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Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/22/17

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An interview with the Union CBO, MLS and Champions league results in today's links

Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union's business challenges include SEPTA, broadcasts, and ticket sales
Union chief business officer Tim McDermott grew up here, and still believes deeply in what he calls the "blue-collar, tough-as-nails passion" of local sports fans.

Playing to win in DC, New England, and Philadelphia

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 3, 2017) US Soccer Players - We're in the midst of the 2017 MLS Cup playoffs. The best teams in the league battle it out for supremacy on fields from Cascadia to New York City. Meanwhile, a quieter, much less fun process is unfolding in all of the cities left out of the postseason party.

Quakes Notes: Nearing winter signings, Anibal Godoy renews and more

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Following an arduous exit from MLS playoffs, the club's first appearance since 2012, the San Jose Earthquakes are wasting no time getting back on two feet.

But before jumping the gun, Quakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli wants to take his cautious, wholesome approach towards the Quakes newest additions.

Your new favorite MLS club is …

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The future is cloudy for Downingtown's Zack Steffen and the Columbus Crew, but one thing's for sure: You will never have as much fun this playoff season as you will while rooting for them. PSP's Dan Walsh explains how cheering for Columbus will stick it to The Man and be a whole lot of fun.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 22

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MLS playoffs begin. Bethlehem out of USL playoffs. Philadelphia exits with a statistically complete performance.

While MLS attendance increases, the Union fall further behind

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Major League Soccer's attendance figures for 2017 show promise for most but decline for Philadelphia

The final Major League Soccer attendance figures were released for 2017, and it was by most accounts a huge success for MLS. Atlanta United set records for both the single-game attendance record (71,824 were in attendance to watch the season's last match against Toronto FC) and single-season attendance average at 48,200 - all while playing most of their season at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

CJ Sapong

The continuing conundrum of C.J. Sapong

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C.J. Sapong had a career year and moved into first place for the Union's all-time season goals record. Yet somehow his position next year doesn't feel secure.

CJ Sapong earns the start in United States friendly in Portugal

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Philadelphia Union striker had an assist in his first cap since 2012

CJ Sapong earned his first international cap in nearly six years on Tuesday in the starting XI for the United States Men's National Team in a friendly in Portugal.

The international appearances is the third ever for the Philadelphia Union forward and his first since January 25, 2012.

Players to watch

Player to watch: Jay Simpson

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Jay Simpson's future is cloudy as the Union embark on another season outside of the playoffs.

The pleasant surprises

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Amidst a lost season, the Union had three pleasant surprises you can memorably tuck away for safe keeping.

Jim Curtin

Don’t buy Stewart’s claims that the Union improved

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Earnie Stewart thinks the Philadelphia Union improved this past season. He's wrong.

On Wednesday, the Union top brass of Earnie Stewart and Jim Curtin gave their annual end-of-the-year press conference, where the vision for the 2018 season was laid out. Among other things, Stewart dished on players than would not return to the club, players that may return to the club, head coach Jim Curtin as well as the vaunted number ten position.

Union end of season presser: Curtin stays, Pontius leaving, more

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Earnie Stewart and Jim Curtin spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon, confirming that Curtin will return as head coach and that the club will continue to build on the foundation laid over the past two seasons.

Jim Curtin will return as head coach in 2018

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Philadelphia Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart "very pleased" with Curtin's progress

Jim Curtin will be returning for a fifth season as head coach of the Philadelphia Union in 2018, Sporting Director Earnie Stewart announced on Wednesday.

"I think he's a big part of this foundation that we've laid down," Stewart said.

Jim Curtin to return as Union head coach in 2018

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Union sporting director Earnie Stewart confirms the local product will be back to lead the club on the field next season.

Readers poll: Grading Stewart, Curtin, Sugarman, Burke

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Weigh in with your opinion on the performances of the key decision-makers for Philadelphia Union and Bethlehem Steel FC.

Readers poll/PSP panel: Should Jim Curtin return as Union head coach?

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Our readers poll asks you whether you think Curtin should return as head coach and why, and PSP's writers share their views.

It’s over. What now? (2017 edition)

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It's now eight years for the Union without a playoff win. PSP's Dan Walsh takes stock and looks at the way ahead for the club.

Roland Alberg

Assessing the Union departures

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PSP assesses the personnel departures announced by Philadelphia Union this week.

Philadephia Union trim roster to 20

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The 2018 picture just got a whole lot clearer.

The Philadelphia Union announced a slew of roster moves via press release on Wednesday that includes declining the options on nine players for the 2018 season.

Defenders Aaron Jones, Oguchi Onyewu, Ken Tribbett and Giliano Wijnaldum; midfielders Roland Alberg, Marucie Edu, Fabian Herbers and Ilsinho; and forward Charlie Davies have all had their options declined for the upcoming season.

Union decline contract options on Ilsinho, Herbers, Onyewu, Wijnaldum, Edu

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The Union cleared a bunch of roster space with Wednesday's moves, which Earnie Stewart and Jim Curtin will discuss in a press conference this afternoon.

CSKA Sofia played the transfer game exactly right

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With hindsight as clear as a bell, CSKA got their man for nothing more than a well-timed rumor.

