Vincent Nogueira

Philadelphia Union

The Medunjanin manifesto

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It was just one game, but Union fans can now dream about what Haris Medunjanin will mean to the team. PSP's Peter Andrews spotlights what the Bosnian showed in Saturday's preseason match.

Sacramento MLS bid woes, Gold Cup Final at Levi's Stadium: Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/2/17

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No matter what the results of the groundhog, we're only four weeks away from Union soccer!

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The Philadelphia Union found a replacement for Vincent Nogueira
Even with Alejandro Bedoya, Tranquillo Barnetta, and Warren Creavalle plugging the gap, the Philadelphia Union midfield just didn't look the same after Vincent Nogueira's midseason departure last year.

Some Union rumors, other Union bits, league news, more

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PSP’s Best of 2016

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A remarkable rookie, a human highlight reel for a goalkeeper, and an amateur team that kept on winning. Here it is: The best of Philadelphia soccer in 2016.

2016 player review: Nogueira/Fernandes/Ayuk/Restrepo

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These players didn't get much playing time in 2016, but they still played.

2016 Summary: For these four midfielders, there were varying levels of expectations. Vincent Nogueira was expected to be the cornerstone of the Philadelphia Union, Leo Fernandes was to be depth at central attacking mid, Eric Ayuk was to be depth on the left, and Walter Restrepo would be the utilityman.

Where does Alejandro Bedoya fit into the 2017 Philadelphia Union?

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Bedoya's versatility presents an interesting conundrum for the Union.

The Philadelphia Union finally got their man at the end of the summer transfer window, bringing in Alejandro Bedoya from FC Nantes. Bedoya immediately slotted into the eight position for the Union vacated by Vincent Nogueira months earlier, and while Bedoya did better than Tranquillo Barnetta and Warren Creavalle, he also was no Vincent Nogueira.

Ken Tribbett’s errors obscure larger facts in Union playoff loss

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Ken Tribbett will have nightmares for years about Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore, but there was more to the Union's playoff loss than that, PSP's Dan Walsh writes. Also, a note on the retiring Conor Casey.

The Union’s collapse is not a regression to the mean

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The Union should be a good team right now. Instead, they're collapsing toward the playoffs so poorly that they don't deserve the off-season, and the coaching staff deserves some of the blame, writes PSP's Dan Walsh.

Fans’ View: Nothing bold (and blue) can stay

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Seth Finck wonders why so much of why so much of the Union's gold turns blue.

The Union race the transfer window to replace Nogueira

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Philadelphia Union have two days to find a replacement for Vincent Nogueira before the transfer window and MLS trade window slam shut on Aug. 3. Can they sign Alejandro Bedoya? Is another unknown name on tap?

The Union are tired and miss Nogueira

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The reasons for Philadelphia Union's struggles are pretty straightforward. PSP's Dan Walsh lays out the numbers and explains why.

Fan’s View: Next man up

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The departure of fan favorites can be hard. But, as Scott Ellis explains, such departures are also opportunities for other players to step up.

Player ratings & analysis: Union 2-3 Vancouver Whitecaps

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The Union midfield is in transition. PSP's Adam Cann breaks down that transition after the Union's 3-2 loss to Vancouver, why the Union are now surrendering so many goals, and why the attack is so exciting to watch.

“Not happy”: Union home unbeaten streak snapped, results wrap, more

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Union lose at home. Bethlehem draws on the road. Wild Reading-OC game. US falls to Colombia. Messi says he's done with international play. More.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Matchday 15/16

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There were lots of all three from the Philadelphia Union's matches against New York City FC and the Chicago Fire.

Its been too long, lets just talk about the week that was for the Philadelphia Union.

The Good: Views of number 6

Roland Alberg is my moon and my stars and I will love him until the world explodes.

So that’s how you replace Vincent Nogueira

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A position switch for Tranquilo Barnetta and an offensive explosion from Roland Alberg show the Union might weather the storm after Vincent Nogueira's departure after all. PSP's Dan Walsh lays it out.

Player rating results: Roland Alberg's surge comes in the nick of time

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Roland Alberg's performance this week will make how Curtin handles the midfield without Nogueira very interesting.

It was a good week for Roland Alberg. He was voted player of the week twice by the fans for his save-the-Union's-hide heroics against City Islanders FC in the US Open Cup and then bringing a spark to an otherwise insipid team performance in the 3-2 loss to NYCFC.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, US faces Argentina tonight, more news

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Curtin says team will "actively pursue players" to replace Vincent Nogueira. USA-Argentina Copa America semifinal tonight. More.

Game Changers: New York Blues

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A look back at what the Philadelphia Union did wrong - and right - in their 3-2 loss to New York City FC.

1.) No Nogueira - I don't know if this needed to be stated or not, but having the best player on the team for the past two and a half seasons leave unexpectedly is a game changer for this match and every other match this season.

Too Little, Too Late: New York City FC 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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The Philadelphia Union went down early and despite a second half effort to rally, they fell just short and dropped all three points to New York City FC

The unbeaten streak is over. Coming into this game riding an eight-match unbeaten streak, the Philadelphia Union fell to New York City FC 3-2 in Yankee Stadium following a failed Union comeback attempt.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 6/18/16

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The Union are back in action this afternoon against NYCFC, let's celebrate with some links.

