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Fire notebook - Gilberto arrives, Chicharito does not

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With the transfer deadline coming up at 4 pm on Thursday it might be a good time for a recap of the all news and non-news surrounding the Fire in the last day. Here's a rundown:
  • Gilberto has joined the team in Portland. The Fire will train on Thursday at 6 cdt before the match on Friday.
  • If the Fire can defeat Philadelphia on August 12 in the USOC semifinal they will host the Cup Final at Toyota Park on Septembet 30.

Juliao Suspended for Season Finale

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Sporting Kansas City's defensive issues just got worse ahead of Sunday's game against the New York Red Bulls. Today the MLS Disciplinary Committee announced that starting right back, Igor Juliao was suspended for one game and fined for his actions in KC's 2-1 loss to Philadelphia.

In the 55th minute, Juliao cleared a ball up field just in front of Philadelphia forward, Andrew Wenger.

Major League Soccer

10 things we learned from MLS Gameweek 19

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Here are the ten things we learned from week nineteen of the 2015 MLS season.

1. Hats Off To Jim Curtin

Jim Curtin, without a doubt, has the hardest managerial job in Major League Soccer. Ask any Union fan, or anyone who covers the team, and they'll tell you that the aggressively inept ownership of Nick Sakiewicz has made it impossible for Philadelphia to succeed.

10 things we learned from MLS Gameweek 19

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Here are the ten things we learned from week nineteen of the 2015 MLS season.

1. Hats Off To Jim Curtin

Jim Curtin, without a doubt, has the hardest managerial job in Major League Soccer. Ask any Union fan, or anyone who covers the team, and they'll tell you that the aggressively inept ownership of Nick Sakiewicz has made it impossible for Philadelphia to succeed.

MLS attendances up 11% compared to last season

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In a weekend of MLS matches, the attendances at DC United, FC Dallas and Montreal Impact were not terrific.

The rest of the clubs did well with the exception of Philadelphia, who drew below their normal 18,000+. Orlando drew Seattle-like numbers for the LA Galaxy's visit.

Overall, attendance is up 11.

MLS attendances up 11% compared to last season

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In a weekend of MLS matches, the attendances at DC United, FC Dallas and Montreal Impact were not terrific.

The rest of the clubs did well with the exception of Philadelphia, who drew below their normal 18,000+. Orlando drew Seattle-like numbers for the LA Galaxy's visit.

Overall, attendance is up 11.

Philadelphia finding you don’t need to buy good goalkeeping

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If I had written a story about the Philadelphia Union a week ago, I might have rightly considered them the worst team in Major League Soccer. However, a victory and a draw over New York City F.C. has at least bandaged some wounds. But a team in 2014 that had a playoff position in their grasp still has some major questions.

Una visita al estadio del Philadelphia Union

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El estadio como representación del equipo y de la cultura

El Philadelphia Union fue establecido en 2008

Mi primera (y sola) experiencia con un partido profesional de fútbol pasó cuando tenía dieciséis años. Una prima me invitó venir para un partido entre el Philadelphia Union y el San Jose Earthquakes.

Berry Whine: Union defender rips Curtin, Albright in interview

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Comments in his recent interview probably ensure he won't be playing in Philadelphia - or Major League Soccer - anytime soon.

Major League Soccer is a small community.

Players, coaches, owners all know one another. Some have spent time together working for an organization, others strike up friendships during their careers.

When is it Time to Press the Panic Button?

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The best part about the MLS offseason is it is so very short. In the Union's case, that might also be the worst part about the MLS offseason.

Last offseason, right before the 2014 Superdraft, the Philadelphia Union were front and center of the MLS news. Aside from Toronto FC's splash double swoop for Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe, Philadelphia was making waves by throwing their name in for Maurice Edu as well as little known Cristian Maidana and Vincent Nogueira.

MLS Draft 2015 live coverage

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Everything you need to follow the 2015 MLS SuperDraft

Philadelphia will again play host to the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, but unless a deal is struck, the Philadelphia Union won't be grabbing too many headlines at the event in their backyard as they did last year trading up to make Andre Blake the first goalkeeper to go number one in the draft.

MLS Announce 2015 Opening Fixtures

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Just in time for Christmas, Major League Soccer has released the home openers for 2015 season.

The new season kicks off on March 6 when MLS Cup winners the LA Galaxy will entertain the Chicago Fire at the StubHub Center.

The opening weekend sees MLS's two expansion franchises play each other as Orlando City SC will host New York City FC at the Citrus Bowl on Sunday, March 8.

Lee Nguyen, Landon Donovan And Thierry Henry Named To MLS Best X

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Retiring stars Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry were named to Major League Soccer's annual Best XI squad on Tuesday, as was New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen.

This is the seventh time in his career that Donovan has been named to the Best XI, breaking a tie with MLS veteran Dwayne De Rosario for the most of any player in league history.