To absolutely no one's surprise, Roland Alberg will not be coming back to the Philadelphia Union next season. That he's already signed with CSKA Sofia is a bit off, but it seems the Bulgarian side has had their eye on Alberg for quite some time now and with the season ending and his contract expiring, it was time to pull the trigger.

Official: Roland Alberg signs with CSKA Sofia

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The Dutch midfielder has joined the Bulgarian club on a two-year deal.

After a tumultuous two seasons, Roland Alberg's Philadelphia Union career has come to a close. The midfielder has officially joined CSKA Sofia on a two-year deal, the Bulgarian club announced today.

Alberg was previously linked to CSKA back in September, when MSG Network reporter and occasional Union insider Kristian Dyer revealed that the Union had denied offers for Alberg from Sofia and another club.

A creativity problem — the Union’s No. 10s

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PSP's Adam Cann breaks down the DEEP numbers that reveal what went wrong at the Union's No. 10 position this year.

PSP roundtable: The state of the Union

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We asked PSP's writers the big questions about the state of the Union. Here's what they had to say.

News roundup: Zack Steffen fires Columbus upset over Atlanta, Garber on Columbus move

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Downingtown's Zack Steffen played the game of his life before a record crowd in Atlanta, MLS commissioner weighs in potential Columbus move, more on Roland Alberg's potential transfer to Bulgaria, more news.

Roland Alberg (again) reportedly heading to CSKA Sofia

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The MLS Playoffs have just started and transfer rumors are starting already

According to Bulgarian site 24часа (24 hours), Philadelphia Union attacking midfielder Roland Alberg has signed a contract with Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia and will be training with the team shortly. This isn't the first time Alberg has been linked with CSKA Sofia, as Kristian Dyer reported earlier in the year that the Bulgarian side was interested in Alberg's services.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 6-1 Orlando City SC

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After Philadelphia's thrashing of Orlando, it's hard to ignore it may have been the final game for some in the 'blue and gold.' PSP takes a look at their performances, as well those who are likely to return.

season reviews

The Sugarman question

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Can the Union ever be a top team with Jay Sugarman as their owner? Even though the path to getting there is very narrow, Peter Andrews says yes.

PSP panel: Why Union fans should either hope or despair

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We asked PSP writers for reasons that Union fans should either have hope for the team's future, or why they should despair. Here's what they said.

Fans’ View: A fan’s report card on the Union experience in 2017

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Season-ticket holder Scott Pugh assesses his experience over the year.

Brian Carroll

Player of the week: Brian Carroll

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Could it have been anyone else?

In pictures: Union 6-1 Orlando

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for Sunday afternoon's season finale, as the Philadelphia Union easily handled the Orlando City SC 6-1.

The Rest

The case against soccer-specific stadiums

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Chris Gibbons argues that the Union are in the entertainment, not soccer, business – and that calls for a versatile stadium.

D.C. United season review: Chris Korb

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The fullback goes under a less painful scope this time.

It was August of 2015 when Chris Korb tore his ACL when D.C. United were on the road against New York City FC and since then, the outside back had been working on getting back to some form of game shape. He had setbacks in 2016 that caused additional surgeries, and he was unable to make the 2017 preseason roster.

Who should the Philadelphia Union protect in the 2017 Expansion Draft?

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The Union have some tough choices to make regarding the roster. The expansion draft is just the first.

Draft season is almost upon us, and the Philadelphia Union will need to navigate these next three months with a deft touch and savvy. The first draft coming up is your favorite and mine, the Expansion Draft on December 12.

Jack Elliott finishes third in MLS Rookie of the Year voting

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Atlanta United midfielder Julian Gressel garnered more than 50 percent of votes

For the second straight year, a Philadelphia Union player has been passed over for the Rookie of the Year award.

Jack Elliott finished third in voting behind Minnesota United striker Abu Danladi and Atlanta United midfielder Julian Gressel, who received an average of 53.

Philadelphia Union trio tapped for international duty

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CJ Sapong and Alejandro Bedoya named to USMNT for Portugal friendly; Warren Creavalle called up by Guyana

The first United States Men's National Team roster since their devastating World Cup exit will feature Philadelphia Union stars Alejandro Bedoya and CJ Sapong.

Sapong and Bedoya were among the 21 players named by acting USMNT head coach Dave Sarachan for the November 14 friendly in Leiria, Portugal.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/6/17

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Prepare for the new week with some links.

Philadelphia Union News

Don't buy Stewart's claims that the Union improved
Earnie Stewart thinks the Philadelphia Union improved this past season. He's wrong.

MLS News

Columbus holds on eliminates NYCFC Toronto wins feisty match vs.

Newly formed Chester middle school team hosted first home game Monday

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The Philadelphia Union aren't the only team playing in the City of Chester

In a city where crime all too often dominates headlines, a group of seventh and eighth graders did their part to generate some feel-good news Monday when they stepped onto a field in Chester to play a soccer game.

Played at STEM Academy on 10th Avenue just over a mile from Talen Energy Stadium, the game was the first at home for the newly formed Chester Clippers middle school team.