Ken Tribbett will have nightmares for years about Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore, but there was more to the Union's playoff loss than that, PSP's Dan Walsh writes. Also, a note on the retiring Conor Casey.
We spoke with Pat Murphy from Massive Report, SB Nation's Columbus Crew SC blog, about what to expect from the Crew in tomorrow's match against the Philadelphia Union.
tBG) Columbus was within a goal of winning the MLS Cup last season. The club made quite a few moves during the offseason - can you tell us about the comings and goings and whether you think it'll be enough to put Columbus over the top.
There were no real surprises as to who was being let go by the Union - just who released the list.
Per a press release from Major League Soccer, the Philadelphia Union have declined to renew contract options on seven players today, including Conor Casey, Danny Cruz, and Brian Carroll. Cruz, along with Warren Creavalle, Fred, and Zac MacMath, will be available for selection in Friday's Re-Entry Draft.
New stadium name, new director of soccer, new roster moves. The Philadelphia Union might be the busiest team in MLS right now.
Unlike some other MLS clubs so far in the offseason, the Union have officially remained quiet about who is staying and who has been deemed surplus. Kevin Kinkead of CBS3 has reported he names of several players whose contact options were declined, are out of contract, or are free agents.
One of the more interesting series of articles to be involved in is the end of season player previews. I had the "pleasure" of having a look back at how our backup strikers did in 2015, read on for more on how well (or not) Fernando Aristeguieta, Conor Casey and Antoine Hoppenot did this season for the Philadelphia Union.
The Philadelphia Union striker joins Clint Dempsey and Didier Drogba on ESPN's Team of the Week.
Conor Casey's brace against the San Jose Earthquakes was good enough to get the Philadelphia Union's 34-year-old striker a position on ESPN's Team of the Week for Week 27. Along with Casey, the Montreal Impact's Didier Drogba, who had a hat trick against the hapless Chicago Fire, and the Seattle Sounders' Clint Dempsey, who had a goal and an assist against Toronto FC.
A late goal by Conor Casey was not enough to overcome the early deficit the Union found themselves in.
Some days this season the Philadelphia Union transform themselves and become a team better than their actual talent indicates. Today was not one of those days. The Union fell behind early, and never came close to challenging Toronto in the second half en route to a 2-1 defeat at BMO Field.
Despite two straight wins, the Union are going to make some changes.
Things have suddenly turned around for the Philadelphia Union, who despite missing several regulars have won two straight over teams supposedly in the Eastern Conference's elite. D.C. United had good reason to enter May thinking that their two games against the Union should result in six points, but Philly has sorted some things out both tactically and in terms of morale.
The MLS mainstay finds a new home in Columbus during a time where the Crew find their striker corps in a state of flux.
Much like Jack McInerney before him, Conor Casey joins the oddly specific list of ex-Philadelphia Union strikers to end up in Ohio. Casey started his career with Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga, and after six seasons with Dortmund, Hannover, Karlsruhe, and Mainz 05, he went to Toronto FC of Major League Soccer for two games.