield. They traded their creative wizard and assist leader Cristian Maidana and let forwards Fernando Aristeguieta and Conor Casey walk.

Notes from Curtin’s presser and other Union news, midweek results, Olympic draw, new rules, more

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News, and lots of it.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-1 Orlando City SC

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Tranquillo Barnetta's phenomenal 90th minute free kick decided the match as Philadelphia Union took over first place with a 2-1 win over Orlando City SC.

Postgame quotes: Fire 1-0 Union

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Postgame quotes from Jim Curtin, Warren Creavalle, and Chris Pontius following the loss in Chicago.

Match Report: Chicago Fire 1-0 Philadelphia Union

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Kennedy Igboananike scored the game's only goal as the Fire knocked off the 10-man Union, 1-0.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Matchday 3

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You know you're off to a good start when the ugly is the hardest part of the format

Welcome back to the 2016 version of the good the bad and the ugly for the Philadelphia Union. This isn't how we thought this was going to turn out but we won't complain about finally getting results. Let's dive in shall we?

Player rating results: New England Revolution at Philadelphia Union March 20, 2016

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The fan votes for the Philadelphia Union's 3-0 drubbing of the New England Revolution are in!

CJ Sapong stole the hearts of the Union faithful this week as fans voted him this week's top player. His brace was the highlight of an impressive overall performance against the New England Revolution.

Postgame video and transcript: Union 3-0 Revolution

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Video of MIke and Greg's postgame wrap. Postgame comments from Jim Curtin, CJ Sapong, Andre Blake, Chris Pontius, Roland Alberg, and more.

Union not satisfied with performance in win over Revs

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CHESTER, PA The Philadelphia Union's performance in their 3-0 win over the New England Revolution wasn't good enough in the eyes of the players or manager Jim Curtin.

For a team looking to erase every single nightmare in recent memory from their minds, the outlook is perfect.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-0 New England Revolution

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Philadelphia Union opened their 2016 home season with an emphatic 3-0 win over a 10-man New England side despite missing two penalty kicks. CJ Sapong had a brace and Sebastien Le Toux finished off the scoring.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution

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Can the Philadelphia Union build on last week's confidence by winning their home opener against New England Revolution?

UNION GAME #3
VS
Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
Sunday, March 20, 2016
2:30 PM
6ABC - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Online Streaming: MLS LIVE
TBG Game Preview
Know Thy Enemy: The Bent Musket
Starting XI
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Snow talk, more Union news, new Bethlehem and USNT kits, more

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Snow forecast for Sunday's Union home opener. New Bethlehem home and away kits unveiled. More news.

Poetry Corner Kicks: Surprise!

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Poetry Corner Kicks examines how the Union beat the Columbus Jersey-Fails.

I like surprises. The Philadelphia Union's performance against Columbus Crew SC was as predictable as the weather in March. Which is to say, no one could have predicted it. A late injury scratch for Vincent Nogueira, somewhat coherent back line play, two goals from Chris Pontius, all in a location where the Union had yet to win?

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Chris Pontius

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Chris Pontius joins Greg and Kevin after his two-goal game against Columbus. Then Dave Zeitlin joins the discussion.

Player rating results: Union at Columbus March 12th, 2016

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Who had the better performance: Chris Pontius or Andre Blake? The offense vs. defense debate rages on.

The Brotherly Game staffers selected Chris Pontius at this week's Philadelphia Union MVP, but the fans have dissented and for the second straight week have selected Andre Blake as the best in the Blue and Gold.

Player of the Week: Chris Pontius

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Pontius scored his first brace since 2012 to give the Union their first win of 2016, and first-ever win in Columbus.

Team and Player of the Week honors, Union Academy call ups, more news

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Union named Team of the Week at Goal.com. Blake, Fabinho, and Pontius get multiple Best XI honors. Trusty and Elney called up for US U-20 MNT. More news.

Philadelphia Union Week 2 MVP

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Last week's MVP voting was a landslide. This week things were much closer.

