A new era begins: Union SuperDraft recap & schedule preview

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On Thursday, MLS released their full schedule of games! Here’s the Union schedule:

https://twitter.com/PhilaUnion/status/819638789282725888

 

DATE/BROADCAST OPPONENT TIME (ET)
Sunday, Mar 5 (TBD) @ Vancouver 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Mar 11 (TBD) Toronto 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Mar 18 (TBD) @ Orlando 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Apr 1 (TBD) @ D.C. United 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Apr 8 (TBD) Portland 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Apr 14 (ESPN) New York City FC 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Apr 22 (TBD) Montreal TBD
Saturday, Apr 29 (TBD) @ LA Galaxy 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 6 (TBD) New York Red Bulls 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 13 (TBD) @ D.C. United 7:00 p.m.
Wed. May 17 (TBD) Houston 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 20 (TBD) Colorado 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 27 (TBD) @ Real Salt Lake 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jun 3 (TBD) @ New York City FC TBD
Sunday, Jun 18 (ESPN) New York Red Bulls 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jun 24 (TBD) D.C. United 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Jul 2 (FS1) New England TBD
Thursday, Jul 6 (TBD) @ Kansas City 8:30 p.m.
Wed. Jul 19 (TBD) @ Montreal TBD
Saturday, Jul 22 (TBD) @ Columbus 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jul 26 (TBD) Columbus 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jul 29 (TBD) @ New England 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug 5 (TBD) Dallas 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Aug 12 (TBD) Montreal TBD
Saturday, Aug 19 (TBD) @ San Jose 10:30 p.m.
Wed. Aug 23 (TBD) @ Toronto TBD
Saturday, Aug 26 (TBD) Atlanta 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sep 9 (TBD) @ Minnesota 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sep 17 (ESPN) @ New York Red Bulls 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sep 23 (TBD) Chicago 7:00 p.m.
Wed. Sep 27 (TBD) @ Atlanta 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct 1 (ESPN) Seattle 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct 15 (TBD) @ Chicago 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct 22 (TBD) Orlando 4:00 p.m.

 

The Union’s eastern conference opponents are split like this:

2 games against: Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, New England, NYCFC, Orlando and Toronto.
The Union play a home game and an away game against the teams they play twice.

 3 games against: DC United, Montreal, New York Red Bulls.
The Union play at DC United away twice; having only one home game against them. Montreal and New York Red Bulls come to talen energy stadium twice, and the Union go away to those teams just once.

The Union’s western conference opponents are split like this

Western conference home games: Colorado, Houston, FC Dallas, Portland and Seattle.

Western conference road games:  LA Galaxy, Minnesota, Real Salt Lake, San Jose, Sporting Kansas City, Vancouver.

Now we know who the Union will be playing in 2017! Come back to Philly Sports Network before the season to get an in-depth look at how the opponents the Union will face!  Now let’s move onto the Union’s new players acquired through the SuperDraft.

Yesterday’s SuperDraft yielded a winger and a right back who played on the same MLS combine team. The Union drafted forward Marcus Epps with the 25th pick in the draft. They traded the 42nd pick and $50,000 to Minnesota United for it! here’s a look at what Epps can do!

https://twitter.com/PhilaUnion/status/820052037173813248

Seven picks later, the Union drafted defender Aaron Jones! Here’s some of his highlights from the combine!

https://twitter.com/PhilaUnion/status/820058780717068288

Both Earnie Stewart and Jim Curtin loved these guys! Here are their thoughts:

https://www.facebook.com/philadelphiaunion/videos/vb.89209317187/10154965223557188/?type=2&theater

https://www.facebook.com/philadelphiaunion/videos/vb.89209317187/10154965230582188/?type=2&theater

 

The Union have found two promising young players who they can bring into camp. Epps will do his best to push the Herbers, and Ilsinho on the right-wing; Jones will do the same pushing Rosenberry and Gaddis. Will they be Union players, or shipped to Bethlehem Steel to get playing time? We’ll see how these players progress in the coming weeks!

Be sure to come back to Philly Sports Network for in-depth analysis on the new Union players, rookie/signings, and how they are can to push this club to bigger better things in 2017!

 

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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