Lee Nguyen, Landon Donovan And Thierry Henry Named To MLS Best X

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Retiring stars Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry were named to Major League Soccer's annual Best XI squad on Tuesday, as was New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen.

This is the seventh time in his career that Donovan has been named to the Best XI, breaking a tie with MLS veteran Dwayne De Rosario for the most of any player in league history.

Philadelphia Union

Olsen talks injuries, changing lineups, ahead of Union clash

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With just the one day of practice before Saturday's tilt against Philadelphia, Ben Olsen had plenty to say after Friday's training

After a long week, one that included a Saturday game in New England, and a Wednesday game in Portland, D.C. United got back to the practice field on Friday ahead of their weekend game against the Philadelphia Union.

Welcome to the hate club, NYCFC

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NYCFU

"27 championships bro!"

"Yo, how many Super Bowls do the Eagles have?"

Raise your hand if you're a Philadelphia sports fan (everyone all at once) and have heard either of these phrases at some point in your life.

Hey NY fans, find another line to use!

We know that pipsqueak Eli Manning has 2 Super Bowls (thanks a lot, David Tyree).

#TBT Sporting's History at Home vs Philadelphia Since The Last Win vs the Union

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Not going to be going as far back into history this time for this week's Throw Back Thursday. Instead I'm going to use it to build on this weekend's game against the Philadelphia Union at Sporting Park. Since Philadelphia came into the league in 2010, they've not had much success, making the playoffs just once along with making the US Open Cup final last year, losing to Seattle.

Philadelphia Union at RealSalt Lake preview: Match Two

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Coming off a drab and disappointing home draw against Colorado, Union look to their first road tilt to notch their season's first goal.

Game: Real Salt Lake vs. Philadelphia Union

Date: Saturday, March 14th

Time: 9:30 PM

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium

Television: The Comcast Network, MLS LIVE

First goal wins!

Not So Super: MLS SuperDraft Preview

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This year's MLS SuperDraft is not expected to live up to it's billing.

Philadelphia will again play host to the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, but unless a deal is struck, the Philadelphia Union won't be grabbing too many headlines at the event in their backyard as they did last year trading up to make Andre Blake the first goalkeeper to go number one in the draft.

Philadelphia Union to hold training camp in Clearwater, Florida

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The Philadelphia Union will hold their 2015 training camp in Clearwater, Florida where the Philadelphia Phillies hold their spring training.

the700level.com announced today that the Philadelphia Union's February training camp will be held in Clearwater, Florida. Since MLS may or may not have rules prohibiting teams from hosting training camp within a certain proximity of an MLS club's home, the Union had to abandon their previous camp in Deltona (roughly 30 miles northeast of the Citrus Bowl where Orlando City SC will play) and look for something a bit further away (Clearwater is roughly 104 miles west of the Citrus Bowl).

Lincoln Financial Field

Philadelphia Gets Gold: 2015 Gold Cup officially awarded

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Philadelphia to host the 2015 Gold Cup Final at Lincoln Financial Field, third and fourth place matches at PPL Park.

It was officially announced this morning that Philadelphia would be hosting the CONCACAF Gold Cup finals, which will take place at Lincoln Financial Field (or, to one Enrique Sanz, "Financial Lincoln Field"), home of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field Selected to Host the 2015 Gold Cup Final

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In what comes as quite a surprise to the Brotherly Game, Philadelphia was chosen over New York, Baltimore, and Atlanta to host the Gold Cup Final in July.

After a little twitter conversation, speculation rose that Philadelphia would be the host city of CONCACAF's championship at the end of July.

Philadelphia awarded CONCACAF Gold Cup Knockout Round match

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Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, and MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey to host knockout stage matches.

Christmas came early for fans of international soccer in our region.

Today, CONCACAF announced the venues for the 2015 Gold Cup tournament.

The Rest

Sons of Ben win Pope Bot photo of the week contest

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93.3 WMMR's Preston and Steve Show named the Sons of Ben winners of the Pope Bot Photo of the Week competition

The Sons of Ben were named the winners of the Preston and Steve Show's Pope Bot Photo of the Week contest earlier today. For those who are unaware, Pope Bot was a creation of 93.3 WMMR's morning show Preston and Steve.

Fire 3 Red Bulls 2 -recap and ratings

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MLS is hard to figure sometimes and the Fire are even more perplexing. After defeating front running FC Dallas at Toyota Park on August 2, Chicago proceeded to drop two games to Philadelphia and another to Western Conference bottom dwellers Colorado. The New York Red Bulls entered this game riding a five game unbeaten string, rested from a long break, and looked poised to overtake DC United at the top of the East with games in hand.

Seventh Heaven: Mexico dominate to win 7th Gold Cup

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Mexico dominates Jamaica in front of just under 70,000 in Philadelphia to win the country's seventh Gold Cup.

