The Union came into Sunday’s Decision Day match-up with New York City FC needing some help to capture second place in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference. A win and an Atlanta FC loss or tie, or a Union tie and Atlanta loss would lock up second place for the boys in blue. It wasn’t to […]Read more "Union Falter on Decision Day: Enter Playoffs as 3 Seed in East"
Our Union team at Philly Sports Network recently received a special invitation. Alexandra Wachman, Public Relations Manager at Comcast, asked if we’d like to attend an Xfinity event hosted by the Philadelphia Union. There would be only a handful of season ticket holders in attendance, would include viewing a team practice, lunch on the deck […]Read more "Xfinity and the Philadelphia Union: at the forefront of Philly sports"
So, I arrived ninety minutes before first kick, and I still had to park in a field past Lot C. Turns out it was going to be the third-largest crowd in Talen Energy Stadium history with 19,145. The largest since 2011. The vibe was excitement mixed with tension. Everyone in the house and watching at […]Read more "Kacper and Saghafi Strike Again: Union draw LAFC 1-1"
No one knew if Major League Soccer would last even five years when it launched in 1996. But here we are in 2019. That’s a long time. MLS has not only sustained but grown, from ten clubs in its inaugural season, to 28 by 2022. The change I’m suggesting might seem insignificant but I believe […]Read more "Reflecting Back on the 2019 Season: MLS Needs to Start Embracing its Own Star Power"
This is not your daddy’s Jim Curtin. If any Philadelphian correctly predicted the lineup that Curtin settled on for Saturday night’s clash with DC United, it would have been the equivalent of picking the perfect bracket during March Madness. No 4-4-2 diamond. Instead, Kacper Przybylko in a 4-2-3-1 single striker formation. Ilsinho and Brenden Aaronson […]Read more "Philadelphia Union demolish DC United Again"
The East-leading Philadelphia Union are currently in a mini-slump, including an underwhelming win against a mediocre Houston Dynamo team at home last week, and a poor-as-can-be performance and loss at the Chicago Fire on Saturday night. The MLS Playoffs begin exactly two months from now. Atlanta United FC has taken over first place, NYCFC is […]Read more "Forecasting the Philadelphia Union Playoff 18"
Sitting near the bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference standings, the Chicago Fire came in limping to Talen Energy Stadium Saturday night. They had won only two contests since May 11th and had won only once in their previous ten matches, albeit dominating Atlanta United FC 5-1 in that victory. The fact that they hadn’t […]Read more "Fabián, Wagner help Philadelphia Union Smolder Fire"
2019 has so far, been one of the best in Union history. Sporting director, Ernst Tanner, has ensured his club is as deep as any in Major League Soccer, and head coach, Jim Curtin, has done a solid job at managing those pieces. Let’s take a look at my choices for Union mid-season player awards… […]Read more "Philadelphia Union Mid-Season Awards"
I’m feeling more like story mode than analysis mode today. Maybe it’s the spring or soon-to-be-summer air. Or, maybe it was the feeling of old times down in Chester, Saturday night. When I pulled into Lot C at Talen Energy Stadium around 6pm the lot was basically full. That’s ninety minutes before first kick. Just […]Read more "Ilsinho and 1st Place Union Tame Red Bulls"
Twenty-six shots. Only one goal. Let that sink in for a bit. Twenty-six shots. One goal. At least Jamiro Monteiro put on a show. Less than two weeks ago, the Colorado Rapids were the only win-less club this season in Major League Soccer. One road shut-out win (against the Zlatan-less) Galaxy and a home victory […]Read more "Union Fall Flat at Home Again vs Last Place Colorado Rapids"