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Mr. Jones and me look into the future: Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 Philadelphia Union

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Derrick Jones debuts for the Union in a scoreless draw in British Columbia.

It wasn't the prettiest of matches, and it certainly did not produce any breathtaking highlights to be gawked at years to come, but the Philadelphia Union played a brand of effective soccer that netted them a nice 0-0 draw on the road against the Vancouver Whitecaps, a result many Union fans will gladly take.

EPL recap, MLS moves: Brotherly Game Daily Links 1/4/17

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Enjoy your Hump Day links.

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New Year's resolutions for the Philadelphia Union – midfielders
In part one of our New Year's resolutions series, we talked about Union defense and goalkeeping. In part two, the focus was on the forwards, the midfield is up next.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/29/16

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Have some links to get you through the day.

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Andre Blake and Cory Burke named to Jamaica squad
Blake, Burke will join the Reggae Boyz against Suriname in Caribbean Cup Qualifying Round

Every match matters (really)
If all goes according to plan, the Union could clinch a playoff spot by the end of the weekend; but it gets complicated.

Union Academy host New York Red Bulls in critical matches in Chester

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An update on everything academy for the Philadelphia Union

The New York Red Bulls are all that stand between the Philadelphia Union's U18 and U16 teams and first place in their division. This Saturday, both Union youth teams will have a chance to do something about that when they host their Atlantic Division rivals at the Talen Energy Stadium Training Grounds.

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Matthew Freese called up to United States U19 camp

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The Philadelphia Union Academy goalkeeper part of 22-player roster for Florida camp

Philadelphia Union Academy goalkeeper Matthew Freese has caught the eye of a U.S. goalkeeping legend.

Freese was called up by United States U19 head coach Brad Friedel for a domestic training camp being held in Sunrise, Florida through February 10.

Justin McMaster commits to Wake Forest

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Bethlehem Steel FC and Union Academy forward has college soccer in his future planning

Wake Forest lost one recruit from the Philadelphia Union Academy for the fall but could be gaining another.

Forward Justin McMaster has committed to the ACC power for the fall, joining Union Academy and Bethlehem Steel FC teammate Mark McKenzie in the Demon Deacons potential 2017 recruiting class.

A look at Union Academy verbal commitments ahead of Signing Day

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Fourteen current Academy players have committed to college programs for the fall

College Signing Day is this Wednesday and, based on previous verbal commitments, there are at least four dozen players from the Philadelphia Union Academy who could be signing their national letters of intent on the first day of the signing period.

Union Academy midfielder commits to Cal Poly

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Manny Perez will be joining teammate Freeman Dwamena on the West Coast this fall

Former USMNT head coach Steve Sampson has another Philadelphia Union Academy player to look forward to coaching this fall with the recent verbal commitment from midfielder Emmanuel Perez.

Perez announced his decision on social media over the weekend about a month after defender Freeman Dwamena announced his own commitment to the Division 1 program.

Union Academy alum Connor Maloney drafted by Columbus Crew

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Maloney was the fifth pick in the third round and the 49th overall

Philadelphia Union Academy alum Connor Maloney was drafted on Tuesday by the Columbus Crew SC with the fifth pick in the third round and the 49th overall selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

Maloney, who will turn 22 in May, was on the Union team that won the 2012 Generation adidas Cup but did not qualify to sign a homegrown contract despite spending time at Reading United and training with the first team as recently as last summer.

Matthew Real signs pro contract with Bethlehem Steel FC

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Union Academy defender previously committed to Wake Forest

Philadelphia Union Academy defender Matthew Real has signed a professional contract with Bethlehem Steel FC.

The 17-year-old left back from Drexel Hill, Pa. previously committed to attend Wake Forest University this fall and is highly regarded by TopDrawerSoccer.

Two former Union youth players selected in first round

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Colton Storm drafted by SKC and Brian Nana-Sinkham taken by Seattle Sounders

Two former Philadelphia Union Academy defenders were taken in the first round of Friday's MLS SuperDraft.

North Carolina senior Colton Storm (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) was selected 14th overall by Sporting Kansas City and Stanford senior Brian Nana-Sinkham (Lititz, Pa.

Postseason college soccer awards

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Players of the Year and Best XIs recognizing national, local and Philadelphia Union Academy players

Another college soccer season officially ended nearly two weeks ago, with a gut-wrenching penalty shootout that saw Stanford capture the national championship for the second straight season after a scoreless draw with Wake Forest.

A day at YSC Academy

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PSP's Tim Jones, a former longtime independent school teacher, reports his observations from spending a day in the classroom with the players who attend YSC Academy.