Fueled by their most comprehensive performance in the tournament, Mexico defeated Jamaica 3-1 to lift the 2015 Gold Cup. A record-breaking crowd of 68,930, the largest to ever assemble at a soccer game in Philadelphia, was on hand to watch Andres Guardado and El Tri defeat an upstart Jamaica side.

Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union: The Whole Story - Match day 21

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The Philadelphia Union take their four match unbeaten streak north of the border to face off against Toronto FC, who are in the midst of a three game winless streak. Can the Union take advantage of a distressed TFC team missing their captain? From previews to reviews and analysis, this is the whole story.

Philadelphia Playlist

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As part of our series with Hudson River Blue, we've come up with some Philly artists to listen to. Show your civic pride and ditch the Billy Joel for a week for crying out loud.

Summertime - Will Smith

"Back in Philly we be out in the park / A place called the Plateau where everybody go"

Everyone has at one time or another spent a summer day up on the Plat - even the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Monday Morning Game Changers Analyzes How The Union Delivered A Slap In The Face

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Every week we "Monday morning manage" the previous Philadelphia Union games, talking about the major points in the game that changed momentum, led to goals and won or lost the points for the Union. This week, it is the 1-0 loss at the windy city (well near there) that will be analyzed

The wind was gusting near the windy city, as Philadelphia played yet another frustrating game of Soccer in their 1-0 loss to the Chicago Fire.

Sons of Ben Movie to premiere in Philadelphia

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The critically acclaimed movie will premiere at the Ritz Five Theatre on Walnut Street on June 10.

After what seems like an eternity, the Sons of Ben Movie is set to be unveiled to the public, with an official premiere happening right in Philadelphia. The critically acclaimed film has shown at the Thinking Football Film Festival in Bilbao, Spain and won the Grand Prix at the Tokyo International Football Film Festival.

Union Soccer: The Next Generation

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There are the hallowed halls of their new secondary school, and the development of their academy structure, from which the Philadelphia Union are building an avenue for the Philadelphia area to pave a lasting legacy in the sport. But what other ways could there be for the organization to develop the next soccer generation?

Landmark Goals

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Another stat for you, Sporting's landmark goals. This year, Sporting hit two landmark goal marks, and not surprisingly, both were scored by Dom Dwyer. Back in May, Dwyer scored Sporting's 800th league goal in their 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire. Then on the road against Philadelphia late in the season, Dwyer scored the 400th competitive goal away from home for Kansas City.

Story stream: 2014 Philadelphia Union Player Reviews

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Brotherly Game's player reviews for the 2014 season.

2014 Summary

The 2014 season began with Zac MacMath looking over his shoulder at the sudden threat to his starting spot, coming when the team traded up to get the number one overall pick and used it to draft Andre Blake, another goalkeeper.

#TBT: Marksmen Give Whalers a Christmas Beating (12/25/1924)

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Photo credit: The Fall River Globe

Welcome to a very special Christmas edition of "Throwback Thursday," where we take a trip back in time to spotlight some of the clubs that made their mark on the New England soccer landscape over the past century.

This week, we venture back to a Christmas Day clash between the Fall River Marksmen and nearby rival New Bedford Whalers on Dec.

In Memoriam: Amobi Okugo and the Declined Options

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Amobi Okugo, last Union Original, will be heading to Orlando. We also briefly look at the Union careers of the five players whose contracts were declined by the Union.

The roller coaster that was Amobi Okugo's career in Philadelphia has ultimately ended on quite a sour note for the fans. I can't speak for Amobi or the Front Office, but I can't imagine that these sides would have wanted this relationship to end in this fashion.

Media F.C. Celebrates One Year Anniversary

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The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 2: Colonial football

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Our series continues with a look at football in colonial and post revolutionary Philadelphia.

The Furyous Five - Match 9

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Once again we catch up with the general manager of the Philadelphia Fury, Graham King Charters, in the latest installment of The Furyous Five.


1- Philadelphia fell to Rhode Islandon Saturday 3-2. How has the team handled the lost?

GKC- Naturally we are all disappointed.

Preview: Union play for pride on the road against the Crew in season finale

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Let's finally put this miserable season to bed.

The Union travel to Columbus for a game less meaningful than a Harrisburg City Islanders friendly.

The Union play the Crew onSunday because the schedule says so (and for absolutely no other reason).

Enjoy your last 90 minutes of goalkeeper intrigue, Philadelphia!

Is it the right call to move on?

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It seems as though, despite massive improvement over the course of a few seasons, that Zac MacMath has been dumped for a shiny new goalkeeper. Was it the right call?

There is no doubt that Zac MacMath has had growing pains during his development in Philadelphia. Criticism of him has been fair in years prior, but as the goalkeeper improves so does the intensity of his critics.