Welcome to part two of a two-part series interview with John Ellinger. Ellinger is most-known for coaching the U.S. Under-17 National Team from 1997-2005, which included the memorable run made by the 1999 squad at the World Championships. The team included the likes of Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Kyle.
The Union begin the season 0-2-2 but is there hope?
The Philadelphia Union have begun the season in the least ideal way possible, 0 wins, 2 ties and 2 losses. The Union could arguably have two wins but for calls that did not go their way. We've seen two red cards and multiple yellow cards in four games with one foul earning extended punishment.
If you thought Silviu Petrescu and Allen Chapman were bad, just wait...
PRO Referees - the refereeing organization who assigns referees for MLS matches - has released its weekly refereeing assignments. Allen Chapman, who refereed the Philadelphia Union's match against Real Salt Lake and called Maurice Edu for a penalty for fouling Luke Mulholland - who even admitted the call was wrong and it wasn't a penalty - isn't suspended yet.
Despite offering precious little threat in the attacking third, the Union came away with 3 goals at Rio Tinto. In the end, Allen Chapman stole the show, unfairly sending the Union back East with only a point to show for their efforts.
The Sons of Ben have voiced their displeasure with the recent officiating blunders that have affected the club.
The Philadelphia Union have been subject to several questionable calls by referees in their first two games of the 2015 MLS season. In week one against Colorado Rapids, there were the two potential penalty calls against Fernando Aristeguieta and Vincent Nogueira, the hand ball against Dillon Serna, and the red-card worthy play against Andrew Wenger.
Own goals, penalty kicks, and questionable refereeing. It was a very, very MLS kinda game.
The Philadelphia Union got off to a bit of a shaky start, not looking altogether composed during the first few minutes. The first card was shown to Olmes Garcia in the fourth minute for hitting a sliding Rais M'Bolhi in the face with a trailing leg.
Here's where you can watch the Union match this Saturday.
Watch the match at Rio Tinto
Hey if you can still go, flights were still available at the time of this writing from PHL to SLC for less than a grand round trip. Rio Tinto Stadium is really nice from the photos I've seen, and Branden Steinecker from Rancid wrote their (admittedly catchy) anthem "Believe"
if you're serious about going contact Kelly Delaney with the Sons of Ben Road Trips at kelly.
Big takeaways from the press conference on March 11, 2015 include offensive flexibility and CJ Sapong being out with a broken cheekbone.
Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin sounded confident in his team, despite a 0-0 draw against the Colorado Rapids this past Saturday. He said he felt like the club had plenty of opportunities against Colorado, and that the club worked on sharpness in front of goal this week during practice.
In part 4 of our 2015 MLS Season Preview, we look at the Western Conference and which teams will battle the Portland Timbers for the postseason. While Los Angeles won the last MLS Cup and Seattle had the best record in the regular season in the West, there are six teams that could challenge them for success.
Sporting Kansas City fell for the first time in the Desert Diamond Cup, 2-1 to Real Salt Lake in Tucson tonight. Both teams started the game with a heavily reserve squad on the field. Salt Lake was the aggressor early on and in the 12th minute took the lead as Luke Mulholland picked out Emery Welshman, who curled a shot into the far corner past Tim Melia to make it 1-0.
New signing C.J Sapong has been diagnosed with a concussion and a fracture in his left cheek
When folk say the Colorado Rapids played dirty in the 0-0 tie season opener, they meant it.
New Philadelphia Union striker/winger C.J. Sapong has been diagnosed with a concussion and a zygomatic fracture in his left cheek following a hit he took near the end of the first half of the season opener.
We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake back on March 7. Included are ratings for each individual Timbers player that appeared in the match, a composite rating for the team, coaches, opponent and a mark for the officiating.
In a home opener that was in some doubt up until days before its official date, the Portland Timbers were hoping to start strongly in their home debut against Real Salt Lake. While the defense for the Timbers was much improved - due to the acquisition of former RSL defender Nat Borchers - the offense couldn't get anything past RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando despite several opportunities all night as teams played to a scoreless draw.
Now that the collective bargaining agreement has been ratified, we can now turn our attention to the 2015 MLS season. Portland starts their campaign battling with Real Salt Lake, a team that has traditionally given them trouble. With several personnel changes, however, RSL could be looking to regain their footing although they've usually been very resilient with various changes over the years.
I think it is fair to observe that most TFC fans tuned into the Sunday night game versus Real Salt Lake with defensive fears once they knew who were starting as the back four (Creavalle, Hagglund, Simonin and Morgan). Although both RSL goals were taking advantage of shoddy marking, it was not the TFC defensive norm for most of the game.
The Virginia midfielder has inked his first pro contract.
The Union have officially announced the signing of Eric Bird, the club's second selection in this year's SuperDraft.
Bird played all four years at the University of Virginia, starting the final three. Despite being more of a box-to-box midfielder, Bird chipped in his fair share of goals during his time as a Cavalier.