For the first time, I attended a competitive Philadelphia Union match but it may have been the biggest in their history. The Union played the Sounders in the final of the US Open Cup. Here are some of sights.
It's a good job that the World Cup is diverting the attention of the soccer fans in New England as otherwise the alarm bells would be going off after the New England Revolutionsuffered their third straight MLS defeat on Saturday in front of 16,483 fans at Gillette.
The defeat leaves New England with a 7-6-2 record, and their 23 points is good for third place in the east.
The Union take on the NY Cosmos in possibly the most interesting match up of the fifth round of the US Open Cup. The Union in the midst of a reboot and the Cosmos flying high and enjoying taking MLS scalps as proof of the high ambition.
The Philadelphia Union face the New York Cosmos in the fifth round of the US Open Cup on June 24th at PPL Park.
Get to know how Sporting Kansas City matches up in preparation for Wednesday's game against the Union with Sporting KC fan (and Union fan as well), Phillip Bupp.
Sporting Kansas City and the Philadelphia Union are on two opposite ends of the MLS spectrum. While Sporting is tied for the lead in the East with games in hand on most teams, Philadelphia is next to last and has played as many or more games than every other team in MLS.
The 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year is on the move. Sources tell Fire Confidential that Austin Berry has been traded to the Philadelphia Union in exchange for allocation money. The trade announcement will be made pending league approval. The move presumably adds budget space which would enable the Fire to increase Mike Magee's salary over the next two years of his contract.
Nothing like a bit of Major League Soccer aggro to get the day going! With the opening of the 2014 MLS season less than a month away, Eastern Conference rivals the Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC are already exchanging handbags.
It appears that Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz is not amused with TFC's spending spree that has seen them sign the likes of Jermain Defoe, Michael Bradley and Julio Cesar.
I know I am a fan of something special. I am on the ground floor. Once soccer becomes much more popular than it already is in the United States (and it will in time), I will be able to tell my grand children that I was there cheering for our boys in blue before it was the "in" thing to do.
Over the past 5 years I have fallen more in love with Major League Soccer and the Philadelphia Union in particular, than I have for any other Philadelphia sports team.
In what has been a quiet offseason, the Union shocked the rest of Major League Soccer this morning by trading one of their reliable veterans and made a move to set up the acquisition of USMNT Maurice Edu.
Philadelphia sends Jeff Parke to DC United for Ethan White and the No.
The MLS regular season will end the same way it began, with Sporting Kansas City facing the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on NBCSN at 3:00 PM Saturday. Both teams are fighting for similar but different things. While Philadelphia has no option but to win and require help from the up to 4 teams above them, Sporting Kansas City has already clinched a bye in the wildcard round.
Every MLS game today has playoff implications for at least one of the teams. It's a weekend that could turn crazy all around the league. Not all the games have a direct effect on KC, but they're ones to watch for.
Philadelphia at Montreal What we want to happen - Montreal win
Really this result doesn't mean a whole lot to KC, unless you really want to avoid one team over the other potentially in the playoffs.
With only three games remaining it's time for yet another "must win" situation for the Fire. A reduced MLS schedule because of international competition leaves a good portion of the league idle this weekend but Chicago and their most likely challengers for the final spot are in action. The Union are in DC, New England and Montreal face each other but the Columbus Crew are on break.
PHILADELPHIA VS. TORONTO PPL PARK - WEDNESDAY 7PM ET TV: TSN 2 MANUFACTURED DERBY NAME: "The Ivan Drago Testimonial Match" FACTS* AND STATS** PHILADELPHIA UNION - "High": Percentage chance that Maurice Edu will hurt TFC. - 4: The Rocky sequel that is our greatest guilty pleasure.
The Philadelphia Union tweeted they plan on making a major announcement tomorrow at noon.
JUST IN: Major announcement to come tomorrow (Wednesday) at noon. Watch via http://t.co/XfO21gkyjv pic.twitter.com/0FSEu6cGUU
— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) July 29, 2014
Following a couple weeks of links, PPL Park sightings, and overseas reports of the impending signing of Algerian goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi signing with Philadelphia, the Union today announced they will make a major announcement tomorrow (Wednesday, July 30).
Poetry Corner Kicks can finally celebrate a home win!
Well how do you like them apples? The Big Apple came to Philadelphia and left without a point to show for their travels. It looks like the Philadelphia Union still feel bad when they are up by two goals, so they try to make the other team feel better by letting them back in the game.
Whether you call it the Turnpike Derby, I-95 Derby, or (especially if you're a Red Bull fan) "it's not a rivalry" there have been some really special memories when these two teams have met on the pitch. What's your favorite?
This thread is simple. What is your favorite memory of the Philadelphia Union - New York Red Bulls rivalry?
Can the Union afford to bring in another Designated Player? Does Carlos Valdes return from stops in Colombia, Argentina, and Brazil? Does Maurice Edu remain in Philadelphia or is he bound to return to the English Premier League? Silly season may just be be sober season for the Philadelphia Union.
