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  1. Commentary: Jack McInerney is gone but fellow Union original Amobi Okugo shouldn’t have to follow

    Apr 11, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT

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    You might have heard that the Union traded Jack McInerney last week and you might have read Steve Moore’s analysis of the surprising deal on this site. While I’m not here to argue with Steve’s point that the trade shouldn’t cause Union fans to panic (SERIOUSLY, DON’T PANIC!!!), and while I agree there are a…

  2. UConn’s Shabazz Napier daggered Villanova last time they met in Philly, ending with ‘that guy Bill Raftery yelling Onions’

    Mar 22, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT

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    After a wild first two days of the NCAA tournament that featured roughly 45 overtime games, Stephen Freaking Austin leading the parade of 12 seeds to pull of upsets because of a FOUR-POINT PLAY, that white guy on Mercer doing one of the best versions of the Holy-Crap-We-Just-Beat-Duke dance I’ve ever seen and Phil Martelli’s…

  3. Darrun Hilliard’s latest dominant Wells Fargo Center performance evokes steel puns from giddy announcers

    Mar 8, 2014, 4:58 PM EDT

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    Forget Michael Carter-Williams. The best player at the Wells Fargo Center this year might be Villanova junior guard Darrun Hilliard. A week after setting a career-high with 26 points in a 73-56 rout of Marquette at the Sixers’ home arena, Hilliard was all over the Wells Fargo court again, filling out the box score with…

  4. The MLS season is fast approaching so let’s break down some of the Philadelphia Union’s preseason battles

    Feb 13, 2014, 1:55 PM EDT

    JACK McINERNEY

    It might be snowing nonstop in Philly, but in three weeks the Philadelphia Union will go outside and start playing soccer games for real. And with the Union’s March 8th regular-season opener looming, their lineup and formation is starting to take shape. Last night, in a 2-1 preseason loss to the New York Red Bulls…

  5. Digger Phelps, in town for College GameDay, is already quite familiar with the Palestra – from the 1960s

    Jan 18, 2014, 8:54 AM EDT

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    There are many things you can read to get excited for today’s Palestra visit from the ESPN College GameDay Crew, starting with this ESPN.com piece from Dana O’Neill on everyone’s favorite retired Palestra custodian, Dan Harrell, and ending (key word: ending) with Nick Menta’s writeup about T-shirts or something for The Level. But what you…

  6. Should the Big 5 just let in Drexel already?

    Jan 8, 2014, 3:21 PM EDT

    James "Bruiser" Flint

    Like many other college basketball teams, Drexel starts its conference season tonight. This is a decidedly good thing because it means the Dragons no longer have to worry about playing a non-conference schedule that was equally grueling and terrible. Consider: aside from its participation in the NIT Season Tip-Off (a tournament it can only be…

  7. If you haven’t been paying attention, No. 10 Villanova is really good at basketball right now

    Dec 13, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    They're so good, they miraculously found -- and then won -- the lost city of Atlantis. ... We're pretty sure. (USA Today Images)

    Coming into the season, this Sunday’s Villanova-La Salle game figured to be a clash between the city’s two best teams, with the Explorers — coming off a Sweet 16 berth in 2012-13 — maybe even holding the slight edge. But after a month-and-a-half, one thing has become clear: Villanova is by far the best team…

  8. Middle finger last year, indifference this year: Halil Kanacevic talks about St. Joe’s vs. Nova on Saturday

    Dec 6, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT

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    One year after saluting Villanova fans with both of his middle fingers and then promptly blowing the game, St. Joe’s forward Halil Kanacevic was asked by reporters this week if he was relieved that the Hawks’ next game against ’Nova –  this Saturday at 6 p.m. - is in his home gym. And he responded with…

  9. A full plate of Thanksgiving college hoops: Drexel at the Garden, Nova in Bahamas, and St. Joe’s in Florida

    Nov 27, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

    Phil Martelli

    Through two-and-a-half weeks of the college basketball season, Drexel and St. Joe’s have joined Villanova as the best teams in Philly. Now comes the fun part, as all three teams will take Thanksgiving vacations that are more exciting than yours for some early-season tournament games against quality competition. So if you don’t feel like watching Scott…

  10. Morning madness at La Salle: a festive crowd of students skipping class cheer Explorers to first win of season

    Nov 12, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

    La Salle early morning

    After losing its first game of the college basketball season at home over the weekend, La Salle needed a wakeup call. It got one … literally. Today, the La Salle players woke up before 7 a.m. (pretty much the hardest thing a college kid has to do) and defeated visiting Quinnipiac in a 9 a.m.…

  11. Six predictions for the City 6 season

    Nov 8, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-La Salle Practice

    Yesterday we brought you a handy cheat sheet previewing the six local Division I teams to get you ready for college basketball season, which tips off tonight. Today we’re keeping the hoops coverage rolling with six predictions for the City 6 season (brought to you by the number 6). 1) Most of the teams in…

  12. Relive the best moments of a long, memorable and ultimately disappointing Philadelphia Union season

    Nov 1, 2013, 3:56 PM EDT

    Jack McInerney

    With the Union’s 2013 campaign ending with a whimper (two straight losses and a 3-6-3 record over the final three months effectively knocked them out of playoff contention), it might be hard to remember the good times. The MLS regular season, after all, is an eight-month marathon and how are we expected to remember what…