Union Academy midfielder called up to U.S. U16 team

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Axel Picazo named to 23-player roster for the IMG Cup

Philadelphia Union Academy midfielder Axel Picazo is one of 23 players recently called up by head coach Shaun Tsakiris for a domestic training camp and tournament in Florida.

Picazo and the U.S. Under-16 Boys National Team play a friendly against Clearwater Chargers tonight in preparation for the IMG Cup December 17-19.

Union Academy defender verbally commits to Cal Poly

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Freeman Dwamena will head west to play college soccer in 2017

Philadelphia Union Academy defender Freeman Dwamena is heading west next fall to play college soccer for former USMNT coach Steve Sampson.

Dwamena, 18, of Philadelphia, verbally committed to Cal Poly on social media last week.

Philadelphia Union Academy defender commits to Drexel

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Patrick Murphy is staying close to home for college

Philadelphia Union Academy defender Patrick Murphy is staying close to home to play college soccer.

Murphy, of Lansdale, Pa., announced his decision on Twitter earlier this week.

I am extremely excited to announce that I have verbally committed to play soccer at Drexel University.

Philadelphia Union Academy teams open season at D.C. United

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The Union Academy begins its fourth season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy season on Saturday

A Labor Day weekend trip to the capital region will kick off the Philadelphia Union Academy's fourth season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

The U18 and U16 teams will visit Leesburg, Virginia for games with D.

Union Academy has fourth most players in national team pool

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18 current and former members of the Union Academy have been called into U.S. youth national teams over the past year.

Youth national team call-ups seemingly happen every couple weeks for players in the Philadelphia Union Academy so it only makes sense that the club would have one of the largest pools of U.

Union Academy teams head to Texas for playoffs and showcase

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The U.S. Development Academy showcase and playoffs begin June 20.

The Philadelphia Union Academy U14, U16 and U18 teams will be traveling to Frisco, Texas for the U.S. Development Academy playoffs and showcase next week.

U18s

The U18s, the eighth overall seed after finishing second in the Atlantic Division, open Group G play on Wednesday with a 7:30 p.

Report: D.C. United homegrown target also drawing interest from Union Academy

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D.C. United is making a push to sign 16-year-old youth international Chris Durkin, but he's also drawn interest from the Philadelphia Union Academy.

D.C. United is reportedly making a heavy push to sign talented youth international Chris Durkin amid potential suitors in Europe and here in Philadelphia.

Union Academy hosts DC United for regular season finale

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The U18, U16 and U14 teams host DC United at YSC Sports on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

The Philadelphia Union Academy's third season in the U.S. Development Academy will close this Saturday when D.C. United comes to town for a triple header.

The U18 team - currently one point ahead of the New York Red Bulls in the standings - has a chance to clinch the Atlantic Division with what would be the first ever win for the U18s over D.

Philadelphia Union Academy U18 and U16 teams held to draws against Montreal Impact

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Montreal Impact held the Union Academy to draws in a double header at Talen Energy Stadium Training Grounds on Sunday.

The Philadelphia Union Academy U18 team extended its unbeaten streak to 10 games, but failed to keep pace with division leader New York Red Bulls with a scoreless draw against Montreal Impact at the Talen Energy Stadium Training Grounds on Sunday.

Union Academy teams stay hot with wins over PDA

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The U18, U16 and U14 teams all picked up Ws on the road at Players Development Academy on Saturday in U.S. Development Academy play.

The Philadelphia Union Academy U18 team conceded its first goal of the calendar year but still held on to win their seventh straight game and avenge an early season loss at Players Development Academy on Saturday.

Kalil ElMedkhar verbally commits to Kentucky

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The Philadelphia Union Academy U16 midfielder will take his talents to the Bluegrass state in the fall of 2017.

Philadelphia Union Academy midfielder Kalil ElMedkhar has verbally committed to play college soccer at the University of Kentucky.

The Middletown, Delaware native has been with the Union Academy since 2013 when he joined the U14 team after playing for Penn Fusion and Kirkwood Soccer Club in Delaware.

Portugal

McGann, U.S. U17s take first in Nike International Friendlies

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U.S. U17s won all three matches against Brazil, Turkey and Portugal

Philadelphia Union Academy defender Rayshaun McGann and the U.S. U17 team won the 2016 Nike International Friendlies tournament in Florida with a resounding three wins over Portugal, Turkey and Brazil.

McGann, 16, was used as a substitute in all three games by head coach John Hackworth.

McGann called up to U.S. U17 team for Nike Friendlies

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The Union Academy defender and his former teammate C.J. dos Santos are in the squad

Rayshaun McGann will be rejoining the United States U17 team for the 13th annual Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, Florida this week.