That most wonderful time of year is almost upon us.
The news that overshadowed the Union’s 2-2 draw with Chicago was the trade for Andrew Wenger. How will he perform in the city of Brotherly Love?
It was a move that shocked me as much as it shocked the rest of the Philadelphia Union fan base. Met with very extreme mixed reactions ranging from a nightmare scenario to wild acclaim, Jack McInerney was traded to the Montreal Impact for forward/defender/midfielder/keeper (I believe he can play anywhere on the field, why not goalkeeper?
Week 2 sees the Union start their home schedule hosting I-95 rival New England Revolution. Can Philadelphia build on the promise shown in Portland and catch a vulnerable Revs side?
The first home tilt of 2014 features the Philadelphia Union, coming off of a heart-breaking last-minute-goal to share the points, versus conference foe New England Revolution, who were pummeled at Houston four goals to nil.
The Union announced on Thursday that they have signed veteran French midfielder Vincent Nogueira, who joins the club from Ligue 1 side FC Sochaux. Nogueira is expected to join Philadelphia for the next phase of its preseason in Florida.
Sporting Kansas City end the regular season tomorrow afternoon in Philadelphia, the same place they started the 2013 season. The began the season with a win against the Union, and they'll be looking to end the season the same way. A win against the Union would, at least temporarily, give Sporting KC the lead in the Supporters' Shield race, and would force the New York Red Bulls to win their season finale on Sunday against the Chicago Fire.
NBC Sports article reinforces what many Philadelphia fans have worried about for a while now - poor money management and lack of decent midfield that are killing the Union on and off the field.
An article from NBC Sports Steve Davis really put together the thoughts of many Philadelphia Union fans on the club's woes - both the club's unstable financial situation, as well as its highest-paid and most-decorated player, Brazilian midfielder Kleberson, who inexplicably is riding the pine behind much less renowned (and less expensive) players.
After a quiet April, Sporting really get busy now in the month of May before the World Cup in June. Tomorrow's game in Montreal is the start of a six game stretch in 21 days. Basically the team will play two games a week for the rest of the month. They'll have to do most of that stretch without Matt Besler and Graham Zusi who will both leave after Wednesday's game against Philadelphia to join the US national team.
The final weekend of the MLS regular season kicks off with Sporting taking the field against Philadelphia. The weekend continues through 8pm tomorrow when LA and Seattle take the field. Wouldn't it be great if all these games took place at the same time? Having KC-Philadelphia, Chicago-New York, and Portland-Chivas all kicking off on the same time would certainly add to potential excitment when it comes to the Supporters' Shield.
The Fire got themselves back into playoff contention in what amounted to a "must-win" situation against a club that had beaten them twice this season. Chicago is now six points behind Philadelphia with two games in hand and five points behind fifth place Houston for the final playoff spot. The Fire, Revolution, and Union are likely to be the challengers for the last post season berth if things hold to form.
Philadelphia's early season was defined by the trade for Andrew Wenger. Few thought they could survive without the leading scorer from a year prior. With Wenger exceeding expectations recently, is it safe to say the Union have won?
Out of the blue Andrew Wenger is a valuable asset to this Union team.
Another trip to Kansas City and another trip home with a hard earned point. It might not have been a full 3 points, but trips to the Cauldron have not been the worst road trips for the Union. That is not to say that there wasn't a bad and ugly in play Friday night.
The Good: Strides on and off the field
In the week leading up to the Kansas City game, Rais Mbohli was announced as a new signing.
After a win in New England and what probably should have been a victory against Philadelphia, the Fire provided what might have been considered a ray of hope. A strong defensive performance in those two games seems to have given the false indication that things were turning towards the positive as the season progressed into the second half.
tBG's JC Escobar interviews Steve Wilman, head of coaching at FC of Philadelphia.
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The Brotherly Game is always on the lookout for new and interesting ways to cover the beautiful game in the region, so with this new series we'll be introducing you to the inner workings of some of our local youth soccer programs.
The 2014 MLS Season kicked off for the Union in Portland, again. Check out the Whole Story from match preview to post match anaylsis
Portland Timbers vs Philadelphia Union Providence Park - Portland, Oregon March 8th, 10:30pm Eastern - Comcast SportsNet In the first trip to the stadium formerly known as JELD-WEN Field since 2012, the Union will be looking for their first ever win in Portland.
Talented graphic designer Mark Yesilevskiy is doing special things in Philadelphia. The Bolton Wanderers/Philadelphia Union fan has taken creativity to new heights with his artwork, which features iconic photographs-turned-illustrations of some of the biggest players in the world...without the actual player.
Finally. After failing to take advantage of numerous opportunities to gain ground on playoff contenders the Fire finally capitalized on the ineptitude of the remainder of the Eastern Conference by laying claim to one of the top five spots in the East. By doing so they've put themselves into a position to rely solely on their own results rather than continuing to hope someone else loses or draws in order to move into a playoff spot.