  13. Union’s motto entering final weekend of regular season: ‘So you’re telling us there’s a chance’

    Oct 25, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

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    How do you know your team’s playoff chances aren’t particularly good? Here’s one way: a couple of days before the final game of the regular season, Union manager John Hackworth quoted that scene from “Dumb and Dumber” when Lloyd Christmas asks Mary Swanson (aka Samsonite) what the chances are that a girl like him could…

  14. Philadelphia Union midfielder among the Mexican soccer fans that love Estados Unidos ‘forever and ever’

    Oct 16, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Terrence Boyd, Felipe Baloy

    In what might have been the most dramatic US soccer moment since this, the Americans scored two stoppage-time goals to stun Panama 3-2 in the final game of World Cup qualifying last night. The drama, though, wasn’t concerning the US, which had already secured a World Cup berth and was fielding a lineup of mostly…

  15. John Hackworth’s response to Chip Kelly being called longest-tenured head coach in Philly: ‘It does piss me off’

    Oct 9, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

    Union manager John Hackworth has plenty of pressure on his shoulders this season.

    Hey, have you heard Chip Kelly is the longest-tenured head coach in Philly?? Of course you have! Everybody, including major national sports outlets, was spouting out that “fact” on Monday after the Flyers fired Peter Laviolette. Of course, there are some problems with it. In breathless attempts to get their Tweets out, a lot of…

  16. Hackworth hints at lineup changes – so what exactly will they be?

    Sep 12, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

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    If you take John Hackworth at his word, the Philadelphia Union manager is seriously considering shaking up the lineup for Saturday’s huge Eastern Conference matchup against the Houston Dynamo at PPL Park. This comes as fairly big news because Hackworth, by and large, has pretty much stuck with the same guys this season, unless he’s…

  17. The Philadelphia Union are piling up the shutouts but they’re not sure if anybody realizes

    Sep 6, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT

    Gaddis

    If you’re a Union fan and somebody asks you about the team’s defense, you might point to how they traded or loaned away top center backs Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes and Bakary Soumare over the past year-and-a-half. Or that they’ve struggled to find a natural left back after sending away Jordan Harvey and then Gabriel…

  18. Union manager John Hackworth is back on the defensive

    Aug 29, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

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    To start his midweek press conferences, Philadelphia Union manager John Hackworth usually just walks up to the podium and immediately fields questions. But on Wednesday, the Union manager decided he first needed to get something off his chest, launching into a defensive about how Sunday’s 5-1 loss to the New England Revolution was not nearly…

  19. The Keon Daniel enigma: Are the Philadelphia Union winning games because of him or in spite of him?

    Aug 23, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

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    It’s not very often you see a coach respond to a blog on Twitter. But earlier this week, Philadelphia Union assistant Jim Curtin felt compelled to do so when The Philly Soccer Page (by far, the best Union blog out there) posted a piece on the team’s midfield woes. His reason: to defend oft-maligned midfielder…

  20. Wait a Minute, the Union Could Finish the Weekend in First Place!

    Aug 17, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

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    If you’ve been following The 700 Level over the past couple of days, you’ve seen Steve Moore’s excellent writeups on how Philly fans can pick an English Premier League to root for. (If you haven’t, stop reading this and go do that immediately.) Honestly, it’s hard not to get excited for the start of the…

  21. The Philadelphia Union’s starting lineup is pretty much set – you know, except for one of the most important positions

    Aug 9, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Union manager John Hackworth has plenty of pressure on his shoulders this season.

    Well, Union fans, it looks like this is your team. The summer transfer window closed this week with the Union opting to make only a backup goalkeeper (Oka Nikolov), a backup left back/left winger (Fabinho) and a long-term project (Gilberto) their international acquisitions. Part of that is due to salary cap restraints but it also…

  22. Philadelphia Union reserve Matt Kassel injures American hero Brek Shea in exhibition, gets booed by own fans

    Jul 31, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

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    It’s a rare thing for a player to be booed at home while an opposing player walks off the field to cheers. But last night in an international friendly at PPL Park, Philadelphia Union reserve Matt Kassel managed to accomplish such a feat. In the 27th minute, with the Union trailing Stoke City of the…

  23. Philadelphia Union shut out of MLS All-Star Game because “it’s a popularity contest” and nobody likes them

    Jul 19, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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    In general, complaining about all-star selections is a fruitless exercise. When fans are involved, the players having the best seasons are rarely picked anyway. Besides, there are typically way more gripes than there are available spots. But still … The Philadelphia Union sort of have a right to be annoyed that nobody on their team…

  24. Battle of the brothers one of a handful of intriguing storylines for Friday’s Union game against Chivas USA

    Jul 11, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

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    Chivas USA and the Philadelphia Union are not rivals, nor is Chivas USA any good. In fact, the “other” team from Los Angels comes into Friday’s game vs. the Union at PPL Park (7:30 p.m., The Comcast Network) with the worst record in the Western Conference. Normally, then, this might be a blah type of…

  25. The Philadelphia Union have mastered the art of squandering a lead right before the final whistle while up a man

    Jul 4, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

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    You could probably go a whole season without seeing a team give up a goal seven minutes into stoppage time while playing up a man. You could probably go your whole life without seeing it twice. Or you could be a Philadelphia Union fan. On late Wednesday evening/early Thursday morning, the Union surrendered a goal…