McGann was one of 20 players called into head coach John Hackworth's squad for matches against Portugal, Turkey and Brazil.

Reading United

Union Academy Alumni Roundup

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Joe Farrell haunts Bethlehem Steel FC, Darius Madison goal lifts Kitsap over Seattle Sounders U23 and Brett Campbell scores another for Reading United.

Bethlehem Steel FC appeared to be heading toward a road win when former La Salle star Joe Farrell scored a 90th minute equalizer to give the defending USL champs a draw.

Union Academy Alumni Roundup

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Will Campbell and Billy McConnell anchoring the Reading United defense; Brett Campbell scores his 11th career PDL goal and more.

Billy McConnell and Will Campbell have made quite the pair in the middle of Reading United's defense so far this season. The Union Academy alums have paired three out of Reading's four games so far this season, anchoring a defense that has not surrendered a goal.

Reading United roster includes seven with ties to Union Academy

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Reading United AC's roster published on the PDL website includes seven Philadelphia Union Academy alumni.

Seven former Philadelphia Union Academy players and two others who play college soccer locally are part of the 28-man roster for Reading United's upcoming Premier Development season.

Academy alums Zachary Zandi (Villanova), North Carolina midfielder Sean Wilson, Northeastern midfielder Kevin Carvalho and Lehigh forward Doyle Tuvesson join previously announced roster additions Brett Campbell, a forward at Georgetown, Indiana defender Billy McConnell and North Carolina defender Will Campbell.

Premier Development League

LVU Sonic roster has six players with ties to Union Academy

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There will be a lot of familiar faces on both teams in the Premier Development League opener for both Reading United and Lehigh Valley United Sonic on Sunday.

Morgan Hackworth, Christopher Gomez, all three Keys brothers and Kyle Morton will be representing the Philadelphia Union Academy this summer playing for Lehigh Valley United Sonic in the PDL.

LVU Sonic add former Union Academy goalkeeper, Villanova and Penn State standouts

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Lehigh Valley United Sonic have added four Division 1 players to its roster for the upcoming Premier Development League season.

Former Philadelphia Union Academy goalkeeper Kyle Morton, Villanova midfielder Miguel Polley and Penn State center back Robby Sagel will all be spending the summer in Allentown with Lehigh Valley United Sonic.

The Rest

Bethlehem Steel outlook for 2017

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Preseason is over for the Steel. It is time to fearlessly forecast their future. PSP's Tim Jones looks at Bethlehem's projected lineup, how they'll play, and how the Union loanees and Union Academy players fit in.

Union Academy goalkeeper, El Salvador U17s look to qualify for continental championship

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Tomas Romero is in Costa Rica with the El Salvador for Central America qualifying tournament

Philadelphia Union Academy goalkeeper Tomas Romero and the El Salvador U17 team begin their quest today for a spot in the continental championship.

El Salvador takes on Honduras today in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Fan voting: The most Union player ever and other all-time selections

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Here are the results of our all-time Union fan poll. We promise the results won't cause riots.

Fans voted for the best Union players and moments. Let's dig in and see if you agree. The first vote was for best Union Academy player. Given the season should-be-rookie-of-the-year Keegan Rosenberry had, this vote was the biggest landslide of the group, with Keegan getting 89.

Union Academy teams face local rivals Continental FC Delco this weekend

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U12, U13 and U14s slated to host games on Saturday; U18 and U16 games scheduled for Sunday at Talen Energy Stadium Training Fields

The Philadelphia Union Academy and Continental FC Delco will renew their local rivalry this weekend with a full slate of games slated for Saturday at YSC Sports and Sunday at the Training Fields outside Talen Energy Stadium.

Union Academy welcomes PA Classics for home opener on Saturday

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YSC Sports will host seven games on Saturday

YSC Sports will have a full slate of games on Saturday as the Philadelphia Union Academy hosts PA Classics for a home opener for all five teams.

The day will get underway at 10 a.m. with the U14 game, followed by the U13s at noon, U12 games inside at 12:30 and 2 p.

U14s top Chicago Fire 3-1 in showcase match

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The Union offense was clicking on all cylinders in a match streamed live on U.S. Soccer's YouTube account Tuesday.

Results are never a priority in showcase matches like the one the Union Academy U14 team played in Frisco, Texas on Tuesday, but in this case the scoreboard did tell a tale of an offense that was clicking on all cylinders for the Union in a 3-1 win over Chicago Fire.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/10/16

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One day to go before the Union take on the Galaxy, enjoy these links before we get there.

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Jim Curtin press conference recap
Here are the highlights from Coach Jim Curtin's weekly press conference.

Academy call-ups continue as two goalkeepers join U.