While last week's vote for Brotherly Game Philadelphia Union MVP was a no-brainer, this week's was considerably more difficult. Standout performances by reigning MVP Andre Blake and Chris Pontius really forced the staff here to make tough choices.

Big win over the Crew, Academy teams sweep, more news

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Recaps and reaction from the UNion's first-ever win in Columbus. Union Academy teams sweep Continental FC Delco. League results and more news.

Postgame quotes: Crew 1-2 Union

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Jim Curtin, Andre Blake, and Chris Pontius on the Union's first-ever win in Columbus.

Crew-sing To A Road Victory: Columbus Crew 1-2 Philadelphia Union

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Two Chris Pontius goals catapulted the Philadelphia Union to an unlikely 2-1 victory at Columbus.

Following a lackluster performance last week at Dallas, the Union traveled to Columbus where they appeared anything but lackluster in a pleasantly surprising 2-1 victory Saturday evening against the Columbus Crew.

Match Report: Columbus Crew SC 1-2 Philadelphia Union

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The Union spoiled the homecoming party for Columbus Crew SC, pulling out a 2-1 win behind a brace from offseason acquisition Chris Pontius and more heroics from ascendant goalkeeper Andre Blake.

Player rating survey: Union at Columbus Crew March 12th, 2016

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Please share your opinion and rate the players in the Union's second game of the season against Columbus.

The Philadelphia Union went with a bit of a different look tonight, with Warren Creavalle starting in place of the injured Vincent Nogueira and Richie Marquez starting in place of Anderson Conceicao.

It begins: Union open season against Dallas on Sunday, team and league news, more

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PReviews and other team news ahead of Sunday's season opener in Dallas. More news.

Andre Blake

Player rating results: NYCFC at Philadelphia Union April 23rd, 2016

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The results of this week's fan vote are in, and we have our first repeat winner who is not named Andre Blake.

The fans chose CJ Sapong as this week's MVP for his work on the second Union goal and overall work up top against NYCFC. In a very tight race, however, Chris Pontius took the overall rating when compiling the four scores out there on the superweb.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Match day 2

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Well, this is a nice surprise. Union beat C-bus, Andre 3000 is a stud, and wait, Andrew Wenger is good now?

Week two has come and gone and dare I say it, it was a pretty alright week in Unionland.

The Good: Ponti is us.

When former D.C. United staple Chris Pontius arrived on our doorstep we were all pretty indecisive.

Player rating results: Union at FC Dallas March 6th, 2016

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The fan poll results for game #1 are in!

Given the stellar eight save performance by Andre Blake and the obvious gaffes by left back Fabinho, the first week's results don't come with many surprises. Andre Blake was the runaway winner getting an average of 8.2 out of ten points from the fans, nearly three points more than second place Ilsinho with 5.

Barnetta and Edu doubtful for season opener, Tribbett a “revelation,” more news

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Edu and Barnetta unlikely to be ready for season opener. Tribbett impresses. Sapong clarifies. More news.

The Rest

Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/3/16

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Back from vacation, the Daily Links have returned.

Philadelphia Union News

LA Galaxy draw Sporting Kansas City 1-1
As we usually do after the weekend comes to a close, we look ahead to the Union's next opponent, who will be the Los Angeles Galaxy. Remember, the Union will be off this weekend as their next game will be next Wednesday, May 11th.

Monday Morning Game Changers: Aftershocks

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What were the moments in the game that had a ripple effect on the rest of the match?

Pontius' goal was really a team effort. While Chris Pontius will be on the scoresheet, it was Josh Yaro, Warren Creavalle, and Ray Gaddis whose hard work started the entire thing. San Jose was driving down the Union's right flank, and Josh Yaro did well to challenge a pass to Simon Dawkins.

Fantasy Focus: Weekend Boateng Trip

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A big double game week beckons

The league was led this week by Otten's Army, with a score of 92 points. Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.2) was the captain and led the team with 28 points, scoring two goals. Four players scored 9 points -- Cyle Larin (ORL, $9.2), Lamar Neagle, (DCU, $7.7), Chris Pontius, (PHI, $7.