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PREVIEW: New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union
Our enemies for tomorrow, Hudson River Blues has a preview up for the game.

Talking Tactics: Loss of Vincent Nogueira is a devastating blow for the Union
PhillyVoice takes a look at how the Union will possibly replace Vincent Nogueira.

“It’s a blow”: Nogs departs, Union prepare for NYCFC, US advances to Copa semis, more

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Earnie Stewart on Vincent Nogueira's departure. US tops Ecuador to advance to Copa America semifinals. More news.

Who replaces Vincent Nogueira?

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With Vincent Nogueira's sudden departure, the Philadelphia Union must figure out who will step into his role in the midfield.

The sudden departure of Vincent Nogueira has left a huge void in the Philadelphia Union's midfield. Quite simply, there's no one who can fully replace the diminutive Frenchman's vision, touch, and smooth passing.

Vincent Nogueira was unique, but not irreplaceable

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With Vincent Nogueira gone, what should the Union do now?

Union and Vincent Nogueira mutually terminate contract

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Nogueira and Union mutually terminate contract "due to personal health issues."

The goalposts have moved for Philadelphia Union

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Yes, the goalposts have moved for Philadelphia Union. Preseason expectations are long gone. This team is an MLS Cup contender, and Union fans and management should treat them accordingly. PSP's Dan Walsh weighs in on fan questions about this.

Union bits, must win for the US, more news

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Union news. US in must-win game against Costa Rica tonight. Copa America to be staged in US henceforth? More news.

Pontius, Rosenberry, Nogueira, and Barnetta honored, US disappoints in Copa opener, more

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Accolades rolling in for Union. Can US bounce back from Copa opener loss? Judge rules USWNT cannot strike. More.

Philadelphia Union players receive MLS Player, Team of the Week honors

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Chris Pontius named MLS Player of the Week, while three other Union players named to the MLS Team of the Week.

After the Union's 3-2 victory over Columbus Crew SC, which saw the Philadelphia Union tie their longest undefeated streak in team history, MLS named midfielders Chris Pontius, Vincent Nogueira and defender Keegan Rosenberry to the MLS Team of the Week.

Undefeated in Eight: Union 3-2 Crew

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The Union took down the Crew to maintain two undefeated streaks.

After disposing of Columbus Crew SC, the Philadelphia Union will head into the summer break with an undefeated streak of eight games. Goals from Chris Pontius, Vincent Nogueira, and Fabian Herbers ensured the home side all three points, though the Crew stayed competitive until the end, narrowing the lead to one in second-half stoppage time.

Jones to start in goal against Crew, Nogs at 100%, more news

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Notes from Jim Curtin's press conference ahead of Tonight's game against Columbus. HArrisburg in Chattanooga for US Open Cup third rounder. More news.

Press conference notes: Who's in for Wednesday?

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Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin revealed a bit in his weekly press conference pertaining to Wednesday's match with Columbus Crew SC.

In his weekly press conference, Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin shed some light on some looming questions Union fans had, such as the fitness of Joshua Yaro and Vincent Nogueira and who would be starting in place of Andre Blake.

Union in Colorado, All-Star Ballot time, West Chester at National Amateur Championship, US hosts Bolivia

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Union news ahead of Saturday's game against the Rapids. West Chester going for National Amateur title. US hosts Bolivia on Saturday. More news.

Ugly? More like exciting and dramatic

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Was that an ugly win for Philadelphia Union on Friday? It looked pretty exciting and wild from this point of view. PSP's Dan Walsh brings some perspective.

Notes from Curtin’s presser and other Union news, more

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Injury updates on Fabinho, Ilsinho, and Nogueira. Curtin on reported Lahoud sale. Marquez makes MLS Team of the Week, More news.

Sunday Morning Game Changers: Hitting the Marquez

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A day early, but we are getting the jump on all of the upcoming fixtures as we look back on the Philadelphia Union's win over D.C. United.

No Nogueira, no party - Vincent Nogueira was a late scratch with an strain to his left oblique muscle, leaving the Union to rely on Brian Carroll and Warren Creavalle in the midfield.

Thursday Morning Game Changers: Star treatment

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Sure it doesn't have the same alliterative ring to it as "Monday Morning Game Changers", but we're still breaking down the big moments of the game that altered the outcome.

Vincent Nogueira never gave up. This was the result of great ball movement by the Philadelphia Union.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Los Angeles Galaxy

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Keegan Rosenberry scored his first MLS goal as the Union came from behind to rescue a point, drawing LA Galaxy 2-2.

The Rest

The Union’s short leash

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Maybe the Union's start to the season isn't actually that bad. But with results stagnant over three-plus seasons, they long ago lost the benefit of the doubt, writes PSP's Peter Andrews.

2016 Philadelphia Union Player Review: Brian Carroll

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How did the veteran Union midfielder fare in 2016?

2016 Summary: Brian Carroll entered the 2016 without much in the way of expectations, but the 35-year old career MLSer made more of an impact than many expected. Through five matches, Carroll unexpectedly became one of three players to play every minute of the season up to that point, and throughout the season continued to be a steady, albeit usually unspectacular, presence in the midfield whenever he was on the pitch.